Podcast #94 – Fundamentals – Ask Lane: MFH latest underwriting hacks, GP/LP Splits, reading an executive summary, mobile homes

Stories from my SFH portfolio… Show notes below:

One of my longest tenants went AWOL. 🙁

“They did send in a partial payment of  $965 that we received on Monday..  They now owe for January and $385 past due.  for a total of $1,263  I am not sure why they are being so uncooperative for the inspection”

A couple weeks later…

“She has been in the hospital again.  I gave her our direct number and she said she will call.  She is also supposed to bring the late part and will bringing last months rent in about a week and half.  She apologized for the trouble of getting her, but she was not able to return calls.”

I like to work through and with my property management.

They alerted me of the issue.

“Seems like valid reason for being late. Maybe we can ask for hospital invoice or doctor note just for record keeping. We might submit to the potential seller to explain the gap in the rent rolls. That way we can verify it too. “

Rats!

The dishwasher stopped working in this home.  It looks like it needs a new sprayer arm and wire harness for $285.89.  But the bigger picture is there are rodents in the home that chewed the wires.  See pictures.

We will need the approval to repair the dishwasher but first, we will also need to get a quote for rodent removal.  The quotes for rodent removal are free so I will send someone out to see how extensive the rodent issue is.  I will keep you updated and we will go from there.

Our tech went to this property and reported the following:

dishwasher model# gz8945pg35 wire harness was chewed by rodents also spray arm has burn spots estimate for repair $285.89

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Our tech made a temporary fix to wires so dishwasher is working now.  We also recommend to do something about rodents otherwise they may cause more issue….

But hey just got my AHP and private lending not monthly payment J

Mold in one of my properties

Buying a drone-

For the past few years I have been amazed the amazing drone shots.

J Martin posted some shots in Changmai, Thailand and I started to ask him which one he used. Basically there are two of them that everyone gets one that is mobile and in 1080p (300) the other which is larger and in 4K (1000).

I’ve been adding videos to our YouTube channel and think that the 4K is where the future is. I’m making the leap to get the 1000 dollar version. I also am going to consider it a business purchase so I can get a nice entrepreneur discount too. Sometimes I think in amazement how crazy that would be to buy such a toy for a miser like myself. But then I figure I would take cool shots for our investor club when I do due diligence. How cool would it be to take shot of drilling rigs for exploratory drilling? Yup we are going there.

A couple of years ago when we were working our first project in Iowa which we ultimately dropped we did some video and it really brought the project to life.

As a side note, I had shinny object syndrome kick in and thought I would be able to make videos for other companies. Imagine I could go to a CrossFit and record their outdoor workout or go to a wedding (and get free food).

Then I thought that I could get a dime a dozen (commodity employee) or Millennial good with computers to do the tedious editing for me.

But then I stopped myself. But the whole mental exercise brought insight about what I want to ultimately hit my Simple Passive Cashflow number when you work on things for joy and engagement. What better to help people share awesome visuals and be around people on their special day like a wedding or birthday party.

So I heard Uncle Buck Joffrey started intermittent fasting a few months ago and lost 40 lbs. I started doing IF when I started renting out my first home in 2010. I can remember reading the ebook “eat stop eat”.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The first wealth is health.”

I needed to step my game up so I decided to find a personal trainer. So stay tuned for that. After spending 60k in 2016 and 30k in 2017 on training and mentorship I truly see the value of it. Of course, as you know I am someone who takes action. I can also say being on the other end mentoring you guys in my paid coaching program that it’s neat seeing the barriers broken. Honestly, I don’t feel like I do much but the results are amazing. As an ex crossfit coach myself, if you would asked me if paying someone 90 dollars to count my reps and pass me the weights… I would have thought you were crazy. But now I get it!

Wanted to share a trend that I have been seeing in the past 6 months in MFH (idk how it manifests in sfh?)

The class c assets are getting beat down by cap rate compression (delta between cap rate and interest rates) and therefore a lot of the experienced investors are getting into class b because the per cost unit is getting pretty much the same. This is moving away from the normal business plan for turning class c to b. The thought is… heck might as well go for the 1980s build instead of 1960-1970s stuff for the same price. Having a newer asset might also be a little more conservative way to go with this stage in the market cycles because in a correction A will move to B… And B will move to C and the lower class D/C in the tertiary areas will see most of the vacancy or rent concessions.

