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If you found our San Antonio real estate investing website, you probably are thinking about investing in real estate. Investing in under market value San Antonio properties can help you reach financial independence, and I can help.

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A recent rehab that I did.

If you are thinking about investing in under market value properties, here is how the investing process goes:

Get Cash to Invest

  • The real estate investor, as of 2016, needs approximately $40,000 to $65,000 to invest in a first San Antonio real estate property. If you have more cash available than that, I recommend buying several properties at once so that you can build your portfolio faster.
  • The money can come from cash savings of course, or, a good second option is a line of credit on your personal residence. If you can get a 3-5% interest rate on the money, you can invest it into cash flowing real estate that earns at least 10% interest.
  • If you do not have this much cash to invest, you need to find a private source of capital that will loan you money at a reasonable rate. Or, we can help you to find investment property loans. 
  • If you borrowed the cash out of your home to invest, we will get your first property done and producing cash flow for year. Then you can pull cash out of your investment property and pay off your loan on your personal home.
  • Then you can pull the cash out of your home again and we can start the process again with another property.
  • Note – I prefer to invest in cash, but on some of our properties, you can do 20% down and get a mortgage. In that case, I look for at least $200 to $300 per month in cash flow after all expenses. I can recommend lenders for investment property financing, if you need it. 

Investing the Money

  • I mostly recommend buying and holding San Antonio  investment properties for cash flow. If you want to flip, I’m not doing many of those deals right now given the tight margins.
  • When you have capital to invest, I recommend purchasing an under market value property in the $40,000 to $65,000 wholesale range. I have properties on this site that I have scouted out personally and have judged to be in areas that will produce good cash flow for the investor.
  • You buy the property in cash, and title goes to you or your business entity.

Rehab Begins

  • I present you with a bid that lists all of the repairs that need to be completed. Right now, I usually recommend $5-10k in repairs and then owner financing the property instead of renting.
  • 50% of the repair bill is paid up front, and 50% upon completion.
  • I give you regular updates, with photos, as work is done.

Property Is Rented or Sold 

  • Once the rehab is completed, my team will work to get the home rented or sold. Homes are listed in MLS.
  • You can either rent the home out and my team will manage it for you. Or you can owner finance the home, usually with these terms – $5000 down, 10% interest, $595-$999 per month depending on property.
  • Expect an ROI after expenses of 10% or more. I am seeing 15-16% ROI on some houses as of Jan. 2017. However, have reasonable expectations on each property. I have done very well over 15 years by making 10%-12% on my San Antonio investment properties.

And that is how investing on your first property or properties in San Antonio goes! Here is a good one to get you started:

  • 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
  • For more information, please contact us. 

 

San Antonio Real Estate Market Continues to Rise in June 2016

According to the San Antonio Board of Realtors, monthly housing reports in our south TX city continue to show steady growth and rising values.

In May 2016, 2800 homes were sold, which is a 10% increase over May 2015. Also, May 2015/May 2014 saw a 9% increase in home sales over a year ago.

The average selling price of a house in San Antonio today is $249,000, with a median price of $209,000, which is up three percent from a year ago. The average price of San Antonio homes sold in May 2015 increased 10% from a year ago.

In April, San Antonio houses that are less than $200,000 were more than half of what was sold in the city. In May, 48% of the market involved houses that sold between $200,000 and $500,000.

San Antonio’s growth is higher than Texas’ overall, but the city is still a very affordable place to both live and invest. The average home price here of $249,000 is far less than the Texas average of $271,000.

Meanwhile, the city’s commercial development continues to grow strongly. A May 2016 report by Marcus & Millichap’s Retail Research Market Report found that the retail vacancy in San Antonio has reached an all time low. There also has been limited new retail construction, so the trend of increasing occupancy and rising rental prices will continue to have an affect on the commercial market.

The employment base of San Antonio will grow at a healthy 2.5% clip for 2016, which should contribute to the rising demand for various retail businesses from grocery stores to service companies.

