Enter your email address for weekly access to top multifamily blogs!

Multifamily Blogs

This is some blog description about this site

Should You Consider Real Estate Investment Trusts?

Pulling the trigger on your first real estate investment is daunting and not everyone has the risk appetite to go it alone.  If you want to start investing but don’t want to take a leap of faith, you may want to consider a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). A REIT is an investment vehicle that can invest in any real estate class and they’re operated by experienced executives. The benefit of investing in a REIT is that you do receive some of the benefits of real estate ownership/investing, but you have seasoned professionals managing the properties.  Since you’re really buying stock in the company, your investment is spread out over a portfolio of properties along with other investors, which helps to mitigate risk. REITs are required to pay out substantially all (90%) of their taxable income and most pay above-average dividends, so consult your CPA to see if this may affect your tax position. Of the 172 publicly traded REITs listed on the major U.S. exchanges with market capitalizations greater than $500 million, 94% have higher dividend yields than the average S&P 500 company. REITs are excellent stocks to add to any long-term investment portfolio. Not only are REITs income generators, but as property values rise they have the potential to produce some impressive returns over time. Similar to when you look for your own properties, you need to look into the assets that the REIT has that have an interest in buying. Due to the strong dividend income REITs provide, they ......
Continue reading
1119 Hits
1 Comment

5 Smart Strategies To Attract New Tenants

image7.jpgWhen you decide to put your property up for rent, you have to be super smart about who you are renting the unit to, and for how long. Even so, the market today is tough, and the competition pretty strong. So, what are you to do when you want to avoid problem renters, attract new, great tenants and encourage them to rent your property? There may be a few things you should consider: Neat as a New Pin Tenants will be attracted to a well-kept property that looks great and appears easy to maintain. Your property doesn’t have to be the best and most luxurious house on the block or in the street, but – as long as it’s well presented and has potential – you are good to go. How so? Because tenants don’t always look for never-before-lived-in apartments; usually, they’d go for units that merely “feel” right, look fresh and clean, and give them an impression of a home. So, before you put up your property for rent, organize an open house or bring in a professional photographer to snap photos of it, consider booking a cleaning agency to spruce up your place and make it sparkle! Don’t Force Your Tastes on Anyone There are plenty of positives and negatives of renting a property, and you want to be on top of your game. Renters don’t want anyone’s style imposed on them, so make sure your property features neutral colors, plain décor, and not too much furniture. You want the tenants to env......
Continue reading
1487 Hits
0 Comments

The First 5 Steps To Become The Warren Buffet of Real Estate

maxresdefault.jpgIf you’re considering being the Warren Buffet of real estate you’re going to need a few profitable ideas.  Here’s 5 initial steps you need to consider to start you on your way to success. 1)      Have a Complete Understanding of Your Market Educate yourself by talking to as many real estate agents, lenders, title reps, and other investors. Keep track of market trends and what other investors are doing in the area, as they may impact your investment. Watch/listen to as many videos or podcasts that you can stand and read as many blog post as possible…NEVER stop doing this in your investing career. 2)      Choose The Asset Class You’re Most Comfortable With Many beginning investors like multifamily because at some point they’ve likely rented an apartment and that makes it somewhat more relatable. Don’t be afraid to take a look at office, retail, or light industrial investments.  Try to match your investment goals with the type of asset class you’re most comfortable with. Don’t Make Unnecessary Errors When Leasing Office Space 3)      Choose Your Strategy Are you going to buy and hold, flip or reposition? Choose the strategy that best aligns with your investment goals. Determine what your investment horizon is. Even if you plan on keeping the investment forever, you should still have an exit strategy.  4)      Funding Your Investment Know where your money is going to come from, investors (if you have investor friends and family or professionals that know the investment vehicle LLC or Corp), cash, or bank financing.......
Continue reading
942 Hits
0 Comments

Should Your Apartment Community Get Involved with Local Crime Watch or Neighborhood Watch Programs?

