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How to Buy a Property with ZERO Money Down

Some people just win at the BRRRR method. How can beginners do it?

Cash-flowing rental properties… With little-to-no money down… That passively run themselves after fix-up… This is the stuff beginner real estate investors dream about. And it’s possible with BRRRR.

But there are a lot of ways to do BRRRR wrong that’ll wreck this beautiful dream.

How do successful investors make it work? Here are 5 ways beginners can win at BRRRR:

How to Buy a Property with ZERO Money Down

I. Understand the Meaning of BRRRR

BRRRR winners understand what BRRRR is – and just as importantly – what it’s not.

We aren’t just talking about the literal meaning: Buy, Rehab, Rent, Refinance, Repeat. We’re talking about understanding the strategy behind the BRRRR method. Successful investors understand the money side of these investments.

Types of Properties that Win at BRRRR

Foundationally, BRRRR means buying undervalued properties.

These properties have a lot of rehab needed, causing them to be valued much lower than other homes in the area. These houses are problems for someone else but opportunities for you. You can fix them up and get them in your rental pool.

We often see people who want to use the BRRRR strategy, but they buy their properties at 90% or 95% of the ARV. They buy close to retail price, and once they put the time, money, and effort into fixing up the property… They can’t even really use BRRRR.

BRRRR’s Two-Loan Strategy

BRRRR means using a two-loan strategy. At the beginning of the project, closing with a hard money bridge loan. At the end of the project, refinancing a traditional loan.

Using this strategy on an undermarket purchase captures the equity of the home to use to your advantage. If you buy a property too close to its ARV, the whole system falls apart and you lose your refinancing power.

 

To be successful with this two-loan plan, you have to search for undermarket properties you can get for 75% or less of the ARV. With this 75% rule, you can complete a BRRRR project with little or no money out-of-pocket.

Buying undermarket and using two strategic loans is the meaning behind BRRRR that winners fully grasp. But there’s much more to it.

What should you really look for when you buy for BRRRR?

II. Set Yourself Up to Win at the BRRRR method

There are two ways beginners can set themselves up for success using the BRRRR method: focusing on the numbers and putting together a team.

Numbers for Beginners

The BRRRR method is all about numbers. Beginners sometimes fail because they make a deal emotional and bid the property up. When buying properties, you have to stick to the math.

Your North Star for BRRRR investments is the 75% rule – the best properties only cost 75% of the after repair value.

The reason for the 75% rule is because that’s the number banks will rate-and-term refinance a conventional loan for. When you can do this type of refinance, you can finish up the deal without putting any of your own money in.

It’s smart to shop around for banks for your refinance loan, though. Some banks may allow you to buy up to 85% of the ARV, under certain conditions.

Get a Team Together

So you need good, low-priced properties. And the best way to find them is to build a good team. Especially as a beginner, you’ll need to know several of these kinds of people:

Realtors and Wholesalers

Knowing wholesalers and realtors can help you locate better properties and close with better deals.

Lenders

You’ll need private lenders for bridge loans and another lender for the long-term refinanced loan. Having relationships with lenders ahead of time speeds up a closing and can earn you a lower price.

Contractors

Ideally, from closing to refinance, BRRRRs are completed in 90 days. This means you’ll need contractors at-the-ready who can work efficiently and reliably to fix up your properties.

Property Managers

If you want your BRRRRs to be passive after the refinance, find a good property manager. A common beginner’s mistake is to take the first tenant who shows an interest – without any background checks or other renting requirements.

A good property manager can both find you better tenants and manage them for you. Many investors overlook this member of their team, but it can truly make or break your BRRRR experience.

Knowing several people from each of these categories gives you options to customize for each of your deals. Putting together a good and broad team will make the BRRRR method much easier and smoother — especially for a beginner.

III. Know What Makes a Good BRRRR Property

A good BRRRR property follows the 75% rule. But that’s not the only criteria you should follow. What else makes a good BRRRR property?

What to Look for in a BRRRR Property

Here are the factors successful BRRRR investors consider in their properties.

Single-family properties

For multi-family or commercial tenants, lenders have different requirements. They often need you to hold your loan for 12 months after purchase (or even 12 after tenants move in). That timeline doesn’t work well with the BRRRR method. You’ll have a much easier time with single-family homes.

Rent prices

“Knowing your numbers” also means knowing the rent prices in the area of a property. Cash won’t flow on your investment if you’re unable to charge enough rent.

Desirable Areas

Find properties people want to live in. If you wouldn’t want to spend time there, good renters probably won’t either.

Vacation Rentals

If you’re doing vacation rentals, do the research on:

  • What areas people want to visit
  • What the rates are in the area
  • What third-party booking sites would be most profitable
  • What fix up levels you’ll need
  • Whether there are good hosts or property managers in the area.

