Sun and Sea Villas Boutique Hotel Changes Hands

Lauderdale-By-the-Sea, FL- March 21 – Rick Tobin of Premier Hotel Realty announced today that Sun and Sea Villas, a 9 unit hotel, was sold Friday March 15th to a buyer from North Carolina, for $1,990,000. Sun and Sea Villas is located at 4512 Bougainvillea Drive, one block from the beautiful Atlantic Ocean and 2 blocks north of Lauderdale by the Sea’s bustling downtown.

Sun and Sea Villas has been a favorite of seasonal travelers because of its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and to Lauderdale-by-the-Sea’s popular beach area, downtown shops and restaurants. The pet-friendly property also offers access to a public park across the street with tennis courts, basketball courts, a playground and a dog walk.

The seller sought out the help of Premier Hotel Realty to market the property both locally and internationally to buyers who would appreciate the increasing values, great weather and economic and political stability of this seaside community.

Rick Tobin, Broker for Premier Hotel Realty and a Director of the Greater Pompano Beach and Lauderdale by the Sea Chambers of Commerce said, “We saw massive interest from both local and foreign buyers looking for a South Florida beach-area resort. Investors from around the world are noticing the long term value of the area. This is one of the many recent hotel sales that I’ve been involved in. I’m honored to be playing a part, not only in helping these sellers move on to new goals, but also to be bringing new owners to the area. I only wish I had more properties for eager buyers.”

About Premier Hotel Realty

Premier Hotel Realty, led by Broker, Rick Tobin, is based in Pompano Beach, Florida and globally markets a wide variety of commercial properties. Premier has been advising on hotel and other commercial transactions in South Florida’s beach communities. Tobin also markets local apartment buildings, industrial properties and other types of commercial real estate, often marketing to investors from around the world, recently including Canada, Sweden, the Ukraine, Denmark, Israel and various countries in South America.

For more information contact Premier at



Meet Your Creative Financing Experts Rebecca Rice & Jim Beam

By Sandy Fox

Our 5th Annual Los Angeles Real Estate Investors’ Expo will feature some remarkable experts. On that day, we will spotlight Rebecca Rice and Jim Beam, industry leaders in a little-known financial area. They’ve perfected a way to turn a unique and specific kind of life insurance policy into a reservoir of money you can use to simplify your real estate investing. More than that, the strategy actually compounds and increases the ROI on your investments.

A Financial Vehicle That Compounds Your Investments

When you hear from Rice and Beam you’ll find a financial vehicle beyond what most investors use. Typically investors turn to cash, mortgages, private lending or a combination of the above. Each has its own costs and limitations.

Beam, who started as a real estate investor in Florida said, “We worked awfully hard to make our money. And it seemed like someone was always standing there at the end of the day with their hand out to take our money. Closing costs, fees, taxes, interest rates.” He felt there had to be a better way.

His search led him to Rice and her specially constructed policies. He learned a way that he could:

Keep his money safe and private

Borrow money at low cost or net-zero cost

Avoid credit checks and bank approval for loans

Gain tax-free retirement income

Loan his business money and save on taxes

Pay off debt faster

Create an emergency fund that earned interest four times higher than most banks pay

He now helps other real estate investors learn how to take advantage of this system. This type of insurance policy is not new. It’s has been around for centuries and is tried and tested. Currently banks, businesses, and high net worth individuals use it to preserve and grow their money. But Rice and Beam offer a unique structure that makes it a powerful tool for even the small real estate investor.


Rice discovered Nelson Nash’s book, “Becoming Your Own Banker,” over 25 years ago. She recognized the revolutionary technique and became a protégé of Nash, building on his philosophy with concrete action plans.

It became her passion to help as many people as possible. “I help people see how money really works in the economy. It’s often not the way you think it does,” Rice says. “I love to show my clients how to reduce their debt in an extremely short period of time — faster than they ever thought possible.”

Through the years she’s structured Living Benefit policies for people from 21 to 93 years old. “Each is unique,” Rice says. “I’ve helped people profit who could only start with $100 a month. And I’ve worked with people who wanted to contribute a million dollars a year. Whatever your income or investment goals, you can use this to take control of your money and grow it faster and safer.”

Rice’s passion and dedication to her clients made her extremely successful. She became the first woman to be the top-performing agent at Mutual Trust. Then she went on to break the glass ceiling at Massachusetts Mutual as the first woman in its 170-year history to become the top life producer. She is also one of only three policy agents endorsed by the Palm Beach Letter, a financial newsletter.

Because she has written thousands of policies—and uses many of them herself — she knows every nuance of how to structure it to benefit you.


On the owner’s side, a policy looks deceptively simple and is easy to use. But the creative side takes an act of genius to give you all the benefits and advantages necessary to use it effectively in your business and investing.

Rice always learns what her client’s goals are. Then she tailors a Living Benefits policy specifically to meet those goals. Some want a pool of money to run their business. Others need free access to money for real estate investing or hard money lending. And some have their top goal to safeguard their wealth and transfer it to the next generation.

