“With so many obstacles and regulations in the weed business, owning your real estate is the only thing we can control in this industry,” Sally Vander Veer, CFO of Denver-based pot shop Medicine Man, tells Inc. “It's essential to long-term success.” That’s because, if you don’t own your own grow-house, it's typical for landlords to up the rent significantly after marijuana-growers invest huge sums of money converting the space. And the local real estate business is booming for buildings perfect for growing weed (aka zoned as light industrial). Vander Veer and her brothers bought just such a building in 2014 for $2.5M, and they recently sold it for $6M. Among all the uncertainty in the pot business, weed entrepreneurs can only make one safe bet: buy real estate….read more
Around this time last year, I wrote an article highlighting ideas for paying for your child's college education. One of the best strategies to pay for college is to actually investing in rental real estate. This will be an update including the steps we’ve used ourselves.
1. When our daughters were very young, we decided to buy rental properties in order to fund their monthly college savings plans. We bought these homes with mortgages and our goal was to create $250 a month of positive cashflow for each of them after paying taxes, insurance, and the mortgage payment. This $250 a month would be invested into a brokerage account for their future college expenses. We followed this plan for years and over time their college savings compounded slowly. During this time the savings account for my oldest daughter grew to a little under $60,000. This included the $250 monthly contributions and the increase in market value of the various investments.
$250 invested per month turned into $60,000 in 16 years.
2. Last year, when my oldest daughter was a sophomore in high school, we used $40,000 of her college savings to buy a single-family rental home for cash. This home is within 2 miles from our home. It was a foreclosure and we needed to invest another $5,000 to make repairs, paint, and install new flooring. After completing the renovations, she was left with around $15,000 in her college savings account… read more
Choosing a property management company to oversee your rental can seem like a daunting task. How do you effectively vet a property management company?
For one thing, you know that the relationship will most likely be a long-term, ongoing one, so finding a solid property manager is important. Additionally, when entrusting one of your largest assets to someone, you’ll want to make sure they’ll manage it properly, and will be able to help you get the best returns possible. It’s a tall order!
But while there’s no shortage of property management companies; it’s important to remember that not all companies are the same. While a great manager will make life easier, and will be able to help you get the most out of your investment, the worst of the bunch will allow unscrupulous tenants in, charge exorbitant fees, and cause havoc with your rental.
But don’t let this scare you off! Fortunately, finding a solid property manager isn’t as difficult as it may seem. As when sourcing tenants, your search for a qualified property manager starts by knowing what to look for. To help you in your quest, here are a few things that you should ask in order to find a property manager that’s not only qualified –but excellent.
Check Out Their Credentials
A reputable property management company should have a number of credentials and accolades to their name. Once you have a prospective property management company lined up, head over to their website and see what you can find. You shouldn’t have to search too hard; if they’ve received recognition in a specific area, they should have that prominently displayed on their website.
See What Their Fees Are Like…Read more
Last year was the strongest year yet for home flipping, with gains on flips in 2015 hitting $102,400 per flip on average, up from $98,500 in 2014 and significantly higher than the peak of $90,900 during the last housing boom, according to a report from real estate brokerage Redfin.
Unlike flipping, what if you purchased the same home with the intentions of holding onto it as a long term rental? People always need a place to live and why not have a steady flow of income, a nice tax write off and equity that someone else is creating (tenants paying down the mortgage).
To make this as passive as possible you should have a property manager take care of all your rentals. If you're already a landlord please ask for a FREE Rental Analysis.
This list of the top 10 neighborhoods for home flippers has a lot do with that lofty rise.
This townhouse only had two bedrooms and no loft, and desperately needed a dedicated workspace & playspace. Angie was struck with inspiration — why not build a loft?
She had her husband and father-in-law build this clever, creative loft and made it into a little nook for working and playing. Now Angie and her daughter both have a little place of their own to get away and color, play, and maybe even get a little work done. Here are some photos of the building process, and one more of the final result:
According to Robert Berger of U.S. News and World Report, rental properties can provide a meaningful source of consistent income as part of your retirement planning and portfolio. He claims, “Buying a property or two could provide enough income to allow you to retire sooner.” However, you’ll need to ensure your investment properties will provide steady, positive cash flow throughout your retired life. You don’t want a rental property to become a drain on your retirement resources! Here are some things to consider before diversifying your retirement portfolio with investment properties:
Explore your Financing Options. In a post-financial crisis world, those with good credit and a steady work history can purchase rental properties through a variety of finance vehicles. One should consider the use of a portfolio lender (like Colony American Finance). These lenders have greater flexibility and can act outside the terms imposed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. That being said, lending requirements are understandably stricter than they have been in the past. Lenders are now requiring increased down payments (25% or more) and more stringent credit and liquidity profiles.
Get Familiar with the Tax Implications. Rental properties offer some valuable tax benefits. To name a few, you can claim depreciation on rental properties (but not the land), reducing your tax burden year by year. Depreciation, along with the interest expense on a mortgage, may enable you to minimize taxes for some time. Keep in mind, however, that you’ll have to deal with depreciation recapture down the road If and when you sell the rental. In many cases, rental properties operate at a tax loss. One of the hidden benefits of being a landlord is that these “losses” can be deducted on your tax returns (up to $25,000 a year). There are some requirements that must be met, so be sure you understand the rules. The tax implications of owning rental properties can be beneficial, but are also complex. Seek out the help and advice of a tax professional before you delve into the world of residential rental investments…read more