SOLD OWNER FINANCE – 1609 W Travis St, San Antonio, Texas 78207

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  • Address: 1609 W Travis St, San Antonio, Texas 78207
  • Year Built: 1950
  • Description: Booming San Antonio Market out of state investment property, very popular location west of downtown, 1609 W Travis St, San Antonio, Texas 78207-3567, 3 beds, 1 bath, 1100 sqft, estimated repairs: 38K, includes paint in/out, new HVAC, flooring, foundation, update kitchen/bath, etc.
  • Max After Repair Value: $89,900
  • Cash Price: $35,000 firm.
  • Exit Strategy: Owner Finance with 35K repairs: 5-10k down, $895 monthly P/I, 30 year amortization, 10% interest, Price: 89.9K, can sell note after 1 year; or rent: $900 monthly with 38K in repairs.
  • Notes: We recommend that you owner finance this out of state investment property because you will have no maintenance expenses. ROI will be ~10%.
  • Contact us for more information or to make offer.
  • Sold and Rental Comps: Rental Comps 1609 W Travis Sold Comps 1609 W Travis St

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Turn 3 Properties Into 6 or More in 5 Years With Your IRA

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I am a strong believer of investing in under market value real estate property with all cash and owner financing them. When you buy distressed properties with all cash and finance them to qualified buyers, there is one overwhelming advantage with these below market value investments:

  • You have no mortgage on your property investment, so if the property is ever vacant for any reason, you do not have overwhelming financial pressure bearing on you. Over leveraged real estate investors were a major factor in the real estate meltdown five years ago.

Of course, on the other side of the ledger, you cannot purchase as many distressed sale properties as you could if you leveraged your capital and use 20% down conventional financing. This is always a valid concern for people with limited capital to invest in the best San Antonio investment property.

Still I would like to illustrate how the smart and patient investor can take three fixer upper homes and turn it into 6 and possibly more in 5 years, assuming you have no additional cash to invest after the initial investments. The illustration below assumes you owner finance the houses, so you do not have any maintenance costs. This is our tried and true positive cash flow model!

That $275,000 in Your IRA

I run across many aspiring investors that have savings and IRA assets of $275,000 or so. In current market conditions in San Antonio TX, that $275,000 can fund approximately three solid distressed sale properties in cash. Let’s illustrate with three houses we have right now:

  • Property 1 – 262 Bogle St., 78207: $50,000 + $30,000 rehab = $84,500 investment + $2500 closing costs, $2000 commissions = $89,000 total investment.

Total Owner Finance Cash Flow Per Year: $8940 ($745 per month after tax/ins.)

  • Property 2 – 109 Llano, 78223: $29,900 + $40,000 rehab = $69,900 investment + $2100 closing costs, $2000 commissions = $74,000 total investment.

Total Owner Finance Cash Flow Per Year: $9,000 ($750 per month after tax/ins.)

  • Property 3 – 1027 Sams Dr., 78221: $59,900 + $40,000 rehab = $109,000 investment + $3000 closing costs, $3000 commissions = $115,000 total investment.

Total Owner Finance Cash Flow Per Year: $12,000 ($1095 per month after tax/ins.)

Total Income from 3 Properties Per Year: $29,940

The next step would be to bank that positive cash flow from your three properties for up to five years. At the five year mark, you will have approximately $149,700 in your tax deferred IRA.

At this point, how many property investments you can buy depends upon the state of the San Antonio real estate market. Right now, the prices are higher because unemployment is lower, and more rehab is necessary to sell the houses. However, there is a high probability that in the next five years, there will be a substantial downturn in real estate prices.

In the last crash from 2008-11, the price of my distressed houses dropped from $50,000 median to $30,000 median. I was able to purchase many more homes during the downturn.

If the prices go down to approximately $35,000 per property plus $10,000 in rehab (possible in a slower economy given people simply want any house to live in), you could buy at least 3 more houses, and possibly 4. With three more houses, you would have approximately $45,000 in total cash flow from your grand total of six houses!

If the prices stay the same five years from now (which in my 15 year experience is very unlikely), you could purchase at worst two more properties, with a total cash flow from your five properties of $40,000 or so.

In either case, that cash can be banked in your IRA to buy more of the best San Antonio investment property whenever market conditions warrant buying more.

