Migration Boom

People are moving. Single-family houses in the suburbs are opportunities real estate investors should consider.

According to an article in Mansion Global, apartment living in densely populated urban areas is already losing its appeal to Americans as they process their experiences during the coronavirus pandemic. Many people are eyeing options for relocating to the suburbs and a single-family home after facing the challenges of coming into contact with infected individuals in apartment building common areas and restrictions on their use of outdoor spaces like pools and game rooms.

Buyers crave —ROOM— living space, outdoor space, privacy, flexibility, and safety.

When you are researching a purchase of a rental property, evaluate:

  1. Is there room for an office in the house?
  2. Does the house have a good-sized yard?
  3. Is there a pool in the backyard?
  4. Is there a deck or porch that offers a sheltered option to living indoors?
  5. Is the neighborhood safe to walk around in at night?
  6. Is there a neighborhood association and is it restrictive?
  7. Did local authorities try to restrict people’s use of their yard during the pandemic?
  8. Consider taxes. People are richer in states where taxes are lower.
  9. Big or tiny, single family homes in suburbs near major cities offer good opportunities for people to escape living in densely populated apartment buildings where entrances and recreation space is shared and access is restricted. If you need funding, apply now. I am working online with the rest of you.

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Fixing Up Houses for Seniors

The coronavirus pandemic has cast a shadow of mortal danger over senior community-living and assisted-living options, nursing home options, and the option of living fulltime on a cruise ship grazing the buffets and watching people, waves, and whales.  Instead of looking forward to being safe with others our own age, with staff to care for us, and convenient medical care, we find that living in community might expose us to a virus we have no immunity to and a particular susceptibility for.

Even if one eyes being sick alone with anxiety, aging in place, at home has become even more attractive in recent months, and it has also become more possible. Advances in electronic technology have given many seniors more tools to use to assist them in staying at home while they age. Online shopping and delivery of even groceries and the surge in telemedicine are a couple of the technologies that have taken off during the pandemic. According to the Wall Street Journal article by Peter Grant, Senior-Housing Communities Face Higher Vacancy Rates Amid Coronavirus, virtual “doctor visits through American Well, also known as Amwell, increased 1000% during a six-week period (1).”

While senior community investors are taking a beating right now, a fix-n-flip real estate investor might be able to turn a profit on small rundown houses by remodeling them into the perfect haven for a senior citizen who wants to avoid community living. The task will mean focusing on details that seniors would be looking for and then marketing those amenities when you sell the home. I’ve scoured several articles for ideas about what to remodel in a fix-n-flip for seniors.

The first Advice I found was “buy a single-story home.” (3)

ENTRANCE

Make a no-rise entry by adding a ramp instead of steps. (3)

Repair uneven or cracked walkways outside and add nonslip surfaces. (3)

If stairs must stay, add 1 ½-inch diameter rails on both sides. (3)

Add reflective strips to top and bottom of stairs. (3)

Create doorways that are wide enough for a wheelchair.

Add benches and hooks for packages both inside and outside an entrance. (3)

Make a cleanup station or mud room near the door so guests can wash hands, remove shoes, discard coats, and pick up a face mask at the entrance and not expose inhabitant to pathogens.

Put a roof over at least one entryway. (3)

KITCHEN

Install appliances with easy-to-read controls and push buttons. (3)

Install a wall oven. (3)

Make a microwave drawer. (3)

Use lazy Susan’s, rollout drawers, glass doors, and open shelving in cabinets and pantries. (3)

Install a single lever kitchen faucet. (3)(4)

LIVING AREA

Removing small step ups and down between rooms and replacing them with ramps.

Install flooring that is nonslip even when wet in bath and kitchen. (2) (3) (4)

Install outlets where they will be most useful, such as on walls where a flat screen would be used so cords don’t show and a little above desk height on walls and in the corners for charging devices or plugging in computers.

BATHROOMS

Install u-shaped and vertical grab bars in the shower and near the bathtub (2) (3) and add back bracing to the walls in these areas. (3)

A walk-in tub.

