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20 Jan

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Investors that buy houses in Minneapolis

January 20, 2015 | By |

Investors that buy houses in Minneapolis

Many of our website visitors are looking for turn key rentals for sale in Minneapolis, however most don’t know that we are also investors that buy houses in Minneapolis.

Just as there are buy and sell sides to most businesses, ours is no different, we have to source our turn key rentals from somewhere!

As investors, we are always looking for those distressed properties for sale that will be a win-win agreement for both parties.  When purchasing homes, we do extensive due diligence to make sure that both sides come out on top and our investors receive only the best turn key rental properties.

If you’d like to sell your Minneapolis home, please don’t hesitate to head over to www.webuyhousesmn.com and submit your information so that we can contact you with a quote.

Our team is very quick to provide a quote and won’t waste your time.

Hopefully this update serves you well!

The Turn Key Rental .Net Team

11 Nov

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Investing in Rental Property: You Don’t have to do it Alone

November 11, 2014 | By |

Investing in rental property often offers another outlet for investors to see rapid and steady returns. However, rental property can be the best thing investors have ever experienced or a nightmare. Most investors feel overwhelmed when faced with the thought of managing their new rental property alone. In other circumstances current rental property owners may be frustrated with their current tenants and could be ready to avoid rental property in the future. If you’ve been thinking of investing in properly and renting it out you may be overwhelmed with the many options available to you. You may also be worried about collecting rent or rehabbing your property to the best standards. If this is your situation you may want to look into turnkey solutions to help you reach your goals.

When you first think of rental property you will likely envision a traditional system of property management where you will be completely alone in finding or managing your property. Your first challenge will be to find a property that will be suitable for repair and rental soon. If you want to find a property on your own you’ll need to search through the internet, newspapers, and possibly even partner with a local real estate agent. Even if you partner with an agent in your area a traditional realtor may not be able to help you find the best property for you.

After purchasing your property alone you’re going to need to rehab it to the best standards to get the best tenants.  This will certainly require cleaning and it may even require repairs. If you chose the wrong property you may end up putting more into the repairs than you’d like. However, repairs are essential to the upkeep of your property and for the safety of your tenants. To have repairs performed you’ll have to either find a local contractor by searching around in your area or do the repairs yourself.

After rehabbing your property you’ll also need to place some tenants to get your investment to produce a steady return. This may be difficult for an owner to do alone. Placing tenants alone may lead to unpaid rent, property damage, or other undesired results. You can choose to have a realtor assist you with some aspects of property management, but this may not be a total package. You will need to look around for a property manager in your area as well to assist you with these tasks for your rental property.

In the end there’s no reason to invest in rental property alone. Turnkey Rentals has many solutions to help you invest in property while maintaining a full time job. We also help you to have a hands off investing experience if you want to or you can be involved as well if you like. So give our friendly agents a call today or visit us at turnkeyrentals.com for more information on purchasing your next rental property. Let us help you find the perfect property today and give you peace of mind with complete property management solutions.

22 Oct

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Property Investment: Beyond the Stock Market

October 22, 2014 | By |

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Property investment

It seems to be the hot topic these days among investors, but what’s it really all about? We’ve all heard of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. These are traditional investing tools that most if not all investors have been using for the past decades. Property investment has been around for a while as well, in fact longer than the stock exchange itself, but it doesn’t often get the exposure it deserves. This is a great steady way to get the return on investment that you’ve always wanted in a traditional market.

Many investors are looking to diversify their portfolio, but they aren’t sure what the next step might be. Even investors with multiple accounts, lots of stock, and a growing retirement fund can stand to gain a good profit from property investment. Although, many investors are nervous to take the plunge into the world of property management or the realty market, especially after recent downturns in the market. Yet we’ve been managing properties while helping professionals like you invest in real estate since 2007 and throughout the housing crisis with wonderful results.

Today however the market is looking better than ever and real estate investment has increased steadily over the past couple of years. In fact now is a wonderful time to begin your property investment with turnkey rental properties. There are many great resources and options on the market today for beginner or expert investors as well. Turn key rental properties are very lucrative and will give you a steady return on your investment. Later if you want to sell your property it will give you a great final return as well on your initial investment. However many investors worry about placing renters and refurbishing the property that they purchase.

Turn Key Rentals has revolutionized the market for turnkey rental investing. We handle all of the details to make your property investment a snap. You won’t have to worry about rent collection, rehabbing property, or placing your next renters. When you buy with us we rehab your property and place renters quickly to give you the steady investment income that you’ve been looking for. This allows our investors to have a totally hands off experience, but investors can be involved in the management of their property as well if they desire to do so. It’s your choice and we work with our investors to help them have the best experience possible.

