In Anno Darwinii 2.25, I’ll show you the progress in our biggest renovations and discuss why patience is a virtue in real estate investing.
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The last three months have been transformative for both my personal life and the rental empire. I’ll touch on the personal stuff in the future, but this post today is all about what’s going on behind the scenes with our real estate portfolio.
While waiting for three redevelopment projects at once, I’ve learned an important lesson: patience is a virtue in real estate investing.
Why Patience is a Virtue in Real Estate Investing
Your particular investment strategy may not need patience. For example, if you invest in the stock market as a day trader, your investment might need just a few morning hours every day to yield a profit. But successful real estate investors are going to need a little more patience to survive.
Most real estate transactions take place over a month or so. But to realize gains from buy and hold rental properties, you’ll need a longer term outlook. This can range from months to even years in some cases.
But it’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, the need for patience is one of my favorite features of the real estate industry. I think it separates the average investors from the successful investors.
Our experience in the last three months is a perfect example of this in action.
Below, I’ll highlight the properties that truly tested our mettle as patient investors: our two apartment buildings and the Palm Springs vacation home.
Read the last episode of Anno Darwinii 2.0
Indy Apartment building #1: The 10 unit
At our last update, we were finally starting to see some progress with this beautiful brick building. I’m happy to report that construction did accelerate over the last 3 months. While we are still behind schedule, my general contractor has made immense progress. Here’s a list of what’s been completed:
- New kitchens and cabinetry
- New bathrooms
- Updated entryway and LVP flooring
- New paint throughout
- Updated electrical and lighting
Below is a before and after of a bathroom in one of the units. The transformation is pretty dramatic in the building. As you might recall, many of these units were completely gutted when I purchased the property.
This week my property manager is finally touring the property to plan for the photography and marketing of the finished units.
I’m really hopeful that we can get some of the units rented before the weather turns cold and nasty for the winter.
Indy Apartment building #2: The 7 unit
We picked up this property as a fully occupied 7 unit apartment building with an empty lot next door. Since purchase, about half of the tenants have turned over and we’ve started to lightly renovate the units. Our real estate agent (who’s also our property manager) has started to show the units upon completion.
We’ve kept the renovations mostly cosmetic, with some upgrades to the bathrooms, kitchens, and flooring. Here are a couple of photos from the facelift.
Most of the real estate I’ve purchased has come vacant, so this building was a new experience for us. To keep the building cash flowing, we decided not to encourage full tenant turnover straightaway. Instead, we are allowing their leases to terminate and for the tenants to seek different housing on their own.
As I mentioned above, more than half of the building is now vacant, which is allowing us to upgrade the units and hike up the rents to market.
I’m looking forward to refinancing the building in 2022 with a higher valuation. We’ve also started to think about some development opportunities for the empty lot next door.
Here are some options for this beautiful tree lined lot:
- Build a single family home to sell
- Build a multifamily property to rent long term
- Build a property to rent short term
- Sell the empty lot
What do you think we should do with the lot? Comment below!
The Palm Springs Short Term Rental
This beautiful 1940s house has been stuck in the planning period for the last few months. My wife and I have spent over a hundred hours on site visits, virtual meetings, and emails with our general contractor and designer. As a result of this, we’ve laid out what is going to be an incredible new look for the house.
On the inside, we’re opening up walls to increase the light between the living areas and the backyard. We’ll also be opening up the kitchen to the living room to create a great flow between these spaces.
And on the outside, we’re hoping to construct an outdoor Palm Springs paradise with a pool, spa, and lounging areas to enjoy the view of the San Jacinto mountains. Currently, the backyard is an overgrown and weedy blank canvas. But here are a few renderings of what we’re hoping it’ll look like with time:
Before this vision comes to life, we’ve got to dig a pool, pour a ton of concrete, and plants lots of vegetation.
All three of these buildings are soaking up capital each month and are currently cash flow negative. But as renovations finish up and they become rentable, we expect these three properties to contribute about $100,000 of cash flow to our annual income.
And as I discussed recently, I’m also banking on a hefty tax refund from the short term rental as well
There are many ways to make a quick buck with investing. Even in real estate, you can make money fairly quickly as a wholesaler or agent. But I believe the better way to take advantage of real estate is to redevelop or improve property.
I’m a big fan of the BRRRR method, but I don’t consider this method essential for a long-term investor in real estate. You just need to know when it’s a reasonable time to enter the housing market, then have the right mix of patience plus time and/or money.
Picking the right property at the right time in a real estate market can be tough, but the good news is that you don’t have to find the perfect deal all the time. In fact, no deal or investment is ever perfect. But if you get it right most of the time, you’ll eventually become a great investor.
So when you’re caught in a lull of renovations or are having setbacks, don’t despair. Just remember: patience is a virtue in real estate investing.
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