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5 Reasons California Investors are buying houses in San Antonio

5 Reasons California Investors are buying houses in San Antonio

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For California investors, one of the best ways to make extra cash is to sell homes for a profit. Whether it is flipping homes, purchasing homes at a price well below the market value and updating, or otherwise purchasing through foreclosure sales, these are all ways in which you can purchase a home for less, and turn it around for a great deal of profit. So, for investors searching for a great market, San Antonio, TX is one in which to consider purchasing. These are reasons California investors have turned to this market.

Great foreclosure rates
Investors love a great deal, and what better deal than a foreclosed home? California buyers can purchase foreclosed homes in the area, as many housing communities are currently experiencing a great deal of foreclosed properties. This allows investors to purchase homes for a price that is well below market value, turn around and sell it for a profit.  Some of the best deals in San Antonio are found in dealing directly with a homeowner that needs to sell their house quickly for cash.

Price disparity
Homes in California are extremely high in price. A home in San Antonio selling for $150,000 would sell for $300,000 or more in certain areas of California. For this reason, investors can get much more home, and updated homes, for a fraction of the price they would pay at home.  HouseBuyerSanAntonio.com is an investment company that relocated from Los Angeles to San Antonio, TX and is currently paying cash for houses  to homeowners that are ready to dump their house.  They can update the homes, and still come in under budget, then turn around and sell the home for a huge profit.

Rental properties
Many homes can also provide great rental income for the investor. Homes selling for lower prices, or selling in auction, are in great demand. Buyers with sufficient cash funds on hand can buy homes for a price that is well below market value, and then turn around and rent out the properties. Further, in duplexes or larger homes, they can rent to more than one tenant, allowing them to receive even higher profits on the home.

Tax write offs
If the investor is also in business, purchasing a home in different areas can be used as a tax write off. Whether it is a rental property scheme, or a property being used for “business” purposes, these can be included as deductions on the income taxes being filed by the homes’ owners. Therefore, the homes can be used by the investor, can be rented out, or can be used for other purposes, all to serve as tax write offs for the owner of the properties.

Homes in California are ridiculously priced. So, even if investors have a high amount of capital to spend, they are going to have to pay a lot, in order to be able to turn around and resell or rent out the properties for profits. This results in smaller profit margins, and more work for the investor to do prior to being able to sell or rent. In a market such as San Antonio, TX, this is not the case. With low pricing, a slew of available properties, and distressed properties selling for such low rates, investors can buy low, and sell (or rent) high, to turn the highest profit margins possible.

Los Angeles Investors should invest in Austin TX instead of a Second Home

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It is a common mistake among Los Angeles Investors to interchange the usage of “second home” and “investment property”. We usually refer the two with a real property which is not their residence primarily. Yet in the strict rules of the real estate market, these two terms differ.


INVESTMENT PROPERTY

This is a type of real estate property that you purchased in order to generate income and not considering this as your primary home. This could gain such through renting, appreciation profit and even in certain tax benefits. This could either be a property for residential rental, commercial property and a property used to flip.
Properties for residential rental are those property that one purchases in order to make it available for rent. Such properties may be a house, a condominium, an apartment, and even a dormitory. Commercial properties are those that are strategically located in places to convey a good marketing atmosphere. Such properties could be an empty lot, a vacant building and even furnished buildings for offices and other commercial usage. The properties used to flip are such properties that are bought with a plan to resell it in the far future. Since these properties generate income to the owner, this has different sets of taxes and responsibilities. We buy houses in Austin Tx, because we know that we will generate a significant more amount of cash flow and tax savings by creating the cash flow, versus just living in the house. In this light, the loans for investment properties are generally higher interests than those with other loans and they need a larger amount of money for down payment in addition.

