Category: Investment Fundamentals

3 Clues On The Rent Roll For Every Apartment Investor

Along with the T-12, reviewing the rent roll is a great starting point at underwriting apartment investing opportunities. While information on the rent roll must be verified during due diligence, it makes for a great source of the following information. Upcoming Vacancies The rent roll should show the names of residents as well as their […]


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Assessing Risk vs. Reward in The Investment Decision 💡

Risk ⚠️ Every decision we make involves risk. Often we subconsciously base our decisions upon the associated risks. For example, you would likely not choose to run the red light because of the risk of getting in a car accident (or at least a ticket). Reward 🎁 Using the red light example, just as you […]


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How To Manage Investment Risk In Multifamily Real Estate ⚠️

The key fundamental of investing is to 1) protect investor capital and 2) to grow wealth. Especially during this time of uncertainty, it is critical to implement safegaurds or metrics to protect investor capital and ensure profitability. When investing in multi-family as a passive investor, it is important to look out for these key metrics. […]


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Understanding Real Assets vs. Financial Assets in Passive Investing

In a world where there are millions of different strategies to investing, it pays to have a simple approach. One way to further simplify the various options is to understand the difference between financial and real assets. Both have their places in a portfolio. 1️⃣ Financial Assets Most people tend to own only financial assets. […]


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Pivoting My Personal Investment Strategy in 2022

We each see various aspects of the world differently. But one thing we may all agree on is that change is constant. Times change, situations change and people change. Dynamics and flexibility is a key to success. For the last two years I have been on a very focused mission to scale from my single […]


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The Best Way for Real Estate Investors to Adapt to Rising Interest Rates

The Fed has recently announced plans to raise interest rates. The stock market reacted with horror. There was a significant drop across the board as unfavorable interest rate increases threaten the speed of the economic growth. Inflation must be managed, but rising interest rates do have effects on the commercial real estate world. What Rising […]


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The Concept of Risk in Investing

Risk is a word that is often associated with a negative meaning. It symbolizes something dangerous that should avoided because, like a poisonous snake, it is sure to harm you. However, risk is more like water. Whereas you do not have to live with poisonous snakes, you have to live with water. And like water, […]


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The Importance of Cash Flow on Day One

Multi-family investing is no easy feat, especially when investors are involved. Accounting for all the variables – market, location, property type, number of units, condition, and more – there are so many choices. Value-Add I previously the 3 Business Models of Multi-Family Investing and why value-add is my favorite. The primary reason is because value-add […]


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Investing Using The Principles of Supply and Demand

Investing is not difficult to learn. Actually, I believe it involves unlearning behaviors. Unlearning to use emotions to make financial decisions. We, including myself, struggle with this regularly, both in our personal finances and investments. But it simply really is about the discipline to think objectively, choosing the factual side versus the emotional side, or […]


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What Is Driving Inflation? Marcus and Millichap’s Latest Report

Friends, check out this video from Marcus and Millichap. Inflation, measured using the Consumer Price Index (CPI) is up 7.1% from last year. This is the greatest gain since 1982! According to Marcus and Millichap, the following are the top 3 drivers for inflation: 1️⃣ Supply Chain Problem The global supply chain problem is not […]


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Pivoting Your Investment Strategy When The Market Changes

Today’s multifamily market is tough. The good assets are highly competitive amongst buyers and are bid up to exorbitant numbers that should not make sense from an investment standpoint. Because investors are chasing real assets, attempting dodge inflation and to get away from volatile stocks, they are now in the multifamily space, looking to get […]


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The Two Goals of Money Management

Whether you are an apartment operator or a passive investor, it is wise to know the basic two goals of money management. Such an understanding should allow for more effective decision making and identification of risk. 1️⃣ Capital Preservation Capital Preservation simply refers to protection of capital. This identifies the goal of protecting principal and […]


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What is the Debt Service Coverage Ratio?