Install a curb-less entrance to the shower. (4)

Give shower floors a non-slip coating. (4)

Install shower seating, some are fold down. (2) (3)

Install adjustable handheld shower sprayers. (2) (3) (4)

Add extra lightening to shower area. (3) (4)

Install tall or comfort-height toilets and bars to grip when one is lowering and lifting themselves off the toilet. (4)

Add lever faucets to bathroom sinks. (3) (4)

OUTSIDE

Install new decks with handrails and no splinters.

Add Raised garden beds to the landscaping.

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55+

Renting and “aging in place,” but not alone, is a growing preference for aging baby boomers and seniors and offers a unique opportunity for investors who want to invest in and operate multifamily units.

Baby boomers are defined as those born between 1946 and 1964 while seniors are defined as those born before 1946.

According to research done by ARBOR, an increasing number of senior renters now live with unrelated adults across all multifamily property types. Small apartment buildings (5-49 units) have slightly higher shares of senior renters with roommates compared to large multifamily properties (50+ units). However, the co-living senior renter segment is growing the fastest in large-asset multifamily.

Co-living among seniors is highest in the single-family rental (6.1%), then the duplex/quadruplex (5%), next small-asset multifamily rentals (4.6%), and last, large-asset multifamily rentals (3.2%). To put this in perspective, among Millennial renters, the share of renters living with a roommate in a small-asset multifamily situation is 14.4%.

Sharing is motivated primarily as much by social connection as by income needs. According to Psychology Today, “20% of people over 60 frequently feel intensely lonely.” Loneliness can be a risk for heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and Alzheimer’s disease. Because of health risks associated with loneliness, seniors that share a home are actually dealing with their current and potential future loneliness.

In addition to social connection and apartment affordability, sharing is also motivated by personal security, and sharing of daily chores. The need to “age in place” is driving the increase in co-sharing seniors in the large asset multifamily rental because these buildings tend to be located near urban services and health care centers, have elevators and wheelchair lifts, and have higher levels of amenities.

Amenities Promoted in 55+ Adult Living

When looking over senior housing options available in Houston, I found most of the advertising in the higher end communities mentioned affordability, distinction, style, lifestyle, freedom from chores, and choice. Specific advantages and amenities listed by the higher end properties in the facility advertising included:

  • Independence
  • Affordability
  • Beautifully landscaped grounds
  • Luxurious and spacious interiors
  • Locations close to dining, entertainment, parks
  • Locations close to and medical centers
  • Diverse and colorful neighborhood
  • “Dynamic alternative to the ordinary”
  • “Live your lifestyle with passion”
  • Luxury
  • Style
  • Home
  • Distinctive living experience
  • Restaurant-style dining
  • Resort amenities
  • Complete freedom
  • Infinity pool
  • Court yards
  • Dog park
  • Wine tasting lounge
  • Media room
  • Chef quality demonstration living
  • It’s a lifestyle
  • Boutique, resort style

Amenities Advertised at Less Expensive 55+ Community Options

Retirement and 55+ community combinations in a lower price category advertised:

  • Activities and programs
  • Privacy
  • Aging in place
  • Gym
  • Garage
  • Outdoor grills
  • Designer living
  • “Trade your to do list for a bucket list”
  • Pet-friendliness
  • Outdoor pool
  • Yoga and art classes
  • Access to meals
  • Choices
  • Community
  • People of similar life stages
  • Leave home maintenance and yard work behind
  • Water gardens
  • Swimming pool
  • Computer room

The youngest of the baby boomers are approaching 55, and the huge number of 55+ adults who are still active but looking for reduced housing maintenance responsibilities and costs as they age and live within a fixed income makes this group a dynamic market for senior living situations. Not all are turning to apartment renting, but this tend is worth watching.

Competition for good rental properties is stiff, and in order to buy a property in a climate of competition you may need funds fast. As a broker and a direct lender, it is my job to help you get a hard money loan easily and quickly. Private Lenders, not banks, are willing to help you fund your project based on the value of the property and its after renovation value. We have money to lend. A perfect fit is out there.

Give me a call or send an e-mail. I am focused on funding your success.

