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Airbnb Properties vs. Long-Term Rental Properties

Should you invest in an Airbnb property or would a long-term rental be better for your real estate goals? I’ll go over a few pros and cons for you to consider today.

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If you haven’t used Airbnb yet, it’s a great experience. I’ve booked a 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom house in Rome for 10 of us to go on a Mediterranean cruise. We got the kitchen and a great location to see the city.

You can rent an Airbnb for $200 to $500 a day, which has many investors purchasing short-term rental properties. However, what are the pros and cons of investing in an Airbnb property? How do these properties compare to long-term rentals?

Investing in an Airbnb property is a great way to bring in a larger cash flow each month, but there are a few things you need to be cautious of.

First of all, pay attention to the location of the property. Is the property in a homeowners association or association complex? Some HOAs have rules in place that do not allow a rental for less than 30 days, so make sure you will be able to have a short-term rental before you purchase a property.

You should also check the zoning. Certain cities do not allow any type of short-term rentals except in certain zoning areas so that the city can establish a tax base and collect taxes for short-term rentals.

When you invest in a long-term rental, you typically buy a single-family home that will bring in $1,500 month. With Airbnb, you can bring in $200 to $500 a day, which could net you $9,000 a month.

With an Airbnb property, you could net as much as $9,000 a month.

You should also pay attention to commission. On a long-term rental, you’ll pay about 10% per month on the income you get from the property to a property management company. The property management company will take care of maintenance, cleaning, and day-to-day issues.

Airbnb commissions are more complex. People can check in on a daily or weekly basis, and the commission rate is closer to 50%. Make sure you get an agreement with a property management company that is fair for both sides.

Finally, what happens after you get tired of running an Airbnb? What is your exit strategy? That home needs to be in a good, rentable area so that you can transition the property into a long-term rental.

Your other option is to sell the property, so make sure you purchase in an area where you will be able to get all of the money you invested in the property back when it comes time to sell again.

If you have any additional questions about short-term or long-term property investments, just give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!

Renovations Loans, Explained

With a renovation loan, you can add renovation projects on a home you buy to the actual mortgage. Watch this video to learn more about them.

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Today I’m joined by a special guest: Barry Krevoy, who is our LoanDepot representative.

We had a situation that came up this last weekend. My buyers are looking for that perfect home that’s turnkey and ready to go. When I talked to Barry about this, he found that they’re well-qualified to get the loan, but he was suggesting that maybe we look into a renovation loan.

So today, Barry will be talking about renovation loans—the different types, and how they all work.

A renovation loan is just like any other loan, except for the fact that we’ll be adding renovation projects on the home to your actual mortgage. There are two different types: a full renovation loan, which you can do a conventional FHA loan on, and a VA renovation loan, which is a streamline loan.

There are also FHA and conventional streamlines. Streamlines are non-structural, so you can put in new countertops, new carpet, new appliances, and so on. No permits are required for this, since it’s not for construction projects.

It really opens up a lot of options, and takes a house that needed love and turns it into the house of your dreams.

Then there are full-rental loans, where you can add bedrooms, floors, and other larger projects. We have a lot of people that are getting priced out because everybody wants a single-family residence with 2,000 square feet. There might be properties out there where you can add a bedroom, bathroom, or maybe a second story. It really opens up a lot of options, and takes a house that needed love and turns it into the house of your dreams.

In flipping shows like the ones you see on HGTV, they don’t buy a home and flip it using money they have laying around; they use renovation loans to finance it.

As far as benefits go for regular buyers, the interest rates will be a little bit higher because you’re packing more into the loan. On a full renovation loan, you can put six months' worth of payments into the loans, so you don’t even have to make a payment on the house for six months.

Another great fact is that you can use the renovation loan to flip a house, and you only have to put 15% down. We all know on an investment property, you usually have to put 25% down, so there really are a lot of benefits.

If you’re interested in a renovation loan, I suggest you give me or Kevin a call, text, or email. Let’s see whether or not it works for you.

6 Tips of Why You Don't Want to Sell Your Own Home

There are a lot of challenges to selling your home on your own. Here are just a few of them.

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Every year, tens of thousands of homeowners attempt to sell their own homes. If you’re thinking about it, here are six things that most FSBO (For Sale By Owner) home sellers forget that you’ll need to know in order to have a successful sale:

1. Complete the paperwork. 82% of those surveyed had no idea about all the different contracts involved and how to do the paperwork that is specific to where they live. If you don’t know, it could be a huge liability.

2. Getting the right price. Most people have no idea what the true value of their home is because they don’t know anything about the market and how homes are valued within it. Using Zillow or any other online home value estimator based on data alone isn’t a good way to figure out your home’s market value.

3. Fixing up your home for sale. There are certain things, including staging and curb appeal, that you’re only going to be able to get with the agent. You simply don’t have that expertise on your own unless you’re a real estate professional yourself.

4. Attracting potential buyers. 94% of FSBO sellers surveyed don’t know how to properly attract a buyer. Most FSBO sellers just put a sign in their yard and hope buyers see it. The thousands of agents here in our market know how to get that home listed on the local MLS so that thousands of buyers are exposed to it every day.

5. Selling within the planned time. If you’re looking to sell your home in a short amount of time, selling FSBO isn’t the best route. It will take at least 90 to 120 days. With a real estate agent, you’ll be able to expedite your sale.

It can get overwhelming quickly if you aren’t experienced.

6. Energy and effort. Unless you are in this business full-time, you have no idea how much energy and effort it takes to get a home sold. With all the paperwork, marketing, and communication involved, it can get overwhelming quickly if you aren’t experienced.

If you have any questions for us or want our help to make your home sale a breeze, give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you.