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.

 

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!

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

5 Common Problems With Buying Rental Properties (Which Is Why I Don’t!)

Are you a wanna-be real estate investor? Many people do indeed dream of owning under market value rental properties and someday earning positive real estate cash flow from them.

However, before you consider buying under market value investment properties, you really should think about what you are getting into. Being a part time landlord is usually a lot more hassle than many realize.

I am a full time real estate investor in San Antonio investment properties. At one time, I owned more than 100 San Antonio rental properties. I have deal with rental property problems many times and I have since stopped renting out properties and now I make real estate cash flow in another way without maintenance…..

But I am getting ahead of myself! Here are the common issues I’ve seen with rental investment properties:

  • Repair costs: If you are going to rent out your California investment property or Texas investment property (or wherever it is), you will most likely need to spend a good deal of money to make it ready to rent. Any damage to the roof, plumbing, foundation or electrical systems could cost a lot to repair.

This can especially trip up the part time landlord who has a full time job and has bought rental properties for real estate cash flow. Odds are you are not an expert in rehabs and you could easily overspend on fixing up the house.

Depending on which state you are buying your investment properties, you could have landlord and tenant laws that mandate that you add safety features to the house, such as handrails, peephole in the front door, adding a firewall, and a lot more.

  • Getting repairs done: As a rental property investor, you are going to have repairs that have to be done fast. Back when I was a landlord 10 years ago, I had water heaters go bad. Sometimes the house got flooded and I had to spend a couple thousand dollars to clean it up. Of course, the after hours plumber can cost you $100 per hour or more.
  • Collecting your rent: If you are lucky, you will have good tenants who always pay on time. But oftentimes, you have tenants who are late. This is an especially big problem if you buy your rental properties with mortgages. I never buy my under market value properties with mortgages, only cash.
  • Dealing with pain in the neck tenants: Eventually you are going to have to deal with tenants who damage your house or cause problems with other tenants. I once had a tenant who almost burned the house down. Of course, you will also have to deal with evictions at times, which can be problematic depending upon your state. In some states, the tenant can stay in the house 60 days or more without paying rent!
  • Keeping the property safe: If you rent out properties, you could be at risk of being sued if someone is injured on your property. You must keep the home maintained so that there are not potential accidents.

The bottom line on rental properties for me is to not invest in rental properties. There is simply too much hassle involved in them to make it worth my time. Been there, done that!

How I Invest in Below Market Value Properties Without Repairs

The way that I invest in San Antonio investment properties today is to buy my under market value property in cash, do $10,000 or so in rehab, and then seller finance it. This type of investing has four big advantages:

  • I have no mortgage. Yay!
  • My occupant is buying the house on terms from me. That means they maintain the property and do all of the repairs. Double yay! If they choose to not repair it, that isn’t my problem. I merely hold the note on the house.
  • I enjoy pure real estate cash flow in my under market value San Antonio properties. No expenses! Is this cool or what?
  • Because I buy investment property in Texas, foreclosing is very easy. I get the house back in 60 days and resell it again. I have resold the same house three times before: $5000 down, $800 per month.

Of course, this type of real estate investing takes CASH. But if you have an IRA or a 401k, you can often invest in these under market value houses.

Below is a great example of the type of investing my out of state investment property investors and I do.

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The house above in on West Poplar Ave. in 78207 in San Antonio. It is a newly completed San Antonio investment property that was bought the the California investor for $44,000 in October 2015.

We conducted $10,000 of rehab on the property and put it on the market in December 2015. Total cost to investor was $54,000. It was resold in late January 2016 with the following terms:

  • $83,000 sales price
  • $5000 down
  • $627.61 per month ($800 per month PITI)
  • 9% interest
  • 30 year note

Total return for out of state property investor is 14% ROI. If you are interested in out of state investment property that earns 10-15% ROI with no maintenance, please contact us.

Below are more rehab pictures:

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Based upon this 14% ROI return, I think you can understand why many of my investors from out of state USED to buy San Francisco investment property, San Diego investment property, Seattle investment property, and Los Angeles investment property. Now they mostly buy San Antonio investment property.

14% ROI Case Study on a $44,000 ‘Junk House’

As an experienced and successful investor in San Antonio investment property, all I buy and sell are houses that I lovingly refer to as ‘junk houses’ but are excellent San Antonio investment properties.

As I have noted in other case studies, the smart out of state investor needs to look beyond the surface unattractiveness of these under market value properties in San Antonio and see the value and potential for real estate cash flow underneath.

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The house above in on West Poplar Ave. in 78207 in San Antonio. It is a newly completed San Antonio investment property that was bought the the California investor for $44,000 in October 2015.

We conducted $10,000 of rehab on the property and put it on the market in December 2015. Total cost to investor was $54,000. It was resold in late January 2016 with the following terms:

  • $83,000 sales price
  • $5000 down
  • $627.61 per month ($800 per month PITI)
  • 9% interest
  • 30 year note

Note that this is a seller finance property, not a rental property.

Total return for out of state property investor is 14% ROI. If you are interested in out of state investment property that earns 10-15% ROI with no maintenance, please contact us.

