High Return Turnkey Rentals in Affordable Indianapolis

In tough times like 2020 has brought, demand for affordable essentials goes UP. When it comes to real estate, it doesn’t get any more essential than residential.

Indianapolis is a hidden gem of a market … it is very affordable while still offering tremendous quality of life.

You will learn why Indianapolis is attracting nearby Midwesterners trying to escape high-price, high-tax states nearby! 

In this episode, we visit with our boots-on-the-ground guy Jeff “Shecky” Schechter and learn why he thinks Indianapolis is THE market to be in. 

In this episode of The Real Estate Guys™ show, hear from:

  • Your high-return host, Robert Helms
  • His affordable co-host, Russell Gray
  • Our Indianapolis boots-on-the-ground correspondent, Jeff “Shecky” Schechter

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What Makes an Affordable Market

As a real estate investor, price is important. As you become more seasoned, it’s not the most important thing … but let’s face it, getting started is tough! 

One financial strategy in acquiring real estate has to do with finding markets that make sense …. the big picture is that income has to be enough to cover expenses and then some!

So you look at these markets that have appreciated over time like Northern California, the Bay Area, Seattle … places where the prices have gone up and up, and yet the rent doesn’t always keep pace.

Appreciation is one way we make money in real estate … but cash flow is how we hang on to the property, and so especially if you’re starting out, you want to find a good market where prices are affordable and the rents are strong.

As we’re sitting here in the latter part of 2020, we are on probably the front end or in the middle of the beginning of a pretty severe economic setback. Inflation is starting to show up. 

Your typical tenant is living paycheck to paycheck … and as people try to find a way to maintain a quality of life, to put a decent roof over their head to be in a decent community, they’re going to have to move around. 

So we look for places where the conditions are good or that are near a large, major population center … that is probably going to track people from those large centers into the more affordable marketplaces.

Many years ago for real estate trivia, we asked what the most affordable market was in America. It actually is the same answer today, and that is Indianapolis, Indiana! 

Affordability means that somebody can purchase a home and have the same utility and quality for the lowest price compared to what the average wage is. 

But then is there room for renters? Well, what we’ve discovered is in that market … people at lower incomes typically don’t have the ability to save up the 20% or more down payment it takes. 

So it’s a market where we see a lot of renters, and that’s great for landlords! 

Indianapolis also happens to be the neighbor of large markets that react differently than it does. 

We think if you’re looking for a place to buy an inexpensive property where the returns are going to be solid, this is certainly a good place to start. 

Get to Know Indianapolis 

When we were visiting Indianapolis last year, we loved that this place is clean, nice, has affordable houses, has a major sports team, and is the home of the largest sporting event in the world. 

We went on a quest, and that led us to our guest today … Jeff Schechter of High Return Real Estate from Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Jeff says things are going well in Indianapolis. While they are seeing a little bit of upward price pressure during COVID-19, investors are doing well and people are making money. 

First, we want to discuss the rental situation …. We asked Jeff how COVID has impacted people paying their rent in the Indianapolis market. 

He says that while there are some who have taken advantage of courts being closed, for the most part, his tenants have been great with paying, and he’s been able to work with those who could not. 

For those who don’t know the Indianapolis area, Jeff explains that it’s actually one of the biggest MSAs in the nation. 

He says, “We do see quite a bit of change in Indianapolis over the last few years; it has been going through quite a renaissance, so we’re seeing a lot of really great old commercial buildings being changed over to different use. We’re seeing new apartments going up or seeing a lot of those old beat-up homes being redone; I’m in one myself.” 

Having local market knowledge is huge … Jeff explains that over the four years he’s been working in Indianapolis, he’s seen a lot of improvement in many areas of the city. 

What about appreciation in the Indianapolis market? 

Jeff says, ”The last couple of years, especially in certain areas, we’ve seen some pretty significant appreciation.” 

But while that is exciting … he says it’s also a double-edged sword because the more that the price pressure happens, the harder it is to make the price to rent ratios work.

Indianapolis is Affordable for Everyone 

The premise of the show today is about an affordable market … so we ask Jeff to give the listeners an idea of what a typical house might cost.