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Tech Considerations for Multifamily Housing

Just this week, I said that one of the mistakes a real estate investor can make is not seeing the property in person before buying it. I said that so I could eat my words today, at least with regard to buyers of finished properties. I still think it is unwise for an investor to buy a property to fix, flip, develop, or fund without inspecting it in person. However, Multifamily PRO is reporting that augmented and virtual reality technology is expected to increase the number of residents willing to sign leases without visiting the property in person because they will be satisfied with viewing the property using virtual self-guided tours.

New technologies are and will be changing the apartment-buying, apartment-selling, apartment-living and apartment-operating experience. Considering this, investors, builders, and remodelers need to focus on communications and electronic infrastructure to support these new technologies when planning, budgeting for, building, and marketing multifamily housing. A few areas to focus on include:

Excellent Internet Connections

The first things to think about are internet connections, their quality, number, location, and security. Smart-home technologies like smart locks, lights, thermostats, as well as visual monitors for pets, children, and deliveries will be expected in the new high-tech apartment unit. These will impact the way the resident interacts with facility operators. For the resident, chat bots may make routine maintenance requests on behalf of the resident, reserve facilities, and schedule hair and dining appointments.  For the facility operator, chat bots may provide routine information to residents and collect repair orders and  rent payments. All these electronic interfaces will require excellent internet infrastructure in the multifamily complex.

Numerous Charging Stations and Outlets

The demand for electric cars, electric scooters, and electric-motor-assisted bicycles will drive the demand for charging stations and charging outlets at multifamily properties. Planning, budgeting, and locating these facilities for convenient access, exit, and safety will be important.

Locating Autonomous Vehicle Dropoff Points and Parking

Autonomous vehicles, both driven and flown, will need places to park and drop off clients, meals, and other products. This will affect the size of the parking area you will need and the layout of delivery sites around the building. Robots and drones may deliver and pickup within the apartment.  A drone may deliver to a dropoff point with directions for a robot that will complete the delivery inside the apartment community.  Conventional vehicles will also be expected to make deliveries and pickups and need space to maneuver.

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Facial Recognition

Artificial intelligence technologies will enable facial recognition for customer identification and for criminal background checks, and these facial recognition systems can track a person as they move around a property. This will improve security but raise privacy concerns.

Planned Office Space in Apartment

People working from home will need an excellent internet connection and may want an office available as part of their apartment.

An electronic interface between operator and potential buyer may be a way to design flexible space for the customer with the hope that they will stay longer in a space that fits them well.

These ideas, with some speculations added, came from the NAA Apartmentalize conference in Denver through reporter Andrew Stephens on Multihousing PRO.

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Depreciation: Causes of the Fall?

What Can Make Real Estate Depreciate?

Depreciation is a decrease in the value of an asset overtime. When doing your due diligence research before making an investment in real estate, be sure to look around and consider those lurking circumstances that might decrease a property’s value.  

Although location affects the value of property most because real estate is by its nature real and tangible, supply is also a critical factor in how real estate is valued.

Supply

Overabundance means there is more of an item or resource than is needed or can be afforded by buyers, so it’s value goes down because no one buys it at the current price. The value will continue to go down until it reaches a point where buyers decide it is worth the price to store, use, and maintain the asset until the value goes up again. One example of this is the overabundance of condos that were launched in Miami right as demand fell because of a shortage of foreign buyers that was reported in the wsj article, “In Miami, There Are too Many Condos and Not Enough Foreign Buyers,” by Candace Taylor.

Location

New businesses and a new reputation may also impact the value of properties. For example a related article in the wsj reported recently that visitors to Miami’s South Beach has doubled in 10 years. The article “Wealthy Buyers Say So Long to South Beach,” by Candace Taylor, points out that the construction of new hotels on Miami Beach has made it a hot spot for spring breakers and the masses of students who come to party but not to buy has caused traffic congestion, litter, loud parties, and more danger in the neighborhood. As a result, the properties are not so attractive to wealthier buyers and the prices of upscale condo sales have tumbled in the first quarter of 2019.

Other natural changes near a property can affect its value. Some obvious ones are wildfires, sink holes, and earth quakes. Another is global warming. One reason Miami beach prices are falling according the same wsj article by Taylor is because of fears that sea levels will rise. Homes and condos at lower elevations have lost some value because of these fears.

