Diamonds are not forever but Real Estate Is … Make Wise Investing Choices!

Would you ever think to compare diamonds and real estate? At first glance, they seem like two completely different things.  However, they are both hard assets that are cost-prohibitive to acquire for the average US worker.  However, you can sell both “assets” quickly and not realize their full value in the marketplace.    Let’s first compare the similarities and then differences from an investment perspective.

Real Estate is a better long term investment than diamonds

Similarities

Hard Assets:

  • Both Diamonds and Real Estate are Hard Assets similar to other commodities
  • Negatively correlated with bonds and stocks, so when stocks crash both appreciate in value

Long Term Investments

  • Suitable for investors who are not looking for fast returns on their investment
  • Risk losing money if you try to “flip” your investment too early or didn’t acquire at the right price below market value

Additional Utility

  • Provide the investor with enjoyment and value
    • Diamonds are pretty to look at and make the person or people associated with the diamond have better social value 
    • Real Estate provides rental income and in the case of short-term rentals – owners can enjoy the property and generate revenue when not in use.

Differences

As investors, we all know that not all hard assets, such as real estate or diamonds, have the same return on investment.  In fact, ROI performance varies greatly even among real estate classes:  residential property, commercial real estate, agricultural property, etc.  Financial crises prove time and again that real estate is a highly volatile asset.   Diamonds are a closed market that is stable and less risky.  However, there are still differences among the rate of returns on diamonds such as the colored diamonds are less risky.

  • Maintenance Fees
    • Diamonds don’t have a maintenance fee … you’re ROI is based on the price you paid upfront for the diamond
    • Real Estate requires maintenance and repairs and possibly property management fees.  All these factors need to be carefully considered before acquiring property and affect your return on investment.
  • Portability
    • Several millions of dollars can fit in your fist and transport in a pocket … the irony for not being the rarest stone they have the highest size to value ratio of the natural resource category.   This is how historically (since the silk road trail) wealth was transported long distances and across borders.
    • Real estate can’t be moved. Real estate is not physically portable and the value does not transfer easily either.  However, 1031 exchanges are a great way to transfer appreciation as you sell your property.

At REI Capital Resources, we prefer real estate investing to diamonds.  In fact, diamond prices are extremely volatile – shooting up 249% from 1978 to 1980 before falling 77% by early 1986 – but the value of diamonds has also long been propped up by a number of artificial sources.   Real estate can be utilized and provide rental income.  As the number of cloud and work from home startups rise, commercial real estate is increasingly valuable to investors to provide “server farms” to meet bandwidth demands.

We are not saying diamonds aren’t valuable or important – especially as emergency currency and making your future or current spouse a little happier this valentine’s day.  We’re saying don’t buy a diamond as an investment with the idea of retained value.  If you look at diamond prices since the 1970s, there has been “Too Much Price Volatility & Demand Uncertainty To Be Considered Investable” by numerous sources.  Also, the use of diamonds as a symbol of a woman to be married is only about a 100-year-old custom.  There are numerous other stones considered rarer.  Thank you, Madison Avenue for making weddings a thing to save money for and cause the intelligent investor to consider generating a new stream of revenue.

We love this quote by Milton Friedman, “The speculator is looking for hidden weak spots in the market,” and acts as “the advance agent of the investor, seeking always to bring market prices into line with investment values.”   Diamonds don’t provide an adequate hedge against inflation, and most people would be better off with more practical financial planning, than investing for catastrophe purposes.  The diamond while a modern symbol of one’s love and commitment to another is expensive and ranks low when compared to value stability.

Diamonds vs. Gold vs. S&P 500

YearGold ROI  %Diamond ROI  %S&P500 ROI  %
2004000
200536-110
200657323
200797291
200811911-22
200917619-7
2010254507
20112763915
20122182437
20131852061
2014172873

*Data courtesy of the Rappaport Diamond Index, Kitco, the World Gold Council and Yahoo Finance. Diamond prices reflect monthly averages based on a 1-carat diamond. Gold prices are based on average annual London PM fixed prices. S&P 500 prices reflect average monthly adjusted closing prices. ROIs are cumulative.

The chart shows when the stock market suffered historic losses, diamonds at best served as a short-term hedge and very quickly fell behind the returns of alternative investments.

Therefore, I would recommend a 3 bedroom house that generates a positive return on investment that you can set aside the money after a year to buy your sweetie her diamond.  If she loves you, she’ll wait a year knowing a diamond is coming.

