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One of the very real frustrations as I sit with my Buyers or Sellers is the Client that “thinks” that by squeezing every last drop of blood from the other side is the way to win the deal.  I usually do not work over a long period of time with this type of Client. While I certainly want to obtain the best property that fits the needs of the Investor, there are ways to go about it that can make the experience of investing both successful and a pleasurable experience.

Years ago, too many to count I sold single family homes.  I learned something way back then. If a Buyer grinds the Seller for everything, the Seller will probably leave the property without cleaning it and will take very LAST garden hose simply on principle. It is the same for investment properties.

Many Buyers think that if they can”get” the deal for 10K lower that they are in a winning position.  Hardly ever is this the case.  Figure out the payments on an additional 10K and then decide if you want to go into an adversarial position with the Seller from the get go.

Here are some thoughts on this:

  • What if you need a few days of an extension? If the Seller is already feeling taken advantage of, you may not get the extension and lose the deal and possibly your Earnest Money along with any appraisal and inspection fees that you have already paid
  • Do you want the property repairs to be taken care of or a credit at close? Good luck with a Seller that again feels that you already “got the deal” Now instead of your down payment and loan, you now will be coming out of pocket for repairs.
  • What about the competitive market?  I am going into contract today on a listing.  I have two of my own investors that I know really want the property.  Last night I received two offers and the Seller is choosing one this AM.  My investors have lost out on a good building simply trying to figure out numbers.  I can assure you that not worrying over a 10K difference does not matter in the scheme of things.
  • What about your reputation as a Buyer. Do not think that if you submit low ball offers or offers with conditions that are unreasonable that Brokers do not speak with each other.

STOP paying for “COACHES or REAL ESTATE GURUS” . What a COMPLETE waste of money!  Use the money for down payments and get in the game correctly, I have investors or many I should say sometimes want to be investors that have to check with their coaches. By the time they have done this, the deal is gone.

Let speak about the Seller side of garnering the correct contract on your property.

Do you care if the Buyer wants something that you feel is unreasonable?  Depends (the famous real estate answer) on what it is.  A Seller should put themselves in the Buyers seat and see it from their perspective.  If the Buyer can only qualify to a certain amount, beware of this on any counters.  Understand that in multifamily, the Buyer typically does not go into the building until you have an accepted contract and escrow is opened.  If you are presenting that the building is well taken care of, that should be the situation.  If it is not, be prepared for a price reduction or a credit at close.  If the Buyer needs you to cover closing costs be aware of this as well.

However, as a Seller remember that a bird in the hand is better than nothing.  So if you get a reasonable offer, take it.  The grass is not always greener on the next deal.

Like a Buyer who is a “low ball’ Buyer, you can gain the reputation of a Seller that is impossible to work with.  If the Buyer needs a few days of a timeline extension for a good reason, give it to the Buyer.  After closing if the Buyer needs questions answered-help them.  What goes around comes around.

Also, you never know if this Buyer will come back today or even at some time in the future to buy another one of your properties or MAYBE you want to buy one of theirs?

It is a small world in the world of Real Estate Investing.  So let’s go get the deal and have some success at the same time!

Remember that I answer my phone and feel free to call me! 602-688-9279.

Linda

Yesterday, I went to a property inspection on a listing that I have.  I was the first person onsight and the Buyer (whom I did not represent) walked up and his first words were “So I finally get to meet the Queen of Fourplexes!” His second was “What a great website!”.

I have worked hard to gain the reputation of the “Queen of Fourplexes”. In 2006 I was with RE/MAX Commercial. I was number two in the ENTIRE world for RE/MAX that year and all I sold was fourplexes.  I missed being named number one by $30,000.  Of course they do not tell you this until you have received the award.  I would have bought a condo myself.  The next year I was again awarded the very highest honors from RE/MAX.

In the 23 years as a Broker, I have learned what works and what does not work in selling properties.  Of course, it goes without saying that answering my phone makes the biggest difference.  So many agents never answer their calls.  I see in the private remarks of listings-don’t call just text! I wonder if the Sellers knew that their agents put this in or even worse NEVER return calls or even emails-would they even hire the agent or FIRE them and they should be fired for this attitude.

When I work with a Seller to list their property, I do so many items in preparation.  First, I actually drive by the Property. There is nothing in Real Estate as “putting your feet on the dirt”.  I want to see improvements in the area and what is going on. I want to see the condition of the exterior of the property.  My recommendations to the owner for work that needs to be done is the difference between a sale and the price that the property sells for. This is the easy part.

