Showing posts with label Development. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Development. Show all posts

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Snow Day in Las Vegas!

It is a very rare sight to see.

But when it does, it is a sight to behold!

Snow falling in Las Vegas, NV!


Nothing like seeing snow falling in your backyard!

Brrr!!!  Not going in the pool today!


With the high today of 41 degrees, I think I'll stay indoors.

And, if interested in any Las Vegas CRE property, you can...

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Monday, January 28, 2019

SOLD!!! ...okay, it's just in escrow.

Finally, after nearly 12 months of haranguing, negotiating and cajoling, I was finally able to open escrow on the four Downtown Properties I listed early last year.

Now, I didn't get the owner as much as I thought I would.  But, the Buyer, from California, understands the operation of low-income motels and apartments.

AND, while I was in Downtown Las Vegas, I stop by another owner's property to check on the condition the property condition is in.

(Yes.  He bought these low income motels and is dead set on converting them into studio apartments.)

Okay, I can still help!

BTW: I also have listed five multi-family plex properties for sale as a portfolio in Downtown Las Vegas, too!

These will only set you back $1.5 Million!

But, they Gross in rent $14,000 per month.

Send me an email for details!

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

"Just hope he's cool with Mexicans"

While texting a manager at one of my listings, to set up a showing, the manager texted me back that the manager: "Just hope he's (the Buyer) cool with Mexicans."

At first I was surprised by this remark.

Then, after thinking about it for a while; and, being constantly being reminded about the Twitter Washington stand off with high school white kids and the Indian Vietnam Veteran, I realized what he meant.


As a Real Estate Broker, I learned early in my real estate career, and in life, that you need to treat everyone with respect and admiration.

If you are one political party, don't let a political discussion with any client get in the way at all.

Yet, since I haven't ever been discriminated against, to me discriminating or invalidating some one isn't something I care to do. (At least I don't think I ever have been discriminated against.)

I value my time, effort and knowledge to the point that discriminating against anyone, to me, is to lose money.

The first Real Estate Broker I learned real estate from once said, the only thing you should care about as a real estate professional is how much money your client can qualify for.

To me, I look at people/clients I deal with NOT as what their skin color is; but, rather, how much worth do they have for me to provide them with my services.

Even though I am NOT a Realtor, I still value the Realtor HUD commitment.

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Dancing! Dancing! Dancing!

Yes!

I seem to do a lot of dancing.

Not any particular form of dancing.  It's more as if I do a lot of dancing around.

I suppose I could call it the Soft Shoe, or Jazz, or (since I live and work in Las Vegas) Line Dancing? If that's a real form of dancing.



Anyway, it's definitely NOT ballroom dancing -- though I do dance at my desk while marketing Las Vegas properties!

The latest is all of the activity I've had on the three motels and the studio apartment portfolio I have listed.

Since the Seller has given me his 2017 PLS, more potential Buyers have shown an interest in this portfolio.

Yet, I get the feeling that even though the Seller's selling price is in the Buyer's favor, they want an even better price.

Oh, well.  I suppose I should be appreciative the amount of calories that dancing burns off!

Back to more dancing.

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Monday, December 31, 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM LAS VEGAS!


HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019!


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Saturday, December 15, 2018

It's a tear down!

To the average tourist, walking into a Las Vegas Resort Casino is usually a wonder.

How did they build this?  It's amazing how such structures are even conceived.  Etc, etc.

Yet, when a bank forecloses on a property; OR, an owner tries to cut cost by ignoring simple maintenance issues because the owners are (desperately) trying to maximize their capital investment, they will do the usual paint and carpet to try and hide the simple problems that slowly erode the property to the extend that this erosion effects the property's mechanical systems and so forth to the point of decay thus effecting the buildings structural integrity.

Okay, this just means that the lack pf preventive maintenance has eroded the property and thus are no longer able to supply comfort to the tourist staying at the properties.

Such is the case at two well known Las Vegas Resorts.

Yet, the companies that own these properties currently, want top dollar for them.

Recently, I had the privilege to meet with a long time, very experienced casino-hotel operator who has his own opinion about both properties.

His reaction after viewing the properties was surprising, yet not surprising.  He referred to both as, "It's a tear down!"

He stated that the only value they have left is in the land.

And, after touring the properties, I am in agreement.

