Monday, July 25, 2016

Las Vegas CRE with +/-8% Cap Rates are NOT selling! Why?

You know, I believe that anything is possible.  I think it's the optimist in me.  So, when the economy turns and I see deals starting to come along, and they turn to steals, this is when I believe that I can help any investor buy any Las Vegas investment property.

However, the problem I am having today is kind of complicated.

You see, there is an election going on in the US and both candidates are either well liked; or hated.

The sad thing about this is -- since I am subscribed to several property listing services -- I am being barraged with other CRE company's emails claiming that they have SOLD property in surrounding states at such a high price (or low Cap Rate) that right here in Las Vegas, Sellers are struggling to even attract investor's attention at +8% Cap Rates!

I am, after all, more than willing to help a Seller get as much money for their property as long as the Buyer is willing to accept the Seller's price as a great deal (maybe a steal) from acquiring a real estate property.

What confuses me more than anything else is that our +8% Cap Rates are a steal!

Especially when a McDonald's in Southern California sells for a 3.54% Cap Rate!!  OR, a Walgreen's in Arizona Sells for a 5.33% Cap Rate!

I find this not only confusing, BUT unbelievable!  Why would an investor buy such a property at such a high price -- just because it is located in another state?

IF you are NOT one of these investors, or you are and are now just realizing your mistake, please send me an email and I will gladly send you the latest on the better than average CRE properties that are currently available.

I appreciate your support.

Contacting David Howes is easy -- either by: davidATdavidhowesDOTnet OR call him at: 70 25 01 93 88 AND Follow David on Twitter: @DavidAHowes

Monday, July 18, 2016

'You hook them by selling the dream..." former employer selling a get rich quick scheme

Years and years ago, while I was living and working in Los Angeles, CA I worked (very shortly) for a person who was selling success!

Yes, I was young and fell into the trap of getting rich quickly, but I got out just as fast before I invested any money in his scheme. (Good thing for me: I didn't have any.)

Anyway, I saw this today on CNN about democrats living and working in Youngstown, Ohio who have fallen for Trump's scheme.  You know, the one about how he is going to fix the numerous problems that Americans currently have: lack of jobs; desperate about what is in their future.  You know the routine.

While watching this on the Internet, I immediately thought back to the old saying spouted by a person who I shortly worked for.

"You hook them by selling the dream that they can make it rich.  You and I know that most are never, ever going to be rich, but that's what you sell them."

(After realizing the impossibility of his scheme, I exited his employ to his invalidating harassment for a few months that followed.)

And, that's how I felt for these people that were interviewed in this news piece.  They are desperate and are searching for a quick answer to their daily problems.

You see, this town lost their steel industry, and they fully believe that Donald Trump is going to bring that back to Youngstown, OH.

Now, every sane person does realize that as long as the corporate CEO's are making more money by having their industry in a country where they don't care about their environment, that is never going to happen.

What these people -- who have been suckered into thinking this impossible dream -- don't realize, is that Americans are NOT going to work for the low, low wages being offered and accepted in China.

Unfortunately, these middle-aged white people long for a former "better day" where jobs were just down the street. You know just before the steel factory that was ordered by the EPA to stop polluting.

Okay, says the CEO, off to China we go!  (Hey! They stopped polluting!  Well, they stopped polluting here in the US anyway.)

Lastly, the jobs are going to stay in China regardless of who wins the election to occupy The White House.

The reason: Americans want and will always demand clean, drinkable water; clean, breathable air, and to be able to eat non-contaminated food.

And, they will demand to earn a livable wage -- which is higher than what the CEO's are willing to pay.

So, Trump's selling a dream that he will never, ever be able to deliver -- but that is what is most important: Hook them by selling the dream.

Contacting David Howes is easy -- either by: davidATdavidhowesDOTnet OR call him at: 70 25 01 93 88 AND Follow David on Twitter: @DavidAHowes

Sunday, July 17, 2016

No matter who wins the US Presidency, there are good deals in Las Vegas CRE today!

