We all are thinking about it and some of us are actually taking action and getting their hands on real estate investment properties. The longer the NY Stock Exchanges doesn’t produce desirable returns the more people are starting with real estate investments.For most of us the obvious choice of properties are single family homes. Although you can invest in real estate without owning a home, most people follow the experience they made while purchasing their own home. This is familiar ground and the learning curve for doing a real estate deal of this type is pretty slim.Of course there’s a drawback with this approach. The competition is fierce and there are markets where investors are artificially driving up the cost of the properties while completely discouraging first time home buyers. If this is the case, the burst of the real estate bubble is just a matter of time.How do you avoid these situations and still successfully invest in real estate? How do you get ahead of the competition and be prepared for bad times in real estate investments as well? The only answer I have is commercial real estate.Why commercial real estate you might ask? Commercial real estate is a solid investment in good and bad times of the local real estate market. The commercial real estate I’m referring to are multi unit apartment buildings.Yes you will become a landlord and No you don’t have to do the work by yourself. You are the owner and not the manager of the apartment building. The cost of owning and managing the building is part of your expenses and will be covered by the rent income.Apartment buildings are considered commercial real estate if there are 5 or more units. To make the numbers work you should consider to either own multiple small apartment buildings or you should opt for bigger buildings. This will keep the expense to income ratio at a positive cash flow. Owning rental properties is all about positive cash flow.With investing in single family homes it is easy to achieve positive cash flow. Even if your rent income doesn’t cover your expenses 100%, the appreciation of the house will contribute to the positive cash flow. With commercial real estate the rules are different.While single family homes are appraised by the value of recent sales of similar homes in your neighborhood, commercial real estate doesn’t care about the value appreciation of other buildings. The value of the property is solely based on the rent income. To increase the value of a commercial real estate you need to find a way to increase the rent income. The formula on how this is calculated would be too much for this short article. I listed a few very helpful books where you can find all the details.What’s another advantage to invest in commercial real estate? Commercial real estate financing is completely different than financing a single family home. While financing a single family home you are at the mercy of lenders who want to make sure that you are in the position to pay for the house with your personal income. Commercial real estate financing is based in the properties ability to produce positive cash flow and to cover the financing cost.After reading all these information about commercial real estate you want to go out there and dive into the deals. Not so fast. First, you need to learn as much about real estate as possible. In commercial real estate you’re dealing with professionals. If you come across too much as a newbie you will waste these guys’s time and your commercial real estate career ended before it actually started. Second, no commercial real estate lender will lend you any money if you can’t show at least a little bit of real estate investment experience.What’s the solution to this? Go out there and do one or two single family home deals yourself. It doesn’t matter if you make huge profits to start off with. Most newbie investors are losing money on their first deal anyway. If you can manage to show positive cash flow with your single family home deals you are ahead of the pack.My advice, buy a small single family home in a decent neighborhood and rent it immediately. This will keep your out of the pocket expenses at a minimum and you will have rent income to cover for your monthly expenses. Bonus, you gain experience as an investor and as a landlord.Here’s another observation I made during my real estate investment career. Most people like to analyze, learn, discuss and analyze some more. They never actually got to do a real estate deal. They love to talk about real estate investments, but never did it themselves.My approach to real estate investment was simple.- I bought some books about real estate investment.- I read every single one of them.- I put together a simple plan on how I want to get started.- I started looking for properties.- I bought my first investment property 30 days after I started reading my first book.- I made positive cash flow with all of my properties so far.What is my point? You have to go out there and practice what you’ve learned. The only valid credential in the real estate business is practical experience. Having a couple of deals under your belt, you can go out there and start looking at commercial real estate and even impress seasoned investors with your knowledge. Because you made this experience by yourself and you know what you’re talking about.Book reference for commercial real estate investments:Gary W. Eldred, PhD: “Make Money with Small Income Properties”Jack Cummings: “Real Estate Financing and Investment Manual”You will find these books and many more on my real estate investment website at http://www.suncoastrenttoown.com/author_directory.htmSincerely,Peter Dobler
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Cloud computing is the delivery of shared resources, software and information over the Internet. It is a relatively new delivery model for IT services and provides users with a completely different way to use and manage their IT software and platforms. A common way to use cloud computing is to subscribe, or pay a monthly fee to use a particular software solution. Instead of the software being installed on a user’s computer directly, the user accesses the software remotely, via their web browser.Some of the generic benefits of cloud computing include:
Cost: Cost can be greatly reduced since capital expenditure is converted to operational expenditure, lowering the barriers to entry
Local Independence: Users can access systems using a web browser, regardless of their location or device they are using
Scalability and Peak Load Capacity: Using software on the cloud means that companies can manage peaks in demand with ease
Reliability: Reliability is improved making is a safer option with regards to disaster recovery
Maintenance: This is easier on cloud computing since the software is not installed on the user’s computer; meaning that support and upgrades are managed and taken on by the provider themselves.
