It’s been more than six months since COVID-19 hit the country, and ever since then millions of Americans have been affected by the financial, economic, and social implications of the pandemic.
From national lockdowns to financial insecurity, the real estate industry has been dramatically impacted. But, what does real estate investing look like in 2021 as we begin to gain more certainty on the path forward? Keep reading to learn about investing in real estate in 2021.
The Impact Of Coronavirus On Real Estate
When the coronavirus shut down businesses and schools across the country in March, the effects of the pandemic on real estate and investing were felt almost immediately. Tenants fell behind on rent, mortgages went into forbearance, vacation rentals were canceled, and property sales decreased.
Despite the effects of a national lockdown, the real estate market has seen a rebound in the second half of 2020. In fact, home prices were up 15% year over year at the start of November and Zillow predicts that home values will increase 4.1% in 2021 due to renewed market optimism and spikes in sales this summer and fall.
While the long-term effects of the coronavirus on real estate are still uncertain, rebounds in the market this fall have given investors and buyers hope for 2021.
Real Estate Investing Opportunities In 2021
New and experienced real estate investors may be unsure where their best investing bet lies in 2021. While there are housing booms in cities across the country, many Americans still find themselves in precarious financial situations and may not be in a position to buy a home.
This poses a unique opportunity for house flippers. With lower demand in some areas, prices are driven down and the opportunity to flip houses is valuable and lucrative.
Access to capital and loans may be an issue for some investors with lenders slower to give out loans at a time when many people’s finances are in a sensitive position. This positions real estate crowdfunding platforms at the forefront of real estate investing in 2021. Crowdfunding platforms allow investors to invest in real estate in a low-risk high-reward model. The initial investment is low, it’s mainly passive, and is a simple way to diversify your real estate portfolio. Learn more about real estate crowdfunding platforms for accredited and non-accredited shareholders like Holdfolio.
Vacation rentals also provide a way to make some extra cash on the side. With people in between jobs or considering relocation, the demand for short-term living arrangements is on the rise. Rental platforms like Airbnb and VRBO can also be more lucrative as you charge guests more for a short-term stay versus traditional renting.
Lastly, the value of apartment complexes continues to rise. With cities converting office spaces into apartments and young people looking to rent instead of buy due to job insecurity, expect multi-family investing to be on the rise in 2021.
Real estate investing in 2021 may seem uncertain. But, there are many unique opportunities to diversify your portfolio with real estate in the new year. Assess your options and seek the best investment for your wallet.
Here is Part 2 of our Q&A Interview for new investors.
How long will the investment be?
Holdfolio’s goal is to own our real estate over the long term to collect rental income & take advantage of the benefits of owning real estate. It is in the best interest of everyone that we sell the property at the right time, this event may occur sooner or later depending on market conditions, performance factors, and desires of the investor members. If it is not the right time to sell, then Holdfolio will continue to hold onto the property for cash flow.
Do investors share in any of the tax benefits of owning real estate?
Yes. We will be writing off depreciation on the property and all other business expenses related to the operation of the rental properties. So, the taxable income you earn from the investment will be reduced by these tax benefits.
What makes Holdfolio different from other crowdfunding platforms?
Holdfolio is operated by full-time real estate investors. This means there are no middlemen and all the opportunities on the platform are sourced by Holdfolio.
How do the legal agreements describe the relationship between investor members and the manager?
For the most part, the manager retains the right to make all day to day decisions, however there are certain decisions that will be made through a vote of the investor members in order to reach a majority consensus. The partnership is facilitated by a limited liability company & the manager is the responsible party for the acts of the company. Investor have zero liability.
When are profits distributed to investors?
Holdfolio disburses profit to investors quarterly. This means that you will receive profit from your investment deposited directly into your account during the first couple weeks of January, April, July, & October. To date the average return to partners is 10.17%. *This return does not take into account possible increases or decreases in the value of current investments. Further, the performance of our portfolios in the past does not guarantee that they will be successful in the future. More information about our track record is available to registered users.
How do I get my invested capital back?
After Holdfolio holds the property to collect rental income, the property can be sold for a profit or refinanced with long term debt. In the event the property is sold, you will receive the return of your invested capital plus the profits from the sale. If the property is refinanced, you will receive a return of your invested capital & still keep ownership in the property. It is also possible for you to sell your ownership to recoup your investment. In this scenario, either Holdfolio can purchase your ownership, or we can assist in a match-making effort to find someone interested in purchasing your ownership. Holdfolio retains a first right of refusal to purchase your ownership should you decide to sell. In general, you cannot sell your ownership within 12 months from your initial investment date.