Neglect and Lack of Maintenance

Abandoned homes tend to lose value because they are not lived in or cared for. They slowly fall into disrepair.

Global Investors

The value of houses can also go down because of events that affect buyers from other parts of the world.  The wsj article mentioned previously explains that severe economic and civil disruption caused by socialist and totalitarian regimes in countries like Venezuela, Argentina, and Brazil can affect the ability of their once-wealthy citizens to purchase property abroad as the value of their currency falls compared to the dollar.

In the commercial real estate arena, as Jeff Levin pointed out in the Forbes Community Voice, trade wars between the United States and China has reduced funding for new building projects because China is decreasing its investments in U.S. commercial real estate and selling its assets, which brings down prices.

Competition for inexpensive properties to invest in and improve or to rent out for income is usually pretty stiff. As a broker and a direct lender, it is my job to help you get a hard money loan easily and quickly. Private Lenders, not banks, are willing to help you fund your project based on the value of the property and its after renovation value. We have money to lend and you need money quickly. A perfect fit is out there.

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Appreciation: Causes of the Rise?

What Can Make Real Estate Appreciate?

Appreciation is an increase in the value of an asset overtime. Depreciation is the opposite, a decrease in the value of the asset overtime. When doing your due diligence research before making an investment in real estate, be sure to look around and consider those circumstances that increase a property’s value. Tomorrow, we will talk about those circumstances that might cause a property to depreciate. 

Engraved in every real estate investor’s memory is the fact that location affects the value of the property most because real estate is by its nature real and tangible, a building, land, flora, fauna, and natural resources.

Using our imaginations and our memory, let’s review several things that can increase the value of an asset

Supply

Scarcity means there is a limited amount of some item or resource, so it becomes harder to find and worth more when you do find it due to competition for the limited resource. One example of a shortage creating a rise in value is the situation with single-family starter homes in the United States and the world. Although lower in price, single-family starter homes have become more valuable because there are not enough of them.   

Location

Some changes in a vicinity that increase home values may not be due to a physical change nearby, for example the employment rate goes up, the local economy improves, and/or the crime rates go down. These changes may be due to a new business coming in, but also may be due to regulatory changes that lower taxes or technological changes that allow people to work at home.

A physical change near the property can affect its value. Sometimes the value of a house goes up because of something that moves into the neighborhood or nearby, for example a water park or amenity that brings tourism or a research facility or fulfillment center that brings jobs and workers. Sometimes something that was there all along is discovered or becomes more appreciated than it was before, for example mountains and foothills with a view or the solace of desert spaces. Sometimes, a land use regulation may change causing a mini land rush.

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Development

Development causes appreciation of houses. Let’s say that you buy bare land on the edge of a community and build on it. The value of the property will appreciate at least the value of the house.  If you buy in what is already known as the best district, you will most likely pay a premium price for that reputation and it will not go up over time because it is at the top already. If you buy in a place with a poorer reputation, such as a school district, and better management, government programs, or community involvement begins to improve the school district’s reputation, the homes in the area will likely appreciate.

Additions or Updates

Additions, enlargements, or updates of a home itself will appreciate its value depending on what is added and the quality of the materials and workmanship. These additions to quality might include finishing the basement, adding a screened-in porch, updating the bathroom or kitchen.

Global Investors

The value of houses can also go up because of things that happen in another part of the world that affects buyers or sellers.  Economic disruption or lack of opportunity in one country can cause people to invest in another country and move there, increasing the value of the property in that area. Wars and trade wars can also affect property value in a global economy. The wsj explains in a recent article that after housing prices fell in the United States, Latin Americans bought up luxury homes and condos in Miami.

Tomorrow, we will talk about what circumstances might make a property depreciate.

Competition for inexpensive properties to invest in and improve is usually pretty stiff. As a broker and a direct lender, it is my job to help you get a hard money loan easily and quickly. Private Lenders, not banks, are willing to help you fund your project based on the value of the property and its after renovation value. We have money to lend and you need money quickly. A perfect fit is out there.

