Real estate just got a BIG boost …

Something BIG is happening for real estate … and while it’s not a surprise, it’s a development every real estate investor should be aware of.

Here’s some context …

First, remember real estate investing is essentially a business of managing debt, equity, and cashflow.  

That’s YOUR job.  You can get your property managers and team to handle most everything else.

Equity (the difference between the value and the debt) comes from savings (down payment), the market (value increase), or amortization (pay down of loan).

Cashflow is a function of rental income, operating expenses, debt service, and taxes.

Debt is like the air in a jump house.  When it’s flowing in, it props everything up.  When it stops, everything deflates pretty fast.

That’s why real estate investors (should) pay close attention to debt markets.

The 2008 financial crisis devastated the supply chain of debt into real estate. Mortgage companies failed in droves. We know. We owned one.

Real estate went from too-easy-to-finance to nearly impossible.  Lack of lending crashed real estate prices and created a big mess.  The air came out.

It’s why we became such outspoken advocates for syndication.  There was (and still is) a huge need and opportunity to aggregate capital for real estate.

Banks and Wall Street had been the primary channels for capital aggregation and distribution.  But they were broken.  Main Street needed to be empowered.

The government agreed.

So in 2012, the JOBS Act passed. And since September 2013, regulations are in place which make raising private capital MUCH easier.  We like it.

But while the JOBS Act helps investors raise EQUITY …

… earlier legislation (the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act) actually impedes lending … especially at the local level.

But now that’s changing … and it’s an EXCITING development!

You may have seen this headline …

Trump signs bipartisan bill rolling back some Dodd-Frank bank regulations – Los Angeles Times, 5/24/18

“ … with the key support of some Senate Democrats, the legislation focuses relief on small and medium-sized banks …

 “‘This is a great day for Main Street in rural America, and a big testament to what’s possible when members of Congress put partisanship aside and work together to help our communities grow and thrive,’ [Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.)] said in a statement after the signing.” 

Community banks, which enjoy broad support among Republicans and Democrats, will be freed from Dodd-Frank’s mortgage rules if they make fewer than 500 mortgages a year.”

Even in today’s highly charged political environment, this bipartisan effort shows Main Street real estate is very important to politicians.

The Dodd-Frank rollback aims to improve the flow of money into real estate, which is awesome for real estate investors.

Of course, just because politicians aim at something, doesn’t mean they hit it.  Politicians are notoriously bad shots.

So what do LENDERS think of the Dodd-Frank rollback?

Local bankers say reforms to Dodd-Frank are welcome – Herald-Whig, 6/5/18

“Mark Field, president and chairman of Liberty Bank, said most of the benefits from the recent reforms … involve mortgages.”

“… allows banks to give automatic qualified mortgage status to customers they know if the banks are using their own money for loans.”

“‘Character and knowing people counts for something again,’ Field said.”

This is GREAT news … and although time will tell (after all, this is very recent) … we think it will open up capital flows into real estate.

Of course, as we’ve said before, we think more money will be finding its way into real estate lending.  It’s both inevitable and reassuring.

For individual investors and syndicators alike, this new playing field promises to open up new sources of lending … and terms.

Because even though lending has loosened since the depths of the recession …

… it’s remained tight for borrowers and projects that didn’t fit into the tightly-regulated box created by Dodd-Frank.

Not to get too far in the weeds, but the 2008 credit crisis had its roots in Wall Street’s casino mentality.

In its zeal to create more poker chips, Wall Street cast aside sound lending practices because they could bury the risk in complex securities and sell them to unsuspecting investors.

Wall Street didn’t really care if loans went bad … because they wouldn’t be holding them when it happened.

So Dodd-Frank created strict rules attempting to prevent the bad behavior of Wall Street and big banks.  (Good luck with that.)

We could go on … but the point is that Dodd-Frank took professional judgment out of lending … from EVERYONE … including community banks, credit unions, and other portfolio lenders (those who hold loans instead of flip them).

Even though the financial crisis had its roots in Wall Street, not Main Street … Dodd-Frank took many Main Street lenders off-line.

The Dodd-Frank rollback intends to take the shackles off local lenders.

There’s a HUGE difference dealing with a local lender on a PERSONAL basis … one who’s going to hold the loan … and can consider the many factors which don’t fit into some bureaucratic one-size-fits-all checklist.

And while we need to do more research, a side-benefit for syndicators may be that setting up lending funds might get easier too.

In any case, now that local lending laws are loosening, let’s take a look at moves you can make to take advantage of the changes …

Build relationships with community bankers.  If you’ve only been investing since 2008, this is a funding source you’ve probably ignored.  It’s time to fix that.

Open accounts with community banks in markets where you invest. Establish a personal relationship with the bankers.  It’s a VERY different experience than doing business with a too-big-to-jail bank.  You’ll like it.

Use professional selling skills to find out what the banker’s goals and objectives are.  What makes the relationship a win for the banker?

Present yourself as the IDEAL client for the banker.  Do some deals … even if you don’t really need the money.  SHOW the banker you’re a person of character and capability.  Build TRUST.

It’s even BETTER if you’re a syndicator because you can bring bigger deposits, bigger loans, more transaction volume, and maybe even more referrals.

In fact, one of the secrets of successful syndication is having your individual investors make deposits in the community bank you’re borrowing from.

Go with the flow …

When the rules change, so does the flow of money.  Sometimes it works against you.  Sometimes it works FOR you.

And while there are certainly some long term economic trends every investor … real estate or otherwise … should be concerned about …

… this is a development which should have real estate investors smiling.

We think these updates to Dodd-Frank will work FOR real estate investors … at least those careful to pay attention and take effective action.

