Are Foreclosed Homes Good Investments?

Are Foreclosed Homes Good Investments?

When it comes to real estate, a foreclosure may seem like a good deal. However, those amateur investors or home flippers might not realize what it takes to make a foreclosed home into an investment that pays off. Furthermore, even homebuyers should make sure to be aware of what a foreclosure requires to make a good home.

Purchasing a foreclosed home is similar to buying a used car from an auction. Consumers can save a lot of money if they have the time to search out these deals. A little bit of luck doesn’t hurt.

However, the people who do the best with these types of sales are those who are familiar with the product and make the call whether the lower price is a deal. Just because a foreclosed home is worth less than the property assessment doesn’t mean the estimate is correct. The professionals know this, but new investors may not.

This experience and knowledge help buyers make wiser decisions and mitigate risk. Instead of just looking at the price differential, they consider factors such as location. Is the home in a neighborhood where it’s likely to sell? Does it have unique features that help it stand apart from other properties? What work will be necessary to sell the foreclosure at a profit? Even if homeowners have no plans to sell soon, they need to consider the future resale value of their purchase.

Furthermore, investors must have a strategy that includes property acquisition as well as holding it until it sells. If an investor doesn’t consider the overall real estate market, which includes job and population growth, this property could be on their hands for quite some time. Investors may even lose money due to property taxes and maintenance costs.

Finally, the smartest investors know that foreclosures may not be the way to get the most bang for their buck. Some investors spend time listings of future auctions and content owners or lenders before the auction occurs. While this might not lead to a better price, it can ensure that an investor can close by eliminating the competition and eliminate the need to have cash for an auction. That lengthy closing process can also interfere with a homeowner’s plan to move.

 

Tech Advancements That Are Changing the Real Estate Industry

Tech Advancements That Are Changing the Real Estate Industry

While every field is impacted in some capacity by technological advances, it could be argued that real estate has the longest history of shifting in new directions when technology advances. Today, technology impacts every aspect of the real estate process. Before a buyer even contacts a real estate agent to look at the house, they can take a long look at the neighborhood, thanks to satellites. It has been reported that 70% of buyers look for homes online before they begin shopping. Technology continues to alter the way that we buy and sell real estate.

Blockchain

While many people see the blockchain as a way to potentially support cryptocurrency, but it may have even more practical applications in real estate transactions. Real estate contracts between sellers and buyers can be done with complete encryption protection and security checks that are built into the programming. Blockchain ledgers even provide the opportunity to securely save property title logs and other documents that are needed to complete a real estate transaction.

Artificial Intelligence

While AI sounds intimidating to some people, it can provide the opportunity for both potential buyers and their agents to streamline their shopping process. Recent advancements have created a way for prospective buyers to get a real-life, 3D look inside a home they may be interested in without having to schedule a showing, meet with their agent and drive an unknown amount of miles to get to the address. Not only is this a great deal for buyers who may have a hard time getting their schedules to work out, but it also frees up agents who may be juggling multiple clients.

CRM Software

Since the dawn of real estate, agents have utilized some CRM to keep up with contact information for various clients. Modern tech advances have enabled agents and brokers to plug a client’s information into their CRM and even send them an automated e-mail every so often to touch base and see where they’re at in their decision-making process. While this may sound minimal, not having to make a dozen phone calls a day to people who may not be committed to buying or selling is enormous for real estate professionals.

 

The Pros and Cons of an Off-Market Property Investment

The Pros and Cons of an Off-Market Property Investment

As the real estate market continues to grow, so does the competition for investment properties. A low inventory of homes and high demand for buyers and investors makes the competition fierce. A hidden gem in the real estate world that can often help investors avoid some of the competitors is the world of off-market property listings. However, like anything else, off-market property listings can come with their risks. If you’re a real estate investor looking into what your options are, here are some pros and cons to considering off-market property investments.

Pros

Less Competition

A significant benefit of working with off-market property listings is less competition for investors. When you’re looking into properties that are listed on the MLS, you’re essentially competing with both residential buyers looking for a home and investors with similar goals to your own. With off-market property listings, you’re decreasing your competition to a much smaller number. According to Mashvisor contributor, Sylvia Shalhout, “With an off-market investment property, there is likely to be only one or two other real estate investors putting up offers, if any at all. This means you have the advantage of getting good deals as no one else is making any offers to compete with yours.”

