Author: Tim Herriage

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Change, Growth, and Focus

It’s been three years since I left B2R. It’s been five years since I sold the REI Expo. The last three years have been fun. They’ve been tough. They’ve been great. They’ve been horrible. So goes the life of an entrepreneur. I find this is a little more true in real estate investing. The daily swings of being a small business owner are wild.

Change is scary

2020 REI was founded in 2015 to help create a place where real estate investors could go to for help. Not the kind of help that they were accustomed to either. The type of help we wanted to provide was different. We wanted it to be more about service. We wanted the customer to come first. I think we’ve done that, and am proud we did. Some things we tried were stupid. Some things we tried were great. Some things we tried were fun but just didn’t make good business sense.

I tell you all of this because the company has yet again changed direction.

Through a series of strategic relationships and partnerships, we’ve either spun off, sold or dissolved all of the companies that form the Group, making the group no longer necessary. It’s akin to what I’m doing now with my oldest son, who turns 18 Monday. We’ve set these companies up for success, and now it is time to send them on their way.

So, effective February 28th, you’ll see the following changes:

H&R Acquisitions
This is my house buying arm. It will be re-branded as DFW Investors. The real focus is on conveying that we buy houses across the metroplex, and have for years.

Investable Realty
You may not be aware, but we closed the real estate brokerage in September of 2018. This was a decision that was difficult. The business made money, but not enough to justify the expenses and time. We are in the process of selling the name and assets. We’ll announce it when the transaction is finished.

Consulting and Training
We no longer offer any consulting or training services.

Events
We really enjoy running events, but they are a headache. We are launching a new website, www.REIEvents.com later this month. This new site will be focused on creating a nationwide directory of real estate investor related events. We’ll still host an event or two every year, but for now we’re going to focus on making the site helpful.

Fund Management
We’ll be closing out the Elevate SFI Fund this year, and do not anticipate raising any additional capital at this time. The fund was a success, but George and I have decided not to take on any more partners in our development ventures.

Financing
We’ve began a transaction to sell our lending company. This transaction will be really good for all investors. We’ll become a direct lender, with access to a large amount of capital. Check out www.3LFinance.com for more information.

Insurance
Our insurance division (REI Choice) will begin the process to become it’s own entity in the near future. It has experienced tremendous growth in the past 12 months, and I’m excited about the possibilities it brings. We’ve now insured over $100,000,000 worth of assets in twelve short months. This company will begin to get a lot more organized by standing up on it’s own. The beginning of it is at www.REIChoice.com

Wholesale Properties
We will still offer wholesale properties from time to time. Those will be offered through InstantEquity.com. Instant Equity is an online listing engine for discounted properties. It is a free directory to post and browse properties.

Real Estate Investor Directory
We launched BestHomeBuyers.com last year to offer a directory service for real estate investors. This concept needs developing, but I am excited about the possibilities. Listings are free to post, and we do not charge the viewer.

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APARTMENT INVESTING IN 2019: WILL THE GOOD TIMES CONTINUE?

A growing trend among investors is to diversify by getting into multifamily. I know plenty of investors that have made a lot of money in multifamily, but it can be just as dangerous as rewarding. I’ve known Brad Sumrok for more than a decade now. I do not know anyone that has more multimillionaire apartment investors swear by them than I do Brad. Brad’s team are excited to cover the information below, and more.

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Robert Greenberg to Share Market Intelligence

I’m not sure I was ever as connected to the real estate investor space as I was when I ran B2R Finance. When you engage with so many borrowers on a daily basis, you really stay connected locally from a national position.

My friend Robert is the Chief Marketing Officer for Patch Of Land. Robert is one of the most capable marketers I’ve met. At Patch Of Land, he is always trying to understand what challenges the customers have and looking for ways to address them. Robert will be speaking about several different topics at the Annual Summit.

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The Big Bang – Scott Horne’s Real Estate Journey

Very few people have impacted my real estate career like Scott Horne. Scott has been an active real estate investor for decades. He has weathered the market swings, and helped countless entrepreneurs get their start. I am lucky to be in that group. At the Annual Summit this year, Scott is going to be discussing:

  • What happened in 1986 and in 2008 (the big ones)
  • The other economic bumps along the way
  • What happened to him and his companies
  • How he navigated the changes that occurred
  • Lessons learned
  • Things to consider today since the market will change (it always does)
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Featured Speaker: Nick Fortune

We’re pleased to announce that our friend, Nick Fortune, and his company Fortune DNA have agreed to present at the Annual Summit and are now the host sponsor.

