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How to Transition to a Business-Friendly Home

Guest Post by Marcus Lansky

Every business needs a base of operations and, if the kitchen table isn’t fit for purpose, it may be worth considering a move altogether. The professionals at Coleman Tanner Realty are determined to help you find a property suitable for both living and working. But, before you reach out, here are some important questions you should first ask yourself.

What Are Your Home Office Requirements?

When it comes to setting up a home office, there are a few key requirements – the most obvious of these is space. It can be a good idea to calculate how much square footage your business requires.

For entrepreneurs that are dealing with physical products, this may be more than someone who is entirely digitally based. Space is also a consideration when trying to partition your workplace from family areas – using floor plans, we can gauge your requirements and work out your specifications precisely.

On the other hand, if you’re working digitally you’ll have an increased reliance on high-speed internet access. The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) broadband deployment map can help you to check internet availability and compare locations. The FCC’s recent progress report found that 6% of Americans still do not have internet access so be sure to check any potential locations for dark spots.

Where and When To Move?

Location is doubly-important for someone looking to secure a home office – you may want to move into or close to a thriving business ecosystem. A study by the EPA found that central business districts tend to generate 20 more patents per worker and that’s not to mention reduced shipping costs, proximity to clients and other key benefits.

However, with the advent of remote working, these advantages can be offset by the higher costs, denser traffic or inconvenience to family life. You’ll want to weigh up your options and consider location in relation to your work.

If you’re looking to form an LLC (Limited Liability Company) in Florida then you should also pay close attention to state regulations. An LLC can help you save on paperwork, tax and reduce your personal liabilities, but the rules vary depending on location in the USA. Click here to learn more about the registration process.  

The other consideration is ‘when’ to buy. In a seller’s market, it may be smarter to wait or even to purchase in an area that you think may scale over the coming years. There are now a number of online tools to help you identify high-growth properties in areas nearby or you can contact your agent directly to request a free market analysis.

How Can I Save Money?

As important as the market itself is, understanding mortgage rates and buying strategies is also key.

For example, you can save money with a new property by purchasing ‘as is’. This means that the seller has made no repairs prior to listing and any problems, major or minor, become your responsibility.

In this case, you should look to work with a lawyer to inspect and examine the land records and the property itself for any potential red flags. A property ‘as is’ can represent a great investment but background checks are crucial to avoid regrets later.

Once you’ve asked yourself the above questions, you’ll have a clearer idea of what kind, whereabouts and how to go about finding the perfect work-from-home property. From there, you’re ready to hire a trustworthy Realtor®️ and begin your house hunt.

Connect with the experts at Coleman Tanner Realty and take the next step toward securing your dream Florida home.

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Buying a Home for Your Growing Business

Guest Post by Marcus Lansky

Entrepreneurs who operate from their homes can find themselves quickly outgrowing the confines of their home office. While this is great news for your business, it might necessitate moving to a larger home to accommodate both the expansion and the needs of your family. While you may be looking at resale homes, a new home is another great option and will ensure everything is warrantied. These tips from Coleman Tanner Realty can help make buying a house a little less overwhelming. 

Assess Your Finances

As an entrepreneur, you likely manage your finances and your income a little differently than you do your personal finances, even if you’re working as an independent contractor or sole proprietor. This can be a bit of a challenge when it comes time to finance a major purchase like a house. Rather than showing a mortgage lender your pay stubs and tax returns, you’ll probably be asked to provide a profit-and-loss statement and several years’ worth of business and personal tax returns. You may also be asked to provide proof of income via bank statements or other transactional documents. Lenders will want to see you have the financial resources to pay a mortgage in a timely fashion. Your credit history will also factor into what kind of financing you qualify for.

Consider a Co-Signer

Many self-employed individuals find it easier to qualify for a mortgage when they apply with a co-applicant, like a spouse or family member, who works a regular salaried position and can easily verify their income. This can be especially beneficial if, as a small business owner, you maximize deductions related to business operations, if you’ve been in business for a short period of time, or if you don’t have a significant revenue stream to demonstrate a steady income. If you happen to carry a significant amount of debt as a business owner, it can also impact how you’re viewed from a financial perspective, so it’s wise to check your credit and your debt-to-income ratio before moving forward in the home search process.