I am waiting until the next downturn to take my banked cash flow from my current portfolio to buy at least another 20 houses. You can and should do the same thing!

 

 

 

 

 

Converting My Rentals to Owner Finance Was the Best Decision Ever

Before the market crash, I owned more than 100 rental properties. Like many investors, I once thought that owning rental properties was the only way to make money in real estate investing.

What I found was, I always was dealing with some sort of problem with the distressed property. It didn’t matter that I had property managers. When you own 100 houses, you always have to deal with a repair, a late bill, a vacancy, paperwork and so on.

I also found it was hard to know what my cash flow on each house was each month. Writing checks for new water heaters and fridges gets old fast!

It was around 2009 that one of my mentors talked to me about how he had retired with millions in real estate: He only owner finances his fixer upper homes.

Rather than being a landlord responsible for property upkeep and repairs, there are more efficient ways to generate monthly cash flow.

Be the Bank!

Think about your own house. Each month you send an electronic payment (or check) to your mortgage company or bank. Your bank doesn’t have to maintain the property – you do. Since you are buying the property from the bank on terms, it is naturally to your benefit to maintain the property. The bank knows that statistically, homeowners are much more likely to keep their houses in good repair than renters. That’s what makes holding mortgage notes so attractive.

My mentor taught me that I could be the bank for people who do not have the credit history to qualify for a regular mortgage loan. I carry the loan on the distressed property for 30 years just like the bank, and the new owner of the house simply pays me a mortgage payment each month that includes taxes and insurance.

My mentor told me, why should you spend $10s of thousands on rehabbing a property when you can have the end buyer do most of it? Owner finance investment property is smart.

The end buyer usually has a vested interest in maintaining their property, as they own it.

How a Typical Owner Finance Property Deal Looks:

$62,000 cash purchase, $10,000 rehab, 50 DOM, sold for $89,900 owner finance, $937 per month, 12.3% ROI.

This 3 BR 1.5 bath property investment with positive cash flow north of downtown San Antonio TX is in a heavily revitalizing area. It was bought by the investor for $62,000.

The under market value property only needed approximately $10,000 of rehab, including new flooring, paint in and out, and minor foundation work.

The total project cost to the investor for this under market value property was $72,000.

Within 50 days of the completion of rehab, it was sold with owner financing with the following terms:

  • $5000 down
  • $89,900 final price
  • 10% interest
  • 30 year note
  • $937/month PITI positive cash flow
  • Cap rate 12.3%

After I converted most of my under market value properties to owner finance, most of my worries about my properties disappeared. The owner maintains it and I simply enjoy the monthly cash flow from each property into my bank account.

Most people don’t seem to ever consider owner financing their property investment, probably because they don’t know about it.

The keys to success in owner finance property are simple:

  • Carefully documenting the income of the potential buyer and verifying their work history
  • Follow the Dodd Frank law, which mandates that you must collect proof of their income and document their work history.
  • You can have a Texas licensed loan originator do this for you for a $750 or so fee (we have one on staff).

The bottom line on owner finance investment property  is you enjoy cash flow without maintenance and the buyer enjoys buying their own home at last – a true win-win for everyone.

2513 W Poplar St, San Antonio, Texas 78207

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  • Address: 2513 W Poplar St, San Antonio, Texas 78207
  • Description: Fixer upper home, great opportunity to own cash flow property, Booming Texas Market, 3 beds, 1 bath, 1000 sqft.
  • Estimated Repairs on Distressed Property Sale:10K, includes interior texture/paint, new HVAC, minor flooring, minor foundation, plumbing/electrical up to code. Max ARV 79K with owner financing, Price: 45K cash.
    Exit Strategy: Owner Finance for positive cash flow with 10K repairs: 5k down, $800 monthly P/I, 30 year amortization, 10% interest, Price: 79K, can sell note after 1 year.
  • Positive Cash Flow: $700 per month with no maintenance. Consider this investment in property!

Why You Should Ignore Popular Advice About Real Estate Investing

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  Key Takeaways

  • Ignore what your eyes tell you about property’s appearance: study the numbers, cost of repairs and the area.
  • Pay 20 percent to 30 percent under market value or move on to another deal.
  • Buying in poorer areas means less competition for the deal, and it could make you 12 percent ROI or better.