It’s possible to accomplish all those goals without invading lifestyle money,” Rice says. Lifestyle money is what you live on after paying your bills and Uncle Sam. Rice’s brilliance is that she frees up money for you to invest from other sources. Often it’s from the debt payments you are already making.


“The simplest way to use your Living Benefits policy is with hard money lending,” Beam says. “There are hundreds and hundreds of folks out there who are in need of hard money lending.” Beam works through organizations that send out leads for people who want to borrow the amount of money you have to invest —whether that’s $10,000 or $150,000 or more.

And the Living Benefits policy creates a vehicle to amplify the investment. “You borrow against your policy at 5% and you put it out on the street to go to work at 10% or 12% plus points,” Beam says. “But you’re still earning 5% on those same dollars within in your policy! Wow, what a platform to work from!”

Beam’s strength is that he can guide real estate investors in the best ways to take advantage of this platform for their specific goals.

There are a number of ways to take advantage of the policy. One of their clients buys HUD houses to rehab and rent.

Although her Living Benefits policy is only a few years old, she’s been able to use money from her policy to cut costs and increase returns.

Used for a down payment for a conventional loan and saved the cost of mortgage insurance

Used for repair costs on the house and avoided the expense and effort of a construction loan

Kept an “emergency fund” that earns 5% or so on that money instead of a bank’s pitiful near zero rate

Used a regional bank for a 5 year balloon loan with much lower loan origination costs and interest rates. She can do that because this system pays off the bank loan in just a few years—well before the balloon kicks in and interest rates rise

The client says, “The best part is that I end up with a house AND all the money that would have gone to mortgage payments!”

Can This Work For You?

You can learn more about investing in real estate using a Living Benefits policy when you attend national Realty411 events where Rice and Beam will be featured speakers. Plus, look for future issues with articles explaining in more depth how to increase your real estate returns using a Living Benefit policy.

Learn more with Rebecca Rice’s book, “Multiply Your Wealth: Essential Secrets for Financial Freedom.” Contact her directly (501) 868-3434 or online at – You can connect with Jim Beam at (239) 591-3781 or email:


Two of the Best Tactical Minds in Investment Property Financing Team Up

By Time Houghten

The new Bighaus-Chapman mortgage alliance offers a new capital partner for real estate investors navigating financial purgatory.

Merging two SNMC branches together, these mortgage masters offer a stark contrast that stands out on the investment property financing landscape. This strategic alliance unites two of the best tactical minds currently available in the mortgage business, with the backing of one of the largest and fastest-growing mortgage lenders in the U.S. And, intelligent investors are finding an interesting match in leveraging a business partnership that packs a ton of value.


Steve Bighaus, Security National Mortgage Company Branch Manager, says that the new underwriting inquisition is here to stay. And it could get worse!

Whether it is new appraisal systems that have been created to generate additional revenues for other providers, or demanding a written, verified, and quality controlled ‘confession’ of your life’s deeds, there is a new status quo in underwriting. While in some ways it has become easier to qualify for a loan on the surface, getting from loan application to closing may take an army of 300 Spartans guiding you home with sharp spears and over-sized shields. So while CoreLogic reports there are still some almost 15 million underwater and “under-equitied” homes in America, in addition to a fresh batch of foreclosures in 2015, real estate investors still need a fearless and wise guide to unlock the potential out there, and optimize financial leverage.


Merging two SNMC branches together these mort-gage masters offer a stark contrast, one that stands out on the investment property financing landscape. They are instantly recognizable, have a very unique style, and yet perhaps most notable is the fact that they have been in the mortgage business for longer than anyone else you’ll probably ever meet. They have both been in the financial industry since well before 2000, which gives them a veritably unrivaled edge in experience in an industry where it is hard to meet anyone that started before 2008. But it is often their mental agility, and refreshing commitment as long-term business partners to their investor clients that make them highly-prized assets.


To not just survive this long in the mortgage industry, but thrive and grow, and have investor clients coming back for dozens of transactions as they grow their income property portfolios, requires a mind that plays on a whole other level than the thousands that have fallen into the abyss.

In fact, there is no question that more real estate investors would have survived and thrived in the last couple of decades if they had paid more attention to how those they chose to do business with kept themselves sharp. Steve Bighaus, who runs operations in Washington state, says he is religious about hitting the gym, as well expanding his love of music from the drums to learning the vibraphone, and experimenting with jazz improvisation. Aaron Chapman who heads up the Mesa, Ariz., office survived a crushing motorcycle accident in 2008, yet continues to volunteer with the local Sheriff’s Office Volunteer rescue unit. His specialties include technical-high angle, off-road rescue & extrication, as well as being a member of their elite six-man helicopter rappel team.

These are battle-hardened warrior financiers and tacticians that know how to help investors strategize to stay ahead of the game, assess and successfully navigate calculated risks, and win the long race.


The Bighaus-Chapman mortgage team offers intelligent property investors a specialized team to aid in optimizing and growing their portfolios, to hit their individual goals, no matter whether that is having un-limited money to make it rain, or fulfilling philanthropic aspirations.

