- Good agent relationships
- Showing up
I helped the buyers purchase this property in 2013. As of January 2015, 60% of the buyers loan is being covered by the rent generated in the lower level apartment. In this short time, the buyer has been accumulating cash and is preparing to make another investment.
A few things worked particularly well here. First, and most critically, the buyers had done their homework and understood the potential.
When we found ourselves in multiple offers, it was helpful that I had a good working relationship with the listing agent. Because of this, the seller agreed to meet for an in-person offer presentation (I don't believe competing agents/buyers presented in person). And, at that presentation, the listing agents encouraged their client to take my client's offer.
View listing details here.
Been thinking about how much the construction cranes tell us about housing inventory in Seattle. The red and white cranes to the right are building Insignia; the only significant condo project coming out of the ground. The rest of the cranes represent new jobs (commercial office) and non-owner occupied housing units (apartment buildings) in South Lake Union. Through this lens, the strong seller's market makes more sense.
Interesting article from GeekWire regarding residential rents in Seattle (my nowtown) as compared to SF (my hometown). It makes me wonder: Without SF-like rent control laws, do Seattle renters actually have more to fear than SF renters over the long term? Is the incentive to buy more significant here than there? If it is, at least the purchase prices are lower. And the competition, while fierce, may not be as ruthless as it is on that peninsula.
I am always intrigued by the $/unit number in these apartment building sales. I would think that this would be a relevant number for renters considering buying. This is the price that an investor is willing to pay to rent this space to you (presumably a premium for the right to use it to generate future revenue and a discount for volume). Would you pay that much to own it (or something similar) and control it yourself? Any other thoughts on this data point?