Longer Cycles 

Off-market property sales tend to take longer, which essentially gives the investor more time to do their diligent research. Whenever you’re investing in real estate market analysis is essential, even when working with off-market properties. Since the sale is longer and finding the right information for your analysis may take more time, take advantage of the longer sales cycle.

Cons

Inaccurate Market Values 

When properties are listed on the market, it helps determine their market value. One of the most significant issues with buying an off-market property is the inability to determine accurate market value. While it’s still beneficial to perform a market analysis for an estimate, without the property being officially listed on the market, the accurate selling value will be unknown. 

 

 

 

Should You Invest in Vacation Rentals?

Should You Invest in Vacation Rentals?

You’re ready to make the jump into real estate investing, and you’re curious about the vacation home sector. Investing in vacation rental properties can be a great way of an extra income in real estate. Of course, there are essential factors to consider and risks you should know about. But, when it’s done correctly, a vacation rental property can be an excellent investment! Here’s why:

Higher Rental Income 

One of the main factors that set a regular residential rental property from that of a vacation rental is the potential for a high rental income. Vacation rental property owners are often able to charge a higher rental amount due to its high demand. When you’ve chosen the right location and property that has a high demand for tourists, you are often able to charge higher rent costs, especially during seasonal highs. Consider any type of property close to a beach or boardwalk setting. Their properties go through high periods depending on the season, increasing their demand level for vacationers. Take a look at the rental costs within that area and see what other property owners are charging. 

Property Appreciation 

A great benefit that comes from owning a vacation rental property is the property’s overall appreciation level. Investing in a vacation rental property isn’t only about focusing on rental income. As the demand for vacation rentals continues to increase due to brands like Airbnb, so does the overall value of these properties. According to Mashvisor, the appreciation of your vacation rental will make it much easier to sell and profit from down the road. 

Easy To Rent 

As we previously mentioned, vacation rental properties are generally always in high demand, depending on the location. High demand for rentals makes them easier to rent. So, if the high season is longer, you can benefit from multiple tenants throughout the season.

An Extra Perk for You 

Of course, your vacation rental is still yours. So you do have the opportunity to use it as your getaway for however long you’d like. With vacation sites, you can block off time that your vacation home isn’t available for tourists, and is exclusively yours! 

 

Renovations to Consider for an Investment Property

Renovations to Consider for an Investment Property

As a real estate investor, making your property appealing to potential buyers or renters is a step in the right direction towards getting a return on your investment. While you might want to stray away from full “fixer-uppers” (at least until you gain enough experience), there are some renovations you might want to consider to add value to your investment property. 

Flooring 

The floor throughout your property plays an important role in the renovation process. Is there carpet throughout? Or, can you find the hidden gem of original hard-wood? Figure out what interior look you’re going for, or look into current trends. If you want to keep the originality of the flooring, you can have them sanded and refinished for a fresh new look. 

Updated Kitchens and Bathrooms 

As we’ve mentioned, a full flip is a significant challenge unless you have the experience and resources. But, rest assured, there are a few great ways to update a kitchen without completely breaking the bank. Kitchen cabinets are often a focal point of what potential tenants or buyers are looking for. Cabinets are great to work with; if they have a good base and minimal damage, a quick sanding and fresh stain or a new coat of paint can go a long way. Finish them off with new hardware to complete the updated look. For countertops, you may want to consider replacing them if the current ones are dated.

Paint, Paint, Paint

A fresh coat of paint in each room goes a long way in “sprucing” things up a bit. Choose popular colors that are surrounding what’s currently trending. This is where you can have a little fun and figure out what potential renters or buyers are looking for. 

Curb Appeal 

Your focus shouldn’t just be directed toward the interior of your property; exterior matters just as much. Make sure your investment property is appealing to anyone that might be interested. Keep the grounds maintained well and consider a few different landscaping or garden options. The property being well kept on the outside is a great first impression. 

 

A Guide to Finding the Perfect Investment Property

A Guide to Finding the Perfect Investment Property

So, you’re considering investing in real estate. You’ve done some research, but your first time around has you a little hesitant about moving forward. The key to success in real estate investing is doing your due diligence and finding an investment property that fits within what you’re trying to accomplish. Are you focusing on multi-family properties like apartment buildings or condos? Or are you taking a single-family approach with the intent to rent or sell? Either way, there are a few key steps to take before jumping into your investment. 

Find a Good Location

The location of your investment property means a lot more than you might think. Whether you’re renting it to tenants or selling it after a flip, location matters. Do your research on the data and statistics of growth in the areas you might be interested in. From there, narrow your search down to a few select areas that you would consider buying an investment property in. Buying an investment property in an unfavorable area can lead to making it more difficult to rent or sell, causing you to struggle to obtain your return. 