Aaron explains: “The business is evolving to need specialists. If one hits their head and has complications as a result, they don’t have the family general practitioner perform brain surgery in his office. Their situation requires a specialist. Not just any specialist, but they want the best. Investment lending is no different. Why go to a general lender who offers any kind of program available when there are specialists in what they need?”

Steve Bighaus describes the mortgage company coalition as a holistic service that aids investors in getting from where they are, to where they want to go, and incorporating all of their real estate financing from residences to second homes, to rental properties, and even commercial properties.

Specifically this financial duo act almost as business partners or your CFO, only without having to take on the burden of a giant salary or having to give up a share of your investment portfolio. They provide assistance in financial tactics, the heavy lifting and manpower to get it done, and the capital. Investors just pay the interest and borrowing costs.

Discover more about this dynamic team and the investment property loans offered, visit online at


Will “Power” Duquette – Finding Your Path & Achieving Significance

by Tim Houghten

Choose where you want to go and figure out how to get there. Sounds easy, right?

International trainer, consultant, real estate investor and speaker Will Duquette empowers people to make as much as six figures an hour. So how did he land this prestigious gig? How does he help you unlock your income potential?


Sometimes it can be hard to differentiate the hype from the real deal out there today. There’s a lot of noise and fluff. But you won’t find that when you attend one of Will “Power” Duquette’s high-powered events or one-on-one consulting sessions. The proof is in the results.

Duquette has…

Helped Shark Tank investor, co-founder and CEO of HSN Direct International, and author of

Act Now: How I Turn Ideas Into Million-Dollar Products”, Kevin Harrington, to catapult his on-stage sales – with five PowerPoint slides.

• “Never lost a penny in 17 years of investing in real estate.”

Just “bought” a property with $110,000 in instant equity last week, with no money down.

Had real estate investing students make $70,000 in less than 30 days after training events.

Helped the Jax REIA President crush it with a 25% closing ratio.

Had 12 year real estate veterans raving about the value of his experience.

Has shared the speaking stage with Donald Trump and Richard Branson.

Is launching a YouTube challenge to 2016 Presidential candidate Donald Trump.


Will is dogmatic in his belief and service in helping others to not only achieve their financial goals, but personal dreams and more. In fact, he says, “Anyone can receive great wealth and significance, without needing anyone else’s permission. If they’ll invest in learning, and take action.”

Duquette insists it is this combination of effective training and action that has not only unlocked the massive success potential of his clients, but his own as well. He says there are irrefutable laws like gravity, and our subconscious that run us, and differentiate our results. Through recognizing them and harnessing their power, Duquette empowers leaders to “experience life transformations that stay with you and serve you.”


Will Duquette says Donald Trump offers the classic example of how wealthy people think differently. When Trump was $900 million in debt, he didn’t hide like most would. So what did he do? Operating from that millionaire mindset, he attended a cocktail party with those creditors that he owed $900 million to. Gutsy, right. Yet, in a side room at that event, Trump surrounded himself with this mastermind group, and not only seriously discounted this sum, but leveraged their wisdom to craft a massive success plan. Trump is now worth almost $9 BILLION, and is running for U.S. president.

So if you want different results, you’ve got to take different actions.

But beyond just curating the success habits of others; Duquette has lived it himself. When he was young, he was always told that his family couldn’t afford things.

When he found out that he was going to have his own child – that’s when it changed everything, and created a new sense of urgency. He didn’t want that to be the story he had to tell his daughter. Still, he admits that it took several shifts and years for him to make his own ultimate leap. Because most of what he teaches today just wasn’t shared or known back then.


1. Got fired from the rat race after calling in sick for having pneumonia

2. Opened his own business

3. Began investing in real estate to make bigger chunks of money

4. Discovered the power of blind faith belief

5. Accepted his ‘license to make mistakes’

6. Learned how to manage and change his own perspective on happiness

7. Decided his apex was in significance through helping others, not just making money


When Duquette started on his adventure the close-knit group that was banking huge in speaking and sales weren’t sharing their secrets. They kept those closely guarded. Yet, he found a way. And he credits his own success to four main factors.

Vowing to never give up

Modeling success wherever he could find it

Investing big in education

Just taking action

Duquette says the really significant quantum leaps came when he forced himself to step out of his comfort zone and chose to “pay more than comfortable with” for better training. In one case that meant putting $10K on a credit card to really learn how to take his game to the next level. And today, Will might not notice if ten thousand dollars dropped out of his billfold on the way to the podium.


Duquette trains real estate speakers and investors, and still invests in real estate himself. While you may find him gracing the stage at events in London, Prague, and Germany, Duquette’s home base is in Jacksonville, FL. While often overlooked by others; ‘Jax’ is the largest city in the contiguous United States, and the most populous city in Florida. It has also been praised by RealtyTrac as offering the biggest profit margins for house flippers. But you don’t have to tell Duquette that. He once bought a half a million dollar home with just $10 out of pocket, and has mastered a transaction engineering skill set that allows him to invest in many properties with nothing down. Duquette says it is all about “looking for problems and finding solutions.”

