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CONTENTS Heading into Year 10 Government officials are working 6 to Change the Way Things Work. I Don’t Care Government officials are working 8 to Change the Way Things Work. Housing Trends The latest trends in housing are 12 changing the investing industry. Hyper Local Blogging How do we share our knowledge 16 and get people to find our blog. The Investment Game Just getting started with invest- ment rentals. Do you know what 18 you are doing? Every Issue 10 Benefits at a Glance 14 Membership 20 Investment Opportunities 22 December Member Training 23 December Meeting 24 Monthly Calendar Web Exclusive @ Check out our Website MAREInet.com Contact us by Phone Emerging 913-815-0111 Trends in Email US info@MAREInet.com Real Estate 2013 Join The Conversation MAREInet.com/Blog MAREInet.com/ Trends2013 Join Association MAREInet.com/MembershipPage 2 MAREInet.com
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Heading into Year Ten! Won’t you come along for the 2013 ride! Little did we know that December of 2003 that the brand draw to fill a training room, we will have it online. new company known as Mid-America Association of Real Here locally we are making some changes as well in re- Estate Investors would take off and be a major factor in the gards to training. We are looking at several options to Real Estate Investing Community in the mid-west. We get our local experts involved in training our new mem- were new and innovative then and now 9 years later, after bers. This allows the new members access to local, af- the great real estate boom and the bubble bursting we are fordable training so they learn the business the correct back in growth mode. way from the start. Plus by giving back, the advanced We have been a member of National REIA since the be- members gain customers to their business, visibility in ginning and have been winning awards for the past two the community, and the chance to perfect their skills. years for the tools and programs we use to connect with We have finally taken the step to add a 2nd monthly our members, educate our members, and to have our meeting. See later on in this issue information on our members take part in the community as a whole. very first meeting of MAREI KC North, to be held on Jan- So what’s on the horizon. Well in the past year we have uary 3rd at the North Kansas City Community Center. stepped up the game to become a Chapter Member of Na- This is specifically designed for our Northland Members tional REIA, which means we will have all the same great but is open to everyone. benefits and programs we have always had, like our Sher- We are still working on building up our mastermind or win Williams and Home Depot Discounts, Monthly Meet- subgroups. We would like to see 2013 bring a few more ings, and Week-End Events. With the new Chapter Pro- groups that are based on geographic area, like outlying gram in place we will have a lot of new great exclusives. areas around the metro as well as Lawrence, Topeka, Coming in 2013 for our members, be on the look out for a Wichita and Omaha. We would also like to add a group brand new mobile app just for Chapters Members of Na- for advanced investors, a womens group, a young per- tional REIA from The Home Depot. This app will be a sons group and possibly some groups based on topic. game changer or many Landlords and Remodelers as it These may be short lived 2 or 3 meeting groups or they will store your entire list of favorite products and allow you might meet monthly or weekly. Bring us your ideas, but to walk through each room on a project, take measure- remember with new groups comes the need for new ments , select products and produce a bid and purchase group leaders. list. This purchase list is then sent straight to the pro-desk As we head into our 10th year in 2013, we look forward to be priced out through the Volume Discount Pricing Pro- to working with our member community. We have a lot gram and for you to order and pay for on one of your ac- of great challenges facing us from the Political Advocacy counts that offers your 2% cash back. They are still in test- Stand Point as well as some great opportunities to con- ing mode, but it will be out in 2013. nect with our community and raise the professionalism of Coming in 2013 for our member, look for the new National the real estate investing community. I really hope you REIA University and a new Professional Housing Provider will enjoy 2013 at MAREI as much as we enjoy working Program. We have a core curriculum that all investors with you as a member. should be knowledgeable to earn a Professional Housing Make it a Great Year Provider Designation. But to get all the classes one might have to work over several years to get all the topics need- Kim Tucker ed a live training and some of the topic might be a bit less that exciting. So the solution is going to be National REIA University. While we will still have live meetings and train- How I did the deal will be back in January, sub- ing events, the online solution will fill in. So if you just mit your deals to info@MAREInet.com. Deals missed the live training on a topic, you will be able to find selected for publication will receive a $25 credit that topic online and not have to wait till it comes around again. Also for the topics that might not be a big enough on account to apply to trainign workshops.Page 6 MAREInet.com
