Red Team News: Are you thinking about purchasing a rental property?

Are you a current property owner who wants to ensure you’re getting the best return on your investment?

Red Team Real Estate is proud to announce that our very own Michael Mayes is publishing his first book, The 7 Rules of Selecting a Property Manager. Set to debut in 2016, this book goes far beyond simply selecting a property manager. Inside you will find a wealth of information, tips and secrets that all current and would-be investors should know. Ready for more? Here’s a sneak peek of one of the topics Michael will cover:

Real Estate Agent vs. Property Manager

Did you know that in Texas (and many other states) you must be a licensed real estate agent in order to be a property manager? While this law makes sense and has its benefits, there are some big downfalls that can arise from it as well.

Are you aware that something as small as a missing peep-hole could end up costing you up to $500 in rental code violations? Most of these “sign in the yard” type agents don’t really have the time or motivation to stay on top of the latest laws, or even the most basic ones for that matter.

There’s just no way that a part-time agent can manage and protect your investment as it should be, and most likely, they won’t be readily accessible or available when a crisis does occur. More times than not, the part-time “manager” usually views the property owner as a short-term revenue stream, not a long-term partner, which ends up costing investors more than they bargained for.

Owning real estate is a business and should be treated as such. Just because someone agrees to collect the renter’s check, does not ensure they are looking out for you best interest…

The 7 Rules of Selecting a Property Manager, coming soon in 2016!

Winning. Clients.

Red Team Real Estate and Property Management
Red Team Real Estate and Property Management was started in 2012 to focus on being the provider of quality service that has never been seen before in property management. Our approach is to serve our owners by providing professional, knowledgeable service with maximum value.

Where did my HUD-I Settlement Statement go?…The money is there, so why am I waiting 3 days to close on my house?!?!

Hey there folks!

Well, there’s a lot going on in our corner of the real estate world right now. Although fall is usually a time when things slow down enough for us to catch our breath, there are new “rules” that may be keeping some of you pretty busy. Fortunately, I know someone who has these changes all figured out, and she was kind enough to share her knowledge with us! Please enjoy the following article, by Ms. Jenni Jones, from Legacy Mutual Mortgage. — Michael Mayes

Where did my HUD-I Settlement Statement go?…The money is there, so why am I waiting 3 days to close on my house?!?!

These are just two of the questions many homebuyers, sellers, and real estate professionals are asking right now. And, no Chicken Little, the sky is not falling! But…buying or selling a home may just take a few more days…

The mortgage industry is changing again, and this time it’s affecting the day you’re actually closing on your home. These recent developments are a result of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosures (TRID) Rule, and it’s taking effect for mortgage applications signed on or after October 3rd, 2015.

Let’s simplify…

  • The existing HUD-1 Settlement Statement and final Truth in Lending Statement will be combined into a single Closing Disclosure form (CD for short)
  • The new Loan Estimate (LE) form replaces the current Good Faith Estimate of Settlement Costs (GFE) and initial Truth in Lending Disclosure (TIL)

The intention of both document changes is to provide a more consolidated document to the consumer—in an attempt to simplify the process. In addition, it is required that the CD be provided to the consumer a minimum of 3 full business days PRIOR to consummation, allowing them ample time to review the terms and fees of the loan.

Good to know…

These changes should be POSITIVE for the consumer IF the correct expectations are set up front!

The Texas Association of Realtors is recommending real estate contracts to have closing dates set a minimum of 45 days from contract execution. As we all know, closings can occur “on or before” the date listed, and there is rarely a situation where both parties won’t agree to close earlier if possible.

Here’s what we can do for you…

All real estate professionals (including realtors, escrow officers, and lenders alike) need to set realistic expectations for the buyers and sellers, allowing both parties sufficient time to meet the deadlines while still creating the smooth buying/selling experience everyone desires.

As with all the new things, there is sure to be a little chaos and a few mishaps at the start, but hopefully there won’t be too many consumers feeling like these changes are of the “end of the world” proportion. Of course, you can save yourself the headache… Working with experienced professionals like Red Team Real Estate and Legacy Mutual Mortgage when buying or selling your next home is the key to a painless process…contact us today, and learn how we can help!

