Author Archives: Jeffrey Smith

Guru Interest Rates

I am often astonished at the real estate “Guru” who charge outrageous (unpublished) interest rates for their products. As if their astronomical pricing isn’t bad enough, they offer time payment plans that are nothing short of usurious, making high credit card interest rates seem reasonable in comparison.
I recently sat through a yet another long-winded video pitch […]

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Capitalization Rate and Cash on Cash Return

I just added a new article on the correct way to calculate the Capitalization Rate (CAP) according to the cost and structure of financing.
An income property is generally valued on its cash flow, either the current cash flow or the anticipated future cash flow after repositioning. The valuation of the cash flow is calculated according […]

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Generate a PDF syndication package or a loan request package

I just made a major update to the very affordably priced “Introduction to Income Valuation and Syndication” course. With the sophisticated macro-enabled Excel 2007 ProFormaStabilized.xlsm spreadsheet, you can now generate a multi-page PDF presentation package for syndicating to your private financiers or for submitting a loan request to a commercial lender. There are several tutorial […]

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New Video: Master Lease and Option RUBS

I added a powerful spreadsheet for calculating and generating invoices for the Ratio Utility Billing System (RUBS). There are 2 video tutorials showing how to use the spreadsheet and how to generate the mail merge templates. The spreadsheet supports unlimited number of residents, you can bill pro-rated for electric, gas, water, sewer, or any combination […]

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New Video: ProFormaStabilized Spreadsheet – Finance Package Tutorial1

I just uploaded a major update to my course “Introduction to Income Valuation and Syndication” (at http://bit.ly/itivas-1) that updates the ProFormaStabilized.xlsm spreadsheet and a new video tutorial for generating a PDF finance package.
You can watch the YouTube version of the video by clicking here.

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Low Interest Rates

Low interest rates are very enticing. I want to suggest caution, because an increase in interest rates will dramatically affect the value of real property. Real estate is a “borrowed money” business. The cost and structure of financing determines the income valuation of the property. Similar to bonds, the value varies inversely to the yield […]

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Yet Another Housing Bubble?

I just posted an article on the 2013 apparent housing bubble.
April 2013, the more things change, the more they stay the same. It seems like Deja Vu all over again.
There are very few listed houses, multiple offers, bidding wars, double digit price inflation, and listed houses are on the market for a very short time. […]

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Thank You for your well-wishes!

In early January 2013, I became very ill with Labyrinth-itus, which is a viral infection of the inner ear that affects balance. I was very disoriented and nauseous. A family member is a doctor in another state and she said my symptoms were consistent with Labyrinth-itus and it may take up to eight weeks to […]

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Non-Credentialed Interlopers

I added an article about “non-credentialed interlopers”. This a serious problem of folks fraudulently misrepresenting themselves as an owner, broker, or some other form of legal relationship with the principal party.
The problem of “non-credentialed interlopers” is growing. I am talking about folks who advertise properties for sale, especially apartment buildings, and when I request the […]

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Investing in Rental Properties

I just watched yet another “Personal Finance Guru” on cable TV who recommends NOT to invest in rental income properties, but instead to invest in municipal bonds, claiming that such debt instruments are paying 5% to 6% tax free and are much safer than rental properties. To use the guru’s favorite retort, “Are you kidding […]

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