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How to build wealth at age 50

Today we are going to discuss how to build wealth at age 50! Nowadays many people are getting into real estate investing later in life because they are trying to build wealth for retirement. As a result, they are able to create an additional pocket of money that provides not creates more options for them, but financial security as well. Building wealth for your retirement and increase your cash flow today? It’s never too late to invest in real estate!

Example: Building equity

Purchasing properties prior to age 65:

Year 1 Buy 2 properties
Year 2  Buy 3 properties
Year 3  Buy 5 properties
Total  10 properties
Property value $250K (per property)
National average 4% We will use 3% for this example
Buying strategy BRRRR
Equity after 3 years $600K in equity  (per property)

What is BRRRR?

To put it briefly, BRRRR stands for buy, rehab, rent, refinance, and repeat. In fact, these properties are undervalued properties that you fix up and rent. Therefore, once they are fixed up then you are able to refinance typically at  75%. Another benefit to starting later in life is that you aren’t using your own money for your investment properties. Instead, you are using the strategies in order to buy these properties. By putting multiple strategies together, you have the opportunity to create more than most people have for retirement within only 3 years time.

Start now!

It’s never too late to get started in real estate investing! Set yourself up for the future you want by building your supplemental income today. Those who do it correctly by using BRRRR will have a lot of options down the road. Do you want to learn more about setting yourself up for the life you want? Contact us today

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Real Estate Investing at 50: Worth It?

Today we are going to discuss if it is really worth it to invest in real estate at 50. The answer is yes! Many people are getting into real estate investing later in life because they are trying to build wealth for retirement. This additional pocket of money provides not only additional options for them, but financial security as well. Are you interested in building wealth for your retirement and increasing your cash flow? Let’s take a closer look at why it is never too late to invest in real estate!

Example: Building equity

Purchasing properties prior to age 65:

Year 1 Buy 2 properties
Year 2  Buy 3 properties
Year 3  Buy 5 properties
Total  10 properties

 

Property value $250K (per property)
National average 4% We will use 3% for this example
Buying strategy BRRRR
Equity after 3 years $600K in equity  (per property)

What is BRRRR?

BRRRR stands for buy, rehab, rent, refinance, and repeat. These properties are undervalued properties that you fix up and rent. Once they are fixed up then you are able to refinance typically at  75%. Another benefit to starting later in life is that you aren’t using your own money for your investment properties. Instead, you are using the strategies in order to buy these properties. By putting multiple strategies together, you have the opportunity to create more than most people have for retirement within only 3 years time.

Example: Making money for later

Create the options and security you need before age 65!

Number of properties 10
Cash flow $300 (per property) or $3000 (10 properties) 
Property #1 Paid off in 5 years
Property #2  Paid off using Property #1 
Property #3 Paid off using Property #2
By age 65 You own 3 properties free and clear! 
Property #1, #2, and #3  Worth $400K each totaling $1.2 million
Property #1, #2, and #3  They bring in $2100 each per month

Just to clarify, the only things that you would need to pay once the properties are paid off are taxes and insurance.

Supplemental income options.

First and foremost the money that you are making off of the rental properties can supplement social security or retirement. The second option that you have is to take out a new loan and get money out of one or all of the three paid off properties. Finally, you could sell a property every three years, which would get you to age 95 by just using the proceeds from the property. Keep in mind that you will have some taxes, however, it provides more flexibility and financial security in the long run. Just to clarify, once the 10 properties hit maturity, they will be $600K each for a total of $6 million! 

Start now!

It’s never too late to get started in real estate investing! Therefore, you need to set yourself up for the future you want by building your supplemental income today. Those who do it correctly by using BRRRR will have a lot of options down the road. Do you want to learn more about setting yourself up for the life you want? Contact us today

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First 90 Days Are CRUCIAL to Real Estate Investing Success

Today we are going to discuss how crucial the first 90 days are to real estate investing success. Although the process of getting things started can be daunting, those who take it one step at a time will in fact build the foundation they need. First and foremost, within the first 90 days it’s important that you find the team you need to create the life that you want. Where do you start? Let’s take a closer look. 

How can you find good properties?