Hurricanes:

I got to pondering looking back when New Orleans was hit by Hurricane Katrina there were short-term disruptions to gas prices especially since Houston is a major think tank for the metro industry. I expect Federal money which might have been focused on (helicopter money) be spent on infrastructure spending or tax cuts NOW be redirected to damage recovery.. Which will manifest as tax breaks, loan subsidies, or other incentives offered to entice investment capital to flow into affected markets.

Definitely an opportunity in the short term to go in there and develop to take advantage of the fiscally earmarked casually funds.

As a long-term buy hold investor what I am keying in on is what the big institutional players (like insurance companies) will do. I suspect they will actually have to pony up and pay claims in Houston and Florida which will divert funding away from their Plan A: financing new class A multi-family apartments in other markets. This results in less new developments coming online which is great for Class B and C mfh investors who have been struggling with the recent cap rate compression.

Other random thoughts:

  1. Low / no equity homeowners will walk from their properties and focus on rebuilding their lives as renters for the next 2 years. These foreclosures will certainly impact values in numerous communities throughout Houston.2. Many insurance companies will re-think the coastal markets and their policy premiums for same. This, along with the inevitable increase in flood insurance premiums will also impact buying power for future homeowners.3. Landlords will be in demanding higher rents as there will be a shortage of housing for the next year or while properties are rebuilt.

    4. Long-term impact can only be speculated on since this was an epic storm that caused billions in damage to homes, autos and businesses but those purchasing SFR’s better buy very, very low or they could be the next distressed sellers.

Changes in MFH Underwriting and getting deals

I’ve had some hurdles here.  It seems the standards in submitting LOI’s have been changing the past 9 months. What changes have you been seeing from the front line?

1/ Business conditions are dictating POF with the LOI.   Based on the latest sophisticated investors are underwriting deals with 80/20 terms,  1% interest only and 1.25 DSCR.

It’s becoming more common for brokers to review the buyers’ underwriting before accepting an LOI to present to the sellers.  The brokers view these terms as aggressive and are reluctant to submit my LOI.  It matters who your lender because it comes down to team and a portion of it is your lender.  Large deals have been falling out of escrow due to over-aggressive underwriting that cannot find financing.  Las Vegas lenders are underwriting at 65/35 LTV, 1.3 DSCR.  You can change your underwriting to match Las Vegas standards, giving brokers more comfort, and therefore remain on the ‘A’ list or do nothing.

A lot of time you will needs POF with the LOI.  Use an angel… anyone who is an ‘Angel’ on the LOI, will be given the option to KP and co-sponsor ( if qualified ) the deal if the LOI is accepted.  The average $/unit for a C-class, value-add, stabilized asset in a C to B- area is $55-85K.  The POF for a 200 unit property at the top end is $5.95M.

2/  Post close liquidity equal to 10% of the loan.

3/  Proof of net worth equal to the value of the property.

4/  Hard money; the standard is becoming 1% of the purchase price (I haven’t submitted an LOI with hard money yet; .5% hard money and see if that places me in best and final).

Question: I heard you say in the podcast that you have a team in Atlanta. How did you go about building a team there? Is there a podcast episode on that?

I think it’s no secret that as the sellers market matures, turnkey properties not in war-zones are becoming endangered species. When I began picking these things up in 2013 you could get inside the loop highway (under an hour commute to the city center) and get a 1980-1990s product. Now you are looking outside of the loop highway and in 1940-1960 properties. The good turnkey providers are frankly making more money selling to retail buyers than us cheapo investors who has got a million questions. The stuff I see coming out on most lists are properties that you would not want to buy. Unless you have someone boots on the group (who is not trying to sell you) and is agnostic to the transaction, you are going in blind to a loaded minefield.

I am beginning to leverage my contacts and finding investor focused real estate agents who know what to look for in a rental property. This effectively cuts out the middleman in the transaction but it requires you to know what you are doing in the first place (two to four transactions or a mentor) so you can coach your agent and arrange for contractors. You find one person who is good you find the others because good people associate with good people.

