Marriage and personal problems are only exacerbated under financial pressure. Many larger decisions must be made when investing and this process can expose underlying insecurities and belief systems that need resolving as soon as possible.
A number of years ago I decided to begin investing in commercial real estate. While I had experience in buying and selling single-family investment properties I had no experience in multi-family property investing. A new acquaintance of mine, Mike, owned an apartment building. I knew Mike would be a great mentor for investing in a new asset class of real estate.
I would never encourage any investor to jump into such a project. To turn such an investment around requires a building with sound potential for value, really deep pockets and a very good understanding of the renovation game and construction contractors. Poor Jane thought she could do this on her own with her boyfriend, who might have good looks but has no previous construction experience. Occasionally, they would hire a tradesman to do the work they could not, but this is no plan. Everything backfired, even their own relationship was destroyed in the end, as a result of all the unmet expectations, pressure and constant arguing on what should be done. And let’s be realistic, their expectations were unreal from the outset.
This approach gave me a great opportunity to start a dialog and to give Mike an idea how much I would appreciate knowing how he became successful and to find out what he would do in similar a situation, how he handled the same challenge I was currently faced with.
Obtain the tax-delinquent owners’ contact info. There are a ton of sites on the internet that can help you accomplish this. You can then contact them however you like, but calling always works best.
One problem that many real estate investors face is lack of liquidity. Liquid assets are those that can be easily converted into cash. This is similar to stocks and bonds. Most real estate investments can take years before you can actually make a profit. So it is not the best decision to tie up all of your assets in real estate investments. Your financial situation will be an indicator as to how much you can wisely invest in properties and real estate.
Buying run-down homes and restoring them for selling or renting purposes can reap profits. The advantages of selling are that you can build up equity. The advantages of renting are that you can build a stream of positive cash flow. But, before you do this, you will need to consider some factors and do the math including a margin of safety.
It is not difficult to imagine the prodigious amount of money he put into rehabilitating the property-money he would have saved just by budgeting for the real estate experts he needed. There was no way to fix the problem of the building’s location, therefore the property didn’t have the potential to fetch much rent.