Hard Money Facts

Using the BRRRR Method? Here’s what to do before interest rates rise.

Posted by Residential Capital Partners on Feb 17, 2022 8:59:27 AM

After years of low interest rates, it seems 2022 is the year we’ll see them on the rise. With the Federal Reserve planning to embark on a series of interest-rate hikes this year beginning in March, real estate investors are preparing for these predictions to potentially become reality.

Fortunately, smart investors work from a strategic point of view, and many apply the BRRRR model, which helps in situations like these. To refresh, the BRRRR (Buy, Rehab, Rent, Refinance, Repeat) Method is a real estate investment strategy that involves buying and rehabbing a property, renting it out, and refinancing the leased up rental property over a 30-year term at a fixed rate of interest. This Method provides an opportunity for passive income and a diverse rental portfolio. If BRRRR Method is one of your investment strategies, now is the time to lock in for the long-term.

 

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Topics: Investment Property Strategies

2022 Goal Setting for Your Investment Property Strategies (Part 2)

Posted by Residential Capital Partners on Feb 2, 2022 11:21:48 AM

Welcome back to the second installment of our goal-setting series. If you missed the first installment on SMART goals, be sure to check out Part 1 and begin crafting your goals. Remember, these aren’t resolutions but actionable, achievable goals to help you grow your business. Journaling has a place within that story, and we’re here to help you get started.

 

 

JOURNALING to Success

Journaling allows you to take inventory of the past and present and forge a new path for the future. It’s a simple way to get all your thoughts onto the page, and it can help you sort through your priorities. This is a great exercise to help you refine your SMART goals or help you identify what you want to prioritize before you document them. There are no right or wrong answers in journaling; it’s all about getting your thoughts out of your head and onto paper.

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Topics: Investment Property Strategies

2022 Goal Setting for Your Investment Property Strategies (Part 1)

Posted by Residential Capital Partners on Jan 21, 2022 5:50:39 PM

Whether you're beginning this new year with goals to start investing in single-family real estate or you’re a seasoned investor who wants to continue expanding your single-family rental portfolio, it's essential to set actionable goals, measure progress, and seek the right guidance along the way.

 

 

Why Goals Matter

Goals are very different from New Year's resolutions. While resolutions may be well-intentioned, they are often thrown together without a plan or willingness to sacrifice what’s required for success. Statistic Brain analyzed New Year's resolutions and found that just 8% of people achieve their New Year's resolutions while a whopping 92% fail completely.

Goals, on the other hand, are usually more well-thought-out, and come with action items attached to them. Those action items help frame the decisions and direct the resources applied to accomplishing the goal. They are the milestones to the roadmap which leads to the accomplished goal!

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Topics: Investment Property Strategies

Pros and Cons of Vacation Rentals as an Investment Strategy

Posted by Residential Capital Partners on Dec 21, 2021 2:51:20 PM

With 450 million travelers worldwide choosing vacation rentals over hotels in 2020, it’s no wonder why this investment strategy seems so appealing to investors. As the market continues to quickly grow with the prospect of profit (and a few other perks), there are still some considerations to weigh.

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Topics: Rental Property Investment, House Flipping Market Insights

2 Big Questions You’re Probably Asking About Whether to Start (Or Keep) Flipping Houses

Posted by Residential Capital Partners on Oct 25, 2021 1:31:43 PM

Whether you were flipping houses long before Chip and Johanna Gaines had a television show or you’re just now considering dipping your toe into the industry – this market is sure to leave you wondering if now is the time to start (or continue) your fix-and-flip journey. Together, we’ll be looking at the opportunity for profit and the obstacles that currently stand in the way.

 

1. Is the current market conducive to making a profit?

Home prices are still on the rise. The nationwide median listing price for active listings in September 2021 was $380,000, up 8.6 percent from the previous year and up 20.6% compared to 2019. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Schiller Index published the Home Price NSA Index on September 28, 2021, revealing home prices had soared 19.7% in the last 12 months. With affordable housing inventory still low and buyers (or renters) incredibly hungry for a place to call their own, sellers are being showered with offers that are much higher than list price. No one know when the market will flatten out or turn – that’s why it is so important to never forget that there are still other market factors to take into consideration when assessing an opportunity.

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Topics: House Flipping Market Insights

How to Foolproof your Fix-and-Flip: Consider Market Climate and Start Smart Investing

Posted by Residential Capital Partners on Aug 11, 2021 4:40:15 PM

Now that we’re less than half a year away from 2022, what do we know so far about 2021? In the last year alone, median values of single-family homes and condos rose more than 10% nationally. This rising surge of new house hunters and a super tight supply of housing inventory was also impacted by an ongoing pandemic. With mortgage rates remarkably low, home buying became an attractive option for many Americans seeking more space, a second home, or a work-from-home office with a better view.

