RealtyeVest Offers High-yield Investment Opportunity in Brand New Assisted Living Facility in Pearl River County

The Monroe House to Draw Seniors from Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana to the Growing Community

CARRIERE, Miss., May 16, 2017 — RealtyeVest announced today capital raise plans for brand new construction of The Monroe House, an assisted living and memory care facility in Pearl River County, Mississippi. The beautiful, spacious facility sits on 4.4 sprawling acres, less than four miles from the new state-of-the-art Highland Memorial Hospital in Picayune. The Monroe House promises to attract seniors from nearby areas of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi.

“We are excited that this project offers amazing high-yield returns to our investors, and a much-needed facility for the local Carriere community.” said Dan Summers, CEO of RealtyeVest. “With access to private deal flow and unique investment mechanisms, RealtyeVest offers affordable real estate opportunities that investors would otherwise not be able to access.”

The Monroe House will be a 40,000 square-feet single story building with 60 one-bedroom, one-bathroom living quarters. Pearl River County has enjoyed consistent population growth over the past several years, where almost 20 percent of the residents are over 55 years old.

RealtyeVest has opened its online platform and social network to provide accredited investors unprecedented access to professional-grade real estate. Unlike competitors, RealtyeVest vets each offering through an extensive due-diligence process and remains actively involved through completion, investing side-by-side with investors. Investment opportunities on the RealtyeVest debt platform offer a 10 plus 10 reward program (10 percent annual return plus 10 percent profit share, while being secured with a first lien position on the asset).

The Monroe House offering sweetens investor enticement as an opportunity to immediately engage in.

A rendering of the 40,000-square-feet, single-story facility.

“Our sponsor, longtime local banker Paul C. Monroe, wanted to kick off this program by aggressively offering a 12 percent yield and 10 percent participation on the first $1M,” said Summers.

Construction has been approved by the planning and zoning commission, and the board of supervisors. The building will feature large, modern community areas for residents. The rooms are approximately 20 percent larger than other assisted living facilities in the area. Each room will be equipped with a computer, high-speed wi-fi access, a television and telephone capable for video conferencing with family and friends.

“Until now, 13 million accredited investors in the country only had access to a fraction of the real estate opportunities on the market,” said Paul C. Monroe, project sponsor. “As a leading real estate investment management company, RealtyeVest has created a marketplace that allows investors to curate a profitable portfolio, while also expanding their network of other like-minded investors.”

Mr. Monroe has deep experience in real estate development as a co-owner and manager of multiple developments around Alabama and Mississippi, such as the Turnberry Condominiums, a 200-unit development, and the Bella Luna, a 128-unit high-rise with a 50-berth marina. He has also held various board and civic positions, including commissioner of the Mississippi Motor Vehicle Commission and Director of the Pascagoula Chamber of Commerce.

Income for the project is projected to reach stabilization within, or fewer than, 12 months, generating approximately $1.5M in gross revenue and netting an income of $168,746 by the end of its first year of operation. By the fifth year, it is projected to net an annual income of $733,000. Check out The Monroe House for more information.

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Investor Spotlight: Doctor, Author Kenyon Meadows Reveals His Secrets for Investing in Real Estate

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Dr. Kenyon Meadows

Dr. Kenyon Meadows is a radiation oncologist from Youngstown, Ohio. He completed his residency in 2006 at the University of Florida and has been practicing medicine at the Southeast Georgia Cancer Care Center since 2008.

In addition to saving lives, Dr. Meadows is a published author and successful real estate investor, with an interest in residential properties in Jacksonville, Fla. Since 2013, he’s invested in approximately 35 deals on RealtyeVest, formally IHT Realty Crowdfunding, and similar crowdfunding platforms.

We recently sat down with Dr. Meadows to discuss his new book, “Alternative Financial Medicine: High Yield Investing in a Low Yield World” and his thoughts on real estate investing and the crowdfunding industry as a whole.

Q – How did you get started in real estate investing?