Choosing a Mortgage

You have a number of options for mortgages, all of which have different terms and conditions. A conventional loan requires a 5–20 percent down payment — putting down at least 20 percent allows you to forego mortgage insurance. A variable or hybrid loan has a fluctuating interest rate, while portable and assumable mortgages allow you to transfer an existing mortgage to another home or to take over someone else’s mortgage, respectively. With an open mortgage, you can make additional payments to pay down the balance faster, though it typically carries a higher interest rate. A closed mortgage restricts extra payments, but interest rates are generally lower. Also, consider the best amortization period or the time it takes to pay back the debt. Longer periods mean smaller payments, but you’ll be paying more interest in the process. When choosing a loan, it’s important to remember you will have to renegotiate the terms of your mortgage when the agreement ends.

Buying As-Is

When searching through the local housing market, you may see “as-is” listings that pique your interest. Buying a house “as-is” means you are accepting it in its existing condition and are not requiring the owner to make any changes or repairs as part of the sales process. This can be a good way to save money and get a deal on a fixer-upper home, but you will want to get a full inspection in advance to ensure there are no major structural problems that will be pricey to fix down the road. Consider retaining an attorney and consulting a general contractor, as well as conducting a title search to ensure there are no red flags. Also, think about the time and money you will need to invest in the home to get it into a good living condition, and weigh that against the cost-savings you’ll realize with this type of purchase.

Whether you’re building a new home, fixing up a resale property, or retrofitting your home to meet the needs of an expanding home-based business, Coleman Tanner Realty can help achieve your vision.

Book an appointment today.

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Veteran Business Owner Speaks on Innovative Business Model for Real Estate Brokerage Startup in Florida.

“The Horse’s Mouth: Veterans Edition” with Michele Poitier and John Tanner

https://blog.thefirewatch.org/the-horses-mouth-veterans-edition-with-michele-poitier-and-john-tanner/

Posted in Real Estate Investing

Building a Real Estate Investment Portfolio Roadmap

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Having a Real Estate Portfolio Roadmap Can Help Investors Identify and Visually Communicate Their Vision.

What is a Real Estate Portfolio Roadmap?

A real estate portfolio roadmap (REPF) is a top-down view of your future real estate holdings that you desire to accumulate over the life of your investment career. The roadmap begins as an idea, becomes a plan of action, the steps needed to reach your end goal – the accumulation of real estate – and works as a punch list throughout your journey.

Because of the difficult nature of real estate transactions, namely their many interrelated pieces, the timeframes presented on this type of roadmap are more like aspirational guide posts rather that steadfast directionals or exacting deadlines.

Your REPR is a working, evolving document. It’s goal is to lay the foundation to reverse engineer your investment agenda over the next five, ten, fifteen, or twenty years.

Do I Need a Real Estate Portfolio Roadmap?

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For the novice private investor, a REPR outlines a specific growth path to follow which can help move you towards your end goal faster and with less surprises.

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For the investment team, such as a REIT, it moves all stakeholders in the same direction, at the same rhythm, helping them achieve their business objectives with more clarity and synchronicity.

Moreover, using a real estate portfolio roadmap does all of the following:

  • Provides clarity
  • Communicates investment impact
  • Guides the investor (or investment team) along the journey
  • Creates the initiative to forecast future income & expenses for each investment project (deal)
  • Assists the project manager in forecasting required resources for specific initiatives
  • Bolsters accountability, and
  • Tracks milestones and progress
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Action Steps

    • Develop a Real Estate Investment Portfolio Vision.
    • Ask yourself, “how much money do I want to net in retirement?”
    • Talk to other investors, bankers, and real estate brokers to learn about income and expenses for any given investment.
    • Create your investor dream team, which includes an accountant, a lawyer, a banker, and a real estate broker.
    • Decide on your internal management team. (Are you a solopreneur or an entrepreneur?)
  1. Create Your First Draft Picks – a ‘Bird’s-Eye’ View of Your Real Estate Investment Portfolio Over the Span of Your Career (the roadmap).
    • The private investor or management team should brainstorm investment options to meet the investment portfolio vision.
    • Identify specific purchase initiatives, cost estimates, and management (holding) expenses.
    • Decide on how to best structure each deal, taking into account the availability of investment and working capital, funding, tax implications, legal, government restrictions, and internal level of priority.
  2. Create an Internal Investment Roadmap.
    • Start with your first purchase objective. Walk through the entire transaction to identify and document all of the potential moving pieces, costs, timing, potential pitfalls, risk reduction strategies, management duties & expenses, and BTCF.
    • Decide who will be the project manager for the first undertaking (and each project thereafter).
    • Hire your ‘dream team’ and ask your real estate broker to “shop the market.”
    • Implement your plan!
  3. Rinse & repeat!

