Take Over a Hard Money Loan on an Investment Property and Save Big!

Investing in San Antonio real estate can be a great way to build wealth as it was for me. One of the challenges when you are first starting out is finding the capital to fund your investments of course. One of the ways that some investors get started is by using hard money.

A hard money loan is a bridge loan that is used for the short term to finance a property while you are doing renovations. A hard money loan in San Antonio is often used by house flippers who want to renovate the home and then sell it retail for a profit. But another strategy that some under market value property investors use is to use the hard money loan to renovate the home. Then, once the property is fixed, get a conventional investment property loan on the home and pay off the hard money loan. The property then can be rented out and you pay the loan from the rental proceeds. If you have done the deal right, you should be able to put away some money every month as your profits and save it over time to do more deals.

Hard money of course is expensive; you can expect to pay an interest rate of 12% to 16% in many cases, and you also have to pay an up front fee and a renewal fee every six months with many lenders. Ideally, you will want to have the property renovated in six months or less so you can either sell it or get a conventional loan and hold it as a rental property.

On a related note, sometimes if you look around, you can find a real estate investor who has a hard money loan on a property but does not have or does not want to spend the cash to renovate the property. In this case, you might be able to work out a deal with the real estate investor that can really save you a lot of money.

All you would need to do with this investment property would be to take over the hard money loan from the investor. In many situations, the investor may have bought the home at a much lower price than it is for sale for today. This can be a great way to get an under market value deal on a property.

For example, we have a San Antonio investment property below where the investor has a hard money loan on the home for about $58,000. That is way below market value. Homes have appreciated in San Antonio by at least 7% in the past year overall. This home on Alametos St. is for sale for $65,000, but if you take over the hard money loan, you have saved another $7000, plus the fees of taking out a new hard money loan. Then, you only need to spend the money on the rehab. What a great way to save a bundle on an investment property! Below is more information on this under market value deal.

Potential more than 40K in profit on this investment. 1614 Alametos, San Antonio, Texas 78201. Excellent location, just north of downtown with a short distance to the river walk and the new San Pedro creek river walk extension (multi-billion dollar inner city revitalization project). Properties in this location are expected to appreciate by more than 50% in value over the next two to three years.

1614 Alametos has a large back yard with shady trees. Currently, the property is set-up as 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom with a large patio in the back of the house. To get the maximum value out of this property and location, another bedroom and bathroom should be added. Estimated repairs: $65K with purchase price: $65K. Max After Repair Value: $199K

Note: 1622 Alametos just down the street was sold to an investor in 2015 for $65,000. With $15,000 of rehab, the property was sold for $99,000 with owner financing for a 13% ROI. Home was sold within one week.

Price: $65,000

Exit Strategy: Buy, Rehab and Hold this San Antonio investment property.

Looking to Buy Texas Investment Property? Forbes Is High on San Antonio

Forbes magazine reported this month that Texas is one of the best real estate investment property states in the country. In fact, it called it the United States of Texas because of the various attractive real estate markets in the state that are very different from one another. While the oil business is synonymous with the Lone Star State, the article notes that oil exploration, pumping, processing and financing occur in various real estate markets in the state, and there also are other industries in some Texas cities that are more important than ‘black gold.’

Houston is a difficult market for some real estate investors right now because it is hard to know what the long term effects of flood damage are. However, the possibility for future flooding could encourage more people in Houston to rent and not buy, which could lead to more rental property demand.

Dallas has been a popular place for real estate investors but prices have been climbing 10%  per year lately. The higher prices mean more people turning to rentals, so this could be a good fit for many rental property investors. But prices are high and going higher, so some landlords could be priced out of the market.

Probably the most difficult market in Texas right now is Austin. It is a more challenging investment market right now because prices are so high. Rapid growth of the population led to a doubing of home prices in the last 10 years. The growing tourist and tech industries have really increased economic growth which is good, but prices are quite high. Investors who do buy here often find that the best path forward is to subdivide a large house into several units.

The good news for San Antonio real estate investors is this local market is one of the best in the states. Population growth has been solid but not so high to overwhelm the real estate market. Job growth is strong and tourism is more important in this city than oil. The strong military presence here leads to a strong demand for rental property. Home prices are generally in balance with incomes and rents, although home prices most recently did rise in some parts of the city by 10%. The rental property market in San Antonio is quite large, with 40% of people renting at this time.

Forbes reports the currentl population of San Antonio is 2.3 million, with 6% population growth over three years and 3.1% job growth rate. Home prices went up 8% from last year and the average home price is $235,000.

Most of my real estate investment properties have been in San Antonio over the years and I have done very well. Prices are higher today, but it is still possible to make at least 10% per year on your real estate investments here.