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I Don’t Care MAREI’s Political Advocacy Committee Keeps You Informed! MAREInet.com/Current-Issues/As Real Estate Investors we often hear about an sure you know what the issues are, provide youissue in the media. Unless it directly affects your with information to make informed decisionspersonal business, we think “That’s not right, but it about those issues, and help you share yourreally does not directly affect me. So I really don’t thoughts and decisions with the correct officials.care.” We are here to tell you that if it affects the To that end we have a Political Advocacy Sectionreal estate industry, more often than not, it will on our website. We will send you Calls to Actionaffect all Americans in some way. Housing and Real on important issues via email and social media.Estate Issues affect the US economy and just Your responsibility as a member of our associa-about everything else in some capacity. tion is to stop and take action. Don’t stick yourOur next thought is “Ok, so it might be important, head in the sand and wait for someone else to dobut what can I do? “ Well individually, you can’t do something. It’s up to you to make your voicea whole heck of a lot as an average citizen. But as heard.a part of a large organization you have the a much When you do send your comments and opinionslarger impact. If we all think about how it will us, to officials, be sure to remind them that you are awrite out our thoughts, and share them with the citizen in their area. Next make sure they knowappropriate officials, we can collectively do some- you are a part of our larger associations, both Midthing. When we as an association of Real Estate -America Association of Real Estate Investors andprofessionals band together and make our voice National Real Estate Investor Association and anyheard, we can make changes to current laws and other associations you may be affiliated with.stop bad legislation or help draft legislation that is When they see similar messages coming from allmore favorable to our industry. of our members, they will take notice becauseOne of our key responsibilities here at Mid-America credible professionals are providing them input.Association of Real Estate Investors is to makePage 8 MAREInet.com
found the law to be very compli- primary one being the fact that CURRENT ISSUES cated, hard to understand, and when tenants do not pay theirMortgage Interest Deduction almost impossible to comply with water bill, the city is then takingand the Fiscal Cliff: By now reporting requirements. Because the bill to the Landlord. If andyou have seen the many media of the difficulties in compliance when the landlord starts receiv-reports concerning the “Fiscal and the fines and punishments ing bills, and request the cityCliff”. That if our legislators do for lack of compliance, most in- shut off water, the city is refusingnot get their own collective heads vestors in the state of Texas the shut off. The result beingout of the sand and start working have stopped offering Contract very huge water bills that contin-together, that rules and regula- for Deed. ue to grow, that end up going totions are going to have our econ- court and judgments being Remember the proposed MO lawomy, falling over the edge of the placed against the landlord or the is for all creative financing, sofiscal cliff. p r o p e r t y . ours will also affect Lease Op-Many of the media reports sug- tions. So unless we as investors We urge all of our memers whogest changes to the policy that live in the state of Missouri to speak out here in the state ofhas allowed homeowners to de- Missouri we may find ourselves take part and watch the situationduct mortgage interest payments closely. What happens in Kansas wih a similar law, which whenfrom their income tax. Some re- City could in turn bring about the combined with the Safe Act couldports point to an elimination of creation of a new bill in MO that severely limit and in some casesthis very valuable homeowner would not allow city owned mu- halt creative finance sales to de-deduction and others report to nicipalities from billing landlords serving homeowners who maylimiting the deduction. for unpaid tenant utilities. Bills not have found any other way to have been introduced regardingWe urge anyone who has not yet pursue the American Dream of this matter in the state of Mis-taken action on this issue to visit home ownership. souri several times over the pastour website to connect with their Halting or further limiting the few years, yet have not yetproper official. sale of homes in the state of Mis- passed. In taking with draftersMO H.B. 296: Contract for souri could hurt the very fragile of past bills, they feel it will takeDeed Act: MO Senator Shalonn housing recovery and economy of efforts like those of Landlord Le-‘Kiki’ Curls is soliciting comments the state. gal Fund against the Kansas Cityon a proposed bill designed to We urge all members to review Missouri Water Department asreform legislation regarding Con- the proposed legislation on our well as ultimately having the is-tracts for Deed as well as other site and we urge everyone from sue go all the way to the stateforms of creative financing. She the state of Missouri or from Supreme Court.is being assisted in this legisla- states that already have similar We urge our Missouri memberstion being designed to protect laws, to both comment on our to review the issue online andconsumers from predatory prac- site and to direct comments to send comments on the mattertices by Attorney Michael Duffy the drafters of this bill. not only to Kansas City Missouriwith MO Legal Aid. Billing Practices of the Kansas City and Water Department Offi-Similar laws have been enacted City Missouri Water Depart- cials if you live and work in Kan-in other states and this one is ment: Being championed by the sas City Missouri. Plus if you arebeing modeled after the law writ- Landlord Legal Fund a resident of Missouri, let yourten a few years ago in Texas. In (www.LandlordLegalFund.org), state officials know your thoughtsconversations with Texas Attor- Lanlords across Kansas City Mis- on the matter as well.neys and Investors, we have souri have hired an Attorney to See onlinefound that investors in that state fight several different issues, the MAREInet.com/current-issues Investment News Page 9