Below are more rehab pictures:

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Based upon this 14% ROI return, I think you can understand why many of my investors from out of state USED to buy San Francisco investment property, San Diego investment property, Seattle investment property, and Los Angeles investment property. Now they mostly buy San Antonio investment property.

$41,000 ‘Junk’ House Now Makes Out of State Investor 14.6% ROI

It has been a very busy 2016 in our under market value investment property business in San Antonio TX! The housing market and economy here in South Texas is strong, even with the cheap oil prices.

We have just rehabbed and resold another of our out of state property investor’s distressed houses that I wanted to share with you.  This was another of those ‘junk houses’ that so many investors pass by but I always buy.

Note: I like to lovingly refer to my properties as ‘junk houses.’ I love that most investors see them as ‘junk’ and run away from them. I have made millions off of ‘junk houses’ that other investors are scared of.

The smart investor just has to look beyond the exterior ugliness and see the potential of the house and the neighborhood.

These San Antonio investment properties are a bit run down, but are in up and coming neighborhoods where there is a great deal of revitalization occurring. All they need is some rehab and they can be resold with owner financing to a hard working, blue collar family.

The under market value investment property address is 166 North San Horacio, 78207. Here are the before images of this distressed property:

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This below market value investment property is on a large lot for this part of west San Antonio with large mature trees in the front yard.

I sold this San Antonio investment property to a San Francisco investment property investor for $41,000. We then performed $10,000 of rehab on the property, which included paint in and out, minor foundation work, bathroom touch up, plumbing and electrical work, and new light fixtures.

Note that this is a seller financed property, not a rental property.

After rehab pictures:

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The rehab was completed in December 2015. We got an owner finance contract on this under market value investment property in February 2016 for the following terms:

  • $76,000 price
  • $5000 down payment
  • $622 per month
  • 30 year note
  • 10% interest
  • Total ROI: 14.6%
  • Note can be resold after 1 year

This under market value investment property cost the San Francisco investment property investor $51,000 total and has an annual ROI of 14.6% – without any maintenance or repairs.

This is the type of real estate cash flow that you can make with out of state investment property in San Antonio TX! Most of my investors used to buy California investment property, San Francisco investment property, Los Angeles investment property, or San Diego investment property, and now they only buy here 🙂

A $25,000 ‘Junk House’ Case Study – 15% ROI for Out of State Investor

I have made my real estate investing career in buying and selling under market value properties in San Antonio TX.

I like to lovingly refer to my properties as ‘junk houses.’ I love that most investors see them as ‘junk’ and run away from them. I have made millions off of ‘junk houses’ that other investors are scared of.

The smart investor just has to look beyond the exterior ugliness and see the potential of the house and the neighborhood.

I just had yet another under market value success story I wanted to share with you. My out of state investment property investor bought this ‘junk’ house for $25,000 in November:

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It had sat empty for years and was part of an estate sale. Now this house was ugly, no question about it. But it is located in an up and coming neighborhood in 78207, where the city of San Antonio has spent millions of dollars putting in running trails, parks, shopping plazas, green space and so on. This ‘junk’ house is only 2 miles from downtown and all the tourist attractions of the city.

Yet this under market value house sat for months and no investor wanted it. I grabbed it and quickly resold it to an out of state investment property investor.

Right next door to this ‘junk’ house were these owner occupied homes:

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Those houses right next door are worth more than $100,000, but no one wants my under market value ‘junk’ house because it’s temporarily ugly:

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The conventional investor wanting real estate cash flow cannot see past the ugliness, but I saw the potential here because of the neighborhood revitalization and the nice houses around it.

So, I sold this house for $25,000 to an out of state investment property investor who did $27,000 in rehab (which I did for him in 30 days), which included:

  • 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

Note that I own a construction company, and my rehabs are typically 2/3 of the price of most companies’ rehabs.

Note that this is a seller financed property, not a rental property.

Below are the after rehab pics of this San Antonio investment property:

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The ARV on this below market value property is $79,900. We just finished the rehab in the middle of January 2016. And, by early February, we already had an owner finance buyer for it: $5000 down, $800 per month, $79,000 final price, 10% interest, 30 year note.

The house was on the market for less than a month. So on a $52,000 investment, the out of state property investor will earn about 15% ROI with no more repairs because we owner financed the house.

This is the kind of under market value investing I do – I buy ‘junk’ houses that other investors reject and turn them into little gold mines.

Most of my investors wanting real estate cash flow usually buy Seattle investment property California investment property, San Diego investment property, Los Angeles investment property,  or San Francisco investment property, and are shocked at the type of returns you can get here in San Antonio TX with San Antonio investment property – with no repairs!

How $29,900 ‘Junk,’ Under Market Value Properties Can Make You Wealthy

I buy and sell wholesale properties in San Antonio TX every week that most investors say I should have just torn down. ‘Why would anybody buy an out of state investment property that looks like THAT?’

LOL! I have made millions of dollars in my 15 year, under market value property investing career, and most of it was on cheap, ‘junk’ houses selling for well below market value. Ugly houses that typical investors run screaming from.

