Have you ever wanted to get started in Real Estate Investing?



     There are so many ways an aspiring investor can get started in Real Estate. Tucson is an excellent location to invest in. Property values in Tucson and the surrounding areas are comparatively less than other markets, which can promote cash flow. Tucson and the surrounding area is comprised of many cities. Some of the surrounding cities are: Picture Rocks, Three Points, Marana, Avra Valley, Oro Valley, Red Rock, Sahuarita, Green Valley, and Vail. Each city has it's own individual pros and cons for investment purposes.


     How much do you know about investing in Real Estate locally in Hampton Roads? Do you currently own rental property? Are you looking for a short term investment or a long term investment?

Do you know any active investors or any real estate professional to help you get started? Do you currently own a home that you are living in that has available equity? Do you have good or bad credit? These are basic questions that you should be asking yourself when you think of Real Estate as an investment.


There are four most common ways to invest in Real Estate. There are many variances and differences in each of these ways, but for the most part each is done the same.


Rental Property:


     Rental property is the foundation to every serious long term investor. Acquiring and building a diverse portfolio of rental property is paramount in order to achieve financial wealth and investment leverage. The key thing you must look for when purchasing a rental property is how much cash flow will it yield? What is the standard appreciation in that given area? What are rental rates verse what my mortgage is? Are there any owner paid utilities? What is the risk associated with the investment?

     Once you begin to purchase cash flow properties, you begin to build monthly cash flow. The more properties you own, the more monthly cash you will have, therefore, the more investing leverage you have to buy more properties and to use to invest in other areas such as Rehabs. In essence, this cash flow is Residual Income, money that will come to you each month for the rest of your life as long as you own the property. For Example: You own 5 properties each bringing $300.00/mo after all fees and mortgage. That's $1500.00 a month that you can use to reinvest back into your properties or to use to buy more cash flow properties. Just think, that's $6000.00 every four months you own the houses.

     On top of the monthly cash flow you will receive, your properties will continue to appreciate or go up in value constantly, depending on the current real estate market. Which the difference between market value and loan amount is equity, money that you have sitting in your house that you can leverage to purchase more cash flow properties.

     Thirdly, each year that you rent these properties, the tenants will be paying down the amount owed, increasing equity build-up as well. On top of that, each year rental rates will almost always raise, so each year you own the rental property, the investment will just get better and better.

 As you can see, rental property will be the backbone for your investment endeavors and will create long term wealth as well as residual income. The more rental property you own, the more cash flow you will have to purchase rentals on a consistent basis.


Rehab Projects:


     Rehabs are a lot more complex than rentals. You must be very good with number crunching and have some great contractors, or you'll have problems. Rehab investing can be very risky, and timing is everything. Rehabs are short term investments. The faster the better, the longer you hold on to these properties, the less profit you will make.

     You must have substantial capital in order to rehab properties efficiently. The first thing you must do when you find a fixer upper is know what the property is selling for verses what you can get for it completely renovated. This is your gross profit margin. For Example: A house is selling for $50,000 and has a market resale value rehabbed at $150,000. You have a $100K margin to figure in all the expenses involved.

     What kind of expenses are involved with Rehabs? To begin with, you must have a down payment and closing costs to purchase the property. In most cases, 20% down and 5% closing costs determined upon contract price. On a $50k house, that's $12,500. Next you must figure in rehab expenses after taking bids from multiple contractors and negotiating the price as low as possible. Let's say rehab expenses for this property is $40K, to completely renovate and sell this property in a timely fashion. Now you have $47,500 invested. Next you must figure in your selling expenses. which include commission fees and closing costs. Commission fees are around 6% of resale value, and closing costs are normally very inexpensive depending on sales price, day in month you close, etc....in most cases no more than 1% of sales price. In our case, that would be $10,500 for commission and closing costs  based upon a sales price of $150k. Total capital invested into the project is $62k. Amount owed on property is $40k, after putting the initial down payment of 20%. Add capital invested to loan balance to figure total investment. Subtract sales price of  $150k from total investment of $102 which is the net profit earned of $48K. Which should take no longer than 60 days to renovate and resale once owned, determined upon project size. Any longer than 60 days, you must start deducting net profit for holding costs.

     Always remember that you must figure into your budget, Capital Gains tax will apply on profit made of 15%. Always consult your tax adviser for a more in depth overview. This will apply to all investment properties acquired and sold if you have not physically lived in the property two out of the last five years. In that case however, no capital gains tax would apply.


