Funding the Gap

There are several reasons why a fix-n-flip investor might want to secure a fast loan to cover a gap. A gap loan, as the name implies, is a loan that bridges a span of time. It helps you gain control of a property quickly even if you are still scrambling to get all your paperwork done for a full rehabilitation loan.

A Buyer in a Hurry
At some time or other, you might face a seller in a hurry. One situation that puts a seller in a hurry is foreclosure. Many property owners in this situation are in denial so they wait until the last week or so, or even days, before the foreclosure sale to act on saving their credit. To save their credit, they must pay the bank all they owe on the mortgage right now. The house might actually be worth much more than what they owe if they have been paying on the loan a long time or put a large payment down on it. But, a foreclosure on their record will ruin their credit. So, for them, it is better to sell at a discount and survive to buy another house another day.

In this scenario, an owner in foreclosure has agreed to sell the property to you at a steep discount, but they need to close the deal quickly. You, the investor, want to buy this property and you make an offer. However, the competition is extremely stiff, and another investor is sitting in the wings waiting to obtain the property. Your offer locks up control of the property temporarily. You need to move quickly to secure a loan. Normally the loan process takes a minimum of 7 working days and typically takes 10-15 working days.

A Nonrefundable Deposit

Another reason you might need funding in a hurry is that you have stumbled upon a wholesale purchase with a tight deadline to close, perhaps 2 to 5 days. The property is ideal for your purposes and you want to make an offer. However, if you don’t get the deal closed by the deadline, you will lose the nonrefundable deposit you are required to put down and control of the property you are seeking.

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Getting Control of the Property

Here is where obtaining a gap loan is useful. A gap loan allows you to purchase the property as is while you are in the process of obtaining a rehab loan. The gap loan can be secured in 2 to 3 days typically. Your strategy is to obtain control of the property through this gap loan, begin paperwork to refinance the loan immediately and eventually complete the rehab and offer the property for sale.

REI Capital Resources has funds available for fix-n-flip loans with terms up to 6 to 9 months with a minimum of 3 months.

Fix-n-Flip Option 2

E-mail or call for more information on minimum and maximum loan amounts, interest rates, terms, and fees for specific project. I can help you with first liens only and these loans are limited to the Austin, DFW, Houston, and San Antonio Metro areas.

Pat St.Cin

Patrick@reicapital.cash

512-213-2271

Austin, Texas

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In-a-Hurry Loan to Cover the Gap

There are several reasons why a fix-n-flip investor might want to secure a fast loan to cover a gap. A gap loan, as the name implies, is a loan that bridges a span of time. It helps you gain control of a property quickly even if you are still scrambling to get all your paperwork done for a full rehabilitation loan.

A Buyer in a Hurry
At some time or other, you might face a seller in a hurry. One situation that puts a seller in a hurry is foreclosure. Many property owners in this situation are in denial so they wait until the last week or so, or even days, before the foreclosure sale to act on saving their credit. To save their credit, they must pay the bank all they owe on the mortgage right now. The house might actually be worth much more than what they owe if they have been paying on the loan a long time or put a large payment down on it. But, a foreclosure on their record will ruin their credit. So, for them, it is better to sell at a discount and survive to buy another house another day.

In this scenario, an owner in foreclosure has agreed to sell the property to you at a steep discount, but they need to close the deal quickly. You, the investor, want to buy this property and you make an offer. However, the competition is extremely stiff, and another investor is sitting in the wings waiting to obtain the property. Your offer locks up control of the property temporarily. You need to move quickly to secure a loan. Normally the loan process takes a minimum of 7 working days and typically takes 10-15 working days.

A Nonrefundable Deposit

Another reason you might need funding in a hurry is that you have stumbled upon a wholesale purchase with a tight deadline to close, perhaps 2 to 5 days. The property is ideal for your purposes and you want to make an offer. However, if you don’t get the deal closed by the deadline, you will lose the nonrefundable deposit you are required to put down and control of the property you are seeking.

