True Story, this just came in this morning on our Emergency Hotline

 

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I was totally shocked this morning and had to share this with you Mike. In case you did not know, my real estate company provides a “Tenant Finder Service” for rental properties owners in my town. Investors with 300+ units and more use our service on all of their properties. It works!
Our Tenant Finder Service markets their rental unit, shows it, takes and processes applications, and can also handle the entire Move In Process including signing all docs and collecting rent and security deposit.
Yesterday, Beth handled a move in process for a Tenant Finder Home. All was done properly for new tenant orientation and training, monies, docs, keys and owner knew in advance and was informed of his new tenant getting started.
Now SCHOCK and AWE Happened This Morning!
HIs New Tenant called our 24 hr Emergency Hotline reporting his home had no electricity nor any air conditioning. Keep in mind, this is a Saturday morning.
After receiving their 36 second emailed voice message, I was flabbergasted. I quickly forwarded the email voice message to the owner along with a few comments about how this behavior absolutely destroys everything we have done in orientation and training to get them off on a good start with owner.
(fyi, in my town, our electric company takes 3 days to transfer service and each new tenant is informed they have 3 business days to transfer utilities… yes, we used to have them do it before signing, but this is simpler.)
The Owner’s Email Reply:
“I Do Not Pay for Tenant Utilities”
LESSON LEARNED: Clearer Communication with owner is critical and just like a lease, we will be adding another paragraph in our Tenant Finder Service Agreement.
 

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Jimmy Moncrief interviews Mike Butler to conduct a real “Deal Analysis Review” on a single family home that Jimmy wants to buy for a rental.

 

Back in May of this year, week of the Kentucky Derby here in my hometown, I had the great privilege and honor to meet Jimmy Moncrief and his sidekick and best friend Brad. Both are from Tennessee and were attending their first Kentucky Derby, a bucket list sort of thing I imagine.

Jimmy is one of my Gold Member and he had requested and scheduled a private one on one coaching/mentoring session, but in a very creative and unique way of doing it.

Jimmy wanted to record it as a live interview of a “Deal Analysis Review” on one of his pending leads on properties to buy. PLUS, Jimmy wanted permission to put it on his own website as a podcast thing. Here is the link to Jimmy Moncrief’s website http://realestatefinancehq.com/turn-landlording-autopilot/

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WDRB 41 Louisville News

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Police have arrested 54-year-old Anthony Jecker for shooting and killing another man at an apartment complex on Fegenbush Lane.

According to police, around 3 p.m. Jecker and his landlord got into an argument outside an apartment. 

They say the altercation then led to the suspect pulling out a gun and shooting the other man.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Neighbors and police both tell us that the apartment complex here on Norbrook drive and Fegenbush Lane is in a family friendly neighborhood, and this is very out of the ordinary.

“Someone decided to do something that, obviously, killed someone else and could have put a lot of people in danger.” LMPD spokesperson Dwight Mitchell said, “thankfully that was not the case, but unfortunately there was one person who did die from this.”

Neighbors say Jecker does live in the apartment complex with his wife and a dog.

They say his wife left in a police car. 

Jecker is charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence

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http://www.wdrb.com/story/26016414/lmpd-arrest-suspect-in-shooting-at-fegenbush-lane-apartment-complex

 

Short from Mike Butler

My prayers go out to this landlord and his family. Although at this time, the media has not released the name of the landllord who was killed by his own tenant, this is real life about how dangerous people are in today’s world. Even Mayberry, USA is not safe.

This should be a huge wake-up call to all rental property owners in how you communicate and treat your tenants. Odds are, this landlord was working his butt off to build for true financial freedom with his wife and family.

Please remember this landlord’s family in your thoughts and prayers.

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DODD FRANK FOR TODAY’s INVESTOR

by attorney Harry Borders

PART TWO- RESTRICTIONS ON OWNER FINANCING!!!