What is that old saying?  If you put lipstick on a pig, it's still a pig? That applies here.

Sure, the owners want as much as possible to be rid of these problem properties they have continued to throw money at.  But from the very beginning, the fact they they continued to throw money at them was in reality wasting money. (They should have known better.)

If you want to know which properties I am referring to, email me your contact information, I will send you my Non Circumvent, Confidentiality Agreement, then we will continue this discussion.

Happy Holidays!

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The constant state of receiving Low-Ball Offers!

Recently, I've been trying to sell a property that is producing a steady monthly net income.
It's NOT for everyone.  It will require some work from the Buyer once they are situated as the New Owner in order to keep this property income solid.

The Property in question is priced so that a qualified Buyer can, and will, be able to make the necessary improvements to keep the property's income flowing in on a monthly basis.

Yet, for some strange reason, Buyers continue to make less than admirable offers.
(Yes, that's a nice way of referring to those offers as Low-Ball.)

And, when you are dealing with a procuring agent who insists their Buyer's offer is above value because of the state of the property, it makes me wonder why I am even dealing with that agent.


You see, if the Seller was going to accept a Low-Ball Offer, I would have Sold the property already -- by myself -- with one of the thousand (it seems) of Buyers who "Have the ability to acquire these types of properties and turn them around," who I already have their contact information in my Outlook Contacts!

And, why would I want to split a Low-Ball Offer commission with an agent representing a Low-Ball Buyer when I can do that myself -- without their help?

Sigh!

So, I contact my Seller, tell him my concern, he authorizes me to turn down all Low-Ball Offers below a set price; and wants me to try to find a better type of Buyer.  OR, at least, a Low-Ball Buyer who offers more than the current one.

Good thing I love working Real Estate!

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Look! A Four Property Portfolio Available at a 9% Cap Rate!

DON'T LOOK AWAY!

If you do, this four property portfolio will be gone!

The Owner is willing to sell at a 9% Cap Rate!

Three Motels that have been renovated; AND, a 42 unit Studio Apartment Building that needs renovation.

Altogether, there are 139 units for sale at $12 Million!

OR, on a Cap Rate basis, that's a 9.1% Cap Rate!

And based on the 2017 PLS, this portfolio is worth +/-$14 Million!

In this market, that's what is called a STEAL!

30 Units

15 Units

52 Units

42 Units

If you are a qualified Buyer, and you want to take advantage of this Steal of a Deal...

To Contact David Howes try: davidATdavidhowesDOTnet OR; 7 0 2 5 0 1 9 3 8 8
AND Please #Follow David on Twitter: @DavidAHowes
Have a nice day!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Alpine Motel Apartments!

Alright, it's a misnomer.

It's actually 42 Studio Apartments of which 34 have a Kitchenette (or Kitchen Area).





Plus each unit has a full tub shower bath!

AND, it could be yours for the reasonable price of $2.8 Million.

And, because the net income is $20,930 PER MONTH!, that's a 9% Cap Rate to you!
The property does need renovating. But at $2.8 Million, there is room to make changes.

Interested?

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

The Lucky Dragon Should have never been built!

There are Good Ideas; and there are Bad Ideas.

The Lucky Dragon was a Bad Idea.

Sure, a resort casino dedicated to the Asian Gambler was a Good Idea  -- at concept.
However, a resort casino dedicated to just the Asian Gambler is a Bad Idea -- at the end result.

My take is, you don't build a tourist attraction anywhere near the 'edge of sketchy,' as one investor I was dealing with called it.
But, that's exactly where they built this property.

The neighborhood to the north is well known as The Naked City.  It's a collection of 6 to 10 unit low income apartments which have always had a difficult time maintaining tenants simply because they only attract the low income minimum wage workers who can barely afford their monthly rents.

(I know several owners of properties in this area.  They constantly complain about the lack of qualified renters. One, I know, had let his 8 unit apartment property go into foreclosure only to re-acquire it post Trustee Sale for less than half what he owed.)

Oh, well.  But, as this news story tries to explain, the bank thinks this location will be successful some day.  I think they are being overtly optimistic.

Have a read for yourself to see if you agree with me: Lucky Dragon


Since most of the hotel rooms were never used, I think a major re-tool as a locals casino is more in line than as an Asian Gambling Resort.  But, I think it's days as a major Asian Resort are long gone.

