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Is It Worth It?

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What's Its Worth?

Understandably, clients want to know "What's it worth" or "what will it appraise for"? Where an experienced real estate practitioner will only answer, what a "ready, able and willing or ready, willing and able" buyer will pay, is the answer to "What's it worth" and "What will it appraise for" the same?

Worth is intrinsic or sentimental, which doesn't apply very well to a very technical appraisal. For example, where installing air conditioning will not give a dollar for dollar return, it's worth its weight in gold to someone from a hot or humid climate, even when the climate they are in now is not. On the other hand, the value of a 1,500 sq ft ranch with 3 beds, 2 baths, and a 2 car garage is reasonably determined.

Value and Price

Equal parts art and science, there are many moving parts to a real estate valuation. Amenities such as mountain views and landscaping are harder to price than a bedroom or garage space might be.

A real estate broker licensee may only give an opinion on price, which cannot be used for loan purposes and only an appraiser can decide value.

Multi-unit or Single Family?

Which are better, multi-unit or single family investments? Well, it depends. Where a multi-unit asset may offer more immediate cash flow, a single-family asset may appreciate better over time. Also, consider the amount of deployable cash. Priced at roughly $100k a unit and normally requiring 25% down from non-owner occupants, it will take something close to $110k to acquire a modestly priced fourplex, where the modestly priced single-family need is closer to $55k.

Finally, because multi-family units have that many more carpets, walls, water heaters, furnaces, etc., not to mention more turnover than single-family, there's a case for the relative stability and universal appeal of one over the other.

It Starts at Home

Often overlooked, financing options that offer as little as zero to as much as 5% down that exist for military, veterans, and non-veterans alike allow anyone to start building a real estate empire, right from home.

Once minimum occupancy requirements are met (two years recommended to avoid capital gains), a determined homeowner can amass a sizable portfolio in a 20 - 30-year investment career. Add the benefit of tenants paying each mortgage payment with rent and it's easy to see the ability real estate has to create wealth.

Is it Worth It?

With the risk and rewards of the various investment vehicles properly weighed, most of which do not offer the leverage that real estate does and none that offer the same intrinsic value, it's no wonder there's more wealth made in real estate than other market segments.

Consider this. We decide to create future wealth and start with a $250,000 investment. After comparing stocks, bonds, mutual funds, REITs and physical real estate, we find only one that allows us to control a $250,000 asset with as little as $17,500, real estate. Given a modest rate of appreciation of 5%, the asset may very well have a value of $663,324 after 20 years, while someone else has dutifully paid your mortgage in the form of rent.

Destination: Long-Term Wealth

In it for the long haul, we dutifully take care of our investment while taking advantage of principal reduction, appreciation, and depreciation for the scheduled twenty years. Add $360,000 in payments made over time to the initial investment of $17,500 and, for a total of $378,000 we now have at least one asset that can be used to fund retirement, pay for college education or whatever else is important. Can you imagine if this process is repeated once every few years, each acquisition becoming your primary residence and the last one a rental? How will your balance sheet look after slowly adding five, ten of these in your portfolio?

Not to mention, the further you can buy the real estate from its market value, the easier it is to finance. For example, what if you learned there was a way to borrow the money to finance and rehab real estate with no money out-of-pocket?

What do you think? Is it worth it?

Norberto Villanueva is a licensed REALTOR and investment specialist with Atlas Real Estate Group, a real estate investment and brokerage focused on financial autonomy. In addition, he brokers private and institutional capital for non-owner occupants and is an active real estate investor. 


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A simple explanation of blockchain

via Behind the News: Blockchain explained | Colorado Springs Business Journal

About a month ago, I had the opportunity to visit with a young wholesaler hungry to enter the business of real estate investment. When asked how much cash he and his partner had, he responded with $80k in Bitcoin. I recommended cashing in that coin to ensure there would indeed be that much to work with when appropriate.

Today, he informs me the $80k became $30k. Given the spectacular returns being touted with Bitcoin, who knows how much if any of it is true but, there is something to be said about the speculative, highly fluctuating nature of the intangibility of digital currencies, incomparable to the equally tangible, somewhat predictable returns consistently seen in real estate.

This is not to say one should (or should not) invest in one or the other, per se but to stress the importance of diversification and careful analysis required with any investment strategy.


