Why Assisted Living Is the New Investment Opportunity of 2017

IHT Realty Crowdfunding has rebranded itself as RealtyeVest.

Assisted living has recently become a desirable asset for many new and experienced investors.

With waves of Baby Boomers reaching retirement, assisted living is rapidly moving into the spotlight of real estate investing.

It’s no surprise that the target demographic for the business platform has grown exponentially, with more than 10,000 Baby Boomers hitting 65 every day until 2030, according to a study by The Pew Research Center.

The study found that 76 million people were born in the U.S. between 1946 and 1964. If you factor in the influx of immigrants and the amount of people who passed away during that same period, there are about 79.6 million seniors in the United States. If you divide that number by 19 years and then again by 365 days, you’ll find there are about 11,476 Boomers turning 65 each day.

All the same, over the next 20 years, the amount of seniors moving into assisted living homes is projected to rise. This is expected to increase demand for assisted living services and facilities, and provide an exciting opportunity for entrepreneurs and on-trend investors.

In a blog post on Tony Robbins’ website, Ajay Gupta, Robbins’ personal advisor, lists senior housing as the No.2 safest place to invest right now — “meaning they’re not as susceptible to the fluctuations in economic conditions,” Gupta said.

“We are currently facing the largest demographic shift we’ve ever seen — a tidal wave of demographic inevitability as Baby Boomers reach their Golden Years,” the article said.

Today, there are 45 million Americans that are 65 years or older  — a number that is projected to grow to 80 million over the next 25 years.  And with life expectancy continuing to increase, seniors will have to decide where to spend their remaining twenty or more years.

“It doesn’t matter if interest rates go up or down, it doesn’t matter who the President of the United States is, or what is happening in China or Greece; every single day, 12,000 Americans are turning 65 years old,” Gupta said. So, if you can own real estate that is catering towards this demographic, you are almost guaranteed (high) occupancy over the next 25 years.”

RealtyeVest is a real estate crowdfunding company that offers investors the opportunity to capitalize on residential, multifamily and on-trend properties across the United States.

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The Best Self Directed IRAs for Real Estate Investing

Today, real estate is considered one of the most popular forms of investing in with a self-directed IRA. This is because it is a simple way for investors to grow their personal wealth and diversify their portfolios.

But when it comes to your retirement plan there are hundreds of self-directed IRA companies to choose from and making a decision can be difficult to say the least.

It’s best to think of an IRA as a trust and the custodian as a trustee, so when making an investment the trustee is the one who actually carries out the transaction.

Important Rules to Know  

First, it is important to know that your IRA is the owner of the property so the title of the asset must be in the name of the IRA administrator.

Second, you’re not allowed to invest in a property for personal use. This means that the real estate you’re purchasing using your IRA is for investment purposes only. In addition, you must be careful you are not doing business with “disqualified parties,” such as your spouse or family members.

Third, since the sdIRA is the owner of the property it must pay the bills and collect the income. For instance, if the investment is in a rental property than all rental income should return to your IRA account. Also, any bill payments including property taxes or renovations must be paid with the cash in your IRA.

How to Start Investing in Real Estate 

  1. You’ll need to set up a self-directed IRA account with one of the companies listed below we have provided a short self-directed IRA review for each of the custodians.
  2. Fund the account by either making a contribution, transfer or rolling over your funds from an old 401k, 403b or pension plan.
  3. Select the real estate investment you want to purchase and one of the companies will guide you through the process.

Best Self Directed IRA Companies 

Advanta IRA Review

Advanta IRA is a self-directed IRA retirement plan custodian serving clients nationwide. Advanta provides their clients exceptional personal service, experience and knowledge that is paramount in administrating self-directed IRAs.  Advanta IRA allows their clients to take full control of their investment retirement plan as well as provided education on using their retirement plan to grow wealth through providing helpful webinars, alternative investments and support.  Advanta has been providing self-directed IRA services for over 20 years.