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Luxury

Three Experts on Luxury and Amenities

Booth: Light, Space, and Rooftops

In a recent interview with Larry Booth, Lucy Chen Blatter of Mansion Global ask Booth, “What does luxury mean to you?”  He answered, “light and space, particularly in New York, where you don’t have any of it. Chicago has some of it.”

When asked about the most valuable amenity to have in a home right now, he answered, “It’s about Community.  The amenity is the community.”  “We’re finishing a building in Chicago, on Lake Shore Drive, that has an amazing rooftop.  It’s like a country club on your roof.  We didn’t do the balconies because no one uses them.”

“Spend money on the building. Spend as much as you can on architecture and on space and light.  Because it never loses its value.”

Larry Booth of Booth Hansen

Boissier: Freedom, Protection, and Wellness

For Luxury hospitality designer Dorothee Boissier of the firm Gilles & Bossier, Paris, “Luxury is linked to freedom, and feeling protected, too.  It’s also something that brings you wellness. It can be simple, but it makes you feel well.”  (Blatter, Mansion Global, June 10, 2019) Ms. Boissier also says a boat is the most incredible way to be hidden and still in the city, to travel the world, and be able to stay in great luxury.”

In her opinion, the most valuable amenity to have in a home right now is a garden.

Kotchen: WiFi, Wellness, and Comfort

For New York Architect, Andrew Kotchen, also interviewed by Lucy Chen Blatter this month, Luxury is an experience and not an aesthetic, “It’s about comfort.”

When asked what the most valuable amenity to have in a home right now, Kotchen says, “Other than good Wi-Fi, which is the biggest thing people complain about, the most valuable amenity in projects we’re doing now is a wellness component, gyms and light therapy spaces.”

Not everything we do is in the luxury category, but we can still dream and try to add some of these priceless features into our fix-n-flip or fix-n-rent projects, like space, light, wellness, a garden, and a rooftop.

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We offer asset-based and experience-based loans for long-term rental projects, including multi-family projects with the following terms: min FICO 650, BPO required, Up to 85% of purchase price, Cashout/Refinance up to 65% LTV (BPO), Max of 80% ARV, Interest rates starting at 6.5%, and points as low as 2.25%.

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Declutter for a Big Return

When you first start a fix-n-flip project, you need to decide how much to invest on landscaping the front and back yards and include this in your funding request. If you decide to stick to the minimum, bring the yards up to the standards of the neighborhood but not much higher, you are looking at the declutter, clean, maintain, and disguise course of action.

Clutter weighs us down, stresses us out, destroys focus, and creates a terrible first impression. Clutter can also be hazardous and ugly. Most fix-n-flip investors, landscapers, and remodelers have a line item on their budget sheer for performing maintenance and cleaning up. This is the first level of landscaping, the cheapest and the most necessary. First impressions are so important that the labor and materials required to clean up the front porch and yard and the driveway and backyard should definitely be included in your renovation budget.

Make Safe

Inspect the yard for hazards like glass, pieces of metal, and chemicals and clean these up first so later workers and home buyers will not be injured. Clean out downspouts, gutters, and window wells, replacing any missing or damaged parts. Repair fences, level and repair walkways and patios, replace broken patio or porch railings or steps. Paint.

Declutter

Next, you can declutter the landscaping, digging or pulling out weeds and plants that are dead, refreshing mulch, planters, and container gardens.  Gardendesign.com recommends removing plants that are ugly, messy, or overgrowing a sidewalk or porch, simplifying the landscape. Since you have already made the property safe, you can pay high school students out of school for the summer to help you with these removal, maintenance, and cleaning activities.

Disguise

Gardendesign.com also lists some inexpensive remodeling tricks that can be done to or with backyard structures, like garden sheds, equipment boxes, and walls to disguise garbage bins or a neighbor’s driveway. These structures can be renovated into beautiful features instead of eyesores without too much expense using repurposed materials, like rough barn wood and antique hinges, antique doors and gates.

Adding Plants While Protecting Your Return

Now you may want to consider adding plants and amenities that will appeal to buyers. At one time you certainly would get back any investment you made plus some in landscaping both front and back. In an article written in 2013, “Landscape your Home to Sell: 5 Tips to Save Green,” Debbie Abrams Kaplan interviews real estate experts for bankrate.com on what landscaping techniques might sell a home faster. Margaret Woda of Maryland says that you could recoup as much as 215% of your landscaping investment, but only 68% of your kitchen renovation expenses.