Jeff says, “I’ve got one property right now that is under $50,000that’s for the whole house. Most of the sweet spot of what we do would be probably in the 60s to high 70s.”

Wow … now that’s AFFORDABLE! 

When it comes to rehabbing these properties, how does Jeff decide what needs to be done? 

Jeff says that’s actually one of the easiest parts of his job. 

Every week he meets with his acquisition crew, and they decide what properties they should go for. 

The key is in the relationship with the crew chief who gives them an initial assessment … and they have a great checklist and system for deciding what materials to put in the house. 

Next, we ask Jeff what tenant/landlord law is like in Indianapolis … and you’ll be happy to learn that he says laws are in fact very favorable for the landlords in Indiana. 

Compared to other states, it’s a great situation for investors and landlords. 

What about property management for those who live far away from their investment properties? 

Jeff admits that’s been one of the most difficult parts of the business for him … and we agree that it’s hard to find reliable and trustworthy people in property management. 

But Jeff found the right solution in a new property management company that wrote their own software and proved themselves. 

He says he’s happy with how they work. He doesn’t want to have to be the best at everything! 

Bottom line …  if you haven’t yet really taken a look at the Indianapolis market, there is a lot to learn. Jeff has put together a great report available to you AT NO COST! You will be able to learn why it’s a great investment market. 

For all the great insights Jeff has to share on the Indianapolis market … be sure to listen to the whole podcast. 


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Not the time for hiding in the basement …

Lockdowns, restrictions, eviction moratoriums, civil unrest, election hysteria. Fun times.

It’s enough to make a real estate investor order one bourbon, one scotch, and one beer … assuming you could find an open bar.

But before you reach for the Valium and TV remote, remember …

“Never make a permanent decision based on a temporary storm. No matter how raging the billows are today, remind yourself: This too shall pass!”
– T. D. Jakes

Sitting out troubling times is a permanent decision … because today’s opportunities are only here today. When you miss one, it’s gone.

And when today’s troubles are setups for tomorrow’s sunshine, standing pat can mean being out of position later.

We’re not saying to play in the rain without a raincoat. You need to be smart in all situations. And yes, there are times when a strategic retreat is wise.

But we see some folks just disengaging. That’s usually a mistake.

Even though we’re in harrowing times, there are reasons for real asset investors to be optimistic about the future … even on a rocky road to riches.

Surely you didn’t think it would be EASY?

So while there are a thousand hot headlines we could dissect in the middle of this pandemic / election cycle / potential system meltdown …

… better to stay anchored on timeless principles which are useful for navigating all the noise.

Because … as they say … stuff’s about to get REAL. And that’s going to be good for those aware and prepared.

For decades … through wars, recessions, currency resets, assassinations, impeachments, civil unrest, political scandals, disputed election results …

(Yes, ALL those scary things … and more … have happened before)

 professional investors reposition their portfolios  often shifting from offense to defense. But always staying PROACTIVE.

And though many of those professional investors are playing on Wall Street … the principles apply to Main Street investing as well.

So let’s look at some Wall Street defensive strategies and translate them into Main Street lessons for real estate investors.

Ride the Equity Wave … Carefully

In times of enormous currency creation (monetary stimulus) and government spending (fiscal stimulus), it’s hard to sit on the sideline. That’s a lot of fuel.

Come Merry Men, let’s ride this stock rocket to the moon!

Sure, things could crash. But they could boom big until they crash.

Just remember they can also do both at the same time … and what it means when it happens (not good).

But except for the very rarest of circumstances, pros don’t ever get out of the market completely. It’s about allocation … not abdication.

S0 while aggressive investors chase unicorns and sexy stories … defensive players often shift to “Consumer Staples”.

In other words, they seek shelter in things which are essential at all times.

Translating to real estate, we think markets and properties in the residential, distribution, agricultural, healthcare, and energy niches are “staples”.

No matter what’s happening in the world, or what currency it’s happening in, these properties are likely to remain valuable and productive.

Of course, they might be a little boring. But in tumultuous times, boring is beautiful.

But … even modest returns can be goosed through the careful use of long-term, low-interest rate debt. And today’s market has some of the lowest rates ever.