I feel like the SimplePassiveCashflow Facebook group has reached a tipping point where everything you need from a peer investor network is here. You just have to go about it the right way. One wrong way I see it done and I see it done in other groups and BiggerPockets is being an “ask-hole”. Asking a one off question and not contributing to the community is a sure way to get crickets and a one off answer. But you miss the point, which is to build a relationship. Put your perspective goggles on and think… how can I add value to someone or others? What do they need?

So my call to action is if you want to team up with me and help me source properties and teams let me know. The rest please stand by for PML deals and others on the Hui Deal Pipeline club.

We need to stick together and work collectively. As a Hui. I know what happens when you read a few websites and podcasts and go it Rambo style because I did it myself when I first got started. You will get eaten by the sharks and you won’t know what got taken from you. You leave so much money on the table that you don’t realize a couple years down the road.

I don’t want to discourage anyone from not buying because at the end of the day even with the prices as they are it’s still better than the equity markets. I currently believe that there is a 50% chance we will see a recession in the next three years so keep investing just as long as the numbers make sense. If you don’t know the numbers or think you know get someone to help.

Where do you think the crossover point is?

I am talked to over a couple hundred people over the past year and for those people SAVING less than 30K per year after their day job should invest in rentals or turnkey rentals in a market like kansas city, memphis, atlanta, birmingham, not seattle, san francisco, california…

The short term goal is to gain landlord/acquisition knowledge and build a cashflow base of a couple thousand every month. But once you achieve that you should step up to larger passive partnerships/syndications because the return to pain in the butt ratio is greater. People who call/email/write on forums fail to see this two phase journey. People hear the benefits of MFH and come up with the ridiculous 1000 unit goal when they have not even see if they are borrowing material on their first buy and hold. Eventually, a lot of people quite a fizzle out while starting out on the MFH road when they should have done sfh and this insight.

As much as I advocate for “simple” I am really an advocate for the minimal effective dose to maximize returns with minimal effort.

So I’m trying to learn how to evaluate syndications as a passive investor. I was looking to a deal that was presented to me near your last one and I ran a quick analysis. What do you think?

CONS:

– 1990s build A class than B/C Class @ 120k per door and value-add reposition is from B/C to A, risky at this market cycle in event of a recession and rent contraction (Usually we are buying at 45-65K a door with a stabilized building that have over 90% occupancy)

– Loan is 80.25% LTV -> too high? – (This is not really a factor – you want to be borrowing as much as you can and this is why you are going with such syndication to buy in bulk with others and get better terms. When looking at the loan you need to look at the term such as loan length, if it is recourse or non-recourse, and pre-payment terms)

– Loan is 36 months -> dangerous in this cycle (5 years and less is dangerous, just closed on a property in OKC for 10 year 4.22% 3 year interest only)

PROS:

– Sponsors experienced – how did you verify this? (Talking to investors who were in past deals. Relying on my network to discuss reputation and character. Note: This is not going to be completed by emails or phone calls.)

– Investor waterfall favourable – (Waterfalls create complexity and typically they mean less returns for the passives. Generally, the best terms for investors is a simple 80/20 or 70/30 split. Waterfalls raise a red flag for me. I have seen people balk from a high sponsor fee but that is just one thing, if it’s a deal then the sponsor should be able to take what they want. A deal is something that is underwritten very conservatively – see below)

Based on my limited and growing knowledge, I wouldn’t invest in this deal if I had the funds. What do you think?

(You are scratching the surface of these: A true analysis of the deal requires you to have income and loss statements and rent rolls going back 12 months and possibly 36 months. This is where analysis totally differs from SFH or units under a dozen. Another part is to analyze the rental comps because 90% of the projections are based on the proforma rents per square footage. A lot of smoke and mirrors can be used by leads and brokers to inflate this number. Comps need to be verified and it is really a touchy feely thing. It cannot be a feeling on hey this 1985 property looks like this 1987 property on the westside of the train tracks looks like I can get $1.12/Rent per SF. Warning…I have see a lot of garbage underwriting play with annual rent increases 2.5%+ a year, expenses increase less than inflation – under 2% annual increases, and total rent increases of over 18% – this is something Patrickherbig.com has really opened my eyes too.  Past performance is not an indicator of success and 2012-2016 anyone could have made money if you were in the right place.)