We know your time is valuable and many of our investors are professionals with work and family obligations. Please don’t think that this will prevent you from becoming a property investor. We can help you find just the property to suit your needs and have your investment producing a great return in no time. If you’ve been thinking of property investment give us a call today. Our friendly agents will be glad to tell you more about the world of turnkey rentals. See the difference with Turnkey Rentals today!

17 Oct

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Property Management – A definition

October 17, 2014 | By |

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Property management

Property management and property investing have been getting quite a lot of attention in the past few years. With the housing crisis that began in 2007 many homeowners were forced to sell their homes or homes were foreclosed. Foreclosed homes often sold for far less that they normally would have.  This allowed banks to recoup the value of the property and satisfy the loan that they had given the buyer. In all of this emerged a group of property investors that is now stronger than ever since the market is gaining momentum. However some of these investors gained a great deal of low-priced property during the downturn and have been leasing it for a great monthly profit.

With all of this comes the need for property management. If you own a piece of property with a home it will inevitably need upkeep. If it sits empty someone will have to mow the lawn and perform basic maintenance tasks to prevent a loss of value or damages. Other concerns such as property tax and homeowners insurance should be addressed as well. Property taxes will be a yearly requirement for property owners and may be required in either county or city levels. Property or homeowners insurance is also very important to protect your property from unforeseen events such as fire, floods, storm damage, etc… This can be setup in several different ways so it’s best to consult a local insurance agent for more information about plans or policies for your property.

A property investor does not want their property to sit empty. Rent from your property will provide a steady stream of income for you and your family. This is a passive return on the investment that you’ve made. Most property owners will need to advertise with local sources or on the internet to find someone to lease their property. Then there is the problem of liability for damages, unsuitable renters, and late rent. So this area of property management may be quite off putting to investors, but it doesn’t have to be.

At Turnkey Rentals we make property management so easy that investors don’t have to do a thing except watch for their check to arrive. When an investor comes to us we help them find the best properties at the best values to purchase without aggressive sales tactics. Once the property has been purchased we will take care of all of the rehab needs and be sure that work is done to the highest of standards. So when the property is ready we can lease it as soon as we find suitable tenants for you. You can live in a different state and trust that your rental is generating wealth.  We understand that our investors have other commitments and that their time is valuable. If you’ve been thinking of property investment get in touch with our friendly agents to see how our hands off property management approach can make all the difference in your investment. Email info@turnkeyrental.net for more information.

06 Oct

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Automated rent collection

October 6, 2014 | By |

When you own rental properties, one of the many thorns in your side can be collecting rent payments.  Unless you have a management company that does this for you, the time to retrieve the rent check, walk or drive to the bank, and then drive back begins to compound even after only a few months.  Wouldn’t it be excellent to automate this process?  Below we recommend 3 different companies that provide automated rent collection.  For a small fee (probably much lower than your time is worth), they handle all rental payment processing, getting you one step closer to a turnkey investment!

1. Rent Monitor – Cost: $3/transaction

Rent Monitor has one of the cleanest looking designs we’ve seen in awhile and with its super simple pricing strategy, we think that this would be the best choice for those just starting off with rental properties.

2. Chase Quickpay – Cost: Free (With an account)

3. RentMonitor – Cost: $9.95/month for up to 10 tenants

Now that you have the information, try them for free!  RentMonitor offers a free trial so that you can see just how easy it will be to transition your tenants from handwritten mailed checks to direct deposit.

Let us know what you find and feel free to comment below with any questions on automating your rental property!

28 Apr

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Residential Real Estate Investors: A Message

April 28, 2014 | By |

Residential Real Estate Investors: A Call

A Call to Residential Real Estate Investors

We want to sell 100 turnkey rental properties to residential real estate investors by the end of 2014.

Currently, we’re at about half that capacity.  We’re growing rapidly and setting up more efficient systems everyday to handle the number of homes we put offers on, those we actually purchase, and those we rehab.

Almost all of our customers are repeat customers: doctors, lawyers, dentists, bankers, hedge funds – they all see the value in purchasing turnkey real estate assets at a fair price.  They know that investing with us provides a win for both sides.  We’re not trying to make the largest profit on one house – we’d much rather take a hit and have you as a customer for life.