In my under market value San Antonio  real estate investing business, we continue to see strong growth in prices and demand for affordable homes, as well. I did manage to get this San Antonio fixer upper under contract and for sale for just $52,000, which will produce a rate of return of more than 15%:

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  • San Antonio Wholesale Property Address: 1515 Wagner Ave. San Antonio, TX 78211.
  • Year Built: 1949
  • Description:  Location Location! Cash Flow! Under market value, 3 beds 1 bath, 816 sqft, built: Lot Size: .14 acres, Yearly taxes: $600.00, Estimated yearly insurance $700.00, Estimated repairs: 15K, includes interior paint, electrical/plumbing up to code, landscape, trash removal, kitchen/bath updates, flooring, roof repairs.
  • Estimated Repairs: 15k
  • Cash Price: $52,000
  • Exit Strategy: Rent San Antonio investment property with 15K in repairs: $850-$900 per month — or Owner Finance with 15K repairs: 5k down, $900.00 monthly P/I, 30 year amortization, 10% interest, Price: 89K.

Why Some Investors Are Flipping in Austin and Buying and Holding in San Antonio

Forbes magazine recently had another one of its Best Real Estate Investing Cities list, and Texas did very well. Austin was listed as the #1 city to invest in, and San Antonio real estate investing came in at #3. Houston, Dallas and Ft. Worth also made the top 10 list.

Some real estate investors have been pulling out of the Austin market, however, due to the high costs of real estate there. Forbes magazine gives us a clue why: The gross metro product for that city grew 24% from 2011 until the end of 2015, but houses there appreciated by 34%. 

Meanwhile, the average home price in Austin was $334,000 in 2015. So clearly real estate prices are seriously on the rise in Austin. That’s why many investors call me up and are looking for San Antonio investment properties. San Antonio real estate properties are much cheaper; you still can buy a good affordable fixer upper in San Antonio for $45k to $50k.  And the average home price here is about $210,000.

Given how much cheaper houses are here, there is lots of interest in San Antonio investment properties. However, you should note that days on market is longer in San Antonio than Austin. So what some investors who are interested in flipping under market value properties are doing is doing a flip or two in Austin and then doing buy and hold in San Antonio.

As a San Antonio property wholesaler, I have flipped many properties in San Antonio TX over the years, but in this current market, we are seeing profits on our flips of $7k to $10k. And days on market can be 90 or 120 days. For that reason, I am not strongly seeking out fix and flip investors at this time. I will do them for the right property and right investor, especially if the investor has the cash to do 4-5 at once. That way, both of us can make a good profit. Also, if you are a patient investor, then a San Antonio flip can work well. Just do not expect a house to sell in 20 days like in Austin.

I think the flipping market will get better in San Antonio once the market slows down in the next year or two.

So I have some investors flipping in Austin, and once they have 100k or 200k, they buy and hold in San Antonio with one of our $50k San Antonio fixer uppers:

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    • Address: 1723 W Ashby Pl  San Antonio, TX 78201.
    • Year Built: 1925
    • Description:  Under market value property, investors dream north of downtown, 3 beds 1 bath, 1000 sqft, built: 1925, lot size: .19 acres, yearly taxes: $1,700.00, estimated yearly insurance: $800.00; estimated repairs: 50k in repairs to flip, includes new HVAC, updated kitchen/bath, flooring, paint in/out, exterior skirt, appliances, plumbing/electric up to code, paint out door storage exterior, trash, lawn maintenance.
    • Max After Repair Value: $125,000.00
    • Cash Price: $65,000.
    • Exit Strategy: Owner Finance with 35K repairs: 5-10k down or more, ~$1295.00 monthly P/I, 30 year amortization, 10% interest.
    • Or 15K rehab, new HVAC, paint in/out, kitchen/bath repairs,  then FSBO at 105K, 10% interest, $1095 monthly PI/TI, 30 year amortization.
    • Alternate Exit Strategy: Flip with $50k in repairs. $8000 to $10000 profit.