Investors need to focus on finding wholesalers and realtors within the first 90 days who will send them good deals. Real estate investing is all about finding good deals that are undervalued. To clarify, a wholesaler’s main focus is finding properties and selling them to people who want to fix them up. This marketing machine is an excellent resource to find properties that are in disrepair without having to work directly with the seller. Keep in mind that there is a fee. However, by forming relationships with wholesalers, it will result in profitable investment opportunities.  

Example:

An undervalued property $200K

The ARV $400K

The wholesaler is selling for $225K

If you put $100K into it, you would make a $75K profit on the property. 

Finding a lender who wants to work with you.

It is imperative that real estate investors find lenders and bankers who love to work with investors. In fact, not all of them will work with you on your investment properties. That is why having a list of what they offer and  available products will set you up for sucess.

In conclusion.

In a nutshell, you need good deals, as well as money in order to be successful! You can’t find good deals without money, and it’s no good to have money if you don’t have good deals. By finding your team members, you will be able to build your investments quickly and easily. It will also allow you to focus on the numbers and repairs as opposed to dedicating all of your efforts into finding properties. Do you need help accelerating the process? Not sure where to start? Contact us today to find out more!  

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Where to Find Gap Funding

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Where to Find Gap Funding

In the past few days we have spoken with 4 clients who lost properties because they didn’t secure financing beforehand. While getting into real estate investing requires a lot of planning, it is imperative that investors set up their money correctly from the very beginning.  This often includes finding gap funding options prior too shopping for properties. Those who take the time to set things up correctly will have more opportunities than those who wait!

What is gap funding?

Gap funding is borrowing money from someone for the down payment, carry, or any money that you have to put into the deal. When you are buying a property, the first lender requires something in order to approve the loan. This could be a down payment, reserves for payments, or they may require you to do the fix up. Many investors don’t have the additional funds that are needed in order to meet the lenders requirements. Real estate investors might go out and find a family member, friend, or someone in the real estate community who can lend them that money to bridge the gap. It is important to make sure that your primary lender allows gap funding before purchasing a property. If the lender doesn’t allow gap funding, it could jeopardize the deal. 

How do you find gap funding?

There are a lot of people out there who have anywhere between $10K to $50K that they are looking to invest. By working with you, they have a chance to receive a better return on their investment. So how do you find gap funding? There are real estate groups throughout the community that provide opportunities for investors to meet. While peer investors are not often interested in diving into real estate themselves, they are interested in getting a better return on their money. While you can start by asking family and friends, many fear that it will create an awkward situation. By finding peer investors in the community who have $100K or $200K set aside, you will be able to compete in today’s market!

Ready, set, GO!

In order to be successful in real estate it is important that you find and secure funding prior to purchasing properties. Thankfully there are a lot of options out there to help investors. These include HELOCs, credit cards, and peer lending, just to name a few. Here at The Cash Flow Company we have seen people use multiple ways to get the gap covered. Those who take the time to  gather pre-approvals, will be ready to go when the next deal comes!

Contact us today to find out more about gap funding and what you need to do to get pre-approved.

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How to Get Pre-Approved for a Real Estate Loan

Over the past few days we have had clients lose out on properties that would have been really good flips. They lost deals because they did not secure their financing beforehand. While getting into this business requires a lot of planning, it is imperative that investors set up their money correctly from the very beginning. Get pre-approved for a real estate loan today and open the door to more opportunities!

Set up financing immediately!

Those who are new to real estate investing should focus on setting up the proper financing immediately! The last thing that you want to do is to put a property under contract and not close . This could burn the relationship that you created with the realtor or wholesaler. Instead of being at the top of their list for good properties, you will instead move to the bottom of the pile.  Here at The Cash Flow Company we want to give you the competitive advantage. Part of that is making sure that you do everything correctly. It is a business!

Don’t miss out on deals!

Whether you are new or just into a new adventure, it is important to set yourself up for success from the beginning. If you are going to get into the real estate game, make sure that you are not only looking for properties, but that you are also keeping the money flowing. What do we mean by keeping the money flowing? Maybe you need 100% financing, need a second, or you’re new to flips and need to know what to do. Talk to lenders as you find properties. In doing so, you can move forward quickly on deals. 

Choose the right lender for the deal.

