Tag: Cape Coral Real Estate

How to Evaluate A Real Estate Investment Deal in Cape Coral, Florida

This blog was forwarded to me by one of my Wholesale Property Investors, Brandon Mitchell from his Investor Carrot web site.  Timeless information for anyone interested in Investing in Real Estate.  Thanks Brandon:

We talk with lots of people looking to buy real estate investment properties in Cape Coral and surrounding areas. Some of them know what they’re doing… and some of them are still in the learning process.

But, since our entire business is finding great deals… and often passing those deals onto real estate investors like you at huge discounts… I thought it would be a great idea to share with you some resources on how to effectively evaluate a real estate investment deal. This works in any market… Cape Coral, surrounding areas, florida, any other states across the country.

When you really boil it down… evaluating a real estate deal is a pretty simple process. If you’re looking to buy real estate as an investment, wholesale properties, hold them for rent… whatever, one of the most important parts is buying it right (i.e. – not overpaying).

So lets dive in.

How To Evaluate A Real Estate Deal – (for single family houses)

There are just a few main elements when you’re evaluating a deal.

  • Cost of repairs needed to get it back up to good condition
  • The after repair market value of the property (what it’s worth and can sell for today once it’s fixed up)
  • If you’re going to buy and hold for a rental… you need to know what you can rent it out for and what your “debt service” (mortgage payment) will be. Knowing this makes sure you’re buying so the property cash-flows each month

There are other things you can (and should) look at too… but those 3 are the main important things to look at first.

Cost of Repairs

One of the things you should do when you are looking at a property is find out how much it’ll cost you to fix it up to a point where it’s in great shape. In other words, the cost of repairs. This could be a new roof if it needs it, carpet, paint, a new kitchen, yard, maybe even more.

To find a good estimate of cost of repairs, the best advice we have is to get to know a contractor or two in your area and have them walk through the properties with you the first few times… have them quote out the repair cost… and build that into your offer.

After Repair Market Value

This is simple, but many investors get stuck on this part. This is essentially what you could sell the property for today… after you repaired it and brought it up to a great condition. This is found by finding out what other similar houses in the same area are actually selling for. NOTE: Don’t look at the “Listing” price… look at what houses similar to yours have actually sold for in the past 3 months. This helps you determine how much you could actually sell that house for if you had to… right now. You never want to over pay to a point where you can’t sell it for a profit in the next 3 months.

How do you find this? There are services out there that can help you with this… but often times the best way to find out the true value of a house is to talk to a Realtor that you know… or an appraiser. Heck, if you don’t know one… call up a few today… tell them you have a property that you’re potentially going to sell in the near future… and ask them what they think it should sell for.

Buy And Hold For Rental 

So, you’re going to buy and hold for rental? Great! You don’t need to worry about what it’ll sell for right away. What you need to know is if it’ll pencil out on a month to month basis. You know… cash flow.

So, talk to a mortgage broker (or a private lender) and find out what the monthly mortgage payment will be for that specific property.

Then find out what you can rent the place out for on a monthly basis.

Then, you work backwards… and find out at what purchase price your mortgage payment will be low enough so you can make the monthly cash flow you need to make on the property. Be sure to figure in other expenses too like property taxes, maintenance expenses, property management fees, and keeping money in reserves for future repairs.

So, your offer price here should be:

Monthly Mortgage – Monthly Rents – Operating Expenses – Taxes & Insurance – Monthly Cash Flow = Offer

Simple enough right?

The cool thing is, the more you’re bringing into the deal in cash… the lower your mortgage is.

Making An Offer

We’ve been talking about how to look at the numbers and analyze a real estate deal.

From there, just make an offer. Many times the properties we let you know about will already be so deeply discounted that we get multiple offers… often above our asking price.

So, if you really want a property… find out what is the bare max you could buy the property at… and offer that. Otherwise you may lose the deal because someone else is likely making an offer too.

With that said, the golden rule in real estate is to never over pay for a property. That’s why our own deal analyzing criteria is so darn strict… and why our buyers (like you) get such great deals.

I hope this little tutorial has helped you sharpen up your real estate deal analyzing skills… and we really look forward to working with you in the near future.

If you have any questions at all… don’t hesitate to contact us anytime for anything.

Happy investing!


Property Deals Completed

Here are a few examples of the recent deals we have completed.  All can be verified through the Lee County Property Appraisers office.  Learn what we do.

Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach

  • Contract price $575,000
  • Backup bid glitch,  bought for $267,000
  • Sold in 3 weeks for $330,000
  • Several partners split equity averaging about $18,000 each

Woodgate Drive, Ft. Myers

  • First deal with a student
  • Sold in 2 weeks
  • Each made $8500 in equity

Winterberry Drive, Marco Island

  • First with another student
  • Sold in 5 weeks
  • Worked as Real Estate agent and Equity Partner
  • Each earned $8000 in commission and $16,000 in equity

Jolly Road, N Ft. Myers

  • Very first deal to start learning process
  • Contracted for $63,000
  • From Bank, $5000 credit;  End price $58000
  • Sold in 5 weeks
  • Equity $7000

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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
#Florida Real Estate     #Cape Coral Real Estate    #Fort Myers Real Estate
#Real Estate Investing   #Property Investments   #Wholesale Properties
#Wholesale Florida Properties



Crystal Snyder – Property Wholesaler

Crystal Snyder has only been buying and selling Real Estate for less than two years.  Prior to becoming an agent she received a certificate in Cosmetology, an Associates degree in Science and two degrees, one in Economics and the other in International Business.  She was working towards her Master’s Degree when she decided on a career in Real Estate.  When I met Crystal, she was a mother of 4 children but recently adopted a 5th child.

When she started in Real Estate, I suggested she find a niche rather than try to do everything.  Crystal took to working auctions and flipping contracts as if she had always been doing this.  She had immediate success, so much so that she discovered the “Secrets” of one of the major online Real Estate Auction sites.

She has privately mentored several new Investors.  One earned his first equity on a property after only 2 1/2 months after starting.  His share of the property was over $16,000.  Did I forget to mention he was only 18 years old with no Real Estate experience?

I will write about some of her most current closings in another blog.  Crystal’s company will be working directly with mine, Real Estate Services of SWFL to bring these properties to our Buyers’ lists.  She will also be teaching people how to duplicate her system.

Welcome back to Florida, Crystal.  Let’s help these new Investors get in one the Action!



Lee County Market Watch (Previous 7 Days)

New Listing (297)
Sold (0)
Rented (203)
Leased (0)
Terminated (66)
Expired (25)
Back On Market (38)
Extended (38)
Pending (0)
Price Increase (50)
Price Decrease (154)
Withdrawn (44)
Application In Progress (143)

Real Estate Services of SWFL, LLC

Motivational Monday – July 7, 2016


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
#Florida Real Estate     #Cape Coral Real Estate    #Fort Myers Real Estate
#Real Estate Investing   #Property Investments   #Wholesale Properties
#Wholesale Florida Properties

Motivational Monday – July 4, 2016


When Seller and Realtor Work Together

How many times in your Real Estate career has the perfect transaction happened to you?  How many Sellers  see their transaction go according to their plan?  It happened to me last month since I had the perfect seller.

The couple was a recommendation.  The husband moved to another state for a job opportunity and the wife stayed to get the house sold so she could join him.  Her priorities were to sell fast and to get the profit they needed to find another home.

Our first meeting at the house went great.  I asked what price she was hoping to get.  Her price in the mid-range of market prices.  We walked the house and discussed what would add value to make the house easier to sell.  We agreed on the following:

  • Remove the collectible collection to storage
  • Pack all personal items and move to storage
  • Paint the great room
  • Remove furniture from front porch
  • Pressure wash outside and driveway

A week later, she called to let me know everything was finished.  I drove over to take pictures, put sign in yasold signrd and a lockbox on the house.  The next morning, I put the listing on the MLS asking for 24 hour advance notice for showings.

About an hour later, an agent called ans said she was in neighborhood showing houses.  Realized there was 24 hour notice and wanted to make appointment.  I called the Seller and she said to send them over now.  House was ready and she was home.  She took a ride so she would not be home during showing.

Four hours later, we received an offer slightly higher than listing price.  She wanted to move ASAP, so naturally the offer was accepted.  Out Title company, Title-Junction in Fort Myers, took over.   The husband came down two weeks later to pack and move.  The Title company allowed Sellers to come over to sign forms to handle the long distance closing with ease.  The money was wired to their account and I received a “long distance hug” from the Sellers and now they are ready to move to the next phase of their life.

This was the transaction we all dream about.  It shows what can happen when Sellers and their Real Estate agent see the process as a team effort!

Did I mention, they owned 5 cats that had to be handled for showings.  Again, amazing performance by the Owner!

Mike Cathell,
Broker/Owner, Investment Property Consultant
Real Estate Services of SWFL, LLC

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