Dr. Meadows: I got “prepared” after enduring some stock market pain. Like everyone, I got hit pretty hard with the financial crash of 2008. But, after rebalancing into what I thought was a stable sector — oil and gas — I took another big decline. Soon after, I began to try to learn in earnest about alternative assets, such as real estate. Those efforts paid off after I met an investor who provided private money to a rehabber that was flipping about 15 houses per year in the Jacksonville market. After learning about the attractive yields and relatively passive nature of private mortgage lending, I took the plunge.

Q – Why do you primarily invest in the single-family market?

Dr. Meadows: While there are certainly advantages of scale when it comes to investing in commercial real estate properties, such as multifamily, there are a few factors that make single-family homes a more attractive investment. For instance, single-family homes attract small, working class families, who tend to rent for long stretches and hence minimizes what is often the largest expense associated with income property ownership: vacancy.

Also, in contrast to apartment tenants, they tend to feel more of a sense of “ownership” toward the property and therefore take better care of it on average. Both of these factors help to contribute to more stability, which translates into a more passive ownership experience for me. And should I ever chose to exit my portfolio, I like the option of having both an investor and retail buyer pool to potentially sell to.

Q – What initially peaked your interest in crowdfunding?

Dr. Meadows: Right around the time following my first few successful projects, some of the crowdfunding sites were coming online. This was really appealing to me because it allowed me to invest small amounts of money into real estate projects, which was more of what I was already doing. and I only invest in first-position debt.  Also, the opportunity to invest in properties across the country that otherwise would be out of reach was an intriguing concept. However, I probably would have been more afraid had I not had the prior experience with private lending.


Q – What are the best practices for a crowdfunding company?

Dr. Meadows: I love repeat sponsors with a track record of paying investors back. I am willing to sacrifice a little lower return for the chance to participate in their deals, but I only invest in first-position debt. I also like platforms that prefund the deals they list, which serves to align their incentives with the investors. Additionally, prompt communication in the event that there are any hiccups along the way is greatly appreciated. Out of the 35 or so crowdfunding deals I have done, only three are in some stage of the foreclosure process. Some sites have been better than others with respect to updates, but they all seem to be optimistic that there will be full principal recovery. That’s another reason why I only invest in first-position debt.

Q – What red flags about an investment offer have you encountered?

Dr. Meadows: If I see a deal with outsized returns my caution flag goes up. For instance, in the earlier stages of real estate crowdfunding, you could routinely see debt deals in the 14-15% range. As the space has matured and more investors are comfortable with the asset class, returns have compressed to the 9-11% range.

Q –  Tell me about your most successful real estate crowdfunding deal.

Dr. Meadows: It was a unique hybrid fix and flip deal in Los Angeles that had both first position debt, as well as a percentage of the profits from the sale. The loan was at 11% and the profit percentage was capped at an additional 8%. So, 19% when it was all said and done! That was back in 2015 and I haven’t come across anything that attractive since.

Q – Do you have any advice for sponsors/developers on how to stand out in the crowdfunding industry?

Dr. Meadows: Most crowdfunding sites lead with the deal terms and numbers – I would like to see more emphasis on the sponsors track record featured more prominently.

Q- Lastly, why did you choose to write this book? 

Dr. Meadows: I got tired of explaining all of the benefits of alternative assets on a one-on-one basis to people, and I figured I could reach more people with a book. In my opinion, real estate is the best, but there are certainly other investment opportunities that are appealing as well.

 

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The Best Self Directed IRAs for Real Estate Investing

Today, real estate is considered one of the most popular forms of investing in with a self-directed IRA. This is because it is a simple way for investors to grow their personal wealth and diversify their portfolios.

But when it comes to your retirement plan there are hundreds of self-directed IRA companies to choose from and making a decision can be difficult to say the least.

It’s best to think of an IRA as a trust and the custodian as a trustee, so when making an investment the trustee is the one who actually carries out the transaction.

Important Rules to Know  

First, it is important to know that your IRA is the owner of the property so the title of the asset must be in the name of the IRA administrator.

Second, you’re not allowed to invest in a property for personal use. This means that the real estate you’re purchasing using your IRA is for investment purposes only. In addition, you must be careful you are not doing business with “disqualified parties,” such as your spouse or family members.