One of the most important things that you need to do as a real estate investor is to create a good relationship with lenders. Those who have a good relationship with their lender will be able to consult with them prior to purchasing in order to see what financing options are available. One thing to keep in mind is that your lending needs will not only change over time, but they will change depending on the property. For example, financing on a fix and flip will be different from the financing on a rental property. It is important to look around and evaluate your lending options annually in order to find the best options for you. 

How do you get pre-approved?

Before seeking out a pre-approval, it is imperative that you know what type of property you are looking for. Are you going to focus on flips, rentals, 1 to 4 units, or multi units. Those who do can then make sure that the lender lines up with what they are trying to do. How can you find the right lenders? The answer is by talking to those in the real estate community. They can guide you to the lenders who are closing, those who work with new investors, and also tell you about requirements that the lenders might have. 

Ready, set, GO!

One of the biggest hurdles for real estate investors is finding the funding needed to purchase properties! By gathering pre-approvals first you will be ready for the next deal. While building strong relationships along the way.

Contact us today to find out more about what you need to do to get pre-approved.

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70% of REI Investors Lose Money Because of THIS

I have been in real estate investing for 23 years. Within that time I’ve seen 70% of new investors lose money within the first year. Many of them purchase real estate courses for $10K to $30K in hopes of learning all of the tips and tricks. Blinded by the promise of instant success, many people don’t take the time to set themselves up properly. On the other hand, those who take things at a slower pace and follow a few simple steps, will have a better chance of winning. How can you avoid becoming part of the 70% of investors who lose money? Let’s take a closer look.

Simple steps to success.

First and foremost the most important thing that you need to focus on as a new real estate investor is taking simple steps. This includes looking at properties, finding people who can send properties to you, and securing the money you need. Here at The Cash Flow Company we recommend that you look at 200 properties, talk to 100 wholesalers, and talk to 100 lenders before you jump in to your first purchase. Those who are focused can get everything set up in a matter of weeks. While others may take longer to get set up because they can only set aside a few hours a day. By taking the time to consume and understand everything, you will set yourself up for success

Make money instead of lose money! 

Some seminars can be beneficial to real estate investing, however, that is not normally the case. Many people become wrapped up in the idea of investing without understanding all of the factors that come into play. While it’s not rocket science, you do need to work hard to set yourself up for success. Those who are new to real estate investing often get talked into taking courses. These average $10K to $30K and focus on how to fix and flip quickly and easily. Not only do you have to pay for it using credit cards, but you are encouraged to use their credit cards as well. This get rich quick method causes many to lose steam quickly because they are not talking to people in the business or looking at enough properties. While this method may work for some, it doesn’t work for most.

Take your time 

Surprisingly 70%  of REI investors lose money because they dive in before going through the simple steps. In doing so, investors often lose $20K to $30K, which in turn prevents them from purchasing their next property. Successful real estate investors ensure that they have 1 to 3 good deals before moving forward in purchasing more properties. Just to clarify, a good deal is one that makes money! Real estate investing is all about making money so that you can live the life you want!

Contact us today to learn more about the simple steps you need to take to be successful in real estate investing. 

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A is for Effort in 2024 Real Estate Investing

It is going to be a different market this year compared to years past. Rates are going to flatten out and everything will be changing. Rates are expected to hover between 6% and 7% this year. Predictions are also indicating that the Fed is going to lower their rates starting in May. Until then, this first quarter is going to be a little tougher for the consumer until we see that shift in rates. It is critical that real estate investors take the time to do more research in order to find the best deal. Those who do will receive an A for effort in 2024.

Look at more homes and do more research.

If you are going to be investing in this market, then you need to be willing to look at more properties. It is important to remember that you will need a 15% to 20% discount from where you were buying it a year ago. You will need to put in a little more effort and work. Those who look at 100 homes compared to 10 homes will find good properties. By spending 2 to 3 hours a day looking at properties, you will be successful in 2024.

Go smaller

In this market there is a shortage of homes compared to the number of people looking for properties. In order to find the more affordable properties, you will have to go smaller. What do we mean by smaller? The property would be less square footage or a smaller price point. In some cases both the square footage and the price point will be significantly less than they would have been a few years ago. By expanding your search area, you will find greater affordability. This might mean that you are looking into smaller communities in other states to find the best deals. 

Contact us at The Cash Flow Company if you have any questions or would like to find out more about investing in 2024. 

