Thursday, November 10, 2011

Condominium investments still working

It is correct that you cannot always in all places, sometimes for long periods of time, buy an investment grade condominium that meets the stringent requirements described in my book. But that is as it should be. Investors who did not buy a condominium because it would not yield the required positive cash flow were thus saved from being crushed by the devastating collapse of the real estate bubble. When Bob Bruss who was "the king of real estate columnists" reviewed my book in 2002, real estate was booming and it was very difficult indeed to replicate the condominium investments I made from 1975 to 1986 anywhere in America. Mr. Bruss noted this valid fact but went on to give my book a grade of 80 percent. But now that condominium prices have collapsed in many places by as much as fifty percent my method can once again be applied in localities that show signs of economic recovery. My property manager, the same one mentioned in the book, has been working for me for about 30 years. I still have the condos that are the basis for my book and they still give me a superior return on investment especially when compared to what you can get in a bank today. All I still do is enter the rental income into a spread sheet every month and it still takes less than one hour. The property manager does everything else in order to get his nine percent of actual rent collected.
Andris Virsnieks
The Author

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Real Estate Bust

The real estate boom-and-bust cycle is still on the way down but it is not yet the time to buy (at least not in Seattle). The time to buy will be when the rent you can get, every month, for a property is 1% of the price you pay for the property. For instance, if you buy a condo for $250,000 you must get a rent of $2,500. If you stick as closely as possible to this "golden rule" greed will not suck you into dangerous speculation that has caused many people to lose their shirts recently. For more details on how to run the numbers see my book "How to Invest in Condominiums."
Update of real estate bubble - February 12, 2009:
In Seattle in the late 1970's you could buy new condominiums for a price that was about seven times the gross annual rent. I stopped buying real estate in the 1980's when I could not get a price close to my recommended target price of seven times the gross annual rent. In Seattle today you can't buy a quality condominium for anything even close to a price that is seven times the gross annual rent. We are a long way from the kind of bottom in real estate we had in the late 1970's. But a temporary false bottom could be forming.