 

mind_the_gap

Getting Control of the Property

Here is where obtaining a gap loan is useful. A gap loan allows you to purchase the property as is while you are in the process of obtaining a rehab loan. The gap loan can be secured in 2 to 3 days typically. Your strategy is to obtain control of the property through this gap loan, begin paperwork to refinance the loan immediately and eventually complete the rehab and offer the property for sale.

REI Capital Resources has funds available for fix-n-flip loans with terms up to 6 to 9 months with a minimum of 3 months.

Fix-n-Flip Option 2

E-mail or call for more information on minimum and maximum loan amounts, interest rates, terms, and fees for specific project. I can help you with first liens only and these loans are limited to the Austin, DFW, Houston, and San Antonio Metro areas.

Pat St.Cin

Patrick@reicapital.cash

512-213-2271

Austin, Texas

A Town with a Trail

Fort Worth

A good real estate property hunter follows the flow of people. And, like the birds that love the water, people too are flocking to the rivers and bayous of Texas. As they follow the new jobs and other opportunities opening up in Texas, they are especially drawn to the waterways and trails that offer walking, biking, boating, and horseback riding. I think of trails as places of freedom, where one can move about, rehabilitate, breathe fresh air, see new things, and even talk with a cousin as you walk along.

Young professionals and families who have lived in the really big cities like New York and Los Angeles are seeing Texas trail towns as good places to call home. According to an article in the wsj by Alina Dizik, they are buying homes in Fort Worth to get better prices on larger luxury homes, walkable neighborhoods, and a yard for their dog. In Fort Worth, they also can get access to the Trinity River Trail and proximity to the city’s cultural district if they so choose.

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The Trinity Trails System

The Trinity Trails are a system of trails along or near the Trinity River in Fort Worth. There are over 40 miles of trails along the river and its tributaries. The trail network connects with 21 parks, the Fort Worth Botanical Garden, The Japanese Garden, Log Cabin Village, the Fort Worth Zoo, the historic Stockyards, and downtown. You could disappear for a whole weekend on that trail and never be bored.

The Trinity Trail also offers 17 trailheads for picnics and rest stops, five boat launches for canoes, kayaks, and sculls, a water-ski slalom course and fishing in a number of spots. For a map of the trail, visit

http://www.trwd.com/wp-content/uploads/trinity-river-trail-map.pdf

Fruitful Hunting

You might want to consider looking for flip-n-fix properties in the areas along this trail. Although the Wall Street Journal article was talking mostly about luxury homes, it did mention a rehab that the owner undertook themselves. Your hunt for the perfect, or at least interesting and profitable, fix-n-flip property might bear fruit in this area.

If you find a deal, give me a call for a quick gap loan to secure the property or for a full fix-n-flip rehabilitation loan. You can e-mail too. I can help with loans in the DFW metro area.

Pat St. Cin

Patrick@InvestorsLendingSource.com

512-213-2271

Austin, Texas

References:

Dizik, A. As Homebuyers Flock in, Fort Worth Embraces its Cowtown Reputation. WSJ, January 17, 2019.

Nashua River Rail Trail 3 photo by Photo by White, Michael A. at English Wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons.

In-a-Hurry Loan to Cover the Gap

There are several reasons why a fix-n-flip investor might want to secure a fast loan to cover a gap. A gap loan, as the name implies, is a loan that bridges a span of time. It helps you gain control of a property quickly even if you are still scrambling to get all your paperwork done for a full rehabilitation loan.

A Buyer in a Hurry
At some time or other, you might face a seller in a hurry. One situation that puts a seller in a hurry is foreclosure. Many property owners in this situation are in denial so they wait until the last week or so, or even days, before the foreclosure sale to act on saving their credit. To save their credit, they must pay the bank all they owe on the mortgage right now. The house might actually be worth much more than what they owe if they have been paying on the loan a long time or put a large payment down on it. But, a foreclosure on their record will ruin their credit. So, for them, it is better to sell at a discount and survive to buy another house another day.

In this scenario, an owner in foreclosure has agreed to sell the property to you at a steep discount, but they need to close the deal quickly. You, the investor, want to buy this property and you make an offer. However, the competition is extremely stiff, and another investor is sitting in the wings waiting to obtain the property. Your offer locks up control of the property temporarily. You need to move quickly to secure a loan. Normally the loan process takes a minimum of 7 working days and typically takes 10-15 working days.