There are so many myths out there about purchasing distressed properties in what people often call “problem” neighborhoods. Raise your hand if you ever heard this before: “Don’t ever buy a real estate investment in a bad neighborhood.”

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I hear it all the time. It’s baloney. Many of the best San Antonio investment properties are in so-so areaa.

If you just trust your eyes and only buy in nice areas, your chances for making money are slim. For instance, a major real estate investing company is a perfectly good organization that focuses on selling rental properties and related training.

In a recent blog, however, the company said this: “The whole idea of buying property for investment is to buy in hot or an up-and-coming neighborhood. Don’t waste your time or money investing in a property located in a poor or declining area.”

It is correct in the sense that you should definitely buy in an up-and-coming neighborhood. I do that all the time when I buy under-market value houses in San Antonio.

I study the market and find the neighborhood near a hot area that I think is going to get hot next, and I snatch up $40,000 houses for cash before they go up to $80,000. I make 10 percent to 15 percent a year on most of these best San Antonio investment properties.

However, the rest of the quote is questionable: “The whole idea of buying property for investment is to buy in hot or an up-and-coming neighborhood.” If this means paying anywhere near market value, I don’t agree at all. That’s how investors end up making zero cash flow.

I will buy a 20 percent to 30 percent under-market-value house in a hot, affordable neighborhood (under $80,000 wholesale is my strategy). That makes a lot of sense. That type of deal will produce excellent, positive cash flow if you don’t over rehab.

For example, a California investor bought this three-bedroom, one-and-a-half bathroom house in a rising area north of downtown San Antonio:

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The investor bought it from me for $62,000 — approximately 30 percent under market value — and did $10,000 in repairs. He resold it with seller financing with $5,000 down, $89,900 price, $937 per month property, taxes and insurance (PITI). That’s 12 percent ROI.

This company might consider this a poor neighborhood, but my investor doesn’t have to repair the house, and he makes 12 percent on his money. What a great out of state real estate investment.

“Don’t waste your time or money investing in a property located in a poor or declining area.” I don’t buy in declining areas, but what defines a poor area?

Does that include households that make $2,500 or $3,000 per month? That’s 90 percent of the owner-finance buyers that helped me to financially retire before I was 30 on distressed sales.

The majority of the neighborhoods that I invest in are considered poor areas, but they are on the way up, as the city is pouring revitalization dollars into parks, green space, walking paths and more.

For instance, this three-bedroom, one-bathroom home west of downtown is in a so-so area:

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Sure, it’s not pretty, but smart investors ignore what their eyes tell them and study the numbers, the nature of the repairs and the area. The repairs on this house to resell it were minor, and the nearby area has seen millions and millions of dollars in new construction and city funding.

The investor purchased it from me for $29,900 — about 30 percent under market value. After $7,000 for paint inside and out, foundation repair and clean up, it sold with seller financing for $5,000 down, $55,000, $550 per month PITI. That’s 11 percent ROI.

And this is in an area that most investors would consider poor. It is, however, on the way up.

Of course, you cannot simply go into any poor area and start buying cheap, distressed sales with positive cash flow. That’s also a path to ruin. But if you only purchase investment properties in nicer areas, you will be fighting a lot of investors for any of the few deals that generate cash flow. That drives prices up to market value and beyond, and you can kiss your profits good bye.

Invest in distressed, fixer upper homes or under market-value properties for true positive cash flow, but be certain to:

  • Carefully study the market to learn which area is near a hot area and will likely go up in value in the next year.
  • Get the property for at least 20 percent under market value to leave room for a profit of at least 25 percent on a flip and 10 percent ROI on a buy-and-hold.
  • Buy out of state investment properties in areas that are less expensive, especially in B and C neighborhoods.
  • Owner finance the property to a qualified buyer — save yourself thousands in rehab costs. Do enough to sell the house and leave the rest to the new owner.

If you invest carefully in properties in poor or bad areas, you will end up with cash flow that all the poser investors simply dream of.

How I Increase My Profits with Limited Rehabs

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With the real estate market heating up in San Antonio, lots of new real estate investors are jumping into the game. It always happens when the market gets hotter.

However, many of those new investors will fail. It always happens in every ‘up’ market. I make positive cash flow in every market.

One of the biggest reasons that investors crash in real estate investing in distressed properties or under market value properties is they simply spend to much on rehab. I never spend too much on these fixer upper homes or distressed property sales.