While he says that world travel and international training has revealed that all people essentially have the same fears, challenges, and belief issues, he himself certainly has a unique perspective, and style, that is proving itself with dollars and changed lives. He claims to be perhaps one of the only people to not have lost a penny in 17 years of real estate investing. His high energy, experiential real estate events that include live deal making have produced profits for attendees before they are done with their homework.

And the ‘Profits in Pretty Houses’ course is reportedly one of the first and only to include a flow chart so that investors are never stuck, or wondering what comes next.

Looking forward Duquette says the market is just like it was seventeen years ago, only better. “Because all the fundamentals are right, but others are scared to take advantage of the opportunities on sale.” As well as noting that rather than hurting his business, “massive buying sprees by hedge funds have actually helped” his business, as “they have depleted inventory levels”, and make his properties more in demand.


Will “Power” Duquette offers sales, confidence, and personal development training, real estate speaker training, speaker services, real estate investment courses, and one-on-one consulting. Find out how to get more of what you want at



From TOP Model to Top of the Real Estate World

Kaya Wittenburg, has gone from small Midwest town, to becoming a top fashion model working directly with Gianni and Donatella Versace, to leading U.S. and global developers in selling the most breathtaking condos in the world.

Through beautification in real estate design, Kaya Wittenburg has risen to being involved in over $4B worth of real estate sales in some of the most exclusive locations on the planet.

This has included promoting exciting world-class projects in Las Vegas, Miami, Panama and the Bahamas. As a public speaker and high-profile industry personality, he has been featured on CNN, BBC World, GQ, and The Wall Street Journal, just to name a few.

I managed to track Kaya down between photo shoots to tap into some highly credentialed insights on branding new construction, and profiting from the highest end real estate investments. So, what tips can be gleaned from Wittenburg’s successes for maximizing personal performance, scooping better deals on luxury real estate, and renovating or building new projects that push new limits in ROI?

Just what can the glamorous modeling world teach aspiring real estate moguls?

How do you go from growing up in a small suburb to selling over $4B of the Most Envied Destination Real Estate on the planet?

Kaya Wittenburg says from his first big casting in Milan with Gianni Versace, the modeling world provided countless experiences in learning about people, trends and the details of effective styling. From new countries to diverse cultures and new friends, Kaya says he found “Fashion, art, architecture and interior design,” all appreciated by those he mingled with.

Of his first Versace dinner Kaya says he remembers being “Totally overwhelmed. The attention to design was simply amazing. Every plate, tray, piece of silverware at the table was a work of art.”

While some might find this level of attention to detail and priority on luxury excessive in the real estate world, it has proven to be a consistent component in the success of leading luxury brands, while delivering real lifts to profit margins.

When asked what was behind his success, Paul McRae, broker of the Galleria Collection of Fine Homes in Fort Lauderdale once pointed to his $300 per foot office wallpaper. One of the top ten Manhattan brokerage firms MNS recently achieved a $200 per foot premium on unit sales at the Edge through its efforts in marketing. Wittenburg says he is currently working with a hot brand in Miami that plans to catapult oceanfront property prices by 35% with a new luxury development.

For real estate investors seeking the most attractive returns with maximum security, the Sky Five Properties founder says, “Investors have a greater margin of safety in branded residences because resale values have been proven to be somewhat more stable than non-branded residences.”

He also comments that when it comes to renovating or designing new multifamily, conversions and condo developments one of the worst mistakes is, “A lack of creativity and sex appeal for lobbies and pool decks, which can destroy pre-construction sales efforts.”

Being one of the most transparent authorities in the world of real estate sales, Kaya has often ruffled the feathers of his competitors by openly giving condo buyers and investors the upper edge. He says, “Everything is negotiable, even in pre-construction developments,” and often offers insights on common real estate sales tactics via the Sky Five Properties Blog.


In addition to world travel, Kaya Wittenburg was blessed growing up in a real estate household with his mother actively sharing her deal-making and entertaining client-friends for dinner. It was at this young age Wittenburg caught the excitement of real estate investing.

Of course, as any investor, REALTOR ® or CEO knows, it takes regular maintenance and intentness to keep up an elite level of passion and innovation to operate at the very top of the game. To this end, Kaya has nurtured a lifelong yearning for learning and constant self-improvement. The Miami real estate innovator says “meditation and yoga practice has helped me elevate the quality of my thoughts – thinking thoughts that induce a sense of excitement, confidence, and gratitude, every day.”

While others striving to compete in this fast-based business normally wind up letting what they have learned fall to the wayside, Kaya says religiously sticking to “daily journaling makes a huge impact in long-term success,” a practice he picked up from former Florida Governor, Bob Graham.

Want to find out what’s the next big pivot for Miami real estate, and which top global label will be the next to unveil a luxury branded building in the Magic City? Kaya says we’ll have to look out for his next update.

Find out more about Kaya Wittenburg’s story and track Miami real estate trends online and via Twitter @Sky5Properties.


Single-Family Home Rentals are Dead? Discover the #1 Investment Opportunity FOR THE NEXT 20 YEARS

By Gene Guarino, CFP

Are single-family home (SFH) rentals dead? Well, that depends on who you are renting them to of course. How does $200-$300 a month in positive cash flow sound? When I was 20 years old, that was exciting. Today, that doesn’t get me very excited at all.