I made the vast majority of my money in San Antonio real estate investing in buy and hold over the long term. Buy and hold in San Antonio is always a good deal because affordable homes seldom rise above 75k.

 

 

5 Things You Need to Make Money With Me in San Antonio Real Estate Investments

I am an aggressive investor and built myself a large portfolio of buy and hold properties in San Antonio in about five years of nonstop work. I don’t need more houses myself. Now my goal is to build long term San Antonio real estate investing relationships with like-minded, aggressive investors with capital. I want to help YOU build your portfolio.

I talk to hundreds of investors and potential investors each year. What I have learned is that the successful San Antonio real estate investors that I work with long term have several things in common.

Am I right to work with you? Are you right to work with me? Well, read below, and then decide :).

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For us to work successfully together you must have:

  • Capital – Pretty important! You need to have at least ~$30,000 to do a San Antonio property flip, or ~$75,000 to do a San Antonio buy and hold. It also helps if you have a solid job and good credit so you can borrow cheap money. But it is not a deal breaker if you don’t have either.
  • Realistic expectations: Current market conditions in San Antonio affordable homes dictate that you can make $10,000 to $12,000 on a flip, and 10-14% per year on a buy and hold. Those are GREAT returns! You can do a ton of damage with those numbers and make fantastic money – do 3, 4, 10, 50 deals per year or whatever your cash situation allows.

Let me be clear: I have made millions in San Antonio real estate investing, and retired before age 30, with those types of returns. If you expect $25,000 flip profits or 20% buy and hold profits on these affordable houses, it will NOT happen in our current real estate market.

San Antonio is a great, low cost market with solid returns. The economy is strong, unemployment low, population growth is booming. Also, this area doesn’t really do crazy boom/bust like oil rich/poor Houston; it’s quite stable.

It IS a hot market right now,  but it won’t go too high or ever go too low. It also is not Austin, which is a great place, but really overpriced right now. I like San Antonio because it is cheap and relatively stable, and cash flow is possible in all economic cycles.

That said, 25k flip and 20% ROI isn’t happening in my San Antonio houses in March 2016. The prices have gone up too much for that.

  • Patience: We work in real estate, not Burger King. You cannot ‘order’ a house to sell in a week. It sells when it sells. Typical DOM is 60-80 days. It can sell faster, but I cannot guarantee that. If you want to sell quick, I recommend buying San Antonio real estate investments north of downtown. That is a very hot area (78201 zip code especially). We also can do a ‘fire sale’ and sell the house at a lower price to get it sold quickly. If you want to get a house producing cash flow fast, I recommend doing a Section 8 rental property; we can rent it out in 30 days in many cases.
  • Courage: Real estate investing in San Antonio and anywhere is not for the meek who cannot handle uncertainty. You WILL make money on these under market value investment properties, but selling a house takes time.
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Teddy our mascot encourages you the new investor to run the numbers and make a decision.

On a related note, you need to have the guts to make a decision yay or nay on deals I send you in 24 hours. Decide! Don’t be a wimp. Millions of people say they want to get into San Antonio real estate investing or in other cities. Few ever do because they lack courage. I talk to investors who have been mulling investing in real estate for 10 years! 10 years and never bought a deal! I did FIFTY HOUSES in my first year! Run the numbers and DECIDE.

  • More patience: You also need patience on the rehab. 30-45 days is typical, and it can take longer if difficulties crop up, or if it rains for 10 days. I don’t want investors calling me daily on when the rehab will be done. The answer is always ASAP, but it takes time.
  • Trust: My comps and ARVs are dead on. I have done hundreds of rehabs, and I know how to do these little houses right. I know exactly what I am doing and what houses in my areas resell for. You of course should do your due diligence on the property and you of course can ask me questions about its resale value.

I just ask you to keep in mind that I do 100 houses in these neighborhoods per year, and I have a high degree of expertise when it comes to affordable home values in San Antonio TX.  Just because Zillow says a house was worth $60,000 (pre-rehab) a few months ago does not make it true for today for the same house that has been rehabbed.

