Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Buying a House? 4 Reasons to DO IT NOW

Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today, instead of waiting.

1. Prices Will Continue to Rise

The Home Price Expectation Survey polls a distinguished panel of over 100 economists, investment strategists, and housing market analysts. Their most recent report projects appreciation in home values over the next five years to be between 30.8% (most optimistic) and 9.4% (most pessimistic).

The bottom in home prices has come and gone. Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense.

2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to Increase

Although the Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows that interest rates for a 30-year mortgage are currently around 4.2%, Freddie Mac is projecting that rates will increase to 5.2% by this time next year.

An increase in rates will impact YOUR monthly mortgage payment. Your housing expense will be more a year from now if a mortgage is necessary to purchase your next home.

3. Either Way, You are Paying a Mortgage

As a research paper from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University explains:

“Households must consume housing whether they own or rent. Not even accounting for more favorable tax treatment of owning, homeowners pay debt service to pay down their own principal while households that rent pay down the principal of a landlord plus a rate of return. That’s yet another reason owning often does—as Americans intuit—end up making more financial sense than renting.”

4. It’s Time to Move On with Your Life

The ‘cost’ of a home is determined by two major components: the price of the home and the current mortgage rate. It appears that both are on the rise.

But, what if they weren’t? Would you wait?

Look at the actual reason you are buying and decide whether it is worth waiting. Whether you want to have a great place for your children to grow up, you want your family to be safer, or you just want to have control over renovations, maybe it is time to buy.

If the right thing for you and your family is to purchase a home this year, buying sooner rather than later could lead to substantial savings.

The Iron Eagle Realty Team's mission is to assist you, our client, in the sale and acquisition of real estate properties in the state of Idaho, specifically the Boise Idaho Real Estate Market. Whether you are buying or selling a home, whether it is a foreclosure, short sale or equity property, we handle our customers and clients with empathy and honest truths so they can make informed decisions as they advance in the process of buying and selling real estate that meet specific needs.
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Associate Broker, Silvercreek Realty Group
Certified Short Sale Specialist®
Investment Property Consultant
Direct: 208.919.0458 Office: 208.939.9033 Fax: 208.514.1422
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Thursday, June 26, 2014

JUST LISTED - FULLY LEASED TURNKEY FOURPLEX

JUST LISTED - FULLY LEASED TURNKEY FOURPLEX
1805 E Overland Rd, Bldg 42, Meridian ID
Listed at $355,000

2 Bedroom and 1 Bath Units
3380 SF, Built in 2005


Like NEW Fourplex in Meridian, ID. Fully Leased with on site management. Turnkey investment. Centrally located near business parks, movie theatre/restaurant complex, largest regional medical center in SW Idaho and freeway. Development has clubhouse, pool and weight room. Great location within the development, along the back row away from Overland Rd. BTVA If you are interested in Investment Properties in Boise Idaho, Give us a call at 208 939 9033.

The Iron Eagle Realty Team's mission is to assist you, our client, in the sale and acquisition of real estate properties in the state of Idaho, specifically the Boise Idaho Real Estate Market. Whether you are buying or selling a home, whether it is a foreclosure, short sale or equity property, we handle our customers and clients with empathy and honest truths so they can make informed decisions as they advance in the process of buying and selling real estate that meet specific needs.
PS: We've Helped More Buyers and Sellers than 99.8% of any Local Realtor
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CEO, The Iron Eagle Realty Team
Associate Broker, Silvercreek Realty Group
Certified Short Sale Specialist®
Investment Property Consultant
Direct: 208.919.0458 Office: 208.939.9033 Fax: 208.514.1422
www.IronEagleRE.com Michael.Hon@IronEagleRE.com

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Thinking of Buying a Vacation/Retirement Home? Why Wait?

by The KCM Crew on April 15, 2014 in For Buyers, Interest Rates

The sales of vacation homes skyrocketed last year. A recent study also revealed that 25% of those surveyed said they’d likely buy a second home, such as a vacation or beach house, to use during retirement. For many Baby Boomers, the idea of finally purchasing that vacation home (that they may eventually use in retirement) makes more and more sense as the economy improves and the housing market recovers.

If your family is thinking about purchasing that second home, now may be the perfect time. Prices are still great. If you decide to lease the property until you’re ready to occupy it full time, the rental market in most areas is very strong. And you can still get a great mortgage interest rate.

