RHJ Investor

RHJ Investor is the department of Rental Housing Journal that speaks specifically to the interests and needs of real estate investors and apartment owners. Whether you're part or a REIT (real estate investment trust) , independently own large apartment communities, are a small landlord with 1 or 2 rental homes or choose to fix and flip, RHJ Investor is a great source for information. This site features how-tos and best practices for buying and selling property, real estate taxes, choosing property management and maintenance vendors, 1031 excahnges & TICs, apartment financing, budgeting and much more.

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Tue
16
Sep
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Fund your Retirement with Seller Carry Back Financing

Multi-family property owners have several options, to generate passive income in retirement, that are unique to owners of income property. They include placing your residential income property under professional management and forgoing the day to day management duties, effecting a IRC 1031 exchange into a commercial triple net leased property, or taking on the role of a lender by providing seller financing, to the buyers of your income property.

Seller carry back financing is the most popular vehicle active owner/managers of multi-family properties use to fund their retirement. The major benefit is“mailbox money”, which is a monthly check sent electronically or by mail to the seller every month, for a set period of time. The current market interest rate for seller financing is 5.5% to 6.5% interest.

Tue
16
Sep
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Dupre & Scott Video Report: WHAT DO THESE SALES TRENDS MEAN?

<p>WHAT DO THESE SALES TRENDS MEAN? Here&rsquo;s a quick look at three sales trends for 5-unit and larger apartments in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties.</p>

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Tue
16
Sep
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Owning & Operating Rental Property

I am fortunate, as the president of the American Rental Property Owners and Landlords Association – ARPOLA, to speak with members from all over the country. Usually a member will call or email with a specific inquiry or problem. We are pleased to be able to help. If we do our job right, we take the opportunity to discuss other aspects of owning and operating rental property. Virtually every time, we hit on an issue that needs attention by the owner or property manager.

Thu
14
Aug
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Benefits of Hiring a Property Manager to Manager Your Single-Family Investment.

Benefits of Hiring a Property Manager to Manager Your Single-Family Investment.
Cliff Hockley

Buying real estate as an investment has been a well-established investment strategy for thousands of years. You purchased or inherited a home or condominium and now you have to figure out how to get your arms around it. Perhaps you were transferred and don’t think it is time to sell the home yet, you want its value to appreciate more. From a management standpoint, you have two choices, manage the property yourself or hire a property manager to take care of it. This article will help you make a decision on which way to go.

Setting investment goals

Fri
23
May
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How Financial Spring Cleaning Can Lead to a Richer Long-Term Outlook

3 Areas to Consider for Increased Savings

One lesson the average American should have learned from the recent financial crisis and gradual recovery is that putting more money into savings is, in general, good, says veteran financial expert Jeff Gorton.
“When things are fine, most of us are prone to commit less of our money to savings; when the economy is down, however, we realize that having money is far more important than spending it on things we don’t need,” says Gorton, a veteran Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner™, and head of Gorton Financial Group.

The personal savings rate in July 2005 hit an all-time low at just 2 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But in May 2009, near the beginning of the recession, the average American’s savings rate hit a high of 8 percent.

Fri
23
May
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The Apartment Construction Boom in Metro Phoenix

Whether you are developing new apartments or own smaller and older apartment communities, it is vital to know what is being built and proposed to be built in your area. Knowing your competition can be extremely beneficial when deciding what adjustments you need to make. Having a new, upscale apartment community nearby could be either a strong benefit or a significant concern. This article is specific to metro Phoenix but may apply to many markets across the US. It discusses why there is now a “boom” in apartment construction, reasons for an expected population explosion, the number of projects/units being constructed, the location of new projects and the variety of the new types of apartment communities. After going thru the data—the bottom line for all apartment owners should be to realize that you are in a very dynamic market. If your assets are in metro Phoenix, we are happy to assist with whatever decision might be needed.

Wed
21
May
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Positioning Family Real Estate Ownership for future results

By Clifford Hockley, President, Bluestone and Hockley Real Estate Services

As you purchase real estate assets for future success you have some basic planning issues to consider:

1. Usually real estate investors establish an initial investment time frame for each investment, typically 5-10 years with a median hold time of seven years.

2. This usually works off the initial purchase costs and gives you some time to improve the operation of the property and allow it to appreciate in value.. With time and physical and managerial upgrades you can improve the prospects for consistent returns.

The Basics

Wed
21
May
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Leveraged Acquisitions. Oh No, Not Again!

Rent rates aren’t increasing nearly as fast as the price of existing single family homes in Arizona, especially Greater Phoenix. The price an investor has to pay to add an additional property to their portfolio is much closer to a retail price and is rising. It is difficult to predict price and if you try to predict price out into the future, you will be wrong far more often than you will be right. So, while price is “expected” to remain flat for a period of at least a few months, it is difficult to know for sure.
We know is it is much more expensive to acquire a property than it was last year, the year before that and the year before that, and the year before that. The issue? When is history going to repeat itself for the rental property owner? Okay, I’ve kind of talked in circles. Here is what I’m getting at.

Wed
21
May
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Understanding the Financial Music

It’s a given that real estate is cyclic – and knowing as much as possible about these cycles can be a significant help in maximizing values or perhaps, avoiding a disaster. In general, the four phases of every cycle are: Recession, Recovery, Expansion and Oversupply. Knowing where you are in the cycle is critical as we all found out in the fall of 2008 when commercial values fell off the table. Looking at the cycles in terms of “financing” provides further insight into the cycles and should help investors appreciate the current opportunities and predict when the music will again stop – and it will. To provide clarity – let’s take a look at the past.

Wed
16
Apr
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Tips for Rental Housing Owners

Tips for Rental Housing Owners
Researching frequently promoted tips for rental housing owners brought up a plethora of topics related to the functioning and financial survival of properties. Ultimately I want to narrow in on three different factors that I feel make the biggest impact on a smoothly operated building. Three business mannerisms which have been around forever but are now requiring methods of modern improvement are documentation, exceeding customer expectations and obtaining insurance coverage.

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