CamaPlan IRA Review

A CamaPlan self-directed IRA account is the faster, safer way to true financial freedom. Grow your wealth and secure your future by deciding what types of investments you want to hold in your individual account.  Camaplan IRA provides exceptional service to its clients while allowing Self-directed IRA holders the freedom to grow their retirement plans as they see fit. CamaPlan considers itself in a “unique position of being a nimble, responsive player among the larger financial firms that are beginning to enter the self-directed IRA market.”

NuView IRA Review

NuView IRA joins several organizations to better service the community, including investor clubs, professional associations for attorneys and tax planners and the Better Business Bureau. NuView IRA has over 10 years of experience managing self-directed IRA accounts.  They are highly recognized among the industry leaders of self-directed IRA custodians.

New Direction IRA Review

New Direction is a trusted provider of Custodial and Administrative services for traditional and Roth IRAs, HSAs and other tax advantaged plans. Physical custody and administrative oversight in provided by Mainstar, in Kansas. The office of the State Bank Commissioners of Kansas regulates Mainstar and its oversight extends to New Direction’s accounts. New Direction IRA custodian is a growing company.  They have managed millions of dollars in their client’s assets, and are eager to help clients find new and exciting opportunities to invest their self-directed IRA

As you can see, any of these provides would be a good choice if you choose to start investing in real estate using a self-directed IRA account.  Defining the best self-directed IRA custodian would be a hard task unless you signed up and starting investing.  Before you select any of the above IRA custodian, be sure to get them to disclose their fee of service.

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Investor Spotlight: Doctor, Author Kenyon Meadows Reveals His Secrets for Investing in Real Estate

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Dr. Kenyon Meadows

Dr. Kenyon Meadows is a radiation oncologist from Youngstown, Ohio. He completed his residency in 2006 at the University of Florida and has been practicing medicine at the Southeast Georgia Cancer Care Center since 2008.

In addition to saving lives, Dr. Meadows is a published author and successful real estate investor, with an interest in residential properties in Jacksonville, Fla. Since 2013, he’s invested in approximately 35 deals on RealtyeVest, formally IHT Realty Crowdfunding, and similar crowdfunding platforms.

We recently sat down with Dr. Meadows to discuss his new book, “Alternative Financial Medicine: High Yield Investing in a Low Yield World” and his thoughts on real estate investing and the crowdfunding industry as a whole.

Q – How did you get started in real estate investing?

Dr. Meadows: I got “prepared” after enduring some stock market pain. Like everyone, I got hit pretty hard with the financial crash of 2008. But, after rebalancing into what I thought was a stable sector — oil and gas — I took another big decline. Soon after, I began to try to learn in earnest about alternative assets, such as real estate. Those efforts paid off after I met an investor who provided private money to a rehabber that was flipping about 15 houses per year in the Jacksonville market. After learning about the attractive yields and relatively passive nature of private mortgage lending, I took the plunge.

Q – Why do you primarily invest in the single-family market?

Dr. Meadows: While there are certainly advantages of scale when it comes to investing in commercial real estate properties, such as multifamily, there are a few factors that make single-family homes a more attractive investment. For instance, single-family homes attract small, working class families, who tend to rent for long stretches and hence minimizes what is often the largest expense associated with income property ownership: vacancy.

Also, in contrast to apartment tenants, they tend to feel more of a sense of “ownership” toward the property and therefore take better care of it on average. Both of these factors help to contribute to more stability, which translates into a more passive ownership experience for me. And should I ever chose to exit my portfolio, I like the option of having both an investor and retail buyer pool to potentially sell to.

Q – What initially peaked your interest in crowdfunding?

Dr. Meadows: Right around the time following my first few successful projects, some of the crowdfunding sites were coming online. This was really appealing to me because it allowed me to invest small amounts of money into real estate projects, which was more of what I was already doing. and I only invest in first-position debt.  Also, the opportunity to invest in properties across the country that otherwise would be out of reach was an intriguing concept. However, I probably would have been more afraid had I not had the prior experience with private lending.