Here at Holdfolio, it is common for us to receive similar questions from new investors. This interview was conducted with one of our investors.
What kinds of questions did you have for Holdfolio during the brief introduction call?
The call mostly was getting to gain a better understanding of how Holdfolio operates.
What is the minimum investment?
It can vary depending upon the specific investment opportunity but is typically $20,000.
Why did you choose Holdfolio?
It is a passive approach and the returns are attractive. I'm not looking to spend time managing the investment and didn't want the liability and potential headache that comes with owning real estate myself.
What were the steps and processes to invest with Holdfolio?
It was pretty simple. I went through a 3-step process online to invest. After signing the investment agreement I was able to fund my investment. I had the option of sending a wire or mailing a check which was deposited to Holdfolio's escrow account.
How much time do you spend managing your investment with Holdfolio?
I log on to my dashboard every so often to check the status of investments. Everything is updated quarterly. I was get email updates and distribution details so it's really nice.
Foreclosures continue to be one of the hottest items in the world of real estate. How do they work. What is the appeal for investors? What ways are there to participate?
A foreclosure is a legal proceeding which seizes real estate from an owner and liquidates it through a sale to compensate creditors.
The most common reason for foreclosure is when a homeowner fails to pay their mortgage payments. Once a loan payment becomes 30 days late, it goes into default. Depending on where the property is, it may move into the legal foreclosure process once that payment is 90 days late. Although some lenders have dragged their feet on foreclosing when there are a lot of them, in order to preserve their own balance sheets.
There are other reasons for foreclosure too. This includes past due property taxes, HOA liens, federal tax liens, and condemnation due to property condition or eminent domain, or other breaches of contract with a mortgage lender. Sometimes the owner is genuinely at fault for failing to keep their end of the deal. In many other cases lenders have fraudulently foreclosed to seize assets, or it is the result of paperwork glitches.
Once a foreclosure is granted, properties are generally offered at auctions. If no winning bids are received, the creditor gains control of the property.
What Foreclosures Mean for Real Estate Investors
In one word – it means ‘opportunity’.
Foreclosed properties need to be sold, and are typically offered by motivated sellers who are in need of selling that asset fast. This normally means they can be purchased at a discount. As of August 2017, Realtytrac reports there were 626,631 properties in the US in some stage of foreclosure.
Discounts mean that real estate investors can buy these properties, and acquire them in a good equity position. They can sometimes be immediately resold for a profit. Though many may require significant repairs and updating before they are fit for renting or resale.
How to Buy Foreclosure Homes
There are a variety of ways to acquire foreclosure properties.
In pre-foreclosure directly from the owner
Via the MLS
At foreclosure auctions
Buying non-performing loan notes and foreclosing
Via real estate wholesalers
Participating in a fund or partnership which buys, rehabs, and rents them
Foreclosures continue to be a popular topic in real estate investing. They can still offer value to investors. There are many reasons homes get foreclosed on. There are several ways to participate in these opportunities for all levels of investors from brand new to highly experienced.
If you talk to experienced investors today, you’ll find a few common threads in what they would do differently if they could go back and start over. Learning from their mistakes now can certainly help in making the most of your investment opportunities.
One of the biggest and most common regrets of experienced investors is that they didn’t begin investing earlier. How soon you start investing makes a massive difference. Even a small amount invested now can grow into the millions by the time you retire. Whereas if you put it off, you’ll have to work harder, and give up a far larger percentage of your earned income, and take more risks in order to try and catch up. The earlier you invest, the more time you give yourself to make mistakes and learn.
Hold, Hold, Hold
Another frequent regret is not having sold properties. Eventually real estate assets increase in value and have more income producing potential. At times, it is wise to exit to get the most cash out of a home, but that may pale in comparison to the potential gains of long term hold properties.
Buy Less Junk, Invest More
Whether it was putting off investing to buy junk that ‘promised’ instant gratification, or blowing all the gains from flipping houses on car leases and partying, most would go back and splurge less on items that just rust or accumulate dust, and reinvest it instead.
