12 steps of the real estate investing process you need to know

Real Estate Investment Process

Successful real estate investment means you understand the investment process inside out. We’ve created a 12-step flow chart of the real estate investment process. You can download by clicking on this link: https://bit.ly/2R2QpJl 

Education

  • Learn about the fundamentals of real estate
  • Understand how the economy affects the real estate market
  • Form strategies and plan around your investment goal

Market research

  • Take time to understand a specific niche market
  • Surround yourself with like-minded real estate enthusiasts
  • Read multiple market reports

Sourcing experts

  • Find the right experts with the right domain
  • Be clear on what you need
  • Understand their scope and fees before engaging experts

Sourcing projects

  • Find comparables within the area
  • Drill down into the details
  • Keep track of your findings

Conducting due diligence

  • Don’t interpret the findings and results
  • Keep track on the progress with checklists
  • Check with experts regularly and see if they spot red flags

Fundraising

  • Prepare a clear and detailed business plan for investors
  • Make sure you are aligned with shareholder expectations
  • Be transparent about the potential risks

Bidding on projects

  • Communicate clearly on your terms
  • Get advice from your experts on your terms
  • Follow the steps during the transaction process

Financing

  • Source multiple options before committing
  • Assess how the financing terms affect the project
  • Maximize your risk-reward tolerance for leverage

Negotiating

  • Ensure your agent/broker is acting in your best interest
  • Be patience and disciplined during negotiations
  • If something doesn’t feel right, protect your interest by taking the time to evaluate. If not, you can always walk away

Transacting & closing

  • Make sure the fund flow is clear
  • Ensure all agreements are well-documented
  • Make sure the experts acknowledge the fund transfer

Managing the property/asset

  • Appoint experts with the right experience
  • Build a healthy relationship with your tenants
  • Keep track of your performance

Selling

  • Get advice from experts on the price point
  • Do your research to find the best time to sell
  • Find out how other similar and nearby projects’ marketing effort

If you are clear on these steps, you can find the property of your dreams without wasting precious time and effort. We will layout more detail for each step in the future.

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The Leadership We Need In The 2020 Digital World

The leadership we need in the 2020 digital world

Welcome back! I hope you take some time to rest, refresh, and recharge during the holidays. If you have been following the news lately, you’ve likely experienced some good and bad, ups and downs. There are so many uncertainties with global events, such as Brexit, US-China trade war, potential recession coming, and possible US-Iran war. It is hard to predict how 2020 will plan out. 

During these troubled times, any organization that embodies positive leadership qualities will strive, especially in real estate where good thought leadership will help navigate our rapidly changing, complex, and fragmented industry.

After chatting with some experienced industry leaders, we have identified three critical aspects:

1. Be at the forefront, as a true leader

A leader needs to be at the forefront of the team. From Jim Collins’ book “Good To Great”, he describes the “Level 5 Leadership” of an organization (the ultimate top leaders) as having 7 key attributes:

(i) Be ambitious for the organization to excel but modest about what you contribute.

(ii) Be fanatically driven, obsessed even, to produce exceptional results on a sustainable basis.

(iii) Build successors to be even more successful.

(iv) Share the praise amongst the team when things go well.

(v) Be happy to take the blame when things go wrong.

(vi) Never have larger than life personalities.

(vii) Greatness comes from quiet, hard work, rather than heroic acts.

For more information, I would suggest checking out his book. As a true leader, you need to set yourself at the highest standard to allow your team to follow.

2. Transparent communication

As a leader, you might face stress or a tough decision to make. Do not put the problems just on your shoulders – share the burden with your team and tell-it-like-it-is to ensure the free flow of information. By sharing decision-making tasks and involving multiple people during brainstorming, your team can generate ideas freely in your organization to help solve problems together.

3. Actively listen to your team and make this a priority

In this environment, you need to evolve with the market swiftly and adapt to change with growth in mind. To spot these subtle movements, you need to actively listen to your team carefully. Exceptional leaders regularly check-in with their team. From their conversations, you might find cues in your team spot that you have not. Also, learn what they suggest (process and tools) that might help your organization be more productive.

Great leaders, whether you are in the real estate or the PropTech sector, need to continually find ways to improve and respond to the market so that their organization will be at the forefront of the exciting changes. You, as a leader, are in charge of finding the areas where change is needed. Be the version of yourself and strive for betterment.

As a leader, what is your biggest pain point? What innovation do you hope to see more of within your organization and the sector? Let us know in the comments below.

Above and beyond, 

Darren

Co-founder, Denzity

Year-End Review 2019

We have spent some time reflecting on our journey and want to share our exciting plans for 2020.