A Nonrefundable Deposit

Another reason you might need funding in a hurry is that you have stumbled upon a wholesale purchase with a tight deadline to close, perhaps 2 to 5 days. The property is ideal for your purposes and you want to make an offer. However, if you don’t get the deal closed by the deadline, you will lose the nonrefundable deposit you are required to put down and control of the property you are seeking.

 

mind_the_gap

Getting Control of the Property

Here is where obtaining a gap loan is useful. A gap loan allows you to purchase the property as is while you are in the process of obtaining a rehab loan. The gap loan can be secured in 2 to 3 days typically. Your strategy is to obtain control of the property through this gap loan, begin paperwork to refinance the loan immediately and eventually complete the rehab and offer the property for sale.

REI Capital Resources has funds available for fix-n-flip loans with terms up to 6 to 9 months with a minimum of 3 months.

Fix-n-Flip Option 2

E-mail or call for more information on minimum and maximum loan amounts, interest rates, terms, and fees for specific project. I can help you with first liens only and these loans are limited to the Austin, DFW, Houston, and San Antonio Metro areas.

Pat St.Cin

Patrick@reicapital.cash

512-213-2271

Austin, Texas

What is $358.00?

Answer: Price per square foot for a luxury home in TX.

It is true that you can put a price tag on anything, well maybe not everything, but you certainly can put one on a luxury home. According to the 2018 Texas Luxury Home Sales Report by the Texas Association of Realtors (TAR), the median price for a Texas luxury home  remains unchanged at $1.35 million.

Houses priced over $1 million dollars are considered “luxury” and 5,123 of them sold across the state of Texas from October 2017 to November 2018, up 11.5% from the previous year. The average price per square foot for a luxury home was $358.00. This is up 2.5% from the first ten months of 2017. A median house in Texas carried an average price tag of $128.00 per square foot.

From January to October 2018 the average time a luxury home spent on the market in Texas was 94 days, a decrease of four days from the same timeframe in 2017. It makes sense that the bigger price would lead to a longer time on the market because there are few buyers who can afford the higher price and it takes longer to get a big loan.

For comparison, here are some statistics courtesy of Realtor.com.

Austin-Round Rock, TX, Median Price $350,000. Days on the Market, 65.

Dallas-Fort Worth – Arlignton, TX Median price $335,000. Days on the Market, 58

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TZ – Median Price $350,000. Days on the Market, 65.

Killeen-Temple, TX, Median Price $200,000. Days on the Market, 68

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX – Median Price $285,000. Days on the Market, 66.

For more on luxury houses, read “Livin’ Large: Texas’ Robust Luxury Home Market,” a Tierra Grande article by Real Estate Center Senior Data Analyst Joshua Roberson. https://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=21652.Read more at Texas Association of REALTORS

Patrick@InvestorsLendingSource.com

512-213-2271

Austin, Texas

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Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

 

Museums and Investment

The Guggenheim Effect

When you are buying a house to fix up or lending money for that fix-n-flip project you hope to profit from, the value the property has now and will have after the renovation is complete is what you are focusing on. You will be thinking about neighborhood and what makes a neighborhood a good place to live. These days, according to Alina Dizik of the WSJ, you should look around for a nearby museum.

Museums are revitalizing neighborhoods all over the world. The neighborhood revitalizing phenomenon of a museum is called the Guggenheim Effect. According to the Economist and the WSJ the Guggenheim Effect is the phenomenal revitalization of an industrial town that was dying, Bilbao in Spain in this instance, into a “sleek tourist destination” by the construction of a museum (Economist).

Walkability, and Safety, Interesting Things to Do

According to research done by Stephen Sheppard, an economics professor at Williams College in Massachusetts, “property values of homes near museums rise between 20% and 50% over the course of five years (WSJ ). ” Homebuyers, according to Dizik, are drawn to a museum building’s bold architecture, its rotating exhibits, “its guest lectures, and attractive indoor and outdoor common areas.” Some are looking for safety and amenities in one place. Entertainment and restaurants that you can walk to are also big draws.

