A Job: In June. In Texas

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the Employment Situation report for June 2019 on July 19, 2019.

In June, unemployment rates were lower in 6 states and stable in 44 states and the District of Columbia. Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 4 states and was essentially unchanged in 46 states and the District.

Unemployment

Vermont had the lowest unemployment rate in June 2019, 2.1 percent. The rates in Alabama (3.5 percent), Arkansas (3.5 percent), New Jersey (3.5 percent), and Texas (3.4 percent) set new series lows. (All state series begin in 1976.) For Texas, the unemployment rate went down from 3.5% in May 2019 to 3.4% in June 2019.  Statistically, this was a significant decrease. Housing sales go the way of jobs. When there are more jobs and higher salaries, more families are looking for homes to buy near where they work.

Nonfarm Payroll Employment

Twenty-eight states had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment in June. The largest job gains occurred in Texas (+315,600), California (+296,100), and Florida (+218,800). The largest percentage gain occurred in Nevada (+3.3 percent), followed by Arizona (+2.8 percent) and Utah and Washington (+2.7 percent each).

Falls, Slips, and Trips

55% of the injuries reported by education, training, and library workers 55 and older were injured in falls, slips, and trips. 36% of the injuries reported by healthcare support personnel 55 and older were injured by falls, slips, and trips. 46.7% of the injuries reported by sales and related workers 55 and older were injured by falls, slips, and trips. 34.7% of the injuries reported by farming, fishing, and forestry workers 55 and older were injured by falls, slips, and trips.

Overexertion and Bodily Reaction

43.2% of injuries reported by installation, maintenance, and repair workers 55 and older were injured by overexertion and bodily reaction. 38.5% of injuries reported by production workers 55 and older were injured by overexertion and bodily reaction.

The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for June is scheduled to be released on Thursday, August 1, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT). The State Employment and Unemployment news release for July is scheduled to be released on Friday, August 16, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT). I’m looking forward to seeing how our Texas large metropolitan areas did this quarter.

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Give me a call or send an e-mail and share with me your plans and needs, and I’ll see what lending solution I can generate for you.

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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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Home Affordability Update

According to Realtor.com’s May 2019 monthly housing trend report, the national median listing price for a home sets a new record at $315,000.  Despite the continued rise in home prices, rising wages, more inventory, and declining mortgage rates, have made 74 of 100 metro areas more affordable to buyers in their market.

“…the boost in affordability has yet to translate into more home sales perhaps because. while the shift in trend is welcome, the current monthly savings are small and some buyers are waiting for markets to tip further in their favor.”

Danielle Hale, chief economist at realtor.com

The top ten cities showing the biggest improvements in availability of affordable homes also added decreasing listing price. The ten include:

Charlotte, North Carolina, median home price $329,450

Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, median home price $350,000

Austin, Texas, median home price $369,995

Cape Coral-Fort Meyers, Florida, median home price $299,900

Portland, Oregon, median home price $474,975

Atlanta, Georgia, median home price $335,00

Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida, median home price $231,500

San Francisco-Oakland, California, median home price $954,500

Des Moines, California, median home price $288,000

San Jose-Sunnyvale, California, median home price $1,167,444 000.

This data is not telling us that that there are more homes in the lower prices for first-time home buyers. According to the realtor.com report, the number of houses below $200,000 decreased 8% year-over-year, and the number of houses priced above $750,000 increased 11%.

The data is telling us that the price of homes in a specific metro area market, when compared to the price in the same market, became more affordable over the past year to the residents in that market. The market itself may still be a very pricey market, but the buyers in the market with increased income and lower interest rates are more able to afford the median home.

San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas was also one of the 74 metro areas that became more affordable over the last year with a median home price of $295,000. Houston-The Woodlands et al, Texas metro area registered no change year-over-year with a median home price of $324,945.

So affordable homes in the lower prices are still needed to round out the market and where there is a demand, investment will follow.

REI Capital Resources is a direct lender as well as a broker of funding solutions. We offer short and long-term financing options and are eager to support your project with funding.

Please give me a call when you find that perfect real estate investment and know how much money you need. We are “focused on funding your success.”