Today we only reviewed 2 out of the 5 key steps. Watch our most recent video to discover more about 2024 Real Estate Investing and the 5 Key Steps to Succeed.

 

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How to Calculate Monthly Interest Payments

As real estate investors it is important to understand and master the 4 key real estate loan calculations. These 4 keys include how to calculate a point, simple interest, loan to ARV, and loan to value. One of the most important of these is learning how to calculate the monthly interest payments, because it will impact your monthly budget. So grab your calculator, paper, and a pen! 

How do you calculate your interest rate?

Not only does DSCR have some interest only options, but private money and hard money do as well. Today, we are looking at how to calculate the monthly interest rate on a simple mortgage. Just to clarify, monthly interest and simple interest are one in the same. So, if a lender says that you are going to be charged 11% or 12% on your loan amount, what does that mean? First and foremost, that 11% or 12% is an annual amount not a monthly amount. Let’s jump into an example to see how you calculate the interest rate.

For example:

Loan for $150,000

Lender says the interest rate is 11% (this is an annual amount)

$150,000 x .11 = $16,500  (this is the interest that is charged on an annual basis)

Now we have to divide it by 12 to determine the monthly interest cost.

$16,500 ÷ 12 = $1,375 monthly interest cost

It is important that you know how to calculate your interest rate because that is the monthly amount that is coming out of your pocket.

In conclusion

All investors should learn to master the 4 key real estate loan calculations no matter how long they have been in the game.  One of the most important is learning to calculate the interest rate. Again, this is the amount of money that will be coming out of your pocket monthly. By being prepared and knowing your numbers, the sky’s the limit to your success. To learn how to master the 3 remaining key real estate loan calculations, please visit our website.

If you have any other questions or need a run through to show how things work, please contact us today! 

Watch our most recent video to Master These 4 Key Real Estate Loan Calculations.

 

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Why You Need to Avoid Bad Properties in 2024

2024 is going to be a different market compared to years past. Rates are going to flatten out and everything that we have seen will be changing. Predictions indicate that the Fed is going to lower their rates to 6% or 7% starting in May. That is why real estate investors need to avoid bad properties! In an earlier post we discussed the 5 key things that real estate investors need to do in 2024 in order to succeed. Avoiding bad properties is one of the most important key things that real estate investors need to focus on. So what makes a property a bad property? Let’s take a closer look. 

What do we mean by bad properties

When the market is going, then every property sells. This includes properties on corners, busy streets, overlooking commercial properties, and even the ones that are next to big apartment complexes. These are the properties that are normally going to take a hit and sit on the market for a longer period of time. As the market changes, buyers will have more choices. They will also become more selective because of the cost. In order to be successful, real estate investors need to buy good properties that are in good areas. Take your time and do the comps in order to avoid bad properties in 2024! 

Contact us at The Cash Flow Company if you have any questions or would like to find out more about investing in 2024. 

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What Are Points and How Do They Impact Closing Costs?

As a real estate investor it is important to master the 4 key real estate loan calculations.  These 4 key calculations include how to calculate a point, simple interest, loan to ARV, and loan to value. Today we are going to focus on points and discover how they can impact your closing costs. Let’s start by taking a closer look at what points are.

What is a point?

When a lender says that they are going to charge you 1 or 2 points, what exactly does that mean? A point in the lender world means percent. Therefore, 2 points for example equals 2%. To clarify, it’s 2% of your loan amount, as opposed to 2% of your purchase price. This percentage is the amount that you are paying in the origination to the lender and it is included in your closing costs. The closing costs will also include down payment, appraisal, just to name a few. Let’s jump into an example to see how to calculate point.

For example:

Loan for $150,000

They will charge you 2% 

Origination fee = $3,000

$150,000 x .02 = $3,000

You need to understand how to calculate a point because it will impact your closing cost and your overall cost of doing business. 

In conclusion

Whether you’re a new investor or an old pro, you need to master the 4 key real estate loan calculations. As an investor, these are the things that you are going to come across when you are working with lenders. By focusing on how to calculate point today, you are now able to determine the origination fee quickly and easily. To learn how to master the 3 remaining key real estate loan calculations, please visit our website.

If you have any other questions or need a run through to show how things work, please contact us today! 

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