Even if your portfolio is already stuffed with its unfair share of residential properties and dripping with equity …

… you can use cash-out refinances to lock in low-rates and reposition equity into other niches where financing is less available.

Load Up on Cheap Debt

It’s no secret corporate CFO’s have been borrowing like crazy and buying up their own stock … even while sitting on piles of cash.

Pros like to borrow cheap and long and load up on quality assets they understand …

… and to have “dry powder” ready when other quality assets are shaken out of weak hands.

A word to the wise … be very wary of borrowing short and lending or investing long. Only banks backed by the FDIC and Fed can play that game “safely”.

Increase Liquidity

Extra cash isn’t simply dollars in the bank … and it’s not just for bargain shopping when markets get temporarily ugly.

Liquidity is a VERY important buffer when unexpected things disrupt all your well-laid plans. Murphy is alive and well.

Liquidity is like oxygen. You can last a while without profit … and even without revenue …

… but when you’re out of cash (or assets quickly convertible to cash), you’re in serious danger. It’s like drowning.

And remember: Credit lines don’t count because they can be shut off without warning … usually when you need them the most.

However, precious metals are an alternative store of liquidity … and allow you to pivot into ANY currency easily … which comes in handy when currencies crash.

Prioritize Principal Preservation

Warren Buffett’s #1 rule for investing is “Don’t lose money”. His rule #2 is “Always remember rule #1”.

But losing comes in different flavors. And sometimes a flight to safety is really a leap from the frying pan into the fire.

This is where we see REAL opportunity for real estate investors …

The basic defensive play for paper investors when they get spooked is to jump into U.S. bonds and dollars. BUT …

U.S. bonds and dollars are no longer the reliable havens of safety they once were … as evidenced by the popularity of gold and silver.

We’ve covered this in detail many times … but because it’s arguably the most important underlying financial story right now and so few in the real estate world are talking about it, we’ll touch on it again briefly.

When interest rates RISE, bond values fall.

Of course, when rates are at rock bottom (like they are), there’s a big danger rates might rise.

For real estate investors, rising rates are an annoyance. But for bond investors, rising rates are a DISASTER.

Think of it like rising cap rates in a rent control area. The increased cap rate isn’t from growing rents. It’s from FALLING prices. You’re losing equity.

This is what happens to bond investors when rates rise. Any bonds held LOSE value. Rising rates don’t mean more income. They mean LOSS of principal.

Consider that U.S. bonds are denominated in U.S. dollars, so bondholders get paid back in dollars. This sounds good, but it can be a problem.

So keep your thinking cap on and don’t give up now …

To keep rates down, the Fed prints lots of dollars to buy bonds. This dilutes the value of the dollars, which bondholder get paid back …

(it’s called “inflation”)

… and the Fed just announced they plan to let inflation run hot … that is, to overshoot 2 percent CPI (don’t get us started …)

Here’s the point and why it matters to real estate investors …

Like real estate, there are buy-and-holders and flippers.

Flippers buy bonds hoping rates go DOWN (driving principal UP) so they can sell at a profit. They don’t want yield and they’re not in it for the long haul.

They’re flipping for capital gains.

Buy-and-hold investors ARE seeking yields … and finding the cupboard pretty bare …

So with bonds yielding less than inflation, bondholders are already losing on income … but in danger of losing worse if rates rise.

In today’s world, bonds are terrible for both producing income AND for preserving principal long term.

Gold is good for the latter but produces no income.

And yes, paper investors can seek yields in dividend paying stocks. But this exposes them to extreme price volatility (after all, it is the stock market).

The bigger issue is companies world-wide are cutting dividends … the most since the last crash … in an effort to preserve cash during the pandemic.

This creates a HUGE opportunity for real estate investors … and especially for syndicators of cash-flowing properties.

The yields on real estate are better than bonds. And if a tenant defaults, they can be replaced. If a bond issuer defaults, you lose. So real estate wins.

Plus, the underlying asset (the property) which generates the income is a physical, tangible asset … not some “going concern” which might stop going.

(There’s probably a reason China borrowed to the moon and built ghost cities … when the debt goes bad, the properties remain … and who’s foreclosing?)

