Investment

How to Budget for Your Next Investment Property

 

As a professional real estate investor, you know how easy it is for your ambitions to exceed your budget. Here is a step-by-step strategy to ensure that your next project remains in the red.
Know Your Limits
Before you begin any real estate venture, you have to know how much money you have available to work with. You would be amazed at the number of people who begin searching for loans without figuring out how much they are worth in the first place. Contact a professional financial advisor if you aren’t sure of your overall worth; you’ll need an exact number before you can continue!
Is the Property Sustainable?
You are going to have to sit on the property until you find a buyer. Calculate how many months you can comfortably incur the extra costs before it starts to become a major burden on the rest of your projects, and don’t forget to factor in overlooked expenses such as inspections and even natural disasters (better safe than sorry). For a better idea of how long you can expect to be on the market, research how long it took similar properties in the neighborhood to sell – in general, quicker is better!
Self-Savings
Any contracting job that you can do yourself will obviously save money. However, the more specialized the job, the more likely you are to have trouble. In the long-run, hiring a professional may save you more money than attempting a project yourself, especially since a botched operation will require professional assistance anyway.
Plan the Right Type of Loan
Time is money! There’s nothing worse than having to halt a project because a much-needed bank loan is still pending approval. Hard money lenders can get you the financial assistance you need […]

5 Kitchen Design Trends REIs Need to Know About in 2017

As a real estate investor, you already know that a great kitchen can sell a house—so what makes a great kitchen?

Check out 2017’s five hottest kitchen design trends to find out.
2017 Kitchen Design Trend #1: Grays, Not Whites
Gray is “in” right now, especially with millennials hitting the market as first-time buyers. Combined with rich, stained wood, it’s warm and inviting—exactly what new buyers want.

2017 Kitchen Design Trend #2: Hydraulic Cabinet Doors

Hydraulic kitchen cabinet doors are space-age space-savers, and it turns out they’re just what homebuyers want in 2017. With the push of a button, the door opens in an upward direction and leaves plenty of room in the rest of the kitchen.
2017 Kitchen Design Trend #3: Funky Sinks
Forget stainless steel and think colored enamel. A splash (pun intended) of color in a neutral kitchen makes a huge difference to buyers.
2017 Kitchen Design Trend #4: Big, Bold Fixtures
Oversized light fixtures can be pretty amazing in a kitchen, as long as they’re not clunky or obtrusive.
2017 Kitchen Design Trend #5: Ample Kitchen Storage
Don’t leave any wasted space in the kitchen; you can even turn a false drawer into a great place to stash oddly shaped kitchen utensils.
Do You Need a Commercial or Residential Hard Money Loan in Atlanta?
If you’re looking for a hard money loan in Atlanta, we may be able to help you.

Call us at 404-814-1644 or contact us online to find out whether you might qualify for this type of funding. In the meantime, check to ensure that you meet our loan criteria. Our loan amounts can be up to 65 percent of the after-repaired value of the collateral—and if you use the loan for renovation or construction, the loan amount can be based on the collateral’s improved […]

Home Water Treatment Systems: What REIs Need to Know

If you’re planning to turn a home into an investment property (you’ll be the landlord), you may want to give the water quality in your rental some special attention. In a time where local water supplies are being investigated in several municipalities, potential renters are making water safety a top priority when searching for homes. Installing a drinking water treatment system into your home can be a good investment (and it can give your renters with peace-of-mind).

When cleaning and staging your home, you may be focused on removing hard water stains from visible areas, which is good, but you need to take it a step further. It is highly probable that potential renters are turning the faucets on, letting them run, and even taking a drink.

There are many water maintenance systems that can be installed in a home to make water look and feel better, as well as safer. If the water in the home contains colors, odors, and sediment—a water softener will help—but it won’t remove bacteria or organic chemicals such as chlorine, pesticides and herbicides.  Here are some additional water treatment systems to consider when updating your home.
Ultraviolet Water Purification
Using UV light, this type of system disinfects water to reduce bacteria and viruses. It is important to note that it does not remove chemicals from water. There are single faucet and whole house installations available.
Distillation Systems
Adding a distillation system to your home allows for safer drinking water by a vaporization, sterilization, and condensation process. This process removes heavy metals, chemicals and bacteria and are available in countertop or tank methods.
Reverse Osmosis
Reverse osmosis systems are available for whole home or countertop installation. They are effective at removing chemicals, bacteria and viruses.