I saw the last deal you did was at a 70/30 as opposed to 80/20, which is what I understand to be the generally accepted industry standard for syndications.  How do you think about evaluating deals with respect to the profit split, both from the investor and the sponsor perspective?  I’m trying to understand the situations where a “below market” upside would be acceptable and how the sponsors decide what structure to use – is it just based on supply/demand and the reputation of the deal sponsors (ie the sponsors/GPs will make the deal as favorable to them vs the LPs as possible while still being able to attract investors)?

I see a lot of yahoos doing 70/30 splits with silly assumptions like 1% expenses increases and expectations of over 20% bump in rents. I also see a lot of 80/20 and 90/10 deals that are run by folks with long and short track records. Beware of a person with a nice suit. I think I need to personally show up better because of people never the less associate a shinny pdf deck and cool bio page as reliability or perceived value. I would not really look at the GP/LP splits. The way I see it if it’s a great deal then we as LPs should have a large room for error and heck yea the GP should be taking a large cut. But things get muddled by the assumptions the GP is using and quite frankly unless you have analyzed 100-200 large MFH properties and put in a few LOIs I don’t think you will be able to see where the red flags are. There is a YouTube video “Bear and basketball awareness test” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ahg6qcgoay4 where you get fixated on this split stuff and forget the fundamentals of the deal.

Thoughts on mobile home parks/ self-storage?

I recognize as both still being in the real estate category as a good way to diversify away from Real Estate in a heated market. I admit I don’t know much about the two, especially self-storage. From what I have gathered from other investors the Cashflow in Mobile homes is a little higher but there is not as explosive upside as apartments. This upside is really never captured in a conservative proforma anyway. Mobile home parks are a not being made and in times of correction, they are going to be in very high demand.

I have been looking at some mobile home parks and talking to a bunch of you if you are more interested in either a single asset higher risk/reward mobile home park or a more diversified play of multiple parks in one.

Podcast #93 – Fundamentals – 1031 Exchange tips with Russell Marsan of IPX1031

Lane’s note: I personally don’t like 1031 exchanges for sophisticated investors who will one day graduate to syndications because they are not “like kind” exchange. It just goes to show that understand where your advice is coming from. A lender will want you to get a portfolio loan, a lawyer will want you to get an elaborate entity structure, and a 1031 custodian will want you to do a 1031 exchange.
You get to list and buy a property from who ever
I bought 9 properties by selling 2 properties and delayed the taxes
Note: recorded in 2017 prior to 2018 tax changes
a 1031 exchange avoids capital gain and depreciation recapture
Drawbacks – you have to time the sale and purchase of the new asset
In a sellers market you can get a good price but have trouble finding a good asset
45 day rule – you have this time period begins at the close of escrow of the first property you have to identify a list of property that they would possibly close on
180 day rule – you have this time period begins at the close of escrow of the first property you have to close on the replacement property
Try to line up inventory in the pipeline
Delaware Statutory Trust – you close on relinquished property and park the money goes into the exchange account with intermediary
Reverse exchange – alleviates selling property and not finding anything – you can take all the time in the world to acquire the property and then sell your relinquished property, the problem is that it is costly, qualified intermediary else closes the new property, required cash to purchase new property and possibly need a L1 environmental
Section 721 – donate real estate to partnership interest
And exotic exchange ideas

2018 Trends in Population Movement

2017 Data is in! See PDF report
1) Population migrations
2) Uhaul Report (Blue collar jobs)
3) Van Line Report (White collar jobs)
4) 2018 Best Places for young professionals
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Podcast#92 – #LaneHack – Coaching & Group Coaching Programs

Fill out this intake form and Email Lane@SimplePassiveCashflow.com

More details: SimplePassiveCashflow.com/coaching

 

Coaching packages including everything Lane knows and following elements:

Pick the path that is right for you:

    • Buy Hold Rentals
    • Remote Turnkey Rentals
    • Go big with Apartment Investing
    • Decoding Syndication as a Limited Partner
    • Raise money from others and Syndicate
    • Building a team

 

Find & Analyze deals

    • Be able to point out Sucker deals for “Californians”
    • Underwrite the property conservatively via cashflow analysis
    • Get every dollar on the table in the due-diligence period and punch list negotiation
    • Get the best financing option with Lane’s preferred lenders
    • Leverage Lane’s Deal-flow and Rolodex

 

Put it all together

    • How to setup your personal systems to not go crazy
    • Balance with your full-time job
    • Optimize taxes with my best practices and the proven professionals to advice you
    • Best technology to use
    • Learn the investor mindset and remove limiting beliefs
    • Future goal setting and clear 5-year plan after our program is over

 

Other possible scope of services

    • Growing your brand
    • Syndicate big and small deals
    • Start your own podcast
    • Internet marketing
    • Networking the right way

More details: SimplePassiveCashflow.com/coaching

Are you stuck holiday shopping?

