SS110: Recession Proof Real Estate Investing

Commercial real estate, particularly multifamily real estate, can be more resilient than other investments during a recession. Still, not every property is recession-proof. In this episode, Charles discusses the real estate asset classes that are more resilient to a recession and how to recession-proof your properties for a downturn.

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Charles:
Welcome to Strategy Saturday; I’m Charles Carillo and today we’re going to be discussing recession proof real estate investing.

Charles:
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Charles:
Commercial real estate, especially multi-family real estate can produce a consistent income stream even during a recession. However, not every apartment complex is recession proof. The major benefit of investing in multi-family real estate is the flexibility it provides. Even if real estate prices fall or liquidity dries up, apartment complex owners are still able to ride out the storm with a solid source of passive income. In this episode, we’ll be exploring several steps from making a real estate investment recession proof. You can refer to these steps when purchasing a new property or follow these steps to reinforce the fundamentals of properties you already own. Number one is maximize cash flow. I feel this is the most important. Cash flow is what pays your expenses, pays your dent, pays the limited partners. There are a number of ways to maximize cash flow, including bring apartments to market rent after tenant moves. Also, I would avoid increasing rents dramatically on renewals during a recession. I would rather have tenants paying slightly under market rent to avoid an empty apartment.

Charles:
Make ready expenses and loss revenue is a huge expense when getting into multi-family real estate. The key is keeping your good tenants in your units and during a pullback, minimize full apartment upgrades. Now this is all dependent on your renter base. If after you fully renovate a unit, you’re able to rent it at full price, continue renovating them. And if there’s still desire and demand for that, keep on doing it. In most instances during a recession though, people would rather rent a clean unit that might be slightly dated for a lower price. This is also less risky for owners with a better roi. For example, instead of spending $5,000 on a new unit upgrade to raise rents $200 per month, maybe spend 800 to a thousand on painting and minor repairs in order to raise rents 50 to a hundred dollars per month. These classic units will rent fast in C plus to B class buildings.

Charles:
Last point on maximizing your cash flow is as your cash flow. Net operating income increase your loan to value decreases. Of course, if cap rates expand, it won’t decrease as much, but the point being increasing your cash flow reduces risk, and it’s the main step to making your property recession proof. Second is reducing your debt. The lower the loan value, the lower the risk prior to recessions. Many lenders will push loan to values upwards of 90%, and these properties are usually the first ones to go back into receivership as a recession. Looms, make sure your your V is under 70% and the lower the loan to value, the easier it will be to refinance if anything happens. Third is decrease expenses. Consistently review your property’s expenses, put vendor contracts out to bid regularly looking at submetering water in your property. And after the submetering is complete, all new tenants and new leases will be paying for their own water and sewer.

Charles:
It takes about 12 to 14 months for it to fully go into effect. However, instead of raising rents and renewals, have them pay their own water and sewer. We just completed this on one of our properties in Tampa where we were previously paying over $100 per month per unit in water. The tenant were paying a flat fee of about $50 a month, but they were grossly taking advantage of it. We removed the flat fee and the new tenants and renewals and the tenants are now paying their own water a savings that goes right to the bottom line. Fourth is increase additional income. So install coin operated was dryers. Install lockers and storage units and rent them out, create premium parking spots and charge for them. These are all great ways of increasing income without raising rents. Fifth is buy properties in growing landlord friendly states, cities.

Charles:
If you are looking for a mix of appreciation, cash flow, you should be buying in growing areas of the US and this will help facilitate Rent Grove faster than other parts of the country. You might pay more for a property in a growing market than in a stagnant one, but you’ll have less of a problem trying to rent in and less of a problem trying to raise rents. Now during covid, we had a small portfolio and a 10 friendly state, and they were rent moratoriums for well over one year with tenants taking full advantage of it. Once we could, we evicted them rere the units waited six months and enlisted the whole portfolio for sale. Who knows what tenant friendly states will do during the next recession. They might enact another eviction moratorium. So it’s important to reorganize and recognize that some cities in the US still have covid eviction moratoriums. Lastly, avoid investing into vacation properties or vacation areas, areas where there is not a solid diverse job market demand for vacation properties drop substantially during a recession, and it’s usually one of the first areas to get hit hard. So I hope you enjoyed. Please remember to rate, review, subscribe, submit comments and potential show [email protected] Look forward to two episodes next week. See you then.

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