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Housing Trends With the increased number of cash buyers and the increased competition the time on the market for Researchers across the country are resales has gone down, prices in most cases have pointing to recent housing trends that gone up. According to CoreLogic, home prices are Real Estate Professionals have been about 5% higher over the past year. CoreLogic also noticing for most of the last 1/2 of 2012. reports that all sales, both non-distressed as well as distressed have been rising. The Center for Real Estate Research, part of REAL- If you look at numbers year to year pricing has TOR® University funded a study conducted by been up every month in 2012 since March. But Grant Ian Thrall, Ph.D., a professor at the Universi- keep in mind prices were not extremely high to ty of Florida, and Thomas Springer, professor of fi- begin with and about 20% of all sales are still dis- nance and real estate at Clemson University. tressed. So while things are improving, they still The study found that there all-cash becoming more have a long way to go. prevalent. Which investors have been seeing with When we go from a national view to our local re- more cash buyers for REO and distressed sales by gion, we see that foreclosures have almost gone investors as well as more cash buyers for owner away. From RealtyTrac we see Kansas went from a occupied homes. Here in Kansas City we have no- high of almost 200 foreclosure sales in June to just ticed this with more and more people pulling their 4 in October. Missouri had a high of almost 1200 cash out of the stock market and investing it in real sales in June to only 61 in October. Nebraska show estate. We have been seeing this both by private several different months with total foreclosure sales individuals as well as large hedge funds across the of about 120 to only 1 reported on RealtyTrac in nation. October. With the increase in the number of cash buyers, In a blog post from RealtyTrac, their president investors nationwide have seen increased competi- Daren Blomquist tells us that banks are holding tion for the purchase of investment homes. This is back REO inventory. He quotes the most recent creating HUGE opportunities for investors who can quarterly 10-Q SEC filing from Fannie Mae that secure turn key rental housing and other turn key found two items the show this trend. real estate investments for cash buyers with anx- ious money leaving the stock market. First there is a list of reasons that Fannie providesPage 12 MAREInet.com
that only 22 percent of it’s REO inventory is being The may also be holding back foreclosures so therelisted for sale. Second there is a phrase found sev- is not a massive glut of houses on the market thateral times in the report that goes something along would further depress prices and increase theirthe lines of “Managing our REO inventory to mini- losses. So to protect the prices of future homesmize cost and maximize sales.” This leads industry they plan to sell, they only let a limited supply goinsiders to believe that they are intentionally holding through the foreclosure and sales process.houses back from the market. So what does this mean for us as investors. If youSo why are they holding back? Remember that a rely on bank owned REOs for your property pur-lender does not realize the loss on the loan, at lease chases, you are paying more for them, if you canfrom the bean counters point of view is until they find one to purchase. Cash buyers are clamoringsell the house at a loss. So if they don’t foreclose for investment properties so if real estate investorsand sell the house at a loss, their books don’t show a can find a way to supply those homes throughloss yet, allowing them to value the asset higher un- wholesales, bulk purchases from banks, or fromtil it is foreclosed. This allows them to defer report- acquiring defaulted notes and obtaining propertiesing the loss. And what if Fannie and others like through the workout process, then there is a largethem defer and defer and defer. Or maybe take a opportunity for profit.large package of defaulted loans and sell them to a So when is a good time to invest in real estate?hedgefund. They will then realize a loss in a differ- Right now, is a highly lucrative time for the in-ent part of their P & L and save money by not having formed investor who knows how to take action.to complete a foreclosure or work out process. Cornerstone Foundation Repair Kansas Cities Real Estate Investor’s #1 Foundation Repair Contractor Steel Push to Bedrock Piers @ $850 ea Steel Wall Restraints Starting @ $180 ea Do the math. Your vacancy is costing you every day. Crack Injection @ $25 per foot Fill your vacancy faster and save money Sump Pumps @ $800 each with Rentals.com! We are proud to say that we have become real estate investors 1st call for major foundation Discounts for MAREI Members: repair issues. We offer 25 year and lifetime Receive 20% off all Regular transferable warranties for piering only. Priced Advertising. Log into Joe Williams Member’s Area, click on Member ConerstoneFoundationRepair@yahoo.com Discounts and look for MAREI’s Discount code! 913-220-5253 Ask about our Investor Pricing Investment News Page 13
