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What Is The Best Property Type To Buy?

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Hi There,

Many new real estate investors get confused on what type of property they should buy.  When I first started as a real estate investor, it took me one full year to determine what type of property I was going to buy.

When I look back, I see that as wasted time.  If I was able to buy my first rental property faster, I would have made more cash flow and benefited from more LONG term appreciation.

If you are a new real estate investor and you are struggling with what property type you should buy, you need to listen to my new PODCAST.

In my PODCAST I talk about what the different property types are and which property type is the best one for the new real estate investor.

Listen by clicking the link below:

What Is The Best Property Type To Buy?

Happy Investing!

Neil Uttamsingh

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January 24, 2015   No Comments

Is Property Management Necessary?

Hi There,

I recently recorded another PODCAST on Property Management.  I will admit, this new PODCAST is better than my previous one.

My previous PODCAST on Property Management can be listened to here:

Property Management PODCAST

My “NEW” and “BETTER” PODCAST on property management can be listened to here:

The Importance of Property Management

In the PODCAST, I address the question:

Is Property Management Necessary

If you are new to real estate investing and you are looking to buy your first rental property, I highly recommend that you listen to this PODCAST.

Happy Investing!

Neil Uttamsingh

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January 23, 2015   No Comments

Property Management Podcast

Hi There,

I recently wrote an article on the pros and cons of property management.

The article was called:

Property Management Versus Self Management of Rental Property

New real estate investors always struggle with whether they should hire a property manager or self manage their first rental property.

You can now listen to this entire article in a PODCAST.

To listen to the PODCAST, click on the link below:

Property Management Versus Self Management of Rental Property

If you are new to real estate investing, I highly recommend that you listen to the PODCAST.

Happy Investing!

Neil Uttamsingh

January 21, 2015   No Comments

How To Buy Your First Rental Property Audio Podcast Part 2

Hello Everyone,

A long time ago, I wrote an article series called:

How To Buy Your First Rental Property

It quickly became the most popular article series on my blog.

The entire article series is now available in a PODCAST.

By clicking the link below, you can listen to Part 2 of the podcast called:

How To Buy A Rental Property Audio PODCAST Step Two

If you are new to real estate investing and are interested in buying a rental property, I highly recommend that you listen to the PODCAST.

Happy Investing!

Best Regards,

Neil Uttamsingh.

 

 

January 21, 2015   No Comments

How To Buy Your First Rental Property Audio Podcast Part 1

Hi There,

One of the most popular posts on First Rental Property  was a post in which I outlined step by step How To Buy Your First Rental Property.

This post was called:

How To Buy Your First Rental Property

Now, this entire post can be heard in a PODCAST.

The name of this PODCAST is:

How To Buy Your First Rental Property Step One

If you are new to real estate investing, I highly recommend that you listen to this PODCAST.

Happy Investing!

Neil Uttamsingh

 

January 15, 2015   No Comments

How to Earn A Passive Income From Real Estate

Hi There,

A lot of people want to make BIG money from investing in real estate.

I recently received a question from a young, aspiring real estate investor.  In his email, the young man asked me for advice on how to get started as a new real estate investor.

I am going to share the email that he sent me along with my response to his email.  The answer that I provide to his email will be very helpful to those of you who are interested in buying your first rental property.

Here is the email that he sent me:

Neil,

I thoroughly enjoyed reading your articles on How to Buy your First Rental Property.  It really gave me great insight in simple English.  
I am 24 years old and want to own real estate to make some income on the side while still working at my current 9-5 job.  I have zero debt and a lot of motivation and time.  I really want to get my feet wet in real estate rental property, but how big should I go?  I don’t want to bite off too much I can’t chew.  Can you provide some advice on what a good starting point is for a beginner just looking to get into this and make some income on the side?  Should I start small or go massive?
Thanks!  Cheers!
KW
KW’s first question in his email was…
“I really want to get my feet wet in real estate rental property, but how big should I go? “
This question reminds me of advice that I received one day from an extremely successful, veteran real estate investor.  He told me that real estate investing was similar to baseball.  In that, when you are up to bat, your objective as a new real estate investor is to not make any mistakes and to bat 1.000. (A “1.000″ batting average in baseball is a “perfect record”)
In the game of baseball, when a batter comes up to bat, his offensive production at the plate is measured primarily by his batting average.   All things being equal, a player with a higher batting average, is getting more hits, and making fewer ‘mistakes’, by recording fewer ‘outs’.
His advice to me on investing in real estate was simply, “Don’t make any mistakes at the beginning.  Make sure that you are always batting 1.000.
My advice to KW would be the same here.  KW, don’t go “too big”, and don’t bite off more than you can chew.  Stay “small”, so that you can manage properly the rental property that you purchase.
KW’s second question was:
“Can you provide some advice on what a good starting point is for a beginner just looking to get into this and make some income on the side?”
My advice to KW would be to start by buying a small single family home.  It can be a detached home, condominium, or semi-detached home.  Any one of those property types would work.  The key thing here is that there has to be only “one” family or “one” tenant living in the property.
The reason I recommend this is because I want KW to gain some experience in managing the rental property first himself.  I want him to learn the ins and outs of managing a tenant, before, he has multiple tenants.
I want him to become a good landlord first before he takes on more than he can handle.
For information on whether a new investor should manage their first rental property themselves or whether they should hire a property manager, please read my article, Property Management Vs. Self Management of Rental Property
KW’s third question is:
“Should I start small or go massive?”
My advice to KW is to “start small”.
When I mean “start small”, I mean….”Learn what you are doing”.
By starting small, you could buy one rental property in your first year as a landlord, and then perhaps another property in your second year, and then a third property in your third year, and so on…
What I would advise KW not to do is to buy several properties at once and begin managing them right away.
KW and any new real estate investor buying their first or buying their second rental property need to learn the basics of owing a rental property first and learn the basics of how to be a landlord first.
If KW or any other new real estate investor buys too many properties at once, then could quickly become overwhelmed with the new job of being a landlord, and potentially loose money in the process.
So there you have it.
My advice for KW and for the new real estate investors just starting out is to:
  • Start small first
  • Don’t take on more than you can handle
  • Learn to become a good landlord first
When you are comfortable with what you are doing, move on and buy your second rental property.
Happy Investing!
-Neil

January 10, 2015   No Comments

Property Management Vs. Self Management of Rental Property

Hi There,

 

I hope you are doing well.

One of the big questions new real estate investors always ask me is this:

“Should I manage my rental property myself or should I hire a property manager?”

My answer to this question used to always be…

“You should manage the property yourself”

After 10 years of buying rental properties, my answer to this question has changed, my answer is now…

“You should do both”

This is what I mean by, “You should do both”.

As a real estate investor, you are a landlord. As such, you need to learn how to be a good landlord. The only way you can effectively learn how to do something properly (in my opinion), is by doing it yourself.

I speak to many new real estate investors who want to buy a rental property and then outsource the management to a property manager without first managing  the property themselves. I used to think this was a terrible idea. Now I don’t think this is that bad of an idea. Here is why:

A lot of people SUCK as landlords.

To be a landlord you have to wear many hats.

You have to be a:

  • Relationship Manager
  • Collections Specialist
  • Book Keeper
  • Business minded individual
  • An extremely tactful person

…just to name a few.

Not everybody is good at everything. If you naturally do not have the proper skill set of being a good landlord, you should not be one.

If you are a bad landlord, you rental property will suffer.  It may suffer in the following ways:

  • You are not good at building relationships with your tenants
  • You are not effectively collecting the rent that it owed to you, and the tenant is falling behind in payments more and more…
  • You do not keep track of your expenses properly and you do not keep track of the partial payments of rent that your tenants are paying you, as they are behind and are trying to get paid back up
  • You don’t have the vision of knowing what improvements to make to your property in order to attract a better tenant profile
  • You are moderately offensive and rub your tenants the wrong way, which reduces the amount of respect your tenants have for you and in turn reduces the amount of respect that they have for your rental property.

