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Ever Thought About Real Estate Investing?

by David Tyler Mills

With the economy still fighting to recover, investors are struggling to find profitable opportunities for their money.  Even in the midst of foreclosures, would you believe that investing into real estate is a valuable option?  That’s ok.  Roll your eyes, but let’s take a moment to consider the facts. 

Foreclosures are prominent.  People are simply not making enough money to pay for their homes.  They are being forced to move.  Immediately buying a new home is out of the question.  Moving out of town comes with high costs, both financially and emotionally, especially if the owner has a job and a family. 

The only financially viable option for most victims of foreclosure is renting.  As an investor, an important factor comes into mind.  What counties have the most foreclosed homes?  According to www.RealtyTrac.com, Benton County contains the most foreclosed homes in Arkansas with Washington County coming in at third.  McNaughton Real Estate’s website, www.allNWAhomes.com, has accounted for over 1,000 foreclosed homes in Washington, Benton, and Madison County.

The availability of foreclosures are evident, but what about the demand?  Having multiple, massive corporations such as Tyson, JB Hunt, and Wal-Mart stationed in Northwest Arkansas creates a significant inflow of rentals.  In addition, Arkansas’s flagship university, the University of Arkansas, in Fayetteville continues to pull renters throughout the world with this year being a record-breaking enrollment count for the university.

If the demand isn’t enough incentive to invest, then consider the quick return a rental property can provide.  With historically low interest rates, hovering around 4%, and low prices, NOW is the time to buy.  The increase in demand has also provided a healthy increase in rental prices. 

Inevitably, real estate investors gain a sense of pride in owning something tangible like land and/or a house compared to owning a small sliver of a corporation that stocks give.  These investors also have greater control in managing the value of their assets with the option to enhance, add-on, and renovate their property.  In addition, many real estate investors feel compassionate about offering an affordable home for families in need of shelter during this economic dip.

For everything that has a pro, there is always a con.  Many investors find it difficult to make time to search for quality tenants, have access to a network of contractors for maintenance, and be available for major and minor emergencies.  Fortunately, McNaughton Real Estate can alleviate the stress with their expertise in property management.  With McNaughton Real Estate you can expect:

  • A Property Management Team with 25+ years of experience whose primary focus is to protect your investment.
  • A vast network of local contractors, which can help you find the most cost-effective bid.
  • A quality tenant due to helpful insights with our credit and background checks.
  • Inspections to ensure security in your investment.
  • A 24/7 maintenance request line.
  • Abundant leads with our strong presence on the Internet and with our 35 years worth of referrals. 

We want to help maintain your focus on building your portfolio.  Allow us to protect what is yours and to advise you on any new opportunities that hit the market.  A professional Certified Investor Agent Specialist will be here to help you every step of the way.  

CIAS-Designated Agent vs. Real Estate Agent

by David Tyler Mills

What’s the difference between a CIAS-designated agent and a regular real estate agent?

While all potential agents in the state are educated on the same principles and required to take the same amount of continuing educational hours, a Certified Investor Agent Specialist™ (CIAS) takes it many steps further in real estate investing education. 

According to the Charfen Institute…

“A Certified Investor Agent Specialist™ (CIAS) finds, creates, and closes with residential real estate investors with the knowledge and tools earned through comprehensive education and experience. CIAS-designated agents can streamline the process of real estate investment to increase returns for investor clients.”

CIAS-designated agents help real estate investors navigate:

  • Investment Strategies
  • Self-directed IRAs
  • 1031 Exchange
  • Leverage Options
  • Key Calculations
  • Return-on-Investment
  • Capitalization Rate
  • Average Returns
  • Cash Flow
  • And much more!

 

Investors are coming out on top this year with low housing prices, low interest rates, and rising rent prices.  It’s not hard to get started either; check out what this family did…

 

See?  Not as hard as it sounds to be an investor.  If this interests you, call us today and ask for a CIAS-designated agent.  They will be more than happy to help you. 

It's Real Estate Investing Season!

by David Tyler Mills

With the economy still fighting to recover, investors are struggling to find profitable opportunities for their money.  Even in the midst of foreclosures, would you believe that investing into real estate is a valuable option?  That’s ok.  Roll your eyes, but let’s take a moment to consider the facts. 

Foreclosures are prominent.  People are simply not making enough money to pay for their homes.  They are being forced to move.  Immediately buying a new home is out of the question.  Moving out of town comes with high costs, both financially and emotionally, especially if the owner has a job and a family. 

