How I Still Do $12,000 Flips in San Antonio With Under Market Value Properties

The San Antonio investment property market has really heated up in the last 18 months. Back in 2014, it was possible to buy houses for $30,000, do $10,000 in rehab at most, and owner finance them for $59,000.

Or, you could buy an under market value property for $40,000, do $10,000 in rehab, and flip it for cash and make $30,000.

Making money in San Antonio investment property is still very possible and I do it every week, but it is more challenging now. The economy has improved a great deal, and San Antonio TX is a booming market, with great numbers of people moving here every month. With all of the construction going on, there is plenty of blue collar job demand.

Lower gas prices have also put more money in people’s pockets, which leads to more economic growth and spending.

All of this has led to an increase in real state prices in my under market value properties.

But, the good news is that because I have been doing this for 15 years and I know how to rehab properties and negotiate investment property deals, I still am able to make excellent returns on flips.

I mostly am a buy and hold investor with owner financing, but I have been doing some extremely profitable flips these days. My work crew loves when I do flips because they pay well, and I like them because they are profitable for me!

I have a current flip that the investor would make $12,000 on, which is fantastic in this hot market. This house is listed below:

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  • Address: 2229 W Hermosa Dr.  San Antonio, TX 78201
  • Year Built: 1948
  • Description: Under market value property sale in hot north of downtown neighborhood, 2 beds 1 bath, 769 sqft, built: 1948, lot size: .14 acres yearly taxes: $1,200.00, estimated yearly insurance: $800.00, estimated repairs on this distressed sale.
  • Rehab Option#1: 35K, includes new HVAC, converting to 3 BR, updated kitchen, flooring, paint in/out, exterior skirt, roof, room addition, appliances, paint out door storage exterior, trash, lawn maintenance.
  • Max After Repair Value: $139,000.00 with owner financing, comps are for 3/1.
  • Rehab Option #2: 15k AC, flooring paint in and out $109,000 ARV.
  • Cash Price: $69,900 firm.

This house is located in a hot area north of downtown and is an excellent under market value fixer upper. I was able to get a very reasonable price of $69,900 on this deal.

Of course if I didn’t know what i was doing, this wouldn’t work. Most under market value property investors spend too much on rehab, which kills the deal. I know exactly how much rehab to do on this project – flooring, HVAC, paint in and out, and resell it. By doing that amount of rehab, this will resell for approximately $109,000. Quite a nice flip in this hot San Antonio market!

Try to do this type of flip with San Francisco investment property, Seattle investment property, Los Angeles investment property or San Diego investment property 🙂

 

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.

John’s Guidelines for Out of State Property Investors

Thanks for coming by. Here’s what you need to know about me right now: I’m a financially retired real estate investor in San Antonio TX who is dedicated to transforming the city into all homeowners.

In 2006, I hit $20,000 per month in cash flow at 28 and said, I’m retired. My cash flow is way more than that now though.

I’m an expert in under market value real estate investing in my town. I like to say I’m a brain surgeon of real estate investing. Does that sound arrogant? Hope not, but it’s the truth.

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I tell you this not to show off, but to make this point: I am a serious, very accomplished and wealthy investor.  I’m not an amateur. So, if I say a house will sell for such and such, or the rehab will cost such and such, you need to believe me and not question me. I do deals in my San Antonio neighborhoods every week, and I know what things cost.

You wouldn’t question your brain surgeon about the type of craniotomy he is going to do on you, right? So please don’t question my expertise on San Antonio investment property.

I know what you may want to ask:

If you’re such a big shot, why are you still working huh?

🙂 The reason is that while I have my own portfolio and am set for life, I still have ambitions and a Mission: I want to transform the entire city of San Antonio TX into home owners.

And to do that, I need  serious out of state property investors to buy 10+ under market value houses in the next 10 years.  So, I want to keep you happy with high cash flow San Antonio houses that have accurate ARVs, accurate rehab numbers, and quick resale time. It does me no good if you buy 1 deal and are unhappy and leave.

If you are going to do 10+ deals here, I need you to understand a few things about how I work. Whether you are a rookie or an experienced investor, I do things a certain way and want us to be on the same wavelength from the start.

