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American Home Preservation (AHP) looking to close on their biggest pool of 799 homes

American Home Preservation (AHP) is a sponsor of the Simple Passive Cashflow Podcast. But more importantly, I personally invest money in the fund. It literally pays my car lease!

Watch 40-minute webinar here:

Highlights of the investment

  • You are helping people stay in their homes as AHP buys the loans from the banks and attempts to structure a more manageable payment schedule for the existing homeowner
  • AHP pays 12% a year. You get 1% every month like clockwork
  • I use it as an “Opportunity Fund” holding tank because of the liquidity
  • The interface is sleek… check it out

You can start with $100 bucks and then you can incrementally increase your investment however you want.

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Rental #5: Birmingham

This is the first property in a series (1 out of 9) of acquisitions that resulted from a couple 1031 exchanges.  If this is your first time reading this post I suggest you read these few prefaces first.

  1. The inspiration to go for cashflow vs appreciation
  2. The introduction to the 1031-O-Rama: 2 -1031s, 9 properties, in 5 months to convert my Seattle portfolio to cashflowing (low appreciation) boring rentals
  3. Why ladies and gentlemen I went out of state AHH SO SCARY! Sight Unseen SO WILD I KNOW!

This property was put into service in October of 2015 (I know a little behind but I’ll catch up in the next few months). I  acquired the property from a marketer that makes connections with the rehabbers in certain markets and finds buyers such as myself who are typically located in low rent to value ratio locations (this does not necessarily mean high-priced locations) such as California, New York, Hawaii, Seattle, Portland, and basically the coastal areas where all the cool kids what to actually live. Marketers have their place if the buyer is totally clueless but once you purchase a few of these properties the marketer really does not offer much value. The only thing I see that they would offer would be someone to be the bad guy role in a negotiation but many of the marketers are buddy-buddy with the rehabber because of their business relationship and won’t stick their neck out for you. As the buyer, you need to take ownership of the due-diligence process and negotiations because that marketer is not a licensed agent and does not have a fiduciary responsibility to you.

Why Birmingham?

Check out my previous post for a bit more context. My goal was straight cashflow so Memphis and Birmingham were at the top of my list as opposed to Atlanta/Texas which seemed to trade off some cashflow buffer for appreciation potential. I was comfortable going with a seemingly grungier city because I was going for cashflow (rent/value).  A wise mentor of mine told me once “the security of your investment in a market correction is how much cashflow/buffer there is from between your rent minus expenses… when bad times come, how much can you lower the rent to ride out the bad times.” I think most people get wrapped around in analysis paralysis over the plethora of data such as crime stats, employment trends, population trends, etc.  Those indicators tell part of the story but for me the reason I moved forward was just talking to a couple of people who were (not referral based salesmen) investors with disinterested agendas that said “dude, just buy it (from the right people), it just works”. If you have ever heard the saying “stand on the shoulders of giants” that’s what I did – if it worked for these other investors then I’m just going to start where they left off – after all every month I delayed action I lost a potential $200-300 of cashflow.  In the end, maybe it’s just because of my personality, I chose Birmingham because I heard so many podcast ads for Memphis and saw all the investors going there.

Due diligence:

I apologize, it has been so long that it’s hard to remember (again I will get better at this, scouts honor), but I can’t really remember much because there were really no huge exceptions in the due-diligence process.  I did a 3rd party inspector that I got off a referral from other investors. Remember do not take a referral from anyone on the sellers side as that is a huge red flag for their integrity due to the conflict of interest. A big difference in my growth as an investor is running these processes together with the lender’s parallel process and being able to effectively negotiate additional renovations or contract terms. Looking back I probably over paid a few thousand at least more than I would have today with my experience because you just can’t read about this stuff. Also it’s worth noting that you always should connect with a few property management companies and interview them early in this period. In addition, use them to validate your rental numbers and property location.