Third, since the sdIRA is the owner of the property it must pay the bills and collect the income. For instance, if the investment is in a rental property than all rental income should return to your IRA account. Also, any bill payments including property taxes or renovations must be paid with the cash in your IRA.

How to Start Investing in Real Estate 

  1. You’ll need to set up a self-directed IRA account with one of the companies listed below we have provided a short self-directed IRA review for each of the custodians.
  2. Fund the account by either making a contribution, transfer or rolling over your funds from an old 401k, 403b or pension plan.
  3. Select the real estate investment you want to purchase and one of the companies will guide you through the process.

Best Self Directed IRA Companies 

Advanta IRA Review

Advanta IRA is a self-directed IRA retirement plan custodian serving clients nationwide. Advanta provides their clients exceptional personal service, experience and knowledge that is paramount in administrating self-directed IRAs.  Advanta IRA allows their clients to take full control of their investment retirement plan as well as provided education on using their retirement plan to grow wealth through providing helpful webinars, alternative investments and support.  Advanta has been providing self-directed IRA services for over 20 years.

CamaPlan IRA Review

A CamaPlan self-directed IRA account is the faster, safer way to true financial freedom. Grow your wealth and secure your future by deciding what types of investments you want to hold in your individual account.  Camaplan IRA provides exceptional service to its clients while allowing Self-directed IRA holders the freedom to grow their retirement plans as they see fit. CamaPlan considers itself in a “unique position of being a nimble, responsive player among the larger financial firms that are beginning to enter the self-directed IRA market.”

NuView IRA Review

NuView IRA joins several organizations to better service the community, including investor clubs, professional associations for attorneys and tax planners and the Better Business Bureau. NuView IRA has over 10 years of experience managing self-directed IRA accounts.  They are highly recognized among the industry leaders of self-directed IRA custodians.

New Direction IRA Review

New Direction is a trusted provider of Custodial and Administrative services for traditional and Roth IRAs, HSAs and other tax advantaged plans. Physical custody and administrative oversight in provided by Mainstar, in Kansas. The office of the State Bank Commissioners of Kansas regulates Mainstar and its oversight extends to New Direction’s accounts. New Direction IRA custodian is a growing company.  They have managed millions of dollars in their client’s assets, and are eager to help clients find new and exciting opportunities to invest their self-directed IRA

As you can see, any of these provides would be a good choice if you choose to start investing in real estate using a self-directed IRA account.  Defining the best self-directed IRA custodian would be a hard task unless you signed up and starting investing.  Before you select any of the above IRA custodian, be sure to get them to disclose their fee of service.

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Why Assisted Living Is the New Investment Opportunity of 2017

IHT Realty Crowdfunding has rebranded itself as RealtyeVest.

Assisted living has recently become a desirable asset for many new and experienced investors.

With waves of Baby Boomers reaching retirement, assisted living is rapidly moving into the spotlight of real estate investing.

It’s no surprise that the target demographic for the business platform has grown exponentially, with more than 10,000 Baby Boomers hitting 65 every day until 2030, according to a study by The Pew Research Center.

The study found that 76 million people were born in the U.S. between 1946 and 1964. If you factor in the influx of immigrants and the amount of people who passed away during that same period, there are about 79.6 million seniors in the United States. If you divide that number by 19 years and then again by 365 days, you’ll find there are about 11,476 Boomers turning 65 each day.

All the same, over the next 20 years, the amount of seniors moving into assisted living homes is projected to rise. This is expected to increase demand for assisted living services and facilities, and provide an exciting opportunity for entrepreneurs and on-trend investors.

In a blog post on Tony Robbins’ website, Ajay Gupta, Robbins’ personal advisor, lists senior housing as the No.2 safest place to invest right now — “meaning they’re not as susceptible to the fluctuations in economic conditions,” Gupta said.

“We are currently facing the largest demographic shift we’ve ever seen — a tidal wave of demographic inevitability as Baby Boomers reach their Golden Years,” the article said.