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West, East, Central: Where to Invest

According to the 2019 Americas Investor Intentions Survey, CBRE,

The Top Ranked (Tier I) Metros for Investment in the Americas include

  • West
    • Seattle, San Francisco/Northern California, Los Angles/Southern California
  • East
    • Miami/South Florida, Washington D.C., New York, Boston
  • Central
    • Chicago

The Tier II Metros for Commercial Investment include

  • West
    • Portland, San Diego, Denver, Phoenix
  • East
    • Atlanta
  • Central
    • Minneapolis/St. Paul, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Austin, Houston

Tier III Metros for Commercial Investment include

  • West
    • Las Vegas
  • East
    • Orlando, Tampa/St. Petersburg
  • Central
    • Nashville

In Canada: Toronto

In Latin America: Mexico City

Texas

Three Texas cities, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Austin, and Houston appear in the Tier II category, the middle market. As with property classes, being in the middle has its benefits. Market sections move around. In good times and with infrastructure investment, the lower tier markets move up and in times of recessions or obsolescence, businesses in the upper tiers may relocate to cheaper markets to save money.

There is much to consider when investing in commercial real estate. Really the only thing you can tell from this data is that the investors surveyed, whatever their market, were intending to invest in these cities in 2019.

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

We are “focused on funding your success!”

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

Hurricanes and REI: It’s all about Timing

Alert: Harvey, Irma, Rita, Katrina

Hurricane season is here, and there are things you need to know now, before the storms approach.

Natural disasters are a cause of financial loss for a real-estate investor in fix-n-flip projects or for vacation rental property deals on a coastline. After reading several articles and searching the real estate websites, I ran into tips for real estate investors facing an approaching natural disaster at yourflipcoach.com, Your Virtual Real Estate Coach. Be sure to visit Ryan’s site if you have a minute. Here are the key points in the article.

Insurance Binding
First, as a practical matter, it is very important to know that insurance companies will not bind a new policy or add additional coverage to an existing policy if a hurricane or large storm is headed for Texas. This is important for you to know if you are planning to invest in a property in Texas.

Make sure a hurricane is not on its way. Buy insurance that covers flood and wind damage and replacement costs, and don’t buy the property or the insurance if you can’t bind an insurance policy. Both you and your lender will want insurance on the property. Buy flood and wind insurance on your new property and make sure insurance binders are active well before the next storm.

Closings Disrupted
Second, when you have found a buyer and a storm is approaching, time the closing of the deal so that closing is complete well before the storm event. The storm can get in the way of your closing in so many ways. Following a storm, roads and properties may be damaged and inaccessible. Even if you are dry, routes in and out of your area might be blocked or flooded. You could lose your buyer because they cannot get to you or to the property, or because the property is damaged.

A study performed by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas concludes that the “typical hurricane raises real house prices and, to a lesser extent, reduces real incomes for a few years.”

New Business Opportunity 5 Years Out
Third, be ready for new business opportunities following a storm. Damaging natural disasters and the insurance money that comes into the market after they pass can create new opportunities for real estate investors. Some property owners may want to sell, particularly if they did not have insurance. Even if they are insured, many home owners will take their insurance check and sell the property for whatever they can get. Some lots are sold at land value after the home was removed; but once a house is rebuilt, it can be resold again at near the same price in future years (about 5 years).

aerial view atmosphere clouds cold front

Residential Prices Rise Because Housing is Needed
The value of property that is high and dry after a hurricane will increase because homes are lost or uninhabitable. Housing will be needed. And, buyers and investors will be seeking solutions.

An article in Forbes by Jordan Lulich points out that right after a storm, home sales go down because property owners are too busy cleaning up. According to his article, two months after Hurricane Harvey, 31% of residential neighborhoods saw an increase in median house prices here in Texas.

It is still smart to invest in real estate in hurricane prone areas because residential property values increase over time. Repair costs associated with storms are certainly worrisome. Just be sure to buy insurance that covers wind and water damage to protect your asset.

Please give me a call when you find that perfect investment, and I can help you fund the project.