Also, note that when you look at wholesale property comps, they may not always tell the whole story. In my neighborhoods, there is a wide spread of homes values: There are junk house fixer uppers worth $30,000, and fixed up, totally rehabbed investment properties or owner occupied properties for $150,000. That can skew the comps and ‘trick’ the layman on the ARV of the investment property in question. I know the neighborhoods after 15 years and hundreds of deals, so I’m very confident of my stated ARVs.

A related note on trust: I’m not here to sell you 1 house. Read my mission statement. I’m here to sell you 10, 20, 100 houses. Would I really BS you on the ARV on a house? Heck no. You will be a one and done investor. I have no interest in that. I want long term investors here to fulfill my Mission. And it’s a lot tougher to do 50 single deals with 50 different investors than 50 with 1 investor!

You can and will make money in San Antonio real estate investing, but the above items are non-negotiable in any out of state investment property investors that work with me.

I have fired investors in the last year who did a deal with me and had unreasonable expectations. I want all potential San Antonio investors to understand each point above before they consider working with me.

So to summarize, to work with me you need:

  • Capital: 30k-75k
  • Realistic expectations: 10-12k flip, 12-14% ROI buy and hold
  • Courage
  • Patience
  • Ability to trust me.

So does it sound like we can work together? If so, please contact me now.

Hot San Antonio Real Estate Investment Market Continues in 2016

Anyone involved in San Antonio real estate investing or real estate in general knows that San Antonio real estate has been hot for the last few years. As a San Antonio real estate investor myself, I have done very well here for 15 years, and the market in the last two years has been strong.

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There are several factors that make San Antonio real estate investments a good bet for the long term:

  • Strong job growth of 3.5%
  • Low cost of living
  • San Antonio’s relative low reliance on oil revenues
  • Strong population growth
  • Pro-business local government

All of these things make San Antonio a solid, long term bet for under market value real estate investing. I have found that even in downturns, the market in San Antonio never drops too much. I always have been able to buy San Antonio real estate investments that produce cash flow.

As for 2016, the news is almost all bright. The San Antonio Board of Realtors reported in February that the San Antonio area had a 10% year over year increase in total sales, as well as a 4% hike in average prices.

Right now, interest rates are low, foreign investors and out of state investment property investors have a strong appetite for real estate investments in Sn Antonio, and job growth is strong. The 3.5% growth rate in jobs in San Antonio bodes well for a continued expansion.

However, on the down side, rising home prices in San Antonio are not always great news. The inventory of available homes is under six months which is quite low considering the growth in population. This could eventually cause a price spike that could lead to a slow down in growth.

That is why I have long believed that as a San Antonio real estate investor, investing in under market value affordable homes is such a smart move. There always is strong demand here for quality homes under $130,000. Usually, the San Antonio real estate investors who get in trouble are investing in more expensive properties above $200,000. Those are the houses that usually decline in value in a downturn and leave flippers in trouble.

I, on the other hand, always buy houses 30% under market value in the $30-75k range, which is very safe even in a downturn.

Given the hot state of San Antonio real estate, now is a good time to flip San Antonio properties, as long as you have realistic expectations of your return. The below property will make you at least a $10,000 return in 60 days.

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    • Address: 1723 W Ashby Pl  San Antonio, TX 78201.
    • Year Built: 1925
    • Description:  Under market value property, investors dream north of downtown, 3 beds 1 bath, 1000 sqft, built: 1925, lot size: .19 acres, yearly taxes: $1,700.00, estimated yearly insurance: $800.00; estimated repairs: 35K, includes new HVAC, updated kitchen/bath, flooring, paint in/out, exterior skirt, appliances, plumbing/electric up to code, paint out door storage exterior, trash, lawn maintenance.
    • Max After Repair Value: $139,000.00
    • Cash Price: $65,900 firm.
    • Exit Strategy: Owner Finance with 35K repairs: 5-10k down or more, $1,295.00 monthly P/I, 30 year amortization, 10% interest. Or 15K rehab, new HVAC, paint in/out, kitchen/bath repairs, plumbing/electric up to code, then FSBO at 109K, 10% interest, $1,100 monthly PI/TI, 30 year amortization.
    • Alternate Exit Strategy: Flip with $35k in repairs. $10,000-15,000 profit depending if you are all cash or use hard money lender. Rehab completed in 45 days or less.

