Managing properties when they are far from where someone lives can be tricky. Use this fact to help you find motivated sellers. Beware that pre-possession inspections require custom clauses and you can’t just kick existing tenants out if they are a problem. When finding replacement tenants, know the difference between rent deposits and security deposits.
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Podcast Episode 58:
“You Are Buying the Neighbourhood.”
When buying a property, you are buying the neighbourhood and neighbourhoods are not homogenous. Do some diligence around schools opening or closing, new public transit soon or in the works, and rezoning. Check parking lots and dumpsters where you intend to buy; these will give you an informal tenant profile. Any environmental considerations?
Podcast Episode 57:
“All the Suites Look Just Like this One.”
When buying a multifamily building, inspect all the suites. Your vision of what is satisfactory and the vision of a seller anxious to sell are likely to be completely different. Failure to inspect meant substantial extra expense after closing for this investor.
Podcast Episode 56:
“You’ve Got How Many Vacancies?”
This is the story of one investor’s path from single-family dwellings to multifamily properties. Multifamily lenders fund mortgages based on rental revenue. On closing day, every vacancy reduces the amount of mortgage money. What does it mean when two vacancies turn into eighteen vacancies on closing date?