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

 
References
Ryan Kuhlman, January 8, 2018, Natural Disasters and Real Estate Investing, https://yourflipcoach.com/natural-disasters-and-real-estate-investing/

Jordan Lulich, June 28, 2018, Does Hurricane Damage Negatively Impact Your Real Estate Value/
Forbes https://www.forbes.com/sites/jordanlulich/2018/06/25/does-hurricane-damage-negatively-impact-your-real-estate-value/#381ca6d5107b

Murphy, Anthony and Stroble, Eric, October 2010, The Impact of Hurricanes on Housing Prices: Evidence from US Coastal Cities. Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Research Department, Working Paper 1009, https://www.dallasfed.org/

Pay Forward and Give Back

Have you ever been helped by someone for no reason except they were themselves helped by someone along the way? Well that is the concept behind “pay-it-forward” and “give back.” I’ve been the beneficiary of business mentoring myself, so I understand the concept. At no cost to me, I have received coaching from people who have made it themselves, they but feel the need to give back to others and share what they have learned. That is where I learned to “talk to two people every week about what I do and who my ideal clients are.”

Philanthropy

In the US market today, where there are plenty of jobs and plenty of homes for sale, employers and real estate investors need to compete. They need to find that distinguishing virtue that sets them apart in the mind of employees, buyers, or sellers. In real estate, it makes sense to take up the philanthropic challenge with the virtue closest to our heart—Shelter the homeless.

Philanthropic work turns out to be is a two-way street that in one direction provides meaningful work, good morale, and purpose to people in business; and in the other direction, provides necessities, like housing to people in need. Profit is good. Awards are pleasant. Followers are GREAT!. ‘Likes” can’t be beat. But, building a home for people who really need one with a portion of the profits earned from selling a home completes the circle of justice, offers purpose to workers and investors alike, and brings joy to communities.

I was pleased to find that the following three charitable home-building models for giving back are active in our Texas communities. Sometimes it is hard to know where to start, so perhaps one of these examples may spark ideas that you would like to pursue.

GiveBack Homes

One company that gives back according to the one-for-one business model (sell one, give one away) is GiveBack Homes. According to their website, Giveback homes is a community of real estate professionals who are committed to creating social change by helping build homes for deserving families around the globe.

At their website, https://givebackhomes.com/, you can join the team or contribute to a project. Blake Andrews learned the one-for-one building model by working for TOMS. TOMS gives away a pair of shoes to a needy person for each one they sell. When Blake went on a giving trip to Nicaragua for the shoe company, he fell in love with the people and decided to dedicate his life and talents to giving back internally and domestically. He founded Giveback Homes in 2013. Scanning their website you can see that they are currently working on clean water projects and building homes in Nicaragua, Mexico, Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Oakland, Orange County, Phoenix, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, and Sarsota.

New Story Charity Homes

New Story Charity homes is pioneering solutions to end global homelessness. On their website, https://newstorycharity.org/, they point out that “an estimated 3 million people will be living without access to adequate shelter by 2050, a 200% increase over three decades.” They research breakthroughs in homebuilding and prove them then share the information learned with other builders so home building can become affordable and efficient. Since 2015 they funded 2, 200 homes in 4 countries and 15 communities. The partner with home builders.

New Story partnered with ICON a construction technology firm to develop the first 3D printer designed to print homes. The first version of the printer was Vulcan 1, unveiled in Austin Texas in March of 2018. In 2019, Vulcan 2 will print the world’s first 3D printed community.

First, they ask before they build, asking families for their input before they build to increase the likelihood the communities will thrive. 100 % of donations go to home building. And, they work with local organizations who are experts in the location they are building in. So far, they have worked in Haiti, Mexico, El Salvador, and Bolivia.

Operation Unified Response

100316-N-5961C-020 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (March 16, 2010) An aerial view of Port-au-Prince, Haiti shows the proximity of homes, many damaged in a major earthquake and subsequent aftershocks.

Concierge Auctions

Concierge Auctions was founded by Laura Brady in Manhattan and is a luxury real estate company that moved to Austin, TX in 2014. According to an article in Barrons magazine by Alanna Schuback, Concierge Auctions partners with GiveBack Homes and funds the construction of a home for people in need for each luxury property it sells and offers its employees opportunities to visit and take part in the construction projects in Nicaragua and El Salvador. I couldn’t find any information about this program on their website, but it is a beautiful website at https://www.conciergeauctions.com/, so they don’t advertise their charitable work much. However, their founder Laura Brady is a member of GiveBack Homes so that is the connection. You can visit her profile at https://givebackhomes.com/laurabrady

According to the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, “companies that donate a portion of their revenue to charities do better financially than those who don’t. (Barrons, December 8, 2018). And, some employees actively choose companies to work at because of their charitable activities.

