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case study on 6104 Walnut Hills Small Group Investment / Syndication

A case study on 6104 Walnut Hills Small Group Investment / Syndication

This was a small group investment also known as a syndication that I completed in 2004/2005.   It was a duplex needed major repairs so I put together a small group to participate with me in the completion of the purchase, rehab and ultimate selling of the property.   Despite several surprises we ultimately sold the property and made a tidy profit for both the money investors and for myself.   

Please see the attached PDF’s the first of which was my prospectus to the Investors some of whom are members in the REICA group and I hope they felt good about the returns they received ((at least I think that they did))   Maybe one of them will come out and testify about this investment opportunity for the good of the group.   (You know who you are!))  

The final outcome came to a 46% return on investment for the money investors and a pretty good return for me as well!   Check out my budget and how the money was spent to see some of the details of what it should look like when you get started in one of these rehab/syndication deals.

To summarize this one I bought it for 33K and got my money partners to put up 40K and went to the bank and got another 40K to rehab it and we sold it for 140K.   We had some budget overruns (small ones) and almost got sued over it ((that’s another story)), but it turned out great for everyone involved! 

This was the last of my small group investments / syndications!   Now I will only do bigger syndications for bigger properties but it was a great stepping stone in my learning and growth as an investor.   If you want to know why I am against small group investments please send me a private email or post it to the REICA group and I will respond to you.  

I hope that this inspires some of you to go out and begin to put together small groups to help you further your investment goals.

 

Post your questions to the REICA board and I will answer some of them if any or send me a private email at Ron@theseaygroup.com.

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case study on 4800 Spring Meadow Cove, Austin TX 78744

A case study on 4800 Spring Meadow Cove, Austin TX 78744

                        The Spring Meadow Cove property was purchased on April 22, 2003 from HUD for $54,603.   The property was built in 1984.   The house was a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2 living areas, a dining area, and a 2 car garage.   The house was immediately rehabbed and listed for sale at $115,000.   It was sold for sale for $116,000.   The repairs were complete by Remar Ministries.   It required approximately $7,500 in repairs.   The list of repairs included:  

  Drywall repair, Paint entire interior of house, Carpet, Rebuilding the kitchen countertops, rebuilding the master bathroom tub surround, new window screens, new ceiling fans, new garage door, new door knobs, and new rain gutters.

 The repairs took approximately 2.5 weeks to complete.   The tax appraisal on the home before the repairs was approximately $94,748.   The after repair value per the appraisal dated April 19, 2003 was $113,000.   The initial loan to value, based upon the appraisal value, was 56% (65K/113K).   Below is a financial break down of the transaction.   There were $2,612 in closing costs associated with the purchase of this property.   Also there were holding costs of $975 per month for 5 months.   The  house was purchased using a “hard money” loan.   The interest rate was 18% the total amount borrowed was $65,000

 

.The Maximum purchase price was determined by using the formula previously outlined   The contingency factor should be added to the profit for this transaction because it is for emergencies or unforeseen repairs.  

                                   

            $Maximum Retail Value $                     $115,000

            (subtract the following) 

                       

            – Purchase Costs                      -$1,000

            – Rehab Costs                          -$7,500

            – Holding Costs                        -$5,000

            – Sales Costs                            -$6,500

            – Contingency Factor                -$5,000

            – Profit                                     -$35,000

            $Maximum Purchase Price   =  $55,000

 

 

If the house was going to be held as a rental then it would need to be refinanced.   If an 80% loan to value loan was used after closing costs and escrows TSG would have received a check for approximately $20,000 after paying off the hard money loan and closing costs.   This property would probably be held for 5 – 7 years and then sold.   If the market appreciates 3% – 5% per year (very reasonable appreciation rates) then this property will be worth between 132,000 to 144,000.

 

If this house were put on the Fast Sell Strategy track instead of the Rehab Strategy track it could have been sold to a rehab investor for $5,000 to $10,000 and the rehab investor would have used a similar formula to determine their profit potential.

 

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 Pictures after the repairs

 

          

 

          

 We sold the house for 115K to an owner occupant with a 1st and a 2nd to us for 20K.   They ended up losing the house in foreclosure on the 1st and my 20K second was wiped out!   ((That SUCKS)).   We made good profit and learned a good lesson about taking a 2nd behind an institutional 1st.   Don't do it unless the profit that you get from the payoff of the 1st is good and you dont care about the 2nd.   We could have reinstated the 1st but after they were 3k behind then it was not worth our while any longer so we just passed on it and moved on to bigger and better deals.