As your portfolio grows, so will your ability to scale up small projects or take on bigger projects. Thus, your roadmap will undoubtedly be edited several times throughout your career.

Remember, not even “…the best laid plans of mice and men” ever happen perfectly. Be flexible. And, above all, enjoy the journey!

In closing, if you want to be (or already are) a real estate investor who has several properties in mind, then you should create a REPR. It will help you to organize, evaluate, prioritize, forecast, track, and communicate your investment initiatives throughout your investment journey.

As a real estate broker, my team and I want to help you understand our markets and identify potential investment opportunities for you. We want to become your ‘go-to’ real estate consultant, “your source for real estate investment solutions!”

ColemanTanner.com

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The Groover-Stewart Building

25 N. Market Street

Jacksonville, Florida 32202

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(786) 258-8855

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Can I Become a Homebuyer if I Have Bad Credit?

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You may be a good candidate for a credit restoration program. Once you’ve improved your credit scores above the qualifying standards and have the eligibility income required, you can get an approval from the lender. If you need help with your down payment, there are sometimes local housing grants that are available on homes being sold in certain regions. You should consult with a credit repair specialist and a mortgage lender for an analysis of your current income and liabilities, as well as guidance on your next steps. Lenders can be found on Rocket Mortgage. Lexington Law specializes in credit repair. If you would like to speak to one of our preferred partners, we can arrange an introduction. Stay persistent in your pursuit of homeownership, your future self will thank you.

Posted in Real Estate: Buy, Sell, Lease

Coming Soon: A Different Kind of “Board” Meeting – Viewers Are Transported “Behind-the-Scenes” To Have a Look Inside of Coleman Tanner’s Real Estate Team Meetings.

Winedown Wednesdays – Airing on YouTube at 6pm.

So, you’ve been working for the past three days, grinding it out, and are craving for the weekend to come sooner. Why not wind down with us, have a glass of wine (or two), and join our little weekly soiree! We’d love to have you with us (virtually). Join us Wednesdays for happy hour as we dive into a business meeting over wine and a charcuterie board as we talk about our real estate agency activities of the week and brainstorm ways to serve our clients better.

I was working on a new business that I launched in January, 2020 – Coleman Tanner Realty – and then the pandemic hit us. At first, I was frozen in fear. I had already launched the business on a shoestring budget, and now I had no idea how to develop business when I was “stuck at home.”

It has been a real challenge given the crisis we all were (and still are) in. After postponing for several months, I decided to take action to lay a foundation, build the business on it, and gain momentum along the way. I figured that since others were doing well online, that’s where I needed to turn my attention – and here’s one of the cornerstones: a “behind-the-scenes” look at what we are (and will be) doing in our business.

I know that showcasing our business strategies online is like tipping your hand in poker, but I don’t mind others using our ideas in their business because I have an “abundance mentality” – there’s enough for everyone. I hope you enjoy the show and I welcome your feedback. Thanks for watching.

Cheers!

John

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What Roofing Materials Should I Buy?

Shingle, Clay Tile, or Metal?

1. Clay tile. AKA “Spanish tile” (my favorite) this material is considered the most attractive, but also more expensive. This roof will have a 50 to 100 year life expectancy, but is costly to repair.

Benefit: good wind resistance.

Metal Roof

2. Steel Panels. This roofing material is less expensive than clay tile, but not as attractive.

Benefit: lower cost & good wind resistance.

Composition Shingle

3. Composition Shingle. There are many grades of shingle quality to choose from, they are the most affordable material, and they have a 20 to 50 year life expectancy. However, they are the least wind resistant.

Benefit: low-cost.

Solar Panels = Lower Electric Bills

Roofing Options: Solar Panels. When you are thinking about your roofing installation, you may want to consider adding solar panels. They may cut your electric bill, but you should consider the installation costs, as well as future repair and replacement costs. Also, they may be difficult to remove when repairing your roof and they are not attractive.

Perhaps when the technology expands to the point where the panels are embedded into the roofing materials, it will become a “must have.” For now, you may need to crunch the numbers closely before placing an order.

In closing, when designing your new home, you may be restricted by the developer’s rules on what roofing material you can use. Also, take into consideration your environment and how well your preference will blend in. Lastly, remember the old adage that you get what you pay for.

Happy Homebuilding!