Lets face it, one turn over with even one month of vacancy eats up an entire year’s worth of profits in most cases. Let me show you how to get TWICE the fair market rent with a long-term, low-impact tenant or if you’d rather, how you can make $10,000 or more NET per month with Residential Assisted Living.

The Baby Boomers are here and they are driving the demographics in housing for the next 20 years. Nearly eighty million of us were born between 1946-1964. We are the Baby Boomers, and we are turning 65 at the rate of over 10,000 a day. Life expectancy is increasing and many of us will live well into our 80s and 90s. There are 4,000 a day turning 85 and 70% of those people will need help for an average of 3.5 years. The 85+ year old group is the fastest-growing demographic of all in the U.S.

It is projected to triple over the next 20 years. Senior housing is a great place to be now and will only be getting better and better for the next 20-30 years.

The reality is that most seniors will not need a nursing home but they can’t live safely on their own either. They do need assistance and that is what is provided with Residential Assisted Living or RAL.

Many of you have already faced this situation with your own parents. If not, well, your time is coming. This mega-trend will last for several decades to come and you can profit from this unstoppable wave and help a lot of people by “Doing Good and Doing Well”.

Senior Assisted Living is the Best Real Estate Investment Opportunity for the Next 20 Years.

This mega trend is a “Silver Tsunami”and it has created a massive opportunity for smart investors who are poised to profit. Let me explain why “typical” SFH rentals are dead. If you rent a home to a typical tenant, you will get a typical profit of a few hundred dollars a month, maybe. With a typical turnover and a month of vacancy in between you may end up with little or no profit at all at the end of the year. Now, if you were to get TWICE the fair market rent, your profit increases exponentially. Instead of a few hundred dollars in profit you would be netting a few THOUSAND dollars in profit each month.

With your typical tenant you have a one-year lease. They may stay for a second or even a third year but they are looking to buy their own home and move out in most cases. That’s not bad but, on the other hand, what if they move out after a few months in the middle of the night and leave you with thousands of dollars of repairs from the damage they left behind? Been there, done that.

Let me ask a silly question: Would you rather have a long-term, low-impact tenant? A tenant that wants a five-year lease and wants to have two or three, five-year renewals on top of that? That is what an operator of a RAL wants. That is why senior housing is the best real estate investment opportunity for the next twenty years. Long-term, low-impact tenants who are willing to pay twice the fair market rent.

Why would someone pay TWICE the fair market rent and how do I find them!

The answer is your tenant, the operator of the RAL, will still be able to make a lot of money even after paying you twice the FMR. Let me fully explain that by crunching the numbers.

The national average for a private room in a residential assisted living care home is $3,500 per person, per month. Keep in mind that there are people paying two and three times that and there are people paying half that amount. You get what you pay for of course. Remember that 70% or more of the wealth in the U.S. is controlled by seniors. You may not be able to afford or provide for your own long-term care needs, but they can. Keep reading and I will share with you how you can live for free when you need your own long term care.

How much can I really make?

With a home that is licensed for 10 residents, at an average rate of $3,500 per resident, that is $35,000 per month in potential gross income. The expenses, including debt service or rent and even vacancy is about $25,000. That leaves a net profit of $10,000 per month for an average home. That is for an average home and an average clientele. I have homes that gross $40,000 and $50,000 per month and more. The reality is the expenses are virtually the same for an average home as they are for an above average home. The difference is the cost of the real estate.

As a landlord you could be very happy to have a couple thousand dollars per month in positive cash flow. As the operator of the RAL you can earn $10,000 to $20,000 net per month. That is a true win-win situation.

If you are considering renting your home to an RAL operator…

You will be well served to learn all you can about this opportunity. You will want to know what your tenant, the RAL operator, is supposed to be doing to be successful. That way you can better choose the right tenant and be set up for success from the start. At RAL Academy, I show people how they can profit whether they are a landlord or a tenant.

When we age we become more dependent upon the help of others in order to do basic activities of daily living. These self-care activities include ADLs such as cleaning, clothing, bathing, medication management and food prep.

You can profit either way.

This is not just another real estate “fad” that comes and goes.

This is a massive shift in housing demographics. You will either be riding on top of this unstoppable wave or you will hesitate, procrastinate and potentially miss it completely. That choice is yours but you will be a participant one way or the other. I have comparatively little competition. How many people do you know that are in the business of RAL?

With RAL it doesn’t matter whether the real estate market is at the peak or coming down from it, cashflow is cashflow. After 30 years as a real estate investor, doing everything from fix and flips, short sales, REOs, lease options and more, my goal is now just one thing: Significant long-term residual cash flow. Residential Assisted living gives you the opportunity to do one deal and you are done. For life.

What is the key to success in Residential Assisted Living?

The key to success in RAL is in the details. You need to know which type of home works best, what location is best, how to find the home that no one else wants that will work perfectly for a RAL home and how to do it quickly without all the guess work. You need to know how to find the right team to make your life easy and to fill the home with high-paying residents. I’m sure there are more questions coming to mind for you like: What about the liability? What about a two- or three-story home? What about… There is a lot to know, but the good news is you are not on your own.