Don’t Rush into Bad BRRRR Properties

Beginners fail at BRRRR when they don’t choose properties wisely. Don’t just buy property to buy property. You can own ten bad rentals and make no money. BRRRR should be a system that builds cash flow.

We see people do one or two BRRRRs then stop because it’s not what they expected. They put too much money in, or the area isn’t good, or their renters aren’t paying, or the rent isn’t enough to generate cash flow.

Those issues aren’t BRRRR’s fault. A prepared investor, beginner or experienced, can always succeed with BRRRR properties.

IV. Know the Numbers of a BRRRR Deal – An Example

We always talk about “knowing your numbers.” But what exactly do we mean? Here’s an example of an ideal BRRRR property using the 75% rule.

Example Breakdown of a BRRRR Deal

After repair value (ARV) is the number the house should sell for once it’s all fixed up and on the market. This number is often dictated by what similar properties in the area are going for.

To get the best long-term rates, you refinance your second, permanent loan. In order for it to cover everything (i.e., you don’t have to put any money down), all your costs must be 75% or less of the ARV.

PURCHASE PRICE + REHAB + CARRY COSTS + LOAN CLOSING COSTS = 75% of ARV

Let’s say, for example, other properties in the area are selling for $200,000, so that’s your ARV. You want to spend 75% less than that, so we’ll do:

$200,000 X .75 = $150,000

When the ARV is $200,000, all costs of the job should only be $150,000 or less. This includes the closing price, carry costs, rehab costs, and any loan costs.

V. Know Good Lenders for BRRRR

People who win at BRRRR understand the two most important aspects of the process: getting properties undermarket, and organizing their lenders early on.

Lenders are an important member of your investment team. Here’s how to get them ready for your BRRRR investments.

BRRRR Lender Options

You’ll have a hard money or private money lender up-front. Then, in the second half of the project, you’ll have a more conventional lender with a traditional loan.

This traditional loan is usually 30-year with fixed rates, but comes with some constraints. You’re limited to ten properties with this kind of loan (including your own home). There’s also usually a limit on loan-to-value ratio, and conventional loans won’t let you put a loan in an LLC’s name.

Another option for this second loan is DSCR no-income loans. DSCR loans come in a variety of options: five- or seven-year ARMs, standard 30-year fixed mortgages, and more. Successful BRRRR investors know all their options for refinancing.

Set Your Lenders Up Ahead of Time

People who win at BRRRR set up all their lenders before they jump into a deal.

The amount loaned for the purchase and for rehab can very a lot from lender to lender. Good investors will always know how much their hard money lenders will give them.

Hard Money Mike, for example, does a lot of 100% loans if the cost is 75% less than ARV because we know the investor can easily refinance out. We know we can set them up with a rate-and-term refinance, and they’ll have no money out-of-pocket.

BRRRR winners don’t get into a property, get it fixed up, and then figure out the long-term loan. Winners figure out firstwhether they can get the cash out they need, and how.

Smart BRRRR investors have a pool of lenders they work with. They know what each lender can offer, and which will best fit their current strategy, ability, and deal.

 

 

Find out more on how to leverage up your real estate investments on our Youtube channel.

The Cash Flow Company can help you with BRRRR loans and all real estate investor loans.

We also can help you find and set up real private money from those around your area.

We scour 100’s of loan programs across the country every month locating the best investor friendly loans.

 

Win at the BRRRR method

Win at the BRRRR method

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How to Make Monthly Income: 3 Methods for Real Estate Investors

How to Make Monthly Income: 3 Methods for Real Estate Investors

Have you always wanted to learn how to make monthly income? Well, today we explore 3 methods for real estate investors.

As a real estate investor, you likely believe cash flow is king. Because why else would you put your hard-earned money into value-add propertied?

Hopefully, a lot of it.

But let’s take a step back and ask ourselves:

“What is cash flow?”

Because, the truth is, all of us have different goals, expectations, and perspectives when it comes to making money off our investments.

There tends to be 3 popular approaches to cash flow. These include:

  1. Putting less money down
  2. Making monthly income
  3. Using cash-out refinancing to gain the most leverage

All of these cash flow methods share two common similarities:

  • Using the BRRRR method.
  • Buying discounted properties (non-MLS listed properties).

Let’s take a closer look at the second cash flow approach:

Making monthly income.

How to Make Monthly Income: 3 Methods for Real Estate Investors

This is probably the most common strategy among real estate investors, because most of them like to create a consistent monthly income. Why? Well, probably because they want to:

  • Replace a full-time job;
  • Supplement their current income;
  • Or create a nice sized nest egg for their future.

Let’s look at an example.

Jane the Investor doesn’t mind putting SOME money down at closing. And, on top of using the BRRRR method and buying discounted properties, she tends to focus on 3 methods to ensure she makes positive monthly income.

What are these 3 methods? Well, let’s take a look.