Invest in Learning
In investing it is what you don’t know that gets you. And you never know it all. Every moment spent learning can pay vast ongoing returns. No matter what the market and weather does, no one can ever take that from you.
Make Bolder Moves
There is probably nothing worse than getting old and realizing all those ‘safe’ plays you made, all the years spent watching TV in comfort, and times you didn’t go somewhere because it was too adventurous, was all a waste. Decades were wasted, often without any rewards for it, and with little real financial security gained. Make bold moves while you are young, and while you can enjoy it. Even if they don’t work out you’ll have plenty of time to catch up.
Think Longer Term
A five year plan simply isn’t long enough. To really be able to enjoy the fruits of your investing and to hold onto them you’ve got to think and plan a lot longer than that. The most successful think 100 years or more ahead.
No single thing, strategy or asset will perform amazingly all the time, forever. Not house flipping, not your favorite rental, not the stock market, not your business. The key is diversifying. Diversify into different assets, strategies, and locations.
There is a lot of benefit to be found in learning from the mistakes and regrets of others. Learn from these clues, so you don’t make the same mistakes, so you can enjoy the journey more, and be pleased with the end result.
Want to be successful in your investing? Focus on these 3 keys...
There are a lot of factors that we look at when digging into investments. Yet, we often get distracted from some of the most important elements. Here are three critical keys to truly profiting from investments, and creating sustainable results that will last.
In his recent book ‘Money – Mastering the Game’, Tony Robbins reveals that one of the biggest threats to our financial futures and profitable investments are fees. In the world of real estate, individuals could face a barrage of multiple layers of fees with mortgages, brokerage, and banking: Many of which don't make sense or are confusing. This can be what depletes potential double digit gross returns, down to what may actually be negative yields once you count inflation. It is important to differentiate junk fees from legitimate fees in your investments and obtain quality, professional advice. You usually get what you pay for. However, by investing smarter we can strip away many of these layers, and get good returns, with good management.
Smart investors prioritize taxes when investing. They take them head on, instead of just burying their heads in the sand. Taxes can take a 30-40% chunk right off the top of your returns. That dramatically changes what you thought you were going to get from an investment. Fortunately, there are some investments which offer tax breaks, and vehicles for investing which the IRS has established to allow investors to enjoy tax deferred or tax-free investments. Use these and you will not only stay in the black when others fall into the red, but you can generate out-sized returns, and build wealth and income much faster. Imagine being able to invest 40% more each year?
No matter how carefully you select investments things can happen. Markets can change, corrections can happen or even natural disasters can come along. If you have all your money in one type of investment, or one asset, you are facing risks every day. Even within the same sector or asset class, you want to hold multiple units. When you are in multiple locations you’ll most always be able to generate income and have a cushion, no matter what happens externally.
We can use all types of fancy calculations and weigh all kinds of metrics when evaluating investments. If you are not watching the fees, watching the taxes, and fail to stay diversified, you could find your profits not being so profitable!
A lot of getting the best ROI comes down to smart due diligence, intensive research and knowing ALL the numbers.
What good habits will you find common among the most successful real estate investors?
Setting goals is critical to get where you want to go. Everyone you know who has achieved great things has set clear goals. Think about applying SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time bound.
Going deep into debt for a college degree is only part of your education. Much of what you learn is self-taught by life experience. Being a lifelong learner is a sign of true intelligence.
Focus on Your Process
Having goals and a good investment strategy is the start. The real success comes in focusing on the right process and improving on it. Process and protocol can simplify how you operate and give you a clear roadmap that you can gather data with.
Compete with Yourself
Real leaders focus on getting better and improving themselves and their results year over year. Don’t spend all your time worrying about competition, compete with yourself.
Eliminate Time Wasters
Identify the time drains in your day and put a plan in place to remove them. Look at how often you answer your email, look at social media, take unnecessary phone calls and shuffle paper. This applies to both people and activities which are a waste of your time.
If one thing is for sure, it is that things are constantly changing. Those best at adapting have the best chance to stay ahead. Remember the only constant in life is change.
Persistence is the difference between the successful and the rest of society. Remember the story of Thomas Edison? “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.”
Focus on the Positive
You manifest what you think about. Stay positive and get positive results. This is a daily choice. You can’t control everything that happens, only how you look at it and react.