But current mortgage rates won’t last forever…

According to FreddieMac, the interest rate for a 30 year fixed rate mortgage at the beginning of April was 4.4%. However, FreddieMac predicts that mortgage rates will steadily climb over the next six quarters.

Let’s assume you want to purchase a home for $500,000 with a 20% down payment ($100,000). That would leave you with a $400,000 mortgage. What happens if you wait to buy this dream house?

Prices are projected to increase over the next year and a half. However, for this example, let’s assume prices remain the same. Your mortgage payment will still increase as mortgage rates climb to more historically normal levels.

The Iron Eagle Realty Team's mission is to assist you, our client, in the sale and acquisition of real estate properties in the state of Idaho, specifically the Boise Idaho Real Estate Market. Whether you are buying or selling a home, whether it is a foreclosure, short sale or equity property, we handle our customers and clients with empathy and honest truths so they can make informed decisions as they advance in the process of buying and selling real estate that meet specific needs.
PS: We've Helped More Buyers and Sellers than 99.8% of any Local Realtor
Click Here to Search 24/7 for The Best Real Estate Deals in Boise!
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CEO, The Iron Eagle Realty Team
Associate Broker, Silvercreek Realty Group
Certified Short Sale Specialist®
Investment Property Consultant
Direct: 208.919.0458 Office: 208.939.9033 Fax: 208.514.1422
www.IronEagleRE.com Michael.Hon@IronEagleRE.com

Monday, April 28, 2014

Want to Sell Your House? Price it Right!

by The KCM Crew on April 14, 2014 in For Sellers

The housing market is recovering nicely. Prices have increased nationally by double digits over the last twelve months. Competition from the shadow inventory of lower priced distressed properties (foreclosures and short sales) is diminishing rapidly. Now may be the perfect time to sell your home and move to the dream house or beautiful location your family has always talked about.

The one suggestion we would definitely offer: DON’T OVERPRICE IT!!

Even though prices have increased by more than 10% over the last year, the acceleration of appreciation has slowed dramatically over the last few months. As an example, in their April Home Price Index Report, CoreLogic revealed that home prices actually depreciated by .08% this month as compared to last month’s report. What concerns us is that Trulia just reported that asking prices are still continuing to increase.

Because investor purchases are declining and there are more listings coming onto the market, we believe that sellers should be very cautious when they price their house. The alternative might be that you could lose money by overpricing your home at the start as explained in a research study on the matter.

Bottom Line

Though it is a great time to sell your house, pricing it right is crucial. Get guidance from a real estate professional in your marketplace to ensure you get the best deal possible.

The Iron Eagle Realty Team's mission is to assist you, our client, in the sale and acquisition of real estate properties in the state of Idaho, specifically the Boise Idaho Real Estate Market. Whether you are buying or selling a home, whether it is a foreclosure, short sale or equity property, we handle our customers and clients with empathy and honest truths so they can make informed decisions as they advance in the process of buying and selling real estate that meet specific needs.
PS: We've Helped More Buyers and Sellers than 99.8% of any Local Realtor
Click Here to Search 24/7 for The Best Real Estate Deals in Boise!
Click Here to Download Our Free "Selling Your Home" Pre-Listing Plan! 
Click Here to Pre-Qualify for a Loan Online!

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Regards, Michael Hon, REALTOR®
CEO, The Iron Eagle Realty Team
Associate Broker, Silvercreek Realty Group
Certified Short Sale Specialist®
Investment Property Consultant
Direct: 208.919.0458 Office: 208.939.9033 Fax: 208.514.1422
www.IronEagleRE.com Michael.Hon@IronEagleRE.com

Saturday, March 29, 2014

On the market again: Boise’s 87-year-old former Macy’s building

Partners worried they wouldn’t be able to find enough people who wanted to live Downtown and could afford apartments.
BY SVEN BERG, Idaho Statesman

sberg@idahostatesman.com February 27, 2014

Affordable housing was the center of the idea by Brad Elg, Jeff Shneider and David Wali for developing the C.C. Anderson Building, which they bought in late 2011.

They wanted to fill the building’s top three floors with 64 apartments that working people could afford. But making the dollars and cents work for the affordable housing would have meant taking federal tax credits to help pay the development cost and pass them on to residents.

With those tax credits come restrictions. For example, the people living in the subsidized apartments can’t be students. They also can’t make above a certain percentage of the area’s average income.