How To Build Wealth Through San Antonio Real Estate Investments

If you are a potential out of state property investor and want to build wealth through San Antonio real estate investments, there are a few things that I think might give you some guidance and reassurance:

#1 San Antonio Is a Great Market for Under Market Value Real Estate Investing

This is a pretty unique market:

  • Real estate is still inexpensive, with San Antonio real estate investments in my areas going for $40,000 or $50,000 wholesale.
  • The economy is strong, with annual job growth in the 3-4% range.
  • The local market is not oil dependent, so San Antonio real estate investors do not have to worry about a boom/bust cycle.
  • The population is growing here year after year as is the number of jobs.

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All in all, San Antonio is really good for real estate investors. It is a stable, growing market, and I did very well here in the last downturn.

#2 There Are Still Many Excellent San Antonio Real Estate Investment Deals

Another unique thing about San Antonio for real estate investors is that it is an old city, with a large stock of older homes built in the 1920s to 1940s. I have been investing here for 15 years, and I still drive down streets in my area that I have never been down before.

If you are a new San Antonio real estate investor, you may have trouble finding deals in all the normal places new investors look. One advantage of working with me is that I am at the level where I hire wholesaling companies to work for me and to find potential deals for me. My job is pretty easy when I have people send me San Antonio wholesale property. I just have to inspect the best deals and make offers.

You could spend hours and hours on your own trying to find your own San Antonio wholesale deals, or you could just buy mine.

I also have other real estate investors in San Antonio and agents send me deals because they know who I am, and they also know I close with cash in 10 days.

#3 I Recommend Flipping Properties to Build Capital and Then Buy and Hold

Some people like to flip and some like to buy and hold. My personal portfolio is mostly San Antonio buy and hold properties with owner financing, and a few rentals.

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However, I do believe in this model for people who have limited capital:

  • Buy a $50,000 San Antonio wholesale property either cash or with hard money; do $25,000 or so in rehab, and flip it for a $10,000 to $12,000 profit. You will need to have $20,000 to $30,000 cash to get rolling in this plan.
  • Do 3-4 of those per year, or more if you can.
  • After two years, you could have $100,000 or more. Use that money to buy San Antonio real estate investments to buy and hold – either buy in cash or do 20% down conventional finance.

This is a great, basic blueprint to build wealth in San Antonio real estate investing.

#4 San Antonio Wholesale Property Deals Are Profitable But…

I see many San Antonio real estate investors never do more than a deal a year because they are trying to make too much money on a single deal.

I have made millions of dollars in my San Antonio wholesale property career by doing San Antonio property flips for $5000 or $7000. I never understand why so many real estate investors get greedy and want to make $20,000 or $30,000 on a flip. I do 50 San Antoniio property flips per year and make $7000 each. That’s $350,000! Works for me!

Or, I do San Antonio buy and hold deals for $600 per month. When I do 10 more of those per year, that’s another $70,000 of income. I have no problem with that.

You have to have realistic expectations when you are buying and selling San Antonio investment properties. The prices are low, but you only are going to make so much money on one $60,000 house. Don’t get greedy, and you can do very well.

I have had several out of state property investors walk away from this fantastic San Antonio flip or buy and hold deal. They want to make too much money. You can make $15,000 on this flip in 60 days. Or, 13% per year on a San Antonio buy and hold.