Another plus … real estate not only benefits from inflation but is often the intentional target of it (to protect the banks who lent against it).

And PLUS PLUS … (IMPORTANT) … think about this …

… it’s MUCH easier for politicians and central bankers to feed money to Main Street so mortgages and rent can be paid … than to feed big corporations so dividends can be paid. Good optics vs BAD optics.

For those who prefer to own debt, mortgages are better than bonds.

Again, the debt is backed by the property. If the borrower fails, the lender gets the property AND its income.

As Main Street investors who’ve been blindly following Wall Street advice begin to understand all this, we think the smart ones will come home to real estate.

We could go on … and on … and on … but you get the idea.

Real estate investors need to smart, careful and creative right now … but there’s no reason to be hiding in the basement.

Real estate is a great shelter in a storm.

As the world turns …

As The World Turns was one of the longest running daytime soap operas in television history. And yes … there are valuable lessons for investors.

From 1956 to 2010, As The World Turns followed the lives of a fictional collection of high-paid legal and medical professionals.

Unlike other shows in the genre, which tended towards sensationalism …

 As The World Turns was nuanced in drawing viewers into the underlying story-lines. The pace was more real-world than melodramatic.

Perhaps it was this deeper intellectual engagement that captivated the audience for decades.

Of course, technology has changed media.

More noise leads to more sensational reporting in desperate ploys to capture attention. It’s the opposite of intellectual.

Today, much of the world’s story-line comes in sound bites, tweets and posts.

And like Pavlov’s dogs, we’re conditioned for short attention spans …

… expecting anything important to be short, loud, obvious, easily understood, and hopefully entertaining.

If information isn’t sensational, it feels unimportant. So we ignore it.

This could be why day-trading is so popular with many young “investors”. It’s hyper-stimulating.

But the real world changes SLOWLY … though surely … even in the internet age. Before Google, Amazon and Facebook … AOL dominated.

Of course, slowly but SURELY … the landscape of the internet changed … and is having a profound impact on everything … including real estate.

Impatient investors might overlook important slow-moving changes … and then miss opportunities or suffer damage from risks they didn’t even see developing.

For years, we’ve been talking about the long-term decline of the dollar …

… and the persistent collapse of interest rates …

Both have significant ramifications for investors … real estate and otherwise. Just as AOL lost it’s dominance slowly, so might the dollar.

But we’ve covered this often, so we’ll simply continue to suggest the financial system may be approaching a fundamental reset …

… and investors are wise to think outside the dollar while preparing for a temporary credit market collapse.

(Hint: Liquidity is good. If credit markets seize, prices usually crash, and bargains abound until credit markets are restored and prices re-inflate.)

If it’s not obvious, the key is getting in FRONT of the wave. Positioning depends on how nimble YOU are in relation to how fast the wave is moving.

Most ordinary investors are unwilling or unable to stay as liquid as needed to nimbly capture big opportunities when shift happens quickly.

However, when a lot of investors all chip in, then together they can grab a big opportunity quickly … even if it’s something none of them could, would or should do alone.

Of course, being able to buy is one thing. Knowing what and where to buy is another. And the best clues aren’t in soundbites and sensational headlines.

Real estate story-lines are often hidden in boring macro-trends … often only visible to diligent market watchers.

One is the so-called “Amazon effect” … as the growth of online shopping and its resulting shipping boom crushes retail and catapults commercial real estate.

Yes, it’s obvious to everyone now. But it’s been going on for many years … and there’s more to the story than meets the mainstream eye.

Of course, COVID-19 is accelerating this trend … and many others … which is why we did a deep dive into the COVID-19 crisis from an investing perspective.

And consider that before e-commerce started reshaping retail, off-shoring shifted manufacturing and its jobs to far away markets … impacting real estate investing in many markets.

Ironically, COVID-19 might accelerate the return of off-shored manufacturing … which is another slow developing storyline we’re following.

The point is … as the world turns, shift happens … often slowly.

And by the time the shifts become obvious, it might be too late to move into position to capture the best opportunities … or avoid the worst pitfalls.

In 2008, we learned businesses will take jobs to more affordable and business friendly places … even off-shore … to survive in tough times.