2019 is almost over, and we are only a couple of weeks away from turning 1-year old (Woohoo!). We want to thank everyone who has encouraged and supported us along this journey. We have spent some time reflecting on our journey and want to share our exciting plans for 2020.

At first, we set out to build a comprehensive real estate fractional ownership database worldwide. By aggregating hundreds of real estate fractional ownership platforms scattered worldwide, our portal was designed for you to find everything in one place and in an organized manner to streamline your research and due diligence process before investing in real estate fractional ownership. You can get a better grasp of the industry landscape and spot opportunities easier and faster. We were confident that our platform would become a key enabler in this sector. 

However, after launching our beta and getting feedback, we realized that our platform has yet to establish an essential element: forming a close-knit community of real estate enthusiasts and real estate experts by encouraging contribution and transparency. Community engagement enables deep, meaningful relationships to build trust and confidence.  Having a pool of excellent, reliable insights directly from experts (real estate agents/brokers, institutional firms, and transactional advisors) helps address your uncertainties and frustrations with market research, sourcing experts & projects, and conducting due diligence in real estate investing. This access can speed up your learning and provide you better clarity for your real estate exploration.

This “Aha” moment led us to launch the Denzity Forum last month with a handful of users and experts. Not only that, users found the answers useful, the experts found the information exchange meaningful! So, we have decided to expand our scope from real estate fractional ownership to include more segments of the real estate sector. Our top priority in 2020 is to broaden this community by empowering a cosmopolitan environment that gives you access to a growing range of insights and projects directly from experts worldwide. We believe this direction will significantly benefit you and the real estate sector worldwide in the long run. 

We are excited about next year! If you want to find real estate insights, find potential real estate projects, or connect with link-minded real estate enthusiasts and real estate experts, then our platform can help you to achieve your goal. 

Find more about the forum here: https://forum.denzity.io/topic/130/year-end-review-2019

Wish you a Happy Holidays and talk to you again in 2020,

Darren

Co-founder, Denzity

5 Questions To Help You Develop Your Real Estate Investing Niche

5 Questions To Help You Develop Your Real Estate Investing Niche

How to find your investment niche in real estate? Speak with experts and other investors, read market reports and look at comparable transactions. Let your curiosity run wild and follow through with your intuition.

1. Which market excites you?

Be precise about and stick to what you’re looking for. For example, a “residential property in London” would return a wider search result than “2-bedroom luxury apartments in Prime Central London”, which is more precise and actionable. Knowing your exact target market will narrow down your search with more effective sourcing of information and experts.

2. What is the investment for?

A lot of investors tend to make the mistake of thinking that good property should be held forever. If your intention of the investment is capital growth, at what point would you be satisfied with a return (or loss)? Is the investment for rental income or self-use? Being crystal clear on your intention will help you realize your investment strategy and manage your expectations.

3. What is the demand and supply of this niche?

Understanding your target market’s cycle will give you a better idea of picking out signs of recovery after a fluctuation in performance and any potential for future growth in the area. Being or having someone on the ground will help you gather feedback from experts and gain an updated feel of the neighbourhood’s development.

4. Where do you find potential projects from your niche market?

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Try working with multiple real estate agents or brokers that specialize in your niche market. You can start by asking their opinions on comparable properties and understanding which opportunities would fit your investment criteria. If you do not know any real estate agents or brokers, you can ask this question on Denzity’s forum to gather suggestions from experts.

5. Are you aware of all the potential risks?

When you’ve made an investment in your target market, you should understand the elements which might have a drag on your investment’s performance. What are the elements which will influence your investment? We suggest making a discounted cash flow with a base case, stress case and worst case to predict the potential risks that might affect your investment.

If you are clear on these details, you can find the property of your dreams without wasting precious time and effort. You might also become an expert of the market!

Do you have other tips for finding your real estate niche? Share with us in the comments below.

3 Biggest Technology Trends The Real Estate Sector Must Embrace

3 Biggest Technology Trends The Real Estate Sector Must Embrace

We recently shared PropTech: Past, Present, and Future and The Forces That Will Shape The Future of Real Estate Investing, our view on how PropTech could impact the real estate sector. Today, we want to share our thoughts on three technological trends the real estate sector will need to embrace. Are you ready? Let’s dive in! 

Market research 
Real estate market research has typically been a tedious and time-consuming process, which is why companies like CoStarReal Capital Analytics, and Realinflo have spawned to utilize technology to provide investors with insights. Social listening, AI, and big data will play a significant role in PropTech companies to compile and deliver tailored analysis to their customers. For example, Realinflo has compiled the largest and most up-to-date database of leases in Hong Kong over the last 2 years.

