REITs, or real estate income trusts, are a great starting point for anyone who has an interest in jumping into the world of real estate investing. Unlike other investments, REITs have a tendency to be very stable, and they also pay dividends. These days, many stocks don’t pay regular dividends. REITs are a great choice for people who are on fixed incomes and seek to generate regular dividend income.
REITs exist for a number of different types of properties. There are residential, medical, and retail REITs, to name just a few varieties. One particularly good bet for the summer months are REITs in the hospitality space. Some hotel and resort REITs have had returns of up to 18% for investors this year.
Hotel and resort REITs have some advantages compared to other types. These include the benefit of predictability. Hotels and resorts track their occupancy rates. These are often very stable. Hotels and resorts also respond to the market very quickly, adjusting their rates from night to night.
Although the hotel industry has faced challenges from competitors like AirBnB, several REITs are still posting incredible returns. In fact, many REITs are still acquiring new properties and posting returns of 18 to 20%. Some of the hottest investments of the summer are hospitality REITs.
The Chesapeake Lodging Trust (CHSP) is one such investment. This REIT holds mostly upscale properties in its portfolio. Recently, this REIT was acquired by Parks Hotels and Resorts. Together, they will become the second largest REIT in their category. This is an exciting time to invest in CHSP.
Summit Hotel Properties (INN) is, by contrast, invested in very mainstream hotel properties. Some Hyatt, Hilton and Marriott International properties are included within this REIT. INN earns returns of about 6%. This is great for the category. Its return is over 20%.
Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (PEB) invests mostly in urban hotel properties. In 2018, they merged with LaSalle Hotel Properties. So far for the year, Pebblebrook has returned about 7.5%. The Pebblebrook dividend has been at 3.5%.
Finally, the smaller Xenia Hotels & Resorts (XHR) is also a great option. XHR’s return for the year is 29.6%, and the yield is almost 5%. Based in Orlando, Xenia owns just 40 properties across 17 states. Xenia has outperformed expectations in recent quarters.
If you decide to make this summer, the summer of your first investment, investing in a Hospitality REITs, like the Chesapeake Lodging Trust Pebblebrook Hotel Trust, Pebblebrook Hotel Trust, or Summit Hotel Properties, is a great way to start.
There is no doubt that technology is completely changing the landscape of real estate. From online listings to virtual tours to even online mortgage tools, technology is making it easier than ever to buy and sell a property. One technology, in particular, that is poised to completely revolutionize real estate is an emerging technology known as blockchain. Most people are familiar with blockchain due to its role in regulating cryptocurrencies, but the potential applications for blockchain are almost limitless. From reducing costs to creating faster transactions blockchain can impact the real estate industry positively in a number of ways. Keep on reading to find out how blockchain will change the future of real estate.
1. Significantly reduce closing costs and associated fees
At the moment, a significant number of expenses are incurred any time a property changes hands. Closing costs on just a single residential property can run up to five percent of the purchase price and commercial closing costs go even higher. While real estate overall tends to appreciate over time, it takes some time to appreciate beyond the costs lost just by the transfer of ownership. Blockchain technology has the capacity to administer smart contracts, which will cut out a number of parties currently involved in the contractual transfer of ownership, which will also cut down significantly on expenses.
2. Conditional transactions
Not only are the contracts produced by the blockchain, but they are also administered by the blockchain. This means that smart contracts can also include the conditional release of funds. For instance, a smart contract can be entered into in which the purchasing party has a certain amount of time to ensure the property is in satisfactory condition before funds are released to the buyer. Since the contract is administered by blockchain, any disputes are also settled by the blockchain itself in a thoroughly democratic matter.
3. Swift transactions
On average, it takes roughly 50 days to close on a house. This is in part due to all of the many checks that need to take place before a mortgage can be fully approved, including inspection, appraisal and reviewing the property title. Not only can smart contracts reduce the costs associated with a change in ownership, but they can also significantly reduce the time it takes as well. This means that the time may not be far off when individuals can buy and sell a home as quickly, cheaply and conveniently as they can rent an apartment.
Climate change is a huge concern in our time. It has become such an evident issue that even governments and other stakeholders across the globe boost their concerted efforts of responsible use of the environment. Effects of climate change, such as adverse and rare, weather elements, flooding, hurricanes, extremely high and low temperatures, among others are already having a major impact on various industries including real estate. Here is an overview, according to experts, on how climate change is, directly and indirectly, affecting real estate.
- Accumulating losses of real estate property
Adverse weather conditions, especially extremely high precipitation and hurricanes, have a huge impact on the structural integrity of real estate properties. Buildings in the path of major hurricanes in the United States suffer partial or total destruction. In the state of California alone, for instance, rising sea levels, extreme weather elements, coastal erosion, extreme floods, and wildfires cause an average of $3.9 billion worth of damage annually.