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Modernized Family Home In High Demand Location

725 E 263rd St. Euclid OH 44132

via Modernized Family Home In High Demand Location - Euclid - OH - USA - Real Estate For Sale

Located in a market that grew by a staggering 15.9% last year, this updated Cape Cod bungalow has over 1,600 sq ft of total living space. Its large eat-in kitchen includes lots of cabinets and counter space and features a huge living room, two 1st floor bedrooms & full bath and a huge 3rd bedroom upstairs. Basement has a finished rec-room plus a 2nd full bath. 2 car garage, vinyl windows, upgraded electrics, water-proofed basement. Property management available for out of state investors. Additional details available with signed NCND.

This communication is from a Colorado licensed real estate broker and deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Marketing the property for a fee, we do not own the property or listing. Buyer due diligence advised.

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Please contact Norberto at 719-453-8690 for additional details.


Weather Winterizing Moves You Should Be Making Right Now – Realty Times

Weather Winterizing Moves You Should Be Making Right Now

via Weather Winterizing Moves You Should Be Making Right Now - Realty Times

Probably not a good idea when occupied, but another strategy to use on one that is vacant is to open a faucet and shut off the main water supply to minimize the possibility of pipes bursting when frozen. Keeping its thermostat at a nippy 50° to save on utility costs, we found a mid-week cold weather forecast a bit dreadful and decided to do just that on our flip at 7006 Enbrook Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80922.

Located in the Stetson Hills neighborhood of Colorado Springs, we are offering it for sale at $344,900.

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7006 Enbrook Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80922

Shortly after, our handyman calls with good news. Working at the time of our initial walkthrough, the reason its high-end water feature wasn't running the day of closing was simply a pump plugged up with dirt, leaves, and ice. Now unable to test it because the water was off :), we're excited to activate, fill and run it in anticipation of the tranquil sound of water flowing through the property's elevated backyard as it recirculates and cascades into the pond.

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One of the largest buyers along the Front Range, this is just one of many exciting projects the Atlas Real Estate Group professionals have crafted. Please contact us to join our family of satisfied clients at 719-424-4652.

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Housing in 2018: Where Are Home Values Headed?

via Housing in 2018: Where Are Home Values Headed?

Meeting about an assisted living facility we have under contract with a potential investor who has "8 million" currently earning a "guaranteed 5%", the inevitable subject of overvaluation came up, to which my response was, not quite.

Buoyed by many positive trends, such as the nation's first Olympic museum, projections of our being the nation's cyber security capital, expansion of direct flights to and from the Colorado Springs airport and more, there's also this:

 

http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx?WT.mc_id=crlg_171205_C6yzN#

Historically just a few years behind the Denver MSA, which may have plateaued as of this writing, it seems the Colorado Springs market has up to 5 years of upswing left.

Specializing in locating, analyzing, acquiring and management of quality rental assets, we are standing by and have significant experience helping investors build long-term wealth with real estate. Please contact us at 866-6REALTY or 303-242-2980 for the personalized attention you deserve.


Investment Analysis and Net Operating Income

via Understanding Net Operating Income in Commercial Real Estate

Investment Analysis

No one has a crystal ball. However, to "make your money when you buy", real estate investment analysis requires a careful look at variables, perhaps most important being projected gross income, at the time of purchase.

Net Operating Income

The amount left over after subtracting expenses from gross income, Net Operating Income (NOI) is crucial. Using a formula known as IRV with the income capitalization approach, NOI helps us to find value as follows:

Net operating income (I) ÷ capitalization rate (R) = value (V)

To find NOI, use income and expense statements for the subject and similar properties to first estimate the potential gross income, then subtract vacancy and collection loss. From this, estimate expenses and subtract them from the effective gross income.

Cap (Capitalization) Rate

Similar to a rate of return, the capitalization rate is the percentage investors hope to get from an investment. With as little information as recent sales data for comparable properties, the formula used to find Cap Rate is as follows:

Net operating income (I) ÷ Sales price (V) = Cap rate (R)

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Together with expert market knowledge, this analysis helps us make reasonable projections that help our clients make informed purchase decisions every time.

Reach out to us for a consultation, we look forward to serving you.


How to Say Goodbye to Renting and Hello to Home Ownership – Realty Times

How to Say Goodbye to Renting and Hello to Home Ownership

via How to Say Goodbye to Renting and Hello to Home Ownership

Specializing in helping clients build rental portfolio's, at Atlas Real Estate Group we like to change the heading to "...Hello to Building Long Term Wealth".

With a clear understanding the money is made when you buy, we use market knowledge to analyze pricing and project cash flow so that our valued clients make informed decisions going in.

From single family to large apartment buildings, our in-house experts have devised a formula to success over the last decade that works and look forward to serving you.


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