When to hold a rental, when to flip a house.

You invest in property. You’re approaching it as either a residence, retreat, rehab, or Anibal-Affiliates-RealtyNetWorth-LakeShannon-why-I-sell-lakefront-young-couple-at-sunsetrental. But which came first, the property or the label? And more importantly, why did you choose one over another?

With such a substantial investment, I hope you have an idea of how you are evaluating on the way in based on your plan for use/ resale/ or rental afterward. So many clients start out with the “well this happened along our path one day so we just…” approach. Maybe o.k. for a garage sale find. But this randomized thinking potentially leaves dollars on the table and years of your life wasted.

Example:

  1. Customer wanted to sell a unit. “Why did you buy it?” I asked. “Well, it was a great deal so we bought it. then we rented it out”. ( A great deal for what ?)
  2. Customer wanted to have a unit inspected. “Why are you interested in this house?” I asked. “Well, I heard rental property is a good idea.” I asked, “Why?” …. he said “I don’t know.”
  3. Customer had a rental. “Why did you buy it?” I asked. “My friend called me and asked if I wanted to buy it.” So I asked, “do you have other rentals and why do you want this one”. He said, “no, first one, we want others”.

None of these folks had a strategy. They stumbled into their situation. In each case, I sat with them, started ‘at the top’, looked for customer strengths/ weaknesses/ and ideal goals.

  1. For customer #1, I said “so you want rentals?” Actually, it had never been profitable as a rental. They sold it for a profit, but the title choice drove up their tax burden. Further, had they made some specific improvements, the profit would have been better. They sold to a hustler by owner, but fortunately we took a better strategy going forward.
  2. For the 2nd scenario client, I tried to not completely make fun of the poor choice of home he wanted to – and almost did had he not called me – buy. Instead, I showed him only 1 more property. We spent an extra 60 minutes of his time, got a house in a better location, less money, newer, better heat/electric + 2 car garage, 2 decks and shed. That property more than doubled in value in a matter of months, and has had only 1 tenant in the 4 yrs. he’s owned it, bringing a good profit from rent and appreciation. The other property – still a mess and not worth much at all.
  3. In situation #3, we sat down and looked at how there is no profit from holding. Further, because of his skills, he’s better suited to rehab than to hold a loosing investment. All profit available on his held house will come from moving it, not holding it. Timing the sale will be the extra expertise I offer.

So the basic questions will still be, what do you have:

  • More or less skills.
  • More or less time.
  • More or less funds.
  • More need for current income (you are in a lower tax bracket), or more need for future (retirement) income, (you are probably in a higher tax bracket).

Based on these answers, there are very specific properties, areas, price ranges, and portfolio management styles (e.g.: you/ us) you’d be better suited for.  Decision time

I meet w/ clients a minimum of 1x/ year. This is a great time for a no-cost initial meeting to chat about what your real estate ideas are. Contact me via the feedback form to set a time & day !


In the meantime, I’m inserting text from an earlier post of mine:


In the early 80’s I picked up a very honest yet motivational ‘how to’ book on real estate investment. In my senior year of college I was set to invest. I actually drove to NJ, looked up as many of these homes as I could, took pictures, and tried to take notes in my then ignorance. After reading the book I bought a shack for $17500, w/ $1000 down, gutted the kitchen and bath, and placed into service what was one of my most successful investments to date.

I’ve used these & other techniques I gleaned from my broker/investor dad, and have shared them with clients for 3 decades.

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It comes down to humble work, patience, time value of money, and good mentors – I had my dad ! I keep a few copies of the book for clients I work with. Let me know if you’d like one.



What kind of ‘Fixer Upper’ ROI is possible when we’re your Portfolio Brokerage Mentor?

How much can I make rehabbing homes?Info-graphic-appreciating-wealth-build

There are many different approaches. Are you in a high tax bracket and want appreciation, taxed and withdrawn at a future date (like retirement) and wish to accumulate rentals? Or, are you in a low tax bracket/ want maximum returns now/ hence ‘Flips’ make more sense? Looking at our charts, you’ll see cheaper homes are better suited for rentals, but all properties are usually better suited for ‘flipping’.

‘Flipping’ homes is not for the faint of heart, nor for a novice. The TV shows are for entertainment – turn them off. I’ve never watched even 1 episode and I’ve ‘flipped’ houses since 1981. Yes, I’ll be glad to share my entire portfolio results to date with you.

The vast majority of folks loose money on rehabs, making lots of cash for ‘wholesalers’. So how do I know when to use a professional ‘Portfolio Broker’ Mentor? (that would be us). Perhaps when said mentor has a track record going back to 1980 and will say “NO” more often then “MAYBE” OR “YES”.

Prefer ‘hands off’ approach? We ‘joint venture’ with clients – you bring $’s, I bring expertise, your principle comes out first, we split the balance at closing. (there is a formal agreement letter but that’s the short version).

For every property I recommend, There are about 25 that I tell the investor “NO” and then tell them why. I want this to be educational as well as profitable for you – it helps us both!

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If you click thru on the link below this photo, you can compare with last year EOY results. There has been some year over year appreciation.

  • In this market, this will plateau and makes these ripe for selling to reinvest a better part of proceeds.

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VIEW IN PDF:  Rental and Flips ROI Calculations – EOY16

Rental and Flips ROI Calculations – EOY15

Active client of ours? Request a copy of the below spreadsheet to compare your investments year to year & within your portfolio. This can assist in planning ‘which to keep’ vs ‘which to cut loose’.

  • Non-clients: ‘Remote in’ installation & setup available, or stop in – you don’t even need to bring your laptop.


This is not an offer of a guaranteed return. Always do your due diligence before investing.

She made a Million Dollars recycling homes – 35 years ago!

In the early 80’s I picked up a very honest yet motivational ‘how to’ book on real estate investment. In my senior year of college I was set to invest. I actually drove to NJ, looked up as many of these homes as I could, took pictures, and tried to take notes in my then ignorance. After reading the book I bought a shack for $17500, w/ $1000 down, gutted the kitchen and bath, and placed into service what was one of my most successful investments to date.

I’ve used these & other techniques I gleaned from my broker/investor dad, and have shared them with clients for 3 decades.

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It comes down to humble work, patience, time value of money, and good mentors – I had my dad ! I keep a few copies of the book for clients I work with. Let me know if you’d like one.



The results are in … EOY 2015 ‘Fixer Upper’ Return On Investment

So what can one actually expect when they purchase an ‘in-place’ real Image1estate investment ? Well here are numbers from picked & rehabbed properties we’ve set up and mange for an active portfolio client.

Active client of ours? Request a copy of the below spreadsheet to compare your investments year to year & within your portfolio. This can assist in planning ‘which to keep’ vs ‘which to cut loose’.

  • Non-clients: ‘Remote in’ installation & setup available, or stop in – you don’t even need to bring your laptop.

Anibal Affiliates Inc Realty Net Worth Fixer Upper results for 2015

In pdf format BOY_Letter_RNW_2016_01_01_sideB

NEXT YR 2016 results



This is not an offer of a guaranteed return. Always do your due diligence before investing.