Similarly, people will change locations and occupations to find work. Many construction workers from Las Vegas ended up in the oil business in Texas.

Ken McElroy taught us strategic market selection … picking geographies with jobs tied to drivers which are difficult if not impossible to move.

Energy is one of the drivers Ken was focused on coming out of 2008. It’s hard to move an oil well to China. That was a good call.

Of course, oil is a complex and volatile industry so we wouldn’t pick a real estate market driven purely by energy production alone. It’s why we avoided North Dakota during the Bakken boom.

When it comes to geographically linked industry, distribution is one of the most stable because it truly follows the old adage: location, location, location.

Distribution hubs are all about location.

Because even if all the stuff is made in China, India or Mexico, it’s still shipped in boxes moving through domestic hubs to American consumers.

This was true before manufacturing was off-shored. It’s been true while shopping moved from in-person to online. And it’s still true during COVID-19.

Distribution is a boring, stable real estate story-line that’s a little hidden under all the sensationalism of the crisis du jour.

So coming out of the last crisis, we focused on Dallas (energy, distribution, and more), Memphis (distribution), and Atlanta (distribution, and more).

Notice a common denominator? And a decade later, the underlying story-line … and the markets it supports … continues to be strong.

Of course, small investors aren’t buying warehouses, distribution centers, truck sales and service centers, rail hubs, ports, or shipyards.

But small investors and syndicators CAN own the residential rental properties which house the employees of all those places.

This allows you to combine the resiliency of residential real estate with the geographic desirability of distribution to add stability to portfolios in uncertain times.

And best could be yet to come …

When capital is moving into expanding these centers, it usually means more jobs and housing demand in those markets down the road.

BUT … you can’t see these trends early by limiting yourself to tweets, memes, soundbites, or mainstream financial media. It’s all far too unsensational.

However, professionals in commercial real estate often diligently track the slow but large flow of capital and transactions into the space.

Strategic real estate investors watch these mega-trends and use them as clues about where and when to scurry into place …

… ESPECIALLY while short-attention span investors are NOT paying attention or are scattering like cockroaches in the light of uncertain economic times.

So … take a deep breath … you’ve come this far … and ponder these points …

Are the millions of people in the U.S. going anywhere soon?

Is it likely someone will create a technology to negate the need for people to live in houses or have stuff shipped to them?

We don’t think so.

Therefore, even though there’s a LOT of sensationalism in the temporary economic drama … the underlying story-line is as slow and steady as the world turns.

So when we came across this midyear 2020 report on the “Elite 11” U.S. industrial markets, it captured our attention.

The report is authored by a 40-year old commercial real estate firm. It provides insight into commercial space growth indicators in 11 key markets.

Among them are AtlantaDallas-Fort Worth, and Houston.

While DFW led in absorption, Houston led in expansion, and “Atlanta will very likely set a record total square footage delivered … by the end of 2020.”

And they’re all in business and landlord friendly states … compared to others which seem intent on chasing business out.

Remember, a fundamental priority of real estate investing is to pick strong markets and product niches FIRST …

… then build a boots-on-the-ground team … and THEN find properties.

Properties are best chosen in the context of markets and sustainable economic drivers.

So while people may not shop in stores or work in offices as the world turns … it’s highly likely they’ll always need a home and stuff.

So in an unstable world, smart investors will figure this out. Better to be among the early.

Distribution is a real bright spot right now … so while COVID-19 makes the future murkier, it doesn’t erase essential human needs.

And if the current uncertainty frightens short-attention-span investors into staying on the sideline, even though the underlying story-line is stable …

… it’s a chance to stay calm and “be greedy when others are fearful.”

Until next time … good investing!

Tax Reform Ramifications for Real Estate Investors

It’s tax time!

For most people, the month before April 15 is the only time they think about taxes. Today, we’ll chat with Tom Wheelwright, CPA, about why you should change your mindset.

We’ll discuss the implications of the recent tax reform bill and how YOU can plan strategically to bring down your taxes — and increase your wealth.

Taxes are the price you pay for making an income … but that doesn’t mean you can’t manage your tax liability and get smart about how much you’re paying.