With the US Presidency up for grabs (I truly didn't think Trump would make it this far), there are still a few very good buys in Las Vegas as we sit here today.

However, several out of country "Buyers" keep telling me they want to wait to see "what happens" come November.

It's as if they could care less whether they get a deal on a property or not.  No matter what I recommend on these properties -- they have a horrendous need to wait and see if the US General election voters will pass their litmus test.

Yes, they fear a Trump Presidency.

If I had the money, I would have already bought all of these properties, because I know regardless of who wins, the deal will be in the re-selling of the properties to these very same procrastinators.

So, right now, these Buyers are like, ugh! Trump may win the presidency, Oh, God, No!

But, since I recommend that you buy now while these properties are still at a good price; the buyers  would rather wait to see who wins the presidency to acquire that very same property!  Which will be at a higher price regardless whether Trump or Hillary win!

SO, all you Buyers, you are just killing any chance at acquiring a good property at a good price/deal.

Now, I will tell you all of the STEALS are gone! That window closed a few years ago!

However, the good deals that I am talking about could make you money over the short term (5 years) AND long term (10+years).  You just have to have faith in the future of Las Vegas -- which is still growing!  So, forget about the US presidential race.

Whoever wins, is going to be hated by 50% of the electorate anyway.  And, I have no control over that scenario at all.

So, if you are a serious Real Estate Investor -- looking for a Good Deal -- take the time to please give me a call; and stop worrying about Trump's ignorant arrogance; or whether Hillary's (alleged) criminal activity will hurt you or her.

Contacting David Howes is easy -- either by: davidATdavidhowesDOTnet OR call him at: 70 25 01 93 88 AND Follow David on Twitter: @DavidAHowes

Friday, July 15, 2016

Real Estate Mortgage Payoff -- Part III (Sigh!)


Now for the finale.

I was finally able to speak to an Account Manager at Shellpoint.

She told me that Shellpoint was only loan servicing my loan from PNC.  So, the PNC people I had spoken to lied to me. (Not surprised.)

Anyway, she said the only discount I could receive was 10% -- and I'd have to qualify for that.  I thought that I could do better.

So, with that done, I called my client/friend, who does loan buying and selling, and foreclosing.  A few days later, he called back.

What he told me should NOT have surprised me; but it did.  And, I now have a fuller understanding of this parade of loan/debt buying that I didn't before.

My client/friend told me that the amount of my loan was actually pittance. It is not near enough for him to go near.

He said that if I want to pay the loan off, write them a check for the full amount.  He did say I could take a chance and write a check for 90%, but he asked: Is losing your home over $3,800 +/- worth it?

He knows, I know, it's not.

He said that the lender is fully aware of my house' value. They know I have equity, and if I try to play the game, they will take the house through foreclosure and I'd be out of everything.

He suggested that I don't do that.  'Pay them off and move on,' he said.
'At least you'd have a home free and clear' --  which is a rarity these days.

So, I learnt my lesson. Whether I think it fair or not, paying them what I owe and moving on is my only option.

Now, if only I can convince Donald Trump to stand down....maybe my foreign investors will get off the real estate buying fence...

Contacting David Howes is easy -- either by: davidATdavidhowesDOTnet OR call him at: 70 25 01 93 88 AND Follow David on Twitter: @DavidAHowes

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Real Estate Mortgage Payoff - Part II

About a week ago, I posted that I wanted to pay-off my equity line turned second mortgage.
And, I want to do it by negotiating a smaller payoff deal.  Since Shellpoint Mortgage acquired my loan at a discount, I wanted to share in that discount.

They originally sent me a full pay off timetable.  But, since they seem to NOT understand what I am asking, I made a counter offer.  Since, they have not responded.

Anyway, I had to emailed them through their website since their telemarketers are NOT knowledgeable about the loan business; and they truly have no authority when it comes to real mortgage questions.

Anyway, my counter was met with the response that their Loan Services Personnel are NOT allowed to contact debtors directly.

Say, what?!

