Ep. 39: Due Diligence Tips for Buying Apartments with Nathan Tabor

Nathan Tabor has operated more than two-dozen businesses since 1999, grossing over $150 million in sales. He was introduced to real estate when a man came to his used car lot with a building he needed to sell. Since then Nathan has successfully flipped 26 properties in 9 years, grossing over $52 million in sales and has consulted on deals worth over $200 million. He’s had amazing successes and epic failures, and is the author of "How to Find, Finance, Fix and Flip Apartments." Today, he shares his take on the Winston-Salem market and his best due diligence tips when acquiring apartments.

Key Market Insights

  • Ran a “buy here, pay here” car lot when a guy walked in and said he had an 18-unit complex to sell
  • After having multiple issues securing financing was told to meet with someone who gentleman and received 100% financing
  • Had $500k in debt, sold it for $850k and netted $253k in profits
  • Second seller saw him doing the work and offered to sell his property and paid the same price per unit
  • Second deal had a setback issue that ended up costing $150k more than planned
  • Focus market is Winston-Salem and Greensboro
  • 11th year investing in real estate and has seen 4 peaks and valleys
  • Sees big city investors coming into Winston-Salem
  • Gets almost sidelined in a timeframe like this when properties that should sell for $15k/door start selling for $30k-$35k/door
  • If market is maxed out at $900/mo for rent, you’re not getting more than that no matter what you do to the unit.
  • Focus on Class C or D+ properties with high issues, runs his number backwards, like a flip property
  • Cap rate determines value for the area based on what has been sold
  • In Winston-Salem properties have sold at 2%-3% cap rate, and others that have sold at a 24% cap rate
  • Look at Loopnet, CoStar or brokerage firm to help determine cap rate
  • Cap Rate = Net Operating Income / Sales Price
  • Most properties are in 7.5-9% cap rate
  • Found opportunities in rural areas, 15 minutes from downtown, off MLK,
  • Seeking an owner in distress or ready to exit
  • Pulls police records, city complaints, housing authority from last two years and looks for patterns
  • 80% of people don’t have a business plan for their business

   Bull’s Eye Tips:

Winning Your Market: The answer is no until you ask

Tracking Market Changes: Educate – read, talk to building inspectors and leverage a team

Daily Habit: Reads Proverbs daily



How to Find, Finance, Fix and Flip Apartments by Nathan Tabor   

Best Business Books:

21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell 


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