SLIGHT DIP OR REAL DOWNTURN?

Now, halfway into the 10th year in this housing boom, many home investors wonder: will real estate markets flatline or drop? How long will these high prices last? While we can’t see into the future, we have some new data about how 2021 compares so far to prior years, both before and since the housing boom. According to a report from ATTOM, fix-and-flip real estate investments have fallen to the lowest level since 2000. In the first quarter of 2021, the same report cites only one in 37 transactions, or only 2.7% of home sales, were flips. Compare that figure to where we were in the first quarter of 2020: down from 7.5%, or one in 13 sales were categorized as fix-and-flips.

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Topics: Fix-and-Flip Financing Tips, House Flipping Market Insights

Home Improvements That Add Value to Your Investment Property

Posted by Residential Capital Partners on Jul 12, 2021 5:19:07 PM

The secret to successful real estate flipping is knowing which improvements attract buyers and enhance the value of the home.

Here are some of the win-win improvements that make buyers and investors both happy.

1. Minimize Costs By Choosing Wisely

The bones of the home, i.e. the basic framework and layout, determine the size of the rehab budget. Jonathan Faccone, Founder, Halo Homebuyers LLC, has this sage advice for flippers: “When choosing a property, look for houses that can be improved without being reconfigured.” That’s particularly true if you want a house with an open concept, or if you envision adding value by adding a bedroom or bath.

Simply put: Painting walls is cheap. Moving walls is another story. If the old adage “you make your money on the buy” is true, then finding a floorplan that works as-is yet needs some love and attention is critical.


2. Cost-Efficient Kitchen Remodeling

A nice, remodeled kitchen is a huge draw for potential buyers. One caveat: It’s easy to go overboard. If you gut an entire kitchen, a mid-range remodel can easily run up to $60,000 — and net you only a fraction of that when the time comes to sell.

It pays to make your kitchen shine when you do it cost effectively:

  • Sand and paint cabinets instead of replacing them.
  • If paint isn’t enough, try replacing the doors instead of demoing the cabinets
  • Instead of a $4,000 stainless fridge, find a tasteful one on sale for $1,000.

Remember: Your hard money loan is generally limited up to 70% of a home’s after-repair value. Choose the remodel projects wisely.

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Topics: How to Fix & Flip

7 Common Fix-And-Flip Mistakes

Posted by Residential Capital Partners on Jul 12, 2021 4:27:53 PM

A large segment of today’s housing market is fueled by real estate investors seeking to turn a fixer upper into a nice, tidy profit. If you manage to avoid the common rehab pitfalls, you can turn a profit too! But know, mistakes are not made by properties. Mistakes, most often, are made by novice investors and the assumptions they employ on their way to becoming a seasoned investor.

The good news is that the most common mistakes investors make are entirely preventable…if you do these seven things:

1. Underestimating The Project Scope

Underestimating the time, hard costs and the amount of work involved is one of the surest ways to drain the profitability of your flip. You estimate four months of work – it takes six. You estimate for some new shingles – you need a new roof. You estimate your property will sell in four weeks – it sits unsold for three months. In short, each inaccurate estimate makes a direct impact on your bottom line.

2. Underestimating Or Ignoring The Non-Material Costs

Drywall, flooring, windows and landscaping aren’t the only costs that will go into your flip. To turn a profit, you will need to anticipate all the other “soft” costs you’ll incur including: appraisals, closing costs, building permits, inspection fees, realtor costs, property taxes and utilities, as well as interest from the real estate investment loan.

It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking: “those will be covered when I sell”. But that’s just another way of saying: “it’ll come out of my profits.” Wise investors anticipate those costs up front and build them into their overall budget.

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Topics: How to Fix & Flip

How to Find & Keep Good Contractors for House Flipping

Posted by Residential Capital Partners on Jun 21, 2021 2:58:29 PM

Your contractor can have a profound impact on almost every aspect of your real estate flip: deadlines, quality of work, budget, and return on investment. And whether the overall experience will be energizing or draining can also depend on whom you hire.

So, if you’re funding a flip, or using a hard money lender, it’s important to keep your flip on schedule and on budget. We all know that time is money. But unfortunately, not all contractors understand or care. Follow these steps and you’ll be able to find good contractors and build lasting relationships with the ones who come through for you.