Good Health Habits
Good health habits help your mind work optimally and gives you the ability to stay positive. This increases your energy levels and stamina. You don’t have to become a bodybuilder, just practice healthy habits daily.
Smart investors have good morning rituals. They might include stretching, a cold shower, a meditation or quiet time or simply breakfast! These help them focus on their goals, stay positive, and stay healthy.
Planning Ahead for the Day
Create your own schedule, or you’ll always have your life and results controlled by others. Elite entrepreneurs like Elon Musk schedule their time down to segments of just a few minutes.
Setting goals aren't enough. The real change happens when you apply visualization. This engages emotion and positive thinking and puts your goals into action.
Intentionally contemplating thankfulness daily makes a big difference in our mindset. Operating from a mindset of gratitude will change your outlook, reactions, and can really help when it comes to building relationships.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is underrated. It affects our metabolism, how we feel, and our ability to think well. Getting enough sleep is actually more critical than the amount of time you put into your waking hours.
Nurture Positive Relationships
Who you hang out with matters, a lot. Make sure you are spending time with positive people who will lift you up. Work on building real relationships and connections.
Generate Multiple Streams of Income
No matter how smart you are markets and individual investments can take some wild turns. If all your eggs are in one basket that can be a problem if the market corrects. If you have multiple streams of income you are setting yourself up for a better outcome.
Work efficiently, and know when you are at your peak effectiveness. The question of putting in 12 hour days when your peak ends at 8 hours is something you need to gauge. Learn how to make the most of those 8 hours instead. That’s when you’ll get the best ROI on your time.
If you want good things to happen, it’s on you. It comes down to you to solve problems and take action. Take ownership of this fact, and look for ways to be self-sustaining to cover yourself financially.
Make Time to Play
Along with sleep, and hustling hard during your active hours, taking the time to play and actively de-stress is critical. Why work so hard on everything else on this list if you aren’t going to take the time to enjoy the journey too?
The pinnacle of success isn’t really just amassing a fortune and hitting ‘your number’. The most successful go on to give big, pay it forward, donate, and volunteer. You don’t have to wait either. Make this a part of your process now.
You may not be able to implement all of these at once. Take one at a time and focus on mastery and then move to the next. Each goal that is achieved and reward reaped gives you the motivation to push forward toward success in not just real estate investing but in your everyday life!
Which type of property is right for your first investment?
One of the most common questions new investors ask is, “What types of homes should I look for as a beginning investor?” So, what’s the answer?
What You Need to Know
The first step to deciding on which type of homes you should be looking for is to know what you really want out of it.
What are your financial goals?
What real estate strategies are you planning to use?
What resources do you have?
What talents do you have?
What types of properties do you understand?
What’s Important as a New Investor
As a new investor, the important factors you should probably be focusing on include:
Ease of property management
Low maintenance costs
Beginner investors should be looking to test the waters, and keep their risk low in their first investments. Err, on the side of this being a springboard investment to launch you forward as you learn and get results. The last thing you want is to bite off more than you can handle, and get stuck.
The ‘Bread & Butter’ House
For all of the reasons above, most investors trend towards the common ‘bread and butter’ house. That is your standard 3 bedroom, 2 bath, single family home. It’s what will typically be the easiest to finance, rent and resell, and where most of your money will come from. This is the standard, neighborhood home which appeals to the most people. There are exceptions, however. If you are in an area where there are mostly 2 bedroom, 1 bath homes, or almost all condos, then those may be your best choice vs. the 3 bed 2 bath home. It all comes down to what banks will be most comfortable financing, and which properties will fit the largest number of renters and end buyers.
Your first property is about maintaining flexibility and keeping risk low. It is about going for the homes that are going to deliver real, consistent results. You may aspire to live in a mansion next to LeBron James’ home, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it is a profitable investment. Leave the quirky homes and ultra-high-end speculation to others. Then you’ll be the one with the best investments making the most consistent cash flow at the end of the day.
Beginner investors should start by getting clarity on what they have, and what they want. They should be ready to take bold action and get going. Yet, to start smart, with properties that are going to give them the lowest risk, most options, and best flexibility. Once you get a few under your belt you can always expand to taking on more adventurous projects.
What type of insurance coverage do you need for your rental properties?
Rental property owners need insurance coverage. You may not love making premium payments, but you’ll be glad you’ve got it when something happens. If you plan to finance real estate investments you’ll often also find that insurance is mandatory.
