SOCAL MULTIFAMILY REAL ESTATE SNAPSHOT JUNE 2014 – DOWNTOWN RENTALS ROCK

May 28, 2014 on 10:47 pm | In Charts + Statistics, Experts Say, Fascinating Information, Green, Investment Opportunities, Market Snapshot, New Developments, Of Local Importance, Rents, Trends, Uncategorized, WOW | 6 Comments

by Jodi Summers

Young people are interested in a different kind of lifestyle than earlier generations, thus

Americans are experiencing an urban renaissance of unanticipated proportions. Realizing that now is the time for experience, college graduates are moving to cities. Now, multifamily properties account for 40% of all new construction. It’s time for you to get in the game.

Recently released census data shows that in 2014 metropolitan areas across the country grew at a faster rate than the rest of the country, with cities like Austin, Texas and Seattle, Washington growing quickly.

In Los Angeles, according to Loopnet, multifamily property sales prices have risen +1.6% in the first quarter to a median price of $177,256.80 per unit. This is a +15.8% rise from 1Q 2013.

“There’s been a surge in urban apartment building,” says chief economist for the National Association of Homebuilders, David Crowe. “The 25- to 34-year-old age group is focused on living near their peers. They want be socially engaged and live near work. They want to reduce their automobile use. All of those things aim at high-density, urban-type living.”

Nielsen Research’s latest whitepaper on Gen Y and Millennials shares these key findings:

Those aged 18 to 27 have a median income of $24,973; meanwhile, older Millennials (28 to 36) make closer to $48,000.

  • Currently, 36% of Millennials rely on parents for financial support.
  • Millennials are the most racially/ethnically diverse generation: 19% are Hispanic, 14% are African American, and 5% are Asian.
  • 62% of Millennials prefer to live in mixed-use communities.
  • Green is still in. A whopping 60% of Millennials are willing to pay more for a product if they think it’s good for the environment.

And more curiously…

  • This generation makes up about 14.7% of Americans with assets of more than $2 million.
  • 8% of Millennials own their own business.
  • Washington D.C. is home to some of the most wealthy Millennials (those earning more than $100,000 per year), followed by San Francisco.
  • Only 21% of Millennials are married.

“Unlike their parents, who calculated their worth in terms of square feet…this generation is more interested in the amenities of the city itself: great public spaces, walkability, diverse people and activities with which they can participate,” observes Ellen Dunham-Jones, a professor of architecture and urban design at Georgia Tech.

With student-loan debt hampering their opportunities for homeownership, this demographic will continue to hold sway on the apartment industry for years to come. There are currently more than 77 million Millennials across the nation, a number just about on par with Baby Boomers.

For more information please contact Jodi Summers and the SoCal Investment Real Estate Group @ Sotheby’s International Realty – jodi@jodisummers.com or 310.392.1211, and let us move forward together.

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TAXES – WHO PAYS WHAT?

March 30, 2014 on 9:19 pm | In Charts + Statistics, Curious, Economy, Experts Say, Fascinating Information | 1 Comment

by Jodi Summers

By taking a population-weighted computation of local sales tax rates and combining it with the prevailing state rate, the Tax Foundation has computed the combined sales tax rate for each U.S. state.

Oregon, Delaware and New Hampshire are the only three states without either state or local sales taxes. The five states with the lowest average combined rates are Alaska (1.69%), Hawaii (4.35%), Wisconsin (5.43%), Wyoming (5.49%), and Maine (5.50%).

Curiously, Tennessee takes the biggest toll, with the highest average combined rate of 9.45%, followed by Arkansas (9.19%) and Louisiana (8.89%). Other states in the top five for the greatest sales tax burden for consumers include Washington (8.88%) and Oklahoma (8.72%).

Keep in mind states with low or no sales taxes often have high income taxes. Oregon is an example. On the other hand, the Tax Foundation notes that Washington State has high sales taxes but no income tax.

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SOCAL MULTIUNIT REAL ESTATE SNAPSHOT MARCH 2014 – ALL IS WELL

March 3, 2014 on 11:41 pm | In Buyers, Charts + Statistics, Experts Say, Fascinating Information, Investment Opportunities, Market Snapshot, Rents, Sellers, Trends, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

by Jodi Summers

Experts agree, the multifamily market will continue to remain suitably tight to allow landlords to continue to raise rents. Currently, for regions on the western half of Los Angeles County, vacancy is in the low-3% range, allowing operators sufficient leverage to lift rents more significantly than the pace of inflation.

Current Los Angeles market trends data indicates an increase of +16.2% to $169,156 per unit compared to last year’s prices in the City’s more desirable areas – for the properties that are available. The number of multifamily properties for sale in Silicon Beach neighborhoods like Culver City, Mar Vista, Marina Del Rey, Venice, Santa Monica and Westwood is way down, forcing prices up, yet again.

Of the 12,500 units currently beyond the groundbreaking stage, nearly 12,000 are in the western part of the county, observes Marcus and Millichap’s most recent Apartment Market Research Report.

“Some of these units will hit the market in 2014, putting additional downward pressure on effective rents,” according Luis Mejia, CoStar’s director of U.S. research, multifamily.