All I want to do is to write a check -- or set up a wire transfer -- for a final payment that we can negotiate fairly.  I know that there is an acceptable amount to both parties other than the full loan amount that I owe.

I think it's only fair since they acquired my loan at a discount -- most likely 25% of the loan amount owed.

How do I know I can do this?

Well, you see -- most of my clients are in the real estate investment business.  They acquire a lot of their property from said lenders who have "bad loans." My clients buy these loans and then foreclose on the property.  And, they buy these loans at a discount.

And, since late 2008, this has been happening all over the US.

Anyway, I saw this article about home owners equity and how people are NOT taking equity out of their homes (smart) and thought it interesting.  (It's been ten years since I did that and now wish I hadn't.)

Hopefully, Shellpoint will get their heads out of their derrieres and give me a call.

Please enjoy!

Contacting David Howes is easy -- either by: davidATdavidhowesDOTnet OR call him at: 70 25 01 93 88 AND Follow David on Twitter: @DavidAHowes

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Las Vegas Restaurant offered at an +/- 8.4% Cap Rate!

This may or may not be your cup of tea, but it is an investment worth a second look.

Popular China Star Restaurant located on Craig Road and very, very near a Wal-Mart Superstore.

Investment Summary:

Offering Price:                   $1,990,000
NOI:                                    $166,320
Cap Rate:                           8.36%
Lease Term Remaining:   10 Years (This is excellent for a free standing investment.)

Location:                            Very busy retail corridor in North Las Vegas, NV 89032
 Home Depot Anchored Shopping Center Pad

Sale Highlights

•             Safe & Secure Investment:  Tenant's been at this location since the property was built in 2007
•             NNN Lease (No Landlord Responsibilities!)
•             Over 10 years remaining on their initial lease term!
•             Home Depot Outparcel: Located in a very busy retail corridor/district
•             Adjacent to anchors: Home Depot, PetSmart, and Office Depot.
This has excellent exposure on high traffic Craig Road -- which is one of the busiest east/west
thoroughfares in the Las Vegas MSA.
Shopping Center has its own signalized intersection!

I Googled Earth this site, and there are major retailers in this area including Walgreen’s, Walmart, Target, as well as Home Depot and Office Depot.  Albertson’s is across the street.

Contacting David Howes is easy -- either by: davidATdavidhowesDOTnet OR call him at: 70 25 01 93 88 AND Follow David on Twitter: @DavidAHowes

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Trump's Ignorance of International Trade Just Cost Me Another Potential Transaction!

It has become a theme that won't go away.

And the reason it won't go away is that most White middle-aged American Republicans are prime for Donald Trump's hateful, bullying rhetoric.

They swallow his message without even giving it a second thought.

For your information, China has NOT raped America!

China didn't twist any arms; China didn't even do anything illegal.  They just had a large pool of people willing to work cheaper than American workers were.

So, if anyone is to blame for China becoming the world leader in manufacturing, it is: wait for it: White, Middle-aged American Republicans!

Too close to home to place the blame?

Oh, well.  If Americans were more willing to work at less money, then the CEO's wouldn't have moved the jobs to China.

And, Congress is also responsible for this debacle.  They reduced the import tax/fees on goods manufactured outside the US.  This was done so White Middle-aged Americans could buy the cheaply made Chinese goods at low, low prices, too!

So, don't like China having all those Jobs?  Well, you know what you have to do to get them back, right?

Unfortunately, that is not going to happen.  Americans won't work for almost free.  And, Americans do care about the air they breathe -- even though they say they don't like the EPA regulations; and, obviously, they care about the water they drink; and the food they eat.

So, Mr Trump, insulting China is idiocy.  Bullying other presidential candidates can be viewed as one thing; but bullying an entire nation or a major religious faction is NOT presidential.

Contacting David Howes is easy -- either by: davidATdavidhowesDOTnet OR call him at: 70 25 01 93 88 AND Follow David on Twitter: @DavidAHowes

Contacting David Howes is easy -- either by: davidATdavidhowesDOTnet OR call him at: 70 25 01 93 88 AND Follow David on Twitter: @DavidAHowes