I am a big believer in being involved with your local crime watch or neighborhood watch programs. I’ve seen firsthand how it has positively impacted investments with apartment communities that we’re involved with. Here are just a few reasons to get involved: Deters criminal activity Many of the attendees will communicate issues they are having in their community, some of which may not have been reported or available in any other form, and that will in turn allow you to keep an eye out for such activity. Creates a greater sense of security If your residents know you have their interest in mind they will tend to feel more like it’s also their community and a great place to call home.  Many crime watch or neighborhood watch programs have flyers and stickers that you can place in your office, or on the building that shows you are an active member. Builds bonds with neighbors. People look out for one another. When your residents know you are taking steps to improve the community, other residents will also do their part to help.  A program gives them an opportunity to voice their concerns and to be heard. Stimulates neighborhood awareness Your residents become more aware of what’s happening in your community and will usually “step up” and help keep you informed. Reduces the risk of becoming a crime victim and in turn reduces the physical, financial and psychological costs of crime Helps to create awareness, and potential criminals may avoid your community if they know y......
Continue reading
764 Hits
0 Comments

The Positive and Negatives of Owning A Rental Property

art.pngInvesting in property is no small affair; investing in property and deciding to rent is even scarier. However, knowing exactly what you’re getting yourself into in advance can help save a lot of headaches. So, before making your final decision, take a look at what the potential benefits and downfalls of renting a property. The Pros When weighing out the pros and cons of renting your property, the advantages seem to be slightly outnumbered by the disadvantages. However, the pros are more powerful, and if you put in enough time and energy into research before investing, it can pay off. Property is always in high demand and often much more predictable than other markets. It makes it a long-term investment that you can benefit from for years to come. Perhaps the most motivating factor is a monthly rent. Such a stable income is hard to argue with, as occupied property means monthly rent checks that go straight into your account. Monthly rent can also help settle your monthly expenses if you’ve purchased a property with the help of a bank loan. Another big plus is property value growth over time. Your property value increases, and you can bring in so much more income over the years without you investing more. However, this is where proper research is vital. If you invest in an upcoming area, your property can experience a significant rise in price. There are also many tax benefits you can claim and take advantage of to deduct your costs annually when owni......
Continue reading
1325 Hits
0 Comments

Can’t Keep Up With Your Tenants’ Maintenance Requests? Here Are 3 Ways To Fix This

Dealing with tenants’ maintenance requests is one of the biggest issues landlords face, especially with so much (rental) competition around. Tenants know that they can get the same or better service for their buck virtually wherever they turn. It is giving them a confidence boost to demand their landlord’s active involvement in their apartment upkeep, repairs, and all other pending issues, no matter how trivial. Naturally, every landlord’s goal is to keep the tenant’s happy; on that note, we’re listing a few ways that can help you get on top of your tenants’ demands and find the best solutions for both insignificant and significant requests. Have a Plan Whether you are dealing with your rental property yourself or through a property management company, the best way to handle your tenants’ requests is to have a plan for maintenance requests. That way you’ll respond promptly as requests come through, and you’ll know what do. Outline how the tenant should notify you of any problems Chart your response timeframe Keep a list of local contractors, such as plumbers, electricians, and general contractors to be ready should something urgent happens   Know the Law Running your property rental business needs to be done within the landlord/tenant law for you to execute your rights as a landlord. Since this law considerably varies from state to state, make sure you’re within the right one to avoid any potential problems. Also, it’s crucial you stay within both federal and state legislation. Most states have clear guidelines on how soon you’re required to res......
Continue reading
1494 Hits
0 Comments

Top 5 Reasons To Invest In Rental Properties

They say that more millionaires made their money through real estate then through any other means. There are of course many avenues for investing in real estate, but I’ve always preferred rental properties for various reasons: Real estate investing can be simple and straight forward to get started- The pathway to investing in real estate can be quite simple, you can start talking to experienced investors, read a few of the thousands of books available to learn the basics. Once you have the down payment saved and an understanding of property management (or hire a professional to help you manage) you can start. Ability to invest with leverage- By using leverage you can spread your investment wider and be more diversified. Also, if interest rates are lower than what the current return on the property is, you will effectively be borrowing money for less than what you make on it, thus increasing your return. Utilizing your connections is a good investment- Utilizing your connections in the real estate industry is key to finding the right investments, in some other industries it might be considered insider trading. Stability and Predictability- The real estate market is one of the more stable and predictable investments you can make, do the proper due diligence and manage the assets with care and you will find that it will end up better than most other investments. Multiple ways to grow your investment- With a real estate investment you have multiple ways to help your money grow, ren......
Continue reading
2630 Hits
0 Comments