Stray-Away From Fixer-Uppers

While fixer-uppers are often the star of home improvement in the media, generally, they’re not what you want to start off with on your investment journey. Small renovations are doable and shouldn’t cause you too much stress, money, or work; really anything small and cosmetic shouldn’t be too much of a hassle. What you want to avoid are properties that need to be gutted entirely, or have issues within the core and foundation of the property. Foundational, electrical, or piping problems can run you into the red when it comes to fixing them, so make sure you’re looking into the property before you make the purchase. 

Estimate Potential Earnings 

When you’ve narrowed down your locations and property options, look into the potential for earnings and the return on your initial investment. If you move forward with this property, how quickly will you be able to rent or sell it? Is the local area on a streak of growth with new residents looking for home availability? These considerations and questions will help lead you to an accurate estimate of your potential earnings. 

Look Into Market Averages 

Take the time to research market averages within the area. What is the average income and employment rate? If you’re looking to rent your investment property, what do you surrounding rental costs look like? This will help you determine where your property stands, and how quickly you can see an investment return. 

 

Why Millennial Real Estate Investors Are on the Rise

Why Millennial Real Estate Investors Are on the Rise

Previously, older generations used to save up their money to buy their houses and invest in the stock markets. Millennials on the other hand, decide to rent instead of purchasing a house. Many Millennials decide to rent instead of buy because of the large amount of debt that they have. Instead of taking on more debt, Millennials decide to forgo a mortgage.

A popular trend that we are seeing within real estate is that older generations are selling their homes ad renting apartments or condos while the younger generation, the Millennials, are continue to rent and invest in real estate properties. In this blog we will take a look at why millennial real estate investors are on the rise.

Millennials are the most populous generation in the United States.

The Millennial generation is the group of people born between 1982 and 2000. With over 75.4 Millennials in the United States, they have have the greatest impact in housing market shifts. This is why it’s important to understanding Millennials’ real estate and investment strategies.

Millennials are skeptic about the stock market.

Many of Millennials believe that real estate investments have a better return than investments made in the stock market. A lot of Millennials have this mindset because many of them were in college during the 2008 recession and found it challenging to find a job. Back in 2007, over 65% of Americans were investing in the stock market. Today, half of that percentage has left the stock market and is instead investing in real estate.

Real estate is on the up and up and Millennials have noticed.

One study shows that 86% of Millennials are planning on buying a house one day even if they are renting now. Some Millennials are known for being entitled and lazy, but they are actually pretty savvy investors. In general, they are producing a greater return on their investments. Millennials have been able to identify areas of population and job growth and track real estate market areas that are on the rise.

Millennials are investing in real estate online.  

In recent years, there has been an increase in crowdfunding investments. Online crowdfunding lets anyone invest in real estate for a smaller initial investment. A lot of crowdfunding companies will require an initial investment of anywhere between $500 to $5,000.

One of the benefits of investing in real estate online is that you don’t have to deal with the hassle of being a landlord. Usually the crowdfunding or syndication companies will outsource property management.

Best Places for Overseas Real Estate in 2020

Best Places for Overseas Real Estate in 2020

If you are looking to invest for the first time overseas or if you are looking to expand your foreign property holdings, but don’t know where to start, I can help. I’ve gone ahead and collected the best places around the world to invest your capital for the year 2020.

Panama

One of the very best places to invest in real estate this year is Panama. In Panama there are many apartments you can purchase for rental opportunities. Thanks to neighboring country buyers from Argentina, Colombia, and Venezuela, Panama City’s market has remained stable and has grown quite well over the course of the decade. The same can’t be said for many other markets in this region, where some have struggled or even collapsed.

North Americans as well as Europeans are investing with Panama but Panama has recently forged a new relationship with China. This relationship has the potential to fuel the economy and make it soar. In the 1990s, many Chinese helped to grow the Vancouver economy and it is expected that they will do the same for Panama City. This will cause Panama City’s property prices to grow as well.

Brazil

Brazil is a big country that has many different property markets. In 2020, focus on the Fortaleza area. Fortaleza is located along the coast and is big tourist attraction. Rentals that focus on the local holiday marker are said to earn more than 8% net yield reliably.

It’s best to look for investments along the beachfront, you will find that many of the prices are great bargain.