Home sellers and buyers are passionate about more than money too. Like workers, they too are interested in meaningful work, good morale, giving back, and creating good.

Let me know if you have found any deals this month that you know you can turn around and resell with enthusiasm. I hope that I can be of help to you this month.
I can be reached at
Patrick@REICapital.cash
512-213-2271
Austin, Texas

References
Photo: U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Spike Call [Public domain] Haiti
https://www.conciergeauctions.com/
https://newstorycharity.org/
https://givebackhomes.com/
Real Estate Brokerages Are Building for Good, Alanna Schuback, Barrons, Penta, December 8, 2019

Life Science Space Rentals

Austin

Texas has not been on the list of the top life Science research hubs, but it could be according to an article by Chris Davis of KXAN, a post on the Austincc.edu website.

Central Texas has a need and it is something commercail real estate investors can help with. Central Texas needs for wet lab space for a growing life science industry. One example of the possibilities is the Austin Community College’s (ACC’s), Austin BioScience Incubator (ABI), a State-of-the-Art facility that leases space and equipment to start-up life science companies. The ABI is booming with 16 companies leasing space. Three companies have moved on, outgrown the facility.

Science/Business Incubator

This science business incubator was born out of an approximate 9,500 sf renovation of the iconic Highland Mall in Central Austin, TX. According to its website, the facility features 4,000 sf of wet labs, two ISO I clean rooms, open workspace, conference space, and support offices. Member companies have access to core laboratories and instrumentation.

Mission

The ACC Bioscience Incubator aims to expand on previous successes by establishing a permanent wet lab facility and business incubator to accelerate Central Texas’ biotechnology economy while training a skilled workforce

Austin Community College

The Austin Area Life Science economy was spurred to new growth by the University of Texas at Austin’s Dell Medical School. Austin is now home to more than 240 bioscience companies, according to the Austin Chamber of Commerce, employing 15, 000 workers.

Growing Industry

The life science business is not likely to go anywhere but up in the future. Life science industries involve everything about life including health care for an aging population and DNA research, as well as pharmaceutical research, tissue fabrication, sanitation and food safety, genetics for preventing disease, and nanotechnology for medical devices, computer modeling, and imaging technologies.  This industry has been adding jobs since 2000, 5 times faster than the US economy, according to a report by Cushman and Wakefield published in January 2019.

Adaptable Space

This is an interesting type of real estate to look at for an investment. The key factors in investing in commercial real estate to renovate and rent to life science businesses is that the space needs to have both office space and wet lab space. It needs to be efficient and adaptable space for housing imaging technologies, clean rooms, collaboration, and storage, preferably near universities and cultural amenities to attract and retain scientific talent.

white baby mouse

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

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.

Patrick St.Cin
W – 512-213-2271
Patrick@REICapital.cash
Info@REICapital.cash

References

Life Sciences: Limited Supply, Increasing Demand Driving Increased Real Estate Costs, 1/31;2019, ww.cushmanwakefield.com/en/news/2019/01/life-sciences-report

Life Science Space Continues to Be in High Demand with Low Vacancies and Rising Rents, National Real Estate Investor, Patricia Kirk, April 22, 2019.

Where scientific breakthroughs happen: Three trends shaping labs of the future JLL , Mike Romer, Chicago, February 15, 2018

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In the Path of a Storm

Alert: Harvey, Irma, Rita, Katrina

Don’t worry, it is not hurricane season yet. However, there are things you need to know now, before the storms approach.

I was just looking at reasons a real-estate investor might lose money on a fix-n-flip project or a vacation rental property deal and stumbled upon natural disasters as a possible cause of investment loss. After reading several articles and searching the real estate websites, I ran into tips for real estate investors facing an approaching natural disaster at yourflipcoach.com, Your Virtual Real Estate Coach. Be sure to visit Ryan’s site if you have a minute.

Insurance Binding
First, as a practical matter, it is very important to know that insurance companies will not bind a new policy or add additional coverage to an existing policy if a hurricane or large storm is headed for Texas. This is important for you to know if you are planning to invest in a property in Texas.

Make sure a hurricane is not on its way. Buy insurance that covers flood and wind damage and replacement costs, and don’t buy the property or the insurance if you can’t bind an insurance policy. Both you and your lender will want insurance on the property. Buy flood and wind insurance on your new property and make sure insurance binders are active well before the next storm.