Flipping Property:


    The meaning of flipping property is to acquire a property and flip it to someone else, sometimes without ever owning it. You normally don't make large amounts of money on a standard flip. You must be very networked, especially with investors. Your job is to find under valued property and essentially flip it to a buyer or an investor. You must always have a buyer on the sideline to buy this property or you can get stuck with it. Which will usually mean to a loss, since there isn't really much of a profit margin to begin with. The best and most efficient way to invest in this nature is to work with several full time investors such as rehabbers or landlords that are consistently purchasing investment property and scout out great deals to sell to them at a slightly higher price to make a profit. Normally you will only make a couple of thousand dollars, but the more under value the property is, the better your profit. You must keep in mind that most investors that work full time are very market savvy and won't pay a dime more than what market value is, and even that is a challenge in itself. The best thing to do, is sell it slightly below market value if there is room, that way it's a win-win and you will more likely strike a deal. Most of the time flipping is done by being able to assign the contract to someone else. However, you must get the seller's consent in order to do this, which isn't always easy. There are many variations to flipping property, but for the most part, this is how it's done.




     Foreclosures are the most risky investment. They can also yield the highest return. Foreclosures can be acquired in three different ways. The first way is when the notice of auction is put into the newspaper in the legal section or when an investor receives a lead from a generated list of upcoming foreclosures. The investor will attempt to make contact with the owners to ask if they would be interested in selling their property at a below market value in order to help them avoid foreclosure and bad credit. The more equity the owner has in the house the better, but the best way to approach these disgruntled owners is with a win-win situation.

     The second way to approach foreclosures is at the courthouse steps on auction day. You must make sure that you have done due diligence with this property and possibly have viewed the interior in order to know what your buying. Many times you will buy a foreclosure and it is infested with termites or has any number of unknowns wrong that may take away from your profit margin. Always know what market values in the area are going for and what you can flip or rehab it for when completed.

     Lastly, if the property is not purchased at the auction, it becomes Real Estate Owned, Or REO. An REO is a bank owned property. Normally they are fixer uppers and great for rehabbers. Hud and VA also have REO property that is listed. Normally these properties are sold below market due to condition and can be great investments, however, there is a lot of red tape in order to purchase these properties. With the Hud properties, you must bid for them, and the first two weeks of being listed is generally a owner occupant bid only time. Meaning, investors get second dibs of the properties after the owner occupants.

     Foreclosure investing is very complex and can be handled many different ways. It can almost become a full time job if done thoroughly and efficient. You must have substantial capital with foreclosures, because many times you must purchase these properties in cash due to the amount of time it will take to qualify and close a loan to purchase.


     These are the four most common ways to invest. If done correctly, you will build wealth and financial independence with no limits. It's a fact that 96% of all millionaires in this country credit real estate for creating some amount of their net wealth. That's an amazing percentage! All these methods point back at the foundation of your portfolio. You must own rental property in order to leverage the money you will need in order to Rehab or purchase forclosures. The equity you will build in your rentals along with your monthly cash flow will help you continue investing.




Broken Lease

Tenant signed lease for 01/01/18-12/31/18 and just informed me that she is moving at the end of the month because they found a cheaper and better apartment.

Do I keep ALL of the security deposit or should it be pro-rated or something?

Dog Hair

My landlord is always looking for way to push me to leave ( so he can raise the rent) and I want to know exactly what his responsibilities are. My tub drain was stopped up. I asked him to send the plumber. The plumber fixed it. Landlord just texted me telling me that since the plumber found dog hair in the drain I now have to pay the plumber.

This doesn't seem right. He gave me no choice to find my own plumber, to fix it myself. There is nothing written in the lease about me bathing my dogs in my bathroom. I have lived in my apartment for 10+ years.

Any info would be very helpful!
Thank you

Order if utilities

I have a tenant I am planning to approve. They cannot move in until August 1 but will pay security deposit now. What order do the transferring of utilities come in all this? I have heard you should not give up the keys until utilities are transferred. So they pay the deposit up front and then the first month rent August 1 but in between the utilities are transferred. One will have to verify this was done before turning in the keys.

Central Air Conditioner

Temperature outdoors was about 100 degrees for weeks. Tenants out of town for 2-3 weeks, shut off the a/c to save $$$ on electric bill!!! House became very hot inside, well over 100 degrees. Tenants come home. Want a fast cool. Turn thermostat to 69 degrees and when not cooling fast enough, keep changing the temperature setting. A/C cannot keep up with the demand and freezes up, stops running. Tenants turn it off.