 

How to Buy Your First Investment Home

Real estate often produces many wealthy people, so there are many reasons to consider buying an investment home. But like any type of major investment, you are wise to understand the subject well before you put your money on the line. With the information below, you will be better prepared to buy your first investment property in San Antonio.

#1 Make Sure You Can Handle It

One of the biggest parts of owning investment property is dealing with its daily headaches, which include plenty of repairs. Do you know how to repair things? Do you enjoy using tools? If not, you can always pay others to handle your repairs, and/or give the responsibility to property managers. But you will have lower profits that way.

Many property owners with a few properties may do their own repairs, but if you do not want to spend your time on this, you may not want to be a landlord.

Many new landlords discover they do not enjoy maintaining properties, so be sure this is something you want to do before you spend a dime.

#2 Pay Down Personal Debt

Some experienced investors may have debt as part of their overall portfolio. But many experts say the novice should get into investment homes with as little debt as they can. If you have student loans, car loans and credit card debt, you may want to pay that down before you start to take on other major obligations.

#3 Have Cash Available

First of all, getting an San Antonio investment home in 2018 will usually require you to put down a larger down payment than you do with a personal residence. You often need 20% down to buy many investment properties today.

One exception is the FHA loan; if you live in the investment home yourself (such as a duplex or triplex) you can get a loan with a 3.5% down payment. But most experts advise putting more money down. Plus, you should have plenty of cash in the bank if things start to go wrong with your property. You could have a major repair needed, or you may have an apartment vacant for months.

#4 Watch Out For Higher Interest Rates

Investment properties are riskier for lenders. So the interest rate on your money will be higher. This higher rate will eat into your profits, so be prepared for this.

#5 Watch Your Margins

Wall Street companies that buy distressed homes usually shoot for 5% or 7% returns because they have a lot of overhead to pay. But you should have a profit margin goal of 10%. It is wise to estimate your maintenance costs at 1% of the value of the property each year. Other costs of owning the property will be HOA fees, insurance, property taxes and various monthly costs. Also, don’t forget to account for vacancy.

#6 Beware of Fixer Uppers

It is always tempting to buy a cheap, distressed home and try to repair and flip it into a profitable investment home. But if this is your first home, you may not want to take on a headache. Unless you are hooked up with a contractor that does good work cheap, or you comfortable making major home repairs on your own, you should probably avoid a home that needs a lot of work for your first investment.

A better idea is to look for a home that is under market value in a decent area that only needs cosmetic repair.

#7 Get a Good Location

This can be easier said than done. You need to find a home with reasonable property taxes, good schools, a neighborhood with lower crime rates and a good job market. But if you find this type of neighborhood, the homes there could be beyond your budget. This could tempt you into buying cheaper homes in bad neighborhoods. This isn’t always a failure, but it is definitely riskier. When you buy homes in worse neighborhoods, you will have more problems with crime, repairs, tenants, etc.

#8 Determine Operating Expenses

The operating expenses on your property will probably be between 35% and 80% of the total income on the property. If you are charging $1500 for rent and your expenses are $600, this is 40%. Some investors use the 50% rule. This means if you charge $2000 for rent, expect $1000 per month in expenses.

The bottom line on your first investment home is that it can be a great thing if you do your homework. But if you do not really understand what you are doing, your first investment property can end up costing you money. So be sure that you buy the right home at the right price and have determined your budget and operating expenses as realistically and accurately as possible.

 

 

 

San Antonio Real Estate Investing Random Thoughts 2018

I started investing in under market value real estate in 2001. It was a rough experience at first. With more than $40,000 of college loan debt and not much cash, I struggled to get going in real estate. First, I tried to invest in Boston, where I attended college. Of course, prices there were out of sight. I came back home to Texas, and tried Austin. Still, even back in 2001, prices in Austin were too high for a guy with only $10,000 or so to invest.

Eventually, I migrated south to San Antonio. In those early days, I was able to find undermarket value properties for $20,000 in acceptable areas where I could get decent renters. That is how I made my investing home in San Antonio.

These days, prices are much higher, but there are still good deals out for real estate investors in 2018, if you have reasonable expectations. You will have tough sledding if you want to get a house in 78201 for .50 on the dollar. Today, I’m generally able to get houses at .70 on the dollar. The market is strong and economy is doing well. There is a lot of competition and prices are higher.

I have found that investing in San Antonio fixer uppers has not been too risky. The demand for affordable homes here is strong, and the economy is good. The biggest thing to remember is to not pay too much for the property. But as I said, don’t expect to get a house for .50 on the dollar unless it’s in a real hell hole. It is not 2009 anymore!