Many real estate investors do not understand the neighborhood in which they invest. They assume that a 3/1 in 78210 is going to be largely the same as a house in 78207, as far as fixing it goes. This is completely wrong.

A home in 78210 on the north side of downtown San Antonio, TX is a hotter area with an average income of 2013 reported at $26,522. Meanwhile, in 78207, the average income  is $20,100.

This makes a major difference in terms of how I rehab the house. For a 78210 house, which is currently in higher demand due to its proximity to downtown, I will often opt for a fancier finish to include:

  • Granite counters
  • Premium light fixtures
  • Tile flooring
  • Nice front door

The rehab on a house in 78210 might be around $15,000. We did a deal in 78210 that was $62,000 cash, and rehabbed for $10,000. It included new flooring, nice paint in and out, and refinishing the floor.

On the other hand, we did a rehab in 78207 last year with a lower income, and spent much less: about $5000. We just painted the floor, painted in and out, fixed the foundation and got rid of trash at this fixer upper home.

That’s all that a buyer in that area would expect – just the basics. To spend all of that money on fancier finishes in that neighborhood would be overkill.

Let’s do the math. The investor in 78207 paid $29,900 and did $5000 in rehab. It makes the investor $450 per month in cash flow.

The distressed sale property in 78210 cost the investor $62,000 and makes the investor $750 per month. The rehab here was $10,000.

On 78207, the house makes a return of 15% or so. But if we put another $5000 in for too much rehab, the return would drop to about 13%.

I save my investors thousands of dollars and increase returns by 2-3% on each deal by knowing when to call it quits on rehab.

Of course, this all sounds simple on paper, but figuring out how much to spend on rehab of a Texas investment property – just enough to sell it quickly – takes a great deal of practice over years of investing.

If you are starting in real estate yourself or do not know well the neighborhood where you invest, make sure you are relying on a solid agent or investor there. He or she should be able to tell you how much rehab to do on your distressed investment property.

So many real estate investing careers are wrecked by careless attention to rehab costs. Please don’t let it happen to you.

 

 

The Crash and How I Stayed Positive in Real Estate Investing

‘If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.’ – Frances H. Burnett, The Secret Garden

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By John Majalca, Financially Retired Real Estate Investor

It is incredibly important to always stay positive in your real estate investing business. Early on in my career, I learned maintaining an optimistic attitude in my under market value real estate investing would carry me through the tough times.

And have I had some tough times! But let me back up:

Before the crash, my real estate investing in distressed San Antonio properties boomed. I also bought $1 million houses, rehabbed them and resold them. These were the boom years – I could resell those big mansions for a $300,000 profit! Life was great.

The Crash

And then one day in 2007, I called the local bank to borrow more money. They said:  ‘Oh, we aren’t loaning money to investors anymore.’

Whoa. And that was when things started to crumble. I couldn’t borrow money from banks, even though I owned more than 100 properties with an excellent record of success.

Worse, I couldn’t sell my $1 million mansions anymore for what I paid for them. And of course, fewer banks were doing mortgages, people lost their jobs and couldn’t qualify….that end of my business was a bit of a mess.

God and Increase

However, I managed to stay positive throughout it all. In my personal case, I focused on God and people who deliver Godly, positive sermons and speeches. Some of the positive people I listened to online included (and still do include) Joel Osteen. I find that his positive and optimistic sermons about increase and prosperity (in all things, not just money) to be tremendously uplifting.

I also listened every day to Bob Harrison, who is known as America’s #1 Increase Authority, and is the founder of Christian Business Leaders International. His lectures and seminars are incredibly rewarding.

Those two mentors most of all got me through the crash.

Optimism Leads to New Opportunity

Maintaining a positive outlook through the downturn opened me to new opportunities in real estate investing. I realized that ironically, it’s the higher end, $500k+ homes that are the riskier investments! Meanwhile, my little $40,000 2 BR 1 bath houses still bought and sold like normal! In the middle the crash! And that was when I fully focused on distressed, under market value real estate investing.

My logic was, people will always need a house to live in, even in bad times. So the demand for affordable homes ($25k-75k depending on the market condition) will always be there. I was able to buy up distressed homes in the crash for as little as $20,000!