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS To the premier trade association representing Kansas City Area Real Estate professionals MAREI continues its growth with a total of 312 members to-date. JOIN NOW (MAREInet.com/join) Renewing New Members Steve Burns: Shawnee Mission, KS (since 2005) Sylvia Gill: Kansas City, MO Sandra Deoring: Blue Springs, MO (since 2009) Thomas Gill: Kansas City, MO Walter Deoring: Blue Springs, MO (since 2009) David Heiman: Lone Jack, MO Kathleen Fitzgerald: Mexico, MO (since 2011) Don Hendrix: Topeka, KS Jason George: Oak Grove, MO (since 2011) Barry Hudson: Independence, MO Dan Goodwin: Overland Park, KS (since 2005) Sean Huang: Kansas City, MO Shelda Goodwin: Overland Park, KS (since 2005) Charise King: Raytown, MO Lauren Hruby: Kansas City, MO (since 2011) James Jackson: Independence, MO Joe Martin: Kansas City, MO (since 2009) Mark Jones: Shawnee, KS Scott Tucker: Kansas City, MO (since 2010) Doug Lorenz: Lee’s Summit, MO John Welchert: Lee’s Summit, MO (since 2005) Rebecca Lorenz: Lee’s Summit, Mo Randall Willbanks: Raytown, MO (since 2011) Kevin Rogers: Lee’s Summit, MO Alena Vanderwerf: Overland Park, KSPage 14 MAREInet.com
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Hyper Local Blogging Targeting your blog to specific “Hyper Local” Areas to Target a Specific Geographic Article provided by Real Estate and Internet Market- Niche with the Goal of Becoming a Trusted ing Expert Duncan Wierman Authority to Dominate the Market. When most people thinking of “real estate blogging” they naturally attract people who are fans of that community. think of posts like market updates, buyer and seller tips, These people can be active buyers, or will be one day. and way too many “featured” listings. Is your name on the tip of the tongue of all of your buy- The term “Hyper-Local Blogging” refers to the practice of ers? writing about topics beyond real estate that effect a 3) Be a True Expert greater percentage of a specific area. I more specifically define it as “Targetted and Consistent Blogging on a There is always blow-back against uses of the word Specific Geographic Niche with the Goal of Becoming the “expert”, “guru”, “pro”, etc. Buyers and Sellers no longer Trusted Authority and Dominating that Market in Your want a Jack-of-All-Trades-Master-of-None, they want Particular Field.” someone who knows everything about what they need help with; buying or selling a home in XYZ neighbor- While we’re identifying this technique as “blogging”, the hood! same principles can be achieved in other mediums. Face- book Fan Pages devoted to a local city, community, or 4) Search Engine Dominance neighborhood can also thrive when done correctly. There’s no doubt that ranking well in Google for Here are my top 4 arguments for why you should start “YOUR NICHE real estate” and “YOUR Niche homes incorporating hyper-local content into your toolbox. for sale” can increase your traffic, but how about ranking well for names of local businesses, parks, 1) Cast a Wider Net events, news, and just “YOUR NICHE”? Buyers are now more interested in the local news, Local interest content is also much more likely to events, and attractions in the area. I get phone calls and be shared across social networks, meaning greater emails telling me that they love my blog and have been exposure and the uncovering of even more people avid readers for some time now, and they want me to who are interested in your niche. Generating quali- find them a deal. ty, natural back-links to your site is one of the There is no competition because I have demonstrated my most helpful SEO practices that one can do to knowledge of not just the real estate market, but of the boost both traffic and search engine rankings, but area as well. I have been able to build a level of trust it is extremely difficult to do when all you are talk- with them through my writing all-the-while having never ing about is real estate. written a personalized message to them in my life. It is If, however, you fill your site with content about for this reason that I often recognize my blog as a “lead local news and events from and insightful, intelli- cultivator” instead of a “lead generator”. gent, humorous, and interesting content, then peo- 2) They’re Not Just Buying a Home ple are happy to send some business your way. In addition, local interest content is also much more People don’t just buy a home, they buy a neighborhood likely to be shared across social networks, meaning with a home in it that they like. Have you ever sold a greater exposure and the uncovering of even more home to someone that said they hate the neighborhood, people who are interested in your niche. but they just love the home? Not me! When you write about community news and events, youPage 16 MAREInet.com
