The FAQ of real estate investment needs a what

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Yesterday I started with the why of investing In real estate but now we delve into the what of real estate investments. Beginners in real estate investments who have figured out the why of building wealth now want to have me give me the scope of investments so I will go through the most asked for investments depending on the financial wherewithal of the client.

Long Term investments:   Long term investments are primarily based on cash flow with an eye towards appreciation. Normally this is single family homes or maybe a duplex that yields a monthly income that allows for a conservative approach towards holding the investment for 10 years or more. I have numerous investors who have purchased even 20 years ago that still own the same property. When we analyze return on investment in Oklahoma City we normally get double digit cash on cash based on cash flow alone with a 3% typical yearly appreciation.

Multi-Family Investments: In the next few months I will be selling quite a few newly built quadriplexes and town home projects. Fannie Mae allows you to treat up to a quadriplex as one mortgage so with the ten mortgage limit this allows you to create more doors for positive cash flow. Once I work with investors with 4 mortgages or more this becomes a more asked for investment. We do make the quads have individual legal descriptions so they can be sold one at a time. With Multi-Family beyond this we go to commercial loans that are becoming increasingly attractive for multi-million dollar investments.

Fix and Flip: Warning!! Amateurs need not apply. Too many seminars attract desperate people who believe the hype of huge dollar profit with low risk using other people's money. Problem is many of these strategies are unlawful and too often it also involves hard money lenders at 14% to 17% rates with a ton of points, and bad terms for taking the property back. Fix and Flip can be profitable but those who make the money are those who are hands on and full time. They also have the reserves because even the best can lose money on a flip. The risk is higher and few markets today are volatile enough where properties can be bought cheap. I can make paper returns look incredible with 300% yearly returns if all things work perfectly and homes are snapped up quickly. How often does that happen? 

Risk and reward: Any time you invest in anything there is a risk-reward ratio. I have made $50,000 on a flip and I have also lost $15,000 on one so risk there is higher. The conservative approach is a long slog towards wealth but with lower risks and for sure it isn't sexy and if i was a promoter I wouldn't be doing seminars on it because it isn't pie on the sky. My goal is to respect people's money that they have saved and I refuse to use the term no brainer. If anyone told me that I need to put money into something and the riches decision is a no brainer I would run like hell from it because it means I am not using my brain. Every what you invest in has risk so please always put that into your calculations. Money in the bank is a terrible thing to waste.



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Gwen Banta
Sotheby's International Realty - Los Angeles, CA

Great warning for the fix-n-flippers, Joe. Here in California, I have seen a lot of flippers lose a bundle in their efforts to get rich quickly!

Jun 13, 2017 10:45 AM #1
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

This is great information.  Investing in real estate is not for the faint of heart (OR BANK ACCOUNT).

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Jun 13, 2017 12:13 PM #2
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I fully agree with your suggestion that amateurs need not apply for the "Fix and Flip" category.

Jun 13, 2017 03:25 PM #3
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I am a huge believer in real estate investments. I remember buying my first property 32 years ago and how I referred to it as my retirement account.

Jun 13, 2017 07:46 PM #4
Steven Nickens
Wailea Realty - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

Joe, a lot of wisdom speaking here. Lot of risk in getting rich quick. I have flip a couple properties with out any damage.  Then again in the last market crunch, I saw a lot of people on Maui get caught with their pants down, not fun. So growth always wins.

Jun 13, 2017 07:57 PM #5
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Joe.  That last line caught my attention and is so true. Money in the bank is a terrible thing to waste.  Love it

Jun 14, 2017 01:52 AM #6
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Joe... love this series you are doing. I work with several "long term investment" buyers and am happy to report they are doing very well based on what I've helped them to buy.

Jun 14, 2017 05:48 AM #7
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

joe- excellent series for those who are serious about investing in real estate. First step is to read your series!

Jun 14, 2017 10:29 AM #8
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Joe Pryor - Of the investors I know in DFW, TX, those that fix and flip always flop. It takes an educated man and/or woman with guts and brains. There's nobody better that I know in this department than you!

Jun 15, 2017 08:39 AM #9
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Joe, for sharing your experience and some of your successful business practices.

Jun 17, 2017 09:53 AM #10
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