Thailand

Thailand is known for their agriculture as well as their strong economy and expanding tourism. In 2018, Bangkok was one of the most visited cities in the world, ranking above London and Paris. It being such an attraction to tourist easily grabs the attention of investors.

The one downside to investing property in Thailand is that there are restrictions put in place on how foreigners can own property. Under most circumstances foreigners are only able to own land leasehold. Although this is seen as a setback, there is some positive news. Foreigners are allowed to own condos freehold, as long as they don’t own more than49% of the entire condominium complex.

Due to this leeway, the condo market has many foreign investors. While a condo may not be your first investment choice, it may be a blessing in disguise. Compared to an individual property, condos are cheaper and easier to mange. You won’t have too many issues managing these properties if you are across the world.

 

New Year’s Resolutions for Real Estate Investors in 2020

New Year’s Resolutions for Real Estate Investors in 2020

When the new year rolls around, everyone start to make resolutions. Whether it is to loose weight, find a new job, or even buy their very first investment property. However, after a week or so, people often throw their resolutions to the wayside. In 2020, don’t let this happen! As a real estate investor, here are a few new year’s resolutions you can make for the upcoming year.

Examine Your Short and Long Term Goals

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to look at your goals. If last year you got off track, this is the time to plan how you are going to achieve those short term goals. Something that is beneficial to do at the beginning of the year is to meet up with a financial advisor. Sometimes after investing for a few years, you find that your long term goals have evolved. A financial advisor will be helpful in discovering what new long term goals you want to achieve in 2020.

Refine Your Investment Portfolio

This year, is the year, that you get the perfect portfolio. Last year you may have found your niche, so it’s time to look at properties that just don’t fit anymore. Or maybe this year, you want to diversify your portfolio, and that’s okay too! Start off 2020 planning how you portfolio will change and evolve throughout the upcoming year.

Develop Your Network

When hearing the word networking, many professionals groan. Yes, it may be a chore for some, but it is vital for any business, especially in real estate. If you think you have let a few relationships fall through the cracks, spend 2020 reconnecting. You never know who you can help or who will be able to help you reach your goals if you don’t reach out more.

Expand Your Knowledge

Throughout the year, it can be easy to get wrapped up into your own investments. It’s important to step back once and while and take in the world. In 2020, learn something new about the real estate market. There is always something new to learn, from strategies to new trends. By expanding your knowledge you are sure to experience new things, whether they are successes or failures.

Be More Disciplined

You last New Year’s Resolution should be the promise to be more disciplined with your real estate investments. In 2020, be more organized and communicative. Be open with your team, and be sure that they know the ins and outs of your vision. Try looking at where you can make improvements. An improvement doesn’t have to be big to be impactful, you can get a new planner, or you can go big and rearrange your approach entirely.

3 of the Best Places to Invest in Real Estate in 2020

3 of the Best Places to Invest in Real Estate in 2020

The new year is almost here, so it’s time to start thinking about where your next investment property will be. For real estate investors there is a rising risk for recession and economic growth may start to slow. Even with these possibilities at hand, the US housing market for 2020 is still quite favorable. Today we will look at what cities are taking the top five spots for real estate investment in 2020.

#1: Austin, TX

Looking back at 2019, Austin took 6th place, but now this city has risen to the top. Austin is a sought-after city due to its unique lifestyle as well as its promise for business and real estate expansion. The city has quite a strong economy, and many of its residents pick up high-paying tech jobs with companies like Google and Apple. It is projected that Austin will have the highest population growth rate in the United States for the next five years.

#2. Raleigh-Durham, NC

Next on the list is Raleigh-Durham. In the past year, the Raleigh-Durham market has had quite the impressive real estate investment performance. One of the most profitable sectors has been in multi-family real estate. In the first half of the year, Raleigh-Durham had reached $385 million in investment activity.

Part of why Raleigh-Durham is such a desirable place to be is due to their fine educational institutions such as the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, Duke University. The city is also known  for its availability in tech jobs. Ranking 3rd, behind Silicon Valley and San Francisco, Raleigh-Durham has a thriving tech industry and offers more than 89,000 jobs. A diverse economy such as this, is a strong market fundamental that real estate investors are sure to get a great return rate on.

#3. Nashville, TN

For quite some time, the Nashville real estate market has been an attractive location for investors. Nashville moved up from 5th to 3rd place this year, and it’s expected that the demand won’t go away any time soon. Nashville has one of the lowest unemployment rates, 2.6%, out of the other large metropolitan cities in the United States. The economy is both diverse and fast-growing which makes it attractive for commercial and residential real estate.