Here are five types of insurance coverage you need to know about…
1. Title Insurance
Title insurance covers your rights to ownership and use of the property and helps cover legal defense if issues arise. You do not want to buy property without this. Every dollar of your investment and future income can be on the line. There is a lot of fraud out there today, and without title insurance, you are at risk.
2. Hazard Insurance
This is your basic property insurance. It typically covers fires and other common forms of damage. This is usually based upon the amount of the loan you have on a property, or the cost to rebuild the property. Make sure you keep the amount of coverage updated as your property value increases.
3. Special Disaster Insurances
Basic hazard insurance is very limited coverage. It typically does not cover a wide variety of other natural disasters which can destroy your property. If you are in a flood zone you will typically need special flood insurance. This is normally very inexpensive. Those in coastal zones may need windstorm or hurricane insurance which also can be very expensive.
4. Renters Insurance
Hazard insurance doesn’t cover tenant belongings. You don’t want to be on the hook for your tenants’ furniture and personal items if there is a fire, flood, or break-in. Typically, landlords will require that renters obtain their own renter’s insurance, at their own expense. This should be laid out in your lease.
5. Umbrella Policy Insurance Coverage
There is generally a discount when you group all of the properties together and this also provides ease of management. If you do enough deals, and own properties long enough you’ll run into something. Often loopholes in the above policies will mean you aren’t covered by them, or they may not provide enough coverage. An umbrella insurance policy can be used to cover you and act as a second layer of protection across all of your real estate business and assets. This can help cover issues like “dog bite” lawsuits.
Keeping in mind the need for all types of insurance coverage and this will make your property management experience a smoother and less risky endeavor.
Who are the essential professionals you need in your camp before you start investing in real estate?
It is important to keep up your momentum when getting started in real estate investing. Yet, you also want to make sure you are investing wisely and can enjoy a smooth process which delivers the best possible real estate success.
Here are the first five professionals you need to connect with before you invest:
Your actual investment returns will depend a lot on taxes. There can easily be a double digit difference in what you get to keep, depending on how you set yourself up, and how you file taxes. A good tax professional can help you strategize and get it right before you wind up with a big income tax bill.
Sooner or later you will want or need an attorney. It is just smart to have one already pre-screened and on call for when that time comes. You may want a specialist real estate attorney who can help negotiate contracts, and aid you in defending against lawsuits. It might also be helpful to have a family law or asset protection lawyer who can help you personally set up the right structures to grow and pass on your legacy.
Part of real estate success is the reduction of risk. Even if you don’t need direct property insurance to cover individual real estate assets, you will probably need an umbrella policy, life insurance, and other types of insurance to cover your assets in various areas.
Even if you don’t plan on needing credit or extra cash to invest, it can be wise to have relationships with these sources in advance. It will help you avoid any cash crunches or missing out on any great opportunities. This may be private lenders, mortgage brokers, or angel investors. You will also want to build relationships with bankers to make your transactions go more smoothly.
Having someone you can pick up the phone and call or shoot an email to for urgent help or an experienced second opinion can make all the difference in your business decision making. Find someone who is experienced in what you are doing and who shares your values.
If you plan to be an active real estate investor, make this a full-time thing, or to start a real estate business, you will also want these five people in your camp before you get going.
Having a trusted contractor on call can be invaluable for fast property inspections, repair estimates, timely turnovers and getting work done quickly.
Real Estate Agent
Whether or not you actually use a Realtor to help buy, sell, and rent real estate, investors can find them very useful for making sense of the market, and keeping on top of evolving trends.
You simply can’t do it all as an investor. Even if you have a strong marketing background, the most profitable use of your time is probably inking new deals. Still, with 90% of your success relying on your marketing to secure deals, fill them with renters, and resell them, make sure you have an expert on your team.
An assistant can be used to protect and free up your time so that you are getting the best ROI on every hour of the day. A good assistant can handle a wide variety of time-consuming tasks, including finding the other people on this list.
As you grow your real estate business, taking on a big multifamily property, or are building new homes to rent out, a project manager can save you time, and help things go smoothly. This could be a true project manager for a specific mission, a property manager, or a general manager for your organization.
Putting some thought into what and who you need to have in your camp to be savvy and efficient will help direct you towards the path of success!