That's just my two cents.

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Monday, October 1, 2018

LAND! HO!

Since I live and work in the Southern Nevada Desert, this doesn't make much sense.

But, my ancestral line runs smack through east coast whalers who captained the ships on those long ago whale hunts.

But, as I live and breath dusty desert air, I do find myself helping land owners to sell their land.


This one particular parcel is actually two parcels that are very close to each other.

A 7.89 Acre parcel and a 5 Gross Acre parcel.  Each has water, power and telephone service to their sites.  Each is on Septic Tanks.

Anyway, the Seller's asking price was $12.18 PSF.  We immediately received an offer at $13 PSF.
I strongly suggested to the Seller "Take It!"

He did.

The property details are it is M-1 Land with outside storage.  Most of the land in this area is ground leased to contractors.  These particular parcels generate more than $10,000 per month in gross rent.

The Owner is a local business man who owns a large local trucking company.

I think he's done well for himself through the years.

Still, you blog readers can do the same if you give yourself time and effort.

You just need to begin.

And, you begin by contacting me to see where your starting point is.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

"We need your expertise!"

Late last week, I received a call from an "Investor" who called me because he was waiting for a resort property to recommend an agent to him that could help him buy their resort property.  Since he was impatient, he found me and gave me a call.

OK, not a bad situation on the outside looking in.

Yet, he admitted that he had already made an offer for a 'Strip' resort property and wanted my expertise to tell him whether or not the price the resort wanted to sell was too much.

He felt it was way too high.

Now, in the past I've received calls like this and they all turned out to be fake buyers.

But, this Investor claimed he had already contacted the resort directly, then called me to get advice on whether the resort was asking too much?  I sensed I was talking to a rookie.

Anyway, he wanted to meet today in Las Vegas to discuss his situation.

Since he already contacted the resort directly, I said, OK, but I want 1% paid by you the Buyer to help you!

He asked if I would just accept an hourly fee for giving him an opinion.

I said, 'No!'  I retorted , 'If you want my help, you pay me a commission!'

That was the deal killer for him.

Over the weekend, while out to dinner with my wife and family, I mentioned this scenario.  My wife agreed with me.  If you are an Investor/Buyer, and you want my help acquiring a Las Vegas Resort Property, you call me first!

You then, sign an agreement that if you are successful in buying a resort property, you compensate me for my time and effort.

I did ask which resort he made the offer to? He replied with something about a confidentiality agreement and couldn't disclose it.

I know this is BS!

Most resorts will NOT even accept an offer unless it is at their price and they have fully vetted you.

This Investor, after researching him via Google and another web site I've come to rely on to verify client statements, doesn't appear to be able to complete a multi-million dollar sale.
(I could be wrong, but since I've been down this path before, I'll take my chances.)

My thought first thing this morning is, 'OK, I did kick him to the curb.'

In my time here as a Real Estate Broker in Nevada, I've run into too many want-to-be casino owners barking up the wrong tree who usually end up NOT ever closing any deals at all.

I wish the Investor all the best.

Interested in a Las Vegas CRE property?

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Las Vegas "Strip" land is too expensive for me!

Years ago, I was dealing with an investor about some land on Las Vegas Blvd that sat right smack in the middle of the "Strip."

I found this picture of where the land was vacant at the time.

Las Vegas Blvd mid 1990's

It once was a helicopter pad with the Jockey Club to the north and several No Tell Motels to the south.  You can even see the former Dunes Golf Course is in the background.

Now, back then, price per acre was maybe $1 Million an acre.  The SWC of Tropicana & Las Vegas Blvd had been purchased by Mike Ensign for $60 Million for the 60 acres.
(What's there now?)

A short while later, MGM (Kirk Kerkorian) bought this parcel and developed City Center. So, you see, price for land is relative.

Currently, there is a +/-40 acre parcel for sale on Las Vegas Blvd.  One acre that was owned separately and is surrounded by this land recently sold for $7.4 Million.  To me, that makes the land surrounding it +/-$5 Million an acre(?).

Anyway, I think a Retail Mall with multiple national credit tenants could work at this site.
I don't think a full scale Las Vegas Resort would work simply because of the Airport Noise that would be 24/7 -- just as Las Vegas is.

