Blog from the car #1

Well, we are at the start of another week. The past few weeks I’ve been pretty good overall. Hopefully we will stop burning through cash reserves at the pace that we have the past couple months. We went over around $10,000 on the rehab on property #12 and likely will go a little over on property #13 thankfully, the business has been very strong. I’ve had a couple tenants come back late on my rent.

Last week we received new Capital from a brand new investor partner. I am really excited about the future with this investor as well as the infected will have on our existing business. Operations likely will only be able to slip two more properties through the end of the year. This is because the bank still difficult to work with. They are requesting two to three years of seasoning on our existing properties.

We are about through the year now and so far imagined. I had hoped by the halfway mark we would be up to 30 properties instead, we’re still at 18 units, the same number that we were at during March. With the offer I put in today and the extra property I am viewing tonight if we were able to purchase then they would take us up to a total of 14 properties consisting of 21 units total almost halfway to our 2015 goal. Our 2015 end year goal is 50 total units.

Cash flow from these new units looks to be very similar to where we are at now, the duplex will be quite interesting though. They are asking $50k for it with a total of $935 and income. This is a little low compared to the current houses however we may be able to get the rent up. Interestingly enough one of the tenants in there has been living for a 37 year exclamation.

I would like to raise the rent on this tenant a little bit so we can get closer to the $1100 mark. Locally this is a very fair amount. I am seeing more and more two-bedroom units rent out for $600 to $700 dollars a month. This is significantly higher than our average two bedroom unit which sits right around $500 per month. It means that when we have to replace tennants I expect a sizable increase in the amount of rent we collect. I am NOT one to raise rent significantly existing tenants.

If this, I do believe that by September we are looking at 35. I am looking at a quad plex as well

This week in review #82-87

So, 5 weeks has passed (The entire month of February) since my last post.

Feb was much better for us than Jan, no property theft, no major issues other than LOTS of frozen pipes. We’ve managed to rent out all of our units as the end of the month approached.

We did have to reduce our rent on #12 by $50/mo to $550/mo in order to compensate for the terrible weather we’ve been having. Other than those issues things continue to go ahead. Property #11 is continuing to be worked on, there were major issues with the electrical that needed fixed, and we have now got them all taken care of.

 

 

This week in review – Week #81

This week has been quite trying. Lots of disappointment all around concerning the properties (And this will be one of the most pessimistic blog posts on here).

First in the week – The bank (The┬áthird┬ábank now that I’ve approached for loans) turned us down on refinance of a few of the properties. The loan officer’s statement to me was that the board wasn’t a fan of the company having investors. I really can’t fathom the reasoning behind it, however their statement to me was that they ‘disliked an equity partner situation’. Even though I have controlling share and control of the company. Maybe there’s a secondary reason behind it but I’m unsure. Going forward I think I’m going to come up with a much more cohesive loan package to present to loan officers do I don’t spend as much time on it as I did this time around.

Second in the week, the property we’re working on (#12) was broken into, and about $1,500 in tools stolen. We really can’t claim it on insurance as the total recovery amount wouldn’t be enough to suffice on the potential premium increase. Right now we’re spending a little over $900 a month on insurance, and really don’t want to see it increase any more as we’d be paying the increase over too long of a time.

The bright news – The bank (The one we’re actively working with) called me Friday stating that we’d close on the refinance on Tuesday. This one will cash out another property to pay off our line of credit. This is good news as it’s taken a month to do unfortunately. The funds will go to pay down our active line of credit to <$25k. They would like to see us pay it off before we utilize the LOC further. They also want to see our tax return for 2014 so they can decide where to go. I hate the idea of having things up in the air so much that I can’t solidly say where the purchases will go.

This week in review – Week #80

This week in review – Week #80

This represents the 80th week that our company has been in operation.

Rehab #12 is finally wrapping up, we are now nearly 2 weeks over schedule. This is solely due to the fact that the electrical system was in significnatly worse shape than was originally estimated. We are not going to be SEVERELY over budget, but will be over budget none the less.

The thing to remember here is that with rentals even over budget, over time is still profitable. With flips some investors start to cut corners and end up with a potentially hazzardous property. That isn’t the case with us, we make sure it’s done RIGHT.

Property #5 is almost done, both sides are having the final work done to them (plumbing) and it’ll be ready to rent. Oddly enough a individual tracked our corporation down, showed up at my house and asked my wife if I would sell the property to him. I’m quite interested in doing that, so we’re meeting next week about it. It would be GREAT if we could sell this one and make a profit, however you never really know what might happen.

This week in review – Week #79

This week in review – Week #79

2015-01-09 09.59.46 (Medium)This ends the week of Jan 9th 2014.

Property #12 is almost done with rehab which is quite important as we’ve already secured a tenant for it.

Normally winter is an extremely hard time of year to find tenants but this one has gone pretty quick. This will put us to 13 of 17 units being occupied. Hopefully in the next week property #5 will have the water mains fixed and we’ll be able to tenant the property quickly. It will take us up to 15 of 17 units occupied, which means the banks SHOULD be happy with our performance :)

Our big struggle still is dealing with banks and finding one that will quickly refinance properties we have. 8 of 12 properties have no loans on them and are owned for cash. You’d think it’d be easy to find a bank that’d lend to a company in such a good cash position, but it’s kind of difficult. We did meet with a new bank this week who seemed quite positive on the situation.