3 Ways Real Estate Investors Can Owner Occupy Their Rentals

by Patrick St.Cin

Property investments potentially have excellent returns and can diversify your portfolio to insulate you from recessions and other adverse economic conditions. There’s no single right answer on the best way to invest in real estate. Are you getting started in Real Estate Investing and wonder how to live in your investment property? 

Tip 1:  House Hacking

This can mean a few different things. House hacking is essentially a hybrid of buying a home to use as a primary residence and buying a rental property. In general, the term refers to buying a residential property with two to four units or with a Granny Flat/Additional Dwelling Unit in the backyard and living in one of the units while renting the others out. In theory, if you have the money you could purchase an entire duplex or four-plex and rent out any apartment to tenants. Keep your expenses low so you can keep rent affordable to entice prospective tenants.  You also could purchase property that you live in while renting out other rooms in the property. 

Either way, you’re the landlord. Be a good one, and you’ll be in a much better position to succeed in this investment. Keep the property in great condition, be readily available to your tenants when needed, and if necessary hire someone who can help with repairs.

Let’s say you find a quadruplex (four units) for $200,000. Including taxes and insurance, we’ll say your mortgage payment is $1,500 per month. After you buy the property, you rent out three of the units for $600 each and live in the fourth. Not only do you live for free (the rent covers your entire mortgage payment), but you’re generating a positive cash flow of $300 per month and are building equity in a more valuable property than if you had bought one unit to live in.

House hacking can be an excellent low-cost way to start building a portfolio of rental properties. Because you live in the property, even a multi-unit residential property can qualify for primary residence financing, which comes with lower interest rates and lower down payment requirements than investment property loans. You’re typically required to live in the property for a certain amount of time after you buy it, but once that period expires (usually a year or two), you’re free to repeat the process with another multi-unit property.

The obvious downside is privacy. There’s value in having your own yard, and it can create some awkward situations when you live in the same building as your tenants. Even so, if you’re a new real estate investor and don’t really need your own house, you may want to consider house hacking. This isn’t as much of an investment strategy as it is a side hustle, but it’s still worth mentioning here. With the emergence of platforms like Airbnb, it’s easier than ever to rent out your home when you aren’t around or to rent out a spare room in your home for a few days here and there.  

Tip 2: Tax-Free 2 Weeks Income 

One interesting aspect of this strategy is that if you rent out your home for fewer than 14 days in a year, you don’t pay tax on the money you collect. If you go out of town for the holidays or take a summer vacation, using your home as an occasional short-term rental can offset your travel expenses with tax-free income.

Landlord Tax benefits: 

  1. The mortgage interest deduction for the mortgage interest you pay to buy and/or fix up your properties. 
  2. Deductions: insurance premiums, repairs, utilities (that are not paid for by the tenants)
  3. Depreciation: You are allowed an annual deduction for the wear and tear your property experiences over time, spread out over 27.5 years for residential properties. Land cannot be depreciated.

Living with Tenants is Too Much – What is a Traditional Landlord? 

Owning rental properties is an excellent way to invest in real estate while building wealth and generating income. The return potential is strong thanks to a combination of income, equity appreciation, and the easy use of leverage when buying real estate.

However, owning rental properties isn’t right for everyone, so consider these drawbacks before you start looking:

  • Cost barriers: It can be very expensive to buy your first rental property. Most lenders want at least 25% down for an investment property loan and it’s smart to keep several months’ worth of expenses in reserves.
  • Uncertainty: When it comes to rental properties, vacancies happen and things break. While the overall return potential can be great, rental properties have considerable short-term risk.
  • Time commitment: Even if you hire a property management company, owning a rental can be a time-consuming form of real estate investing.

Tip 3: Vacation or Short-Term Rentals

A vacation rental tends to bring in more income per rented day than a comparable long-term rental property. However, there are some potential drawbacks to owning a vacation rental. Marketing and managing a vacation rental is more involved than a long-term rental. As such, property management is far more expensive — expect to pay a property manager about 25% of the rent on a vacation rental. That’s more than double the 10% industry standard for properties with long-term tenants.  Furthermore, you may need a special license in your preferred locations, which can be very expensive.