I also want to walk the interiors of all units.  The worst thing that can happen is that you get a contract and when the inspections happen, the deal falls apart because we were not prepared for whatever is behind the closed doors.

I absolutely hire my photographer to shoot professional photos. I am paid to do a good job and professional photos make all of the difference. This means that the property needs to be made ready for the photoshoot.  Landscaping, moving tenant items and any repairs completed.

On the back side of the listing, I am known for supplying all due diligence up front to potential buyers.  NONE of us needs practice in writing contracts.  Let’s get the information in the hands of the Buyers or Agents.

I have agents look for my listings as they know that they can get all of the information upon front and make educated decisions about the property.

The list of items that I request from the Seller can be frustrating for the Seller.  However, without it I cannot do my job.  Having the information I need is critical to selling the property.  The faster I get the items, the faster that the property will sell.

I list properties on approximately 30 different websites.  All of these take a great deal of time to maintain.

An important fact is that I also update current rent rolls and year to dates on a monthly basis.  Again, the difference in Brokers.  Again, I need this information from the Seller or their Property Manager monthly.

When I list a property and IF I get all of the information that I need from the Seller, it takes me approximately 4 hours to completely “bring” up a listing.

There are many other factors that go into selling but the preparation done properly will hasten the days of market for the Seller!

Remember that I answer my cell phone 602-688-9299

Please call me if you have any questions!

Linda

So I just had a phone call from a person that wanted to offer on a proerty that I had listed. Guess what? I am not kidding, the Seller about 30 seconds before signed the Purchase ad Sale agreement.  This means that it is an accepted offer and the property is considered “in contract”.

In the Phoenix Market and frankly in any other market it is important to get the contract accepted.  It is not that you have all of the information, it simply means that you have the property under contract.  I can assure you that by the time I request all of the due diligence, in this market the property will have gone to contract with someone else.

I am pretty good at being able to estimate the cost of running the building-stablized.  I also work with Property Management to know what the rents can or should be.

As far as the condtion of the interior (as we rarely get to see interiors) this is often a negotiated factor after inspections.

Remember that you also have an apprasial condition in the contract as well.

The way that I write a contract, we make sure that you have a due diligence period so that you can do your analysis of the proformance of the property.  Remember until we get past the due diligence phase of a contract, it really is all paper.

I never want someone to CLOSE on a property that is not right for their needs but without an accepted contract, we will never figure this out.

Do not think that low ball offers work in a good market.  They DO NOT!  Remember you still have the apprasial contengency.

Real Estate is location and pick you price range and location.

Here is something else that is non-negotiable. You must have a proof of funds for either the purchase amount (if cash) or for the down payment.  In addition, if you are going to finance part of the purchase ABSOLUTELY need to be prequalified.  Contracts are not worth much if there is not one or maore of these items in place.  Today alone I received two offers on properties and niether one had a proof of funds (both cash).  I immedaily sent an email to the agents for the POF and in both cases received it back in minutes.  Agents and Investors know that they need this piece.

Off Market Is not a deal as many think. Who cares if it is an advertised listing or an “Off Market”. If it is on the MLS for expample you are actually more protected legally as Realtors have rules that govern.  I have bought off market and while we did the best due dilligence possible, once we closed there always seem to be more hair on the dog so to speak.

I promise my clients that if we write on a proerty and it is not the right one that they will have the ability to cancel during the Due Dilligence period.  Please read my past blog on Critical Dates Letters as you will agian see how important that these are.

Stay tuned for more Broker’s Advantage Blogs next week.

And remember that I answer my phone.  Cal me 602-688-9279

Linda

 

 

Commercial and Residential real estate transactions have become a focal point for hackers to access emails and steal information, which leads to stealing money.

 

These thieves hack into escrow participant’s email accounts to obtain information about upcoming real estate transactions. Once in they see information from brokers, attorneys, lenders and title companies. They will monitor the email account to determine about when the closing is scheduled and then alter original documents from the participants to change the closing and/or where the closing funds are to be wired.

 

The Buyer will get altered documents telling them there has been some kind of bank problem and they are now asking them to wire their closing funds to a new account. The Buyer is the only one that sees this email, even though this altered document originally could come from their attorney, broker, lender or title company. Unless the Buyer calls their title company to verify the wiring instructions there is no way to protect them or recover their money once it has been send to the thieves.

 

INQUIRE BEFORE YOU WIRE for any real estate transaction YOU are involved with. You could make the difference between a successful closing or a terrible loss.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions.

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