October, 2011 RealData Dispatch

New Educational Content

It has been a while since we've sent out our Dispatch, but that doesn't mean we haven't been busy writing. We have two new articles that we would like to share with you, content that we hope will help you to become more effective and successful real estate investors.

For Real Estate Investors: A Lesson in Clarity

Recently, I was conducting the last class in my course on real estate investment analysis that I teach in Columbia’s MSRED program.  I had assigned my 55 students a series of case studies (much like those in my book, Mastering Real Estate Investment) and told them to build financial pro forms and discuss the reasoning behind their analyses. After reading and commenting on all those analyses, I felt there was one overarching theme on which I wanted to focus my final remarks to the troops: The theme was “clarity.”

Trying to reduce a course to a single word might seem unrealistic (because it is), but I really had more than one angle on the notion of clarity in mind. Even combined, those notions would not replace the real content of a course in investment analysis, but they might express some essential principles that are sine qua non — “without which, nothing” — for investors.  Continue reading -->

5 Mistakes Every Real Estate Investor Should Avoid

In my nearly 30 years of providing analysis software to real estate investors, and almost a decade of writing books and teaching real estate finance at Columbia University, I’ve had the opportunity to talk with thousands of people who were analyzing potential real estate investments. Some of these people were seasoned professionals, many were beginners or students, but just about all were highly motivated to analyze their deals to gain the maximum advantage.

I’ve seen some tremendous creativity in their analyses, but I’ve also seen some huge missteps. Here are some of the pitfalls you will want to be sure to avoid. 
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Apply What You've Learned, and Save 25%

Now that you've read our new articles and recognize how important it is to produce clear and accurate analyses and presentations, we want to be sure you have the tools to make these best practices happen. As a followup to those articles, we have a special discount for our Dispatch subscribers:

For 3 days only, take 25% off your purchase of RealData software costing $100 or more.

This means you can purchase tools like Real Estate Investment Analysis, Express or Pro Edition, Commercial / Industrial Development, On Schedule, or Comparative Lease Analysis at substantial savings. Use these programs to perform focused and reliable analyses and to create the professional and powerful presentations like those we describe in our educational content.

HOW TO GET YOUR 25% DISCOUNT: Just place any software products totalling $100 or more into your shopping cart. THEN before you check out, you'll see a very prominent area to enter a promotional code.  Enter 2011education and press the 'Submit' button.  Your cart will update with the discounted price.

This is an opportunity that you don't want to miss. This promo code is valid just for three days, October 25-27, 2011, and applies only to purchases of new, full versions of our software (not upgrades or other services).

A Bright Spot for Real Estate Investors

If you're tired of hearing all the doom and gloom about real estate, and don't want to take dramamine to help you keep your lunch down as you watch the stock sticker, then there is a "sweet spot" you shouldn't overlook: The multifamily housing market.

This will come as no surprise to seasoned real estate investors. When anyone with a pulse can buy (and keep) a house, apartment demand declines. When the pendulum swings the other way, then all those potential buyers become renters, and the apartment market soars.

According to a report this month by the U.S. Commerce Department and HUD, nationwide housing starts rose 15 percent in September, the biggest gain in residential construction since April of 2010. Looking behind the numbers reveals that most of that gain came from apartment construction. This news is consistent with what we've been hearing for several months about the strength of the multi-family sector.

With demand for apartments strong, this sector should be on your radar. We noted this in an earlier blog post which we just updated with a comment linking to a Bloomberg article noting the surge in apartment construction.

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