Posted in Real Estate Sales Tips

Now Hiring @ Coleman Tanner Realty

Life is an adventure story, ready to begin a new chapter?

We’re seeking a few select agents in the following FLORIDA cities: Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Tampa, Orlando, Naples, Daytona Beach, Pensacola, Jacksonville, St. Augustine, and Fernandina Beach. Are you interested? You know what to do. HR@colemantanner.com

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Renters for a Weekend or a While: What’s the Best Use of Your Investment Property?

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The residential rental market is now the fastest-growing segment of the housing market. In the United States, the demand for single-family rentals, defined as either detached homes or townhouses, has risen 30 percent in the past three years.1And in Canada, rental units now account for nearly one-third of the country’s homes, with particular demand for multi-family units, including apartments and condominiums.2

At the same time, the short-term, or vacation, rental market is also booming. The popularity of online marketplaces like Airbnb, HomeAway, and VRBO has helped the short-term rental market become one of the fastest-growing segments in the travel industry.3

Now, more than ever, there is an abundance of opportunity for real estate investors. But which path is best: leasing your property to a long-term tenant, or renting your property to travelers on a short-term basis?

In this post, we examine the differences between the two investment strategies and the benefits and limitations of each category. 

 

WHY INVEST IN A RENTAL PROPERTY? The Top 5 Reasons

Before we delve into the differences between long-term and short-term rentals, let’s answer the question: “Why invest in a rental property at all?”

There are five key reasons investors choose to buy real estate over other investment vehicles:

I. Appreciation

Appreciation is the increase in your property’s value over time. And history has proven that over an extended period, the cost of real estate continues to rise. Recessions may still occur, but in the vast majority of markets, the value of real estate does grow over the long term.

II. Cash Flow

One of the key benefits of investing in real estate is the ability to generate steady cash flow. Rental income can be used to pay the mortgage and taxes on your investment property, as well as regular maintenance and repairs. If appropriately priced in a solid rental market, there may even be a little extra cash each month to help with your living expenses or to grow your savings.

Even if you only take in enough rent to cover your expenses, a rental property purchase will pay for itself over time. As you pay down the mortgage every month with your rental income, your equity will continue to increase until you own the property free and clear … leaving you with residual cash flow for years to come.

III. Hedge Against Inflation

Inflation is the rate at which the general cost of goods and services rises. That means as inflation rises, the money you have sitting in a savings account will buy less tomorrow than it will today. On the other hand, the price of real estate typically matches (or often exceeds) the rate of inflation. To hedge or guard yourself against inflation, real estate can be a smart investment choice.

IV. Leverage

Leverage is the use of borrowed capital to increase the potential return of an investment. You can put a relatively small amount down on a property, finance the rest of the investment with a mortgage, and then profit on the entire combined value.

V. Tax Benefits

Don’t overlook the tax benefits that can come with a real estate investment, as well. From deductions to depreciation to exemptions, there are many ways a real estate investment can save you money on taxes. Consult a tax professional to discuss your particular circumstances.

These are just a few of the many perks of investing in real estate. But what’s the best strategy to maximize returns on your investment property? In the next section, we explore the differences between long-term and short-term rentals.

 

LONG-TERM (TRADITIONAL) RENTAL MARKET

When most people think of owning a rental property, they imagine buying a home and renting it out to tenants to use as their primary residence. Traditionally, investors would use their rental property to generate an additional stream of income while benefiting from the property’s long-term appreciation in value.

In fact, that steady and predictable monthly cash flow is one of the key advantages of owning a long-term rental. And as an owner, you don’t usually have to worry about paying the utility bills or furnishing the property—both of which are typically covered by the tenant. Add to this the fact that traditional tenants translate into less time and effort spent on day-to-day property management, and long-term rentals are an attractive option for many investors.

However, there are also limitations to long-term rentals, which often come down to your ability to control the property. Perhaps the most obvious one is that you do not get to use the home or closely monitor its upkeep (this is different from a short-term rental, which we’ll share in the next section).

In addition, while you can usually generate a steady, predictable income stream with a long-term rental, you are limited in your ability to adjust rent prices based on increasing or seasonal demand. Therefore, you may end up with a lower overall return on your investment. In fact, according to data from Mashvisor, in the 10 hottest real estate markets, short-term rentals produced “significantly higher rental income” than long-term rentals.4

 

SHORT-TERM (VACATION) RENTAL MARKET

Short-term rentals are often referred to as vacation rentals, as more and more travelers enjoy the benefits of staying in a home while on vacation. In fact, according to Wells Fargo, vacation rentals are steadily growing and predicted to account for 21% of the worldwide accommodations market by 2020.5

Investing in a short-term rental or funding your second-home purchase by renting it out can offer many benefits. If you purchase an investment property in a top travel destination or vacation spot, you can expect steady demand from travelers while taking advantage of any non-rented periods to enjoy the home yourself. In addition to greater control over how your property is used, you can also adjust your rental price around peak travel demand to maximize your returns.