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    • Address: 1723 W Ashby Pl  San Antonio, TX 78201,
    • Year Built: 1925
    • Description:  Under market value property, investors dream north of downtown, 3 beds 1 bath, 1000 sqft, built: 1925, lot size: .19 acres, yearly taxes: $1,700.00, estimated yearly insurance: $800.00; estimated repairs: 35K, includes new HVAC, updated kitchen/bath, flooring, paint in/out, exterior skirt, appliances, plumbing/electric up to code, paint out door storage exterior, trash, lawn maintenance.
    • Max After Repair Value: $129,000.00
    • Cash Price: $65,900 firm.

How to Flip a Wholesale Property in San Antonio and Get Hosed

I mostly buy and hold investment properties in San Antonio TX now, but I still flip houses for out of state property investors. Over the last 15 years, I’ve flipped several hundred houses, and I’ve made my share of mistakes.

Hopefully, you can learn from the mistakes I made years ago and make good returns on your San Antonio flip properties. The biggest thing to avoid is without question to not buy the wrong San Antonio flip property! Avoiding the bad flip deal is hugely important.

And here are some of the mistakes in more detail that will get you hosed in your San Antonio flip project:

#1 Getting Your ARV from Zillow

I run into quite a few rookie investors who think that you can get an accurate after repair value by using Zillow and other websites. Let me be clear: If you are getting your ARV from online research, just take a pile of cash and burn it, because you are going to get hosed on the San Antonio flip deal.

You MUST work with a very experienced real estate agent (who ideally is an investor) who knows the area well and can determine an accurate ARV.

I for example am a San Antonio real estate agent and also an expert San Antonio real estate investor. I know down to the dime what the ARV is on a San Antonio flip property or a San Antonio buy and hold property.

#2 Fudging the Numbers on the 70% Rule

The 70% rule works like this: Take your ARV (which I sure hope is accurate!) and multiply it times .70. So, if the ARV is $100,000, multiply that times  .70. That’s $70,000. Now, subtract your repairs (another area where you really have to know what you’re doing to make a San Antonio property flip work).

Say, the repairs are $20,000. So, you subtract that from $70,000. You now know approximately the maximum amount you can pay for that San Antonio flip property.

Some rookie investors will fudge the numbers here because they fall in love with a deal. Never do that. Be ruthless and disciplined when determining the maximum amount you can pay. Your profits depend on it.

#3 You Buy the San Antonio Flip Property with No Exit Strategy

As I said above, I usually buy and hold San Antonio properties long term now – with owner financing. It is, however, a good idea to have a couple of exit strategies in mind if something goes amiss.

For example, you could rehab the San Antonio wholesale property and not find a buyer for 6 months. It has happened even to me. In that case, you need to go to plan B, which for me is to rent out the property section 8. That’s a good go-to, back up option for San Antonio distressed properties.

#4 Doing a Flip Deal with No Team

How many out of state investment property investors get into real estate investing on the side with no experienced team to rely on? What a disaster. You are almost certain to get hosed in San Antonio real estate investing.

To make a successful San Antonio flip, you need to have the following:

  • An expert real estate agent/investor
  • An experienced rehab crew
  • Hard money lender (working with an experienced investor will be easier because he will have done a lot of deals with many HMLs in the area)
  • Real estate attorney
  • Title company

I have a San Antonio buy and hold and property flip team that I have worked with for 10 years.

#5 Flipping With Your Last $10,000 or $20,000

Sure you can risk it all and hit it big, but you also can get totally hosed. You should not do a San Antonio property flip with money that you absolutely have to have back in 90 days or the world will end.

For your first property flip in San Antonio, you can use a hard money lender to fund a good deal of the deal. You still will need maybe $10,000 or $20,000 of your own money. Make sure you can afford to have that money tied up for a few months! If you can’t, I’d wait to do a flip until you can.

#6 Doing the Rehab on Your Own

I usually maximize my profits on my buy and holds and flips because I know a lot about construction after 15 years. Many rookies lose their butts and get hosed on rehab. Do not do the rehab on your own unless you have YEARS of construction experience in similar projects, and you have the time to devote to the flip project.