If you know that you will not be a good landlord, don’t become one. Hire a professional property manager who is an expert in dealing with all facets of property management.

If you are a new real estate investor and you are choosing to not manage your rental property because you are lazy or you are too afraid of doing it yourself, that is not the right decision.  If you have the skill set, and if you live close enough to your property to manage it, at the beginning, you should manage it.

You should manage it so that you learn the ins and outs of management.  One day if you become too tired of managing your properties or if your skill set changes and you become deficient in some areas, you should hire a professional property manager.

Investing in real estate is not easy.  It is a long term game that you have to stick with.  If you would like to receive tips from experienced real estate investors for free, sign up for the First Rental Property Newsletter.

Happy Investing!

-Neil

 

January 9, 2015   3 Comments

3 Quick Tips For The Wannabe Real Estate Investor

Hi Folks,

I hope you are doing well.

Recently I have been contacted by several people wanting to know how they can get started investing in real estate.  I have found that there are a lot of common traits between people who are interested in becoming real estate investors.

One of the defining traits is that these people have a ‘dream’.

They have a dream to one day own real estate as an investment.

I find that I continue to give the same information to these individuals who contact me, wanting to know how to get started.

As such, I am going to provide 3 valuable tips to the aspiring real estate investor.  If you find that you are in the same boat as the people I just described, you will find value in this article.

Here are the tips in no particular order…

1) Associate Yourself with Experienced Real Estate Investors

I cannot stress this point enough.  If you are someone that wants to buy your first rental property, you have to associate yourself with experienced real estate investors.

There is no amount of reading on the internet that you can do that will replace the advice from an experienced investor.

Many times I get contacted by people who want to begin investing, yet who have never spoken to an actual real estate investor in person before.

You need to seek out these people in person and learn from them.

Ask them questions, and inquire with them how they have found their real estate investing career to be thus far.

You cannot expect to go very far as a real estate investor if you don’t seek the advice of existing investors.

2) Get Your Financial House In Order FIRST…

People contact me all the time who have no job, bad credit and no money…yet they want to buy a rental property.

This always confuses me as I find it difficult to understand sometimes why people want to buy a rental property, yet do not want to take care of their own situation first.

If you have bad credit, fix it by making your payments on time.

If you don’t have a job, please get one.

If you don’t have any money, start saving, or find a joint venture partner who will provide the money for the downpayment.

Get your financial house in order and fix yourself before you go and try to buy a rental property. It’s common sense, is it not?

3) Just Do It…

Once you have a strong network of real estate investors around you, you are on the right track.

If you have a job, good credit and money saved for a down payment, good for you.

Now it is time to pull the trigger and buy your first rental property.

Far too often I hear from people who talk about buying a rental property yet never do it.

Without officially keeping track of the numbers, sometimes I feel that it is 1 out of 100 people who actually do it. (buy a rental property)

It is often sad to see how so few people do it, yet they talk about it all the time.

So there you have it.  These are 3 quick tips for the wannabe real estate investor.

Remember to always:

1) Associate yourself with experienced real estate investors

2) Get your Financial House in order first, and

3) Just do it!  Buy that first rental property…

 

Happy Investing!

Best Regards,

Neil Uttamsingh

 

 

September 16, 2014   No Comments

The Fast Track To Becoming a Real Estate Investor

Hello Friend,

I hope you are doing well.

If you are a new or aspiring real estate investor, this blog post is a must read for you….

Starting out in the real estate investment business is not easy.  Many experience investors will tell you this.

To succeed, you often have to have a lot of things go ‘right’ for you.

One of the most important things that you can do to ensure that you actually become a real estate investor is to surround yourself by like-minded people.

In particular, you need to surround yourself by like-minded real estate investors.

I got a call the other day from a blog reader.  He had many questions about real estate investing and he did not know where to begin.

He started off the conversation by telling me how much he knew about real estate investing (implying that he knew a lot).