The partners worried that they wouldn’t be able to find enough people who wanted to live Downtown and could afford the apartments — between $540 and $1,040 per month — and who also qualified for subsidized housing, Wali said.

They discussed turning the first floor into a theater for the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. That didn’t work. One of the problems was that the festival would have to raise millions of dollars before work started on renovating the building.

So the partners have decided to sell.

“There’s no use in letting it remain vacant if there’s someone else who might be a better fit for it,” Wali said.

NEW LIFE FOR AN OLD BOISE BUILDING?
The C.C. Anderson Building, located on the northeast corner of 10th and Idaho, went on the market Wednesday. The sellers are asking $2.1 million.

Boise businessman C.C. Anderson built it in 1927 as a home for his department store. It remained a department store until 2010, when Macy’s closed its Downtown Boise location.

Wali said that he and his partners paid only $1 million for the building in 2011 but that they won’t be making any money. He said they put hundreds of thousands of dollars into asbestos removal, planning and structural engineering. He figures they’ll just about break even on the sale.

Wali still thinks housing should be a component of the C.C. Anderson Building’s new life. Offices and retail stores could fill in the rest, he said.

Greg MacMillan, who works for commercial real estate broker Colliers International, is the building’s listing agent. He said the amount of space — more than 115,000 square feet on four floors — makes it attractive for all kinds of development, whether it’s a hotel, housing, offices, restaurants or something else.

“The building is not without its challenges, but the right person — the right buyer — could do something great,” MacMillan said.

Sven Berg: 377-6275

The Iron Eagle Realty Team's mission is to assist you, our client, in the sale and acquisition of real estate properties in the state of Idaho, specifically the Boise Idaho Real Estate Market. Whether you are buying or selling a home, whether it is a foreclosure, short sale or equity property, we handle our customers and clients with empathy and honest truths so they can make informed decisions as they advance in the process of buying and selling real estate that meet specific needs.
PS: We've Helped More Buyers and Sellers than 99.8% of any Local Realtor
Click Here to Search 24/7 for The Best Real Estate Deals in Boise!
Click Here to Download Our Free "Selling Your Home" Pre-Listing Plan! 
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Regards, Michael Hon, REALTOR®
CEO, The Iron Eagle Realty Team
Associate Broker, Silvercreek Realty Group
Certified Short Sale Specialist®
Investment Property Consultant
Direct: 208.919.0458 Office: 208.939.9033 Fax: 208.514.1422
www.IronEagleRE.com Michael.Hon@IronEagleRE.com

Monday, March 10, 2014

What is the Cap Rate and NOI on Rental Properties and are they Important?

Found this great blog on Linked by Mark Ferguson posted on March 4, 2014. If you are looking for a Boise investment property such as a fourplex, duplex or commercial investments, please visit us at www.ironeaglere.com.

If you have been around Boise investment properties you have probably heard the term cap rate and NOI.  The cap rate on an investment property is a measure of what the returns will be assuming you pay cash for a property.  I don’t use cap rate on my investment properties, because it doesn’t factor financing costs.  I prefer to use the cash on cash return on my properties, but the cap rate can still give you a basic idea of a property’s returns.

NOI is the net operating income on a rental property and does not factor in debt service.  The NOI can be another indicator of rental property returns, but can also be easily manipulated.

How do you figure the cap rate on a property?

The cap rate is a very simple formula; net operating  income divided by the price of a property.  For example if you buy a home for $100,000 and the net income is $10,000 a year, the cap rate is 10%.  ($10,000/$100,000=10%)

What is the net operating income? (NOI)

The net operating income is how much money a rental property produces after expenses.  This is another simple calculation and can be figured using our cash flow calculator.  The NOI does not include debt service, which our calculator includes, but you can enter the mortgage payments as zero to determine the NOI.  For example if the rents are $10,000 a year on a rental property and the yearly expenses are $3,000, then the NOI is $7,000.

What expenses are included in the NOI?

You will find different investors include different expenses to determine the NOI.  Some investors may include vacancies and property management and others may not.  Some investors may not even include any maintenance in their NOI projections to make their properties appear more profitable.  If you are basing a purchase decision on the cap rate then you need to make sure all the expenses are accounted for.  If the total rent for a property is $10,000 a year and the NOI is $10,000, then there are obviously expenses being left out of the equation.