Closing:

I paid cash for the property initially because it was the sellers terms. I would never it do it again this way since I basically waived my right to a property appraisal. The next step was to refinance the property with a convention Fannie Mae mortgage to pull out most of my initial investment. We had a lot of trouble getting the property to appraise for the value due to the technical processes of the appraisers. Finally, after the third try I finally got an appraisal number that I was able to live with, but the damage had been done and I had to have all my cash tied up in the deal for 2-3 months. Lesson learned was to always have a financing/appraisal contingency to ensure that the property that you buy appraises and that what you pay is what it is worth. This is another example of a standing on the shoulder of giants, when you are financing from day 1 the bank owns 75-80% of the home via the mortgage and they are doing their due diligence too via the title work and appraisal.  Therefore use the banks process as your friend. I got a lot of help from my lender in this transaction as they were the ones behind the scenes working the appraisal issue. This the difference between going with any big bank lender and a lender that works exclusively with investors. Again the golden rule is to always go by referral by another investor.

After the smoke cleared I was out of pocket $27K and had a $50k mortgage. The interest rate was a little under 5% but that does not matter. Sophisticated investors do not look at interest rate and the amount of debt instead they focus on cashflow and effect on net worth because after all who cares if your interest rate is 8% if the deal is returning 20-40%.

Operations:

After all the closing issues got taken care of everything else went pretty smooth and the property got filled by a nice family. Here are the numbers:

5 Rooms/3 Bed/1Bath, 1 story, 1008 SF

Built: 1967

The Story: A nice suburban home in the Center Point area. The property was picked up as a distressed seller and rehabbed

$875 Rent per month

– 10% Property management

–  In the first 18 months I have less than 400 dollars of repairs total

– $395 Mortgage/Interest/Insurance/Taxes (PITI)

I typically get $300-400 per month after expenses. Please note: Make sure you are saving 30-50% at least in reserves for cap ex, expenses, repairs, vacancy. I have had good luck these first 18 months however the law of averages will catch up.

Knock on wood – it really does not get any better than this property because in the first 18 months of ownership I have experienced no vacancy and only $300 of repairs. 🙂 So yea things are pretty boring on this one.

Link to the lively the BiggerPockets Peanut Gallery

2015 Metrics: 22.4% Total Return = 18+2.7+1.7

  1. Cash on Cash %: 18% = 5000 (cashflow) / 27000 (out of pocket)
  2. Mortgage Paydown %: 2.7% = 750 (principal paydown) / 27000 (out of pocket)
  3. Tax Breaks %: 1.7% = 500(25% x depreciation write-off) / 27000 (out of pocket)
  4. Appreciation = ??? I don’t really care but this can potentially be a lot
  5. Inflation = ??? I don’t really care but with all the bailouts and artificially low-interest rate this can be plenty

SPC GIT ‘ER DONE PLAN:

  1. Just do it. Every month of not placing your money into something you lose a potential $200-300 per month. Homes aren’t getting any cheaper and every day you risk a stock market crash.

Hui Deal Pipeline Club Buys Coffee Farms

Here is the deal…about a dozen people in the HUI are buying undeveloped coffee farm parcels at ~15k each.  We can get said discount by buying more as a group. If we buy 3 or more we get 400 dollars off each parcel and 6 or more 900 dollars off each parcel… It’s like Groupon for investing!

Personally, I am going to put this in my SD-HSA because this investment does not need any leverage on my end and therefore the best use of these funds.  Normal pricing is $18,000 for Producing parcels. I was personally going for the raw parcel because of advantages in the long term growing prospects with the initial planning methods not found in the producing parcels despite the lower initial cashflow.


Let me know if you are interested and join our Facebook event in the HUI as we buyers we discuss the investment together. Deadline to commit is May 30th!

HUI Buys Coffee

Can you spy the HUI investors kicking the dirt (hint: 10X Hat)? 
Why coffee and Panama and with International Coffee Farms?


Essentials – I have good conversations with people and it comes up again and again that the best investments are not the shiny tech start up or development deal or flip. Instead, it’s the boring cashflow investment with something that is essential. Just like the Class C/B SFH or MFH, farm investments are commodities. It makes so much sense… as all the Nouveau-rich amateurs are running around speculating, the sophisticated investors are quietly buying up these stable investments.

