This will be my third Bike MS here in Kansas City. As many of you know I just love to ride. Each year I’ve raised a little over $1,200 for Bike MS. It’s a great organization and I have a lot of fun along the way. Can you spare $10 or $25 or $100? If so, I’d love have you visit my donations page. Thanks!!
What is the number you need for a secure retirement?
You probably have something in mind. And we’ve all been taught it is a number rather than a cash flow. But what if you could own rental property for your retirement?
Your social security check, if it still exists, will be cash flow. The withdrawals on your IRA, 401(k), etc will be considered cash flow. Why not rents from your rental properties?
I have discussed over and over again on this blog, since 2006, the pluses (and minuses) of owning and managing income property. And it is still my opinion that the pluses far outweigh the minuses. That is especially reinforced this week when I see my IRA drop in value by 10% in two days while my rental property continues to perform.
Yes, 2008-2011 was a real estate apocalypse as far as real estate values are concerned. But you know what? Because I had purchased those investment properties (pre-2006) on sound fundamentals I weathered the storm. Sure, the value of the rental went down but the rents actually went up!!! So my PITI remained mostly constant (taxes fluctuated a little) but my rents went up. I’ll take that over what just happened to my stocks and mutual funds this week.
Yes, I own investment property. Yes, I’ll buy another one or two. Yes, I’ll still continue to have monies in the stock market as well. And yes, I’ll continue to grow my real estate business. I believe in having as many income streams as I can so that when I do retire I won’t have to worry about it the entire time.
I’m building a “Retirement worth having” and I can help to counsel you to do the same where it involves residential investment property in Kansas City.
Ad Astra Realty, Inc
Like most people, I didn’t really know what I was getting in to when I started working in the field of real estate investing. Fortunately, I met a man named Phillip from Bainbridge Island, Washington who showed me the ropes and gave me quite an education about real estate investing, working with real estate investors and what to look for in a rental property.
Over the course of about 18 months I learned a ton from that man. He hired me to liquidate a couple dozen of his income properties and it was education by immersion. Here are a few of the things that I learned along the way that I wished I had known from the very beginning;
- The difference between proceeds and profits.
- Cash flow versus appreciation and the inverse relationship.
- What a quality property looks like.
- What a quality tenant looks like.
- What a quality property manager looks like.
- Trust, but verify.
- How to measure returns in a way that is meaningful to your situation.
- What a real estate investor is looking for in a real estate agent.
- What a real estate agent is looking for in a real estate investor.
These are just a few of the seemingly simple categories that deserve a lot of attention in your thought process of acquiring residential income property. We can talk about these in detail. All you have to do is invite me out for a coffee or beer…or heck,we can talk by phone.
Ad Astra Realty, Inc
2011 E Crossroads Ln #305
Olathe, KS 66062
Johnson County, Kansas is definitely in a seller’s market. It has been for several months now. So how do you go about investing in real estate in Kansas City in a seller’s market?
Well, first off, you recognize the shear size and cultural complexity of Kansas City. No, we are not the most populous nor densely populated city in the States. But we are huge geographically. Lucky for us, we have lots of highway miles for a city our size. But heck, the airport is 43 miles from my home in Olathe, KS and the airport is located in Kansas City! (ie, I can be in KCMO in less than 10 miles. But it can take me 43 miles to get to the northern end of the city. By east coast standards, that a long way.)
So not all of KC is in a seller’s market. But Johnson County, KS is. Johnson County is Overland Park, Leawood, Olathe, Shawnee, Mission, Prairie Village, etc. Since about early March the market has been red-hot. Prices haven’t been skyrocketing but Days on Market has been short lived. With the heat of July (and the vacations) the market has cooled somewhat. But it’s still simmering.
You have a choice.
Either buy smart and accept that the prices are up and thus, returns are down or sit and wait. But wait for what? Maybe the market doesn’t go down. Maybe, and this is highly probable, interest rates start to tick up.
Now interest rates would have to really tick up to be “bad”. But every extra expense in interest is less house you can obtain and still get acceptable ratios for rental property. Higher interest rates are not good for landlords, nor renters. If rental housing supply is still low when interest rates are ticking up the investor will try to pass that cost along to the tenants. Easy to do in a low vacancy county like Johnson County.
The best time to invest is when you have the money and are ready to pull the trigger. Economies wax and wane. Go ahead and get aggressively patient. Search out that “good” rental house. And when you see it, act quickly before someone else does. Don’t buy just to buy. But be ready to act quickly once an opportunity presents itself.
Maintenance is by far, and it’s not even close, where most of our time is spent in property management. Why?
- Everyone has different expectations
- Houses are constantly deteriorating
- Sewer lines
- Where trees and sewer lines intersect
- Tenant turn-over
- Bad weather
But nothing, aside from tenant selection, is as important. Proper maintenance keeps up the value of the house. Proper maintenance attracts a better tenant. Proper maintenance keeps repair costs down when it’s time to sell.
If you haven’t figured maintenance, and updating, into your costs of owning residential income property, you need to go back and do so. Because selling a “melting ice cube” doesn’t leave much at the end.
Are you looking for Kansas City investment property that is for sale? Check our website links to see current status and to find out more details.
Duplex – 13139 S Brougham, Olathe, KS – Priced at $200,000
Duplex – 1025 E Dover Circle, Olathe, KS – Priced at $215,000
Duplex – 705 N Washington St., Spring Hill, KS – Priced at $115,000
SFH – 705 N Woodland St., Olathe, KS – Priced at $98,000
The duplexes that are for sale are pretty much turn-key. The single family house for sale in Olathe could use a make ready to the tune of about $6,000 – $7,500. From there it would be a great rental house.
Let me know if you have any interest!
Ad Astra Realty, Inc