This was the only deal (1st and last deal) that I ever used hard money on and it was a learning experience as well.   There was a tremendous lesson on who hard money really works in doing the transaction!    For those interested please send me an email and I will lay it out for you.

As an aside the agent who I had worked with to buy the house ended up buying the house from the bank and went out and did the same type of transaction as I did!  Funny how we even recycle houses in Austin!

Post your questions to the REICA board and I will answer some of them if any or send me a private email at Ron@theseaygroup.com.

The Power of Goals

Written goals are one of the most powerful things that you can do to take you towards your dreams!
Running.

Over 15 years ago I wrote goals that included running a multimillion dollar real estate investment company and while some goals have changed today that dream is a reality in part due to the continued refinement and development of written goals.   I can tell you where you will be in 1, 5, and 10 years to get the answer keep reading…

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Have you begun to evaluate the performance of your real estate investments this year?

This is a great time to do a little homework concerning your investments and whether they are meeting the return guidelines that you have determined are appropriate for them.

Why do you need to evaluate real estate investments?

When you are evaluating real estate investments what type of questions should you be asking?

Have you taken on some type of unstated risk and previously undisclosed risks? Continue reading Have you begun to evaluate the performance of your real estate investments this year?

Calpers finally gets it..

The wall street journal has an article about CALPERS changing thier real estate strategy.   From real estate private equity to CASHFLOW.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704013604576104470130722678.html

Do you have some cashflow in your portfolio?   There certainly is a place for some flips, rehabs, etc but cashflow is where you make money long term in real estate.   Do you need to discuss your real estate goals with a professional real estate investor?   Call me…(512) 782-8982 or email me.

1 in 12 live in TEXAS!

One of 12 Americans lives in Texas (and other 2010 census findings)

By San Antonio Express-News

Read more: http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/default/article/One-of-12-Americans-lives-in-Texas-and-other-965303.php#ixzz1CGh7udiH

I really like the part about the cheap air conditioning!   Especially in summer!   I dont like the part about the budget deficit that Texas faces.
Overall, the article provides some evidence that supports my reasoning for real estate investment in Texas.   Do you have a real estate quesiton?   Need a real estate consultant?   Need real estate expert testimony?   Are you ready to make some investments in Texas real estate?   Call me 512-782-8982 or send me an email.

21903 Cold Springs for sale or trade

This is a property with 2 houses on one lot.   The small house needs work.   Click on the following link to see the listing details and some pictures.

I will trade it or use it as the down payment on a larger property.   It is listed for sale for $125K.    Continue reading 21903 Cold Springs for sale or trade

Owner Financing in Texas

From the Texas Association of Realtors:

“Many of us have been very concerned about the implementation of federal legislation known as the SAFE Act that would severely limit an individual’s ability to seller finance their property in Texas.

We are working on numerous regulatory and legislative solutions to this affront to private-property owners, and have some good news to report. At our urging, the chief regulator over the SAFE Act in Texas, the commissioner of the Texas Department of Savings and Mortgage Lending, has taken significant steps to allow Texas property owners to continue to seller finance up to five transactions in a 12-month period.    Continue reading Owner Financing in Texas

how are your returns?

Why Many Investors Keep Fooling Themselves
by Jason Zweig
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 of the wall street journal penned a great article about How high most investors returns are. You can check it out at http://finance.yahoo.com/retirement/article/108608/why-many-investors-keep-fooling-themselves?mod=retire-planning

To summarize the article says that most investors cant earn over 5% or so on thier investments.

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the death of easy owner financing

Well the government has finally gone and done it. They have killed easy owner finanicing in our Great State. Gee thanks I will be sure to send my representatives a thank you letter for the SAFE ACT and its implementation. If you have ever wanted to exit a house that was an investment property you must now be a mortgage broker in order to sell it if it was an investment property. I guess now those buyers who need owner financing from investors will now have to pay a little bit more for the headache the investor has to go through in order to owner finance a house to an buyer who wants to live there. Did the wise washington politicians think that the SAFE ACT would protect buyers who need finaning? PLEEEEAAAASEEEE!!!!!

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