Nick Fortune

Nick has been highly praised by many of our customers as being a wealth of knowledge and providing the exact services they’ve been looking for.

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Timing your investment property refinance

Leverage is one of those things that can make or break your real estate investment portfolio.  The proper use of leverage can minimize your tax burden, fuel portfolio growth and accelerate returns.  The improper use of leverage can wipe away gains and bankrupt a company.  We believe the US economy has cooled, home prices are peaking, and interest rates will continue to rise.  These factors coupled together have formed our conclusion that now could be the best time in the market cycle to leverage your assets utilizing fixed debt.

Many real estate investors have enjoyed growth in the last five years fueled by loose purse strings at local banks and regional lenders.  Even the GSEs have dipped their toes in the water.  Large national firms like Blackstone’s B2R Finance (Now Finance of America Commercial) and Colony American Finance (Now CoreVest) offered five and ten year balloon notes on portfolios beginning in late 2013.  Now, we find ourselves five years later, and what does the next five years look like?

Below are our forecasts and recommendations with regards to leverage and your real estate investment portfolio:

  • Identify dates:  Many of the “community bank” loans have renewal and adjustment provisions.  Most real estate investors we talk to have no idea that most of these loans can be called due in full at the same time as they are supposed to “reset”.  If you have any loans that are due to reset, adjust, mature, or renew in the next five years, now is the time to address those loans.
  • Lock in rates:  Many real estate investor simply cannot remember when a 9% interest rate on rental property from a bank was a good deal.  Rates are still very low throughout the industry.  We believe the best choice for most real estate investors right now is to lock in as much 10 year or longer sub 7% money they can get.  The next five to seven years should see interest rates rise and fall several times.  We are still in a very low comparative rate environment, so it is best to make sure any debt that might need to be addressed within the next decade be done so now.
  • Cash Out:  Many investors aspire to pay off their rental portfolio.  While this is a noble idea, most real estate billionaires believe in the opposite.  The ability to responsibly borrow tax free money (that your tenants will pay back) which you can use as reserve funds or even growth capital is something that powers real estate investing at all levels.  We have clients that live virtually tax free by refinancing their rental portfolios routinely.  With the introduction of cash flow based cash, out refinances; investors now have an avenue to systematically re leverage their portfolios.

In short, we think:

  • Property Values are high (which helps LTV limits on loans)
  • Rates are still low (historically)
  • There are market shifts coming (which is why you don’t want exposure to adjustments, renewals, and loan maturity)

These factors make use believe now may be the perfect time to stabilize the debt on your rental portfolio.  Reach out to our team of real estate investment loan specialists today to have a conversation about your needs.

Want to call us?  Call 972-737-1850

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Have questions or comments?  Let have a conversation below.  Find this article helpful or thought provoking?  Share it please.

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Liability – The unpredictable killer of assets

By Andrew G. Costlow

Many people wonder about insurance. We think we know what it is for, but why does it cost so much? How can we reduce expenditures on the “insurance tab” on our spreadsheets?

Of course we can shop property rates etc… but the one thing you want to really make sure you are “squared away” on is Liability. Why is this and why is liability the unpredictable killer of assets? How can I protect myself from liability? General Liability Insurance as stated by a Google search page:

General liability insurance (GL), often referred to as business liability insurance, is coverage that can protect you from a variety of claims including bodily injury, property damage, personal injury and others that can arise from your business operations.

Google knows everything right? Well, in this case they do a decent job. But look at the definition and you come to the conclusion that General Liability (GL) is a very broad term. What does it cover? “and others”? What is that? Indeed, it is “General” Liability.

The majority of claims that come out of GL are of the Bodily Injury and Property Damage type. If you hurt someone or damage their stuff, that is what we are talking about here. But why is it the unpredictable killer of assets? To understand that as investors, we have to think about the other side of the insurance coin and that is property insurance. Property insurance is predictable in most cases. Let’s say there is a $100,000 house and it is insured to value. It burns to the ground in a total loss. The insurance carrier knows it has to pay $100K. The investor knows they are going to be paid $100K. Everybody knows within a predictable certainty what that claim is about and how much is going to be paid. Now, let’s think about GL. Here is the scenario… an investor is flipping a house and it is vacant. A couple of teenage kids are playing around in the vacant dwelling (we hope there isn’t a vacancy clause exclusion…) and one kid falls and breaks their arm. This claim can go so many ways. Will the parents just take him to the ER and put it in a cast and be done with it using their own medical insurance or will they take him to the ER, not having medical insurance and then start getting bills from the hospital? If it is the latter, how are they going to pay? Do they have the money? Will they sue the Landlord? For what expenses will they sue? Was there negligence involved? If so, how much negligence was there and how does that translate into dollars? This is why Liability can be the unpredictable killer of assets and why General Liability Insurance is so important. There are just so many variables.

