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The Profit October 2017 Edition

Posted on October 12, 2017 by
The Profit Newsletter for Tampa REIA October 2017
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The Profit August 2017 Edition

Posted on August 10, 2017 by
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Finding Great Deals!

Posted on August 10, 2017 by

Bill TwyfordIt stuns us how many investors say, “I can’t find any good deals.” Folks, you’re not looking! The foreclosure market is flaming hot!

There is an abundance of deals out there, but you have to actually work to find them. We think that many new investors, who watch too much late-night TV, are under the impression that if they decide to become an investor, the “investor fairy” will drop deals out of the sky. Not true! Investors actually have to work just like the rest of the world.

The difference is that we are not stuck in a nine to five rut and bound by the bosses’ rules. Our job is fun, profitable, we make as much as we are willing to work for, and we help people along the way.  Read More→

So what other lists can we use to locate highly motivated sellers? One of my favorite lists is people who are behind on taxes. You can get this list by getting a list of tax certificates available for sale in your county. In most counties this list comes out right before the tax certificate sale takes place. You would then mail them a neutral type of letter saying you are interested in buying properties in their neighborhood or subdivision.

When mailing these letters initially, I suggest that you do not refer to the seller’s specific problem. All you will accomplish is to alienate them so that they will not want to work with you. I personally do a mailing every year to folks whose tax bills have not been paid and I have purchased many properties this way. A lot of these folks are people who have a problem they need to solve, they just don’t know how until they are contacted by you. A lot of these people have inherited properties they neither want nor need and appreciate your offer to purchase it, especially if they have just received another big tax bill to pay. This is an extremely good lead source for really great deals.  Read More→

Building wealth is a bit like dieting, in that everyone has different advice for you. “Cut up the credit cards,” personal finance gurus say, “and don’t buy that morning latte every morning.” Others say that stocks are the one true—and only—way to achieve prosperity. But is there any truth to these ideas, or is an option like a Real Estate IRA just as valid as any other path to wealth?

To figure it out, we’ll have to cut straight through the clutter. Let’s debunk three misconceptions about retirement investment in real estate right off the bat.

Misconception #1: The Real Estate IRA is Unpredictable

True: real estate is an investment that comes with risk. But if you know of any investments that don’t involve risk, please, tell the world—because we’d like to hear it.  Read More→

How To Do More With Less

Posted on August 10, 2017 by

If you’ve been reading my articles then you know that I like to write about philosophy and self-help topics more than the topic of investing and there is a reason for this. Even though I love to talk deals, in my experience I have found no matter what you are investing in, the act of investing is just another piece of the puzzle in the grand scheme.

We spend our days investing in lots of things. Many times, we spend so much time focusing on what we should be doing, how we should be acting and who we should be associating with that we get wrapped up in almost a mindless pattern fixated on material acquisitions.

Again, I go back to the idea that there is no sanctuary that you will arrive at. You won’t wake up and just be a different person that has a bunch of money and lives all the desires that you want. Even if you became a millionaire overnight in stocks, you still had to work for that change.  Read More→

Make Sure You Always Keep ALL Avenues of Communications Open If You Want to Keep Your Name Good In the Real Estate Business.

What an interesting thing to say.  Making sure you always stay in communication with everyone you have any type of financial obligations with. This is a subject that has caused much unneeded anxiety and stress that is totally not necessary if both people involved in every financial situation continually have open communications regardless of the status of the transaction they are involved in.

Over the years having been both a private Lender and a Landlord it has been my experience when life and unforeseen situations arise and the tenant or the borrower find themselves with a shortage of money to pay the obligations they originally agreed to pay, communications often stop. Somehow the tenant or borrower finds the money to pay for personal items such as their cell phone bill, their cable television bill, their car payment and eating out periodically or going out on the town.  Read More→

Mayor Kasim Reed Blowing Smoke

Posted on August 10, 2017 by

Mayor Kasim Reed is a short-sighted politician.  Thank goodness for term limits.

Mayor Kasim Reed says he is concerned about affordable housing. In a recent AJC article, Mayor Reed used terms like “predatory purchasing”. I believe this slanderous name calling only causes separation and stirs up animosity between the sellers and investor buyers. I am upset about this article where Mayor Reed said that investors are using predatory purchases to acquire houses and force the property values to go up, so there is no longer affordable housing in Atlanta.

If the city of Atlanta is going to point fingers they need to look at the predatory purchase of the surrounding land, which now houses the Falcons Stadium. My understanding is the city of Atlanta did threaten eminent domain in order to get that stadium in place. I did like the powers to be forcing that move though. Even if it will displace 30 properties of affordable housing. I think the Atlanta Mayor must have been referring to the investors that buy single family houses as predatory purchasers, not the commercial buyers. But that is another article.  Read More→

You work hard to make sure your QuickBooks data is accurate. Make sure it’s safe, too.