 

           

Here’s the GOOD NEWS… Investor buyers can STILL get financing from any source they want.

 

Here’s the TERRIBLE news… Owner occupant buyers now have lots of restrictions place on who they can get a loan from.

 

These new rules impact “contract for deeds” and “Land Contracts” as well as seller retained mortgages (and, of course, the ever present contract for deed in disguise as a lease-option) and private financing. 

So, assuming an owner occupant wants to obtain a loan from a source other than  a bank or mortgage company, here are the new rules.

If the lender only lends once in a 12 month period, the lender:

a) MUST be a “natural” person (i.e. not an LLC or corporation);

b) MUST have owned the property (i.e. no private financing, only owner financing);

c) MUST NOT have built the home in the ordinary course of his/her business;

d) MUST NOT have a negative amortization;

e) MUST be for at least 5 years, and if longer and adjustable, must be tied to an index rate, such as Libor   

 

If the lender lends 2 to 3 times in a 12 month period, the lender MAY be an LLC or corporation.  But the lender also:

a) MUST have owned the property (i.e. no private financing, only owner financing);

b) MUST NOT have built the home in the ordinary course of his/her business;

c) MUST NOT have a negative amortization;

d) MUST be FULLY AMORTIZED;

e) if the rate is adjustable, it must be fixed for at least 5 years, and it must be tied to an index rate, such as Libor; and

f) MUST determine in good faith that the consumer has a reasonable ability to repay the loan (similar to what a loan officer would do).

 

If the lender lends more than 3 times in a 12 month period,

all of the above requirements for a lender lending 2 to 3 times in a 12 month period apply and

IN ADDITION, the lender MUST BE A LICENSED LOAN OFFICER.

           

As you can see, navigating the waters of seller financing has again become tricky.

Please check with your real estate attorney before embarking on a seller financing transaction for a dwelling.

 

Until next time, peace,

hCapture

Harry Borders

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P.S. Your simple solution to stay out of trouble is to never offer seller financing to any tenant / buyer or owner occupant. You can use Seller Financing to sell to other Investors, not owner occupants.

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Odds are, if you are in the residential rental property world, you have heard or know an investor who has been scammed by one of the internet dirt-bags.

This is nothing new. Remember the online scam where the victim is sent an email from who knows where, reporting they have won or inherited a billion dollars? But in order to claim it, the victim must pay for the processing fees and government stamps, etc.

You and I both say “there’s no way anyone with any sense would fall for this.” But Guess What? It is still happening every day with normal folks. These scammers would NOT be doing this if it did not work.

Here is how I know it is still happening and the scammers are still getting money from victims. My banker told me just a few weeks ago, he gets one or two customers a week who want to wire money to these scammers. Unbelievable. The scams continue.

Even as a retired Louisville Police detective, I have been scammed on several of my rentals. Let me share with you how it works.

The scammer surfs the internet for houses for rent. They find an unlimited supply of homes for rent on various websites from www.VistaKY.com, www.TenantFinderService.com, www.RentalHouses.com, www.Zillow.com, www.Craigslist.org and many more.

They find your rental house to target. The address is 123 Main St., Louisville, Ky 40207. It’s a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with finished basement and 2 car attached garage. The rent for this home is $1200.

Here is what usually happens in this rental property scam.

STEP 1: After finding your target property, they download your all of your photos and details about this property from the online source they viewed. Think about this for a moment. The scammer has everything you have entered on the internet for the public to view. PLUS, most of the time they can use Google Maps to drive down the street, see what is on the corner (Walgreen’s, McD’s, etc) and the scammer can describe your rental and the neighborhood in great detail.

STEP 2: The scammer enters ALL of the information on your rental by “Stealing and Pasting” into a CraigsList.com Ad or any other website allowing investors to enter rental properties for free. The scammer lists the rent for your home at $899 which is a bargain for your rental home.