Regional Operations Manager and Loan Originator
Legacy Mutual Mortgage

Being in the same marketplace has awarded me the pleasure of working with Jenni on several occasions. Each time, I have been impressed by her communication with the client, her focus on closing the deal and most importantly, making sure it’s done right. Ms. Jones was the featured speaker at our local association of NARPM last month and she did such a fantastic job of laying out the CFPB’s changes for us. Thanks again Jenni, all of your information was such a big help!

Winning. Clients.

Red Team Real Estate and Property Management
Red Team Real Estate and Property Management was started in 2012 to focus on being the provider of quality service that has never been seen before in property management. Our approach is to serve our owners by providing professional, knowledgeable service with maximum value.

Client Spotlight: Legacy Mutual Mortgage

“Michael Mayes and Red Team Property Management are pure professionals! Michael goes out of his way to make sure that he is meeting his clients’ immediate needs, but he also asks questions upfront to make sure he fully understands the ultimate long-term goals of his clients. He is methodical in his approach to doing business and has a great sense of the real estate market and its trends. I couldn’t be happier to have connected in business with Michael. I look forward to a long business relationship with such a high quality real estate professional.”

Jenni Jones

About Legacy Mutual Mortgage

Legacy Mutual Mortgage is a local full-service mortgage company conveniently located minutes from Downtown Fort Worth. With in-house processing, underwriting and closing, Legacy is at the top of their game in the mortgage lending industry. Legacy offers Conventional, FHA, VA, USDA, and Jumbo programs for both purchase and refinance transactions. I have been a licensed loan officer since 2004 and pride myself on “thinking outside the box” to consider all available options and find the best mortgage for my clients. Others say that I am reliable, approachable, and extremely knowledgeable in the industry. Customer Service is my #1 priority!

Jenni Jones
Regional Operations Manager and Loan Originator
MLO NMLS #263547

Legacy Mutual Mortgage
A Gardner Financial Services, Ltd/Crockett National Bank Company
Institution NMLS #278675
1300 S University Dr, Ste 110
Fort Worth, TX 76107

Office: 817-870-2777
Fax: 817-546-1656
legacymutual.com

Client Spotlight: Ronald McDonald House of Ft. Worth

Great organizations deserve to be recognized! Long time relationships that you cherish are to be professed! So…When it comes to longtime relationships, I have been involved with the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth for the last decade and have served on the Board of Trustees for the last four years. It is a heartfelt thing for me and I want to tell you about it.

The RMHFW has been in Fort Worth since 1981 and has helped many families. If you go to the their website www.rmhfw.org, and click on the Who We Are tab you will read:

“For families of critically ill children, the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth is a place to grab a hot meal and catch a few hours of sleep after an all-night bedside vigil. It’s a place for refuge and solace with comfortable beds, private bathrooms, laundry and dining facilities, and a well-equipped game room. The Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth provides a home-away-from-home for families, and allows parents and siblings to stay together while remaining close to a child receiving life-saving medical care in area hospitals. Most of all, the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth is a place where families can find comfort and compassion from volunteers, staff and other families faced with similar challenges.”

As a complete believer in the mission, it is truly the house that love built, the house where all the families with critically ill children can focus on their child’s needs in a time of emotional upheaval and not worry about the day-to-day stuff that tends to distract and take their time instead of being able to focus on what needs to be done…taking care of the child in need.

But of course this all takes effort. With opportunities to donate (over 90 percent of the funding comes from you and me, corporate donors and foundations) as well as the volunteers, everyone can find some way to help.

The upcoming sold out event which is always a favorite is the Wild Game Dinner. A chance to eat way too much food (and I always do!) and bid on fun things that help the house support the families in need. Even though families staying at RMH are not required to pay anything to be there, we do ask them to donate if they can to pay for the $95/night costs that are incurred. This event is one of two big annual fundraisers.

The big Spring event is Ronald’s Roadhouse. Food yes, but also big time music! The inaugural event this past April was a big hit with everyone and completely sold out. Sponsors are already trying to see how they can be part of this coming May’s next iteration.

No matter the time of year, the house is in need of items from the Wish List that are as simple as toilet paper and paper towels, to sponsoring of the electricity, or simply the cost of one family’s night to stay at the house.

Now, Ronald McDonald is important to me because I am personally involved. But I am a firm believer that those of us who have found success need to give back to the community–our community. Whether it is a Ronald McDonald House near you or some other non-profit that you feel passionate about, please find some way to give back from the fruits of your labors and help someone in need.