On the positive side, you may be able to use the home when it isn’t occupied. It can also be significantly easier to finance a vacation rental, especially if it meets your lender’s definition of a second home and you don’t use the rental income to qualify. There are loans options available for short-term rental funding.

Always buy property for the best possible price. You want to buy those properties that offer specific challenges that match your personal talents so you can use your skills to upgrade and enhance the value of the property and increase the Net Operating Income over time.  Obviously, the higher the rents and the lower your total monthly expenses, the greater your net income from the property will be. Costs that affect cash flow include principal & interest payments; property taxes; insurance; maintenance/repair costs.

Although we’re always quick to advise against borrowing too much and overleveraging your real estate investments, you also don’t want to be too conservative and underestimate your cash needs. The cost of refinancing is such that you may be able to refinance the property no more than once every several years, and if you suddenly need cash to overcome some unanticipated problems, the costs of short-term funds can be high. Borrow extra money or have an untapped line of credit available (which some lenders offer at no carrying cost to their best customers) to allow for reserves.

Joint ventures, wholesaling, fix-and-flip, and property management are just a few of the other ways investors can profit from real estate.   

If you need funding, apply now. I am working online with the rest of you.  

Patrick St. Cin

W – 512-213-2271

Patrick@REICapitalResources.com

http://www.reicapital.cash/

Rent Payments 😶

The National Multifamily Housing Council’s rent payment tracker found that 92.1 percent of apartment households made a full or partial rent payment by August 27. The survey included 11.4 million units of professionally managed apartments across the country.

This is 210,458 households down from last August and compares to 93.3 percent of households paying last month (July 27, 2020).

When the economy collapsed because of coronavirus shutdowns, the federal government helped with additional unemployment benefits, stimulus checks, and a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures. Those who did not lose their jobs cut back on costs, paid off debts, and made home improvements 🔨🔧(WSJ.com). Those who did lose their jobs made it through the crisis but, according to Ben Eisen’s WSJ article, now are not sure they can pay their next month’s rent (WSJ.com).  

People are uncertain about the economy. Gasparro & Kang report in their WSJ article that one indicator of this anxiety is that spending on groceries 🍗🍺🧀🍦dropped sharply in mid-August particularly in states with high unemployment.  

The federal government’s $600 per week additional unemployment benefits ended July 31. People who got those benefits and the $1200 economic stimulus payment from the federal government spent that money. Another round of stimulus has been discussed in Congress, but no agreement has been reached so far.

Doug Bibby, the President of the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) (nmhc.org), said “Lawmakers in Congress and the Administration need to come back to the table and work together on comprehensive legislation that protects and supports tens of millions of American renters by extending unemployment benefits and providing desperately needed rental assistance.”

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“The [multifamily housing] industry remains encouraged by the degree residents have prioritized their housing obligations 🔑🏡so far, but each passing day means more distress for individuals and families, and greater risk for the nations housing sector. If policymakers want to prevent a health and economic crisis from quickly evolving into a house crisis, they should act quickly to extend financial assistance to renters.”

REI Capital Resources is a funding source for SFR Fix-n-Flip, Fix-to-Rent, and refinance projects as well as larger commercial projects such as office buildings, 5-40 door multi-family buildings, and many others.  These programs vary wide and far throughout the gamut of lending. Call or e-mail for more information.

Give me a call or send an e-mail.

Patrick StCin, 512-213-2271,

e-mail: patrick@REICapital.cash

References

https://www.nmhc.org/research-insight/nmhc-rent-payment-tracker/

Ben Eisen, “How’s the Coronavirus Economy? Great or Awful, Depending on Whom You Ask.” WSJ.com. September 2, 2020. Available at https://www.wsj.com/articles/hows-the-coronavirus-economy-great-or-awful-depending-on-whom-you-ask-11599039003?mod=hp_lista_pos4

Annie Gasparro and Jaewon Kang, With Second Stimulus Checks on Hold, Americans Spend Less at the Grocery Store.” WSJ.com August 27, 2020. Available online at https://www.wsj.com/articles/with-stimulus-checks-on-hold-americans-are-spending-less-at-the-grocery-store-11598526249

Multi-Family 2020

Investing in, constructing, renting, and remodeling healthy multi-family living environments is still important and even more important now that the coronavirus has rubbed our faces in the dangers of living and working close to other people. Since more land has not materialized in most cities to give us more room to live on and in, builders and investors need to be creative about how to design or redesign compressed housing that will prevent and control the spread of an infection that is viable in air and on surfaces. People are and will be looking for homes that keep them safe from infection.

