I haven’t posted since July 2008. Put a lot of time into this blog both in the posts and in trying to get the word out, but just haven’t found much of an audience interested in the ins & outs of commercial real estate investing. I may start posting again in 2009. I have a number of interesting investments with plenty of lessons learned. Would be interested in your comments.
If the first real estate project taught me one thing - it was to be prepared. You have to be ready to pull the trigger immediately when you come across a good deal. That means having everything in place so you are ready to go. See one of my previous posts that discusses what this actually means. It is also important to be able to quickly evaluate the financials of a deal to see if it is worth pursuing. Being prepared enabled me to grab a property on very short notice that ended up being very profitable and will be the focus of my next series of posts.
Developing the Real Estate Evaluation Spreadsheet
There are numerous real estate evaluation and financial spreadsheets and programs out there to help you with your real estate investments. However, I wanted to develop my own spreadsheet. I wanted to make sure I really understood how the formulas and numbers worked so I could better understand the actual financials of my deals. I didn’t want to plug my numbers into a “black box” and trust the output. I bought the book below and walked through the examples until I could write my own spreadsheet.
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Once I had my spreadsheet programmed, I was able to evaluate deals very quickly. My next post will walk through the spreadsheet I developed looking at the specific layout and why I included certain financial measurements.
We received our first offer. Finally! The person found out about our property through one of our metropolitan area newspaper advertisements. The property was originally listed for $2.375 million. The offer came in at $2.1 million. This was an 11.6% discount from list. What would you do? Read the rest of this entry »
We were nearing completion on the property and still hadn’t received an offer. This had us worried. The monthly carrying costs were approaching $11,000 per month! This was the highest priced lake home ever done on speculation on this lake. It was time to re-evaluate the asking price of $2.375 million dollars. If we had to “fire sale” this thing to get out from under the carry costs, what was the minimum we could take and still break even? Read the rest of this entry »
If you remember from a previous post, we were marketing the property ourselves. We wanted the sales team at the development to represent the property. However, they wouldn’t budge from the 6% sales commission. On a multi-million property, this was a significant amount of money. In addition, they didn’t really have any marketing plan whatsoever other than show the place to drive in traffic. We thought we could do much better with our own marketing plan and also save the commission. Unfortunately although we had some response, we were still not satisfied.
My partner’s wife decided to get her own real estate license. We would benefit in a number of ways:
- The real estate commission would be split if she represented us.
- The sales team at the development would be obligated to show the property once it was listed with another agent.
- The property would now be included in the Multiple Listing Service
My partner found a semi-retired broker in charge, formed a LLC and we were in business. No more 6% commissions. Again we still needed to sell the place, but at least we didn’t feel as if we were being taken advantage.