Speaking of, a large aspect of our business is trust.  We find that a good indicator of trust is how often you receive repeat business.  The fact that 90% of our investors buy from us more than once gives us a great feeling.

These residential real estate investors see the value in an investment with us – call us at 612-424-0509 or email info@turnkeyrental.net to learn how you can begin investing in residential real estate.

Thanks!

The Team at TurnKeyRentals.net

15 Feb

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Your first rental property

February 15, 2014 | By |

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Pitfalls and recommendations for your first rental property

The first rental property for anyone is an exciting (and potentially terrifying) experience.  With so much new knowledge coming at you from all directions, many can feel overwhelmed.  But we’re going to use this post to prepare you for owning your first rental property.

First off, it can be confusing where to start looking for information on buying your first rental for profit.  There is so much garbage information online and even in books that it seems overwhelming just to sift through all of it and know where to begin.  We’d recommend finding an investor in your area that has been through the process before and seeking them out as a mentor.  Usually for a reduced fee ($1k-$4k), they’d be happy to help you find what you’re looking for.  This is what they do for a living, so expect to pay them for it, but in the long run this will be a small price to pay for their expertise.  Based on what your short and long term goals for investing in real estate are, they can guide you towards a specific market, type of property, and cost.  You’ll want to start chatting with them early on, even before you have all of your money saved, so that you know what you’re working towards.

Secondly, you should decide how much of the work you want to take on.  If you have a full time job already, there may not be much time left to take care of the rehab, tenant placement, and management of a rental property.  If however you want to make this your job, then by all means, find the cheapest place you can and put in sweat equity.  For most individuals, this investment is something they’d like to be passive.  Think about how much money you make per hour, then decide if it’s worth your time to paint a house (median cost of $17/hr) when you are making $30/hr or more.  You’ll probably decide to stick with your job and subcontract all the rehab and management.  The good thing is that with an experienced investor on your side, the outsourcing of these different items should be a breeze – that’s what much of their fee goes to: managing the rehab and tenant placement for your property.  So really, it’s easy 😉

Finally, there is the issue of money.  Everyone sees other investors making money on property (sometimes even their first rental property!) and thinks its easy to do the same.  However, many of these investors have been buying and selling (or holding) for years.  Look at it this way:  If I save $100k and buy a house outright, I’ll probably make around $900/month on rent right away – this is pretty good, and if we could just replicate that 5 times, we’d be making a decent income on our rental properties.  However, that means we have to start with $500k…probably not very plausbile for the investor just starting out.  More plausible is that we have $20k saved up and will have to take out a mortgage on our first property.  Then every month, most of the rent goes to pay the mortgage, some to pay the management company, and a bit more for incidentals.  This leaves us with a very small profit until we pay off the house (probably in 15 years or so).  The best way to begin making money quickly is to flip these houses.  So we put in $20k, mortgage the house, rehab it, and then sell it for $25k more.  After expenses, we should net around $8k-10k, even after the fee to our investor mentor.  This process takes about 3-4 months, so each your we can grow our bankroll by $25k or more.

Hopefully this post gives you a better idea of how to start investing in property.  We’d be happy to act as your seasoned mentor, or find someone in your area that would.  Let us know!

09 May

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Saving money for real estate investing

May 9, 2013 | By |

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How saving money for real estate investing affects your future net worth

We hear a lot about building equity in an asset (whether that’s a stock, property, or bond), but that can be a vague term for many.  I like to think of it as dedicating a resource to something in order to watch it grow.  At the most basic form, we dedicate our time into pursuits that we value.  Many times this is referred to as “sweat equity,” since we are trading our time and effort for something that will be of much greater value later on.  By leaving your money in a savings account or under the mattress instead of saving money for real estate investing, you are missing out on a great opportunity to create passive income.  This money could be the “sweat” or effort that is put behind a project.  Instead of building something to sell, you are using your money to house renters that will continually pay you more than what you put into the investment.  In an abstract way, it makes no sense to put money into a savings account when you could invest in real estate.  Your money is still relatively unavailable, it is still being used to pay for something, and its value continually decreases (as national interest rates rise).  A final metaphor could be that of a garden.  Those who save plant a few seeds and watch a few grow.  Those who invest in rental property plant as many seeds as they can and likewise see many of them flourish.

One of the largest benefits of real estate investing is the knowledge gained.  Filling out loan forms, rental agreements, and tax sheets will teach you more about the ins and outs of real estate than any book ever could.  It will showcase why it is sometimes so challenging to get a deal done and why real estate agents act as they do.  These experiences will prepare you for many different struggles to come.