Today, there are 45 million Americans that are 65 years or older  — a number that is projected to grow to 80 million over the next 25 years.  And with life expectancy continuing to increase, seniors will have to decide where to spend their remaining twenty or more years.

“It doesn’t matter if interest rates go up or down, it doesn’t matter who the President of the United States is, or what is happening in China or Greece; every single day, 12,000 Americans are turning 65 years old,” Gupta said. So, if you can own real estate that is catering towards this demographic, you are almost guaranteed (high) occupancy over the next 25 years.”

RealtyeVest is a real estate crowdfunding company that offers investors the opportunity to capitalize on residential, multifamily and on-trend properties across the United States.

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IHT Realty: One Man’s Plan to Grow Affordable Housing by Crowdfunding

IHT Realty Crowdfunding has rebranded itself as RealtyeVest.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 21, 2017 — Park Place Communities (PPC) is taking a major step toward growing the stock of affordable homes in the United States.

PPC, a national real estate investment company that specializes in affordable housing, is seeking $1 million in capital to facilitate a large-scale affordable home project.

The company plans to take existing mobile homes, renovate them and sell them to qualified buyers using five-year amortized mortgages. The buyer will make monthly payments for five years at 12 percent.

“This allows buyers to purchase the mobile home for about the same monthly cost of renting,” said CEO Andrew Lanoie of Park Place Communities.

IHT Realty Crowdfunding, a real estate company that helps sponsors raise capital for their acquisitions, will be assisting PPC in securing funds as it looks to expand its operations and acquire an additional 15,000 to 20,000 mobile homes over the next few years.

“There is a huge demand for affordable housing right now and there are not enough parks to fill that void,” Lanoie said. Right now, there are roughly 50,000 affordable housing parks in the United States.

And with housing costs projected to rise by 5.4 percent from July 2016 to July 2017 — according to a study by CoreLogic Home Price Index — mobile homes are becoming a practical alternative.

“As the wage gap in the United States widens, there has been a shift towards lower paying jobs, which leads to an increase in demand for affordable housing,” Lanoie said.

According to the most recent report by the Social Security Administration, 36 percent of U.S. wage earners make less than $20,000 per year and 50 percent earn less than $30,000 per year.

“With 10,000 Baby Boomers retiring every day, 47 percent of which don’t have any retirement savings,  affordable houses are their last opportunity of home ownership,” said CEO Dan Summers of IHT Realty Crowdfunding.

PPC, a national Top 100 owner-operator of mobile home parks, currently owns 13 affordable housing parks in eight states with nearly 1,000 total homepads.

The company is looking for a $1 million mortgage pool to issue fixed-rate mortgages to buyers. It is offering a debt investment opportunity secured by a first lien, which is also backed by a corporate guarantee with a 10 percent interest rate paid to investors.

The first step will be to renovate more than 125 units, Lanoie said.

Contrary to popular belief, mobile homes are not really mobile. It costs over $3,000 for a resident to move their home out of a park, Lanoie said, which is the reason 98 percent of mobile homes will remain in the same location.

“Mobile home parks are one of the most stable and predictable investments during a recession and recovery,” Lanoie said.

RealtyeVest is a real estate crowdfunding company that offers investors the opportunity to capitalize on residential, multifamily and on-trend properties across the United States.

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IHT Realty Seeks Crowdfunding for Jacksonville Multifamily Deal

IHT Realty Crowdfunding has rebranded itself as RealtyeVest.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 10, 2017  — IHT Realty Crowdfunding announced on Thursday a new program that will offer investors a guaranteed six-month return regardless of how early the property sells.

This new program comes following the company’s latest investment offering of a duplex property at 3730 Lehigh Street. The investment is being sponsored by Lenger Financial, Inc., which seeks to raise $80,000 in funds for renovations to the Brentwood property.

Lenger Financial is a Jacksonville-based capital management firm that specializes in asset management, investment advisement and financial architecture. The firm’s primary real estate focus areas include single- family, mid-to-small multifamily, manufactured homes and boutique structure ventures.