Of course, you’ve read all the way to the bottom, so you’re already ahead of the game.

Until next time … good investing!


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7/20/14: Proof of Concept – You CAN Raise Money for Your Deals

Donald Trump says if you're going to be thinking, you might as well think BIGDonald Trump says, “If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big.”

Henry Ford said, “If you think you can do a thing or you think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.”Herny Ford said

And until Roger Bannister became the first person in recorded history to run a mile in less than 4 minutes, people thought it was physically impossible.  He changed the way people thought about their limits…at least when it came to running a mile.

So what’s keeping YOU from taking your real estate investing to the next level?  Surely it isn’t a lack of money.

After all, in case you hadn’t noticed, there’s a LOT of money floating around.  Central banks have added TRILLIONS to the global economy.  Has any of it found its way to you yet?

We’ve been tooting the horn of real estate syndication…raising private money to do deals…for the last few years.

Sure the financial crisis was painful.  We were having a ton of fun with loose lending guidelines.  Then one day someone took away THAT punch bowl and it looked like the party was over.

But it wasn’t.  It just moved.

Instead of using debt (borrowing), the new game became equity…as in “private” equity.

Wall Street figured it out.  How long before the same guys who were putting together mortgage (debt) backed securities were out raising equity to buy houses?  They were still after the same thing: streams of cash flow from housing occupants.  Except now, they needed tenants and not homeowners.

But did YOU turn the corner?  Or have you been waiting for lending to come back?

The good news is that lending IS coming back.  So if you’ve been waiting for lenders to lend again, you’re back in business.

The bad news is that you missed some of the best deals in modern real estate history.

But that’s okay.  The party is FAR from over.  There are still a LOT of deals out there.  And while lending is coming back, it’s not back like it was…yet.  When it comes back, all that debt will be added to all the cash already out there and it will create a whole new wave of price appreciation. THAT will be another fun ride for real estate investors.

But…you have to have properties to get in on the action.  After all, how much money can you make on property you don’t own?

So again…what’s holding YOU back?

In this episode of The Real Estate Guys™ radio show, we sit down to debrief a couple of regular guys who went to a seminar on how to raise money to do deals.  Sounds fun.

What’s interesting is they actually took what they learned and implemented it.  What a concept!  And they’ve since gone on to independently raise millions of dollars between them.  In less then a year.

So instead of the two radio guys yammering on about why and how to do syndication, we thought you’d enjoy listening to a couple of Roger Bannisters.Roger Bannister was the first human to run a mile in less than 4 minutes...something that world class runners do regularly today.

Maybe they haven’t shattered as powerful a paradigm as the “impossibility” of a 4 minute mile.

But if the little voice in your head is telling you that you don’t have enough money to get to the next level in real estate investing, go grab a broom and dustpan.  You’re about to have your paradigm shattered.

Raising expectations and belief behind The Real Estate Guys™ shiny mobile microphones:

  • Your long lasting host, Robert Helms
  • His 4 minute co-host, Russell Gray
  • Real estate entrepreneur, investor, sydnciator and one of the rare happy “E”s, E.J. Bodnar
  • Real estate entrepreneur, investor, and now full time syndicator, Danny Kalenov

E.J. Bodnar has got to be one of the nicest guys on the planet.  Even his voice is pleasant and soothing.

So no surprise when asked what his secret of success is, E.J. talks about serving other people, sharing great opportunities with them, and not trying to force a fit.  In other words, it’s all about the other guy.

Investors are the key to doing bigger deals fasterThis is a GREAT piece of advice.

Many first time syndicators hate selling.  They think of selling as taking from someone else…tricking the other party into doing something they don’t want to do…making the whole experience a distastefully selfish undertaking.

And of course, nice people don’t want to be that way.  So they either won’t syndicate or they fail at it because they can’t bring themselves to sell.

E.J. has (shocker) a completely different paradigm.  And because he focuses on others, he eagerly shares his opportunities with people and they can tell he’s sincere.  He doesn’t ask anyone to do anything they don’t want to do.  It’s a very simple, yet highly effective approach.

And E.J. says that once you get the first syndication under your belt, the next one is much easier.  Why?  Proof of concept.  Are you detecting a theme?

Next up is Danny Kalenov.

Danny and E.J know each other (they’re both part of a syndication club), but they don’t work or invest together.

Danny cut his teeth in real estate investing in a very unique niche:  vacation rentals.

He discovered that the amount of income you can get from a property for short term rental (days and weeks, versus months or years) can be SUBSTANTIALLY higher.  You just have to have the right property and be prepared for the customer service component.

Since then, Danny has gone on to do a variety of different types of deals.  He works with different partners and is active in multiple markets.

Danny soon discovered that many of his friends and co-workers were watching him.  And they could see he was doing well with real estate.

Before long, they started asking to get in on the action and Danny realized he had an on opportunity.  He could grow his business by including others in his success.  But he wanted to make sure he was ready to do a good job for people.  So he started looking for ideas, information and training.

Syndication is one of fastest ways to go full time in real estate investingWhat’s exciting about Danny is that it was just one year from the time he went to his first syndication training until he had funded his first deals and quit his corporate job.

Of course, along the way he learned some great lessons.  And he’s still learning every day.

One of the big takeaways from talking to Danny is that there’s a time to learn and prepare, and a time to get out in the real world and get going.  It starts with a mindset of professionalism, a rearrangement of commitments and priorities (time budgeting) and a unique combination of confidence and humility.

So if you’re read this far, we’re guessing you’re pretty motivated.  They next step is to tune in and here what Danny and E.J. have to share.

Who knows?  Maybe some day YOU will be sharing your secrets of success on The Real Estate Guys™ radio show!

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