Tuesday, September 23, 2014

7 Unit Walk to Beach Apartment Building for Sale in Santa Monica

I just reviewed a wonderful 7 unit fully occupied apartment building, walking distance to the beach in Santa Monica. This is an excellent property for a long-term hold. Existing rent control in Santa Monica means that when tenants do vacate, old rents will go up to market rents. In some cases this is over $1,000 per unit. The location and the quality of the building also makes for a perfect building to keep  one unit for personal use. Flights on Southwest Airlines are $120 round trip if your book early! The building is offered at $2,500,000 and will require a very hefty down payment of $1,500,000 due to the low existing rents. But, to be able to buy a building in that location at $357,000 per unit and $402 per foot is rare. This is an excellent opportunity for a patient investor.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Adjustable Rate Mortgage ARM vs. 30 Year Fixed Rate Loan?

"Always get a 30 year fixed rate loan!" or "Don't pay the higher interest rate on a loan that you will refinance later" or "You will sell that home when you need more space so why get a 30 year loan" - Have any of these advices been offered to you when considering which loan term to choose?

Those three suggestions are wise and unwise depending on your situation now and what you plan to do in the future. Can you predict the future? The answer is no and yet,  you can give probabilities to the future to help your decision.

First some facts:  The average home in the US is owned for approx 7-10 years. The average condo is owned for less than that. So - that may rule out the 30 year fixed rate loan immediately, A 30 year fixed rate loan today may have a 4.5% interest. A 7 year fixed rate loan today would be around 4%. So, if you are keeping the home for a shorter period of time, why pay approximately $500 extra per year for each $100,000 that you borrow? (I am sure somebody reading this is thinking what is $500 over 1 year - that is worth the comfort of a fully fixed rate loan)

Most shorter term fixed rate loans today are fixed for 3, 5, 7 or 10 years, amortized over 30 years and typically become annual adjustable rate loans after the fixed rate period.  There are different structures with other ARMs (adjustable rate mortgages) but this structure is very common.  The comfort of knowing exactly what your payment will be is either 3, 5, 7, 10 or 30 years depending on which fixed term you choose. The amount of interest rate that you pay rises typically from the shortest term to the longest term. It would be safe to say that you can get a mid 2% rate in the 3 year range and a 4.5% rate in the 30 year range. That difference may be significant depending on  your current and future plans for the property.

Let's say you are buying a small starter home with plans to want a larger home in 3 years. If you plan to sell the home in 3 years, then a 3 or 5 year fixed rate loan may be perfect. But... what if you decide to buy a larger home in a few years as planned and keep this first home as a rental property? Now, you have a loan which will start adjusting every year (or monthly) which fluctuates your cash flow.Future hindsight may tell you that a 7 or 10 year fixed rate would be better. It's sad that we cannot rely on future hindsight now!

Now take my mom as an example (sorry Mom!). She is retiring in the next few years. A 30 year fixed rate loan may be the best choice for her. Refinancing or dealing with an adjustable rate payment when going into retirement (fixed income) is not ideal. Solid, secure financing makes sense then.

Where are you in this spectrum of home ownership? Let's talk and flush out the best plan for you. Mario cell: 415-269-6249 call or text

Or see my site:  www.HomeLoans.LA

Friday, July 11, 2014

Duplex Fourplex Apartment Building Statistics in Santa Clara County

At this week's Bay Area Apartment Broker's Forum meeting in San Jose, guest speaker Tom Scott of Cambridge Management Company brought some interesting statistics from the Santa Clara County Recorder's office.

2-4 Unit Properties:  15,144 total properties - 787 sold in 2013 - 5.2% of the inventory sold - 19 year average hold

5+ Unit Properties: 5,719 total properties - 554 sold in 2013 - 9.0% of the inventory sold - 11 year average hold

There is almost a double hold period for duplexes and fourplexes compared to larger apartment buildings.This could mean that the ease of ownership on a smaller building is greater and therefore those owners hold the properties longer. Or, someone with a 5+ unit property makes more money faster and therefore sells in a faster time frame. Those are my two suggested reasons.