The Problem of Close Quarters

The necessity of elevators and lobbies, as well as the cost of swimming pools and on-site gyms they pay for but cannot use are scaring renters away from large apartment complexes. These are the places where dwellers must maneuver around each other in tight spaces, share air for minutes at a time, and touch buttons and handles others touched just moments ago.

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Consider in Your Budget Some New Things

To update your multi-family housing project in this time of coronavirus spread, include in your remodeling budget something new, such as, touchless and voice technologies that can improve the safety of getting into or out of a home without touching contaminated surfaces, new air handling technologies that vent air to the outside and clean air within an elevator or other room after each use.

If your project has many units on multiple stories, you may need to consider some robotic or AI technology that will keep the number of occupants in an elevator down to one at a time. Perhaps the elevator itself could be modified into a capsule that only holds one person at a time, a capsule that could be disinfected and dried automatically between uses. Ah that will be expensive. Some complexes would require numerous elevator capsules.

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It looks like fighting the virus will not be energy efficient. Supplying cleaner air includes containing contaminated air or exhausting it to the outdoors, diluting the virus in the air by injecting clean and filtered outdoor air, and cleaning the air within a room. Any of exchange of air with the outside will make temperature control more difficult and less energy efficient. Thus, to make your multi-family housing as safe as possible, you will likely need to install larger electrical capacity.

Smaller Price Tag for Separate Entrances

If a large complex seems to come with a price tag that is too high, there are smaller multi-family investment projects that have designs that handle the problem of indoor common areas by doing away with them. Small apartment buildings, duplexes, and joined houses work well as rental investments. They include individual entryways and even small yards or gardens.

Small units of 2 to 5 homes can easily be designed with individual outdoor entries that meet social distancing requirements. In one design I recently studied online at http://www.houseplans.com, the complex included 5 units. Each house was three stories, but the overall complex was only one housing unit tall. All homes included a ground-floor separate entrance. Those that had garages had two entrances counting the front door and an entrance from the garage.

Although this design might not be great for seniors because of the stairways, I found it a manageable complex size that allowed each home to be independent. Each unit in this design is roughly 1170 sq. feet with 2 beds, 2 baths, 3 floors, 1 garage, 3 levels, and separate outdoor entries. The garage and second bedroom or home office were on lower level. The living room, dining room, and kitchen with washer and dryer and utility room were on the second floor. The master bedroom, bath, walk-in closet and roof-top deck were on the third story. Five printed sets of plans cost $950.00.

If you need funding for your project, apply now. I am working online with the rest of you.

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Patrick St. Cin

W – 512-213-2271

Patrick@REICapital.cash

http://www.reicapital.cash/

References

https://www.houseplans.com/plan/5850-square-feet-2-bedrooms-2-bathroom-luxury-home-plans-1-garage-33631

Investing in Apartments – Commitment and Study

Even in the coronavirus pandemic crisis investing in rental apartment property can still be a good way to add thousands of dollars to your income in the long term. If you buy apartment real estate that is in a good location with growth potential, but that is not too expensive, this real estate investment will likely recover after the crisis passes according to (Brad Hunter, Forbes.com). However, the investment takes funds and commitment over the long haul.

Appreciation

There are two way to make money from rental real estate. The first, appreciation, is a rise in value over time. This profit can only be realized by reselling the property after some time has passed or after you have made upgrades that add to the value. Generally, real estate appreciates in value over time if you are in the right location. Be sure to study employment and home buying trends in your local area before purchasing rental property.

Cash Flow & Coronavirus

You can also make money in the form of cash flow by collecting rents as income. The coronavirus pandemic is affecting the apartment rental real estate industry because many people, more people than we have ever seen before, have lost their income in only a few weeks, unemployment claims are up all over America, and tenants may not be able to pay their rents for the next couple of months. This will impact the ability of landlords to make money. Either the landlord forgives the rent and eats the loss for a while to keep the tenant, or the renter is evicted, and the property becomes vacant. In either case, the landlord is not receiving income on the property and may have to seek forbearance from their own lenders.

If a landlord has paid off his or her own mortgage on the property or if he or she has established an emergency fund as Dave Ramsey suggest (daveramsey.com), they will be able to weather the storm caused by the jobs lost in the pandemic shutdown.