Built in 1944, the two-story brick building sits on a quarter-acre lot and includes two bedrooms and one bathroom per unit, which equates to about 900-square-feet per apartment. The building is structurally sound and includes a newly installed roof.

Additional upgrades and projected renovations include a new HVAC system with ducting, new flooring, an updated kitchen and new appliances, a new fire escape and entrance stairway, exterior painting, as well as landscaping and fencing.

Lenger Financial is offering a strong debt coverage ratio of 1.28 with an excellent after repair value (ARV) of 74 percent. The sponsor is projecting a gross annual income of $15,590 and a projected net operating income of $10,443.

RealtyeVest is a real estate crowdfunding company that offers investors the opportunity to capitalize on residential, multifamily and on-trend properties across the United States.

Jacksonville is listed No.1 in Trulia’s “10 Hottest Real Estate Markets to Watch in 2017” due to its growing job market. Jacksonville posted a 3.8 percent job growth in 2016, making it one of the top markets for employment in Florida. Trulia noted a heavy influx of citizens contributing to the city’s very high ratio of inbound home searches versus outbound searches from locals wanting to leave. These factors show a trend toward long-term stability in addition to great schools, fantastic weather and a close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean.

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IHT Realty Is Cornering the Market with Its New Profit Sharing Platform

IHT Realty Crowdfunding has rebranded itself as RealtyeVest.

IHT Realty Crowdfunding, a real-time investment company that helps sponsors raise capital for real estate projects, is cornering the market with its new profit sharing platform.

The offer will be exclusive to clients who invest in the single-family home renovation at 3613 Trask Street. Built in 1928, the 1,860-square-feet home is located in Jacksonville’s expanding Murray Hill neighborhood. The property features three bedrooms, two baths, a detached guest suite, central air, off street parking and a fenced-in yard with manageable landscaping.

Unlike similar companies, IHT Realty’s new platform will offer returns on the sale of exclusive debt offerings on this project. Therefore, investors are more likely to gain a larger ROI than compared to other crowdfunding debt offerings.

The property was bought for $109,000. The total remodeling costs are estimated around $70,000, with an expected listing price of $250,000 upon completion.

IHT Realty Crowdfunding is offering an investment of 10 percent annualized return as well as a 10 percent yield for six months on the project.

It is not restricted by the Riverside and Avondale Presentation group (RAP).

“Home values in Murray Hill are predicted to rise by more than 6 percent next year, making this an outstanding investment opportunity,” said IHT Realty CEO and sponsor Dan Summer.

IHT has multiple upgrades planned for the property including the conversion of a detached garage into a one bedroom studio apartment (440 square feet) with a kitchen, bathroom and full HVAC system.

RealtyeVest is a real estate crowdfunding company that offers investors the opportunity to capitalize on residential, multifamily and on-trend properties across the United States.

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6 Reasons for a Passive Real Estate Investment

1. AVOID INFLATION

Inflation and Appreciation

Cash is considered by many experts in the field to be the safest asset. Your earnings won’t lose value if it’s in a safety deposit box at your local bank, or hidden under a mattress. However, your capital actually does lose value each year, particularly if you don’t invest it. It’s the result of this perpetual issue called inflation. Average annualized inflation for 2016 was 1.3%. Meaning, if you sat on your cash that whole time its purchasing power would decline by that amount each year. This is one reason why people choose to invest in the first place.


Average annualized inflation for 2016 was 1.3%


2. ACTIVE INVESTING VS. PASSIVE INVESTING

There are many ways to choose a real estate investment and they generally can be divided into two categories: active or passive.

Active Investing

An example of active investing is the buying of real estate properties, fixing them up and selling them, or acquiring apartment buildings and managing the tenants. While this strategy can be lucrative, it can also be time and labor intensive. Many potential investors are ill-equipped, or simply do not want to take on these burdens. This is where choosing a passive real estate investment comes in.

Real estate property values tend to increase, which allows owners to increase the rent for their buildings. This protects investors against inflation.