By the way, one of the staff members is Mac, the Australian Labradoodle, who is the Director of Love and Comfort! How can it not be a cool organization to be involved with when you have a dog on the team!

Michael Mayes
Red Team Property Management

Red Team News

Ever found yourself having the will, but not the means? Right now DFW’s Real Estate market is paying out big for those who already own properties, but for those wanting to get in—well, it seems like you have to pay in big if you want to play. But hey, you know the saying…Where there’s a will, there’s a way—and this is definitely true of the current market. If you’re determined, if you’re ready, but you think that buying in isn’t a realistic option, you might be pretty surprised to hear that money isn’t everything! There are other factors that can change the odds in your favor, and it really comes down to how well positioned you are coming into an offer. If you’re hoping to get into our booming market, check out our latest article, A Well Positioned Offer: A Real Estate Investor’s Ace In The Hole

Winning Clients,

If you’re ready to start making money in this hot market, it really comes down to how well positioned you are coming into an offer. Red Team Real Estate has a proven track record of giving their clients the leverage needed to make the deal and make the money. If you’re considering a new purchase, we invite you to give us a call and speak with one of our experienced agents today.

A Well Positioned Offer

A Real Estate Investor’s Ace In The Hole

I recently talked about the continued population growth in the Dallas/Fort Worth area (click here to read the full article). Well, guess what…we’re still on fire, and with an expectation of continued growth, DFW is a rental property owner’s dream come true. Nowadays I’ve been hearing that most potential purchasers are finding it close to impossible to pick up properties at a reasonable price—between such high competition and record low inventory, sellers definitely seem to have the upper hand…so, is there any hope for investors to pick up a property and still make a profit?

I have great news for all of our wonderful Red Team clients, the answer is YES! And we’re not holding anything back…we’re showing you all four Aces!

Aside from your offer price, there are several other factors that can make or break your next purchase. Even if you don’t come in with the highest dollar offer, there are a few other things that can land you the deal. Here are 4 ways that will give you, the purchaser an upper-hand, ensuring your offer makes a real impact:

  1. Option period: A shorter option period tells the seller that you are serious about the purchase and are ready to move quickly and efficiently throughout the process. Sellers can be hesitant about longer option periods in this market because if your offer falls through, they’ll be stuck waiting much longer to move on to the next.
  2. Financing:Having your Pre-Approval in advance, from a lender who understands this business makes a huge difference–it shows a seller that you are organized and you will follow through with what you say.
  3. Option Dollars:As a serious buyer, offering option dollars could also be a way for a seller to see your offer as more appealing, even if you aren’t one of the highest offerers. Sellers tend to see you as more serious if your Option Money is on the higher end, as you must believe, as well as the seller, that you are more likely to close the deal.
  4. Cash:The old saying that Cash is King has not gone away. A cash offer sometimes will make the difference on a deal even when it is significantly lower than the asking price. Cash deals usually mean a quicker close and that the seller will have the money sooner. Note: Even if you are a buyer that is financing, the amount of cash you put down (% of purchase) can impress a seller on how serious and how strong of a buyer you are.

If you’re ready to start making money in this hot market, it really comes down to how well positioned you are coming into an offer. Red Team Real Estate has a proven track record of giving their clients the leverage needed to make the deal and make the money. If you’re considering a new purchase, we invite you to give us a call and speak with one of our experienced agents today.

Winning Clients.

Red Team Real Estate and Property Management
Red Team Real Estate and Property Management was started in 2012 to focus on being the provider of quality service that has never been seen before in property management. Our approach is to serve our owners by providing professional, knowledgeable service with maximum value.

Client Spotlight: Barto Electric

“Working with Red Team Real Estate has been beneficial to Barto Electric in numerous ways. They are extremely professional, always there to answers questions, and they care about their clients. Red Team’s service and knowledge are unmatched!”

About Barto Electric

Red Team has been in the business long enough to recognize quality workmanship when we see it. If you have any electrical related issues, Barto Electric is a great option for your needs. With multiple generations of the Barto family in this industry, there is a long-standing tradition of honesty and integrity that shines through in the end product!

For more information on our client spotlight, contact:

Steve Barto Jr.
Barto Electric
(817) 874-4913

Client Spotlight: Justin Wiggains, Goosehead Insurance


“My personal experience with Red Team Real Estate has been helpful, constructive and honest. Michael Mayes provides excellent seminars to the public by presenting priceless information on how to become and stay successful with investment properties. Red Team Real Estate brings a wealth of knowledge to each client, gives them top notch service and continues to keep their best interest a priority. When you’re searching for a straightforward, knowledgeable, professional team…the answer is Red Team Real Estate!”

