Category: Residential Properties

Off Market Investment Properties – September 18, 2017

My partners and I have access to off-market Properties from one of the largest Financial Lenders in the United States.  Their Asset Manager will supply us with lists of Residential and Commercial properties 7 days before they are distributed to local asset managers for public listings.

I know 7 days is a short period but we have already sold dozens of these properties in our first run tests.  Seven days lead for off-market properties is better than zero-day leads.  Plus, you can add additional time by submitting your Letter of Intent.

Our information:

  1.  Get on our mailing list by emailing InvestSWFL@gmail.com.  Subject: Off Market Property.
  2. The list will be emailed to you the morning the list is generated.
  3. Prices on the list are Reserve Prices the Funders will take.  Very rarely is the price discounted.  Sometimes, we can get a discount for package purchase.

 

Procedure:

  1.  Submit Letter of Intent (LOI) listing offer, specific property address, 7 day inspection period and any conditions.
  2. Include an additional 4% of Purchase Price as Buyer Premium
  3. Principals Only – if represented by Real Estate Agent, Buyer pays their commission.
  4. Email offer to InvestSWFL@gmail.com.
  5. Treat offer as if in a Multiple Offer situation.  Submit “As-Is offer, Highest and Best”
  6. Reminder: LOI is NOT a contract but a negotiation tool showing your interest in a property.

 

Currently, most of the properties are in Florida.  We have both residential and commercial properties.  If you have interests in another State, send me a specific property type, a price range and locations of interest.

Previous list example:

The first price is the Bank Price. Next is After Repair Value. i.e. $320,000 is the price from Bank and this property is valued at $400,000 after repairs completed.  Other information will be in the comments column.

Tampa FL 33609 5 2 2111 $ 320,000.00 $ 400,000.00 Vacant
Tampa FL 33604 3 2 772 $ 55,000.00 $ 75,000.00 $ 800.00
Tampa FL 33610 4 3 2413 $ 73,000.00 $ 175,000.00 Vacant
St Pete FL 33713 2 1 788 $ 80,000.00 $ 150,000.00 Vacant
Tampa FL 33612 4 2 1404 $ 75,000.00 $ 145,000.00 Vacant
Tampa FL 33614 1 1 684 $ 48,000.00 $ 62,000.00 Vacant
Temple Terrace FL 33617 3 2 1776 $ 120,000.00 $ 200,000.00 Vacant
Tampa FL 33604 4 2 2268 $ 59,000.00 $ 120,000.00
Tampa FL 33604 2 2 1540 $ 79,000.00 $ 125,000.00 Vacant
St Pete FL 33705 3 2 1896 $ 195,000.00 $ 320,000.00 Vacant
Brandon FL 33511 3 1 1232 $ 160,000.00 $ 360,000.00 Vacant
Clearwater FL 33756 4 3 2459 $230, 000 $ 400,000.00
Bellair Bluffs FL 33770 4 2 1800 $ 185,000.00 $ 2,400.00
Tampa FL 33603 4 3.5 1566 $230,000 $ 350,000.00 $ 2,300.00
Tampa FL 33603 3 1 1374 $ 225,000.00 $ 300,000.00 $ 2,000.00
Temple Terrace FL 33617 2 3 2562 $ 175,000.00 $ 300,000.00
Lighthouse FL 33064 5 4 4071 $ 1,150,000.00 $ 1,450,000.00
Lighthouse FL 33064 3 2 3475 $ 1,275,000.00 $ 1,650,000.00

Email InvestSWFL@gmail.com or text 239-770-6250 to get on the mailing list or for more info.

 

Mike Cathell,
Broker Associate, Investment Property Consultant

Records Results Real Estate

Cell:  (239) 770-6250   Fax:  (239) 288-2505

Email:  InvestSWFL@gmail.com

 
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REO – Complicated Real Estate Deals?

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According to Wikipedia:

“Real estate owned or REO is a term used in the United States to describe a class of property owned by a lender—typically a bank, government agency, or government loan insurer—after an unsuccessful sale at a foreclosure auction.”

The biggest misconception about REO properties is the properties can be purchased for large discounts below Market Value.  When REO properties are priced, the financial institution is not pricing according to market prices.  Instead the price is a combination of what the Bank is owed, late fees, attorney fees, costs of some repairs, auction costs and costs to get the property listed.