So without further ado……

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  • $50,000 capital required. You need to have capital or the ability to obtain capital to talk to me. $50,000 is a good starter – ideally in a bank account but 401k and IRA money works too. I simply do not have time with my schedule to talk to people with no money. If you do not have capital, that’s fine. Hey, I’ve been there! But I raised money from private investors to get rolling. You need to find private sources of capital at reasonable rates so that you can make monthly cash flow on my deals of $200 to $300, and pay those guys off in 1-2 years.
  • Reread the above please. This is an advanced investing system in under market value San Antonio properties. IT TAKES CASH. This is not an investing system for the house hacking, 3.5% down rental property investor on Biggerpockets.com who is  just starting out.

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  • Zillow values are crap – PLEASE don’t bring them up. Nothing screams ‘clueless amateur’ more than using Zillow property values to evaluate my deals. Honestly, it’s annoying when an out of state investor who knows nothing about San Antonio challenges my ARVs. Look: I have completed nearly 1000 deals involving thousands of houses in San Antonio TX. I have done hundreds of rehabs. If anyone knows the ARVs of these under market value properties, it’s me.

Zillow will always lowball what my houses resell for. If you are going to look up property values in Zillow and challenge my ARVs, please find someone else to work with. It’s amateur hour to question an expert investor about resale values; serious investors understand a 15 year real estate expert in one specific city knows 1000 times more about local ARVs than a freaking national real estate database.

  • My owner finance deals are off market. My under market value deals are usually sold with owner financing, which means they are off market, which means that Zillow and other public websites are totally worthless for evaluating my deals.
  • My ARVs are accurate. I didn’t get to where I am in life by overestimating what houses will resell for – to scam you into buying 1 house. If you don’t trust my numbers, try Detroit. We need to trust each other to work together.
  • Pseudo investorsdo not apply.
  • 10 houses! Remember: My goal is to transform San Antonio entirely into property owners. I do not need you to buy 1 house so I can make a small commission. I need you to buy 10+ under market value deals from me so I can transform this city. That won’t happen if your first deal sells for less than what I stated. BTW, finding a single cash buyer these days is a LOT of work. Does it make sense for us to overestimate a house’s resale value, piss you off, and you walk after 1 lousy deal? Heck no! We want happy investors here that buy long term.
  • Cash buyer references available for serious buyers. I have many references who are cash buyers in California. I’m happy to provide those references to investors with capital who are serious about investing.
  • I own a construction company. I do rehabs at 2/3 to 1/2 the price of your typical rehabber, and I do good work. Insured, bonded, all permits included in my price. I do enough to get the house resold and more more than that. This saves you money and boosts ROI. Honestly, I make little money on my rehabs. I am totally dedicated to my Mission and to making you money. So I am willing to sacrifice rehab profits to get you to buy 10+ houses in 10 years.
  • All deals close with my real estate attorney. I have used West & West Attorney at Law for more than 10 years to close my deals. They know me well. Not a penny of your investing dollars go to me. It all goes through the title company.

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  • Come visit San Antonio, but it’s not free. If you want to come to visit us before you invest, you’re welcome to, but I usually charge a non-refundable $2000 fee to spend a day with you. This is not because I need the $2000, but because my time is valuable, as is yours. I will not waste a day of my precious time to have an investor come here, kick tires, use me for a free guided tour, and leave. No thanks. You need to pay for a professional guided tour, and I’m no different. The $2000 would be credited towards your first purchase.
  • Patience on rehab. If you do buy an under market value property from me, I will get it rehabbed ASAP. Usual turnaround is 30-45 days. But stuff happens. The roof could need more work than I thought, or the foundation may need more work, or the weather turns bad and it rains for a week. All of this delays the project. BE PATIENT.

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  • One and done. If you call me twice per day asking me when the house is going to get finished, that will probably be the last deal we do together. No joke – on a work day, my cell phone is clogged with dozens of text messages, a dozen voice mails and 100+ emails. I cannot babysit you. Please, be patient. I will call you and email you as soon as it’s done and will send pictures.
  • Patience on resale. Once it is rehabbed, I will get it resold ASAP with the MLS and bandit signs. Please do not call every day wondering when it will sell. It’s real estate, not McDonalds. When I have a serious buyer with a contract, I will inform you immediately.
  • I don’t do Sundays. On Sunday, the cell phone and the computer are off, so it has to wait until Monday.

In short, I love working with out of state investors….investors who used to buy California investment property, San Francisco investment property, Seattle investment property and Los Angeles investment property. But please – reread the points above before we talk. This will make our relationship work smoother. Thanks.

