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Pirate

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No reasonable person on this thread can really disagree with anything you've said on this particular post, especially the margarita part!!

But let me ask you this regarding your comment re: "cash on cash return". How's this "1-5 percent" defined? Honestly I don't see how anyone can make any short term or cash flow "profit" by buying a property at today's prices, no matter which way you slice it.

Thanks for the reply.

I am referring to an all cash purchase and the return after all expenses from rental income. Example, if a $1m property has a net income of $35,000 that is 3.5% cash on cash. For those who don't currently rent, in order to net the $35,000 you would need to gross something like $70,000 if you use a management company. Hard to do with a $1m property purchased at the height of the frenzy.
 

BlueMtnBeachVagrant

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I am referring to an all cash purchase and the return after all expenses from rental income. Example, if a $1m property has a net income of $35,000 that is 3.5% cash on cash. For those who don't currently rent, in order to net the $35,000 you would need to gross something like $70,000 if you use a management company. Hard to do with a $1m property purchased at the height of the frenzy.
Now I see and understand what you're referring to. Clear and concise regarding "cash on cash return" - thanks.

Regardless of when one purchased investment property for rental, its almost impossible to come out ahead, "total investment" wise, when you factor in the current value of the property vs. the time-value of the equivalent amount of money. In other words, if one were to rent out a 100% financed property at "average interest rates" (even interest only), there's no way to service this loan and all expenses with a positive cash flow from only the rent. Of course appreciation changes that formula.

I know that everyone already understands this.

With that said, many people purchased property near the beach with the idea... "I know it'll cost me to carry the property, even if I rent it. But the rental will help me pay for the property NOW, IF the price goes up. Otherwise, I won't be able to afford buying the same property later and eventually retire there." And based on values from let's say 3 to 20 years ago, they were right. They were able to leverage a 20% down payment and make an approximate 50-100% annual return on that 20% investment.

I'm not saying there's a total disconnect between higher-end properties and the others when it comes to price. I'm just pointing out that higher end (i.e. water front or first tier) owner occupied properties fall into a somewhat different category than typical rental properties... Higher end owner occupied properties don't have to be justified by rental return - only by the desire to own and live in a very unique spot in a very unique area of the country - hurricanes and all.

It's also been said several times before... South Walton County has 2 important things going for it: 1. Building height restriction and 2. Lots of state owned land. Both of these items will restrict development (compared with other areas) and shore up values in our area.
 

John R

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Shelly, are those photos current, or taken just after the storm?

bmbv, 'shoring up value' is great for those of us already here, but bad for those who still want to live/work here. just like boulder with their greenbelt, the land inside has become almost unattainable. and i know that term begs, 'to whom?' it just becomes part of the larger cart/horse issue.

good to see you back here.

jr
 

BlueMtnBeachVagrant

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...bmbv, 'shoring up value' is great for those of us already here, but bad for those who still want to live/work here. just like boulder with their greenbelt, the land inside has become almost unattainable. and i know that term begs, 'to whom?' it just becomes part of the larger cart/horse issue.

good to see you back here.

jr
You have a point. The examples I use typically infer "retiring baby boomers" or others with financial independence. Those that are employed by the local service industries (real estate agents aside...or at least it use to be ;-) ) typically can't afford to buy in at today's or even yesterday's prices. But as you suggest, that's true in MANY areas of the country, not just South Walton.

Just because a person is employed and maybe lives in South Walton doesn't provide them with an entitlement to own property there as well....in a perfect world, maybe. I better be careful. Someone might accuse me of being a socialist.:D

Oh yea, thanks. Nice to join in on "less controversial" threads as well.
 

SHELLY

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Shelly, are those photos current, or taken just after the storm?


That's a photo from Navarre Beach (down near Pensacola) that was hit by Ivan in Sept 2004 and then again by Dennis in July 2005. They weren't able to renourish the beach fast enough and the waves just pounded the "beachfront" properties day-after-day. The photos above were taken on October 25, 2005--here's that same house two days earlier (Oct 23, 2005):

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(Photos were taken by a Navarre local named Kenny Wilder)
 
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Bob

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I agree, some of the buyers for properties in SoWal are not interested in rental or returns or anything but enjoying the beach and the area. I am primarily an investor and my feeling is that the market there is driven by other forces and many owners count on the income from rental. The rents from vacation property generally will not create cash flow with a typical mortgage. The cash on cash return from rental is usually awful as well but at current asking prices it ranges from 1-5 percent which is laughable. I don't consider a quick "flipping" type of return when I buy a property. I buy and hold properties until they no longer make sense to hold. One nice thing about owning beach property as an investment is the ability to "check your property" and have a margarita at the beach at the same time.

I look at property every time I visit and the numbers still look ugly. If (when) the prices go down enough I will buy more, they just aren't even close yet.
Pirate, taxes, insurance, and salt air upkeep would kill your margins even if you could get greatly reduced pricing. Those issues will never get better, only worse.
 

Babyblue

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Gulf front property is not nearly as desirable as it was 2 years ago. The risks are huge with possible hurricane and insurance is almost impossible to get. Gulf front property seems to been its own micro-market and a lot of people aren't touching it. Don't use gulf front property as a benchmark for the entire 30-A area.

Why is there still building going on on the Gulf, East Coast, West etc. People live on fault lines, side of mountains and when something bad happens they just re-build. I take exception to your observation. I have insurance not hard for me to get and the Gulf is my front door.
 

Pirate

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Pirate, taxes, insurance, and salt air upkeep would kill your margins even if you could get greatly reduced pricing. Those issues will never get better, only worse.

I own property there and in many other areas. I understand all the costs involved as well as anyone and better than many. You have mistaken me for a cheerleader for high prices. The prices are to high by half or more, I was pointing out how awful the returns are and in turn why the prices will never hold.
 

Pirate

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Now I see and understand what you're referring to. Clear and concise regarding "cash on cash return" - thanks.

Regardless of when one purchased investment property for rental, its almost impossible to come out ahead, "total investment" wise, when you factor in the current value of the property vs. the time-value of the equivalent amount of money. In other words, if one were to rent out a 100% financed property at "average interest rates" (even interest only), there's no way to service this loan and all expenses with a positive cash flow from only the rent. Of course appreciation changes that formula.

I know that everyone already understands this.

With that said, many people purchased property near the beach with the idea... "I know it'll cost me to carry the property, even if I rent it. But the rental will help me pay for the property NOW, IF the price goes up. Otherwise, I won't be able to afford buying the same property later and eventually retire there." And based on values from let's say 3 to 20 years ago, they were right. They were able to leverage a 20% down payment and make an approximate 50-100% annual return on that 20% investment.

I'm not saying there's a total disconnect between higher-end properties and the others when it comes to price. I'm just pointing out that higher end (i.e. water front or first tier) owner occupied properties fall into a somewhat different category than typical rental properties... Higher end owner occupied properties don't have to be justified by rental return - only by the desire to own and live in a very unique spot in a very unique area of the country - hurricanes and all.

It's also been said several times before... South Walton County has 2 important things going for it: 1. Building height restriction and 2. Lots of state owned land. Both of these items will restrict development (compared with other areas) and shore up values in our area.


All good points. The market looks very different now than 3-20 years ago. Deals have come and gone. If you bought at some points along the way you could make properties cash flow with a mortgage on rental within a few years of purchase, I have done it.

High end owner occupied homes definitely have a totally different dynamic. I understand you feel the market will be driven by full time residents/second homes and I simply disagree. At best it may be 50/50 some day IMO. Only time will tell.

If I wasn't crazy about the area I sure wouldn't waste so much time yapping about it.:D
 
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