If you want help in learning how to do this, it is available. Learn more at The phrase, “paying for speed” is not just an expression, it’s a reality. That’s why the Residential Assisted Living Academy was founded. To show others what to do and what not to do in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step process. I’ve done it, and I show you how you can do it too.

The “Silver Tsunami” is here and the opportunity to “Do Good and Do Well” is clear.

If you would like to learn more, at my training programs we go into depth so you will be totally prepared to succeed in this endeavor. Imagine having one RAL home providing your family a $10,000 per month POSITIVE CASH FLOW… Now, imagine scaling a bit and having two or three… now you’regetting the idea. It’s a new world out there. The days of making a few hundred dollars a month in cashflow per house are history. If you’d like to learn how to do one deal and make $10,000 per month or more, let me show you how you can make that happen. Gene Guarino, CFP is the founder of the Residential Assisted Living Academy. Learn more by visiting Gene can be reached at:


Welcome To Your MONEY PATCH

By Tim Houghten

Money might not grow on trees, but funding portal Patch of Land may have invented the closest thing to it…

Whether looking to grow your real estate investments with access to attractive capital, or boost your yields with passive income investments, this is one patch of the web worth checking out. Named one of Entrepreneur magazine’s ‘100 brilliant companies of 2015’, Patch of Land brings a unique twist to real estate lending and crowdfunding, and the proof is in the performance.


While peer-to-peer lending, and crowdfunding has been catching plenty of media attention, it hasn’t always been a walk in the park for fundraisers and funders. Until now the two main challenges have been the amount of work required for project promoters, without any guarantee of funding. And then a lack of track record, and organization base investment decisions on for those looking to put their capital to work. Recently, Patch of Land co-founder and CEO Jason Fritton provided a new perspective on how Patch has created a new model of peer to real estate lending. There are two things which really separate this platform from everything else on the landscape:

1. Patch offers ‘Pre-funding’, gives you your loan, and then raises funds from the crowd

2. Patch works together with institutional lenders instead of trying to replace them

This creates a true hybrid where “real estate, finance, and technology, converge.”

The startup that Fritton describes as a “tech and efficiency company” shares some threads with other peer-to-peer, online mortgage lending, and crowdfunding sites. These are that real estate fundraisers bring their projects, which are ultimately financed by the crowd. It is the execution that stands out.

Fritton highlights that his company is the “first in market to directly secure fractional investors in real estate loans.” That means Patch of Land underwrites, and gives real estate investors and professionals the funding under the supervision of SVP of Underwriting & Acquisitions Douglas Cochrane. Then Patch of Land opens up the opportunity to a range of individual accredited investors and institutional lenders.

Now operating in 25 states, and with over $600M per month in funding requests the company is able to offer retail investors, hedge funds, regional and “community banks the yields they really want, along with efficiency in origination.” In fact, Jason explains that this enables these capital sources the freedom to participate in deals they could not do directly, while permitting more common sense underwriting of deals. Operating under SEC Rule 506(c) of Regulation D, this connector empowers those with projects to raise money cost-effectively without all the marketing and substantial filing expenses of going it alone. All while delivering the due diligence investors need and crave. As of September 25 th , 2015 Patch of Land had a solid track record of performance, with no principal or interest losses.


Fritton explains that a great deal of the success has come from “the privilege to hire experts in all areas,” to grow the California based Patch of Land team. The founding and executive team now spans a wealth of technology expertise, lending professionals with billions in transactions under their belt, along with an entrepreneurial marketing team with experience in organizations like Disney. Silicon Valley appears very bullish on investing in ‘The Patch’ too, with a successful, oversubscribed Series A round of funding topping $23M, achieved in early 2015.

So far Patch of Land has perhaps been most well-known for funding single family deals, but Jason tells us they have recently funded a Ramada flagged hotel, office, and retail buildings, and are testing moving into new construction financing.

Whether you’ve got deals that need funding, or capital that deserves higher yields, Fritton says “give us a try, and come grow with us!

More details, statistics on past performance, and online tools can be found at


The TOP FIVE Reasons to Consider COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE for Your Portfolio

By Tom K. Wilson

While many investors see single-family homes as their “bread-and-butter” investment, investing in commercial properties is an option that can also help you achieve your financial goals.

“Commercial” in its broadest lay vernacular includes multifamily apartments, however, the true industry definition separates multifamily properties (over five residential units) from true commercial, such as retail, office space, industrial, self-storage or medical centers.

I’m often asked what kinds of properties I recommend. There is, of course, no one size that fits all investors or markets. While in a normal market multifamily properties are a natural progression from single family homes, this is anything but a normal market and currently there are too many multifamily buyers chasing too few deals, so it currently has lower CAP* rates or returns than pure commercial.

Here are five reasons to consider commercial properties for your portfolio.


Commercial properties often have higher and more predictable return-oninvestment than single-family homes, in part due to the economies of scale from investing in a larger property not usually available to the small investor.