- Reduced property demand in some areas
Properties located in states that experience extreme weather elements, especially hurricanes and high rainfall, have been determined to suffer low demand. This is even as anticipating property owners shy of purchasing properties from those areas for fear of suffering losses. States such as those located along the East Coast, including Florida, are particularly affected by annual hurricanes.
The reduced property demand in some areas is accompanied by hiked prices of properties located in states where the weather is favorable. This is because more anticipating homeowners choose to purchase property in those areas, thereby leading to increased demand.
In addition, real estate engineers are expected to up their game as far as design and construction of homes and properties are concerned. Buildings are expected to be constructed with reinforcements in order to withstand the extreme forces of weather such as hurricanes.
- Increased property insurance
Property insurance companies have also been largely affected by extreme weather conditions brought by climate change. The increased risk of homes being exposed to adverse weather conditions and thereby suffering destruction has led to insurance companies to rethink the factors to consider in risk calculation. The cost of insuring a property located in an area that is highly prone to adverse climate change is exponentially high. Homeowners are there for paying the cost to secure homes in such areas.
Losing real estate property, reducing the demand, and increased property insurance are only a few effects of climate change. As the situation worsens as will the real estate industry.
Successful management of real estate properties requires a significant amount of skill and due diligence. The vast number and type of calculations to make in order to manage properties accurately can be mindbogglingly challenging. Real estate investors have a reprieve as they can invest in the acquisition of real estate investment management software available in the market. Here is an overview of such notable software.
RealData is considered one of the best real estate investment software in general given its ease of use platform coupled with multiple features and capabilities. Among the various features that RealData provides include analytic tools, data presentation, as well as marketing abilities for both residential and commercial real estate properties. The city is also equipped with various decision making and analysis tools capable of simulating different management inputs in the management of properties.
ZilCulator is a freemium real estate investment software that is greatly suitable among new beginners and aspiring investors. Among the various tools that the platform offers include calculators that can analyze different kinds of real estate calculations such as market cap rates and mortgage rates. The platform can also simulate cash flow analysis while also enabling the investor to compute tens of expenditures such as repairs and new investments.
CREmodel is a multi-family property management software that doubles as a suitable apartment, project, and shopping center management platform. The software is well integrated with various spreadsheet templates and functions that enable the property investor to undertake different kinds of presentations and Excel-based calculations. Among the various analysis tools that CREmodel uses include return on investment analysis, cash flow analysis, cash-on-cash return analysis, and loan-to-value computations.
Real Estate Analysis Software LLC
Real Estate Analysis Software LLC offers combinations of different functions on one convenient platform. The software is particularly optimized for helping investors to analyze and simulate cash flow and return on investment before deciding on whether to invest in a property or sell it. Additional notable features that the Real Estate Analysis Software offers include a lease vs. buy analysis that gives an investor a chance to visualize how making either of the investment decisions would affect their cash flow and goals.
Software like Real Estate Analysis Software LLC, CREmodel, ZilCulator, and RealData help make investing in real estate an easier process. Introducing technological advancements like these is helping to revolutionize the real estate investment industry and bring it to the future.
Investing in real estate has a number of advantages over other types of investing. For instance, if you buy $100,000 worth of stock in a company and the company goes under you may end up losing your entire investment. While you may end up in a situation where you need to sell an investment property at a loss, you will rarely ever lose your entire investment. Conversely, however, real estate investments also incur ongoing expenses that you have to factor in before making the investment. Unlike a stock or a bond that has a value set by the market, the true value of real estate investments can be much harder to assess. To determine the true value of an investment property the following three key components need to be considered
1. Income potential
Unless you are just purchasing land, most types of real estate investments will have some type of income potential that has to be factored in when considering the value of a property. There are a number of ways to determine income potential depending on the type of property it is. To determine income, you need to determine the capitalization rate. Put simply, the capitalization rate is the projected annual income from the gross rent multiplier divided by the current value of the property.
One of the most common methods of evaluating real estate investments is to compare the property you are considering investing in with other comparable properties in the area. While there are a number of variables that will affect both the price and income potential of the property you are considering versus other properties, finding properties that are legitimately comparable and accounting for differences can give you a fairly accurate estimate of what you can expect from your property.
3. Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM)
A CAPM is a comprehensive evaluation tool that considers a number of intangible variables such as the safety of the neighborhood and the age of the property and compares it to the expected ROI of other types of investments. For instance, you can expect an older rental property to need more major repairs and you can expect high tenant turnover in less desirable neighborhoods. These will all have an impact on your rental income. If a real estate investment is likely to have a smaller ROI than another investment tool, then it doesn’t make sense to invest in real estate.