In this episode of The Real Estate Guys™ show you’ll hear from:

  • Your tax-talking host, Robert Helms
  • His taxing co-host, Russell Gray
  • Tax advisor for real estate investors Tom Wheelwright, CPA

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How does the tax reform bill affect you?

Tom Wheelwright is a personal tax advisor for The Real Estate Guys™ and Robert Kiyosaki. His goal is to help real estate investors build wealth … without losing it all to taxes. He even wrote a book on the subject, Tax-Free Wealth.

Tom has read the new tax law not once, but twice! We’re comfortable calling him an expert on the subject.

Is the tax law out to get you? Absolutely not.

Tom says the first few pages of the tax law cover ways to raise revenue. The rest is a series of incentives … and that’s true in EVERY country.

If you want to know what your government wants you to do, look at the tax law. Take a closer look, and you’ll see built-in real estate incentives.

That’s because real estate is the preferred investment vehicle for many governments. Why? Because it provides necessary housing.

The tax law gives you a ROAD MAP to reduce your taxes.

So, instead of complaining about how the government is taking all your money and then doing nothing about it, PARTNER with the government. Figure out what incentives are available … then take advantage of them.

What about the 2018 tax reform? Tom says to remember that some parts of the bill are effective retroactively. For example, if you bought a car between October and the end of the year, you may have a big tax break coming.

By using the home office deduction, you can double your car purchase deduction. A big key for April 15, says Tom, is to make sure you take ALL the deductions you’re entitled to.

And don’t get worried about the impacts of the new tax bill. Tax changes move slowly. Realize that your tax strategy and your investment strategy impact each other … and recruit an accountant to help you fine-tune your plan.

Start thinking about next year’s taxes NOW

We asked Tom how to approach next year’s taxes in light of this year’s reform.

“There are so many big changes,” says Tom.

For example, Section 179 now applies to residential real estate. This allows you to deduct equipment … including roofs, HVAC systems, security systems, and more.

So when you’re improving your properties, an important factor to take into consideration is the tax impact and potential deductions.

Another huge change is that bonus depreciation now applies to used property. So, you could get a huge deduction in year one.

Another change that affects you is the 20 percent deduction for pass-through businesses. That deduction absolutely applies to real estate investors … if you have a positive net income.

To make sure you’re getting maximum benefits, sit down with your tax provider and lay out your plans for the next year. The right tax professional will help you figure where there is the most permanent tax benefit … instead of pushing options that will be lucrative in the long term but counterproductive in the short term.

To do depreciation recapture, Tom says you need to get your tax advisor involved. If you’re doing it right, ultimately there should be very little recapture … and thus very little taxable income. To avoid paying taxes on properties, you can do a 1031 tax exchange.

And as every real estate investor knows, borrowing does not create taxable income.

How to choose the right tax advisor

When speaking at conferences, Tom likes to ask whether attendees’ accountants have told them NOT to take the home office deduction.

If the answer is yes, that’s a sign you’re ready for a new accountant. “You don’t want an accountant who is afraid of the IRS,” says Tom.

HOW you pick a tax advisor depends on WHAT you want one for. If you want someone to record historical information, any accountant will do.

But if you want someone to reduce your taxes going forward, you should look for someone who asks you questions about what is happening now and what will happen in the future.

It’s essential that you’re paying attention to the future … because your tax picture WILL change. According to Tom, “Most people have really good business strategy, but almost no investment strategy.”

A good tax advisor will help you project what will happen 5-10 years down the road. Why? Because you can’t change the past … but you can change the future.

The right tax professional will also reach out to you with updates on a regular basis. You shouldn’t have to bug him or her to get information.

Outside of your spouse, your tax advisor will have more impact on yourself, your future, and your financial situation than any other person. So build a relationship with an excellent tax professional.

And if your current accountant doesn’t sound like the professional we’ve described above … you may have outgrown them.  

Want to know more about how to choose the right tax professional? In his book, Tax-Free Wealth, Tom describes 10 questions you should ask your accountant … and 10 questions your accountant should ask you! He’s making this chapter free to listeners of The Real Estate Guys™ radio show. Listen in to the show to find out how to get your complimentary copy!