But short-term rentals also have risks and drawbacks that may dissuade some investors. They require greater day-to-day property management, and owners are typically responsible for furnishing the property, upkeep, and utilities.

And while rental revenue can be higher, it can also be less predictable based on seasonal or consumer travel trends. For example, a lack of snowfall during ski season could mean fewer bookings and lower rental revenue that year.

In addition, laws and limitations on short-term rentals can vary by region. And in some areas, the regulations are in flux as residents and government officials adapt to a new surge in short-term rentals. So, make sure you understand any existing or proposed restrictions on rentals in the area where you want to invest. Urban centers or suburban communities may be more resistant to short-term renters, thus more likely to pass future limitations on use. To lower your risk, you may want to consider properties in resort communities that are accustomed to travelers. We can help you assess the current regulations on short-term rentals in our area. Or if you’re interested in investing in another market, we can refer you to a local agent who can help.

 

 WHICH INVESTMENT STRATEGY IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

Now that you understand these two real estate investment options, how do you pick the right one for you? It’s helpful to start by clarifying your investment goals.

If your goal is to generate steady, predictable income with less time and effort spent on property management, then a long-term rental may be your best option. Also, if you prefer a less-risky investment with more reliable (but possibly lower) returns, then you may be more comfortable with a long-term rental.

On the other hand, if your goal is to purchase a vacation or second home that you’ll use, and you want to defray some (or all) of the expense, then a short-term rental may be a good option for you. Similarly, if you’re open to taking on more risk and revenue volatility for the possibility of greater investment returns, then a short-term rental may better suit your spirit as an investor.

But sometimes the decision isn’t always so clear-cut. If your goal is to purchase a future retirement home now to hedge against inflation, rising real estate prices, and interest rates, then both long- and short-term rentals could be suitable options. In this case, you’ll want to consider other factors like location, market demand, property type, and your risk tolerance.

 

HERE OR ELSEWHERE … WE CAN HELP

If you’re looking to make a real estate investment—whether it’s a primary residence, investment property, vacation home, or future retirement home—give us a call. We’ll help you determine the best course of action and share insights and resources to help you make an informed decision. And if your plans include buying outside of our area, we can refer you to a local agent who can help. Contact us to schedule a free consultation! (904) 373-8453.

The above references an opinion and is for informational purposes only.  It is not intended to be financial advice. Consult the appropriate professionals for advice regarding your individual needs.

Sources:

  1. USA Today –
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/real-estate/2017/11/11/renting-homes-overtaking-housing-market-heres-why/845474001/
  2. The Globe and Mail –
    https://www.theglobeandmail.com/real-estate/the-market/article-demand-for-rental-housing-in-canada-now-outpacing-home-ownership/
  3. Phocuswright –
    https://www.phocuswright.com/Travel-Research/Research-Updates/2017/US-Private-Accommodation-Market-to-Reach-36B-by-2018
  4. com –
    https://www.rented.com/vacation-rental-best-practices-blog/do-long-term-rentals-or-short-term-rentals-provide-better-investment-returns/
  5. Turnkey Vacation Rentals –
    https://blog.turnkeyvr.com/short-term-vs-long-term-vacation-rental-properties/
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Self-Promotion: Real Estate Media Creation

Okay, so I have been experimenting with Canva and I love the capabilities for digital & print media. So far I have only used the graphics online, but you could easily print the pdf’s for, let’s say, open house brochures. Here’s a sample piece I created to market the neighborhood I live in:

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As you can see, I introduce three properties within the Town Center development: Esplanade (Condos), 5 Thousand Town (Luxury Apartments), and The Uptown (also Luxury Apartments). The 4th main image is part of the shopping center.

You may note that I also added two pop-out images of the rooftop fire pit and the pool deck touching the 5 Thousand Town image. These are especially useful for highlighting some of your listing’s “special” features that draw in your prospect’s attention.

Well friends, that’s it for today’s lesson. I hope you enjoyed this post and I look forward to seeing you again inside the blog.

Cheers!

John