Jobs and Renting

Either the jobs come back after the danger from the virus is past and businesses reopen, and the renters stay, or a new set of renters materialize because those people who are no longer able to afford their own homes move to apartments and construction of new homes slows because of coronavirus-driven delays caused by labor shortages, and supply shortages. More people may need to rent. In this case. It is likely the landlord’s income will return after some shaky months.

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Asset Rebound

Because the income potential should rebound, rental apartment property should not lose its value overtime as an asset. If the building itself remains sound, there is no reason why the property value will not increase as other investments tank and real estate once again looks solid and reliable compared to stocks. Also, if interest rates remain low, investors will be willing to take on more debt and are not restrained from purchasing property at higher prices. This will help investors who plan to sell their rental properties make a profit.

Single-Family Rentals

Investments in single-family rental homes may also benefit in the long run as more people work from home and need more room than apartments afford. Brad Hunter also suggests in his article on Forbes.com that the single-family-built-to rent-industry may benefit as people need that specially designed home office space with its own door and bathroom.

Due Diligence

Investment in rental real estate should remain attractive but be sure to do your due diligence.

Study everything from location, jobs, virus hotspots, distancing trends, supply chains, virus rebounds as they occur, and what the kids are doing now.

References:

Dave Ramsey online at https://www.daveramsey.com/blog/how-to-invest-in-real-estate

Forbes online: https://www.forbes.com/sites/bradhunter/2020/03/24/coronavirus-impacts-on-real-estate–why-you-need-to-think-short-term-and-longer-term/#6f2133345f6f

Investopedia, The Impact of Interest Rates Changes by the Federal Reserve. https://www.investopedia.com/articles/investing/010616/impact-fed-interest-rate-hike.asp

We have funds available so let us invest in something together.

I would be pleased to have you call or e-mail too.

Patrick St.Cin

W – 512-213-2271

M – 505-239-3026

Patrick@REICapital.cash

www.REICapital.cash

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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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Partners in Private Funding

I know a banker and his partner who recently purchased and remodeled a building that was once a doctor’s office. They turned the space into 7 small suites, a conference room and a kitchenette. They advertised for occupants with an ad looking for entrepreneurs with ideas for a business who needed some space in which to grow and offered seed loans for the startups.  His motive is multifaceted, to rebuild the downtown business section of the town he lives in and to put some of his money to work for his community. He also wants his hometown to be vibrant and is offended when someone says, there is nothing going on in that downtown. Like all good investors, the partners are also interested in putting their money to work to make more money in the form of income.

These partners specialize in fix-n-rent business investments. Most recently the duo closed on a property that they will remodel from a Victorian house on the corner of a small downtown into a used bookstore, bar, and coffee shop with an outdoor patio area. The purchaser? A publisher who still loves physical books more than online articles.

What else has these small town fix-n-flip investors been up to? They remodeled a ballet studio into a financial investment office with a family psychologist renting a back office with a separate entrance, turned an insurance office into a yoga studio, turned a paint store into a gift and DIY furniture rehab shop, and helped a daughter purchase her mother’s restaurant business lock, stock, and liquor license.

If you are interested in putting your money to good work in your community, become a private lender and work with me. I am focused on funding success, both yours, and the buyers.

Competition for good rental properties is stiff, and in order to buy a property in a climate of competition a buyer need funds fast. As a broker, I help people find funds for their fix-n-flip and fix-n-rent project. Be a private lender with me and put your money to work for you.

Call me and let’s set up a meeting.

Patrick StCin, 512-213-2271

e-mail: patrick@REICapital.cash

Multi-Family News on multihousingnews.com

The multi-family housing market is a viable market segment in many metro areas as people move in from the suburbs to be closer to work and to entertainment. I scanned many articles and blogs on multihousingnews.com and am here sharing with you some of the statistics I found for our Texas market.

Austin

According to the “Austin Multi-family Report – Spring 2019 and an article on the “Top Multi-family Completions in Austin,” both by Anca Gagluc in the Multi-Housing News, the Austin multi-family market had a strong year in 2018 with rent growth of 4.5% despite 11,000 units coming online. The 11,000 units that were constructed and rented in 2018 were in the upscale lifestyle segment and the 20,500 units underway in 2019 are also targeted for that same segment of the market. 