If you’re looking for […]

Best Kitchen and Bath Showrooms in Atlanta

If you’re a real estate investor, you know how important it is to find the best kitchen showrooms in Atlanta so you can get the best deals on your fixer-uppers.

We’ve pulled together a list of the latest-and-greatest kitchen showrooms in Atlanta so you don’t have to hunt all over the city (or weed through mediocre showrooms) to find what you need.
Best Kitchen Showrooms in Atlanta
Some of the best kitchen showrooms in Atlanta are a little off the beaten path, but that’s what makes them real gems.

Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom

Ferguson Showroom

PDI Kitchen, Bath, and Lighting

Porcelanosa Atlanta

Pedini Atlanta

Pirch

Alno

European Kitchen and BathWorks

Spartan Kitchen and Bath Showroom

Atlanta Classic Kitchens

Cantoni
Are You Looking for a Hard Money Lender in Atlanta?
If you’re looking for a hard money lender in Atlanta, we may be able to help you.

Call us at 404-814-1644 or contact us online to find out whether you might qualify for this type of funding. In the meantime, check to ensure that you meet our loan criteria. Our loan amounts can be up to 65 percent of the after-repaired value of the collateral—and if you use the loan for renovation or construction, the loan amount can be based on the collateral’s improved value.

Read our frequently asked questions and take a few minutes to learn about the hard money loan process.

 

 

2017 Kitchen Trends for Flipping Houses

In the past, we’ve mentioned that cheap finishes can kill your sale — but how do you know what buyers really want?

The answer is simple: you stay on top of fixture trends and keep an eye on what’s selling in your area. As a hard money lender in Atlanta, our team has seen plenty of trends come and go (remember popcorn ceilings?).

With that said, we’re not going to leave you hanging. Check out the hottest kitchen fixture trends for 2017 before you dive into your next project.
Kitchen Fixture Trends 2017
Like in 2016, people want to keep things simple, with clean lines and an elegant look — even if the house has a long way to go before it hits the luxury market.

These are some of the hottest trends to watch for this year.

 
Do You Need a Hard Money Lender in Atlanta?
If you’re looking for a hard money lender in Atlanta, we may be able to help you.

Call us at 404-814-1644 or contact us online to find out whether you might qualify for this type of funding. In the meantime, check to ensure that you meet our loan criteria. Our loan amounts can be up to 65 percent of the after-repaired value of the collateral—and if you use the loan for renovation or construction, the loan amount can be based on the collateral’s improved value.

Read our frequently asked questions and take a few minutes to learn about the hard money loan process.

 

What is Virtual Wholesaling?

Have you heard of virtual wholesaling? If you’re like most people, you probably haven’t. Virtual wholesaling is essentially buying and selling homes or commercial buildings without having to be there. Most of the time, this is done electronically, and the transactions take place without ever seeing the property in person. The home or building is then turned around and sold quickly to an end buyer.
Advantages to Wholesaling Property
Virtual wholesaling has some advantages such as expanding your reach. If the area surrounding your physical location is short on investment properties, you can branch out. You don’t even have to leave your home or office to make a purchase… although it is a good idea to make at least one trip to see it with your own eyes.

With the ability to buy and sell electronically, it may be worth it to have a few people on your team who are close to the property, and can assess the situation. Having connections with real estate agents or contractors can help you succeed in a new territory.
Disadvantages to Wholesaling Property
If you don’t have eyes in the field—it will be tough to estimate the cost of rehab. You’ll just be looking at photos and videos, and won’t have an actual feel for what needs to be done. This can affect your overall sale and it may cost you in the long run.

Because virtual wholesaling is basically selling your contract (the offer you made on the property), you may need to have some transactional funding to cover the time it takes for the end buyer to wrap things up. It is still your property until the deal closes.
Do You Need a Hard Money Loan in Atlanta?
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REI Resources for Beginners

Not all real estate investors were born into the business. If you’re like most people, you’re probably wondering if you’ll continue this venture after flipping your first home or finding a tenant for your commercial building. Should you decide that real estate investing is your calling, where can you go to learn more?