Passive Investing

With passive investing, rather than purchasing a property that needs a lot of work, you provide the funding for real estate companies to purchase larger commercial properties for which they maintain. Crowdfunding allows various ways for you to invest in real estate on a passive basis. You can contribute to a loan, which entitles you to a fixed, regular interest payment. Or, you can provide the equity to own a small piece of the investment.

3. THE REAL ESTATE MARKET

Real estate accounts for a substantial part of wealth creation in the world.  It encompasses a wide array of property types, including apartment buildings, office buildings, the strip mall that houses your favorite restaurant and the hotel you frequent on the Florida coast. Real estate has long been a means by which some investors have generated cash flow and built value for the future. Thanks to changes in the regulatory landscape and the emergence of crowdfunding, passive real estate investments are now more accessible than ever before.

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Diversification

Many investors allocate their money across a number of different asset classes including cash, stocks and bonds. Some of those monies could be very liquid, like cash and stocks, while others are less liquid, such as investments in private funds. Adding real estate can further diversify your investment portfolio. The benefit of diversification is that you don’t have all of your eggs in one basket.

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Spread your investments across multiple real estate industries

4. DETERMINING THE RIGHT INVESTMENT TYPE

Determine the type of investment that is right for you by understanding your investment horizon and your risk aversion.

Timing

If you are considering investing in real estate, you need to be comfortable with the investment horizons. This is the length of time that an investor expects to hold a security or a portfolio. While stocks and other exchange-traded instruments are generally viewed to be liquid and can be exited at any time, private real estate investments are illiquid. This means the asset cannot easily be sold or exchanged for cash without a substantial loss in value. Most RealtyeVest investments are estimated to last two years.

Risk – Debt vs Equity

Like with the time horizon of an investment, you need to understand and be comfortable with the risks of the investment. There are two main types of real estate crowdfunding investing: debt and equity.

Debt: When making a debt real estate investment, the investor is in the position of a lender. Investors receive a fixed rate of return that is determined by the interest rate on the loan, which is secured by the property itself. Debt investments place the investor at the bottom of the capital stack, which gives the investor priority when claiming a payout from the property.


Some Other Risks: 1.) Vacancies  2.) Unexpected Maintenance  3.) Decline in Property Values


Equity: In terms of investments, equity is the appreciation of the value of a property over a given period of time. In some cases, the investor participates in this increased value. An equity investment generally does not have any collateral, such as with a secured loan, and therefore pays a higher rate of return.

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5. REDUCING RISK WHEN INVESTING IN REAL ESTATE

Beware of Too Much Leverage

One of the most important metrics in real estate investing is the loan-to-value ratio (LTV). Banks typically will not loan more than 80% of the value on a residential home. In the event home prices drop, maintaining a limit on LTV gives lenders a cushion if they need to foreclose on a property. Look to invest with sponsors who have enough invested in their own deals to weather unforeseen changes in the economy or in the property that would cause the property to drop in value. To help keep our member’s investments secure, RealtyeVest.com does not support any investments with a LTV greater than 75% on its platform.

Check on Reputations

As mentioned earlier, you want to be comfortable with the investment. Look for information about the sponsor’s (aka real estate developer/entrepreneur) background and previous projects. Check the property types, the history and successes of their current portfolio and make sure that they have been fully vetted for any legal issues.

Seek Diversification

Investors tend to appropriate their capital across many different asset classes including cash, stocks and bonds. Some of this capital could be liquid, such as cash and/or stocks, while others are less liquid, such as private fund investments. Adding real estate might further diversify your investment portfolio.

6. THE BENEFITS OF PASSIVE INVESTING

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How to start investing in real estate

With passive investing, nearly all the administrative functions are handled by other people. Unlike active investing — where you must find investment properties, monitor the property and deal with tenants, toilets and trash — the passive investor works with a partner and allows them to do the dirty work. While there is a fee for this service, there is also a promise that you will never get a broken toilet call at 3 a.m.

Additionally, due to crowdfunding, individual, smaller investors can now participate in much larger passive commercial investments, so your $10,000 investment could conceivably contribute to the acquisition of a $20 million building.

