In closing, rehabbing houses can offer a huge return, but also be a lot of work. You might make money; you might lose money. I offer a Mastery Fast Track Program for serious investors that offer a full rehabbing system and unlimited support throughout the process. You will more than make up for the cost with the money you save on the very first rehab. It’s critical to have a highly experienced partner on your side that can walk you through the process, that you can lean on anytime.
The financial statements were just as easy to tackle. The first thing to do was the assumptions. To do that I simply took the selling price of my service (or product) and determined how much I would make in sales per day, week, month and year. That basic information was the basis for the remaining financial reports.
Always use a contract between you and the contractor that has a hard date that the job must be complete. This must include a per diem penalty for everyday that the job is not done. This penalty amount will be subtracted from what you owe the contractor at pay day.
Good accountants and bookkeepers want you to learn the lingo. They want to help you make the bling, baby! So, read and learn. Keep this glossary handy as you work with your professional money managers. Use it to begin your journey to financial literacy!
If you’re planning to get financed by a bank for rehab projects, you will likely need to contact at least ten in your area until you find ones, so don’t be discouraged at first. Don’t waste your time with big banks. Instead focus on the small community banks. If you plan to get financing for rehab projects and real estate investing in general, you will first need to assemble a loan package which lenders will request. It should consist of your last two years personal tax returns, personal financial statement (that shows all your assets & liabilities), a business plan, a cash flow examples (if you currently own property), & a brief description about yourself and the project you are applying for financing on as a real estate investment.
GENERAL LEDGER: Once upon a time, accounting systems were kept in a book that listed the increases and decreases in all the accounts of the company. That book was called the general ledger. Today, you probably have a computerized accounting system. Still, the general ledger is a collection of all Balance Sheet and Income Statement accounts. All the assets, liabilities and equity. It is the report that shows ALL the activity in the company. Often this listing is called a detail trial balance on the report menu of your accounting program. The detail trial balance is my favorite report when I am trying to find a mistake, or make sure that we have entered information in the right accounts.
Being able to track your inventory can tell you whether business is increasing or slowing down. It also tells you how much money is tied up in this unproductive asset.
Interesting that it’s the same as the above rule of thumb. No coincidence here. If you were to die and wanted to make sure your dependents would continue to receive exactly what you brought home each month, they would need to completely replace your income forever. According to the Twenty Factor Model, having an insurance policy with at least 20 times your annual income will do.