Q – What are the best practices for a crowdfunding company?

Dr. Meadows: I love repeat sponsors with a track record of paying investors back. I am willing to sacrifice a little lower return for the chance to participate in their deals, but I only invest in first-position debt. I also like platforms that prefund the deals they list, which serves to align their incentives with the investors. Additionally, prompt communication in the event that there are any hiccups along the way is greatly appreciated. Out of the 35 or so crowdfunding deals I have done, only three are in some stage of the foreclosure process. Some sites have been better than others with respect to updates, but they all seem to be optimistic that there will be full principal recovery. That’s another reason why I only invest in first-position debt.

Q – What red flags about an investment offer have you encountered?

Dr. Meadows: If I see a deal with outsized returns my caution flag goes up. For instance, in the earlier stages of real estate crowdfunding, you could routinely see debt deals in the 14-15% range. As the space has matured and more investors are comfortable with the asset class, returns have compressed to the 9-11% range.

Q –  Tell me about your most successful real estate crowdfunding deal.

Dr. Meadows: It was a unique hybrid fix and flip deal in Los Angeles that had both first position debt, as well as a percentage of the profits from the sale. The loan was at 11% and the profit percentage was capped at an additional 8%. So, 19% when it was all said and done! That was back in 2015 and I haven’t come across anything that attractive since.

Q – Do you have any advice for sponsors/developers on how to stand out in the crowdfunding industry?

Dr. Meadows: Most crowdfunding sites lead with the deal terms and numbers – I would like to see more emphasis on the sponsors track record featured more prominently.

Q- Lastly, why did you choose to write this book? 

Dr. Meadows: I got tired of explaining all of the benefits of alternative assets on a one-on-one basis to people, and I figured I could reach more people with a book. In my opinion, real estate is the best, but there are certainly other investment opportunities that are appealing as well.

 

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Baby Boomers Nearing Retirement Drive New Markets in Affordable, Assisted Living

As the percentage of retired Baby Boomers is expected to explode over the next decade, the demand for assisted living and long-term care facilities will naturally have a parallel effect.

Today, the senior housing industry is considered one of the fastest growing real estate investment opportunities in the national housing market.

Even self-help coach Tony Robbins is getting in on the action, by listing senior housing as the second safest place to invest in a recent blog post on his website.

In 2003, Warren Buffett proved to be way ahead of the curve, when he purchased Clayton Homes — now the largest builder of mobile homes — for an estimated $1.7 billion.

The senior housing industry has an estimated market value of more than $300 billion annually. And the PEW Research Center has shown that the average return on investment for the senior housing industry, significantly outperforms all others within the real estate sector.

In the past, senior housing has been a very resilient part of the housing demand, with occupancy rates trending around 90 percent. Even during the recent “Great Recession” occupancy rates in the senior housing industry remained consistently above 85 percent.

On average, assisted living homes costs between $3,000 to $5,000 per month, per tenant, and can accommodate from 8 to 16  residents per unit, depending on state regulations.

But even with their generally higher education and income levels, many of these future residents will be unable to afford the luxury of paying for quality assisted care.

The average Baby Boomer household, ages 56-to 61-years-old, has about $164,000 saved for retirement, according to a report by the Economic Policy Institute. That amounts to around $8,200 a year, or only $680 a month, to supplement Social Security or other retirement income.

However, the median Baby Boomer retirement savings for the same age group is only $17,000, which is far less than the average household. So in reality, the future for many Baby Boomers approaching retirement is much more grim.

In the same report, an estimated 41 percent of households (ages 55-to 64-years-old) have no retirement savings set aside, whatsoever.

Although the Boomers approaching retirement are generally too young to need assisted-living, (the average resident age being 84) they are already having an impact on that market.