For example, a current commercial retail center that we are acquiring has an 8.2 CAP rate and a four-year internal rate of return* of 12.0%. When you can borrow money at 4.25% and invest it in something yielding 12.0%, that’s worth considering!


It’s generally easier to manage one large property through a professional property management firm than to manage scattered single-family homes. Also the business tenants you get in retail or office space are usually of higher quality than most residential tenants. Business tenants have higher credit/risk scores, have pride of ownership in their businesses and want to protect their livelihoods. As a result, they have an interest in taking care of the property.

Many commercial properties are NNN* (triple net), so the tenant pays most of the expenses including taxes, insurance, and maintenance making the owner’s expenses very predictable and consistent.


Commercial leases are typically 5-10 years in length vs. annually for single-family homes. Additionally, commercial leases include annual bumps in rent and options to-renew. As a result of all these factors, cash flows are more predictable.


Any loans taken by the owner or syndicate do not count against your 10-mortgage limit because they are in the name of the owning entity and not on your personal credit. This enables you to put more of your capital to work.


Unlike single-family homes, which are strictly valued based on market demand, or ‘sales comps’, commercial properties are valued as a multiple of their Net Operating Income (NOI),* which can be driven up by a good property manager’s addition of value. At a Cap Rate* of 8.0,everyone-dollar increase in annual NOI can result in $12.50 of appreciation!

Steps you can take to actively improve NOI include:

  • Upgrading the existing buildings
  • Increasing TI (tenant improvement)
  • Adding leasable square footage
  • Raising rents
  • Reducing operating expenses
  • Adding amenities
  • Adding additional revenue generating resources (ATM kiosk), and many more

Rather than wait for market forces to raise real estate prices organically, you can create appreciation using levers like the ones listed above.


Of course, the five advantages of commercial real estate listed above are in addition to the usual benefits of any real estate investment:

  • Tax Benefits
  • Hedge against inflation
  • A hard asset with intrinsic value

Caveats of Commercial Investing

No discussion of commercial investing would be complete without noting a few issues that investors should be aware of.

Financing can be more challenging

Typically, the investor(s) must put down 25-30% of the sales price and finance the loan amount over a 5-10 year term with a balloon payment at the end of the term. Selling or refinancing options at that time will vary depending on market conditions. And there can be stiff prepayment penalties.

Not as Liquid

If you own 10% of a Commercial building and want to sell your interest, you can sell to your fellow investors (who usually get first right of refusal) but if none are interested, it may be difficult to get out of the investment. That is why long-term funds, like IRA money, are ideal for commercial properties.

Sale of a Commercial Property can take longer

While just about everyone wants a home, only a small percentage of the population is capable of purchasing a retail center or office building. The smaller market of potential buyers coupled with a detailed due diligence process means that the sale of the property can take longer than for a single-family home.


Many of the challenges outlined above can be mitigated by investing with an experienced syndicator. Their knowledge, track record, and ability to qualify for the loan and manage the property, allows the small investor to participate in a high quality commercial property or to invest in multiple projects to distribute their risks.


The benefits, economies of scale, opportunities for forced appreciation and higher returns make commercial properties an attractive addition to most investors’ portfolio, and one worthy of serious consideration.

For your free copy of Wilson Investment Properties article “Are Real Estate Syndications for You?” and a guide to “Commercial Real Estate Terms” please go to our website, .

Tom K. Wilson has utilized his experience and skills acquired in 30 years of managing some of Silicon Valley’s pioneering high tech companies to buy and sell more than 2,500 units and over $130 million of real estate, including three condo conversion projects, eight syndications, and seven multifamily properties. He founded and owns Wilson Investment Properties, Inc., a company that has provided over 500 high cash flow, high-quality, rehabbed and leased residential properties to investors. Active in real estate associations, Mr. Wilson is a frequent speaker on real estate investing where his expertise and experience makes him an audience favorite. He is the weekly host of the Wed 2pm edition of KDOW’s RE Radio Live in San Francisco, the Wall Street Business Network (1220am).


CAP RATE (Capitalization Rate)

A measure of return calculated by dividing the property’s net operating income by its purchase price.

CONC (Cash on Cash Return)

A measure of return calculated by dividing pre-tax cash flow from a property by the total cash invested (e.g., down payment plus closing costs).

GRM (Gross Rent Multiplier)

The Gross Rent Multiplier is a measure of how expensive a commercial property is relative to the gross rents it brings in, calculated as: GRM = Purchase price of the property / Gross monthly rents.

NOI (Net Operating Income)

The total income from a property minus vacancy, credit losses, and operating expenses.

NNN (Triple Net)

A commercial lease in which the tenant pays three operating expenses (in addition to rent): Property taxes, insurance, and maintenance.

ROI (Return on Investment)

ROI measures the amount of return on an investment relative to the investment’s cost and is calculated as: ROI % = (Gain from the investment – Cost of the investment) / Cost of the investment.


Retire Wealthy with IRA Investing

By Stephanie B. Mojica

Self-directed individual retirement accounts or IRAs are rapidly growing in popularity, but experts warn that it is important to only get into such an investment with proper education and professional guidance.