The only financially viable option for most victims of foreclosure is renting.  As an investor, an important factor comes into mind.  What counties have the most foreclosed homes?  According to www.RealtyTrac.com, Benton County contains the most foreclosed homes in Arkansas with Washington County coming in at third.  McNaughton Real Estate’s website, www.allNWAhomes.com, has accounted for over 1,000 foreclosed homes in Washington County, Benton County, and Madison County.

The availability of foreclosures are evident, but what about the demand?  Having multiple, massive corporations such as Tyson, JB Hunt, and Wal-Mart stationed in Northwest Arkansas creates a significant inflow of rentals.  In addition, Arkansas’s flagship university, the University of Arkansas, in Fayetteville continues to pull renters throughout the world with this year being a record-breaking enrollment count for the university.

If the demand isn’t enough incentive to invest, then consider the quick return a rental property can provide.  With historically low interest rates, hovering around 4%, and low prices, NOW is the time to buy.  The increase in demand has also provided a healthy increase in rental prices. 

Inevitably, real estate investors gain a sense of pride in owning something tangible like land and/or a house compared to owning a small sliver of a corporation that stocks give.  These investors also have greater control in managing the value of their assets with the option to enhance, add-on, and renovate their property.  In addition, many real estate investors feel compassionate about offering an affordable home for families in need of shelter during this economic dip.

For everything that has a pro, there is always a con.  Many investors find it difficult to make time to search for quality tenants, have access to a network of contractors for maintenance, and be available for major and minor emergencies.  Fortunately, McNaughton Real Estate can alleviate the stress with their expertise in property management.  With McNaughton Real Estate you can expect:

  • A Property Management Team with 25+ years of experience whose primary focus is to protect your investment.
  • A vast network of local contractors, which can help you find the most cost-effective bid.
  • A quality tenant due to helpful insights with our credit and background checks.
  • Inspections to ensure security in your investment.
  • A 24/7 maintenance request line.
  • Abundant leads with our strong presence on the Internet and with our 35 years worth of referrals.  

We want to help maintain your focus on building your portfolio.  Allow us to protect what is yours and to advise you on any new opportunities that hit the market.  A professional Certified Investor Agent Specialist will be here to help you every step of the way. 

What Kind of Real Estate Investor Are You?

by David Tyler Mills

Real estate investing has the potential to be a complicating process, but just like any type of investing, there’s a learning curve.  With a little bit of help and research, anyone can be a real estate investing guru. According to the Certified Investor Agent Specialists, there are the five different segments of investors in real estate investing.  See which segment you might be included in, and take note of each tip within the segment to help you with all of your future endeavors.    

First-Time Investor

Being a first time investor can be intimidating due to the complexities of the investing process.  Nevertheless, the vastness of knowledge should not deter anyone away.  Everyone must start somewhere, so taking baby steps is pivotal.  First-Time Investors are starry eyed individuals who have never purchased an investment property in their life.  These investors can easily be overwhelmed with information and unfamiliar with investing terminology and processes.  Here are some tips to help ease the burden: 

  •       Use free online tools, such as investopedia.com, to become familiarize with terminology.
  •       Find a REALTOR® who can provide reassurance and can update you frequently.
  •       Understand that First-Time Investors have the potential to be the most important investment type for real estate firms.  In other words, these investors have leverage. 
  •       Be prepared to have questions ready before meeting with a REALTOR®. 

Move-Up Investor

Move-Up Investors can be the same as First-Time Investors in regards to that they may have never purchased an investment property.  However, these investors already own a home with payments low enough to support it as a rental property.  Over time, a Move-Up Investor can build a portfolio of rental properties that can generate wealth.  Here are some tips to consider: 

  •      Continue to learn terminology and some basic financial formulas.
  •      Incorporate a rental strategy that is long term.  Focus on using cash flow and equity to purchase another rental.
  •      Find a REALTOR® who can provide assurance, give frequent updates, and show the potential of a home in the current rental market. 

Portfolio Investor

Investors who have previously owned property and plan to continue purchasing property every one to three years are called Portfolio Investors.  These investors incorporate these properties in their long-term investment plans.  Most real estate firms strive to acquire a loyal group of Portfolio Investors to give stability and predictability to their databases.  Consider the following guidelines: 

  •    Be comfortable with investment concepts and terms.
  •    Be knowledgeable of the local market.
  •    Find a REALTOR® who maintains constant contact, understands your specific needs, and assists with input on property management strategies.
  •    Be aware of your importance to the real estate firm.  If you’re not treated like a valued customer, find a new firm. 