“Assisted living facilities have a projected 30 percent growth rate over the next 10 years, and are selling 18 percent faster today due to a lack of inventory,” said Daniel Summers, CEO of RealtyeVest, a real estate investment company that specializes in raising capital for assisted living and affordable housing.

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While the above average income Baby Boomer will continue to push the assisted living capacity demands through 2030,  the remaining will be searching for an alternative to assisted living by downsizing to affordable homes.

“Developers are recognizing the growing demand for affordable housing, and have begun aggressively acquiring and upgrading communities across the United States,” Summers said.

“And many retirees are trading in their homes for RVs and moving into 55-plus mobile home communities.”

“If you’re a Baby Boomer on a fixed or limited income you can rent or sell your larger site-built home and purchase an RV or mobile home and move to the retirement location of your choice,” Summers said.

 

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RealtyeVest Offers High-yield Investment Opportunity in Brand New Assisted Living Facility in Pearl River County

The Monroe House to Draw Seniors from Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana to the Growing Community

CARRIERE, Miss., May 16, 2017 — RealtyeVest announced today capital raise plans for brand new construction of The Monroe House, an assisted living and memory care facility in Pearl River County, Mississippi. The beautiful, spacious facility sits on 4.4 sprawling acres, less than four miles from the new state-of-the-art Highland Memorial Hospital in Picayune. The Monroe House promises to attract seniors from nearby areas of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi.

“We are excited that this project offers amazing high-yield returns to our investors, and a much-needed facility for the local Carriere community.” said Dan Summers, CEO of RealtyeVest. “With access to private deal flow and unique investment mechanisms, RealtyeVest offers affordable real estate opportunities that investors would otherwise not be able to access.”

The Monroe House will be a 40,000 square-feet single story building with 60 one-bedroom, one-bathroom living quarters. Pearl River County has enjoyed consistent population growth over the past several years, where almost 20 percent of the residents are over 55 years old.

RealtyeVest has opened its online platform and social network to provide accredited investors unprecedented access to professional-grade real estate. Unlike competitors, RealtyeVest vets each offering through an extensive due-diligence process and remains actively involved through completion, investing side-by-side with investors. Investment opportunities on the RealtyeVest debt platform offer a 10 plus 10 reward program (10 percent annual return plus 10 percent profit share, while being secured with a first lien position on the asset).

The Monroe House offering sweetens investor enticement as an opportunity to immediately engage in.

A rendering of the 40,000-square-feet, single-story facility.

“Our sponsor, longtime local banker Paul C. Monroe, wanted to kick off this program by aggressively offering a 12 percent yield and 10 percent participation on the first $1M,” said Summers.

Construction has been approved by the planning and zoning commission, and the board of supervisors. The building will feature large, modern community areas for residents. The rooms are approximately 20 percent larger than other assisted living facilities in the area. Each room will be equipped with a computer, high-speed wi-fi access, a television and telephone capable for video conferencing with family and friends.

“Until now, 13 million accredited investors in the country only had access to a fraction of the real estate opportunities on the market,” said Paul C. Monroe, project sponsor. “As a leading real estate investment management company, RealtyeVest has created a marketplace that allows investors to curate a profitable portfolio, while also expanding their network of other like-minded investors.”

Mr. Monroe has deep experience in real estate development as a co-owner and manager of multiple developments around Alabama and Mississippi, such as the Turnberry Condominiums, a 200-unit development, and the Bella Luna, a 128-unit high-rise with a 50-berth marina. He has also held various board and civic positions, including commissioner of the Mississippi Motor Vehicle Commission and Director of the Pascagoula Chamber of Commerce.

Income for the project is projected to reach stabilization within, or fewer than, 12 months, generating approximately $1.5M in gross revenue and netting an income of $168,746 by the end of its first year of operation. By the fifth year, it is projected to net an annual income of $733,000. Check out The Monroe House for more information.

Learn more about RealtyeVest at www.realtyevest.com. Connect with them on social media @RealtyeVest, on Facebook or Linkedin.

