Understand Your Criteria When Buying Income Property

When it comes to securing your retirement through rental properties it is best if you understand your criteria when buying income property.  Today I sat down with a fellow realtor here in the Kansas City area and two investors that own one rental property with plans to add many more.

What I found is what I usually find.  You see, I asked them what their criteria was for what they were looking to acquire.  I’m not picking on them, I’m really truly not when I say they did what most newer real estate investors do… they went silent.

Investment Property Criteria Part 1

Investment Property Criteria Part 2

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Those links above the picture are the links to a series of videos I did for real estate agents seeking to work with investors and for the investors themselves.  Here are a few things you should know what you are looking for before going too deep in to your next investment property search;

  • What return are you expecting?
  • How do you measure the return?
  • Location?
  • Bedrooms?
  • Single Family Home or Multi?
  • Rehab or Turn-Key?
  • Is the school district important?

I could add a whole bunch more.  Or, you could watch those videos.  Listen, I know the videos are boring.  I don’t know how to make real estate investing more exciting unless I stand in front of a rented garage full of luxury sports cars and half dressed women.  Oh wait, for the gurus out there I’m sorry (not) if I offended you.

 

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Costa Rica Investment Property

So I’m never very far from real estate investing.  And these past few days have been spent learning a little more about Costa Rica Investment Property.  Well, to be truthful, it has really been more of a time for my wife and youngest daughter to make some memories and get away.  For those of you that do not know, we lost our oldest daughter back in February 2018. It’s been rough adjusting.  Part of my grief, I guess, was putting bicycling and writing about real estate to the side.

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These last five days here in Tamrindo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica have been quite therapeutic.  Between the bicycling, zip lining, surfing and snorkeling I have been paying attention to the real estate market.  Here are a few of my off-the-cuff observations;

  • There is more property than demand.
  • However, prices are not bargain.
  • Obviously, the closer to the ocean the higher the cost.
  • My preference? Up the mountain a bit with a great view.
  • For the right property, marketed correctly, there is money to be made.
  • Or at least a “free” vacation home for yourself.

For the last year or so I have been reading up about Costa Rican real estate law, etc.  There are issues with squatters if not properly managed.  While the government and economy are very stable it is still Central America…with Nicaragua and it’s every 25 years of problems right next door.  Still, I think the opportunity and the “Pura Vida” lifestyle outweigh those concerns which can be overcome.

Should you wish to follow along, keep checking back with this blog on Kansas City real estate investing…and now Costa Rica real estate investing.

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KW MAPS Coaching

So here is a fun fact; I am now a KW MAPS Coach.

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In addition to my duties as Broker/Owner of Ad Astra Realty, Inc ( a Kansas City property management company) I am also the Team Leader of Keller Williams Realty, Diamond Partners, Inc of Olathe, Kansas.  Those two positions are not new and many of you already knew that.

Recently, because of our success at building KW’s Olathe office, MAPS, an agent and leadership coaching company for Keller Williams, asked if I would also coach other Team Leaders for KW around the country. Sounded like fun, so here I am.

Real estate has been a very good business for me.  I want to thank all those who have provided this opportunity to me.  My thankfulness starts with each and every client that has entrusted me/us over the years to help them with their buying, selling and/or investment real estate needs here in the Greater Kansas City area.  My thankfulness also extends to;

  • My wife and family for all the time missed
  • Randy Lindemuth, my first broker at Scott Douglas Realty down in Tulsa
  • The staff, past and present, of Ad Astra Realty
  • Larry Kueser who offered me the position of Team Leader at KW
  • Dianna Kokoszka for offering the position of MAPS Coach to me
  • Mike Bastian for modeling what a coach can do for a real estate agent and team leader

There are so, so many people to thank.  We still stand ready to help you with any of your real estate investing needs here in Kansas City. We offer accountability, honesty and a sincere effort and professionalism to help you with your “Retirement worth having.”

Thank you everyone for everything you’ve done.  Ya’ll rock.

 

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2018 Kansas City Real Estate Investing Outlook

Hello All. Welcome to the New year.  Here is my 2018 Kansas City Real Estate Investing Outlook for both Sales and Property Management.

REAL ESTATE SALES: BUYING, SELLING, INVESTING

A Quick Look Back at 2017

Wow! What a year 2017 has been in the residential real estate world.  Here in the Kansas City area we’ve seen appreciation as high as 11% in Johnson County, KS and generally above 7% throughout the metropolitan area. It was not unusual for houses to be on the market less than 10 days if they were in good condition and priced right.

Looking Ahead in 2018 

Chris’ opinion about 2018?  It will closely follow 2017’s arch but it will be slightly more muted.  Listen, 11% appreciation is simply not sustainable in Kansas City over the long term. Housing affordability is becoming a worry even here in the middle of the country, interest rates are looking like they will tick up (though Chris has been thinking this for YEARS!) and until wages begin to catch up we will continue to decrease the amount of qualified first-time home buyers.

In conclusion, Chris thinks 2018 will be another great year for sellers, slightly better for buyers and another very good year to be a real estate agent.

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

A Quick Look Back at 2017
The rental market continues to be very, very strong in Kansas.  However, on the Missouri side we began to see a slide in occupancy rates.

Kansas’ vacancy rates in Johnson County continue to hover at about 5%.  Missouri is creeping north of 8%. We have also noticed greater effort expended in finding the same standard of applicants as in the recent past.  This makes sense since so many of the buyers driving the sales side of the market are leaving the life of tenancy.

We have noticed that many of our tenants that experienced hardships in the Great Recession have rehabilitated their credit and are now buying.

Looking Ahead in 2018 
Tenants continue to rehab their credit and/or begin to look towards owning their own homes, especially in the Millennial Generation.  The nomadic life the Millennials have clung to is beginning to give way to the responsibilities of adult-hood and looking towards securing wealth and personal home ownership.

Chris won’t be surprised at all if vacancies continue their correction toward the historical number of 10%.  This will be a shock to the system of many investors who have entered the market since 2008.

 

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Real Estate: Highest and Best Use in Overland Park

One of the first things a potential real estate agent learns in class is that real estate is about Highest and Best Use.  You can see that happening in Overland Park, Kansas right now in this story in today’s Kansas City Star.

Most people do not like change.  Me?  I love it when our cities become better utilized. Bringing life to communities through proper zoning and use creates a better living experience and uses our resources (land, gas, utilities, infrastructure) in a more economical way. Mixing living quarters with offices and retail allows a building and all its infrastructure to be utilized 24 hours a day, rather than 9 or 10.  An added benefit is that residents don’t necessarily have to get in a car and drive a mile just to get our of their subdivision and then another mile, or two or three, to their destination for a gallon of milk or a quick meal.

Anyone remember downtown Kansas City in the 1970’s and 1980’s and well in to the late 1990’s?  It was a concrete ghost-land after 5:30 pm before apartments and lofts began to trickle in.  Later that trickle became a tsunami.   This is the reality of our cities across America.  And I for one am all for it.

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Working With Real Estate Investors

I have to admit, I’m kind of excited to be putting my “old clothes” on today and teaching about real estate investing.  I love where my life has taken me…  And this his how it all started.

There is just something about helping people secure a “Retirement worth having.” that gets my juices flowing.

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Working With Real Estate Investors

I am holding a class, along with Matt Braswell, titled Working With Real Estate Investors. If you are a real estate agent and you follow along on this blog, feel free to attend.

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The concept of home ownership and 50 dollars high quality and high resolution studio shoot

Here is the link to find more information and register for Working With Real Estate Investors
November 30th, 2017 1:00 – 2:00 pm in Olathe, Kansas.

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