I bought 200 of them and most I still hold today, each producing monthly cash flow with owner financing.

3 Tips

Now, I always advise new and experienced investors to maintain a positive attitude at all costs. It is what will make you stick with investing and be successful when others quit. Here is what I recommend to you:

  1. Listen every day to positive and motivational people during your work. Personally, I listen to Christian leaders such as Harrison and Osteen, but that is what works for me. You may be different. Find positive mentors online that you can listen to and inspire you. Listening to them is what got me into the best part of my real estate career – owner financed real estate in under market value houses. You cannot go wrong in distressed sales with positive cash flow.
  2. Stay away from all negativity, especially online. The Internet is wonderful, but it can be a cesspool of negativity! The problem is that people feel anonymous and uninhibited online, and will say terrible things. This is true in real estate forums. I’ve had people tell me all sorts of nonsense about owner finance, that it is dishonest, illegal, predatory….it’s a waste of my time. I get away from them immediately. If you spend too much time among real estate investors online, the pessimism of a few can really get you down. Get completely away from that! I made nearly all of my money in real estate investing without a website and without ever going online. It’s not necessary to participate in real estate online forums to succeed in fixer upper homes for positive cash flow.
  3. Find a positive and successful real estate mentor! Whatever city you live in, you can find a mentor to talk to that can inspire and motivate you. Why would he talk to you? Well, what can you offer him? Offer to help him out for free in any way he needs so that you can learn from him. You want to find a really successful, long term, ethical investor, ideally a person in business 10 years. You’ll  have to go to real estate meetings for a few months to figure out who is who in your city. I did exactly this when I first got started and got connected in San Antonio with very successful investors who still inspire me to excellence today.

 

 

 

5 Ways to Use Real Estate Investing To Achieve Your Financial Freedom

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Takeaways:

  • Find an inexpensive, stable real estate market and become a local property expert.
  • Find private investors and a mentor who has done more than 500 deals to help you learn.
  • Owner-financed real estate is always profitable.

I financially retired at 28 with $22,000 per month in real estate investment positive cash flow. I still work today, but only because I choose to do so.

I developed this positive cash flow, but not through family connections or wealth. Growing up, my family was very poor in a small Texas town. We often had to choose between buying food or paying the electric bill.

Still, I built a sizable portfolio of distressed, single-family homes in Texas — all owned in cash. It has always been an excellent investment in property for me.

I did it. And you too can become a distressed property expert, or in whichever real estate investment area you choose. Here’s how:

1. Find an inexpensive, stable real estate market

When I started in real estate in 2001, I was in college in Boston. I couldn’t buy a doghouse with the $25,000 I had from the stock market.

So, I flew back to Texas after graduation. I gave Austin a shot — I couldn’t buy a treehouse in Austin.

Then I looked south to San Antonio and liked what I saw:

  • $30,000 houses.
  • Lots of blue-collar workers.
  • Diverse and healthy job market, not just oil and gas.

This is a very good city for fixer upper homes under market value. I bought my first house for $25,000, rehabbed it for $5,000 and made 10 percent annually by renting it out. That was the beginning.

Lesson learned: Avoid real estate markets with high entry costs if your capital is limited. Lower-cost cities are much easier for beginners to invest, especially in distressed sales.
Avoid real estate markets with high entry costs if your capital is limited.

2. Find private money

I had my first property in San Antonio, but the bank account read zero. Sound familiar? Now what?

I spent much of the next two years making 200 calls a week searching for private cash. Also, I went to many real estate meetings and always asked around for capital.

It wasn’t easy, but after all of that, I found a few investors who loaned me over $200,000 at 7-8 percent. I used that capital over the next five years to build a large portfolio of distressed properties for positive cash flow.

Lesson learned: Be ready and able to make hundreds of phone calls and knock on many doors to find private capital.

3. Become a local market expert

In the early years, I swung a hammer and did many rehabs myself. Doing the work myself taught me to understand the little houses I invest in and what they are worth. I became a distressed property expert.

I learned what a rehab should cost precisely (depending on the part of town). Also, I learned never to spend too much on a rehab. Overspending is a mortal sin of real estate investing, and it derails many investing careers.

Simultaneously, I became a licensed Realtor, and spent many long hours studying the local market in the MLS. I became a true expert on my local real estate market, especially in the blue-collar neighborhoods where I buy.