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The Investment Game leave you besides more stress, extra weight and less hair? Do your homework on real estate but leave the property management up to the experts. Reprinted from the AZREIA Advantage. Please visit their website at AZREIA.org for more information. They do it everyday and are worth every penny. You don’t want that weekend call from your tenant that the air conditioner is out when you’re out on the lake “I’m finally in it,” says the savvy investor. I’m finally with your family. You don’t want to be standing in in the investment game! He just had his first prime- lines at the court house trying to file a judgment to time real estate transaction. He’s been thinking get your tenant out of your beautiful home. These about doing it for years. Finally with these prices, are all issues you shouldn’t even be considering. who can resist. His house is set to close next week. You need to be focusing on that next great real es- He wants to sit on it for awhile and let appreciation tate deal that is around every corner right now. and inflation do its work. Although if he can’t afford This is even more crucial if you are an out of state letting it just sit there, he should probably get a ten- investor. So many investors make the mistake that ant. Heck, with his low mortgage payment from his they can play this game from long distance. I don’t great deal, he might even cash flow with monthly want to tell you how many sad cases I have seen or rental income. That sounds like a great idea. The properties I have taken over that have been in this more he thinks about it, the more the swirling situation. It is never pretty and is always thousands thoughts hit him that he would need to worry about of dollars in lost mortgage payments, fix up costs, getting the home rent ready, marketing the property, and most importantly time. Few investors also real- showing the property, screening the tenant, writing ize that most states can fine owners for not having up the contract, moving the tenant into the property, an in state statutory agent representing them. doing all the ongoing maintenance, collecting the rent, praying he would never need to evict the ten- These fines can be as high as $1000. There are also ant, and this whole time being available non-stop for very specific laws that differ from state to state in any incoming calls or issues. Are you kidding me? regards to the Landlord Tenant Act and what your When will I have time to buy my second, third, or rights are as an owner and tenant. This is what I even fourth investment property? W hat a nightmare. mean when I say do your homework. Be smart and get in the investment game. At the end of the day we all want to be that savvy investor. The reason we fail is because we end up Just don’t already be losing before you even start taking on too much to save a buck. W here does that playing. Make a plan and then work the plan.Page 18 MAREInet.com
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DEMBER GIFT FOR MAREI MEMBERS There are three things that every Real Estate Investor must do . . . 1. Learn How to Put Together a Deal 2. Market Your Business 3. Fund Your Business For the month of December, MAREI would like to help their members with #3, Funding.While we have a packed library that will help you with all aspects of real estate investing, for theMonth of November we would like to feature two items found in MAREI’s Online Library: How to Get the Money You Need to Buy Property (Buy at Amazon $9.97) This is a 27 Chapter eBook that walks you through the steps that Real Estate Investor Alan Cowgill takes to find Private Lenders to fund his deals. Tax Free IRA Investing (Buy from Walter, full Course $297) This is a 10 Video Course with Workbooks from Self Directed IRA Real Estate Investing Expert Walter Wofford, we have the first 5 beginner sections. The next 5 more advanced topics can be purchased.So where can you find this great information? Go to www.MAREInet.com/members-only/training/ You will need to log into the system This is a $160 value, way more than the cost of membership!
MAREI’s December Meeting December Event! Special Guests Monthly Meeting Dan Goodwin Scott Ficinus Deb Felderhoff We have a wealth of knowledge in our MAREI membership andLocation: in December we have invited some of our top experts to share some of that knowledge with you. So be sure to attend, readyCareer Education Systems to take notes and get some very useful information.Ward Parkway Shopping Center Top Three Phone Aps: Dan Goodwin will be sharing his topTop Floor three aps that we can all implement on our smart phone and or8600 Ward Parkway computer, tablet etc.Kansas City, MO Top Three Real Estate Industry Trends: Scott Ficinus is going to be sharing part of a presentation that outlines some of the topTimes: trends right now in the Real Estate Industry. Top Three Mistakes New Investors Make: Deb Felderhoff isTuesday December 11 going to be sharing the Top Three Mistakes that she sees many6pm to 9pm new investors making.Agenda for Tuesday December 11 Cost5:30 pm — Pre-Meeting & Set Up Investor Member—No Charge5:50 pm — Orientation Business Member—No Charge6:00 pm — Networking & Vendor Hall (reserve vendor table) Internet Member—Guest Fee7:00 pm — Speed Networking7:15 pm — Presentation: Top Three from Three Guest Fee with Dan Goodwin, Scott Ficinus and Deb Felderhoff $25 Per Person at the Door8:30 pm — Wrap Up and One on One Q & A $15 Per Person on Web9:00pm — Meeting Ends Go to MAREInet.com/December Register for this meeting NOW! All Guest Fees Paid will MAREInet.com/December Be credited toward membership when you join at the Meeting.
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