The important part about saving money for real estate investing is knowing when your savings is large enough to put to use.  The large amount of money needed to get into real estate investing is a double edged sword.  On one side, this keeps the competition low from other would-be investors, but on the other, one must save a somewhat large amount even to put a down payment on a house.

Our recommendation in regards to saving money for real estate investing would be to have enough for the downpayment and any peripheral costs that could arise on your first property.  A good rule of thumb is to save the downpayment + $5000.  This means that if you need a new furnace or roof on the house, it’s no sweat, you can dip into this safety net.  Even though this seems like a large amount, you’ll feel much more comfortable in your investment by preparing for the worst.

In summary, try to push yourself to save up for your first property.  Your money will go much further in real estate than in a savings account.  You will build equity, while learning about the market, and collecting rent checks.  Do your future self a favor and save money for real estate investing rather than saving money under your mattress.

17 Mar

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Three Real Estate Investment Mistakes to Avoid

March 17, 2013 | By |

Turn key property solutions have become very popular in recent times. Most investors or people who have not been into property investment for a long time look at turn key property solutions for passive real estate income. Owning a passive rental property is a good way to make some substantial money and also a worthwhile investment choice but like any other investment, there are some mistakes that you should never commit.

There are many ways to succeed with your turn key property and similarly there are many ways to fail as well. Here are the three real estate investment mistakes to avoid.

Spending Money Before You Have It

Turn key property is a lucrative opportunity for all and sundry. There is not much that has to be done and moreover the solutions seem to take care of the nitty-gritty which takes the entire onus off from the shoulders of the investor. People who are not entirely into property investment and only look at passive real estate income often tend to miss out on a very basic rule of financial planning and management. Never spend money before you have it. There would be many aspects that will demand certain expenses but you should not indulge in them before you start to make some handsome passive rental property income.

Taking On Too Much Debt

Debt is unavoidable if you are an investor. You may not be completely overburdened or snowed under debt but most investors would put in only a part of the entire investment from their own pocket. While having loans and debts are acceptable, too much of debt is not advisable. If you keep on piling too much debt then one failure with any one passive rental property at some stage will pull everything down because the debt would be unmanageable.

Placing A Bad Tenant

Never place a bad tenant. This is the golden rule for any passive rental property owner. Making low passive real estate income is not even half as bad as placing a bad tenant. Your entire turn key property investment can become a nightmare with a tenant that doesn’t pay rent on time or incites disputes and takes you to court. There are chances that your passive rental property or turn key property may be vacant and not rented at times but that is better than having a bad tenant.

12 Feb

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Making Money with a Cash Flowing Rental Property

February 12, 2013 | By |

Performing a cash flow analysis is critical when considering a large financial investment like a real estate rental property. The idea is simple enough; as with any business, the goal is to create more income than debt. The trick is to balance monthly maintenance costs and bills with profits to create a positive cash flowing rental property.

A wide variety of factors influence cash flow, though one of the biggest is the nature of the surrounding area. Lower housing prices generally mean positive cash flow but there is no universal one size fits all type of investment. Before looking at any property, take the time to do a thorough rental property investment analysis. Consider factors such as rent price, tenant utilization (how often the property is unoccupied), utility bills, repairs, and applicable taxes on the property.

The right rental property can be an ideal passive real estate investment requiring little time on your part. Of course, even a good cash flowing rental property will still take up your time and could be as demanding as any job you’ve ever had. Are you prepared to be a landlord? Be sure to learn as much as possible about the previous owner’s repairs: How much did they spend per year? What areas or appliances seem to need the most work? Will anything need replacing soon?

Establishing a cash flow real estate sometimes means having to make money off of a rental property or building even when it is unoccupied. It’s not ideal but must be considered. Research tenant utilization and be sure to factor vacancy and non-payment as risks based on previous trends and any data you can gather from other nearby buildings in a similar price range.

Averaging out past utility bills (including peak seasons during summer and winter) will be informative. In some cases, it may be wise to include some or all utilities in the monthly rent or it may be better pay the utilities yourself and divide the bill up among occupants.

The formula to establish a cash flowing rental is fairly straightforward:
Rent income – Vacancy Loss – Payments – Expenses = Cash Flow

Juggling the reality of these costs, however, is tougher than determining them on paper. Ample research is crucial to making the right investment for your budget and preferred management style. Maintaining a cash flowing rental property means being flexible and reevaluating each of these costs and profits on a regular basis.

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