Being an expert has enabled me to buy houses usually at least 20 percent under market value in any real estate market in my city.

Lesson learned: Learn your local market so you can get houses well under market value. Can’t find them in a hot market? OK, then go to a dozen real estate meetings in the next three months, and find an expert real estate investor who can help you find those deals.

Offer to help them with their business — anything from making calls to hanging bandit signs — in exchange for helping you find under-market-value deals.
Find an expert investor to help you find deals, and offer to help the investor with business.

4. Find a good real estate mentor

Starting in real estate investing without a mentor is like playing tennis without a racket. Every single rookie investor should work with an experienced, successful investor mentor who has done hundreds of deals and succeeded in boom and bust real estate markets. I found several in distressed sales.

I found my mentors at city real estate meetings. I also went to real estate events in other cities. I got connected to some of the most successful residential investors in the country simply by networking.

Lesson learned: Find a mentor who has been in the business for 10 years, has done 500 or more deals, and has made profits in the most recent real estate downturn. That’s someone you want to work with.
Find a mentor who has 10 years experience, 500+ deals and profited during the downturn.

5. Invest for cash flow with owner financing

In 2005, one of my successful mentors taught me that rental real estate often is profitable, but done right, owner-financed real estate is always profitable.

I stopped rehabbing and renting my properties that year, and changed to owner-finance only.

Now, I buy a house for cash, do $5,000-$10,000 in rehab and then resell the property with owner financing to a carefully selected buyer.

This model has no ongoing maintenance or property management costs. Each house puts $500-$700 a month into my bank account, and I don’t have to do a thing.

Every one of my investment properties has positive cash flow, and was bought solely for monthly cash flow from owner financing. I never buy for appreciation.

Lesson learned: Think about investing strategies other than renting out houses. Owner financing is much less stressful, and the cash flow is more stable.
Owner financing is much less stressful, and the cash flow is more stable.

Following those five essential tips is what allowed me to retire at age 28, and you can do it, too.

Why Daring to Be Unpopular in Investing Pays Off

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Key Takeaways

  • The ‘herd mentality’ in investing leads to subpar results.
  • Buying an ugly house, in the right area, can be a fantastic investing opportunity, but don’t overpay for your rehab, or your profits will evaporate.
  • Buy real estate property under market value in revitalizing areas, regardless of its current appearance.
  • Positive cash flow often comes from the most unattractive houses (on the surface at sale)

A friend of John C. Maxwell, author of the book “Thinking For a Change,” observed: “The problem with popular thinking in business is that it doesn’t require you to think at all.” Most of us don’t want to do the tough work of thinking.

It’s much easier to just follow the herd in investing and hope they thought it all through. That’s why so few of us are ever rich and successful.
It’s much easier to just follow the herd in investing and hope they thought it all through.

Look at the stock market. The herd instinct of many conventional investment managers and their clients encourages them to invest in index funds, exchange traded funds and government bonds.

Popular thinking says that type of stock market investing is safe. Blindly following the crowd isn’t thinking, which is why it usually brings average results.
Unpopular investing in the stock market

However, two contrarian investment managers in New York City named Martin and Ari Sass reject this popular thinking in stock investments. Instead, they conduct deep, forensic research of companies to determine the few with the strongest management that meet a stringent criteria.

This investing style has led them to better returns with less risk — to the tune of now having $7.5 billion in assets under management for Fortune 500 firms and high-net-worth individuals. And note that both men started with no money and no Wall Street contacts. Daring to be unpopular in stock investing can achieve incredible results.
Unique thinking in real estate investing

Similarly, daring to be unpopular in real estate investing can yield spectacular results that few investors achieve. In my San Antonio, Texas, real estate investing career, which spans 15 years, I have made several million dollars by embracing unpopular thinking.

In short, I buy what other investors sprint away from.

Most real estate investors in my city chase 5 percent returns on rentals in $200,000 pretty houses or $40,000 returns on flips. Not me. I love making $5,000 on a deal when I do an occasional flip. Usually, I buy ugly, distressed houses from $25,000 to $70,000 in blue-collar neighborhoods that some investors would never consider.
Junk houses

Falling-apart house in the right area? I’ll take it. A burned house? No problem. Holes in the roof? Great. Foundation issue? Love it. Dirt floor? Of course — sold. A two-bedroom? Yes. A one-bedroom? Heck yes — I’ll convert it to a two- or three-bedroom for $5,000.