Kaaren Hall, owner of uDirect IRA Services in Orange County, Calif., says even after more than two decades in the financial industry and four years of running her company she too must continually stay on top of her investment education particularly regarding Internal Revenue Service guidelines for retirement accounts.

Self-directed IRAs allow people to invest their retirement funds into a variety of options outside of the traditional stock market, including real estate, land, and private notes.

“Financial literacy is not taught in schools, but our future depends on understanding it,” Hall says. “Only about 4 percent of u.S. investors have a self-directed IRA. Why? Because most investors and many advisors simply aren’t aware of it.”

But even those who are aware of the potential financial power of self directed IRAs often do not fully comprehend is the IRS guidelines of “prohibited transactions,” according to Hall.

“You’re not allowed to have any personal benefit from your IRA prior to retirement,” Hall says.

A common misconception among investors is that they can use the self-directed IRA funds to purchase real estate or other property from themselves or close relatives such as a spouse, a child, a grandchild, a parent, a grandparent and any spouses of such relatives. These transactions are not permitted under self-directed IRAs, according to Hall. However, an investor could purchase property from a more distant relative such as a sibling, a cousin, a niece, or an uncle.

“Make sure you know what you’re doing,” Hall says. “We’re here to help people so they understand the twists and turns as much as possible.”

The term self-directed in itself misleads some people because it is the IRA doing the investing, Hall adds.

“So that’s confusing because they get into trouble by maybe signing a purchase contract (in their own name),” she says. “Your IRA can’t buy an asset that you own.”

Consequently, people should wait until they actually open an account with a qualified custodian before funding it and making transactions, Hall says. Generally, a custodian rather than the actual investor should sign purchase contracts relevant to self-directed IRAs.

While representatives of companies such as uDirect IRA do not give actual investment advice due to potential legal liability, they can help people follow ever-changing IRS guidelines.

Hall, a former mortgage broker whose work history includes Bank of America and Indymac Bank, has educated tens of thousands of investors into deciding whether self-directed IRAs are right for them. She and her associates have directly worked with thousands of clients.

To learn more about self-directed IRAs, call 866-447-6598 or visit



By Dr. Teresa R. Martin, Esq

There are many different ways to borrow money. You can go to a bank for various types of loans. You may choose to use pawnshops or payday loans. Credit cards are another idea. You can even borrow money from friends or family.

Another option is a line of credit. While lines of credit have been popular with businesses, they haven’t been widely used by individuals. This is primarily because banks aren’t advertising them, and most borrowers lack the knowledge to inquire.

This is unfortunate, because a line of credit has many unique features that set it apart from other types of loans. A line of credit is similar to a credit card, but with better interest rates.

Figure out if a line of credit might be the perfect source of funds for you:

  1. A line of credit is a flexible loan from a financial institution. A line of credit has a limit, just like a credit card. You can use the available balance as needed.
  • Interest is charged as soon as the money is borrowed. The borrower can repay immediately or according to a predetermined schedule.
  • These loans tend to have a lower risk for banks, so they like to provide lines of credit. The default rate is much higher for credit cards. But, it’s important to qualify because it’s an unsecured loan.
  1. There are many times that a line of credit can be useful. Banks prefer to refrain from making onetime personal loans, especially those that are unsecured. It’s pointless for a borrower to take out several short-term loans over the course of a year. A line of credit bypasses these issues by making the money available as needed.
  • Lines of credit aren’t normally used to make large purchases. They’re mostly used to even out the variability of monthly income and expenses.
  • While a credit card can perform the same function, a line of credit is usually less expensive to use. The interest rates are significantly lower and the payment terms are more attractive.
  • Events or items that require a large cash outlay, like a wedding, are one use for this funding source. Sometimes credit cards aren’t accepted by certain vendors.
  • A line of credit can be part of a bank’s overdraft products. It can be used to fund quarterly tax payments, and it can be a great source for emergency funds!
  • A credit line can also be used to fund other projects with uncertain costs.
  1. Lines of credit aren’t perfect. Like all loans, a line of credit has some potential downsides.
  • Lines of credit have higher interest rates than traditional secured loans like mortgages and car loans. Check with your bank to see just how much you can save.
  • You’ll require excellent credit to be approved for a line of credit. This type of borrowing has higher qualification standards than a credit card or mortgage.
  • Many banks will charge a maintenance fee, even if you’re not using the line of credit. These fees are charged either monthly or annually. In most cases, the interest isn’t tax deductible.

A line of credit is a lending source you can use, if it fits your needs. Borrowing too much or making unwise choices can create the same financial challenges as any other type of loan.

Like any loan, it’s important to be aware of all of the details. Ensure you understand the repayment schedule, interest, and fees. And remember to shop around for the best deal!

Dr. Teresa R. Martin, Esq. is the founder of Real Estate Investors Association of NYC (REIA NYC). REIA NYC ( ) is a premier real estate investment association serving the New York City marketplace. Its primary focus and mission is “helping our members build, preserve, and harvest multi-generational wealth” in the areas of real estate investments, business ownership and personal development.