Joint Ventures In Real Estate Development; So How Do They Work?

There are many reasons why you would consider joining with another person to undertake a development project in Joint Venture.

Usually the most basis reason reveolves around something you don’t have.

Some of them may be:

1. I own land … have capital & capacity to borrow … but no experience.

2. I have capital & capacity to borrow … partner has land … both have no experience.

3. I am ‘time poor’ … work full time and can’t be personally involved …

Let’s suppose you want to find a land owner who will put their land
into the Joint Venture, (JV) and their land will be their major contribution to the deal, plus some borrowings.

Let’s consider the implications of entering into a JV in the first place.

After all, in a JV you have to take into account another persons attitude, decision making process, (or inability to make a decision), whether they have a logical and sensible mind … the list goes on.

So, getting into a JV must have a good payback for you. Whatever you lack is usually the reason for entering into a JV.

I have noticed over the years that JV’s have a prime motivator, the driver of the deal (you), and the other person is along for the ride.

For example: the other party may have a wonderful property (site) and wants to develop it, but does not have the knowledge. You “love” the site and know that you could make it a very successful and profitable real estate development. You approched the land owner.

Another example: maybe two individuals who have saved their capital, however individually it is inadaquate to undertake a project. Combining their capital and borrowing capacity will allow they to proceed.

I prefer a JV where both parties are equally motivated, have different skill bases, but each regards the other as contributing equally.

You know the feelings that can occur, “I’m working harder that you …
all you do is the phone and number crunching work … I’m always out
and about on site dealing with the real work.”

Don’t forget why you got together in the first place.

So there are many reasons for JV’s. However, you must be clear as to why you are doing it, and it must be secured by a legally prepared JV Agreement.

A lot of ‘practical people’ hate legal documents … a JV Agreement is a legal document and both parties must understand what it says. If one of you is a bit slack on this point, it is up to the other to sit them down and go through it … it’s important!

Why?

Suppose the JV deal hits a rough patch and your partner says, “I didn’t know that … why didn’t you tell me … I left all that legal garbage to you … blah, blah.” Got It, have the arguments at the beginning of the deal … not later.

A JV Agreement sets out what each party will contribute, both money and effort, and sets out each parties obligations. It also sets out what happens if the parties ‘fall-out’ with each other as well as the division of profits or losses.

There is a lot more at stake if you JV with your rother-in-Law, other relatives etc … the term ‘on-going-nightmare’ is a phrase that readily comes to mind.

And if one of those family JV’s brake down, it doesn’t matter how many pages are in the JV Agreement, or what the words say to prove that you are “RIGHT,” … as far as YOUR Brother-in-Law is concerned, you are a ‘expletive deleted.’

Just thought I’d get that out of the way!! OK?

One more thing … doing a JV with a rich person, when you are many levels poorer then them, is also not smart.

Why?

Well, in simple terms, when ‘push comes to shove’ money rules
The golden rule says, He who has the GOLD, RULES.

Also, if the rich guy tell you not to bother with a JV Agreement … he appears to be saving you money … tempting eh? … what he’s really doing is taking away your legal rights.

Yep, you’ll have less rights than an employee. If that’s the deal … better to be an employee!

In my my ebook I emphasise the importance of getting the Structure Work of the business organised – you will build a much better development business from a secure foundation.

When you are doing your interviewing of the associated professionals, try to see if they, personally, have any entrepreneutial tendencies.

They may have land, houses, houses for renovation etc but don’t have the ‘TIME’ or ‘SKILLS’ to do the work themselves.

Don’t come out and ask them straight away … follow my ebook, do the work you want to do; that is assessing them … but keep your antenna out for any signs of a common interest.

OK, back to getting hold of some land.

Get to know the local real estate agents; I mean know them well.
Remember what I say in the ebook.

Call in and buy them a cup of coffee, take them out of their work place;
what about dinner after work; really spread yourself around.

Invest your Time in finding good, well informed, dedicated agents. Believe me they are in your business community … it’s your job to find them.

Appreciate that Agents are essentially self-employed, irrespective of whether they work in a Real Estate Agency … their ‘mind set’ is independent.

They back themselves and their abilities to provide a sales service at a
level that “consistently” provides them with a ‘good income.

That ‘good income’ by the way, will leave most of their ‘client’s’ income
looking a little anaemic.

The ‘good agents’ are busy; their ‘time’ is money; literally. So don’t mess them around.

Don’t talk to them as though you are the Aga Kahn! You’re Not. There’s always a guy richer than you … maybe the Agent!

Why am I making such a big point about agents.

I believe “people” get the agents “they deserve.”

I have heard people talk to Agents as though they were some grubby leech on society and are doing them an honor even to talk to them.

To be a successful agent these days you have to be very good. Many are highly educated and choose real estate as a career for the freedom,
individual reward and great returns.

What comes out of your mouth + body language tells an agent a great deal about you. They then wonder why the Agent never calls then … Dong!!!

Keep your ‘ego’ under control. Their sales success rests on their ability at ‘reading people.’ Remember what I say in my ebook!

When you are in the development business, you are in the business of:

Getting People To Do … What You Want Them To Do
Within The ‘TIME’ AND ‘Costs’You Set.

That means that you have to be in control of ‘How You Treat People.’
Agents know a lot of people … maybe, they even know those people who want to JV with you.

While you are doing this “work” don’t forget to do what my ebook tell you
to do about research.

Last idea for finding JV people – talk to your friends – put an advert in the local newspaper seeking expressions of interest from people interested in doing what you want.

OK, you’ve found a partner who has the land and you are comfortable with the relationship after several meetings.

Important question! What value does your prospective partner put on his land that will be put into the JV?

Just throwing a few figures around to give you an example.