Your QuickBooks company file contains some of the most sensitive information on your computer. You may have customers’ credit card numbers and employees’ Social Security numbers. An intruder who captured all that data could create tremendous problems for you and a lot of other people.

That’s probably the worst-case scenario. But other situations could also spell disaster for your business, which  involve losing your company data through fraud, hacking, or simple technical failures.

We can’t overstate the vital importance of protecting your QuickBooks company file, especially your customer and payroll information. Whether someone steals it or it’s inaccessible for another reason, it’s gone. Keeping your business going after such a loss would be very difficult – maybe even impossible.

Here’s what we suggest to prevent that.  Read More→

How We Creatively Funded A Recent Deal

Posted on August 10, 2017 by

How do seasoned real estate investors creatively fund their deals without going to a bank?  To show you one way, let’s look at a deal that Kim and I recently got funded using a private-money lender.

This deal began when Kim and I were high bidders at the December 3, 2013 property tax auction in Cartersville, Georgia.  We bought the tax deed on 50 Akin Drive for $2,800.  The purchase money came from our checking account and was used to pay up the property’s back taxes for tax years 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.  By the way, despite what the TV infomercial claims about buying tax deeds, as the high bidders, we only owned the tax deed, not the property

Over the next twelve months, either the property owners (who had abandoned the property) or their mortgage company had the right to buy back the property’s tax deed for our $2,800 purchase price, plus pay us a fee of 20% interest. Read More→

Land Trusts are one of the most confusing and often misunderstood aspects of real estate investing.

In this article, we’re going to discuss a few basic, essential things you should know about Land Trusts if you’re buying & selling houses, are concerned with privacy, and/or want to enhance your estate planning.

I’m often asked about these wonderful ‘things’ called Land Trusts, and the techniques & benefits that are associated with them.  As a land trust expert, it’s an AMAZING feeling to have the knowledge & confidence to be able to use them correctly. Would you like to have that awesome feeling? Great! Keep reading…

There are SO many benefits you get by taking title to property in a Land Trust. Let’s look at a few of the benefits associated with these entities and WHY it’s vitally important for you to be familiar with them, shall we?  Read More→

You have seen the infomercial… it goes like this…

  • Start with wholesaling
  • Make some money
  • Start Rehabbing
  • Make Bigger Checks
  • Retire

There are a few variations on this theme, so allow me to share a different spin that I and a few colleagues of mine have explored.  It looks more like this…

  • Start with wholesaling
  • Make some money
  • Start Rehabbing
  • Make Bigger Checks… sometimes but not always
  • Quit working so hard and go back to doing some wholesaling.

So this is not exactly what we are doing since we are also doing new construction but remove the new builds from the equation and it is pretty close.  So what’s the deal?  Read More→

Consistency

Posted on August 10, 2017 by

Today after leaving a meeting I was approached by an investor that asked where I found my leads. I answered by giving him a few examples of where I received my most recent listings. By seeing the look on his face, I could tell that he didn’t like my response. I think he believed I was holding out and not wanting to share or there was something special I was doing which was/is not the case.

Like this gentleman and probably like many of you, I once too believed there was a magic bullet/formula to successfully finding a lead in real estate or anything. After speaking with many “experts” I found out that there is no such thing as a magic bullet. In fact, the only thing that really separated a bad or good investor from a great one was/is consistency. The better question is, what should I do on a consistent basis to make me successful in real estate investing or anything else? Once you know what to do consistently, and you actually do it, you will be successful.  Read More→

 “Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom.” ~ Mary Browne

There is none other than August that are doing Bluetooth locks to the caliber of quality like we’ve never experienced before. August Lock System is something that is worth it. It works best with a Schlage deadbolt or other high-end deadbolt lock. It faces the interior door, so it doesn’t add a level of security that is significant. It is a convenience for the homeowner if perhaps they aren’t home and someone needs to attend to plants and pets.

The startup takes two steps to connect to a smartphone with the app pre-installed. The app does require a phone number and email. The subscription based security monitoring is worth it since the free subscription for the app is only as good as the deadbolt it is on.  Read More→

Making Any Market Work For You

Posted on August 10, 2017 by

When we are always confident that real estate comps are solid, we feel comfortable stepping out into any real estate deal. Using REIA Comps will give you a feeling of confidence and complete sense of control of the value for any deal you are doing.  Because things can be so busy these days, it is important to take the steps to make money on any project you pursue.  Learning to work with the highs and lows of any real estate market means longevity for you.