As our conversation progressed, it was not hard at all for me to determine that he did not have much knowledge at all regarding real estate investing.

If you do not know much about it, that is okay. Don’t pretend that you do!

If you don’t know anything about investing, that is fine.  What is not fine is choosing NOT to do anything!

If you are serious about learning about real estate investing and actually becoming an investor then you need to:

1) attend real estate events

and

2) join real estate investment clubs.

It so happens that a friend of mine is running an event this February 20th 2014 from 6pm to 10pm in Toronto.  This event will of course be for the readers who are located in or near the City of Toronto.

The event is taking place at:

‘SET Boutique’

333 King St. W

 Toronto.

 

There will be real estate investors in attendance which will allow you a chance to network, mingle and discuss the topic of real estate investing with various like minded people.

If you are stuck and you don’t know where to start, or if you are already investing and want to meet other investors, this is the place to be on February 20th.

For more information, you can email or call the event organizers at INFO@ROIREALTY.CA or 905.990.8800 or 905.580.9645.

Happy Investing!

-Neil Uttamsingh

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February 13, 2014   2 Comments

How Long Should You Take To Respond To Your Tenant?

Hi Friend,

I hope you are doing well.

If you are looking to buy your first rental property, you will benefit by reading this post.

Many experienced real estate investors will tell you that you need to manage your rental property like a “business”.

This is great advice because owning and managing one or more rental properties is indeed a business.

According to Wikipedia, a business is:

“…an organization involved in the trade of goods, services, or both to consumers.  Business plan and Business model determine the outcome of an active business operation. Businesses are predominant in capitalist economies, where most of them are privately owned and administered to provide service to its customers.”

As per the definition above, ‘providing services’ to customers is what businesses do.

Many businesses have ‘service agreements’ that they abide by when dealing with their customers.

As an example, let’s look at the service agreements that some major banks have with their customers.

Personal and Commercial Account Managers are often mandated to respond to their customers within 2 hours of being contacted.  This is a service model that some banks have adopted  because ‘customer service’ is very important to these organizations.  These banks understand that by responding to their customers in a timely manner, they are providing them with great customer service.

As a real estate investor and landlord, you need to adopt a model similar to the bank’s  ’service agreements’.

You may chose not to share your service agreement with your tenant, however, the service agreement is something that you need to understand fully and be committed to.

Here is an example…

A tenant calls you on a Friday morning in the middle of the Summer.  They leave you a voicemail message letting you know that the Air Conditioner unit in their house has stopped working, and they have asked that you give them a call back when you can.

It is my firm belief that as a proactive real estate investor and landlord, you should be responding to your tenant the same day in which they have contacted you, no matter what the matter is.

As such in this example above, you should be getting back to them on Friday as well.

The important thing to note is that you may not have any answer for them nor a solution for their problem when you call them back.  That does not matter.  What does matter is that you are calling them back promptly.

In the example above, you may have no contacts for repair men that you could call to fix or replace the air conditioner.  That is okay.  As long as you communicate with your tenant and let them know that you are looking after their concern, that is what matters.

Naturally when new landlords do not know how to fix something, or when they don’t know who they can call to come and fix something, they delay  responding to their tenant. This should never be done…

So in summary, when your tenant calls you any issue at all, you need to respond to them in a timely manner.

Having a ‘service agreement‘ and responding to your tenant the same day is my advice to you.

If you stay committed to doing this, you will differentiate yourself in your tenant’s mind from all of their past, sub-par landlords.

Happy Investing!

Regards,

Neil Uttamsingh

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pps: I am a Licensed Realtor in Ontario and I help people like you buy their first rental property everyday! I personally own Hamilton real estate, Oakville real estate and Toronto real estate.   If you need help purchasing your first rental property or your next rental property, write to me at NEIL@FIRSTRENTALPROPERTY.COM. I will help you negotiate the best price, terms and conditions on your rental property. Buying in the US? No problem!  I will refer you to one of my trusted partners.  Happy Investing!  :)

 

June 10, 2013   2 Comments