Many of my recent real estate investors have come from the California and Austin markets. Those are much more expensive than San Antonio. Even with the higher prices in the $50,000 to $70,000 range in San Antonio for my houses, you still can earn a 10-12% return on buy and holds. This is a very solid return and is mostly what I have made over the years.

If you have $50,000 or $75,000 available, San Antonio real estate can definitely make a great return for you. I strongly encourage people to consider investing in under market value real estate here, in addition to their stock portfolio.

Thinking of Buying Investment Property? New Tax Law Makes It Time To Buy

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was passed through Congress very quickly at the end of last year. The law, which affects the tax returns we file for 2018 through 2025, has several parts that may make it more profitable to be a real estate investor in San Antonio and in many areaas.

The tax law offers benefits especially for landlords who are working as LLCs. It allows these landlords to pay less tax on their income, which will lower the rate. To take full advantage of this, you must file as an LLC when you buy investment properties and start to rent them. Here is more information about this tax benefit:

  • LLCs will be able to deduct 20% of their qualified business income. This means if you are a real estate investor as an LLC, you could be able to pay taxes on only 80% of what you are earning from rents.
  • LLCs are what are known as pass through entities. This means the income that you get from the LLC will flow directly to your personal tax return. If you are in the 37% federal tax bracket and have rental property income, you will now pay 29.6% because of this new 20% rule. The tax rate was not dropped for LLCs, but the end result is lower taxes for landlords who run their business this way.

Next, you could enjoy more demand for your rental investment properties. This is because some financial experts think fewer people will buy their own homes. People who are not sure about buying may rent longer. Here are three tax changes that could increase demand for your rental properties:

  • Standard deduction was hiked: The new law doubles the standard deduction to $24,000 for married couples filing jointly and $12,000 for an individual. This means fewer people will save money through itemizing. One of the big reasons people buy homes is gone for many folks.
  • New limit on local and state property tax deductions: A homeowner can deduct their state and real estate taxes on their federal income tax return. The new tax law states the deduction is limited to $10,000. So one major cost of ownership of a home went up for some peopole.
  • Limit on mortgage interest deductions: The tax law lets homeowners write off interest on mortgages up to $750,000. This is a decrease of $250,000 from the old law. People who wanted to upgrade to homes worth more than $750,000 might now think twice. So the supply of cheaper homes could be smaller. This may cause some people to rent homes longer.

Lower demand could cause lower home prices, which can be a boon for real estate investors. If you have thought about buying market value or under market value investment property, 2018 could be a great time!

FOR SALE – 626 Barberry St, San Antonio, Texas

Location Location, area going under major revitalization including parks, roads, and sidewalks, short drive to river walk, perfect investment property, newer home built in 2009, 626 Barberry St, 3 beds 2 bath, 904 sqft, large lot: .15 acres, estimated rehab 27.5K: foundation, flooring, paint, electrical/plumbing up to code.
Max ARV: $99,000
Asking Price: $54,000
Exit strategy: Owner finance, $5,000 down payment, $99,000 sales price, $950 monthly PI/TI, 30 year amortization, 10% interest or rent $950 monthly.
See attached sold/rental comps.

SOLD – 20607 Liatris Ln San Antonio, TX 78259

Address: 20607 Liatris Ln San Antonio, TX 78259

Description: Don`t miss the opportunity to own this charming, 3 bedroom 2 bath home, 1533 sqft. in a desirable location off of Bulverde Rd. There is a study in the front of the home that could be used as a formal dining room. NEW roof just installed and a fresh coat of exterior paint. Washer & Dryer and Water softener will covey. Beautiful covered patio for outdoor entertaining. Plantation shutters in the living room and study. Walking distance to Bulverde Creek Elementary.

Price: Only $190,000

Exit Strategy: Rent  this San Antonio investment property for $1,500 per month

FOR SALE – 106 and 110 Dewitt, San Antonio Texas, 78210

High ROI Investment Opportunity! High Real Estate Appreciation! Location Location, just south of downtown, short distance to the river walk and the new San Pedro creek river walk extension project (multi-billion dollar inner city revitalization): properties are going to double in value in the next 5 years!

Address: 106 and 110 Dewitt, San Antonio Texas, 78210

Description: Location Location, just south of downtown, short distance to the river walk and the new San Pedro creek river walk extension project (multi-billion dollar inner city revitalization): properties are going to double in value in the next 5 years. Both homes need to be converted into 3 beds 1 bath: estimated repairs for both projects: 80K-40K each, purchase price for both investments: 80K, Max After Repair Value: 119K each or 230K for both, Package deal.