Sitting around waiting in lines or family to finish holiday shopping? Here is some good reading?

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/12/14/older-wealthier-americans-are-the-new-renters.html

https://www.realpage.com/mpf-research/leaderboard-annual-permits-remains-largely-unchanged-october/

https://www.axiometrics.com/resources/axio-media/blogs/marriage-family-household-statistics-could-help-explain-propensity-to-rent/

http://www.nreionline.com/multifamily/has-multifamily-market-growth-been-stronger-urban-or-suburban-settings

https://alndata.com/multifamily-floorplan-distribution/?utm_source=December2017Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Read+the+Article

Like this type of content? Please email to a friend! Want to join the closed Facebook group? Use this link to setup a time to chat: https://calendly.com/simplepassivecashflow/20

Defaulting on my mortgage & Credit Score Impacts

I recently attended a local real estate Meet-up and there was a talk from a lender. Instead of wasting your time traveling there and inevitable fluff in these meetings… here are my takeaways from Credit Score SME presentation… 

1) Previously 50% utilization on each credit card (not an aggregate of all cards) is now 30% to have an impact on the score. Things are getting stricter.

2) They now look at “payment acceleration” meaning paying the minimums every month is looked down upon. Might want to pay 50 bucks one month then 55 then 60 then 65…

I recently had the experience of missing the payments on two of my mortgages and went into default for 30-60 days and got register mail sent to me for being a naughty boy. My autopayments got backed up and the mail got sent to my old address in the move to Hawaii. Things are fine now and I got everything caught up. In the end, I saw my score take a 60 point hit, but I don’t really care because for commercial loans it does not really matter what your personal fico is. It just can’t be terrible. And by the way I got caught up and saw some of my credit card interest rates go up.

credit score

After

A lot of you guys who book a call with me are using HELOCs to purchase more properties. The optimum credit score for that is 620.

Also wanted to thank you all for the support this year and wanted to give people of big plans for 2018! Let’s work together to redirect money from the Wall-Street casinos and corrupt financial institutions…To help the endangered ‘Middle Class’ savers find safer, more profitable investments in Main Street opportunities benefiting local communities. Please email the website and podcast to a friend. And remember If you or someone you refer invests at least $50K into one of my future deals you will be invited to my exclusive Ali’i Mastermind with other 12-20 other serious investors to discuss deals and our own portfolios.

Mark Ferguson interviews me on Investing in Out of State Properties

Hi guys, I figure you are tired of hearing my voice but I was recently on Mark Ferguson’s podcast. He is killing it in Denver as a home flipper and doing it right by putting part of his earnings to cashflowing rentals… Here is the post from Mark’s website below:

Lane Kawaoka is my guest on this week’s episode of the InvestFourMore Real Estate Podcast. Lane is a full-time engineer but also loves to invest in real estate. Lane has always worked on the west coast or Hawaii, where it is really hard to find cash-flowing rental properties. He has had to invest out-of-state to find deals that made sense to him. On this show, we talk about how he first got involved in real estate and how he both bought houses from turn-key companies and on his own. We also talk about what his current goals and how he is changing his investing strategy.

Click the green button below to listen to the podcast

How did Lane first get involved in real estate?

Lane graduated college and became a full-time engineer about ten years ago. He wanted to buy a primary residence but had to save up money to afford properties in his area. He finally bought a house for himself, but it was not as great as he thought it would be. He was always traveling for work and never had a chance to enjoy his home. He decided to rent out the property, and that became his first rental.

How to use house hacking to buy rental properties.

Lane realized he loved the passive income that his rental property provided, and he decided to keep buying rentals. He bought a duplex in Seattle for $250,000. That duplex rented for $3,000 per month and was also a great investment. The problem he ran into was the market exploded in Seattle much like it has in Colorado. His duplex was worth $400,000 a few years after he bought it, but rents had barely risen. Finding any good proprieties in the Seattle area was really hard.