If you’re interested in passive real estate investing, the first step is to find the right partner. At RealtyeVest, we offer access to pre-vetted real estate investments. We conduct the due diligence on hundreds of properties and focus that energy by closely examining investments that have already been reviewed by our active real estate investors or sponsors. We also give you access to a personal investor dashboard so you can watch how your money grows.

With RealtyeVest, you have the resources, guidance and opportunity to become more invested in the real estate market. Now, you can take control and become a real estate investor!

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On-Trend Real Estate Investing

One’s ability to seek trends, global or otherwise, is key to any prudent investing. Real estate investing supports an innate degree of risk along with an inherent level of reward. Thus, a real estate investor’s “risk aversion” is determined by the level of each of these requirements. This is considered to be a “rules-based” approach seeking knowledge to answer the question: “Why should I invest or not invest in this asset class?”

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Make intelligent real estate investments

A key component in making sound real investment decisions is deciphering the misinformation from accurate statistical data. Conversations at the country club should not be a driver in the process. Investing should be viewed as a game of chess, not chance. The player/investor needs to be alert, aware of his or her weaknesses and strengths, mindful of the opposition and most decidedly enter the game with a plan.

Here is a look at some of the moving parts of the real estate investing market to help author an investment plan. Little in the U.S. macroeconomic data suggests overheating. GDP has settled in at about 2 percent and job growth is running at about 1.7 percent pace (2.5 million annually). The Fed has been overly cautious about raising rates due to volatility of data, financial markets and the geopolitical climate. Therefore, the veritable “punchbowl” remains.

“SKATE TO WHERE THE PUCK IS GOING, NOT TO WHERE IT IS” ~WAYNE GRETZKY

Now, let’s drill down a bit and look at a couple of cross sections of Americana. Jobs are no longer careers and millennials are not yet looking for the commitment of owning a home. They are footloose in the job market and reticent to establishing roots in any community. Understanding this trend, developers are building “condo” quality rentals which, when the market dictates, can change in mid-stream and become a sales driven opportunity. Also being considered is the multigenerational developments that allow millennials and Baby Boomers to coexist. Both have similar amenity and size requirements, which generates huge development options.

With over 10,000 Baby Boomers retiring every day and understanding the related socioeconomics, asset classes that were once taboo are now becoming the investment of choice. Approximately 19 percent of retired Americans have more than $250,000 set aside for retirement, while 34 percent of retired Americans have less than $250,000 and 47 percent have zero savings set aside for retirement.  What we have here is an aging population that will mostly be dependent on Social Security and Medicare. This opens the floodgates for interesting chess moves.

Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing is probably the last bastion of home ownership. Developers are now recognizing this option and have begun aggressively acquiring and upgrading Parks across the United States. Warren Buffet, as an example, moved into this space by acquiring Clayton Homes, the world’s largest builder of mobile homes. This type of housing is affordable, new parks are clean, safe and loaded with amenities. Most importantly, however, is the limited supply of available Parks. There are only about 40,000 such parks left because many have been acquired and redeveloped as urbanization has overtaken rural America.

retirees enjoying their real estate crowdfunding investments

Retirees are lending power to the real estate market

Assisted Living

As we live longer and become more dependent on others for our daily care, seniors are in greater need of assistance with daily living activities. Assisted living includes meal preparation, medication management, house cleaning, laundry and bathing. Although many seniors value their independence, they may require help with some of their daily activities. Many do not have family available to help care for them or it might be a matter of location, time and commitment.

This creates a unique opportunity to serve this age group. There is a large and growing demand for quality, comfortable residential assisted group housing for the elderly that provides caring assistance for daily living. Assisted group housing in a residential home is an emerging trend throughout America.

Many families prefer an alternative to institutional type living facilities for their parents. Many are looking for a home-style group residence that is affordable, safe and comfortable. Residents enjoy 24-hour caregiver support, private bedrooms with attached baths, fantastic home-cooked, dietitian-approved meals, housekeeping and laundry services, social activities, physical and mental exercise opportunities, as well as the optimal staff-to-resident ratios in the industry. This solution provides for a vibrant, happy community.