#7 Never Doing a Deal

After all this gloom and doom about failing in flipping a house, the worst is really to never do a deal because you are afraid. You just need to do plenty of prep work and studying and networking to prepare to do your flip deal. Study the numbers, learn construction, assemble a good team, and when the time comes, do the deal!

If you are interested in doing a San Antonio property flip and are nervous, I’m happy to work with new investors with capital. I’ll show you exactly how I do it to make a $15,000 or $20,000 return in 60-80 days.

 

 

Should I Flip This Wholesale Property or Buy and Hold It?

I currently own in cash several dozen buy and hold San Antonio investment properties. While I do believe that long term buy and hold investing with owner financing or renting is the best way to build real estate cash flow, there also is a place for flipping properties.

When I first began in San Antonio wholesale property in 2001-2, I only had about $70,000 cash. That was enough to buy a couple of under market value San Antonio properties. After that I didn’t have any more capital.

So what I did next was place an ad in the local San Antonio newspaper and I found an under market value property investor who loaned me $2 million over the next two years. Our strategy was to fix and flip, and we split the profits on each deal 50/50.

But Should You Do a San Antonio Flip Property or Buy and Hold?

I believe there is room in San Antonio real estate investing to do both. Below is one of my wholesale properties that will work well as a flip or a buy and hold:

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    • Address: 1723 W Ashby Pl  San Antonio, TX 78201,
    • Year Built: 1925
    • Description:  Under market value property, investors dream north of downtown, 3 beds 1 bath, 1000 sqft, built: 1925, lot size: .19 acres, yearly taxes: $1,700.00, estimated yearly insurance: $800.00; estimated repairs: 35K, includes new HVAC, updated kitchen/bath, flooring, paint in/out, exterior skirt, appliances, plumbing/electric up to code, paint out door storage exterior, trash, lawn maintenance.
    • Max After Repair Value: $129,000.00
    • Cash Price: $69,900 firm.
    • Exit Strategy: Owner Finance with 35K repairs: 5-10k down or more, $1,295.00 monthly P/I, 30 year amortization, 10% interest. Or 15K rehab, new HVAC, paint in/out, kitchen/bath repairs, plumbing/electric up to code, then FSBO at 109K, 10% interest, $1,100 monthly PI/TI, 30 year amortization.
    • Alternate Exit Strategy: Flip with $35k in repairs for a ~$25,000 profit. Rehab completed in 45 days or less.

If you buy and hold this San Antonio turnkey property, you will make 13% ROI per year on a total cash outlay of $105,000. You also could buy this property with 20% conventional finance, and pay a mortgage of approximately $500-600 per month. Positive cash flow would be $950 to $1000 if you buy cash, and about $500 per month with the mortgage.  Getting financing with a property such as this in San Antonio is pretty easy if you have decent credit and assets.

OR, you could flip this house for a $20-25k profit. Your profit margin will depend upon if you use hard money to do the project. I prefer doing my flips in all cash as you will save $3-4k in fees and interest payments.

It can take longer to resell the flip retail than it can take to owner finance it or rent it with a buy and hold investment. So that is something to remember.

Of course, some houses work better as buy and hold investments and some are better as flips. It depends on the size of the home, location, number of bedrooms and more when you buy as a San Antonio real estate investor.

Overall, the strategy I tell most investors with limited capital is to do 3-4 flips, and then take the capital and do a buy and hold investment with owner financing. That way you are combining the best of both worlds with your out of state investment property investing.

 

Case Study 1622 Alametos 78201

This distressed property sale was completed in August 2015 by my San Antonio real estate investor. The market in San Antonio TX has changed greatly in the last year. The market is booming and prices are up across the board, even in fixer upper homes.

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$65,000 cash price, $15,000 rehab, resold for $99,900 owner finance, $1041 per month, 7 DOM, 12.9% ROI.

Still, we have CA investors coming into our fine city and buying property investment homes and making 12-13% ROI annually, with no property maintenance.