The Justin Wiggains Agency-Goosehead Insurance

The Power Of Choice

We represent virtually every top rated insurance carrier in Texas to bring you the best product, at the best price for you and your family. Our insurance partner portfolio is robust due to our dedication to quality control and service, and we have unique appointments with certain insurance carriers that other agencies do not have.

Save Time. Save Money. We will shop over 20 “A” rated companies to find the best fit for your needs and budget.

We Keep It Simple. With our cutting edge technology, we take the complex process of buying insurance, and make the entire experience – from running quotes to signing documents – extremely simple.

We Shop. You Save. That’s The Power of Choice.


JUSTIN WIGGAINS  Agency Owner
direct   972.861.2001
mobile 214.914.1385
service 800.474.1377
fax        866.877.6250
5605 N. MACARTHUR BLVD STE 1007
IRVING, TX 75038

justin.wiggains@goosehead.com  www.gooseheadagent.com

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A strong demand for more moderately priced homes has set the North Texas rental market on FIRE!

Are you looking for more freedom? Are you ready for your investment to start working for you? Are your properties costing you more than their worth? Then it’s time to call Red Team Property Management. Just one phone call can save you time and money. Let Red Team handle the headaches for you. Red Team will take care of all your property management pains, including:

  • Taking care of all tenant issues.
  • Thoroughly screening all prospective tenants.
  • 24 hour marketing of your vacant property.
  • Making sure all required maintenance is done in a timely manner.
  • Providing 24-hour emergency service, so you don’t have to.
  • The use of Advanced Technology to manage your properties efficiently and effectively.
  • Monthly statements accounting for all income and disbursements, so you know what we are doing.
  • Conducting regular surveys of the property, while keeping the owner aware.

Red Team Property Management works hard to ensure you’re getting the best rent as our market continues to change, as well as fostering the right tenant fit – protecting your investment. Contact us today and start seeing results!

Educating for REAL Greatness,

Red Team Real Estate and Property Management
Red Team Real Estate and Property Management was started in 2012 to focus on being the provider of quality service that has never been seen before in property management. Our approach is to serve our owners by providing professional, knowledgeable service with maximum value.

The North Texas Rental Market is on FIRE!

and it’s not going out anytime soon…

The DFW area recently took the #4 spot in Realtor.com’s top 20 hottest housing markets in the country and the numbers are showing it! Home prices have shot up by more than 40 percent during the last five years, and just two months ago, we saw prices jump by 14 percent – one of the largest year-over-year gains ever for our area.

May’s strong home sales and price spike is going to put a lot of pressure on DFW’s housing market, which is already stretched to its limits, with more buyers than sellers. While the area’s average is somewhere around the 1.4 months, some suburban markets, including The Colony, Richardson, Bedford, Hurst, Carrollton and Farmers Branch, have under a one month supply of houses listed for sale.

Homes are being built as quickly as possible, but as a younger crowd flocks to our city for its economic growth, most are not in the price range where inventory is needed mostthe entry-level market. In addition to the low inventory, tight lending standards and rising home prices have created a tough market for former homeowners, who lost property during the housing crash.

So what does this mean for residential property investors? A strong demand for more moderately priced homes has set the North Texas rental market on FIRE!

As of May 2015, the average apartment rent within 10 miles of Dallas, TX was $1512, with one-bedroom apartments going for an average of $1241 a month, and two-bedroom apartments averaging $1725.

If you already own properties in the area, seeing numbers like this is a rental investor’s dream come true! But with the hoards of new residents piling in, weeding through potential renters can be overwhelming at best. If you’re looking for more freedom and better returns, Red Team Property Management works hard to ensure you’re getting the best rent as our market continues to change, as well as fostering the right tenant fit – protecting your investment. Contact us today and start seeing results!

Best Rents + Great Tenant Fits = VALUE!

Educating for REAL Greatness,

Red Team Real Estate and Property Management
Red Team Real Estate and Property Management was started in 2012 to focus on being the provider of quality service that has never been seen before in property management. Our approach is to serve our owners by providing professional, knowledgeable service with maximum value.