Most real estate investors didn’t start at the top—they were rookies once, too. In a business where you’re often working alone, how do you find what it takes to be the best?
Network
You’ll learn a lot by networking locally with other real estate investors. It is not uncommon to find networking groups online, packed with people who are looking to meet up and discuss their adventures in real estate. Join a group and be sure to mingle with the seasoned professionals—they’ll be the ones to give you the best tips.
Training & Certificate Programs
There are numerous training and certificate programs online that are geared toward real estate investing. A lot of these programs are self-paced and allow you to learn on your own time. These types of programs and certifications are not a requirement for your profession, but you’ll learn a lot about the industry, as well as the lingo.
Webinars & Podcasts
If you’re not able to enroll in a certificate program, why not watch some webinars online? If you don’t already have a mentor, do a simple web search to learn who the top investors are for your niche. You’ll find that several them offer online webinars or podcasts packed with industry related information. Sign up to listen weekly and learn from the masters of real estate investing.
Do You Need a Hard Money Loan in Atlanta?
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Take Your Emotions OUT of the Home-Buying Process!

If you’re like most real estate investors, spotting a great deal can get your heart racing and adrenaline pumping. While it can be exciting, you’ll want to make sure you’re not acting like a kid on Christmas morning each time you spot a potential bargain. Calming your emotions and keeping a level head will help you make rational decisions.
If You’re a New REI…
­­In the beginning of your investment journey, you’ll probably find several homes or buildings that speak to you immediately. If you’re able to recognize what is pulling you to that property, you’ll need to ask yourself if this feature would draw the same reaction from an average buyer or tenant. Make sure you’re not making the purchase personal.

Having fond memories of steam engines may cloud your judgment and make you forget that most reasonable people are turned off by living next to train tracks. Just because you find a home or office building fascinating—doesn’t mean it is. Before making a quick bid on a property, make sure it’s something you can market.
List the Pros and Cons
Creating a list of pros and cons and researching what buyers want, prior to making an offer, will allow you some extra time to process the information before jumping in. If you find that the property is still desirable, check out what other homes in the area are selling for to make sure it’s worth it. Putting your emotions to the side will help you in the long run.
Do You Need a Hard Money Loan in Atlanta?
If you’re looking for a hard money loan in Atlanta, we may be able to help you.

Call us at 404-814-1644 or contact us online to find out whether you might qualify for this […]

How to Deal With Late Rent During the Holidays

While everyone is scrambling to get their festivities organized and shopping done, unfortunately, it’s too common for rent payments to be put on the back burner. Landlords are faced with this problem each year, and if it’s happened to you, you know that it’s a tough decision (you know, whether  or not to be a Scrooge).
Keeping a Professional Distance From Your Tenants
If you’re a landlord, you know that maintaining a professional relationship and not becoming involved in your tenant’s financial woes is a necessity. No one enjoys evicting a tenant—especially during the holiday season—but you should remember that this is a business decision where you can weigh the pros and cons.
A Word on Eviction
Evicting someone is not easy, and it’s quite a lengthy process. After evicting your current tenant, you’ll most likely need to turn around the property quickly. However, it’s not easy finding an excellent tenant, especially when you’re facing the potential loss of more than one month’s income. Deciding to evict someone for a one-month lapse may not be worth it to you—especially if you’ve had a solid relationship with your tenant in the past.

If your tenant is always late, the answer should be easy. If not, you may want to consider things such as communication, history and present circumstances to help you decide.

Having to chase down your tenant for the monthly rent is not your job. If they contact you first, it may be to your advantage to just hear them out and work out a payment plan. Good tenants are sometimes hard to come by, and if they’ve always paid on time in the past, there may be some options you could explore for handling their arrears.
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Determining Fair Market Value

If you’re considering buying a home to fix and flip, the time to calculate fair market value is before you make the purchase. Even if you think it will be the deal of the century, the price you pay for the home now doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with its fair market value. The real estate market is constantly moving, and what’s high today could be low tomorrow. It usually doesn’t happen that quickly, but you’ll need to be aware that even a month or two can make a huge difference.
Calculating Fair Market Value
Calculating fair market value is not always easy—especially if you’re not a Realtor®. You’ll need to know what other homes in the area have sold for recently, so looking at the listing price of a home or outdated information won’t give you the information you need. If you don’t turn around a home quickly, the market value may have already changed.

If you’ve decided that fix-and-flip will become your investment niche, it would be a good idea to form an alliance with a real estate agent for several reasons. Not only will he or she be able to help you turn around future investment properties; your real estate partner can help you calculate fair market values accurately. While websites such as Zillow are available, they do not provide solid figures. In fact, the estimates they provide can be off by as much as 18 percent. (That’s a lot in both directions!) In addition, Zillow allows homeowners to update home information; that can make it tough to separate fact from exaggeration. Perhaps most importantly, a lot of the data is outdated.
Do You Need a Hard Money Loan in Atlanta?
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