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Topics: How to Fix & Flip

3 Ways to Get Fix-and-Flip Funding

Posted by Residential Capital Partners on Jun 10, 2021 12:45:54 PM

Flipping a house requires money – lots of money. Beyond the purchase price, single-family investors must come out of pocket for legal fees, appraisal fees, title costs, closing costs, home inspections, rehab costs and disposition costs. In a Seller’s market, these costs have a tendency to go the way of home appreciation…up, up, up and away. Given the median purchase price for existing homes in June 2020 of $295,300, these numbers add up fast especially when you are doing more than one flip investment at a time.

Whether you are flipping one, two, or dozens of houses per year: maintaining adequate cash reserves is critical to keeping your operation up-and-running, so that you can realize the back end profits associated with your investment. As they say…cash is king!

That is why so many single-family investors look for a financing partner to fund their fix-and-flip investment properties. Having more cash on hand gives you, the investor, flexibility in a dynamic market whether that means more cash to realize an unexpected opportunity, more cash to negotiate a better deal with a faster close or more cash to give you peace of mind through the investment cycle. Knowing which available financing options will give you the most flexibility as an investor is the key.

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Topics: How to Fix & Flip, Fix-and-Flip Financing Tips

Urban Revival Spurs Rental Property Investment Opportunities

Posted by Residential Capital Partners on May 21, 2021 9:48:14 PM

The pandemic has changed our lives and the economy in major ways. For many Americans, it has meant making the switch from working at the office to working from home. And it looks like working from home will continue permanently for many workers, even though some offices have reopened. With the flexibility of working from home, many Americans have opted to change where they call home. You may even be reading this from the comfort of your own home or local coffee shop!

With this new flexibility, some Americans have opted for a new view from their home office window. They are heading for both rural and suburban areas. We’ve witnessed younger households swap city life for the suburbs, while elderly Americans have hurried the decision to relocate to their retirement destination. Others still, have found refuge in country living. So, what’s left to buy, rent, fix, or flip?

 

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How Can Single-Family Rental Property Investors Thrive in the Current Market?

All this has meant a hefty surge in demand for suburban single-family homes, retirement locales, vacation homes and investment properties. And while prices of homes in those markets have skyrocketed, both seasoned and first-time rental property and/or fix-and-flip home investors would be wise not to overlook other options with big potential. The flip side of this current real estate market is that with home prices spiking, little inventory, and high construction costs, an urban buy-to-rent property might be your next best investment opportunity.

Even as the talk is still churning about the swelling suburbs, it’s time to take a second look at urban areas. Urban areas have shown a growing increase in both revitalization and investment. Recent real estate market reports  also indicate that this urban renewal and resurgence began in the spring and should swell well into summer.

What conditions have created this opportunity for the buy-to-rent investment? There are two factors at play: First, an increasing number of young and would-be first-time home buyers are being priced out of the suburban markets where they find themselves looking for a home. Second, many of the most urban areas have been negatively impacted by this suburban “flight to quality." These two factors could create some urban buying opportunities for the single-family rental investor as the undertow brings the urban dweller back to the city in search of a rental home.

The opportunity for buy-to-rent is here. And whether you are new or a seasoned investor, you won’t want to go into new territory without the right partner. That’s where Residential Capital Partners comes in. We can help you decide if a buy-to-rent investment is right for you.

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Topics: Rental Property Investment, House Flipping Market Insights

Flip vs Flop: How To Sell in a Seller's Market

Posted by Residential Capital Partners on Apr 26, 2021 11:50:32 AM

Your inbox: it’s overflowing. Your desk: it’s piled high. Your mind: it’s scattered, to say the least.

A seller’s market can be a godsend when you’ve just rehabbed a promising fix-and-flip property. But when a seller’s market brings you a high volume of offers, things can get complicated fast. Overwhelmed by your good luck, you may be tempted to simply select the highest offer from the stack.

Don’t. Competition breeds excellence. Use the forces at play in the market to your advantage. Borrowers may lie to you. Markets never will.

Follow these negotiation best practices:

1. Highest and Best Offer

If you are staring at a stack of offers on your rehabbed property, then you have done something right. Now, take your game to the next level. Study the offers that have come in comparing price, closing timeframe, conditions to close, etc., and use the best terms of each offer to outline what would be your perfect offer from the perfect buyer. Pick the 3 to 5 of the strongest buyers that:

  • Have the best price and terms.
  • Have the most experience.
  • Have the strongest proof of funds letter or balance sheet presentation.

Call these buyers and tell them they have been hand selected out of many to sharpen their initial offer into a Highest and Best Offer. Tell them they have until 5:00 PM to get their final offer to you. Tell them you will call them by 6:00 PM to inform them if they won or lost. If they ask, have your “perfect offer” list by your side to give them a hint of where they need to improve. And then, go enjoy your day until the clock strikes 5:00 PM.

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Topics: Fix-and-Flip Financing Tips, House Flipping Market Insights