Price: $80,000 cash

Exit Strategy: I recommend buy/remodel/rent then resale in 5 years

Comps: 110 & 106 Dewitt rental comps 110 & 106 Dewitt sold comps

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New York Times Highlights San Antonio’s Development Prowess

As most real estate investors in San Antonio know, billions of dollars of development have poured into San Antonio in the last 20 years. And the city is really starting to get on the national and international map, both as a tourist destination and also as a place to find high ROI investment opportunities in Texas and elsewhere.

The New York Times just wrote a new piece about taking 36 hours to visit San Antonio, and it highlighted much of the revitalization of the Alamo City in the last few years. For example, did you know that the River Walk, which opened in 1941, was expanded in 2013 from the three mile tourist section to a full 15 miles?

The downtown area of the River Walk is where all the tourists flock, and it’s great; there are many wonderful bars and restaurants along the narrow sidewalks. But the River Walk is now much bigger, and you can walk two miles down to the wonderful Pearl Brewery area. There you can enjoy a less crowded and less commercialized walk as you pass art installations, wetlands, and even an underpass that features a very cool soundtrack of singing birds.

For San Antonio real estate investors, this development has led to property appreciation, better investment opportunties, and more are slated for the future.

On the east side of town, the local developer Efraim Varga plans to invest $150 million into a mixed use development called Essex Modern City. It is going to include 80,000 feet of office space, 65,000 of retail space, 250 apartments, 150 condos and 80 townhouses.

Developers of this space are hoping that tech companies will move in to lease some of the creative office space. The site of the development is very close to the Alamodome, Hemisfair and the San Antonio River, so the development is expected to do quite well.

Meanwhile, I continue to buy  San Antonio fixer uppers, which are doing very well with all of the revitalization this city is seeing. I am seeing stronger demand for my end buyers with my owner finance program. Most of my neighborhoods are within a few miles of downtown and much of the revitalization that is taking place:

  • Address: 3118 Owasso St. San Antonio, TX 78211
  • Description: San Antonio investors, flip this house for a nice profit,  4 beds 2 bath, 1560 sqft, new homes on the same block, estimated repairs:60-80K, Price: 49K, Max ARV: 159K-189K, estimated profit: 40-80K, 3 month major project.
  • Cash Price on San Antonio Fixer Upper:  $49,000 CASH ONLY
  • Exit Strategy: Flip with 60-80k in repairs, profit 40-80k.

San Antonio Housing Market Was Red Hot in 2016

The housing market in San Antonio in 2016 was hot as home prices went to the highest levels ever. The local paper reported that 29,508 homes were sold, which was more than an eight percent increase from 2015.

The median price for San Antonio real estate increased six percent to $204,300. This was the very first time that the median sales price had been over $200,000 for an entire year, including the real estate boom years of a decade ago.

Also, the inventory of homes that are available dropped in December 2016 to only three months. this indicates there are more buyers than sellers in San Antonio.

So what does this mean for San Antonio real estate investors? Well in my experience, it means that real estate prices are going up, and buying homes for many people in San Antonio is becoming more difficult. For people who earn a good income of course, the homes in San Antonio are very reasonable.

But for people who earn $3000 per month and don’t have credit, buying a home with conventional financing is very difficult. That is the reason I focus my San Antonio investment strategy on owner financing.

Here is a good example of an under market value property that I am selling right now:

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  • Address: 1319 S Hamilton St., San Antonio, TX 78207
  • Year Built: 1956
  • Description: San Antonio buy and hold investors and real estate investors  – Another Major cash flow opportunity, 30% instant equity under market value, almost cute cottage, needs minor help, booming San Antonio Market West of Downtown,  2 beds, 1 bath, 616 sqft, lot size: .05 acres, estimated repairs: 5K, clean/lawn maintenance/interior paint/front paint. Max After Repair Value: 69K
  • Cash Price on San Antonio Fixer Upper:  $42,000 CASH ONLY
  • Exit Strategy: Owner Finance with 5k in repairs: 5Kdown payment, $695.00 monthly PI/TI, 30 year amortization, 10% interest, Sales Price: 69K, see attached sold/rental comparables.
  • Sold and Rental Comps: Sold Comps 1301 S Hamiltonrental comps 1301 s hamilton

This property is only $42k cash, and with $5k in repairs, you can sell this with owner financing (you’re the bank), to a family with job and income but no credit. The major advantages of this type of deal are that you do not have repair expenses ongoing. Also, you can limit your initial out of pocket costs. If you were to rent this house out, you would have to do $20,000 in repairs, not $5000.

Owner financed homes is the backbone of my real estate investment portfolio in San Antonio. Each home earns at least 10% ROI with no expenses.  This type of buy and hold investing helps to support the working families of San Antonio as well, so it is a win win.