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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. 

100% Owner Occupied Financing and more!

via Understanding Private Mortgage Insurance

Used to be that anyone putting less than 20% down needed private mortgage insurance to protect lenders against borrower default.

Until now. We have partnered with a global lending institution committed to offering up to 100% financing, will contribute up to $4,500 toward closing costs and does not charge PMI!

Too good to be true? We promise, it’s not. Contact me for details.

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:

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)

Local Expertise

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.

Down Payment Assistance Available

Source: Millennials Flock to Low Down Payment Programs | Keeping Current Matters

Down Payment Required

Studies show many would be home buyers don’t take the plunge for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the amount of down payment required. So by a show of hands, how many think the requirement is 20%?

Congratulations, you’re in the majority.

Mortgage Insurance Required Above 80% LTV

Though in existence since the late 1800’s, it wasn’t until the 1950’s that mortgage insurance as we know it came into use. Designed to minimize the lender’s risk, mortgages that are more than 80% of a home’s value require it. Thus the reason many think 20% is the down payment requirement, it’s not.

Low Down Payment Programs

In fact, the majority of owner occupant loan programs require less than 5% down (Conventional). FHA only requires 3.5% down where VA/USDA loans require 0% for a down payment!

Closing Costs and Prepaids

In addition, ALL loans will have closing (title, origination, etc) and prepaid costs (taxes, hazard insurance, interest and other expenses), usually totaling 2% – 3% of the loan amount.

How Much Will YOU Need

Doing the math, a qualified borrower will need anywhere from 2% – 8% of the purchase price to cover the down payment, closing costs and prepaid items discussed, or up to $8,000 on every $100,000.

Down Payment Assistance

With many programs that offer to help with down payment and closing costs up to 4% of the purchase price, the truth is many borrowers will have the ability to buy a home with as little as zero out of pocket costs!

Visit this link to see what down payment assistance you may qualify for!

So what are you waiting for?! Contact your favorite real estate professional for a no cost, no obligation consultation today!

Turnkey Mortgage and Down Payment Assistance

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Turnkey Mortgage and Down Payment Assistance

Not limited to first time home buyers, the “Turnkey” Mortgage is a competitive 30-year fixed-rate mortgage with a Down Payment Assistance (DPA) Grant (no repayment) equal to 4% of the mortgage amount!

Mortgage Tax Credit

Used jointly with the tax credit feature, qualifying first time home buyers receive an annual federal income tax credit equal to 50% of the annual interest they pay on their mortgage loan!


  • No “recapture tax”
  • Max Income and purchase price limitations
  • Available with various lenders!

Additional Down Payment Assistance Programs

We’ve identified over 25 down payment assistance programs to help new and existing home owners with costs to buy or upgrade the home of their dreams while saving tens of thousands, making the dream of home ownership a reality. Visit our Down Payment Resource page to locate additional programs that may help with your home ownership dreams.

The Axiom Realty Team

Norberto Villanueva is a REALTOR©/District Director for the Axiom Realty Team at Fathom Realty in Colorado Springs. A licensed real estate broker since 2002 and a mortgage loan officer/broker for five years before that, we specialize in residential housing and investment solutions. As a Certified Home Buying Advisor, Norberto is able to help most if not all homeowners with the funding necessary to cover most if not all down payment, closing and prepaid costs.

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