Family Office Review, a media company that serves very high net worth investors and their professional advisers, has published an interview with Arixa Capital founder Jan Brzeski. In the article, Jan describes why many established investment companies have turned their attention to investing in single family housing, and explains how Arixa became involved in this market. To access the full article, click here.
Arixa Capital has released a new white paper focused on the U.S. housing market and single family homes as an asset class for investors to consider. The white paper is based on Arixa's concrete experience investing in this area in recent years, working with local operators who buy properties in a specific geographic area, renovate them, and either lease the homes or resell them.
The white paper explains various ways that investors can gain exposure to this asset class, which Warren Buffett recently endorsed as underpriced and attractive. The author explains the advantages and disadvantages of various investment strategies for both active and passive investors.
The white paper also explains that the activity of thousands of local operators is already helping to work through the backlog of foreclosed homes. Attracted by appealing profits, local operators will help the housing market to heal over the next several years. Policies that aim to solve the problem on a mass scale are neither needed nor advisable.
For a copy of our white paper, please click here.
This podcast outlines a recent loan we originated, secured by a strip shopping center located in Ohio. This loan was compelling based on the income of the property. The attractive income outweighed the negative factor of the property being far from our office.
Jan published a new article on Seeking Alpha last week, entitled "Apartments‚ÄîA Contrarian View." The article analyzes a recent prediction by Moody's Investor Services that apartment values will increase substantially in the next few years. While Jan is not bearish on apartment values, he believes that the projections reveal a substantial misunderstanding of the market and that the projections are very unlikely to prove accurate. To read the article, please click here.
This podcast explains briefly how to look at income property investing, and specifically, how to think about the value of apartments, shopping centers and industrial buildings. Coming up with a good estimate of the property's projected cash flow is the the key to understanding the risk of investing in a trust deed secured by that property.
This podcast addresses problems that can come up when investing in real estate loans. The most common problem is a default, but other problems include natural hazards, fire and bankruptcy by the borrower, to name a few. All of these issues can be mitigated with property structuring, however many investors are afraid of having to deal with these types of issues, which helps explain why investors in real estate loans get paid well for the amount of risk they take.
This article details that house prices continue to drop in the U.S., down 3% in the past year on average. Standard Capital is a bridge lender to builders who buy homes from banks and rehabilitate the homes before re-selling them for a profit to families that occupy the houses. The drop in home values means lower profits for our borrowers. We see affordability becoming attractive which should help create a floor for home values even as prices continue to ease in the next 12 months or so. In our view, as long as the Federal government continues its policy of providing low-cost mortgages, the market is unlikely to drop dramatically from current values. Click here to access the article on the Wall Street Journal website. -or- To access a PDF of the article, please click here: WSJ_Home Market Takes a Tumble
We take education seriously at Arixa Capital we pride ourselves not only on being capable real estate investors, but also on being able to explain what we do and how we do it effectively to a wide variety of audiences. We do not advertise but we do look for opportunities to share our knowledge and expertise to groups of individuals who have a reason to be interested in real estate investment. If you have a speaking opportunity that would be suitable for us, we would like to hear from you.
This podcast gets to the heart of what outcomes the trust deed investor must be prepared for. There are two main outcomes: (1) get paid back, on time, with interest; and (2) borrower fails to perform, in which case there is a default and lender pursues a foreclosure to protect lender's interests. Within this second outcome, there are two sub-paths: (2a) foreclosure auction takes place, and the lender is outbid by another investor, in which case the lender gets paid back, with interest and reimbursement of attorney's fees; or (2b) lender is the highest bidder at the foreclosure sale in which case lender owns the property after the foreclosure sale. Lender can then hire a broker to sell the property. If the loan wasn't excessively large relative to the value of the property, lender should ultimately get his or her money back, with an attractive return, to compensate for the hassle and work involved in foreclosing and having to hire a broker and sell the property.
Please watch our blog as we will be posting one new podcast roughly every week. There will be about 30 podcasts total in this series. If you are interested in learning more about what we do, give us a call at 310-905-3050.
This podcast addresses the maturity of both commercial and residential bridge loans. The maturity is the length of time that the loan can be outstanding before it must be repaid. The range of maturities is 6 months to three years, depending on product type.
Investors need to be very mindful of maturity because the lender generally cannot accelerate the repayment of a loan. If the lender needs liquidity prior to a loan being repaid, the only option is to sell the loan which might require some discounting as an inducement to other investors. Of course there is no guarantee that a loan will be repaid on its maturity date.
The investor needs to be prepared to foreclose on any loan if necessary, and subsequently sell the underlying property to recoup principal and interest, which generally would add six to 12 months to the investment time horizon on top of the maturity of the loan.
To all who registered for and/or attended our event last week, thank you for coming. If you were able to attend, we hope you found it valuable.
With more than 230 people present, it was our largest event yet. We held our first event six years ago and it has grown organically ever since. The unique value proposition for this event series is the high quality networking and educational opportunity combined with the very low registration fee ($15 for pre-registration or $20 at the door). The fact that beer, wine and appetizers are included in the price is also popular with participants.
For those of you who were unable to attend, or would simply like to listen to the discussion again, the UCLA Ziman Center was kind enough to record the event this year. We plan to post this video within the next week, so please check back on this blog for that link.
If you have suggestions for making the event even better next year, or would like to reach us for any other reason, we would love to hear from you. Please email Kari Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What we saw: A tired-looking shopping center on a 50,000 car-per-day intersection in booming Northwest Bakersfield. We purchased the property at approximately $150 per sq ft, well below replacement cost and the sales prices of similarly-located shopping centers before and since. The property has delivered steady cash flow since acquisition and has strong long-term potential given its excellent location.
What we saw: A 46-acre commercially-zoned parcel located within the City limits of the rapidly growing town of Shafter, California. The site is bordered by State Highway 46 and Santa Fe Way, a busy county road leading back to West Bakersfield. The property generates solid cash flow and will eventually be redeveloped into a shopping center.