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Jan 21 2009

Bixler and Snellville Updates

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Okay so I went back to Atlanta for thanksgiving. Put a new property manager in place for Bixler and Lenora Church. Moved someone into Bixler, had a handful of issues. Apparently the tenant Homevestors had in place for me not only had to be evicted, but had been ripping off Georgia Power as well. So they removed the housing for the electric box. Had to get an electrician to put in the box. Lovely. 

New tenant is absolutely fabulous. Found her with one of my craigslist ads, and a link to Bixler.

The duplex in Snellville has taken a bit longer to rent out. Had to get creative pricing, and will have someone move in for the beginning of February. I heard the news on January 2nd, of course my property manager will take his first months cut, you know, for opening the doors and having the paperwork. Hey, it is tough work being a property manager.

I’ve also cut some personal expenses, so I should be able to get to March without busting heavily into the reserves. I need more cash flowing properties and have been keeping an eye on the Bay for something that fits my needs.

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Nov 21 2008

Bixler hits Hard times

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Well, this property has now been vacant for two months. I wound up having to have the tenant evicted after failing to pay back in September. Times are tough and they’ve hit pretty hard, I may have to let this one go which ofcourse will tank my credit. Viranni did cover the eviction expenses and recommended a property manager, but I’m afraid I can only float this one for another month or so before having to let it slip away.

But I’m not about to go gentle into that good night. I’ve got Silas Frazier in charge of marketing this and my other properties. Today I fly into ATL personally to do whatever I can. Wish me luck.

Plus we’re having a grandieous Thanksgiving. Always good to get the family back together, get the spirits up atleast.

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Jul 14 2008

2116 Refinanced

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Whew. Okay so I finally got the refinance loan done on my homevestors rehab deal.
I am sad to report though that after taxes and insurance, this property will have a negative cashflow of about $140/mo. So it’s in my interest to liquidate this one as soon as possible and see exactly how much of that $30k in equity is real. 

All in all, it has been a simple, relatively stress free transaction.
$  500 down
$2,700 loan payments
$  693 refi closing costs

$3,893 –   Total Costs
$122,500 –   Outstanding Loan

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Jun 16 2008

Bixler Update

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Happy Day. I just got the first checks on the Bixler Project yesterday! Thank you Virani. Always good to get a cash flow positive property for $500 out of pocket. Thats roughly a 72% return on investment… I am quite the numbers geek… gotta go with your strengths right?

Anyhow, Bixler the ongoing Investment Property Rehab Deal through Raheel Virani and Homevestors, has had some movement. Money is good. As of the 15th of June, I have a tenant buyer for the Atlanta Property. The refinance loan is not done yet. That has been a bit of an undertaking due to the current housing market conditions. There just haven’t been that many “true” house sales to comp against. I imagine a lot of other rehab deals have found this to be true? I’m sure thats the case here in Oakland as foreclosures especially in investment property are increasing in number.

In other news, I’ve been dealing with a lot of rehab… no not yet here in Oakland, but building a stronger site. The average reader won’t notice, but its been in a marketing effort so that there will be a few more of you, so thats good. For fun, go ahead and click on a Google Adsense down there on the left, it’ll make you feel good. Promise.

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May 07 2008


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Hey eric… will have lease signed by this weekend… they will be moving in
at the end of the month…

Raheel Virani
HomeVestors – Virani Properties, Inc
“HomeVestors, America’s #1 Home Buyer”

Suddenly life is looking sweet again. Just need to hear the details.

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Apr 28 2008

2116 Questions answered.

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Score. I got a call back from Raheel this morning. He promised:

  1. The tree will be taken out in 5-6 days.
  2. The grass will be cut and the window fixed before the appraiser’s visit.

He also put me in contact with another lender, a bank named Flagstar Bank. Apparently they keep a majority of their loans in house. So thats good. I did have to pay for the appraiser. So add another $450. Total is now up to $950 out of pocket.

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Apr 24 2008

2116 Bixler vs. Tree

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A few problems as noted by my insurance agent:

  1. 35 foot pine which according to my guy could fall on the house or the neighbor’s with a gentle breeze.
  2. Lack of a renter. State Farm doesn’t like to insure vacant homes. Just not good policy.
  3. The back yard is a bit of a jungle.
  4. Exterior needs pressure washing
  5. Replacement window pane.

Its been over 24 hours. No reply from three phone calls. Judgement so far of the HomeVestors team, could be quicker on responding

In other news. “okay, I’ll check it out and take care of it.” Thats a phrase you never hear anymore. No one will look out for your interests better than you personally. There’s an automated site for rent collection. I really need to look into that.

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Apr 21 2008

Refinance of 2116

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Here’s an interesting tidbit. One of my tenants has ended a year long lease which automatically switches to a month to month lease. As a result, I may have difficulty closing on the refinance loan for Bixler.

I’ll have my property manager to contact the tenant to sign another year lease. Sounds like a good opportunity to raise the rent. Re-sign or pay an extra $30/mo. for the flight risk.

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Apr 20 2008

2116 Bixler Update

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Work is almost complete and I’ve been told that there atleast three parties interested in purchasing the property. Wish me luck.

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Apr 04 2008

2116 Bixler

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2116 Bixler CircleTo help out my fellow human beings I decided to post my experience and thus I started this blog. 2116 Bixler is the property that inspired it. If you’d like to know more about real estate investing, I plan to share my knowledge and experience, so check out Real Estate Investing Basics. When you’re ready, I hope we can do business together some day. Legally speaking these are just my experiences, I make no guarantees.

Now on with the show.

March 2008. I needed cash. I had some income producing properties and I wanted to acquire more. I decided it was time to get into the rehab business. I had lived in Atlanta, a market where properties are relatively inexpensive. I felt comfortable knowing what a property should sell for in certain areas, and I knew that while it will cash flow negatively while it is under repair and not yet sold, I can afford it. I can’t say the same for where I live now.

April 4th, 2008 The property was advertised for $99k on the famous [and yes sometimes infamous] The area supports prices around $135-$150k. I talked with Raheel Viranni of Viranni Properties LLC, a franchise of We set up a deal where he would organize the hard money loan for $99k plus the cost of repairs, he would manage the repairs (estimated at three weeks), put me in touch with a refinance loan consultant and market the property for sale to a tenant buyer. The strategy is to find a tenant with decent job history that needs a bit of help with credit and wants to purchase the property. I also plan to refinance the hard money loan as soon as possible. The first payment on the hard money loan is May 1st. Closing on the refinance loan is scheduled for April 25th.

So far total out of pocket to me has been a $500 earnest money deposit.

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