SECOND HOME

A second home is a house that you consider as your second home. Literally this is the owner’s second home. In Los Angeles, California, these houses are occupied secondarily with another main house which is the primary residence of the owner. Usually second homes are used as vacation homes in LA or for your retirement home. Such properties may be regularly visited or not. This house can be maintained regularly or you could just leave it as is. That is the decision of the owner.
Most often, for a person to be qualified for a loan application for the second home, the target property needs to be situated in vacation areas, this includes nearby beaches, mountains and other places close to nature. The second home should also be in places that are quite distant from the creditor’s primary home.
Since the property is not an income generating one, these are given with lower interest rates as compared with the investment properties. Additionally, this will also have a second home rider together with the mortgage. The said rider usually states the following:

  • The lender will only occupy and use the property as his or her second home
  • The property will only be exclusively used by the borrower at all times
  • The property will not be used as an income generating property
  • The said property as the second home cannot be utilized by other people under rental
  • The property will not be under any agreements that will require the lender to rent the property

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Second-Home Loan versus Investment Property Loan

A lot of lenders in California & Texas will not be offering a loan for second-home if there is an intention from the borrowers to have the property for rent in any period of time. As an example, one may qualify for the loan, if they plan to live there during vacation, summer and holidays, given that they will not rent it out at any time.
On the other side of the story, the investment property loan will be appropriate once you have plans to reside on this property on breaks and plans to have in for rent at any time of the year.
Once you are considering this options, make sure that you have properly decided as to what will be your investment, should it be just a second home or an investment property?

Why San Antonio and Austin TX are the new We Buy Houses markets for Los Angeles Investors

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Though the Los Angeles real estate market is very hot at the current point in time, many investors have decided to look elsewhere to continue building their real property portfolios. Many California investors that have done quite well in flipping foreclosure properties over the past few years in LA, as the market has rebounded from historical lows, have recently started to re-create their business model in other cities across the nation.

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Why California Investors have decided to invest in San Antonio & Austin

When really digging into the hard numbers, one can easily begin to determine exactly what is driving savvy investors to other hot markets like Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio TX. The real question that one needs to ask is what is the main figure that an investor looks for when deciding to purchase investment property in Los Angeles? Is it price per square foot, after repair value, days on market? The answer is quite simple, neither. You see, investors are usually quite motivated by one number, and that’s ROI. They want a high ROI over all else. A good RIO is achieved by buying low and selling high, all the while keeping labor costs low. Home owners that need to sell a house fast in Austin, are some of the absolute best motivated sellers to buy houses from, because not only is property less expensive in Austin TX than Los Angeles, but a steeper discount can be had due to dealing directly with a home owner.

The same is true in the San Antonio market, but better returns can be realized in San Antonio, than one can achieve in Austin, why? Because in San Antonio, foundation movement is ridiculous. It’s common for a house in San Antonio to need thousands upon thousands of dollars to repair a shifting foundation. What does this mean for the homeowner? Well, it means that they either shell out the cash to fix for re-sale, or they can sell it as-is to an investor at a discount. That’s where LA investors can come in with their fat wallets and know how, and pick up a low priced property in a hot market. Cash is still king, anywhere you decide to invest. The best returns can be achieved when a house is first purchased with cash, because the most favorable terms can be negotiated when financing isn’t needed, and Los Angeles investors that are cash rich know this all too well.

An Interview with an Investor on the Ground (San Antonio, TX market)
In fact, David, a local real estate investor in San Antonio said when we buy houses in these days, we end up paying a little more for the house than we did a few years ago, and we know it’s due to other out of state players entering our market”. He’s right, and he knows that they’re coming from areas such as California, Las Vegas, and other high-end areas of the nation, because he networks with other big players.

Investors know that California Home Owners Get More Bang for Their Buck in Texas
It’s no secret that home owners in Los Angeles and other surrounding cities in California are sick of the high cost of living. Yeah, sure, the ocean and weather is second to none, but taxes are among the highest in the nation, and how can anyone take in the nice ocean breeze, when the they have the thought of paying more than 3 times the price for their residence there, than they would in a place like San Antonio & Austin TX?

Is it worth sacrificing some good weather to enjoy some of the finer things in life more often, because you’re saving a literal boat load money month in and month out on your housing expense? I think so, and so do most home buyers that are relocating to Austin & San Antonio in droves. They want their dollar to stretch further, especially in retirement, and to do that, you must bring your expenses down. Moving to Texas accomplishes that need, while still being able to live a very plush lifestyle all at the same time. It’s a win win, and it’s the main reason why most retail home buyers as well as savvy investors are doing business in the Lone Start State.