The largest multi-family projects delivered through the end of May 2019 included

  • Bexley Round Rock, 330 Units, Round Rock
  • Hillstone at Wolf Ranch, 332 Units, Georgetown
  • Latitude at Presidio, 337 Units, Cedar Park
  • Crestview Commons, 353 Units, Austin
  • Terra, 372 Units, Austin

Multi-family housing can come in several classifications, affordable, lifestyle, senior, student, or worker housing. Most of the inventory discussed here is in the Lifestyle segment. A multi-family unit in the lifestyle segment is one that offers amenities that improve your daily life. These may be as simple as open areas and great walking trails or more expensive shared amenities like a stable, fitness center, or sauna and pool. The lifestyle property is supposed to enhance your life. It is in effect a neighborhood, or a community. Lifestyle communities are generally upscale in price, can even be luxurious, and often do not meet the need for affordable housing.

Austin added 36,800 jobs in 2018, up 3.5 % from the previous year.  Occupancy rates for Austin multi-family housing rose to 94.4% as of March 2019 and rent growth was 3.7% percent through April 2019.

Dallas-Fort Worth

According to the “Dallas Multi-family Report – Spring 2019” from Anca Gagiuc in Multi-Housing News, the Texas multi-family market continued to show plenty of supply, dampening rent growth, which was 2.8% year-over-year through March, slightly below the U.S. average.

More than 26,800 units were delivered in 2018 with an additional 44,700 underway as of March 2019.  The metro remained a nation leader in job creation last year, adding 102,500 positions for 2.6 percent expansion. Last year’s multi-family transaction volume was $5 billion.  Investors have already traded nearly $900 million in multi-family assets in the first quarter of 2019 at a per-unit-price of $105,032. The average Dallas-Fort Worth rent is expected to rise 4.3% in 2019.

Houston

According to the “Houston Multi-family Report – Spring 2019” from Laura Calugar in Multi-Housing News, the Houston multi-family market showed rent growth on a downward slide, but the market was still strong, underpinned by employment gains and economic expansion. Houston’s occupancy rate was 92.4%, down 140 basis points from the previous year, fueling fears of overbuilding.

Houston added 72,600 jobs in the 12 months ending February 2019. Last year’s transaction volume was $5 billion.  Roughly 14,000 units were under construction as of March 2019, most of that geared to high-income residents. The average Houston metro rent is expected to rise 2.2% in 2019.

REI Capital Resources is a funding source for SFR Fix-n-Flip, Fix-to-Rent, and Refinance projects as well as larger commercial projects such as office buildings, 5-40 door multi-family buildings, and many others.  These programs vary wide and far throughout the gamut of lending. Call or e-mail for more information.

REI Capital Resources Long-Term Rental Program

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%.

Give me a call or send an e-mail.

Patrick StCin, 512-213-2271,

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Vacation Rental Investment Property: Expenses

Summer is here and vacations are in the air.  Perhaps, it is also time to think about how we can pay for our vacation with income from an investment property purchased to rent. As we discussed yesterday, if you receive income from renting property for use as a dwelling, such as a house or apartment, you may need to report the income, and you may be able to deduct certain expenses. 

To make your tax life easier and less confusing for you, your tax preparer, and the tax authorities, be clear about your goals for the rental property.  Are you using the property partly for your own use and renting it out when you aren’t using it or are you operating it solely for a profit?  If you are using the property yourself and renting it, divide the portions of expenses between your investment and your personal tax forms based on days used or percentage used, and you will not run into tax trouble.

Types of Rental Expenses

In most cases expenses related to renting your property are deductible. These deductions can be applied against the income you receive from rent to lower the amount of the rental income that is subject to tax. These would general be reported on a form 1040.  According to the IRS, if you use the investment property to rent for a profit and do not use the dwelling as a residence, or for personal use, then your deductible rental expense may add up to more than your gross rental income. When you use the property for both personal and rental use, you will not be able to deduct rental expenses in excess of the gross rental income minus the rental portion of the mortgage interest, real estate taxes, casualty losses from federally declared disasters for the rented part, realtor’s fees, and advertising costs.