Of all the metrics used in underwriting multifamily assets, it is arguable that Debt Service Coverage Ration (DSCR) is the most important. Why? Aside from lenders having a minimum required DSCR, it keeps the operator and his or her investors out of trouble by measuring the ability for the property’s income to cover its debt […]


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Identifying Deferred Maintenance and Repairs in Your Multifamily Investment

When investing in real estate, regardless of single family or multi-family or actively or passive investing, it is important to know and account for all potential expenses. In doing so, recognizing any deferred maintenance is key. What is Deferred Maintenance? Deferred maintenance is a term used to describe past-due maintenance. These are routine services or […]


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Economic Vacancy: The Silent Threat to Gross Potential Income

We tend to understand vacancy and how it negatively impacts the multifamily investment. For every unoccupied unit, there is a loss of revenue because that unit is not performing. Managers want to fill up their units and limit turnaround in order to avoid costly vacancies as well as the added cost of turnovers. There is […]


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Why is Commercial Real Estate Transaction Activity So Strong?

Both experienced and new investors are chasing the same thing, real and dependable returns that can beat the threat of inflation. With the increase of trillions of dollars in our money supply and inflation currently hovering at 6% this year, the trend continues to threaten the value of our dollars. This, compounded with the volatility […]


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How to Calculate Investment Targets Based on Your Passive Investment Goals

As a passive investor, it pays to know your goals. Without a goal, it is difficult to design a roadmap and it certainly is a challenge to stay motivated without a target for what you want to achieve in the first place.  By now, you should understand the value of passive income and you are […]


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How To Buy Multifamily Today With Downside Protection From Tomorrow’s Market

You have likely noticed the skyrocketing prices and “values” of real estate. Whether it is your personal single-family, your portfolio of rentals, or the multifamily asset class, especially in hot markets, things are through the roof. There are two schools of thoughts on how to navigate this situation. Some advise to sit out and not […]


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3 Metrics for Investment Returns in Apartment Syndication

As passive investors in real estate syndications, the amount of jargon can be overwhelming. Specifically, when it comes to investment returns, there are multiple ways to measure the potential wealth creation from an opportunity. Most commonly are three metrics: Cash on Cash Return (CoC), Average Annual Return (AAR) and the Internal Rate of Return (IRR). […]


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3 Multifamily Characteristics to Consider in Your Next Passive Investment

When seeking to passively invest in multifamily assets, one will have to pay special attention to the property characteristics. Recognize that not all multifamily properties are created equal, and as such, based on these characteristics, demand, improvement opportunities and future values will vary accordingly. Below are just three prominent features of multifamily housing that make […]


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The One Thing That Matters Most When Selecting Your Next Passive Real Estate Investment

Just as with any large or small decision in life, when it comes to investing, there are so many choices to choose from and variables to consider. Which asset class to choose; which type of asset within that class; what are your goals and strategies? The list of questions can seem daunting and never ending. […]


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What is Capex In Multifamily Investing?

Capital expenditures is as much a part of doing business as changing diapers is a part of being a parent. Capex, short for Capital Expenditures, are expenditures made are required to improve a property or maintain its useful life. They are different from operating expenses, which include maintenance and repairs. Whereas operating expenses can be […]


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3 Ways to Increase Occupancy In Multifamily Investing

When investing in apartments, the one thing that matters, after the health, safety and welfare of your residents, is income. Income is fundamental to multifamily investing and without it, there is no value or reason to own these types of assets. During the holding period, the ability to increase income through maximizing rental income and […]


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From Debt Snowball to Wealth Snowball

For anyone familiar with Dave Ramsey’s teachings, a very core area of his financial peace guidance is to get out of debt. The strategy and phenomenon he uses to describe this is the Debt Snowball. Here’s how it works. Debt Snowball When you commit to paying of your personal debt, start by paying the lowest […]


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The Best Investment Education You Can Get

I have interacted with many people who have been interested in learning about the wealth-building power of real estate and means by which they can invest. Since having begun my education journey in 2013, I have utilized various resources – 99% percent of them are free – to catapult my knowledge and allow me to […]


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