How to invest in rentals when prices are high.

How did Lane start investing in out-of-state rental properties?

Lane knew he could not invest in the Seattle market any longer, so he looked into turn-key rentals. Turn-key rentals are properties that have already been repaired, rented out, and have property management in place so that investors can buy a property and start making money immediately.

Lane bought a property in Birmingham Alabama for $70,000 that he rented out for $850 per month. Lane bought a few more turn-key properties and then started to buy properties himself with the use of agents and property managers.

How did Lane make sure he bought good turn-key properties?

Lane has a number of tips for people looking to buy turn-key rental properties:

  • Get a 3rd party to check out the neighborhood and area if you are not familiar with it.
  • Don’t be afraid to find your own property management company.
  • Sometimes, buying properties with a loan can be a benefit because you need to get an appraisal that will confirm the value.

I also think people looking to buy a turn-key should not be afraid to get an inspection done on the house. You could even order a BPO to be done on the property.

How to complete due diligence on a turn-key property.

How has Lane bought out-of-state rental properties without a turn-key company?

If you want to buy out-of-state rental properties on your own, it can be tough, but it is possible. The problem with many turn-key companies is getting a good deal is very tough. If you can find deals yourself, you may be able to make more money. However, you need to find:

Lane has bought a number of properties outside of his areas without using a turn-key company. He said the key to pulling off the investment was finding a great property manager. If you can find a really good property manager, they can help you decide where to buy properties and what they will rent out for, and they can help you find contractors and agents.

How to invest in out-of-state rentals.

How can you contact Lane?

Lane loves to help others invest, and he is also working on syndicating large multifamily deals. Make sure you listen to the podcast to hear what his plans are with apartments and why they have become his focus over single-family rentals. You can find lane at simplepassivecashflow.com,where he has a podcast and many free resources for investors.

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Podcast#080 – Moving from Single Family to Multifamily Investing

Hey guys I’m about to get naked here… I am personally making a shift in my portfolio to MFH Investing and wanted to see if you could help me find a buyer for my stabilized 10 property 1.2M portfolio.. 10 B Class properties in Birmingham/Atlanta/Indy (rents $900+/month)

I have selected a few potential turnkey rental sellers, however, I wanted to leverage my network and see if we can cut the broker commissions out of it. I’ll give you details on how you can get the P&L for the past few years on every property but first…A few PSAs.

  1. National Save for Retirement Week: October 15 – 21, 2017
  2. Scam emails to get information from more and more wholesalers
  3. Insurance want 5% deductible

My story – bought a couple of rentals in Seattle and 1031 exchange those to 10 SFH essentially turnkey rentals out of state in Atlanta, Birmingham, Indianapolis.

The other day I asked the question on BP… did not get much of a response since BP is a platform for newbies or active investors who flip or wholesale homes. SPC is a platform with secret Facebook groups of profession W2 employees with some cash and little time on their hands.

https://www.biggerpockets.com/forums/223/topics/481347-crossover-point-for-turnkey-rentals-vs-syndication-as-a-passive

As I talked a few podcasts ago of a 10k repair, and multiple other headaches, my attitude for these SFHs are changing. Its kind of funny talking to the many of you that are setting up calls to get on the Hui Deal Pipeline Club to getting sent the deals I come across:

https://simplepassivecashflow.activehosted.com/f/3

Please go through the first 20 podcasts in early 2016 and love the story of this SFH buyer but then they are like WTF you are turning on us like a villain going to MFH.

“Find me an investor who has 50 SFHs and I will show you an investor who was invested under a rock and stoned himself to death with said rock” -Archimedes

After over a few hundred investor consultants over the past couple years here is what I tell W2 employees. For those who are able to save more than $30k a year or have substantial liquidity (over 200k), being a landlord and especially flipping is a lot of work. If you like it cool… but just remember why we got into this… To be free from a JOB. Directly investing in a turnkey rental or small MFH is a good way to start to learn and build up the war chest to go into my scaleable investments such as private placement syndications. Whatever you do, try to be as close to the investment as possible. This is the fundamental problem I have with Wall Street who takes too much fees off the hard working efforts of the middle class.

