Fix-n-Flip Time & Money

Although many states are exempting building, utility, road, and bridge construction from “stay-at-home” work shutdowns carried out to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, some states are calling for a cessation of all residential construction because it is not defined as “life sustaining” work or “construction of essential infrastructure.” If you read the recent Dallas County Shelter in Place order, you will see that Dallas County has not shut down residential construction. However, some states and counties across the country have. A fix-n-flipper needs to pay attention to the exemptions and inclusions in the work-stoppages orders that are being issued by state or county governments because it may affect your schedule and costs in ways you cannot predict.

Dallas county residents are being ordered to stay in their homes except for crucial work and errands, beginning 11:59P.M. Monday. All businesses that aren’t deemed essential also must stop operating.

Dallas Morning News, Updated 3/22/2020

Your construction loan has or will have terms and limits, usually 24 months for a fix-n-flip loan that will pay 100% of your estimated rehab costs. In an epidemic, you may find that you cannot finish construction in 24 months or within the costs you estimated months ago. If you are faced with a situation like the coronavirus pandemic, something you could neither foresee or prevent, you need to review your contracts for “Force Majeure” and price escalation clauses to understand who bears the risk in the case of work stoppages or rising material costs and shortages that are due to situations that cannot be predicted or avoided.

Be proactive. Start working this out with the organization or lender that lent you the money.  Be sure to understand that if the project needs to be stopped and the contract rewritten who calls the stoppage and who and how everyone involved must be informed.

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Delays often ripple through a project and can cause you to miss the deadline for your loan to be paid back, increasing your interest and penalties. Perhaps you can’t get a plumbing fixture delivered or a critical subcontractor is quarantined, and the next trades scheduled to work cannot proceed. Jump in and be aggressive about finding local alternative materials and even workers.

Louisiana becomes the ninth state to announce a statewide shelter-in-place order since California did so on Thursday night. Residents in Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon and Pennsylvania have begun or are about to begin staying at home for at least two weeks.

The Advocate, March 22, 2020

Below is a list of ways the coronavirus pandemic might affect your fix-n-flip project:

  • Sick workers who must quarantine for 14 days
  • Exposed workers who must quarantine for 14 days
  • Workers required to take off work to care for children when schools close
  • You have to take off work to care for your children when schools close
  • Subcontractors or specialty contractors who do not show up
  • Government permitting offices shutdown
  • Material shortages caused by epidemic in China or elsewhere
  • Shipping delays due to port-of-entry quarantines
  • Construction work stoppages in your area ordered by government to slow the spread of disease.
  • Material shortages cause prices to rise
  • Shipping costs rise owing to transportation shutdowns
  • Order cancellations

If you are in the process of negotiating your loan and calculating your expenses, you need to be very careful in estimating your materials. Right now, in the middle of this epidemic, it is for me, or might be for you, impossible to tell how long impacts to business will last.  Review your contracts to include appropriate “Force Majeure” and price acceleration provision clauses in your contracts. Look for local alternative suppliers.

We wish health and safety to you and yours.

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Patrick@InvestorsLendingSource.com

512-213-2271

Austin, Texas

Tools of the Trade: Blanket Loan

A blanket loan is a loan or mortgage used to fund the purchase of 2 or more pieces of real estate (Wikipedia, Investopedia). The real estate is held as collateral for the mortgage, but the individual pieces of property may be sold without retiring the entire mortgage. Builders and developers, investors in multiple apartment communities, or investors in more than on single family rental property use blanket loans to buy a large tract of land to subdivide or multiple properties to manage as a business. The rental investor may sell one property without redoing the mortgage on the other properties. The developer can create many individual parcels to be sold one at a time without securing a new mortgage each time the sale of a parcel is made.

The blanket loan has a release clause that allows the owner to sell a portion of the secured property and make a corresponding payment on the loan. The outstanding balance on the loan is adjusted accordingly without being completely redone or retired. Most single-house traditional mortgages contain a “due-on-sale clause,” which means the entire outstanding debt is due when the securing property is sold. If this is the type of mortgage a developer or an investor with multiple rental properties has, then each time they sell a property they have to redo all the paperwork to remake the mortgage.

Benefits

The financial benefits for an investor include

  • Only have to pay the fees and costs of one loan rather than applying for and closing multiple mortgages.
  • Negotiated terms, such as the monthly payment may be better under the blanket mortgage, freeing up capital for further investment.
  • Acquiring more than one house to fix-n-flip under one loan when several come on the market at the same time would allow a flipper to take advantage of the opportunity to buy multiple properties all at once (saving time and fees) while still being able to sell them one at a time after they are refurbished.

Danger

The danger to the owner is that if he or she defaults on the mortgage, the lender may seek control of all the properties secured by the loan.

Give me a call or send an e-mail and I will help you to move quickly, get the best deal, and start making money sooner. Patrick@InvestorsLendingSource.com

512-214-2271 Austin, Texas

References:

Kagan, Julia, Investopedia, Defining a Blanket Mortgage, March 8, 2018. https://www.investopedia.com/terms/b/blanket_mortgage.asp

Wikipedia, Blanket Loan. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blanket_loan

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