Sourcing projects 
As the number of online real estate portals, such as ZillowRedfin, and Spacious have spawned for investors to find residential properties online, the vast array of offerings in different real estate types serves to meet a diversity of investor demand. It’s only a matter of time before investors access a single portal to access all types and sizes of real estate opportunities around the world. If you are a real estate broker and not utilizing these portals, you are going to miss out!

Fundraising projects 
Real estate firms that have embraced the new ways to fundraise (e.g. real estate fractional ownership) are leading the wave of technological and regulatory advancement in real estate. Leaders such as Property PartnerBlend Network, and iFunded are providing investors with access to a broader range of projects with more flexible contribution amounts. Owning a fraction of a fancy hotel or a beautiful vineyard with a couple of thousand dollars? Count me in! 

The Missing Piece 
While tons of companies are working on different problems within the real estate investment process, nobody is working on bridging the gap bring these real estate portals together. Why is it important? Investors often shy away from the fragmented and complex real estate industry – known to be costly, inefficient, and scattered. A single portal would serve and evolve around the needs of its core user base of everyday investors.

Someone needs to address the huge pain point with real estate investment: streamlining the investor’s journey from a matter of weeks down to a few days.

We at Denzity have the answer. 

The solution is to act as the glue – collaborating with different partners (such as real estate databases, project providers, and experts) to enhance the investor’s experience and allow investors to have better-informed decisions throughout their exploration based on their criteria. By having access to this ecosystem, real estate investors can explore the world of real estate investing all in one place effortlessly and unlock their full potential.  

What is your biggest pain point? What innovation do you hope to see more of within the real estate sector? Let us know in the comments below.

Above and beyond,

Darren
Co-founder, Denzity

Product update: Event page. Find all the upcoming events you might be interested

Denzity Product Update: Event Page

An event can be created to notify Denzity users of upcoming events. 


It’s a great way for experts to promote their exhibition, conference, and networking events for real estate enthusiasts. 

The event pages can allow Denzity community to know the upcoming events that they might be interested in.

Start by writing the event title

Step 1: Include the geographic location (city and/or country) with the following format.
[For example, [email protected] Kong, [email protected] – UK]

Step 2: Write out a short (and sweet!) description of the event that indicates the topic and reason. 
[For example, make the move to Australia and learn about your future property investment; The updated Canada tax for foreign investors; UK Property Investing Conference]

Step 3: Let people know about who is hosting the event with the following format. 
[For example, Hosted by ABC Group, On behalf of XYZ Limited]

Here are two examples for you as reference:

  • [[email protected] Kong] Make the move to Australia and learn about your future property investment [Host by ABC Group]
  • [[email protected] – Thailand] Prime Location Residential tour [Host by ABC Group, on behalf of XYZ Limited]

The event pages can allow Denzity community to know the upcoming events that they might be interested in.

For more information on how to draft the event description

and the ground rule, please check out our post

“Guide for Event Hosts’: https://forum.denzity.io/topic/107/guide-for-event-hosts

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4 Key Habits Of Successful Real Estate Investors

Real estate investment is one of the most stable asset class for income generation and wealth preservation. However, investors should ascertain four core skills to be a successful real estate investor.

Plan ahead

Create a solid plan and treat your real estate investment as a business with a short-term and long-term goal. More importantly, be sure to consistently review your investment’s performance so as to manage expectations in your investment plan. This ensures you are clear along the journey towards your ultimate goal. We suggest you develop a 3-5 year plan based on thorough research to meet your ultimate goal.

Know the market and develop your niche

To be effective, you need to gain in-depth knowledge of the markets that you want to invest in: from past to present to future. The ability to spot trends can help you more accurately predict future changes in the market. Identify the different ways that might help you to make your real estate investment a success. With having those practices, your investment will not rely solely on faith and luck.

Keep educating and learning

Similar to the previous habit, you need to constantly stay up-to-date with the market and evaluate future potential. You can educate yourself by getting real estate-related investment information that is readily available online, attend real estate related seminars or exhibits. Finding a mentor or having a network to guide you can shorten your learning curve and get better results, which brings us to our next point.

Build a network of savvy investors and experts

You are not on your own! Real estate investing takes years of experience and in-depth wisdom. Having a network can provide you with support and create opportunities for the people involved. Savvy investors and experts understand the importance of building a network together to collaborate and succeed together.