Deductible expenses include:

  • Advertising
  • Auto and travel expenses (if the primary purpose of the trip is to collect rent or to manage, conserve, and maintain your rental property)
  • Cleaning and maintenance
  • Realtor and Online Commissions
  • Depreciation: This expense begins when the property is rented or placed in service. It is taken over the lifetime of the property to cover the cost of the original purchase.
  • Insurance
  • Interest on loans other than the mortgage
  • Legal and other professional fees
  • Local transportation expenses (those incurred collecting rents, managing, conserving, or maintaining your property)
  • Management fees
  • Mortgage interest paid to banks, etc.
  • Mortgage expenses, including mortgage commissions, abstract fees, recording fees, are not deducted as expenses, but are considered part of the basis of your property as capital expenses and are depreciated.
  • Points. Points are prepaid interest and are deducted over the life of the loan and not all in the year the loan was made.
  • Pre-rental expenses: Expenses incurred maintaining your property from the time you make it available to rent
  • Rental payments for equipment
  • Rental payments for the property you lease
  • Repairs
  • Taxes
  • Utilities

Vacant Property

You can deduct expenses incurred maintaining and preserving your property when it is vacant, or vacant while listed for sale.

Uncollected Rent – Not Deductible

Don’t deduct uncollected rents. It is not included in your income, so it cannot be deducted.

Renting to Your Employer

If you rent part of your home to your employer and provide services for your employer in that rented space, report the rental income.  Claim the income and deduct the expense for that portion of the house. You can deduct mortgage interest, real estate taxes, casualty losses from federally declared disasters for the rented part of your home.

I would like to help you with funding for an investment rental property or vacation rental.  I have a long-term rental loan program that can help you get into an income-producing vacation rental investment property.

Please give me a call when you find that perfect real estate investment and know how much money you need.

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

References

IRS Publication 527 (2018) Residential Rental Property

IRS Tax topic 415 Renting Residential and Vacation Property

Image Credit, vacation rental, Seattle. Fred Ueckert, FJU Photography [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)%5D

Vacation Rental Investment Property: Income

Summer is here and our heads are full of vacation plans. Some of us rent summer vacation homes to stay in and some of us rent vacation homes out to others for income.

As a real estate investor, you may be considering buying a property to rent out for income or to remodel and resell. There are four points about income taxes that apply to rental properties that you should know about.

1.  If you rent the dwelling for fewer than 15 days a year, you do not have to report any of the rental income and cannot deduct any expenses as rental expenses.

2. If you receive income from renting property for use as a dwelling, such as a house or apartment, you will most likely need to report the income, and you may be able to deduct certain expenses.

3. The accounting method you choose to follow determines when you count income and deduct expenses.

4. Whether you use the property personally for vacations with your family and friends makes a big difference.

Accounting Method:

The accounting method you use determines when you claim income and deductible expenses.

Types of Rental Income:

Monthly rent is only one kind of income you may receive.  You may also receive rent in advance. You report monthly rent when you receive it. A tenant may pay you to cancel a lease. This income you report when you receive it. A tenant may pay some the expenses attributed to the rental dwelling (for example utilities). You declare the expenses paid as income. You can then deduct the expense if they are deductible rental expenses. A tenant may pay you with services (for example painting) or property (for example they construct a built-in grill). In this case you report the fair market value of the service or property as rental income.

Security deposits are not included in your income if you intend to return them to your tenant at the end of the lease. But, if you keep part or all of the deposit, include it as rental income in the year you receive it.  If a security deposit is used as the final month’s rent, include it as advanced rental income when you receive it.

Personal Use

According to the IRS, If you use the property for personal use 10% of the time or 14 days a year (whichever is greater) and rent it out at the fair market value for income, limitations apply on the rental expenses you can deduct. You will need to divide the expenses between the personal use and the rental income use based on the number of days of each. Of course for personal use, you will not receive income so there is nothing to report on the personal taxes. When you use the property for both personal and rental use, you will not be able to deduct rental expenses in excess of the gross rental income minus the rental portion of the mortgage interest, reals estate taxes, casualty losses from federally declared disasters for the rented part, realtor’s fees, and advertising costs.

One thing to note about personal use is that if you rent to a relative or friend for a token amount, less than the fair market value of a dwelling just like yours, you have to count this use as personal use, not as investment rental income use.

I have a long-term rental loan program that can provide funds for your real estate investment for the purpose of renting for income.

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

Please give me a call when you find that perfect real estate investment and know how much money you need.

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

References

IRS Publication 527 (2018) Residential Rental Property

IRS Tax topic 415 Renting Residential and Vacation Property

Vacation rental Image in Florida. Jan Lieberman [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D