More about our favorite wealth strategist

We also asked Tom about his new platform, WealthAbility. The site is a collection of tools and educational resources to help people like YOU earn more … and pay less in taxes.

The platform is paired with a global network of accountants and firms that understand tax-free wealth strategies.

If you want to hear more from Tom, check out WealthAbility or his wealth strategy firm, ProVision. Also consider coming to our brand-new Future of Money and Wealth conference, where Tom will be a speaker.

Some final words of wisdom

Remember that different investments have different tax ramifications. Gold and silver is very different from real estate. A couple single-family investments will be very different than a dozen multifamily properties.

And residential real estate is a world away from commercial. Whatever investment class you choose, don’t forget … there’s always a tax advantage.

One thing we know about taxes … “Experts predict tax laws will always change OR stay the same in the future,” says Robert. Pretty hard to argue with, right?

People in and outside of the government will always try to manipulate markets to get certain incomes. It’s your job to set your prejudices aside and focus on the best outcome.

There will be losses … so make sure you’re not the one eating them. And there will be winners … make sure you’re one of them!

It all starts by getting connected with the right ideas, the right people, and the right environment. That includes that right tax advisor!


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Stability in a volatile world …

On his Peak Prosperity podcast, first time Investor Summit at Sea™ faculty member Chris Martenson interviews financial pundit Grant Williams.

Williams isn’t a real estate guy (that we know of). He’s a former paper trader who spends a big chunk of his time studying, thinking about, and commenting on financial markets.

We listen to guys like Grant Williams because their comments help us understand how paper asset investors look at the world … and what they worry about.

These insights are valuable to real estate investors … even if you’re not personally investing in paper markets.

That’s because those paper markets impact things which affect real estate … like interest rates, inflation, business and consumer confidence, etc.

And if you’re a syndicator raising money for your real estate deals, you’re wise to be aware of how your offering compares to the paper asset alternatives.

Some of the things Williams says in the interview make us go “Hmmm …”

Williams contends there’s an “… incredible amount of counterintuitive moves that we see in the markets. It’s all inextricably linked to the rise of computer trading …

And, “There’s really only one equity market around the world …

Of course, he’s referring to stocks.

He also says, “But we are … reaching a point of newly introduced volatility …

And, “… the thing markets hate most is unpredictability. They can deal with good news. They deal with bad news pretty quickly … But unpredictability is the enemy of markets. And I think in President Trump, we have a very unpredictable force …

Hopefully, the mere mention of President Trump isn’t a polarizing comment. We don’t think he meant it that way … and we certainly don’t.

Love him or hate him, it’s fair to say Mr. Trump doesn’t always behave like a typical U.S. president, so by definition that’s unpredictable.

So what does all this mean to real estate investors … and how can we use it?

First, let’s look at Williams’ comments about computer trading and the notion of a singular equity (stock) market … and compare and contrast that to real estate investing.

Oh wait, we can’t. Because there is no comparison.

Think about it …

Are individual properties sold in lightning fast computerized exchanges? Um… no.

Could they be? No again.

That’s because units of value in a flash trading exchange need to be uniform.

You can’t flash trade real estate because every single property and transaction is unique.

The closest thing to a “flash crash” that can hit real estate is probably a collapse in the mortgage-backed-securities market. We saw it happen in 2008.

But for properly structured real estate investors, the 2008 crash was more bark than bite. Rents only dropped a fraction of how far values fell.

Even depressions roll out slowly. Flash crashes are really the purview of paper assets and commodities … things that can be sold en masse in a fit of panic.

Real estate just doesn’t work that way. That’s why we love it. It’s so BORING.

What about unpredictability?

Let’s say Williams is right … and President Trump is “a very unpredictable force” … and that “unpredictability is the enemy of markets.

GREAT!

Because when things are unpredictable, capital flees to safety.

For paper asset investors, safety’s always been bank accounts, government bonds … and to a lesser degree, faux precious metals (paper contracts).

The PROBLEM for paper asset investors is both bank accounts and bonds pay very little yield … and precious metals pay no yield.