I own dozens of previously ‘junk’ houses that I bought under market value that looked very rough, such as the distressed property you see below for real estate cash flow.

Take a hard look at that photo. Does that photo make you want to run away and hide? If so, sorry, but you are making a serious mistake. You can purchase under market value properties just like that one for $29,900. Then, you do not rent it.

No. Instead, you owner finance it to a blue collar, hard working buyer that we qualify for you. As long as the buyer can prove they are working steadily and have $5000 down payment, they can buy this house.

Here is where it gets even better for the below market value property investor: You can often sell a house such as the one below AS IS to an owner finance buyer. You might spend $1000 or $2000 to clean it up, but other than that, you often can sell the house as is.

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I just sold this house with NO REPAIRS with owner financing in Jan. 2016, $500 per month, $5000 down.

So, if you buy ‘junk’ houses such as the one below for $29,900 and do no repairs, and then owner finance it for about $49,900, $500 per month. You can enjoy at least 12% ROI and never do any repairs! Not bad for excellent real estate cash flow.

Or, do $30k in rehab and resell it for $5000 down, $895 per month, $89,900 final price.

Either way, you are making an outstanding rate of return on an under market value investment property that most investors foolishly avoid.

If you want to get really wealthy with an out of state investment property, buy a dozen or more of these little, ‘junk’ distressed, San Antonio investment properties and owner finance them as I did. You will get $500 to $600 per month on each if you do no repairs, or $800 to $900 per month if you do the rehab. It’s up to you!

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  • Address: 228 Yucca, San Antonio, Texas 78207
  • Year Built: 1950
  • Description: Booming San Antonio Market, very popular location west of downtown, this is a 2/1 that has a lot of potential, perfect for a young family. This is a great location and wholesale property, only a few minutes west of downtown and the Riverwalk. Property sits on a beautiful large lot, plenty of room for growth or a wonderful playground and garden.
  • Max After Repair Value: $89,900
  • Cash Price: $29,900 firm.
  • Exit Strategy: Owner Finance with 35K repairs: 5-10k down, $895 monthly P/I, or owner finance as is, $500 per month, 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 house because you will have no maintenance expenses.

The majority of my buyers for real estate cash flow are former buyers of California investment property, San Francisco investment property, Los Angeles investment property and San Diego investment property. San Antonio investment properties are hard to beat for cash flow and low cost, especially when you do not have to do maintenance on them.

But remember, this is seller financed property, not a rental property.

How I Buy Investment Properties in Texas Below Market Value

I financially retired at 28 with more than $20,000 per month in cash flow. The most important factor in my success in buying the best San Antonio investment property is every house I buy is under market value. That is, I buy under market value properties that require rehab. It also helps that I invest in one of the best cities to invest in real estate.

I have more than 50 buy and hold, owner finance properties that I own in cash that I purchased under market value between 2001-2012.

I also have a great dog and mascot named Teddy, which you will learn about if you stick around TexasCashFlow.com 🙂

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How I Determine Market Value

One of the biggest reasons I became a real estate agent was so I could determine market value of the best below market value San Antonio investment property on my own. It is never a good idea to use Zillow to determine market value of a property. Zillow is notoriously off base, especially when you are dealing with off market properties or an out of state investment property that are not in the MLS.

Also, bear carefully in mind that the value that you come up with will largely depend upon the repairs your under market value properties need. I like to buy properties that are at least 20% under market value. So if the house is worth $90,000 and needs $25,000 in rehab, buying the house at $115,000 is a waste of time and money. I will not make any money. I want to buy that house for at least 20% under $90,000, or about $72,000, so I can make a good profit.

How I Buy Under Market Value Properties

There are several ways that I use to buy under market value properties in San Antonio TX:

  • Buying fair market sale houses: These are houses that are owned by a private person who has equity in the house and there is no bank involved. Most of these sellers are in no rush to sell, so this can be tough. But I have bought many under market value properties in estate sales; that is where I get the bulk of my deals. Often times, there are several children involved and they just want to be rid of the house that needs repair.
  • Buy off market properties: Given my level of success in real estate investing, I tend to find many good deals that are not in the MLS. Agents and investors in the business send me below market value deals. Of course, you need to get experience in the business to work this way, but know that if you do become successful, good deals often find you. I have many of my below market value properties for sale on this website that will make you a good profit.
  • Buy REOs under market value: These are Real Estate Owned properties, and these are houses that the banks have foreclosed on. REOs are usually in the MLS, and some of them will be repaired and some will not. Of course, REOs are tougher to find now and many of them need a lot of work. To make your offer more attractive, you may want to tell the seller you don’t need to do an inspection. Pay all cash if you can – cash is king!
  • However you buy your under market value investment property or out of state investment property, do not spend too much money on the rehab. Rehabs are where many investors lose their rears. Spend too much on your rehab and you will never make any money. I own a construction company and I am able to do rehabs for 50% less than most contractors on the best San Antonio investment properties.

That in short is how I buy below market value properties in Texas. The big thing to remember is to stick to your guns on your numbers – if you need to buy that house 20% under market value to make money, don’t go over it. Move on to the next under market value property deal if you have to – there are lots of them out there!