So, if any of you are ambitious enough to create another outstanding Las Vegas Retail Mall on Las Vegas Blvd, email me for the property details.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Proof Of Funds! Or, Proof Property is For Sale!

The past few weeks to more than a month have been a very stressful time.

I've know about a property that is "Off Market," yet "For Sale" according to the Owner.

BUT, when I approach the Owner about selling, he continually reminds me that he needs "Proof of Funds" (POF) so he knows whether or not the Buyer is capable of closing on the purchase of his property.

Now, this isn't just an everyday house sale.  This isn't an everyday commercial building, or apartment property in the several hundreds of thousand dollar sale.
This is a property worth +/-$25 Million.

A couple of weeks ago, I present the property to a national credit buyer and they said they'd get back to me.

OK, they need time to mull it over.  I get it.

I gave the usual spiel, blah, blah blah, Proof of Funds, etc.


Well, I just fond out that this one particular buyer has decided to pass on the property.
Everything about it fit the Buyers Acquisition Criteria -- except the Proof of Funds!

Now, this company owns about 100 properties nationwide.
They buy, develop and hold long term all of their acquisitions.  No flipping for them.

Well, I just had to know the real reason why they decided to pass.  So, I gave my contact a call.

Boy, did I get an ear full.

Apparently, the experienced buyer for this company has heard this phrase: Proof of Funds more than he wants to count.

He has come to learn that when he hears this phrase, the owner truly doesn't want to sell.

In his 30 years as a Property Buyer for this and other National Multi-Family Companies, when he is told to provide Proof of Funds, it tells him one of two things:
1.) The Seller is inexperienced
2.) The Seller doesn't truly want to sell

When I spoke to the Buyer today, he was leaning more to number 2 on this property.

In his experience, once that phrase is uttered, he turns his focus on other potential acquisitions.

I don't blame him.

If an owner is being so tight about POF, the Buyer knows it will be extremely difficult to get a property into escrow; and even more difficult to close escrow.

So, I learned something new today.  I never knew that, that phrase was the Seller's way of stating, "I don't want to sell!"  Why don't Sellers just say, I'm NOT selling?

All I can say is: "Lesson learned."

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Sports Bar Ownership? OR, Real Estate Ownership!

Football is about to be back in full swing!
Training Camps are just around the corner.

With that said, there are fabulous opportunities for the right Sports Loving enthusiast to acquire a Net Leased Investment Property where local Las Vegans go to unwind and cheer for their favorite NFL Team.

Yes.  The Raiders will be moving to Las Vegas in a brand new football stadium.  But, since Las Vegas was always a destination city, rather than an anchor city, most fans root for the team where the fan grew up to love and behold that area's team.


But, as the Las Vegas Golden Knights have proven, Las Vegas can hold their own.

So, hopefully, the Las Vegas Raiders will attract a local following.  Well, if they win, right?

Recently, I watched an interview of Dwayne Wade talking about his up coming post professional sports playing career.

In it, he said he did the Sport Bars concept and lost a ton of money.  He blamed it on being young and not business savvy as he thought he was.  He did admit he was only 23 years old.  Then, he joked that it took him three years in the courts to unwind that decision.

My immediate thought was: But, did he own the real estate?

You see, owning a sports bar is all well and good IF you are familiar with the bar business.
If not, you would be better off being the landlord of the sports bar and collecting rent.

Sure, one is you are providing enlightening beverages to patrons; the other is you are collecting rent.

One seems glamorous! The other mundane.

In truth, I'd take the mundane simply because of the monthly rent check that comes due even through the hazy fog of a hangover.

And, with that said, if you hold a Triple Net Lease (NNN) on the building, the Tenant pays for the building maintenance, the building's Real Estate Taxes, and Insurance on top of their  annual rent!

So, contact me!  Let's start a dialog on where you stand financially.

If sports bars aren't for you, then there are alternatives.

And, you don't need a million dollars to start.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Are there 8% Cap Rates in Las Vegas?

Yes!

I have one listed where the Owner is willing to sell his Downtown Las Vegas Studio Apartment building for an 8.2% Cap Rate.

This is a steal in today's market given that development along the north 'Strip' is picking up.

Alpine Motel Apartments

Now, the average net income for this property runs about $245,460 (Your numbers could be different.)

So, at a $3 Million Sales price, that puts the Cap Rate at....You guessed it! 8.2%.