Most realtors do a good job but in a sellers’ market you can probably sell the property yourself.  Remember, nothing beats a failure but a try. If it doesn’t sell then you can always call the pros in later. The internet has been a blessing to the average person.  There are multitudes of websites which could be used to market a property. Thousands of people visit those sites looking for a new home.  Even inexpensive ads on the internet are beneficial when trying to get a property in the sold column.   Read More→

The Profit July 2017 Edition

Posted on July 13, 2017 by
The Profit Newsletter for Tampa REIA July 2017
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The Profit - July 2017 - High Quality PDFThe July 2017 edition of The Profit Newsletter is now available for download as a High Quality PDF (print quality) or Low Res PDF for mobile devices. The Profit Newsletter is the official newsletter of the Tampa Real Estate Investors Alliance and is a digital, interactive newsletter for serious real estate investors delivered as an Adobe PDF file to read on your computer, tablet, or smart phone with a PDF reader. Many of the articles and ads in The Profit contain hyperlinks you can click to get more information online. The high res version of The Profit is “print ready” while the low res version will load faster on your mobile device. Also, be sure to Subscribe to The Profit so you don’t miss a single monthly issue.

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A little history. Back in 2007-2008, not only did the Real Estate market change, but so did our entire economy.  With the near total melt down of our economy, Real Estate took a huge hit. The Banking/Lending industry all but shut down making mortgage loans.

This made it very difficult for us to do business.  Up to this point we were doing just about every creative technique out there for they were all working.  We were doing Subject To, Lease/Options, Private Money, Rehabbing, REO’s, Wholesaling, Wholetaling, Commercial, Building Spec Homes, etc.

Lending was way too loose, but that was what was making it easy to sell properties.  In fact, it was so easy, some even crossed the line and put home owners into homes that they knew they could never afford, but were able to obtain these easy to get loans.  We of course could not do that.  Read More→

I am sure you’ve heard the phrase “fake it till you make it” but I have never believed in this. I have found more success in being the real you. Even if it means that you don’t know what you’re doing in something you’re looking to pursue. This belief continues to work to this day. As I mentioned before, I am in the process of immersing myself in commercial real estate (CRE) as a broker and investor.

I spent many hours learning from Google, YouTube and a few podcasts. I invested the time in learning more to insure this was something I am interested in doing. Just because a person likes residential real estate does not mean they will like commercial and vis-versa. Once I was certain I wanted to do CRE I started to reach out to practitioners and investors. Obviously, I picked the brains of those in my immediate network during social gatherings but I did not have serious conversations with them until I was committed. I make it a point not to waste people’s time or my own because I learned, a long time ago, that time is too valuable.  Read More→

Sitting at the kitchen table there were three people, two sellers and the buyer.  I wanted to buy their house but did not have the $40,000 cash to do it… now. The presentation from my side went just like I had planned.  From the Seller’s prospective it was too good to be true. They were unfamiliar with investing in residential real estate. They did have other investments like a 401 K.  They let other people handle their investment accounts. They haven’t touched it or changed their investment direction in 20 years and they had lost money during the recession. When the 401K and investment statements came in the mail they never opened the envelopes to see what they had. What they had was HOPE! They had a mortgage and had owned two houses prior with a mortgage. They had never heard of private real estate investing and getting an interest rate as high as I was proposing.

What I wanted to do was to buy the house. The house had a first mortgage of $120,000 and equity of $40,000 for a total financing of $160,000.   I wanted to keep the first mortgage in place, have a $40,000 second and pay an interest rate of 8%. My exit strategy was to buy, fix and sell the property, just like they do on TV. It would be for one year, then I would sell the house and the mortgage would be paid off.  This method of financing was going to save me $16,600 in interest fees and costs. I could pay a higher price for the house with the owner financing. It would be a lower price if I paid all cash.  Read More→

A Real Estate IRA is a great opportunity. It’s freeing. It’s invigorating. It’s a thrilling way to potentially build up a major retirement nest egg so you can build wealth over the long term and enjoy the peace that comes with financial security. But that doesn’t mean it’s fool-proof, either. If you want to make the most out of a Self-Directed IRA in which you invest in real estate, you have to avoid some critical errors along the way. Here are four you need to be aware of:

Mistake #1: Not Hiring a Property Manager

Hiring a property manager is critical when you have a Real Estate IRA. Not only will it help take care of any problems with repairs, tenants, and other issues like that, but it will keep you from participating in a prohibited transaction since you are not allowed to provide services to your Real Estate IRA.  Read More→

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