Ethics– Dave and his team strive for good returns and coffee but also put an emphasis on improving the work environment for his people. Spending a little bit more for better equipment and working conditions for the Panamanian workers may not make the coffee taste better or increase production but it is the right thing to do.

Engineering– Turns out Coffee production is a bit of a science and the team employs modern methods to growing coffee that outperforms local unsophisticated growers.

Check out the Farm Tour page for the next tour in beautiful Boquete! http://internationalcoffeefarms.com/farm-tour/

Through International Coffee Farms you can own a parcel in your very own Specialty Coffee farm, in Panama Deeded 0.5 acre parcels professionally managed for you turnkey from $18,000 USD
“Sustainable Income Through Offshore Sustainable Agriculture”.

You will be able to find this information on both the International Coffee Farms website http://internationalcoffeefarms.com/
Let me know if you are in by sending me an email at Lane@simplepassivecashflow.com

Cash out or Refi? That is the Question?

When you start out investing in Single Family Homes or Multi-family Class C/B… optimizing every single fee dollar (emergency fund of course) into down payments for more assets that put cash into your pocket, things are simple!

Now when you start to add things into the mix like your mother lives in your home, you want to househack your brother, your wife will only let you get two homes per year, or you can sell a condo for some random reason things get really hard.

Personally, I don’t really have any restrictions of the sort but every situation is different especially if you have one of the aforementioned constraints.

One of these examples is to sell properties when the total return on investment decreases to a point to where the total returns (cashflow, tax benefits, appreciation, and mortgage paydown) get below ~15% or less than the next best thing. Now some people can’t sell these properties to property optimize the equity into other investments and for those people cash-out refis and Helocs are an option.

Check out this link and learn the nuances of the Heloc vs  Cash-Out Refi strategy.

I will say one bad thing about Helocs is that you can’t get a loan for the entire amount.  There is always 10-15% of the equity you are never going to get at – like the last few cups of water in my Brita filter dispenser… errrr! I see people try to quantify Helocs with interest rates but I feel that’s the bad way to argue its usage because it does not take into account the 10-15% left over in equity.

Podcast #052 – Fundamentals – Caeli Ridge – All About Financing Single Family Homes with Government Subsided Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Loans

Fannie Mae/Freddie Mae Loans currently at 10 loans or 10 golden tickets
Some Credit Unions have portfolio loans but its all going back to the Government
As of 4/2017 – 0 to 6 rentals is in one book (guidelines) 7-10 is in the other book
1) Credit Score – 720 or greater in spots 7-10
2) Assets – Liquid and Non-Liquid for downpayment (must be sourced and seasoned 2-months liquid) and cash reserves needs 1-6 liquid or non liquid for subject property needs to show 6 months PITI plus 2 months for each other property in addition. For property 7-10 you need 6 months PITI for all properties
3) Dept to Income (DTI) – 50%
We get to use 75% of the supposed rents as income in DTI
LOE – Letter of Explanation
Price adjustments
30 day rate lock
Timing the appraisal
Portfolio loans
Delayed Financing

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Podcast#050 – Interview – Mark Kenney – CPA to Apartment Syndication

Mark is a seasoned real estate investor, entrepreneur and founder of Think Multifamily. Mark started his real estate career over 20 years ago and has extensive experience in property valuation, acquisition, and operations. He has a passion to help others succeed in the multifamily arena.

Mark is invested in 1,750 units and has a top-notch reputation among the multifamily investment community for providing exceptional value to investors and the community while being easy to work with.

Mark is a 1993 graduate at Michigan State University in Accounting and is a CPA. He has provided IT consulting for 20 years and is leveraging his vast IT experience to bring new creative technologies that will help others in the multifamily space. He has worked for organizations such as KPMG Consulting, EDS, SAP, HP, and founded Simplifying-IT which provides IT services to fortune 500 companies.

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