What do you think?

Owner Occupied Duplexes for Sale in Silicon Valley

Today there are 25 duplexes for sale in Santa Clara County that are listed under the maximum loan amount for FHA financing. What does this mean?

For 3.5% down payment, you can buy a duplex in Silicon Valley, live in one unit and rent out the other unit. This provides you with maximum financing ability, a tenant who will pay you rent to offset the mortgage and tax depreciation on the rental unit to offset taxes. This is a great way to start your investment portfolio. Call me for details - Mario Pinedo, CCIM 415-269-6249

Monday, June 23, 2014

Two Large Lot Mid-Century Aparment Investments in Orange County for Sale

Probate sale of two nearby multi-family properties - all bungalow style duplexes on large lots in Orange, CA. These are well located fully occupied investment properties available for sale via an approved probate process. The large lots, single story, duplex/bungalow units generate longer term tenancies due to more personal space and no up/down tenants. Perfect properties to have private patios & yards. Excellent parking too. Outstanding 1031 exchange replacement properties. For more info on these rare apartment properties, call Mario Pinedo on his cell 415-269-6249.

Monday, June 16, 2014

3 Multi-Family Rental Investment Units for Sale in Grass Valley, CA

There is a very nice rental property investment in Grass Valley, CA for sale. On one lot is a single family home + a duplex building behind. Three stabilized rental units for $357,950.  Excellent 1031 exchange replacement property. Professionally managed currently and can be continued. Beautiful foothills town of Grass Valley is a retirement destination for many San Francisco Bay Area residents. For more info, please call 415-269-6249.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Nice 4plex for Sale in San Jose!

4,088 square feet on an excellent street in San Jose's Cambrian area for $1,279,000 just hit the market.  Very nice quality property and size for the $$$. For more deals that I like in Silicon Valley, The Bay Area or abroad - give me a call 415-269-6249.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Apartment Investments Orange County Southern California

I have recently been comparing apartment investment opportunities in the San Francisco Bay Area to Southern California. The Bay Area (and especially Silicon Valley, The Peninsula and San Francisco) is offering very low rates of return. Also decent investment properties are hard to come by with lots of buyers chasing deals.
These same dynamics are also happening in west Los Angeles. This area is in huge demand causing cap rates to be very compressed.
Alternatives to these areas are southern LA county and most parts of Orange County.
Solid, stable apartment buildings can be purchased in the low $200 per foot range. Fourplexes routinely can be found in the $700,000 price range for 3,500 square foot buildings in decent areas.
There are also great coastal locations with apartment buildings perfectly suited for 1031 exchanges. These premier locations can provide great rental rates and occupancy with potential owner-user unit allocations.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Financing Available for Rental House Portfolios

We have access to a strong lender offering one loan portfolio financing for single family, condo, townhouse, duplex and fourplex rental portfolios. Many investors who have purchased 5, 10, 20+ rental houses are experiencing problems getting additional financing for their next deal. Fannie Mae and others have put maximum loan restrictions above 10 financed properties or sometimes less. By aggregating your rental property portfolio into a LLC and financing the whole package with one loan provides an exciting solution,  Minimum aggregate loan amounts of only $1M. This is 4 houses or less in California. This lending platform is available throughout the 50 states. Call me for details 415-269-6249

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Bank Owned Commercial REO Retail & Office Center Orange County for Sale

Taking offers in February 2014 is a well occupied, very nicely constructed mixed office and retail center in southern Orange County, CA.  It is a bank owned asset with remarkably good condition and net income.  Approximately 67,000 square feet situated amongst 7 buildings on a 5 acre parcel of land. There are a variety of office and retail suites to accommodate various users. The asset is being offered un-priced. Market valuation should put this asset in the $10-15M range. Call for more details.