What Is The Safest Investment You Can Make In Real Estate

The truth be told there is really no SAFE investment in real estate, there are however investments with less risk and STNL (Single Tenant Net Leased) properties are a strong leader. A STNL property is typically structured under a  triple net lease.   Under this type of lease   the tenant is solely responsible for all costs relating to the leased asset, above and beyond the base rent.    This includes the real estate taxes, building and liability insurance and maintenance and repairs.    Generally, a new STNL lease will be for a longer term (15-20 years) with options to extend and increases at set periods (either annually, or every 5 years).   This limits the chance for income fluctuations and allows for an investor to really know what their expected income and return projections will be for a long period of time. Acquiring a STNL can be a more secure investment when you have a strong tenant, you can get a local operator, regional operator or a national credit tenant. A local operator can be an individual that has this one location or a few locations, these are the more riskier of the three as the smaller operators are more susceptible to the local market fluctuations.  To offset this risk though, many operators will cross collateralize their lease with the other locations, and many times also offer a personal guarantee on the lease. A regional operator is a company that has several locations in a state or region of the country, these operators usually ......
Continue reading
794 Hits
0 Comments

What You Need To Know About Rent Concessions

  on What You Need To Know About Rent Concessions With rent concessions on the rise nationwide we need to have an understanding what giving or offering a concession can do to your property value if not handled correctly. Let’s start with the definition of a rent concession, a concession is any “reduction in price, rent or other benefit provided to a potential tenant as an inducement to lease your property”. There are many ways to give a concession, reducing the first month’s rent, reducing rents for a contracted time or maybe even upgrades the property they are considering ie: an accent wall or upgraded appliances. Your goal should be to have all scenarios have about the same amount of rent paid.  Also, if you can get a new tenant to accept an upgrade to the unit as a concession, it can be even more beneficial to you. What you need to consider as you are offering your concessions is how do these concession affect my long term value of my investment.  If you find yourself wanting/needing to refi and you begin the underwriting process you will find that lenders are interested in how much income an asset is producing and how much income an asset can optimally produce. Concessions add an additional layer to the equation. When underwriting the Net Operating Income of an asset, concessions are typically subtracted from the Gross Rental Income in order to determine the Net Rental Income — which also factors in things like vacancy and unpai......
Continue reading
4396 Hits
1 Comment

Understanding Renters Insurance Coverage

Around 95% of all homeowners presently have homeowner’s insurance. But, in 2016, just 41% of renters had renter’s insurance, despite the multiple benefits it brings to policyholders. Unlike the name suggests, renters insurance plans do more than just cover your personal items or protect you from the cost of damaging your apartment. They bring a bundle of benefits that make it well worth the small monthly charge. This article will discuss what renters insurance actually is and isn’t, who and what is covered by the typical renters insurance policy, and how you can calculate the extent of coverage you are likely to need. What Is (and Isn’t) Renters Insurance? Simply put, renters insurance covers you, anyone named on your policy (like your partner and children), your stuff, and additional costs. These could include temporary living expenses or medical and legal fees that might be incurred if you had to vacate your home for a short period or pay for damage caused to someone else or their property. May people think they don’t need renter’s insurance for a number of reasons. The three most common are listed below: Your landlord has insurance. While this may be the case, it will only cover the structure and any items that belong to them – it won’t cover you or your possessions. It costs too much and you don’t have anything worth covering. Renter’s insurance can cost as little as $5 per month. If you think you don’t have anything worth covering, just imagine for a moment what it would cost you to r......
Continue reading
1923 Hits
0 Comments