What’s Happening with California Investment Property?

As late as 2014, many California investment property firms were buying up dozens of single family homes in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle and then leasing them out.

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This was a true flood of cash into California investment property, and helped to push many working families out of the real estate market in California.

But as of 2015, many California investment property companies stopped buying in California, both northern and southern. These investors found that the prices had hit a ceiling and there were no more bargains to be had. In short, there were no more under market value properties; everything was over market value.

Blackstone Group, a major California investment property buyer, cut its purchases of California properties by 90% in 2015. And Oaktree Capital in Los Angeles has been trying to sell off its portfolio of 500 California investment properties.

That is a big changed from 2014, when all buyers of California properties were in bidding wars. The median home price in Los Angeles was a high $385,000, which makes buying properties that produce real estate cash flow a real challenge.

According to Blackstone, prices in California investment properties reached a point where they could not buy a home, rehab it and rent it and make any kind of return.

Among the twenty companies that buy up the most California investment property since 2012, purchases have declined more than 70% in the last year.

One of the places that I see many San Francisco investment property buyers, San Diego investment property buyers and Los Angeles investment property buyers coming is to San Antonio TX. I have several new cash buyers for real estate cash flow so far in 2016.

Here you can buy my under market value houses for $25,000 to $50,000 and make excellent real estate cash flow. Here is a great example.

A Good Example of Under Market Value, Cash Flow Property

This property was sold to my investor for only $25,000:

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No one wanted this ‘junk house’ San Antonio investment property. I did! I saw the $100,000 houses next door lived in by the owners, and all of the revitalization going on in this area of San Antonio on the near west side.

Many out of state investment property buyers looking for real estate cash flow would never buy this house. My investor did for $25k, and then I did $27k in rehab:

  • 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

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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 guess what? By early February, we already had an owner finance buyer for it: $5000 down, $850 per month, $79,000 final price, 10% interest, 30 year note.

That is what you can do with San Antonio investment property in an under valued market such as San Antonio. Anyone who buys San Francisco investment property or Los Angeles investment property or Seattle investment property will never see these types of returns or prices.

$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!

Why Buy Out of State Investment Property?

If you are an investor or possible investor in California, you probably know the answer to that question! Many of my out of state investors in California cannot believe the sky high cost of investment properties in many of the high population areas of California, such as San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. Great places to live, but for positive cash flow investing? Not so much! California investment property is very expensive.

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I feel for San Francisco real estate investors.

I’ve been fortunate enough to build my large portfolio of under market value properties here in Texas, where property values are a lot lower than some places. San Antonio investment property produces excellent real estate cash flow and is quite inexpensive. I also only owner finance my houses, so I have no maintenance costs.

If you are thinking about buying an out of state investment property for passive income, here is a good simple guide that can help:

How to Select Your Out of State Investing Market for Passive Income

Where you are going to invest in under market value properties depends on your real estate investing goals. Are you a flipper or a buy and hold investor? If you hang around my site long, you’ll learn I retired early with buy and hold investment properties that are owner financed. I’m a big believer in buy and hold long term cash flow – that is how I financially retired at just 28 in San Antonio – one of the best cities to invest in real estate, in my humble opinion.

Anyway, a good buy and hold market for passive income might not be the best flipping market. Here in San Antonio TX, flipping has gotten tough as the economy is booming as of January 2016; it’s hard for flippers to get properties cheap enough to make a good profit. For buy and hold investing though, I still make 10-12% per year, or $500-$700 per month in positive cash flow.

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I’m biased, but TX is a great place for out of state investors – the population is soaring due to job growth.

As you think about where to buy out of state investment property and under market value properties, consider:

  • State law: Is the state friendly to property owners? You want to invest in a state that makes it easy to evict tenants or to foreclose. State that are tenant friendly, such as CA, make it so hard to evict or foreclose, you could lose your shirt.
  • Trends: What’s going on in the state as far as population? Here in Texas, we are seeing MEGA population growth.   My market of San Antonio is #5 on the list above as far as hottest housing markets go. Jobs are the biggest reason that people are coming to Texas, as well as housing affordability. This makes Texas a great place for out of state investors.
  • Price to rent: What does rent cost compared to the price to buy? In my town, it’s 16.90, while in San Francisco it’s 30.05. Whoa! No wonder so many CA investors are investing in out of state investment properties.