How can the cap rate vary greatly on the same property?

The NOI greatly affects the cap rate.  If the NOI does not include all expenses on a property, then the cap rate is going to be artificially inflated.  I don’t like using the cap rate as an indicator of returns, because it does not factor into account debt service and the cap rate can be easily manipulated.

Why Cash flow is more important than the NOI

I think the  cash flow on a rental property is much more important than the cap rate.  The cash flow tells you exactly how much money you are going to make including expenses and debt service.  Our cash flow calculator even helps you determine what the maintenance and vacancies may be on a property per month.

Why the cash on cash return is better than the cap rate

The cash on cash return tells you what returns you are getting on your cash invested into a property.  The cash on cash return takes into account the amount of money invested based on leverage.  The cap rate completely ignores leverage, which will make a huge difference in the actual returns an investor sees.  Our cash on cash calculator can help you calculate the actual returns on a rental property including the debt service.

What can the cap rate tell you about different markets?

The cap rate gives a very basic idea of the return rate on rental properties.  If you are looking to invest in long-distance properties, the cap rate can give you an idea of the returns in that area.  Average cap rates in the country can range from 5% to 15%.  There are many other factors to consider when determine where to buy, but cap rate can give you an idea on returns.

How can cap rates help you decide on single family versus multifamily

The cap rates can also give you an idea of the different returns on single family homes versus multifamily homes in an area.  In Colorado the cap rate for a multifamily property tends to be around 5%.  For a single family home you can see cap rates at around 8% in my area.  I buy my properties below market value and see cap rates at 10% or higher on the purchase of my single family rentals.  In other markets those percentages may be reversed on single family and multifamily homes.

Conclusion

The cap rate and NOI can be used to help determine the returns on rental properties, but there are also many other factors to consider like the cash flow and cash on cash returns.  I personally do not pay attention to cap rate or NOI, because it does not giving me a clear picture of my returns.

The Iron Eagle Realty Team's mission is to assist you, our client, in the sale and acquisition of real estate properties in the state of Idaho, specifically the Boise Idaho Real Estate Market. Whether you are buying or selling a home, whether it is a foreclosure, short sale or equity property, we handle our customers and clients with empathy and honest truths so they can make informed decisions as they advance in the process of buying and selling real estate that meet specific needs.
PS: We've Helped More Buyers and Sellers than 99.8% of any Local Realtor
Click Here to Search 24/7 for The Best Real Estate Deals in Boise!
Click Here to Download Our Free "Selling Your Home" Pre-Listing Plan! 
Click Here to Pre-Qualify for a Loan Online!

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Regards, Michael Hon, REALTOR®
CEO, The Iron Eagle Realty Team
Associate Broker, Silvercreek Realty Group
Certified Short Sale Specialist®
Investment Property Consultant
Direct: 208.919.0458 Office: 208.939.9033 Fax: 208.514.1422
www.IronEagleRE.com Michael.Hon@IronEagleRE.com

Friday, February 14, 2014

Millionaires See Real Estate as Top Investment for 2014

Found this great article on Bloomberg Personal Finance

Millionaires See Real Estate as Top Investment for 2014
By Margaret Collins and David M. Levitt  Feb 6, 2014 2:45 PM MT

U.S. millionaires see real estate as the top alternative-asset class to own this year, according to Morgan Stanley. (MS)

About 77 percent of investors with at least $1 million in assets own real estate, according to a survey released today by the New York-based investment bank’s wealth-management unit. Direct ownership of residential and commercial properties was the No. 1 alternative-investment pick for 2014, with a third of millionaires surveyed saying they plan to buy this year. Twenty-three percent said they expect to invest in real estate investment trusts, the second-most popular choice.

Wealthy investors are turning to a rebounding real estate market as fixed-income yields remain historically low and equities surge. U.S. commercial-property values rose 8 percent in the 12 months ended Jan. 31, and have jumped 71 percent since hitting their post-recession bottom in 2009, research firm Green Street Advisors Inc. reported today. The S&P/Case-Shiller index of home prices in 20 cities is up 24 percent from its 2012 low.

“After a year where the Standard & Poor’s Index rose 30 percent, some millionaires are moving money out of traditional, long-only strategies to find outperformance, and turning toward alternatives such as real estate and private equity,” said Gary Kaminsky, a vice chairman at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in New York. “Sophisticated, high-net-worth investors are much more concerned about losses.”

