Re: Low down pymt house - Posted by Tim Fierro (Tacoma, WA)
Posted by Tim Fierro (Tacoma, WA) on February 02, 2002 at 15:44:13:
What you want to find out more on is who will pay to do the fixing up, how much is the rental after completion, does it cover costs with cash flow, who manages the properties, how do ‘they’ determine the downpayments needed, etc… IE: You have a lot more information to get in order to tell if it is a good deal and what pitfalls may happen.
Your message doesn’t discuss these things. We who are reading can only guess at the many possible pitfalls and there are too many to list not knowing all the details.
Your area may have houses that have full market value of $30k for a really nice home. That means you are putting down over 10% of your money to buy it and you still have to get it rehabbed and rented. If your area has full market value of $500k homes that you will be buying, you are only putting in 1% for a downpayment. We don’t know your area, only you will know.
Your game plan is to rent them out, but it looks like you are paying a company to buy, rehab, and property manage everything for you. What is your profit potentional doing it ‘their’ way and weigh that against doing it yourself. The company you are considering may want to sell to you at the most price they can get and get a cut of the commission, then property manage it for you and take a part of the profits; we don’t know and you haven’t discussed this part in your message.
Nothing wrong with a company doing this, but you need to get full details on the whole setup from purchasing, to the managing, to the exit of the deal. If you have this information and just didn’t post it, then you will have to review it and maybe ask more specific questions to get the answer you seek.
But to your answer, here are a few;
Rehab costs were to much, now overbudget.
Renters thrashed the place, out of pocket expenses.
Rents in the area don’t cover PITI and cash flow.
Toilet busted, you need to go out there with a plunger.
Marketing fees are higher now, please send more money.
When you deal with a company, read the contracts carefully so you understand your part in the equation. What are you responsible for, and what they are responsible for.