No one wants these deals, so I get a fantastic price, and most of the fixes and rehab are easy and inexpensive for my wholesale-priced construction company to complete. I can have a positive cash flow deal in 90-120 days.

In most cases, I buy in up-and coming-areas. So when I owner-finance these distressed houses after a partial rehab to carefully screened buyers, they sell quickly. It’s now a quite pretty house in a revitalizing area that is near downtown.

For me, the investor, owner finance means that I have zero maintenance costs. I make long-term cash flow in the 10 percent to 15 percent per year range on every one of my deals without fail.
For me, the investor, owner finance means that I have zero maintenance costs.

Popular thinking rejects my model, naturally:

  • That area has high crime. It’s too dangerous.
  • My $25,000 real estate investing seminar said “never buy ugly stuff.”
  • Those houses are falling apart and too expensive to fix.
  • You can’t resell a two-bedroom, one-bath.
  • You’ll never find a good, paying occupant for those houses.
  • That house should be demolished.

I love that conventional real estate investors are too lazy to do their own thinking. That means more great deals for my investors and me.

Here is a typical property that I buy:

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This distressed property sale home is only $24,000, and it’s a located in 78207, where the city of San Antonio has poured tens of millions of dollars into revitalization: parks, running and walking trails, picnic areas, shopping plazas, green space and more. It’s only about two miles from downtown. It’s currently ugly and just sat there. I snatched up this distressed property sale.

Next door and across the street are owner-occupied houses worth $80,000 to$100,000. When this ‘junk house’ is fixed up and resold, it will quickly gain in value.

But no one wants my junk house because of its current state:

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Conventional thinking cannot see beyond the surface ugliness in the property investment, but by engaging my brain, I see the obvious: Because of the neighborhood and the revitalizing nearby, this deal is a fantastic investor opportunity.

This house only needs $19,000 in repairs completed in 30 days or less (my construction company cost; retail cost would be $30,000 or more):

  • Electrical update
  • New flooring (float new floor over that minor foundation issue after it’s repaired)
  • Clean out
  • Update bath and kitchen with tile and granite
  • New light fixtures
  • Paint in and out
  • Finish second bedroom

After-repair value will be approximately $60,000 to $65,000 (I always run neighborhood comps). On an owner-financed note, this house will return approximately 10 percent per year to the investor — with no maintenance costs. With the pretty homes next door and the parks, running trails, shopping and downtown so close, this house will resell in 30 to 90 days.

However, because the house is ugly, and most investors learned to never buy ugly houses at their real estate investing seminar, they will miss out on a great deal. It is deals like this one that have made me wealthy beyond my dreams.

And it’s mostly due to the fact that I ignore popular thinking, and I dare to be unpopular.

So should you:

  • When investing in real estate, think about rejecting the conventional wisdom.
  • Buy an ugly house under market value in an up-and-coming area.
  • Do the necessary repairs to resell it, but don’t overpay on the rehab.
  • Consider owner-financing the property to a well-qualified buyer.

And you could have yourself a fantastic long-term investment that the non-thinking herd will never enjoy.

SOLD – 2229 W Hermosa Dr. San Antonio, TX 78201

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    • Address: 2229 W Hermosa Dr.  San Antonio, TX 78201
    • Year Built: 1948
    • Description: Under market value property sale in hot north of downtown neighborhood, 2 beds 1 bath, 769 sqft, built: 1948, lot size: .14 acres yearly taxes: $1,200.00, estimated yearly insurance: $800.00, estimated repairs on this distressed sale.
    • Rehab Option#1: Buy and rent with 15k in rehab,  includes interior paint, flooring, roof leak, and  appliances.
    • Max ARV: $114k to $119k.
    • Rehab Option #2: Buy and owner finance with 22k in rehab, ARV is $114k-$119k
    • Rehab Option #3: Buy and do 10k in rehab, and owner finance $99k, $995 per month, 5k down, 10 percent interest.
    • Cash Price: $69,000 firm.
    • Contact us for more information or to make offer.
    • Sold and Rental Comps: Sold Comps 1740 Edison Dr Rental Comps 1740 Edison

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Please contact us to make offer or ask questions.