These are not all the factors to consider when you are buying an out of state investment property instead of California investment property, but if those three areas look favorable, you probably could do well in that market and financially retire early as I did, in one of the best cities to invest in real estate. San Antonio investment property is excellent for cash flow.

Ok…..so let’s take a quick break from the investing talk. Time for a picture of our TexasCashFlow.com mascot – Teddy!

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Ok, back to the program!

How To Find Out Of State Investment Properties and Under Market Value Properties

Now that you know which market to buy your below market value investment properties, how are you going to locate that house? Most investors I know do it two ways:

  • They find a good real estate agent investor who is hooked up with excellent contractors, property inspectors, title company, real estate attorneys.
  • They find a good turnkey property provider. The house has been totally rehabbed and usually has tenants or buyers in place.

Which of these routes you go with will depend upon your investing goals again. Some out of state property investors want to have absolutely no headaches or management worries, so they just buy turnkey properties. Other out of state investors think that method is too expensive, so they manage their own rehabs and property management.

If you decide to find your own below market value properties in your chosen market, here’s what you’re looking at:

Buying Below Market Property Yourself

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Advantages

  • You’ll get the house at a low price
  • High cap rate or ROI

Disadvantages

  • The house will not be producing income during the rehab and the time it takes to find a renter or an owner finance buyer
  • Rehab costs could shoot up if you don’t have reliable partners
  • Harder to manage the rehab and management from a distance
  • Difficulty in controlling material costs

Buying Turnkey Property

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Advantages

  • Totally rehabbed
  • Tenant or buyer may already be in place
  • No work for you
  • Cost of material more predictable and stable
  • You know the quality of work you will get
  • Whole investment team is in place

Disadvantages

  • Higher initial cost
  • Lower ROI or cap rate

How big a difference are we looking at between buying a run down under market value house and buying a turnkey? Let’s take a look:

  • Run down property: Estate sale, $30k purchase, $30k in rehab – will produce 13% ROI with owner financing or renting.
  • Turnkey property: $80k purchase price, no repairs, will produce 9-10% ROI with owner financing or renting.

So which will it be? Most people would say you obviously go for the better ROI with the under market value property you do yourself. But remember, you are going to have to do a heck of a lot more work – at a distance – with the fixer upper property. A turnkey property will earn lower ROI, but it a lot less stress. At the very least, you might consider a good turnkey property if you are a beginner in real estate investing. That way, you can make some good positive cash flow as you develop your own investment property team.

It all boils down to how you look at investing in real estate. Investing by definition means using something to get some type of return. You just have to decide if you want to use just your money to get a return, or use your time AND money to get a potentially higher return.

Choose wisely based upon your personal investing goals, and you will hopefully be able to be financially retired on your time table.

Personally, if I were a usual buyer of California investment property, San Francisco investment property, Los Angeles investment property or San Diego investment property, I would strongly consider buying out of state investment property. Investment property is all about real estate cash flow…..it’s something you can rely on year in and year out, unlike hoping for appreciation.

 

How I Retired at 28 With Under Market Value Properties

Hello investors and ‘maybe’ investors! Thanks for visiting my little website about under market value properties in San Antonio TX. It is these little bitty affordable homes that allowed me to financially retire at the young age of 28. Below is how I did it.

Oh but wait! We take a break from this message about under market value properties for a random picture of Teddy and me at a construction site :). (Teddy is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel).

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Yo! Where we going, dad?

Ok! So now on with the program! JM —–

In 2008, I financially retired 28 with more than $20,000 per month in cash flow from my residential real estate portfolio – distressed houses in San Antonio TX that I own in cash and owner finance.

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Today I still work, but only because I choose to.

This income was not built through the pre-existing advantages of family wealth or connections. In fact, I grew up poor in a small, dusty Texas town west of San Antonio. Our poverty was so utter, my parents sometimes chose between paying the electric bill and buying groceries. Now, that’s poor!

Yet, through rigorous self-discipline and years of hard work (I worked almost nonstop for five years and bought 50 houses my first year alone), I built a large portfolio of distressed, single family homes in San Antonio TX – owned in cash without mortgages.

Below is how I did it, and how you can do it, too.

#1 I Discovered an Inexpensive, Stable Real Estate Market

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Before I got into real estate in 2001, I did have some money that I made in the stock market. At first, I wanted to buy a property in Boston, where I went to college. However, I couldn’t buy a front door in Boston with my $50,000! So I came back to Texas. I tried to buy in Austin, where everyone wants to buy…..I couldn’t buy a tree house in Austin.