I am not saying great deals cannot be found but I am saying this market is not for everyone.  The two most important requirements for Investors interested in this market are Research and the ability to Negotiate.  This is usually a Team effort with the assistance of a Real Estate agent, a contractor and sometimes, a Real Estate Attorney.

Offers need a Letter of Intent (LOI) to be the front page of the offer.  The LOI explains the Investor’s reason for the purchase price being offered.  Discounts can usually be negotiated based on the condition of the property.  A detailed list is a necessary part of this part of the offer.  The repairs must be seen as “reasonable” by the Bank.  For example, putting granite counter-tops in the kitchen of a $100,000 house is not reasonable or necessary.

Experienced Real Estate Agents can greatly assist in assembling the paperwork needed including a Letter of Intent.  Find agents experienced in REO transactions.  The same way that not every Investor should be working with REO’s, neither should every Real Estate Agent.  Again, their most important skill is the ability to negotiate.

Our group has assembled a team of Real Estate Agents, contractors, negotiators and a Real Estate Attorney to help wade through these very “muddy” waters of Real Estate Investing.  Call us to purchase Real Estate Owned Investment Properties (REO).  We will also be publishing lists of REO properties 24 hours before they are publicly released by the financial organizations.  Email InvestSWFL@gmail.com with REO List in the email subject line.  Include your name, email, phone number, price range and type of property to get details emailed as we receive them.

Good Investing!

Mike Cathell,
Broker/Owner, Investment Property Consultant

Real Estate Services of SWFL, LLC
Real Estate Services of Citrus County, LLC

Cell:  (239) 770-6250   Fax:  (239) 288-2505
Email:  InvestSWFL@gmail.com
 
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Greatest Home Seller in History?

Recently, I was having coffee with a number of my Real Estate peers and the subject of the Saint Joseph Statue was brought up.  I had known about the Statue for some time and have even used it on hard to sell properties.  My parents’ agent used the statue years ago to sell their house.

For those of you unfamiliar with Saint Joseph, he was Jesus of Nazareth’s earthly father.  He was a skilled carpenter and taught his skills to Jesus.  He made sure his family always had a home over their head.  For centuries, people have prayed to St. Joseph when they needed help in finding or selling a home.

Legend has it a group of Nuns in the early 1500’s needed land for their cloister.  They prayed to St. Joseph and then buried St. Joseph medals and continued to pray to him.  Shortly, after their prayers were answered and they received the much needed land.  Their medals were the first “St. Joseph Real Estate Sales Kit”.  Later the medals were replaced with small statues.

St. Joseph Real Estate Sales Kit

Whether you are a believer or not, the Legend is well known in Real Estate circles.  The “Real Estate Sales Kits” are available at many Real Estate Board stores.  Thousands of testimonials are available on online websites that sell the “St. Joseph Sales Kits”.  The statue is buried head down in front of the property.  A daily prayer is recited asking St. Joseph to help.  When the house sells, the owner is to dig up the statue and take it to their new home.  The statue is then buried head up and the blessings follow the family to their new home.

So, if you have a hard to sell property, you may want to look into this historic sales kit.  Will it help?  I can’t say but a little prayer never hurts!

 

Mike Cathell,
Broker/Owner, Investment Property Consultant

Real Estate Services of SWFL, LLC
Real Estate Services of Citrus County, LLC

Cell:  (239) 770-6250   Fax:  (239) 288-2505
Email:  InvestSWFL@gmail.com
 
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Real Estate Smiles – April 22, 2017

Free Range on Gocomics.com:

 

Mike Cathell,
Broker/Owner, Investment Property Consultant

Real Estate Services of SWFL, LLC
Real Estate Services of Citrus County, LLC

Cell:  (239) 770-6250   Fax:  (239) 288-2505
Email:  InvestSWFL@gmail.com
 
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Foreclosure Increase Leads to Rise in Vacant Bank REO

Recent article posted by Jacob Passy on September 9, 2016  on National Mortgage News website:

The percentage of vacant bank-owned properties is larger now versus a year ago as banks are completing more foreclosures, according to Attom Data Solutions.

Overall there are fewer abandoned properties, as roughly 1.4 million, or 1.6% of all residential properties, were vacant at the end of the third quarter, RealtyTrac’s parent company Attom reported in its U.S. Residential Property Vacancy and Zombie Foreclosure Report Thursday. That figure is down 3% from the previous quarter and down 9% year-over-year.