On the other hand, Frank L. Lucco, a Houston appraiser and realtor, interviewed in the same article, says that installing a deck, patio, fire pit, outdoor kitchen, lighting, and fountains are a good ideas, but added that you should “install them if you want them, but you won’t recoup the costs.”

Reduce Maintenance

Add plants sparingly and add plants that grow well in the environment you are in, so they do not require too much water, fertilizer, or pruning. Add flowering plants to add a spot of color. Gardendesign.com suggests investing in an irrigation system, using perennial plants that come back every year and are adapted to the climate in a yard because these reduce the amount of labor and attention involved in maintaining a landscape.

Whether you add or subtract plants and amenities from the landscape, reducing your costs in the renovation should translate into reducing your buyer’s labor while they live in the home, an important selling point. Buyers at a minimum want to fit into the neighborhood they buy into without too much labor or additional outlay of money.  They also want to come home to a house that is safe and does not consume all their free time in lawn and garden care.

Our fix-n-flip loan program is one of our most popular real estate loan programs. Competition for houses to fix-n-flip is tight. The ability to get fast funds to buy and remodel a property is important. As a broker and a direct lender, it is my job to help you get a hard money loan easily and quickly. Private Lenders, not banks, are willing to help you fund your project based on the value of the property and its after renovation value. We have money to lend and you need money quickly. A perfect fit is out there.

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Institutional-Grade Commercial Property

The Investors

Since many of us are individual retail investors, it may be that we really don’t need to know about institutional-grade property since it’s usual investors are managers investing other people’s money on a large scale, like insurance companies, pension funds, endowments, foundations, investment banks, investment managers, hedge funds and real-estate investment trusts. Institutional investors trade securities in large quantities and receive preferential treatment and lower fees.

Non-institutional investors are individuals managing their own money for their own goals.  Because of their smaller purchasing power, retail investors usually have to pay higher fees on their trades as well as higher marketing fees, and commissions (Investopedia).

The Property

The property itself is as large as the investment dollars involved. An institutional-grade property is generally a property that is of sufficient stature to attract attention from large national and international investors. According to irei.com, core investments typically include office, retail, industrial, and apartments. Specialty investments include hotels, healthcare facilities, senior housing, student housing, self-storage facilities, and mixed-use properties.

Institutional-grade properties are usually Class A properties, containing state-of-the-art mechanical, electrical, life safety, elevator, and communications systems. Their finishes are of the highest standards and they often provide the occupants with an exceptional mix of amenities in variety and quality (bike storage, workout areas, on-site restaurant, etc).

The Communities

Institutional-grade properties may be located in secondary metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) with a very stable tenant base. Secondary MSAs are categorized as MSAs with employment between one and two million, based on the raw number of individuals employed as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment report (Dylan Wall).

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Interestingly, the Trepp 2018 study pointed out that the top three performing secondary MSAs in 2018 were Austin-Round Rock, Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, and Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin. Wall’s summary reports that diverse economies, growing population, an educated work force, entertainments, a modern vibe, and warm climates make some metropolitan areas more attractive to investors because these characteristics lead produce low delinquencies, high rental incomes, and low vacancies.

The Trepp report also pointed out that the three poorest performing MSAs in 2018 were Kansas City, St. Louis, and Cincinnati based on high delinquencies, stagnant population growth, and vacant properties.

Big or Small

Large institutional-grade investments are usually high-quality assets in major markets and at price points beyond the reach of individual investors and small partnerships.

Nevertheless, it is still interesting to note that when scoping out a location for a commercial property investment, income, jobs, entertainment, tourism, cultural amenities, and an educated workforce keep a population vibrant, vacancies and delinquencies low, making the location more attractive for investment whether the dollar amount and physical size of the asset is big or small.

REI Capital Resources is a direct lender as well as a broker of funding solutions. We offer short and long-term financing options for real estate investores.