The straw that broke the camels back…

One of my Atlanta properties went over a changeover, tenant went MIA, went through process to evict – always start the time clock. Armed sheriff had to go and remove items on the street, dead cats were found, $5000 just to remove items, concern over the property could have been condemned. I got Proserve out of Atlanta to go in with radiation suits to clean it up, got a bill for $27K, wtf, some of the scope items were a little ridiculous like 500 dollars for gutters, 5000 for paint, and siding etc. I had them re-estimate it to give me the “dude I’m not a rich idiot price and got it lowered to 20K.

There is no such thing as turnkey. Check out these disaster photos… https://photos.app.goo.gl/R4PZLuOLGHONO5Rl2

Tony Robbins says “Things don’t happen to you but for you.”

This was a sign from above which many of you guys hear from me that I sort of believe in. I was already mentally making the shift to making the move. Going down the quote from the repair company it was clear that a lot of the scope items were a bit excessive and the pricing was inflated. This was to be expected, for example paint on rooms that did not really need painting for $5000 or new gutters cleaning for $500.

If you want to see this document. Please leave me an iTunes review or send me an email referral to a friend and i’ll send it over. Lane@SimplePassiveCashflow.com

Stages of trauma… denial, anger, sadness, motivation.

What I know now I am able to now only make a high yield but a fraction of the effort. None of this screwing around sending docs to my lender in the evenings for a couple months to get one dinky SFH to cash flow a couple hundred dollars a month then do it all over again 20-50 times… then to have it all taken away with a large capex or turnover repair.

Tony Robbins says “You destiny is shaped in your decisions.”

We waste so much time making decisions. A lot of people myself included get shiny object syndrome when really its an excuse.

This was my hero moment or burning of the boats moment to leave the security of a few thousand of passive cashflow a month to go liquid for a while. Hopefully Amazon will announce that Atlanta will be the new second HQ on their quest for world domination.

One drawback about selling is about repaying a lot of depreciation recapture and capital gains going back all the way from 2009. As you remember I traded my two Seattle properties for the majority of these rentals via a 1031 exchange. This is why I am not a fan of a 1031 exchange no matter what you hear on a surface level on other podcasts. Another reason to keep listening and please do me a favor and share it with friends because we go deep on this stuff because I’m learning everyday. I’ll repeat I don’t like 1031 exchanges because many of us are going to graduate in large syndications and that is not a like kind exchange. Executing a 1031 most likely means you are going into a lukewarm deal and lose all your negotiation power as a buyer. But i’ll expand on this at a later date.

Picture of my back of envelope tax hit

I want to be very clear… If you are not an accredited investor, sophisticated, or have a large sum of liquify… single family homes is the starting point for you. Too many call me with lofty goals and have list of pro’s/con’s of MFH vs SFH, but you need to know the basics before you screw up the big stuff. You have to pay your dues. Set that barrier to entry lower because most people won’t do anything.

That said for a limited time I invite you listeners to make offers on my portfolio of SFHs “Lane’s Pac-10”. List price is 1.2M right about 1% Rent-to-Value Ratio (More info –http://simplepassivecashflow.com/podcast-3-rent-to-value-ratio/)

I figure it was only fair if I showed you my naked photos… I mean P&Ls that you take a few minutes to complete a form with your investor profile on.

And if you are listening to this after 2017 and would like to see how frequency of rental checks, vacancy, late payments, repairs, cap ex across all my properties please leave me an iTunes review or send me an email referral to a friend and i’ll send it over.Lane@SimplePassiveCashflow.com

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Podcast #071 – Fundamentals – Recent Setbacks in my Rentals

Setbacks in a rental investment merely teach you about yourself or the systems you use.

Wait, catch yourself if you are feeling sorry for me… Setbacks in a rental investment merely teach you about yourself or the systems you use. It is an opportunity for growth! And in real estate is a capital improvement that is bolstered in the future.

Rental Investment Costs incurred to date are as follows:

Attorney’s Fees                                $268.30

Eviction Services                              $1,310.00

Total                                                  $1,578.30

Haul, Disinfect & Clean                   $4,800.00

Total                                                   $6,378.30

(Less) Security Deposit                     $1,295.00

Total Out-of-Pocket Exp                   $5,083.30

Always underwrite and double check you have the buffer!