Group Rental Property Investment

Back in 2019, I decided to invest in a rental property in Detroit, MI with an investment club.  I found the leader of the group via YouTube.  I had been watching her videos for a year and I liked the information she was putting out regarding business and making your money work for you. 

I know there are questions people want answers to like:

1. How do you know if you can trust that person?

2. How often will you receive your portion of the profits?

3. How long will you own the property?

Truth, I didn’t know if I could truly trust that person, but we have a contract signed with all owners that lays out everyone’s percentage and how often monies will be disbursed. There is also a clause about what happens to the property after so many years. When you think about, even if I had a personal relationship with this group of investors, I would still want a contract.

Fast Forward to Present Day!

I’d like to say that it’s been a learning experience for sure. Some things have gone well and some things have gone not so well. Let me just say, I’m so glad I didn’t pay a whole lot of money.

First, we didn’t really get payouts every quarter because the tenant stopped paying rent. Yes, before the pandemic happened the tenant stopped paying rent. It’s a sad situation because the group is being told that the tenant is not affected by Covid-19. She’s still working and not paying rent.

The owner of the investment club posted a video on YouTube about the experience. I’m linking it below

Changing Strategy

Every now and then, you have to switch it up and do something new or different.

Real estate investing is no different. I don’t know many investors who only do one type of investing. Most have done at least two types of real estate investing.

This year, I’m going to try something while bidding on tax liens. In the past, I’ve been afraid to bid on land because I didn’t know what I would do with it should it come to me foreclosing on the property.

However, today I’m feeling like land is exactly what I need because we have entered into a time where people are starting to grow more food inside and outside their homes. Not everyone is going to have that space and owning land for a community garden or to house someone’s animals could be a good investment.

I was DENIED one time.

Instructions letter

Did you know that as a Housing Choice Voucher Program vendor, you can request an increase every year on the rent amount?

Well if you didn’t know. I’m here to tell you that you can request an increase in payment.

I learned this from my property manager who also rents to people in this program and has much more experience with it than I do.

What she didn’t tell me or what I didn’t ask was how to go about doing it so when I sent the email requesting an increase it was DENIED.

It was denied because I didn’t list some information shown in the picture of this article and it wasn’t mailed in with a signature.

I ended up writing a letter on paper with the information they wanted and I got approved for my increase that I requested.

Everyone is happy especially me because now I feel I’m starting to receive an adequate amount for the amount of work that was put into that property.

The GOVERNMENT didn’t pay me!

No Check on the 1st

As a landlord for a Housing Choice Voucher Program (formally called Section 8) tenant, I never expected to hear what I heard today.

Yes, I know that we are living in days of uncertainty and overwhelming madness, but everyone knows the government pays their bills and usually on time.

So what happened…

COVID 19 happened! That’s what happened. The regional office is closed due to an outbreak and since it’s unknown how many people the person with COVID 19 came into contact with, everyone was sent home and will be returning on Monday.

I’m in shock! Not because I don’t understand the severity of COVID 19, but because I didn’t know these payments were not automated. Someone has to manually enter this information. I totally thought they had a software system to manage this. Yep, I still have some learning to do.

If this is not a wake up to people. I don’t know what it will take. Not only should we all be investing or providing services and goods to each other, but we can’t have only one thing. There needs to be multiple baskets, even if those baskets only have one egg in each of them.

As I write this post, it’s a reminder for me stay focused on my goals and to keep moving forward and I want others to do the same.