On December 14th, 2016 I finally closed on my first rental property! For over a year I have been educating myself as much as possible in real estate investing to one day finally take the plunge. That day finally came. A couple of months ago, a property on the MLS cam back on the market. It was a 3-family in Mattapan that needed a decent amount of work to get it up to rental condition. Listed at 390k, I initially tried to get the property at 350k, a price that, once I ran numbers, felt would put me in the best position when it came time to refinance out of my purchasing loan, which I ultimately used hard money for. I submitted the offer with no contingencies, all cash and gave up the buyer's side commission because I knew on the back end it would be worth it, but that was still not good enough and after some continued negotiation, had to settle for purchasing it at the full asking price. This would create additional challenges, but at the end of the day, if you believe in the deal, you'll make it work.
Financing the deal was another challenge as I really wanted to find a lender that would finance a percentage of the purchase price and renovations. It was not until it was too late that I found a couple of lenders where this was possible. At least for the next one, I will have this component lined up for a more streamlined process. I ultimately had to settle on using hard money, which is great for a short turnaround but is so incredibly expensive to someone like me who hates to waste money. When it comes to hard money, if you have any other option, please use it instead.
Since the closing, it has been a mad scramble to start the renovations and make sure everyone is working constantly and as efficiently as possible. This is just another thing you will have to do when you slightly overpay for a property. Despite the challenges early on, I couldn't be happier or more excited to have closed on my first rental property. Every day that passes makes me want to find the next deal more and more. Just always be ready for the more than likely roller coaster ride!