Event managers are able to take advantage of cloud computing and use it to improve efficiency and reduce the cost of their events.Two of the most popular cloud software solutions for event managers are:Google DocsGoogle Docs is a fantastic example of cloud computing. Traditionally, working off a master document on a conventional server or network could cause many issues, such as:
Not knowing if you’re working on the most recent version
Only one person at a time being able to gain access
Only those working on the server/network would be able to access the document
Issues with duplication
However, hosting documents on the cloud means that key members of the event team (and external partners and suppliers) can access documents at any time from any place (Internet connection pending). There’s no limit to the number of people who can view the document at any time, updates are made in real time, and there are no issues with document duplication. Additionally, hosting documents on the cloud is also safer, since they are not relying on the security of the network or server they would normally be kept on.Event Management SoftwareEvent software is starting to play a key role in the organisation and management of events. Comprehensive event management software includes features such as:Website integration: event software should seamlessly integrate with your existing website without the need to re-design or re-brandOnline Registration: event management software should allow event managers to create a fully customisable online booking form capturing the most relevant information from your delegatesEvent Communication: Clear and targeted communication to your delegate audience is crucial, the event system should include integrated event communication tools such as email marketing, invitation and surveysEvent Badges: One of the most time consuming jobs for an event manager is production of delegate badges. Event software enables personalised badges to be created pre or during the event simply and quicklyEvent Resource Management: Simply manage and allocate all resources through a comprehensive calendar feature, providing total control of all aspects of the event management processEvent Financials: Technology enables event managers to offer a variety of options for delegates to securely pay online with confidence, providing ease of use via automationEvent Reporting: Determining the true ROI from events can be determined and managed through a powerful reporting and analysis suiteEvent Scheduler: Manage and schedule multi-faceted one to one meetings for your delegates and suppliers simply and efficientlyVenue Management Software: Flexible venue planning and scheduling tools that manages the event facility no matter what type of events are being hostedDocument Management: An easy way to publish and manage speaker abstracts and biographiesEvent software can help event managers create more effective, successful events. Research has shown that during the current economic downfall, many event companies have begun to take advantage of the benefits of automation and event technology to help stay afloat. Increasing efficiency and reducing the cost of hosting events is helping to increase the return on investment provided to both the event company and to the delegates attending.A cloud based event management solution offers the opportunity for event managers to manage event teams and service delegate and booker requests, from any location at any time. At the same time, event promotions, bookings, cancellations and updates can also be undertaken using the internet as the key delivery vehicle.From the event managers point of view, event management software on the cloud will take care of high volumes of outbound transaction (email newsletters, invitations, etc) and inbound transactions (event bookings, modifications, cancellations, etc), saving time and money, whilst giving delegates a smoother and improved experience.From a management point of view, a cloud based event management solution provides the mechanism to be in real time control of all of events activities – event managers are able to get an accurate view of the state of active events, what stage particular event marketing campaigns are at and the feedback being received on your on-going events programme. Third party partners – trainers, speakers, sponsors, caterers, venue managers, etc – can also be granted easy access, in a secure fashion, to the event related details that they need access to and can respond to any event changes that affect them, again on a real time basis.Having a cloud based event management solution in place opens up significant opportunities for integrating the solution with complimentary applications and solutions both internally and externally. For example:Internally
Customer and contact management solutions
Third party online payment providers
Social networking environments
With a cloud based event management solution, the management of events becomes wholly a business issue with the IT issues being handled by the cloud application provider. The availability of the events management solution, the backing up and securing of data, as well as the scalability of the solution in times of peak activities are all handled, transparently, by the cloud application provider.