In most cases, liability claims are pretty straightforward. But, some can be very complex and very expensive. That is the crux of the matter. They are unpredictable. Thankfully though, they are pretty rare for the residential investor. Thus, General Liability is a pretty good bargain in the SFR investor industry and is something the SFR investor should be “squared away” on to protect their portfolio.

Andrew G. Costlow
REI Choice Insurance
Executive Vice President
2020 REI Group | REI Choice Insurance
Direct/Cell: 214.280.9575 | Office: 214-247-7727
8330 LBJ Freeway
Suite B855
Dallas, TX 75243
andy@2020rei.com

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Financing Webinar

Real Estate Investment Financing

There are many options available for real estate investor financing these days that just simply haven’t been there in the past.  This week, we’ll be hosting a one hour webinar to update everyone on today’s products, and introduce our team of loan officers to you.  The webinar is at noon Central on Thursday, September 27th.  It will be recorded and shared with those that register.  Click here to learn more and register for this free webinar on real estate investment financing. We’ll be discussing current market trends, current interest rates, and some of the strategies our most successful clients are using.

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Stated income, no doc, rental and fix and flip loans

Our finance team has been hard at work over the past few months! We’ve secured several new loan options that can meet almost any investors needs. We work offer over 50 different loan products, so let’s connect today, to see which one is right for you.

WE ARE REBATING ALL APPRAISAL FEES AT CLOSING FOR ALL APPLICATIONS RECEIVED BEFORE OCT 1

RENTAL LOANS

  • 30 year fixed or a combination of ARM options (IO too!)
  • Property Cash flow financing (not personal DTI)
  • Rates as low as 5.5%
  • FICO as low as 600
  • CASH OUT with 30 days seasoning
  • STATED income and asset loans

FIX AND FLIP

  • No appraisal options
  • Quick close (48 hours) options
  • Origination between 1.5% and 2.5%
  • Rates as low as 8%
  • Some no credit check options

We specialize in finding the right loan for your project and the right timing for your needs. Depending on your timeline, liquidity, and mid-fico score; some products may not be available at certain times. Instead of telling you NO, we find you the best option available.

Use this link to fill out a contact form

OR

Call 972-737-1850

OR

Email loans@2020rei.com

No brokers, please.

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Two events, two deals and two loans

It’s a rainy but busy week at 2020 REI.  This week, I’ll be speaking at the Realty411 Lone Star Expo on Saturday, and the 5 Star Conference’s Single Family Rental Roundtable on Sunday.  There is more information below about these events or you can just click on the events tab to browse.  Our acquisitions business is going strong in DFW and we have two new wholesale properties in Plano and Irving that will hit the market soon.  The Irving Property is available now, but we are waiting for bids to come in on the Plano home since it is such a major rehab.  You can call our sales line at (214) 922-1970 now to talk to Jaymon.  We also have some new loan programs to talk to you about.  We have a 30 year fixed product with rates starting at 5.5% and some fix an flip loans with really good terms. This is a really good time to look at these ASSET based opportunities while rates are still ridiculously low.  Click here to talk to someone in our finance department.

Here is some more information about the upcoming speaking events:

Saturday: Realty411 Lone Star Expo:  I will be speaking about building a rental portfolio from 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM and will be at the 2020 REI booth afterwards.  Come say hello!  The event is free, and lasts from 9:00 AM till 6:00 PM.

  • DATE: SATURDAY, Sept. 15th, 2018
  • VENUE: Sheraton Arlington Hotel, 1500 Convention Center Drive, Arlington, TX, 76011
  • TIME: 9:00 AM — 6:00 PM
  • REGISTRATION BEGINS AT 8:30 AM
  • Learn more here

Sunday: 5 Star Conference’s THE SINGLE-FAMILY RENTAL ROUNDTABLE: I am on a panel about the latest financing strategies for investors from 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM.

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