  1. Focus on maintaining a healthy credit score. The higher your credit, the better your rates, which means you pay less money to the banks and keep more money in your pocket. Every. Month.
  2. Choose investor-friendly real estate lenders who offer options. We’re not just talking about one or two options, but many. More options means better financing. And better financing means, yet again, less money to the bank and more money in your pocket.
  3. Invest in higher quality properties. That means putting some work into a value-add property so it’s, well, nicer. Nicer properties tend to draw tenants who treat the property, well, nicer! They’re more respectful and cause less damage than tenants who rent lower quality properties. Better yet, when a property looks nicer, it tends to be more desirable. That means demand increases and you can charge a higher rent. And higher rent means higher cash flow.

So, there you have it! If you’re looking to generate solid, consistent, monthly income, then this would be a great strategy to take.

Ready to discover how you can make a good monthly income? Great, our team is here to help.

Happy investing!

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How to Put Less Money Down on Your Real Estate Deals

How to Put Less Money Down on Your Real Estate Deals

When you put less money down on your real estate deals, you keep more money in your pocket.

Now, if you’re a real estate investor, then chances are you put a lot of focus on positive cash flow.

But what does cash flow really mean?

Well, all investors have a different perspective, but most fall into 3 popular categories:
  1. Putting less money down.
  2. Making monthly income.
  3. Gaining leverage with cash-out refinancing.
All of these cash flow strategies share 2 common similarities:

Today, let’s dig deeper into the first cash flow strategy: putting less money down.

How to Put Less Money Down on Your Real Estate Deals

Investors who take this approach like to focus on leverage. Limiting the amount of money in each real estate deal leads to higher leverage. Higher leverage means you keep more money in your bank account. But it also means you lower your MONTHLY cash flow.

But that’s okay. It’s not always about monthly income.

It’s also about equity.

Investors who use this strategy aim to limit their initial outflow so they can keep more money in their pocket, and possibly buy more value-add properties with the same money.

What do we mean by that? Well, let’s take a look at a sample:

Let’s say Jane and John each have $50,000 to invest.

Jane decides to buy her property at the full retail value of $250,000 with a 20% down payment.

20% / $250,000 = $50,000

That’s Jane’s entire savings. So, she can only afford to buy the one property and must save up to buy another.

John, on the other hand, decides to use the BRRRR strategy to invest his $50,0000. Because he wants to limit the amount of money he puts down at closing.

So, John finds a wholesale property (aka, a discounted property) for $225,000 that has an ARV of $300,000. He puts $25,000 in for renovations, which leaves him with $25,000 in his bank account. Plus $50,000 of equity. He can use that money to do, well, whatever. That includes buying more value-add properties. We’re talking 2-4 additional houses.

So, while Jane used all of her $50,000 to buy ONE property, John used his $50,000 to buy multiple properties. Or simply live more comfortably.

Does this sound like your kind of cash flow strategy?

If not, no worries. There are still plenty of strategies to take, and our team is here to help you discover which one works best for you. We’re excited to set you on a path that makes you the kind of money you need…to live the life you want.

Happy investing!

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Friday Fun: Down Payment

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Friday Fun: Down Payment

Friday Fun: Down Payment

With our two-step loan program, Quick to Buy, Quick to Refi, you don’t need to spend months or years saving up for a down payment. You can start your investment journey today. Our team is ready to show you how. Contact us today!

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Buying a Duplex – What NOT To Do

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Whether you’re getting ready to invest in your first rental units, or you’ve been renting for years, it’s always a good idea to learn from other people’s mistakes. In this video, Chandler David Smith tells us about the lessons he’s learned and what NOT to do as an investor. Check it out!

Buying A Duplex | What NOT To Do

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BRRRR Property Walk-Through

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Interested in succeeding as a BRRRR investor? Then check out this video! Matt Faircloth from Bigger Pockets gives us a tour of a property he invested in, and talks about numbers, lessons, and tips. Check it out!

BRRRR Investment Property Walk-through

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How do you find good deals? Well, that’s what this video from Bigger Pockets discusses. In this video, you’ll learn about the top 10 strategies for finding great real estate investment deals, even in a competitive market.

10 Awesome Strategies For Finding Great Real Estate Investment Deals!

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Investing Rules You Must Know

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Every investor should know 3 rules of thumb:

The 2%, 50%, and 70% Rules.

If you don’t know what these are, check out this video from Bigger Pockets.

Real Estate Investing Rules You MUST Know (The 2%, 50% & 70% Rules)

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Thursday Tip: The 1 Percent Rule

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Have you heard of the 1% Rule? Yes? No? Either way, check out this video from Matt McKeever about why you need to know about this real estate investment strategy.

1% Rule: Why You Need to Know this Real Estate Tip: Learn if a Property Cashflows!

 

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One of the best ways to make the most on your investments is to find wholesale deals. But, how do you do that? Well, here are 5 tips from REIClub.com. Check them out!

5 Fast Ways To Find Real Estate Wholesale Leads and Deals

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