The One57 residential building stands while under construction in New York.
Collectibles ranked as the third-most-popular alternative-investment choice this year, with 20 percent of millionaires saying they planned to buy, followed by private equity at 19 percent and precious metals at 16 percent.

Interest Rates

Wealthy investors see stocks getting expensive and interest rates staying stable or even declining over the next couple of years, Kaminsky said in an interview at a conference for Tiger 21 investors last week in Scottsdale, Arizona. That’s why they are looking more closely at alternatives including real estate for returns and income, he said.

Tiger 21 members, who have at least $10 million in investable assets, increased their average allocation to real estate last year to 21 percent as of the fourth quarter from 19 percent in the first three months of 2013, according to a separate study released by the New York-based group last month.

Will Ade, a Tiger 21 member, said real estate is a particularly attractive investment as stocks show vulnerability in 2014. The S&P 500 has fallen more than 4 percent this year, while developing-country stocks have tumbled on concern that the outlook for economies is worsening.

‘Lame’ Bull

“We had a great bull run last year,” Ade, a 60-year-old geologist, said in an interview today. “I don’t know if the bull is dead, but it certainly is lame right now.”

This year may be the tail-end of attractive investments in property before interest rates rise, said Ade, who has made his money finding oil companies and private investors to fund the drilling of wells. He said he is trying to purchase residential real estate in Miami right now.

“The really good real estate deals are getting harder and harder to find,” Ade said. “Once interest rates start to go up, whether it’s farmland or single-family dwellings there’s going to be huge downward pressure on real estate.”

Foreign Buyers

The Manhattan high-rise condominium buildings One57 and 432 Park Ave., where units have gone under contract for more than $90 million, are evidence of the faith that the very wealthy have in real estate, said Mitchell Roschelle, real estate advisory leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Such properties have also attracted international buyers.

Wealthy foreigners have bought high-end U.S. properties for their safety and because they’re denominated in dollars, the world’s reserve currency, he said. This helps domestic millionaires maintain the value of their property investments.

“It creates competition, which drives the price up for everybody,” he said. “The sellers have multiple channels to sell into. That gives you more liquidity.”

Self-storage properties are among commercial real estate investments wealthy individuals are buying, Kaminsky of Morgan Stanley said. Retail shopping centers are seen as less attractive as more consumers shop online through companies such as Amazon.com Inc., he said.

Chilean Fund

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management surveyed 1,004 U.S. investors ages 25 to 75, with least $100,000 in assets, during the fourth quarter of last year. A third of them had more than $1 million.

BigSur Partners, a Miami-based wealth-management firm, has been helping some of its wealthy clients, who usually have at least $50 million, work with institutional investors such as a Chilean pension fund to invest in commercial real estate, said Chief Executive Officer Ignacio Pakciarz. Deals include an office building in Princeton, New Jersey, he said.

“We don’t feel there’s a lot of value in emerging-market bonds, high-yield bonds and highly rated fixed income,” Pakciarz said.

Owning the real estate is attractive because of the expected appreciation of property value and stream of rental income, as well as better control and supervision over the investments, he said. The firm has also bought office properties in Pittsburgh and Boston, multifamily residences in Texas and some industrial buildings for clients, and is looking for more opportunities this year in real estate purchases or lending, he said.

The Iron Eagle Realty Team's mission is to assist you, our client, in the sale and acquisition of real estate properties in the state of Idaho, specifically the Boise Idaho Real Estate Market. Whether you are buying or selling a home, whether it is a foreclosure, short sale or equity property, we handle our customers and clients with empathy and honest truths so they can make informed decisions as they advance in the process of buying and selling real estate that meet specific needs.
PS: We've Helped More Buyers and Sellers than 99.8% of any Local Realtor
Click Here to Search 24/7 for The Best Real Estate Deals in Boise!
Click Here to Download Our Free "Selling Your Home" Pre-Listing Plan! 
Click Here to Pre-Qualify for a Loan Online!

IERT logo
Regards, Michael Hon, REALTOR®
CEO, The Iron Eagle Realty Team
Associate Broker, Silvercreek Realty Group
Certified Short Sale Specialist®
Investment Property Consultant
Direct: 208.919.0458 Office: 208.939.9033 Fax: 208.514.1422
www.IronEagleRE.com Michael.Hon@IronEagleRE.com

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