Real estate investing is not easy. Becoming a successful real estate investor requires time, effort, and commitment. By following these four habits, you too can develop the skills and traits to be successful real estate investors and unlock your full real estate investing potential.

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WeWork – A Cautionary Tale For All PropTech Players

As the year of 2019 draws to a close, it’s hard to forget one of the biggest lessons learned in the business world: WeWork’s failed IPO at USD 47 billion leaving SoftBanks to intervene with a ‘stimulus package’, which leaves WeWork at a valuation today of USD 10-12 billion.

For those interested in reading more into WeWork’s story, here are some informative pieces: Feedough’s “WeWork Business Model, an in-depth analysis of WeWork’s business model; Harvard Business Review’s “No, WeWork Isn’t A Tech Company. Here’s Why That Matters, which breaks down WeWork’s ‘taboo’; and Bloomberg’s video “The Spectacular Rise and Fall of WeWork to get a better grasp of the situation.

From this saga, we hope PropTech players take a step back and re-evaluate three important lessons:

1. Are you In the tech business or real estate business
Many start-ups often frame themselves as tech companies in hopes to obtain a higher valuation from a larger pool of potential investors. A business should only be classified as tech-driven only if the core business is selling tech as a product or service, as the high valuations associated with technology companies are their ability to generate enormous profits and scale at a fast speed with relatively low investment. In our view, WeWork is not a tech company and they should be frank with their investors to manage expectations.

2. The potential impact of the proprietary technology
It is hard to understand how much tech has played a part in WeWork’s business. WeWork claimed that they employed data analytics and another smart tech to improve the efficiency of their spaces, how people use their spaces, and where to build next. Yet, isn’t this the knowledge and insights provided by real estate experts (such as brokers)? While we associate the utilization of technology as helping businesses make better decisions, there is a vast array of tech companies that don’t necessarily deliver on this promise – WeWork included.

3. The recession threat
Some people argue that the sole reason WeWork failed was because of bad timing – this is partly true as WeWork is a subleasing business – while others argue WeWork failed to build proprietary technologies to protect itself during a recession – partly true assuming you agree WeWork utilizes technology in its core business.

In our view, WeWork’s expansion into other types of real estate improves diversification depending on its mix. For example, expanding the number of gyms increases risk during a recessionary period, as their occupancy suffers on account of fewer active memberships. However, owning hospitals and public-funded schools would be ‘defensive’ and improve WeWork’s resilience during a recession as these segments would ‘operate as normal’. If WeWork were developed as a technology company, they should have allocated more attention and effort on developing tech to lower their cash burn to ensure their clients stick around during bad times.

WeWork is a big lesson that should not be ignored. We hope PropTech players have not lured down a similar path in losing sight of their core focus: building technologies that impact and transforms the real estate industry.


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Top 5 topics on real estate investing in Germany

This week, we want to share with you the top five topics on real estate investing in Germany from our community.

Read more: https://forum.denzity.io/tags/germany

1. Can a foreigner buy property in Germany?
Read more: https://bit.ly/38aEhO1

2. Can a non-EU citizen buy property in Germany?
Read more: https://bit.ly/2sQxHMF

3. Is this the right time to buy property in Germany?
Read more: https://bit.ly/2OU5qx9

4. How much does a property manager charge for an apartment Munich [Germany]?
Read more: https://bit.ly/2YsnMbN

5. What’s the leasing term like for residential units in Munich [Germany]?
Read more: https://bit.ly/2Lty1ar

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3 Key Factors That Drive The Real Estate Market

Before you start looking into specific real estate investments, you must understand some key factors that might affect your decision.  So, we think it would be a great idea to give you a quick reminder before starting your search. 

The Economy
The real estate market is closely linked with the economic cycle. Even if the property is sound, your investment (at least on a mark-to-market basis) might be dragged by economic factors. During the economic downturn, there tend to be some negative effects, such as the unemployment rate rises, and consumption level decreases. These combined might cause risks to your investment.

Government Policies
Government policies affect the economy and influence (both local and foreign) investors’ sentiment. During political instability, people might delay their purchases or sales to wait for the certainty of the directions and the policy implications. Tax credits, deductions, and subsidies are some of the ways that policy may affect your investment.

Supply and demand
Population demographics affect how real estate is priced and what type of properties are in demand. Additionally, social and cultural aspects might affect different markets in certain areas. Being aware of these trends can help you to think about your investment strategy.

All these factors are intertwined and it’s all about timing. Understanding the connection can help you to conduct a better evaluation of potential investments. If you are uncertain about what you want, speak to real estate experts! They can deliver the knowledge and insights you need to fast track your search. 

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