Closings Disrupted
Second, when you have found a buyer and a storm is approaching, time the closing of the deal so that closing is complete well before the storm event. The storm can get in the way of your closing in so many ways. Following a storm, roads and properties may be damaged and inaccessible. Even if you are dry, routes in and out of your area might be blocked or flooded. You could lose your buyer because they cannot get to you or to the property, or because the property is damaged.

A study performed by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas concludes that the “typical hurricane raises real house prices and, to a lesser extent, reduces real incomes for a few years.”

New Business Opportunity 5 Years Out
Third, be ready for new business opportunities following a storm. Damaging natural disasters and the insurance money that comes into the market after they pass can create new opportunities for real estate investors. Some property owners may want to sell, particularly if they did not have insurance. Even if they are insured, many home owners will take their insurance check and sell the property for whatever they can get. Some lots are sold at land value after the home was removed; but once a house is rebuilt, it can be resold again at near the same price in future years (about 5 years).

aerial view atmosphere clouds cold front

Residential Prices Rise Because Housing is Needed
The value of property that is high and dry after a hurricane will increase because homes are lost or uninhabitable. Housing will be needed. And, buyers and investors will be seeking solutions.

An article in Forbes by Jordan Lulich points out that right after a storm, home sales go down because property owners are too busy cleaning up. According to his article, two months after Hurricane Harvey, 31% of residential neighborhoods saw an increase in median house prices here in Texas.

It is still smart to invest in real estate in hurricane prone areas because residential property values increase over time. Repair costs associated with storms are certainly worrisome. Just be sure to buy insurance that covers wind and water damage to protect your asset.

Please give me a call when you find that perfect investment, and I can help you fund the project.

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

 

 
References
Ryan Kuhlman, January 8, 2018, Natural Disasters and Real Estate Investing, https://yourflipcoach.com/natural-disasters-and-real-estate-investing/

Jordan Lulich, June 28, 2018, Does Hurricane Damage Negatively Impact Your Real Estate Value/
Forbes https://www.forbes.com/sites/jordanlulich/2018/06/25/does-hurricane-damage-negatively-impact-your-real-estate-value/#381ca6d5107b

Murphy, Anthony and Stroble, Eric, October 2010, The Impact of Hurricanes on Housing Prices: Evidence from US Coastal Cities. Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Research Department, Working Paper 1009, https://www.dallasfed.org/

 

Beautiful Fort Worth House in the News

The home of LeAnn Behrens and David Montague in Fort Worth’s Park Hill neighborhood appears in the Wall Street Journal (wsj) three times, in film, in article, and in photos. I enjoyed all three mediums. The film was made by Rob Alcaraz. The article written by Alina Dizik, and the photos taken by Casey Woods Maddeaux.

Rebuilding After a Fire

David and LeeAnn completed their home in 2017 to replace the one that was lost in a fire when the fire in an outside grill on the deck spread to the house. This house is on the site of the old house. Out of this tragedy, the couple started from a clean slate, with the help of architect Michael Bennett, to build a home where they could display their collections and live and entertain.

A Video Tour

In the video, David leads viewers on a tour of the home from the front door with a welcoming, “Hello I’m David, welcome to our house,” as he opens the front door. The house he describes as a perfect combination for them, combines living areas, art galleries, a library, and museum in 6,000 square feet with 4 bathrooms and plenty of areas to entertain in.

David shows viewers some of the artwork displayed in the house, his collection of books, and some of the building techniques they used on the back deck, like the burned wood siding, a technique he says is from Japan. The burned wood is proper because it reminds them that the original house that stood there burned down. Also, inspired by their survival of the file are the designed-in multiple decks and multiple ways to get out of the house.

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“It Makes Sense to Us”

The art and books are all things David and LeeAnn like and have purchased. “It makes sense to us, even if it may not to anyone else,” says David when pointing out some of the art that is paired with one another in the living room. The central gallery space includes more than 20 masks and two Day of the Dead-themed portraits by multimedia artist Dolan Geiman along with a commanding bird sculpture from Africa. Photos of the house can be found at
https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-fort-worth-home-built-around-a-couples-collections/

4,000 Books

Did I mention already that David Montague collects books? His collection of 4,000 books had to be rebuilt from scratch after the fire. The two-story library in his new home includes a fire place with a white plaster representation of the Continental Divide by a local artist and comfortable places to read. In the film tour, David explains that he is collecting some of the original works about the fur trade written by the original mountain men and how that inspired the Continental Divide plaster relief that extends from the first floor of the library to the second floor.

