Sunday, November 16, 2014

Increasing Usable Space

I came upon a deal in the western suburbs of Chicago this weekend that had a great walk-up attic.    How simple would it be to some wiring... sheetrock... paint...  carpet this 800 square foot space?   

Due to the low and angled ceilings, I don't think making additional bedroom(s) out of this space would be advised.   Although, the thought of a kid's play zone or man cave would economicaly add signifacant living space. For less than $5000 this conversion could add an amazing amount of value to this home in DuPage County.

Happy investing,
Rob Hayes

Sunday, November 2, 2014

A Fresh New Book

Thanks to, I have something to distract/educate me for the next week!   I've heard so many good things about, but I haven't spent much time exploring it for myself.  I just cracked their new book, "No (and low) Money Down", over the weekend and I've been pleasently surprised!

Eventhough I'm only two chapters in, the fact that the author, Brandon Turner, pokes fun at "the Guru's" does nothing but grab my attention and give the author instant credibility.   I've been investing for a long time now and have experienced the sales pitch from many self-proclaimed "Gurus".  The get rich quick techniques and the "no money, no credit, no job" gimmicks have gotten very old.    NO... I'm not going to spend $5,000.00 in order to spend the weekend with you so that you can pump me up full of your Kool-Aid and than leave me with a wicked financial hangover the following Monday.

Again, I'm only two chapters in, but the real techniques of buying your first investment property with FHA financing is simple and realistic.   So chew on this for a while.   For you newbie a three flat with FHA financing with 3.5% down and have the seller provide you with a 3% credit at closing. After collecting the property tax prorations, tenant security deposits and prorated rents there's a good chance you could pick up an investment property for "No Money Down"!   There are some down falls though, you will have to live in one of the units for twelve months...but if you don't have 20%-25% to put down on a deal that compromise may be well worth it for you.

All of a sudden, I feel like moving!

Your mentor,

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Period Rehabs

I recently viewed a property for sale in Downers Grove that was straight out of the 1960's.   The home needed extensive remodeling due to the collapsed kitchen, the mold and mildew odor in the home, the lime green shag carpeting and the wall paper that even is found on numerous ceilings.   The issue that my client and I struggle with is whether or not we can do our typical rehab or if we need to reproduce the 60's style that the exterior of the home exudes!   

We discussed this issue for hours and seemed to go back and forth with our opinions.  Our typical rehab is a very standard "cookie cutter" style, but it's very simple and straight forward.   The contractors can easily spit out the final product in a matter of a few weeks.   My client wondered if while previewing the finished product weather or not the general public would think that they had one foot in the 60's and one foot in modern time?   How would that affect resale value?

On the flip side... a "Period Rehab" may cost 20% more in materials and take considerably longer to complete!  Should we hire an interior decorator?  How much more time would we spend at the local Menards?  How much longer would this rehab take our contractors since this isn't the typical "cookie cutter" rehab that we have them done?   We unanimously agreed that this final "Period Rehab" would sell for a fair amount more... but how would the net ROI be affected and would it be worth it?

What do you think?

Rob Hayes