Then I started to look south at San Antonio. The Alamo City was under the radar nationally and not many real estate investors talked about it. But I liked what I saw: $30,000 houses, stable job market, growing population. I bought my first affordable house there for about $25,000 cash, rehabbed it and made 10% a year by renting it out. That was my start.

During the market crash of 2008-9, the prices of these homes dropped, and I was able to pick up a dozen at 50% under market value. That also helped to grow my real estate portfolio!

Lesson Learned: Steer clear of real estate markets with high entry costs. Lower cost cities are much easier for investors with limited capital.

#2 I Found Reasonably Priced Private Money

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So I had my first house in San Antonio, but I was out of cash. Sound familiar? Now I had to find some private capital, but where? Well, in my first two years in real estate, I made 200 or more phone calls per week looking for private money. I also attended many real estate meetings in the early 2000s and always was on the lookout for private capital.

Eventually, through all of my phone calls and networking meetings, I found investors willing to loan me several hundred thousand dollars at 7-10% interest. I used that money over the next several years to build my portfolio of affordable homes in San Antonio.

Usually, I would pay off the loan to my investors within 2-3 years.

Note – I prefer to invest all cash, but there ARE other options. You can, for example, buy nicer houses for $55,000 or so and do 20% down conventional finance, and then owner finance them. Cash flow is ~$300-400 per month with no maintenance. Email me for details.

Lesson Learned: Be prepared to do a lot of work and make a lot of phone calls to find private money. It’s easiest of course if you have family willing to loan you money on reasonable terms. If not, get on the phone, and go to real estate meetings every week.

#3 I Became an Affordable Home Expert in My City

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One of the keys to my success is I buy houses many other investors run screaming from! This above house makes my investor 12% per year (owner finance model).

Early in my investing career, I rehabbed houses myself and rented them out. This allowed me to really get to know what houses in my parts of town are worth. I understood exactly what a proper rehab should cost, depending on the area of town. I also learned how to not overspend on rehabbing – one of the mortal sins of real estate investing.

At the same time, I earned my real estate license, and I spent many hours studying prices of houses. One of the most important parts of being a successful investor is getting a house at least at 20% under market value.

Lesson Learned: Study your local market so you can buy houses under market value. Can’t find those kinds of deals? Consider working with an expert real estate investor in your market who can help you find those deals! Offer to help him or her with their business in exchange for turning you on to good, under market value deals.

#4 I Found Good Real Estate Mentors

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Getting started in real estate without successful mentors is like going fishing without fishing tackle! Every beginner real estate investor should work with very successful and experienced mentors. I found my mentors at real estate meetings in my city and also at real estate conferences in other cities.

Lesson Learned: Find mentors and real estate partners who have done several hundred deals and have done well in both boom and bust markets. Working alone in real estate as a rookie is a recipe for disaster.

I’m willing to mentor serious, starter investors with $20,000 or so to invest. Get in touch if interested.

#5 I Invest in Cash, for Cash Flow Only – With Owner Financed Real Estate

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One of the most important lessons I learned from my mentors is this: Rental real estate CAN be profitable, but owner financed real estate IS profitable.

Under the advice of my mentors, I stopped rehabbing and renting out houses. I evolved my business strategy to an owner finance model only.

Today, I buy a San Antonio investment property for cash (no mortgages ever), do $5000 in rehab, and then resell the property with owner financing to a qualified buyer. There are no overhead costs or property management costs associated with this exit strategy.

(You CAN do owner finance with conventional financing, 20% down, and still earn $300-$400 per month in cash flow.)

I also only invest in properties to make monthly cash flow. Appreciation of the asset is of little concern to me.

Lesson Learned: Consider investing strategies other than renting out property. Owner financing houses is less stressful and is clearer cut in terms of monthly cash flow.

And that is how I was able to financially retire at 28 with my real estate cash flow. And one benefit of making money in real estate was I was able to buy Teddy 🙂 –

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I don’t think this is my natural environment.

 

Want to learn more how to do make real estate cash flow on San Antonio investment property? Give me a shout.

And remember, most of my out of state investment property investors used to buy California investment property, San Diego investment property, San Francisco investment property, and Los Angeles investment property. Here in San Antonio, they usually make 12-15% ROI for great real estate cash flow – without maintenance costs.