Let’s say that market value for his land right now is $300,000. But he wants to put into the JV at $400,000. So if your JV Agreement involves you gaining a share of the profit, your share will be $100,000 less. Got It?

Now let’s say that part of your skills contribution to the JV includes a
rezoning of the land to a higher level and you achieve that for the JV.
That rezoning may take the land from a single unit (house) dwelling zone to a six dwelling unit zone.

Your efforts have increased the land value significantly … no, not six times, as house properties are valued differently to multiple unit properties. But it may have increased by 3 or more times, depending on your market.

Once again the $100,000 will come off your share. Now that may be OK by you, because you are just starting out on your first development … it is always better to KNOW what you are agreeing too.

I hope this information helps you in your consideration of entering a JV.
but please remember, don’t just read my eBook … study it … take notes in a special hard cover Development Copy Book that you will buy.

Writing things down is an aid to learning and remembering.

My LAST DON’T … Don’t start any of this JV stuff until you know my eBook
inside out. You must not just be able to ‘talk the talk’ – you must know what you are talking about.

What I am all about, is helping you to do residential development with the RISK reduced.

If it takes four years study to get a basic Degree and say another five years to get some experience, why would you think that you can enter the development business with little study — no experience and expect to be profitable?

Using Home Interior Design Software Can Make Your New Design A Breeze

When you are undertaking an interior design project, using a quality home interior design software program can be very helpful. It can help you choose colors and place furniture. There are many design software programs available, so choose wisely.

These software programs allow you to create the room you are decorating right on the computer. You can choose the measurements and shape of the room. Then you can place walls and windows where they are in your room. This allows you to try out different colors and designs on your own room right on your computer. Some home interior design programs will also let you download a picture of your room. Then you can really get a good feel of how a color or design will work in your space.

After you have created your room on your computer, then comes the fun part, trying out colors and designs. You can use actual samples of paint colors, flooring options, window treatments, lighting choices, and more. If a particular product that you are interested in is not featured on the home interior design software that you have chosen, you can import your own samples from other sites.

Another nice feature of design software is that you can plan furniture arrangements on the screen. No more moving around heavy pieces of furniture, only to change your mind and have to move it somewhere else. You can finalize your furniture placement on your program, and then move it to the desired location.

Home design software is especially helpful when planning a new home. You can choose from many exterior designs and finishes. You can see how your new home would look in brick, and then change it to siding. You can even plan out your landscaping.

When planning the interior of your new home or remodel, this software can be very helpful. Kitchens and bathrooms are the trickiest rooms to plan. With a quality design program, designing these rooms is a snap. You can change the layout as many times as you want until you find the perfect space for you. In the kitchen, you can import actual appliances and countertop choices. You can put together your dream kitchen all on your computer. Home interior design software allows you to get a snapshot of your new space before it is finished.

Using a great home interior design software program is the perfect way to design your home. It will help you to finalize your plans before you begin. This will help you save a lot of time, money, and effort on changing elements after you begin. Home interior design software is truly the wave of the design future.

Real Estate Development – Why You Shouldn’t Search For Great Property Development Sites

We have seen so many beginning property developers go badly wrong at the very first step.

Before scouring the real estate listings to find large blocks of land for sale, there is a crucial first step. If you jump into buying a site without taking this crucial first step, you are taking a huge risk.

You see, there is no way that you can be an expert in every part of your city or state. Yet, to be truly successful as a real estate developer, you must become an expert in the area in which you develop.

Each local council is different. Each area has different public transport provision, traffic bottlenecks, noise pollution issues, local resident action groups, and any one of a dozen other differences – and all these differences are vital factors in your development site viability calculation.

We advise that you don’t begin by searching for sites – but rather begin by selecting one or two area’s in which you will specialize.

When we’re looking for an area, we’re after “a desirable location with consistently good growth”. In other words, we’re after an area that historically has had a minimum annual average growth of at least 10%.

The growth of an area is normally associated with supply and demand more commonly known as the “scarcity” factor. But that’s by no means the end of the story. We have identified over 30 ‘Factors That Can Influence Real Estate Capital Growth’ – here are just some that we consider:

– consistent median house price increases

– positive population growth

– high socio-economic suburbs

– high percentage of homeowners

– low unemployment

– good transport links

Once we’ve identified an area we undertake a detailed market analysis of the neighbourhood using our ‘RED Local Market Feasibility Checklist’. Here are just some of the things we assess:

– demographics: Who is our market and what do they want?

– facilities: Are there schools, transport, shopping centres, hospitals, etc?

– gentrification: Is the suburb in transition, are people moving into the area, are people renovating, is there a cafĂ© society, is it a beach suburb etc?

– infrastructure: Are there plans for new infrastructure like bypasses, new roads, new bridges, shopping centers or is council undertaking beautification?

Finally, we identify what the town planning regulations allow. Possibly even speaking to the local council planners directly – in our experience most council staff are very willing to help.

Never overlook the importance of proper research because it helps you to determine what type of dwelling is in high demand in a particular area, for example if you should be concentrating on townhouses or boutique apartment developments.

Once you have selected two or three locations which look good on paper, get familiar with the areas by driving around the suburbs, checking out what other developers are building, and then talking to a few Real Estate Agents and Property Managers. If possible, you should also attend property auctions. You want to get a feeling for what’s possible, and the demand in the area.

Only when you are completely satisfied that an area stacks up, in the statistics, the ease of doing business, and in the general atmosphere, should you start the process of looking at individual development sites to purchase.

Don’t get distracted by the “Bright Shiny Object” – the apparently brilliant bargain buy in an area you haven’t researched. You have no idea what problems you may be buying into! Stick with the area you know, and know well, and you will have a lower-risk real estate development experience.