Similarly, the number of zombie foreclosures fell 9% from the third quarter of 2015 to 18,304. As a share of the total properties in the foreclosure process, 4.7% were vacant.

But as the number of real estate owned properties has grown, it has led to an increase in bank-owned vacant homes. Attom found that there were 46,604 vacant bank-owned residential properties at the end of the third quarter, which represents an increase of 7% from the previous quarter and up 67% from 2015.

This vacancy situation is the result of a seller’s market that has motivated lenders to complete foreclosures on vacant properties, according to Attom Data Solutions Senior Vice President Daren Blomquist.

“While that has reduced the number of vacant properties in the foreclosure process — so-called zombie foreclosures — it has also resulted in a corresponding rise in the number of vacant bank-owned homes,” Blomquist said in a news release.

“Assuming that the foreclosing lenders are maintaining these properties and paying the property taxes, they pose less of a threat to neighborhood quality than zombie foreclosures, but they still represent latent inventory in an inventory-starved housing market.”

 

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Mike Cathell,
Broker/Owner, Investment Property Consultant

Real Estate Services of SWFL, LLC
Real Estate Services of Citrus County, LLC

Cell:  (239) 770-6250   Fax:  (239) 288-2505
Email:  InvestSWFL@gmail.com
 
Real Estate Services of SWFL, LLC
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Tenant Screening Guide

For those looking to rent their home rather than sell, this is a great chart to reference when screening tenants. Call Goss Realty Group to get your Northern VA home sold or rented! 703.951.3773:

To Landlord or Not to Landlord?

The need for Rental Properties is on the rise in SW and Central Florida and many are jumping in with both feet.  Problem?  They are making Newbie mistakes.  Mistakes that are easy to avoid with a bit of thought and lots of preparation.

Not Knowing the Local Laws:

There are very specific laws governing Landlord-Tenant relationships.  These laws vary from state to state, county to county , even city to city.  In many counties, there are Apartment Owner groups.  If not, there is plenty of information online or at your library.

One example is the timeline a deposit is to be returned when a tenant vacates the property.  Laws that dictate written communication between landlords and tenants concerning late notices.  A few minutes researching these laws can save you lots of time and money when the tenant moves.

But it is my friend’s daughter renting the apartment –

Your prospective tenant can be your best friend, a friend of a friend or even a family member.  Just because you are told they are a great renter does not make it true.  A background check and a credit check should be done for all prospective tenants.  I have known family members who do not have an inkling about their sibling’s poor payment record or even evictions.

There are several online credit report applications for landlords.  Some even  cost below woman-construction-carpenter-installing-electrical-box-power-drill-on-white$50 per applicant.  By the way, ALL prospective tenants should have background checks.

What is a reserve and why do I need one?

Many Landlords do not estimate their expenses properly.  The lawn, the pool company and even bug control are the norm.  But many landlords forget regular maintenance and repair from wear-and-tear.  There are replacement costs and always unexpected repairs.

A reserve or extra funds for emergencies should be set aside each month from the rent to cover these unexpected expenditures.  A Landlord needs to estimate these expenses and put them aside from the collected rents.  Also, only plan your expense reserve based on 10 or eleven months rent.  There may be a month or two the property sits empty between tenants.  Just because the income stops, does not mean the expenses stop.

Renters’ Insurance for everyone.

This should be a no-brainer but one part is overlooked many times.  The apartment and tenants are always covered.  What is forgotten most often – the tenant’s belongings.  The landlord may be responsible if a leak, for instance, ruins the tenant’s furniture.

In some states, a landlord can demand the Tenant to carry Renters’ Insurance.  Check your state and local laws.  Always protect “your stuff” and “their stuff”.

If you are unsure of your local laws, check with the local Housing Authority, the Library or the Board of Realtors.  Many times, books on Landlord-Tenant Laws are available.

Mike Cathell,
Broker/Owner, Investment Property Consultant

Real Estate Services of SWFL, LLC
Real Estate Services of Citrus County, LLC

Cell:  (239) 770-6250   Fax:  (239) 288-2505
Email:  InvestSWFL@gmail.com
 
Real Estate Services of SWFL, LLC
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