This San Antonio investment property was purchased by a CA cash buyer in July 2015 at 1622 Alametos St. This house is in 78201, and is north of downtown. This region is seeing rapid growth and appreciation.

The investor bought this San Antonio wholesale property cash, and we completed $10,000 in repairs in 3 weeks:

  • $65,000 cash price
  • $1500 carpet removal and adding wood vinyl in 3 bedrooms
  • $3500 HVAC
  • $750 for third bedroom conversion.
  • $750 for dumpster – clean out
  • $1500 two tone interior paint
  • $500 update five light fixtures
  • $1500 level front bedroom
  • $1500 closing costs

Total Investment: $76,500

Repairs were complete on July 31, 2015 and property was put on MLS. By Aug. 3, we had two full owner finance, price offers as follows:

  • $1041 per month
  • 30 year note
  • 10% interest rate
  • $5000 down payment
  • $99,900 final price
  • $216/mo. taxes/insurance

Investor’s total monthly income after taxes/insurance is $825.

Final ROI: 12.9%

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After Rehab Additional Pictures:

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4.

Why I Still Buy and Sell Real Estate Even Though I am Financially Retired

I advertise a lot online and on Craig’s List to find new cash buyers out of state for our San Antonio investment properties and San Antonio turnkey properties.

When I write my ads, I tend to highlight some facts about myself as a San Antonio property wholesaler and San Antonio real estate investor:

  • I have a monthly cash flow from my properties over $40,000.
  • I financially retired at 28 with $20,000 per month in cash flow.
  • I have done about 500 rehabs and more than 1000 deals in 15 years in San Antonio under market value properties.
  • I no longer work but I choose to.

I do not write these things in an arrogant way. I state these facts because I want out of state property investors to know they are dealing with a serious San Antonio real estate investor and operator in me. I know what I am doing and I have a long track record that proves it.

Sometimes, however, I get silly responses from some of my ads from negative, bitter types who don’t like my San Antonio real estate investing. Usually they are failed real estate investors, in my experience, and they’re jaded and cynical. Here’s the most common silly email I get:

Negative Type: ‘If you’re so rich, why don’t you just buy the house yourself?’

Me: ‘Bye.’

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Teddy our mascot has some advice for you negative real estate investors.

I do not waste my time debating with negative people. But here is the answer to that question: I buy houses in cash every month that I do not find a buyer for 🙂. If the contract is about to expire, I buy it cash and hold onto the property. I raise the price by $5000 and I look for another investor to sell it to. I find one eventually.

Example: This below under market value San Antonio turnkey property was for sale for $55,000:

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  • Address: 262 Bogle St. San Antonio, TX 78207-7471
  • Year Built: 1946
  • Description: Under market value cash flow investment, excellent back yard, well established neighborhood, 4 bedrooms, 2 bath, 1236 sqft, lot size: .16 acres, estimated yearly taxes: $2,000.00, estimated yearly insurance: $700, estimated repairs: 25K includes paint in/out, new HVAC, flooring, foundation, update kitchen/baths, etc.
  • ARV:  $99,900.
  • Cash Price: $55,000.

I did not find a buyer for the Texas turnkey property in time. So I bought the San Antonio wholesale property myself – cash – and a month later I sold it for $65,000 to an investor who used hard money. I made $10,000 on the house that no one wanted :).

I do that about once per month. But there are other reasons I still buy and sell wholesale properties in San Antonio: Because I love it! Most successful entrepreneurs never retire.

My real estate mission also is to transform San Antonio neighborhoods and clean up the city; a lot of progress has been made and I am proud of the part I have had in that. But to make more progress, we need out of state property investors to bring in more capital.

That is why I continue to advertise for out of state property investors in San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Diego and Las Vegas, among other places. Those are good places to sell Texas turnkey properties.

My last word on this subject to the negative types is this: Your chances of real estate investing success are much lower if you have a bad attitude. Wise up.