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The Real Price of Tesla Solar Shingles Is Through the Roof

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Tesla’s announcement to start selling its long-awaited solar roofing system was met with mixed reviews last week when the automaker published a cost comparison blog on its website.

The news of the announcement follows the 2016 merger between Tesla and SolarCity — one of the largest solar energy companies in the United States — and further implements Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s vision of a future defined by carbon-free energy.

In the blog post, Tesla said the new solar roofing system will cost $21.85 per square foot for an average American home — roughly 2,500 square feet.

While the product might be pricier than a traditional roof ($4.00-$7.00 per square feet,) it will ultimately pay for itself in reduced electric bills — a process Tesla says will take about 30 years to realize.

And if that isn’t enough, in reality, the price might nearly be twice that amount.

The Real Costs

The true cost, according to the blog, will be about $42 per square feet for solar tiles and $11 per square feet for non-solar tiles. Although Tesla recommends at least 50 percent of solar coverage to meet your home’s energy needs, the automaker factored in only 35 percent of the roof being covered with solar tiles when determining the average price.

Tesla even published a cost calculator for customers to price out their own roof with coverage of up to 70 percent of solar tiles.

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The price was calculated for a roof where 35 percent of the tiles are solar, in order to generate $53,500 worth of electricity, which according to Consumer Reports would make a solar roof more affordable than an asphalt shingle roof.

Regardless of the percent of coverage, costs will vary significantly depending on customer choice and the size of the roof.  But one thing is for sure, the installation before factoring in the cost of energy will be much higher than a conventional roof.

Energy Wave

Fifty years ago, the idea of building eco-friendly modular homes, using energy-efficient products, renewable materials and solar panels was impractical. Today, the momentum is with renewable energy, and because of proven tax benefits, more developers are opting to build energy-efficient homes and facilities.

For example, this assisted living facility in Carriere, Miss. will be developed as a “Green” building, which will significantly reduce its monthly utility costs.

This is all part of the global shift designed to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, eliminate pollution and promote green energy alternatives. So, even though solar roofing isn’t cheaper than other current options, it may be a practical alternative for some energy conscious consumers.

The Bottom Line

But here’s the bottom line: although the installation includes materials and the removal of your old roof, taxes, fees and additional construction costs such as skylight replacements and structural upgrades are not included.

Even if someone decides to purchase Tesla’s Solar Roofing, most Americans live in their homes for less than a decade before selling. This means the majority of homeowners who purchase the new product will have relocated long before the investment pays for itself.

This feature is made possible by using two types of glass tile, solar tile and non-solar tile. Both appear the same from street level.

It’ll be interesting to see how much success the automaker has selling to different markets, with a price tag that can range from $30,000 to upwards of a $100,000 per installation.

I guess the market niche for Tesla’s solar roof product is that it turns sunlight into electricity, while maintaining the appearance of a traditional shingled roof. Nowadays, some solar panels cost less than $3 per watt for installation, and can pay-off in more than half the time (7-10 years) than the projection for a Tesla solar shingles roof.

Made with tempered glass, this product, unfortunately, will likely be limited to the more affluent suburb market.

So far, other companies have had little success incorporating solar technology into roofing tiles or shingles. As for the bigger picture, it remains questionable if the automaker’s newest gimmick will appeal to consumers as much as its vehicles do.

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Online Real Estate Investment: The Monroe House

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The Monroe House is an online real estate investment in the community of Carriere, Mississippi — midway through Pearl River County — located between cities Picayune and Poplarville. The area is known for its growing population, which increased by 6,600 residents from 2000 to 2014, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. From 2010 to 2015, the county also experienced an increase of about 1,500 senior citizens.

Weak Competition

It’s important to note that there is only one identified assisted living facility within the Pearl River County primary market area (PMA) that offers assisted living services. While there are no imminent plans for senior living developments in Carriere, the area represents a large untapped market for investors.

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