Residents call to landlord to get A/C fixed as not cooling, just blowing. Tech comes out, nothing wrong with A/C, furnace, blower, filters, Breaker in Panel etc. A/C was down on lb. Freon which normally holds 6 to 7 lbs Freon. Told residents to set and forget it and not fiddle with the temp control. Should not set temp. control lower than 20 degrees lower than exterior temp. Residents say they like it 69 degrees in house, year round, winter and summer.

Landlord Paid the A/C Tech $247.00 for trip, hourly fee and lb.Freon for which the tech charged for minimum 1 lb. freon.

Who should be responsible for the billing? Tenant or Landlord. What on earth does running the daylights out of the central A/C do to the Central Air Conditioner????? It seems it would damage the unit big time.

Fun Tenant - Not Really

LPA member Cerise shares with us her unusual experience with a utility thief tenant. Incredible!

So now the electric meter has been stolen. That and the door to the meter box. So we've had to order a meter box and have to wait until we've replaced the door, then let the utility company know to come back out to turn the power on. I found an article on meter theft and this is from that article.

"Why would someone steal a meter?

WFTV in Florida recently aired a report about stolen electric meters in their community. The question was raised, Why would someone steal an electric meter? Thieves stole a meter and then plugged the stolen meter into their residence and used electricity as usual. At the end of the month they would remove the stolen meter and plug their original meter back in. When the meter reader stopped by, the meter showed only a small amount of electricity had been used because their old meter was unplugged for the month and not recording any electricity being used."

Monday, July 2, 2018
I found out today that she also bootlegged water and internet. She connected internet into underground cables, in the lawn, I have pictures. We learned that the city water was shut off for non-payment in October 2017, but they don't check (!?!?!?!?!) after they turn the water off, so she just turned it back on again. My husband found the water actually on as of today. So she's been stealing from all the available utilities. Fortunately, we are not responsible for her bills, but we have to verify who we are before the gas and electric companies will provide service to the house again.


Sunday, July 1, 2018
Anyway, I just ended tenancy with a problem tenant who had her way with my house and the utility companies.

The reason I'm writing is to share with you what she did with utilities. She started services in her ex's name, then didn't pay them. They shut off the electricity. She bootlegged/pirated power. They removed the meter. She paid the bill and power was restored, but she had her power turned off periodically for non-pay. She did the same thing with the gas company, which called it "fraud". They had to remove the meter, too. Now she's out and I cannot get either turned on in my name due to her history. Well, hell, I don't blame them. I'll have to talk to them this coming week to see what can be done. But I think that line 6 UTILITIES should be changed to reflect that situation. There's always one more story to tell. I've changed mine to say this:

UTILITIES Tenant shall be responsible to start, maintain and pay for all utilities and services for the entire premises.
I couldn't think of a better word than "maintain" to use that would require them to keep their utilities on. Can you?

Guess what business she is in. Apartment management.


One of the Tenants died, who does the SD go to?

So one of the two tenants on the lease died. It was a man and woman (gf/bf). The SD that I received 2 years ago was from an account of the woman. However, she died recently. The lease is up for renewal and due to financial reasons he wishes to end it (I have no issue with this).

The problem is the SD came from her not him, so I don't believe I can give it to him? My question is would it go to her estate then?

Pet Policy

I have been trying to go no pets on a vacancy but its been a month and the unit is still vacant. I want to get the unit rented as soon as possible. So if I go with pets which ones are the least worst? Would it be a dog under 20 pounds? Or a cat that has been neutered and declawed? Or either one?

Pro rate?

Our tenants moved out early last month and the expect 8 days refunded to them out of the rent.
I told her that's not the way it works.
They have no claim, right?

No tolerance and pets

Happy Independence Day all. I'm sorry if my post is duplicated, I'm not sure if there's a delay.

I recently inspected one of my no pets properties (I'm in CA if its relevant). I found that they had two hamsters, which were both in a cage. My lease specifies that no pets are to be brought onto the property. Am I being too strict by sending them a violation notice for the hamsters? I know they can cause damage if they get out and if the cages aren't cleaned regularly, it could also leave an odor in my property as well as stain the flooring.

The way I understand it, no pets means no pets. It doesn't mean "no dogs" or "no cats". How would you all proceed?

Lease agreements

My husband and I recently purchased a few houses from this lady who wanted to sell her properties. She has existing tenants is most of the duplexs. My question is should we just use her old lease agreements (which she gave to us) with these tenants until it expires, or should we make them sign a new lease agreement with us but keep the old dates?? Help We Are New Landlords!?!