If you have an interest in acquiring a value added multi-family apartment building in an area prime for re-development, this is it!

I am having a lot of up calls on this property, so I know it is NOT going to last.

Email me for property marketing details.

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Friday, April 27, 2018

There are 34 Million Reasons Why you should Invest in Las Vegas!

I've known Jeremy Aguero for more than 20 years. I remember when he started his company back in his sublet offices of the (former Las Vegas) Lee & Associates Office -- when they were important in Las Vegas.

In this article, he points out that investors who go for it have a better than average chance of making money in Las Vegas.

Sure, property in Las Vegas seems overpriced.
Sure, some properties that have been recently acquired are at prices that seem to be a deal.

But, unless you get active and engage in attempting to acquire properties here (whether they be a resort property or an investment property), you will be left behind.

Thus, you will fail.

34 Million Reason why to invest in Las Vegas

The problem with Las Vegas isn’t the fact property prices (seem) high.  It’s investors from outside of Las Vegas don’t understand Las Vegas.

When Bob & I met for lunch yesterday, he said that when he entered the gaming business back in the 1960’s it was all about gambling.

He said, today it’s about the experience: the amenities, the wining & dining, the spa treatments, and shopping.

People are coming to Las Vegas. 42 Million last year alone.

You either want to be a participating observer; or you want to remain an observing participant.

Regardless of your investment size, a piece of the pie could be yours but you have to stop observing from the stands.

It is time to get into the game.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

One of these days, Clients will be honest and forthright!

Earlier today, a Buyer who had approached me on another property I had listed, responded to an email that I sent him about another property I had listed.

In the course of emailing back and forth, he stated that I'd be getting an offer from his broker.

What?!  Huh?!

I thought to myself: Haven't I been the one to correspond with this Buyer without the Buyer ever mentioning the other broker?

I was stunned to learn this.

Then, I get a call from an agent that I knew from years ago.  Apparently, he is going to write the offer on the property I have listed for sale.

I said that that isn't the way real estate works.

He tried to convince me that, that is what happens.

(I hate being invalidated.)

But, no.  That's NOT what happens -- unless you are doing something underhanded.

If your client calls me; or responds to my inquiry; I'm the procuring cause. It's that simple.

Anyway, with this sleaziness aside, I said write the offer and I'll present it.

(I know the Buyer is going to low ball.  If he low-balls, it is going to be turned down.)

Anyway, I ramped up my cold calling and hopefully, another investor would be interested in earning +/-$20,000 NET per month.

Alpine Inn Motel/Apartments

If you are interested -- and are NOT getting a kick back from a broker for funneling business to them -- see below.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Quick! It won't last! There's an 8% Cap Rate CRE Property For Sale in Las Vegas!

This is to alarm you!

I am NOT seeing property prices going down!

I am seeing them stabilize and in some case go up!

I know all of you are searching for that Mystical Steal!

Well, here it is!

That's right!

There is an 8.5% Cap Rate CRE Multi-Family Property in Las Vegas that needs to be acquired.

Generally, in Las Vegas, NV, most properties that would be listed at or near an 8% Cap Rate are properties I would NOT recommend to you.  These properties will have lots of hair on them and trying to trim the excess follicles will be daunting.

The problems could be that the tenant leases have less than 3 years remaining -- with no more tenant options; or they are a weak non-denominational church (type) tenant; or they are basing the 8% on whether or not the new owner will be able to re-lease the remaining vacancy up in a short time period post escrow (Not Likely).

So, if any agent, whether they are here in Las Vegas or elsewhere, is telling you, you can acquire a property for an 8% Cap Rate, please expect the sales prices to be more or less in the 6.5% Cap Rate range.  At least your chance of a better tenant or longer lease exists with that property.

BUT, with that said, this multi-family/hotel apartment property is netting +/-$20,500 per month!

Yes, it is in Downtown Las Vegas; and you could walk away with the 'that's a down and dirty property' attitude.

Yet, the tenants here are long term and the property sits right smack in the City of Las Vegas Redevelopment district.

Besides, housing is needed in this area; this is housing; and Tony Hsieh is building an apartment complex down the street.

If you don't want to buy it, lend me the money, I'll buy it and flip it in a year or so when the price has increased.

Or, I'll refinance it and pay you off.

Interested?

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Friday, November 24, 2017