STEP 3: The Scammer’s ad will always have some kind of B.S. story about them being an “Out of Town Owner.” Some times they request a deposit up front and they will give them the key to see the home after receiving their money. They also inform the interested potential tenant that they have hired a local company to help get it rented and you might see their sign in the yard. Scammer tells them he is not satisfied with their service and he just decided to rent it himself or herself.

STEP 4: Unfortunately, many times the applicants actually send  money to the scammers and wait for the key to the house. After receiving no response, these folks then call the number on the yard sign and complain to the real owner (YOU) they want their money back. Don’t laugh, this is true.

You are totally blind-sided when you get this call. You are furious, ticked off, and want to find out exactly what is going on with your rental. Your jaw drops and you want to do something, take action now to stop it now.

What Can You Really Do? Think about it. Can you call the police? OK, what will the police do after hearing your story. First of all, you are NOT the victim. Your potential applicants are the victim. Who is going to pay for this? Who will get locked up and go to jail? Good Luck!

So what is a poor investor to do?

Here is your Best Tool To Prevent Your Leads from Being Scammed. It is simple and easy.

Your solution is shown below. Get some bright neon yellow paper and print.

Print 2 or 3 copies and place several on the inside of the front windows of your vacant rental and I promise, this will definitely get the attention of your prospective applicants.

To Your Continued $uccess,

Mike Butler

 

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FLOOD INSURANCE

Earlier this year, your real estate market was devastated with the implementation of the new flood insurance program. Previously, any home in a flood plain, that had a federally insured loan (most do), were required to have flood insurance, no exceptions,
Prior to January 2014, if a buyer got a federally back home loan and borrowed $125,000, their annual flood insurance policy premium is roughly 1% with an annual premium of $1,250 in addition to all of the other regular insurance, etc.
I first learned of this mess when my wife Beth and I had dinner with our next door neighbors, Heidi and Sean. When we met them at the restaurant on a Tuesday evening, they were furious, angry, frustrated and shocked.
Heidi and Sean were selling their previous home, had a contract on it and were scheduled to close on “this friday.” (we are in the restaurant on Tuesday evening.) Heidi just learned on Tuesday afternoon, 3 days before the scheduled closing that their buyer’s already approved loan was being cancelled due to the new flood insurance program that went into effect around January 10th or so.
Heidi and Sean’s annual flood insurance premium for their previous home they were selling was about $2,000.
Their new buyer’s flood insurance premium for the same house, jumped to $23,000 a Year because of the new changes. WOW!  No wonder their buyer’s loan was cancelled.
As you can see, there was no way they could sell their previous home and they rented it for the time being.
This rocked my local market big time and killed many pending real estate transactions and it also did the same for many communities across America.
UPDATE: with a lot of uproar from the real estate industry, our federal government recently passed a bill making some modifications to the federal flood insurance program.
What triggered the original fiasco is the turning off of federal government “subsidizing” flood insurance premiums. Insurance experts explained that the flood insurance premiums were never increased. The extreme price increase occurred when the federal government stopped the funding of flood insurance premiums.
The recently passed new modification to the federal flood insurance program postpones terminating federal assistance in 5 years.
This means for right now, you are ok, but only for 5 years, then the mess is triggered again.
TIP:  If you or your family members or loved ones own real estate in a flood plain, you might want to do some more homework on your local market and give serious consideration to selling now before the bomb drops in 5 years.
My personal concern about all of this flood plain and insurance changes is not so much for the investor, like me and you, but just think about the poor old homeowner. A homeowner who worked their whole life at a job, who considers their home an investment, and in one fell swoop, our federal government just causes these folks to go belly up.
What if these homeowners live on a pension and their flood insurance premium skyrockets from $1,200 a year to $12,000 annually. They are sunk. They can not sell because the value of their home has tanked.
And these homeowners are somebody’s mom and dad, aunt and uncle, brother, sister, and so on.
 
To Your Continued $uccess!
Mike
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