At the current pace of demand growth, pundits believe vacancy will rise to close to 4% next year as new supply competes with existing units.

National housing vacancy rates in the fourth quarter 2013 were 8.2% for rental housing and 2.1% for homeowner housing, according to the Department of Commerce’s Census Bureau. The rental vacancy rate of 8.2% was 0.5 percentage points lower than the rate in the fourth quarter 2012.

For more information please contact Jodi Summers and the SoCal Investment Real Estate Group @ Sotheby’s International Realty – jodi@jodisummers.com or 310.392.1211, and let us move forward together.

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BEFORE ENTERING INTO A REAL ESTATE PARTNERSHIP, DO YOUR HOMEWORK

January 15, 2014 on 12:07 am | In Buyers, Curious, Experts Say, Fascinating Information, fUNNY...mONEY, Investment Opportunities, Problem Solving, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

by Naomi Shaw

A real estate partnership can be a lucrative venture for many individuals with a limited amount of money to invest. Forming a partnership will increase your working capital, and you’ll be able to buy properties you couldn’t afford on your own.

However, there are some significant risks that can come with forming a partnership. If you choose the wrong person or company to do business with, you could find that your investment quickly becomes a loss.

Before entering into any sort of real estate business partnership, make sure you do your homework on who you’ll be working with.

Knowing Your Partner

Entering into a real estate partnership with another person or company is something you should do only after you understand who you’re working with. While helpful to work with people you know and trust, there are some questions you should ask any person or company before considering a partnership.

● How much money do you have to invest? How is your credit score?

● How many properties do you currently own?

● When do you expect to make a profit from your properties? Do you plan on holding properties for years or do you want a quick turnaround to leverage into other ventures?

● Have you had other real estate partnerships in the past? Do you currently have other real estate partners? Do you have references to any past or current partners?

Understanding Your Partnership Agreement

Before you commit to any type of partnership, it’s essential that you come up with an agreement as to how the partnership is going to work. The most important things you need to discuss when setting up a real estate partnership include:

● How partners will get paid and when. Do partners share profits or are profits tied to resale only?

● What your responsibilities in the partnership are. Usually, one partner will manage properties while another is responsible for finding new properties. Of course, all partnerships differ. Defined roles are important.

● Is the partnership going to be reviewed at certain times? Many partnerships review profits about once per year. After all, not all partnerships are worth maintaining if there’s no growth or profit.

Hire an Attorney

If you form a good partnership, chances are you won’t ever need to consult your attorney. However, you do need to hire a qualified attorney who will help you setup your partnership.

Trying to do it yourself will most likely leave big gaps in your contract, and unless you’re incredibly well versed in business partnerships, those gaps could create potential problems down the road when it becomes time to sell properties, split profits, or dissolve the partnership and its assets.

Hiring an attorney seems costly, but it’s going to cost you a lot less than a business partnership gone wrong.

A real estate partnership is often an excellent way to make more money than you ever could on your own while balancing the work that real estate investing takes. However, partner with the wrong person, and you could end up losing all of the money that you had to invest.

Do your homework and ask questions, and always set up a binding legal agreement that helps both partners understand how they’ll be working together and how they’ll be able to exit the partnership if needed.

Naomi Shaw is a freelance writer in Southern California. She loves real estate and home design, and enjoys covering both topics in her writing. She contributes to HarrisHousePainting.com often.

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HEARD ABOUT THE NEW LOAN RESTRICTIONS? HERE ARE QUALIFIED MORTGAGE (QM) BASICS

December 26, 2013 on 9:23 pm | In Buyers, Experts Say, Fascinating Information, For Your Purchasing Pleasure, fUNNY...mONEY, Government, Lenders + Vendors, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

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Now that getting a loan has finally returned to a more comfortable process, the new Qualified Mortgage (QM) rules happening January 10, 2014 add a new twist to the lending game.

QM is a newly created set of restrictions on lending guidelines and the products that are available in the secondary market.  For example, there will be no more:

-           Interest Only

-           Prepayment penalties

-           Loan terms longer than 30 yrs

-           Generally no debt ratios over 43%

“The effect of QM will be that many qualified borrowers will have more difficulty in obtaining financing,” reveals Caroline McPherson, Senior Mortgage Consultant @ RPM Mortgage.

Fitch Ratings believes that after the Qualified Mortgage rule goes into effect, it will help to protect investors and provide incentives to originators and issuers to maintain high-quality originations while upholding guideline compliance.

Borrowers are still able to apply for Non-QM loans. Most mortgage brokers will continue to offer Non-QM loans, including interest only, higher debt ratios and other unique programs.

The forthcoming ability-to-repay and qualified mortgage rule will have direct consequences for the primary and secondary mortgage markets. Experts say processes will need to be developed to satisfy secondary market participants, including loan aggregators and residential mortgage-backed securities investors.

For borrowers with a debt ratio is over 43%, solutions include paying down debt so that they can qualify under the new debt ratio guidelines. Another option is FHA Loans.  Mortgages insured by the federal government will have somewhat looser restrictions.

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