So for a paper asset investor, the choices are to grab the barf bag and go for a ride in the global, flash-traded stock markets …

Or, to loan hard-earned wealth to banks, governments and corporations in the form of deposits accounts and bonds … for next-to-nothing yields.

Of course, those “safe” investments also mean accepting counter-party risk (default), inflation risk (negative real yields), and principal risk (bond values fall when rates rise).

Yikes.

So where can a concerned paper asset investor go for both stability and yield?

We’re probably a wee bit biased, but we think a strong argument can be made for income-producing real estate as a REALLY attractive option.

Income property investing puts capital into a real asset outside the purview of Wall Street flash traders … with arguably better yields, wealth preservation, stability, and inflation protection.

Plus, real estate … and especially residential real estate … is ALWAYS front and center for EVERY politician of all shapes, sizes, colors and political persuasions.

All the “powers that be” from bankers to businesses to governments have a HIGH level of motivation to support residential real estate.

Of course, income property isn’t a totally safe investment. There’s only ONE place that exists … Fantasyland.

But in the real and very unpredictable world … it’s hard to find anything much better for stability than income-producing property.

However, most paper asset investors don’t understand real estate … because most financial pundits don’t talk about it. Why would they? They can’t compete with it.

Of course, nothing’s free. Real estate comes with a hassle factor.

That’s why some paper asset investors who DO understand real estate avoid it anyway.

Real estate can be messy. You can’t sit in your crib with a trading app and move in and out of properties with clinical efficiency. That’s exactly why it’s so stable.

It’s also why a Main Street syndicator has a HUGE opportunity.

That’s a drum we’ll continue to beat … because we think the world needs a LOT more of Main Street investing in Main Street, which effectively de-funds Wall Street.

When you build a business helping hassle-averse investors enjoy the benefits of real estate investing without the messiness, you’re adding real value to the world on many levels.

But whether you’re investing your own money or that of investors … it’s good to have a well thought-out conviction as to why the right real estate provides investment stability in an increasingly volatile world.

Until next time … good investing!


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4/18/10: Does It Still Make Sense to Own Your Own Home?

Home ownership is the American Dream.  Or is it? For many, home ownership has turned out to be a nightmare.  So we decided to examine the pros and cons of owning the roof over your head.

In the house for today’s show:
•    Your Host, Robert Helms
•    Co-House and Chief Housekeeper, Russell Gray
•    The “Godfather of Real Estate”, Bob Helms

You know the world is changing when the sacred and indisputable wisdom of owning your own home is called into question – especially by guys like us who LOVE real estate!  So what gives?

As investors, we look at real estate as a financial vehicle.  We buy it to produce a particular financial outcome.

However, many people also look at their home as “investments”, but a home is so much more.  Robert Kiyosaki says your home is a liability because it takes money out of your pocket.  Others argue that if your house is going up in value faster than you’re putting money into it, that it’s actually an investment.  Both are valid perspectives.  So we start this broadcast by posing the question:  If the house is NOT going up in value, does it still make sense to own your home?

On its face, this seems like a financial question.  So the next topic of discussion revolves around doing the math and comparing the value proposition of owning versus renting.  It’s hard to do the math on the radio, but if you listen really hard, you can do it.  Or as Led Zeppelin says, “The tune will come to you at last.”

But there’s more to the analysis than just comparing rent to a mortgage payment, so we delve into fun topics like liability, financial responsibility, privacy and more.  Hey, no one said thinking was easy!

While every investor knows not to get emotionally involved with a property, it’s much harder to maintain such a discipline when home is involved.  Bob and Robert sold residential real estate for many years.  They understand very well the emotional attachments people can have to a piece of real estate and how they affect financial decisions.  To make a good decision, do you need to leave your emotional baggage at the curb?  Or do you place a financial value on intangible considerations and then factor them into your equation?

The show wraps up with talk about the emotional considerations beyond the finances.  If you’re an investor dealing with residential property, it’s important to understand how emotional attachments can affect you, a seller, a buyer or a tenant in terms of the financial price one is willing to pay in order to own, dispose of or enjoy a piece of property. Every person, situation and property is different and the human element is what makes real estate so very interesting and potentially profitable.

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