Thursday, June 9, 2011

Transaction #18 of 52 in 2011: We Sell a Property and Take a Long-Term Interest

Clear Day never wants to sell real estate. Our goal is to have long-term real estate holdings that will bring us income for the next 30 years or more.

Once in a while, we decide that the best opportunity is to sell properties- but we STILL want to have a long-term interest even after we sell. Here is the scenario:

We foreclosed on a property that had one (1) lot with two (2) houses. The first house was a 2 bedroom / 1 bath with a 1-car garage. The second house was a 1 bedroom / 1 bath with off-street parking. Based on rents, the house was worth about $120,000. The problem? Banks won't lend on rent-based appraisals anymore. They will only lend on sold comparable properties.

The real estate investor that had repaired the property had tried to sell it for $120,000 unsuccessfully. The problem? People wanted the property, but appraisals were coming in much lower than justified by rents OR the square footage of the two properties combined. Why? Because the appraisers only county the larger property as "regular" square foot value. The second, smaller house was only counted as an "extra" building- like a shed!

Why was it a shed? Because those are the rules! No further explanation given by the appraiser.

So when we were approached by an investor who liked the property because of the great cash flow, we sold it to him at a slight discount to full price. He received what he wanted- growth, profits, income, tax benefits, and amortization.

We sold it at a discount because he was willing to lease the property back to us and share the cash flow, growth, and amortization. We received what we wanted: a long-term position in the property that gives us ongoing cash-flow from rents and property management as well as long-term profits when the house sells at a much higher price than we can sell it right now.

Here are the approximate numbers:
Income-based property value : $120,000
Sale price to investor : $110,000

Monthly rent : $ 1,300
Monthly property management : $ 130

Quarterly Additional Cash Flow : $ 200

Right now we are lining up more properties for more investors to work with us and share growth, equity, and cash flow. Interested? Let me know.

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