Performance Investors

Performance Investors are the “Ferraris” of the real estate investors.  These rare investors purchase at least one property to hold each year.  They are usually high net-worth individuals who understand the value of large cash-flow real estate portfolios.  Also, they are highly experience and most likely have refined investment goals.  It is important for Performance Investors to find a REALTOR® the meets their specific needs.  Real estate firms will give up their left leg if that demonstrates value to these customers, so be sure to find a REALTOR® that genuinely cares.  Look for the following characteristics that your REALTOR® should possess: 

  •       Demonstrates value through thorough property evaluations, calculations, and portfolio managers.
  •       Actively and strategically utilizes networking and marketing tools.
  •       Maintains constant contact. 

Rehab and Resell Investors

The Rehabilitation and Resell Investor, also called R&R or “flippers,” purchases property, makes quick improvements, and then resells it.  These investors are not interested in buying and holding property.  They would rather make a sell within six months at the most.  Since R&R Investors are usually highly experienced, it is important for them to find a REALTOR® that: 

  •       Understands the REO, short sale, and probate process.
  •       Understands the specific buying, selling, advertising, and rehabilitation tolerances.
  •       Uses marketing and networking tools in a timely manner.
  •       Networks with contractors and R&R team members. 

One thing you might notice is the importance of a real estate agent in each market.  No matter how experienced you are, a high-quality real estate agent is essential in minimizing the risks in this recovering market.  The McNaughton Real Estate Team takes pride in extraordinary customer service and their persistence in researching real estate. If you want to dabble in the real estate market or need a loyal business consultant to help manage your portfolio, call McNaughton Real Estate today at (479) 442-9099, or visit us at 3422 North College Ave., Fayetteville, AR 72703.  We will be more than happy to help you.

 

Rental Season is Here!

by Sarah Tuller

With the hustle and bustle of graduation and Summer in gorgeous Northwest Arkansas approaching, it seems we've come to that time of year: Rental Season! It's one of the busiest times of the year for the McNaughton Team and for good reason, too! We have many lovely houses, duplexes and condos available for rent, like our rental at 558 Redbud in Fayetteville! It's an adorable 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath home with a garage, fenced in back yard, and storage building! And what a great price at only $725/month with a $550 deposit! If Redbud isn't your cup of tea, check out our rental website for a full list of any available rentals we have!

WWW.MCNAUGHTONRENTALS.COM

2918 Fiesta Drive!

by Sarah Tuller

2918 Fiesta Drive!

This adorable home is located within walking distance to Washington Regional Hospital and Medical Park and the biking trail! This jewel of a house is filled with UNENDING updates, including new wood floors throughout the entire house, granite countertops in the bathrooms, new kitchen countertops, new paint, and a new range and oven! It also comes with a 1 year AHS home warranty! You'll never find another one like this. Guaranteed to knock your socks off! Call the Terri Lynne McNaughton TEAM Today for more details!

Sarah Tuller
Certified Distressed Property Expert
&
Director of First Impressions

INVENTORY OF NEW HOMES DROP

by Jerry Sisson

Numbers from the Skyline Report show that the inventory of new but unoccupied homes dropped to normal or slightly below normal levels.  Sales of the new homes have led to record high inventories and created some great bargains in the used home market.


 NW Arkansas New Completed but Unoccupied  Homes 4th qtr 2005 to 2009 

 

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bentonville

50

140

372

585

303

Centerton

11

121

268

422

135

Fayetteville

34

171

246

310

232

Rogers

50

157

427

747

225

Siloam Spr

6

11

45

57

69

Springdale

51

100

160

302

220

W Wash Co.

60

81

73

179

69

 

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262

781

1591

2602

1253

Homes for Rent

by Terri Lynne McNaughton Team

Here at Terri Lynne McNaughton GMAC Real Estate we handle over 150 rentals for families, students and professioals not ready to purchase a home yet. View a complete list of our rentals at www.mcnaughtonrentals.com

Investing in Real Estate

by Terri Lynne McNaughton Team
Are you thinking about investment property? You should seriously consider Northwest Arkansas. Don’t just listen to me. We have the stats to prove it! Northwest Arkansas was ranked 3rd in Inc. Magazines “the Hottest Midsize Cities” We were also ranked 19th on their 2006 “Best Cities for Doing Business.” The Milken Institute ranked us 8th in 2005 for Best Performing Cities. We were also mentioned in Entrepreneurs Top Small Cities for 2005. Fayetteville is home to the University of Arkansas. GO HOGS!! The University of Arkansas also helps support our real estate economy with over 13,500 off campus students looking for housing. Northwest Arkansas is also home to Wal-Mart Home office, Tyson Home office & JB Hunt. If this article has enticed you to learn more about our beautiful home town please feel free to contact us.

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Don McNaughton
McNaughton Real Estate
4299 W. Persimmon
Fayetteville AR 72704
479-442-9099
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