These are just some of the ideas behind on-trend real estate investment. Remember to look at things both from a macro and a micro level. Look for real estate segments that have reasons to exist and flourish. Pay attention to the details.

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On-Trend Investing: Affordable Housing

Warren Buffet provides one of the best answers as to whether investing in the mobile home community arena is worthwhile. He bought Clayton Homes more than a decade ago, seeing the housing crisis that was fixing to befall the nation. The foreclosure disaster is still affecting the market and causing former homeowners to scramble in search of affordable housing options.

Roots of the Mobile Home Market

The roots of the affordable housing market

The roots of the affordable housing market

The modern mobile home began as a travel trailer used by wealthy people to live comfortably as they roamed the countryside on family vacations. The military grabbed onto the usefulness by stationing these temporary housing units near factories that were producing products for the troops away in combat. They continued use for GI’s that returned and decided to go to college with their earned benefits. By the 1950’s, mobile housing was finding a permanent spot in the American landscape of affordable housing options.

The mobile homes of today are nearly unrecognizable to the predecessors. Most have pitched roofing, high-levels of insulation and stylish interiors. A few offer built-in storage areas, kitchen islands, fireplaces and garden tubs. They can be moved from one park to another, but it is generally cost-prohibitive to do this. Most tenants look for a great park to call home and stay planted there to avoid a $3,000 or more charge to move.

The popularity of mobile home park living has increased for several reasons. The housing bubble and foreclosure waves left many people with no housing and decimated credit scores. Those on annual fixed incomes can rarely afford the rental prices of traditional homes or apartments. Many people enjoy the feel of community and like the idea that they do not have to deal with lawn care and maintenance. The idea that once the mobile home is paid for, all they are responsible for are lot fees and utilities. This is something that is incredibly appealing for growing families. The 2013 census showed that there were 8.6 million mobile homes scattered in a variety of locations across the United States.

The affordable housing market today

The affordable housing market today

Who Lives in Mobile Home Parks?
Mobile home communities come in many varieties. There are more luxurious areas that offer clubhouses, pools and community centers, while there are also bare-bones parks that have been neglected and remain in poor condition. A well-managed park moves out the older trailers and sets rules and regulations to control disruptive activities or behaviors from tenants.

The primary residents of mobile home communities are those that are at or below the national poverty levels. They are generally the ones that are unable to afford down payments for traditional home ownership. The 2016 U.S. Census Bureau statistics show that 14.8 percent of Americans live at or below the poverty level of $24,300 dollars for a family of four. This translates to 46.7 million people. This leaves a lot of potential growth in the market for affordable housing options.

Benefits of Staying in a Mobile Home Park
The reasons people choose to stay in a mobile home park are individual, but most revolve around housing stability, economic factors and a feeling of community. If an individual or family has sought out affordable housing and found a solution, they are reluctant to try reaching forward to more expensive options right away. Having housing that is affordable and leaves a little money at the end of the month becomes a dependable way of life. Long-term tenancy breeds familiarity. People get to know one another and tend to look out for each other. The sense of community is tight in an enclosed park environment.

 

Growth Potential for the Mobile Home Park Market

affordable housing developments

Growth potential for affordable housing developments

With 8.6 million mobile homes in the U.S. as of 2013 and the estimated 46.7 million people at, or under the poverty level, the potential for continued growth is astounding. As baby boomers continue to age, retirement can mean living on a fixed-income, which is often shockingly low. There are plenty of available mobile home parks that are in desperate need of upgrades, whether it’s in plumbing, interior work or trailer upgrades. Creating a pleasant and affordable housing option will always bring back a great return on your investment.

There is no time like the present to get out there and explore your options in mobile home park ownership. Visit parks that are already functioning well. This will give you an idea of the goal mark to reach when purchasing ones that need a little extra TLC.

Dollar-for-dollar, mobile home parks are one of the easiest real estate housing markets to invest in, offering quick and steady returns. This is an option you should fully explore if you like the idea of a more hands-off approach to tenancy and property upkeep.

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