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Draw People to the Door

It is no secret that the yards surrounding a house can appeal to or repel potential buyers. They can be turned off by an ugly yard that is cluttered with trash, bare and dusty, or overgrown by weeds. On the other hand, they can also be intimidated by extensive flower beds and manicured lawns that look like they require a lot of weekend maintenance and mowing, as well as high water bills and expensive chemicals for fertilizing, weeding, and pest control. If you can create a landscape that is attractive and not intimidatingly difficult to maintain, it can be an amenity that will draw people to the door of your property, extend the living space outdoors, and become a place where people want to gather.

Inexpensive and Sustainable

One inexpensive way to make a landscape more efficient and sustainable in a dry climate is to reduce the area covered by lawn. This will reduce reliance on water, which is becoming more costly as it becomes shorter in supply. One alternative to grass is gravel.

Gravel includes pea gravel, river rock, crushed granite, and slate chips to name the ones that are easiest to get.  Lava rock and ground up glass are also alternatives. Gravel is attractive and easy to use to reduce grass by replacing parts of it with walkways, patios, and gardens.

Gravel Paths and Walkways

A walking path from the street to the front door is an easy addition that reduces the amount of lawn that needs to be watered, mowed, or fertilized. Usually, a walking path is 24 to 36 inches wide and set at ground level.  To build the walkway yourself, outline the walkway with string or garden hose, giving it some interesting curves.  Then excavate 6 to 8 inches below the final ground surface. Pick a gravel that is local (less expensive) and pleasing in color and texture. Add an edging of brick, wood, stone, rubber, or metal and fill the excavated walkway with gravel so that it is level with the surrounding ground. Then compact it by walking on it.

Gravel Patios

Inexpensive to install, gravel patios drain quickly, require little maintenance, and supply attractive anchors for outdoor furniture, fire features, and pools. They can be of any size, surrounded by raised beds, walls, shrubs, and terraced with steps from one level to another. Like paths, excavate 6 to 8 inches below the final ground surface. Then, fill the space with gravel. The Better Homes and Garden online magazine suggests using gray or tan gravels when you are aiming for a neutral, natural character. They suggest using gold, brown, white, and rust gravels to create higher impact patio floors.

A fire pit or fireplace set on a gravel patio and surrounded by comfortable chairs would provide a gathering place for friends and family. Fire pits are beautiful additions to an outdoor space. They can be made of corden steel, concrete, stone, and stucco. Fire pits add to the price of a patio, but if you don’t have to build and stain a wooden deck for the remodeled house, and use gravel instead, it might be worth the expense.

Don’t feel obligated to get rid of every blade of grass when you add a patio.  If you keep grass in your landscape, you might want to consider using a heat tolerant variety. All American Stone and Turf recommends Raleigh St. Augustine, Palmetto St. Augustine, Centipede, Celebration Bermuda, Tifway 419, Tif Sport, Tifdwarf, Buffalo, Palisades Zoysia, Empire Zoysia, Cavalier Zoysia, and Jamur Zoysia for properties in the Brazos Valley.

Gravel Gardens

A gravel garden growing drought-tolerant plants like yarrow, lavender, thyme, and sedum in a soil mix of crushed stone and clayey loam may not need watering at all once established. In a gravel garden, the mulch is the gravel over the soil. It holds moisture and blocks weeds. One trick I found interesting was shared by Ken Druse at garden design.com.  Ken inserted seedlings into old tube socks filled with soil. He used seedlings of Sempervivum (hens and chicks) and sedum.  As he built a rock wall, he inserted the old socks and seedlings into dry nooks and crannies where they would flourish.

Drought tolerant plants can be recognized by the pungent smell of their leaves and stems when crushed. They also have small leaves that may be covered with hairs or a waxy coating to prevent water loss. Yarrow and lavender are two excellent choices for gardens that are water efficient and easy to maintain.

When you are selling the house you just remodeled, be sure to create an appealing landscape and use a good photographer to take pictures for online listings.

Please give me a call or send an e-mail when you find that perfect investment property for your fix-n-flip project.  Don’t forget. I am focused on your success.

Patrick St.Cin
512-213-2271
Patrick@REICapital.cash 

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