Some of the other interesting features of the house are glass walkways in the upper floor to foster a sense of connections throughout the home, a second-floor coffee bar outside the couple’s master bedroom that opens up to a second floor living room that overlooks the pool in the backyard.

A Red Stove & Day of the Dead Portraits

The pieces that really caught my eye were the red Bertazonni range that gives color to the modern grey-toned kitchen, the 4,000 books (did I say that already?), the two Day of the Dead portraits in the entry hall, and the African Ship sculpture in the living room that is just calling out to be touched.

Okay to Touch

The home does not have a “no touch” policy according to David like a museum would. David says that the art is “pretty much indestructible—they were built for a tribal setting.” As a tactile explorer myself, I am happy to hear that.

Take a look at this beautiful Texas home on the media you like best, or like me, watch, read, and view all three.

This rebuild was way more radical than a standard fix-n-flip, but don’t forget that you too can make a comfortable beautiful home out of a house, one that will hold and display your or your buyer’s treasures. I’m always on the look out for ways to make a fix and flip house stand out.

Let me know if I can be of help to you this month. I can be reached at

Patrick@InvestorsLendingSource.com

512-213-2271

Austin, Texas

 

References:

Dizik, Alina, 2019, A Texas Home That’s Part Library, Part Gallery, wsj

Maddeaux, Casy Woods, 2019, A Fort Worth home Built Around a Couple’s Collections, wsj photo article.

Alcaraz, Rob, 2019, A Home Built to Be a Live-In Museum and Expansive library, wsj video

Photo credit: Caroistda [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)%5D

 

 

Finding Houses to Buy and Owners to Sell — Strategy #3

When you are looking for properties to buy and owners that are ready to sell, there is nothing like using all your contacts and making new contacts to help you find houses that are ready to buy and owners that are ready to sell. In this strategy you ask others to be a detective with you.

The Mail Carrier and the Dog Walker

Enlist the help of others who can refer you to people thinking about selling their place and moving on, including landscapers, general contractors, cleaning/maid services, dog walking services, pool cleaning guys, mail carriers, etc. There is a whole raft of professionals, like these, who regularly service homeowners. Get to know them, cultivate relationships, keep in touch with them; it can pay off big time for you and the seller.

 

dog_walker_in_parque_mexico_-_condesa_district_-_mexico_city_-_mexico_6480181701.jpgDistressed Sellers

You can also draft a letter on professional letterhead and it into the hands of a real estate office in your area. Explain you are a real estate investor looking for distressed properties and can close quickly if the price is right.

You might ask, “What is a distressed property.” Well it is a distressed owner that makes a distressed property. An owner who really needs to sell for whatever reason becomes distressed when they cannot get the deal completed. We’ve listed some of these distressed owners in our previous blogs. They include people who can’t afford to make their mortgage payments and are under threat of foreclosure, people with tax debts that have required them to sell the property, and estate executors and estate lawyers for deceased property owners. They are all people, some facing divorce, some facing the loss of their job, some being transferred. They need to sell and often need to sell quickly below market value. You are willing to buy and that is a help to them. You are getting a great deal and they are unloading a headache. It is a potential win-win situation.

The Real Estate Army

By contacting the real estate agency, you can have an entire army of real estate agents working for you, free of charge.  If one of them finds a property for you, the seller of the home will pay the agent’s commission. You owe them nothing; it comes off the seller’s side. Promise to use them as an agent when it comes time to sell the home you just fixed up.

Win-Win

Remember this business is a numbers game.  The more you detect, the more you find. The more you market the better your chances for success.  There are plenty of opportunities in your metro area to find sweet deals that will make the owner happy, you a bit wealthier and the neighborhood happier for renewing a distressed house.  It is a win, win, win business.

As soon as you find a deal, give me a call for a loan fix-n-flip rehabilitation loan. You can e-mail too.

Pat St. Cin

Patrick@InvestorsLendingSource.com

512-213-2271

Austin, Texas