There are museum districts in several towns in Texas. Look around your town and see if a museum is raising property values near you. This may be where you want to invest next.

Patrick@InvestorsLendingSource.com

512-213-2271

Austin, Texas

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Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, during blue hour.  Julian Herzog [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY 4.0

Austin Museums

In Austin, the museum district is more of a museum partnership and there are many museums in the downtown. There is a plan here to connect the walking and biking trails into a big loop of urban trails that will extend 30 miles, traversing the city from Lady Bird lake to Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park, creating a safe walkable and bikeable commute route through downtown. So living near or on that route may be attractive. http://www.austinmuseums.org/

Mexic Arte Museum, 419 Congress Ave

The Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas Campus

The Harry Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st street, University of Texas Campus

Mondo Gallery, 4115 Guadalupe St

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

Yard Dog Art Gallery, 1510 S. Congress Ave.

Arthouse at the Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave.

Houston Museums

There is one in Houston and it boasts 4 walkable zones, 19 museums, and over 2,300 residents according to http://houmuse.org/. Homes in the museum district sell faster than average compared to other neighborhoods in Houston. Realtor.com The neighborhoods and surrounding area are a mix of historic homes with character and charm, to modern townhomes, and high rises.

Museum of Fine Arts Houston Expansion

Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University

The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Czech Center Museum

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

Lawndale Arts Center

Houston Museum of African American Culture

Children’s Museum of Houston

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Dallas Museums

In Dallas, the museum district is the Arts District downtown. It is a cultural hub of music, art, and theatre. The Dallas Arts District is bordered by St. Paul Street and Ross Avenue as well as major throughways Woodall Rodgers Freeway and Central Expressway. http://www.dallasartsdistrict.org/

Dallas Museum of Art

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Nasher Sculpture Center,

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Kimbrel Art Museum

Dallas Contemporary

Meadows Museum

San Antonio Museums

In San Antonio, a river walk extension completed in 2009 is called the Museum Reach. It extends past the zoo, the Japanese Tea Gardens, Brackenridge Park, the Pearl District, and three of San Antonio’s museums, all listed below. https://www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com/explore/museum-reach

The Do Seum, San Antonio’s Museum for Kids, 2800 Broadway

The Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway

San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 West Jones Avenue

 

What do all these neighborhoods have in common, interesting things to do, walkability, and safety.

References

Dizik, Alina, To Discover an up-and-Coming Neighborhood, Look for a Museum, The Wall Street Journal, November 25, 2018

The Economist, The Guggenheim Effect, Can other cities imitate Bilbao’s cultural-tourism success? August 18, 2018

 

 

 

 

Houston Adds 117,800 Jobs

Good News for Houston  –—  Jobs Up 3.9%

According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land was one of the nation’s 12 largest metropolitan statistical areas showing an increase in the rate of job growth between October 2017 and October 2018.jobs report graphic

All 12 of the areas considered “largest metropolitan areas” had job growth during the last year with seven of the areas exceeding the national increase of 1.7%.

Good News for Dallas too  –—  Jobs Up 3.0%

Houston posted the largest gain of 3.9%, and along with Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale (+3.7%), and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (+3.0%) had the fastest rates of job growth.

Other posting slower rates of job growth included Chicago-Naperville-Elgin (+0.9%), New York-Newark-Jersey City (+1.1%), and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim (+1.2%) had the slowest rates of job growth.

Houston added 117,800 jobs, followed by Dallas at 109,000. In the Houston area, professional and business services added the largest number of jobs, 30,600, between October 2017 and October 2018. Construction added 25,600 jobs over the last year, with 15,900 of those in the construction of buildings. Area employment in the construction sector climbed 11.6% compared to the 4.4% gain in the rest of the nation.

Manufacturing added 16,100 jobs in Houston over the last year, and trade, transportation, and utilities added 16,000 jobs during the same period.

New metropolitan area employment data for November 2018 are scheduled to be released on Friday, December 21, 2018 at 10:00 am (ET). Stay tuned for more good news from Texas.  U.S. Department of Labor, 2018

Patrick@InvestorsLendingSource.com

512-213-2271

Austin, Texas