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Investing In Sarasota Realty

You have been working like a dog for the last few years. At last you were able to save up quite a sum of money and you want to make good use of it. You want to invest in something that would make the money you have saved multiply. Some may suggest putting up your own home business and become your own boss. But one of the most lucrative methods of multiplying your money is investing in realty.

Investing in realty has a great potential to make you earn a lot. But it also poses risks of making you lose a lot. That is why you need to choose carefully where you would like to invest. One of the most productive properties all over the US is the Sarasota Realty.

Why Sarasota Realty

There are a lot of different realty across the different states in the US so why

Sarasota Realty? Sarasota has been named as one of the most livable places in the US. It is a vacation hotspot for local tourists as well as tourists from all over the world. A lot of retirees would also like to purchase properties and spend the rest of their lives in this place.

The pristine beaches as well as the climate make Sarasota a good place to visit and lovely place to call home. The booming economy of Sarasota is also a contributor to its strong appeal to people.

Simply put, Sarasota Realty is a good choice as an investment since it is in demand and is annually appreciating its value.

Investing Tips

Investing in realty may not be as easy as you think it is. To be able to play in the game, you need to prepare yourself mentally as well as monetarily. This would also require a lot of your time and needless to say, you will also need a lot of patience and determination.

First off, you need to gain the basic knowledge in realty. Information regarding this topic can be acquired from different books, magazines and journals. It would be best to visit your local library to look for resources.

Another source of information is the Internet. This vast medium of information can give you a lot of things you need to prepare yourself in investing. The advantage of the Internet over other different sources of information is that most often than not, the information provided by the Internet is updated regularly.

Experience is the best teacher. Since it is still too risky to jump into the sea then you can ask the second best teacher, somebody who has been taught by experience, to mentor you. But you have to be careful though of whom you choose since, let us face it; there are just some people who would like to take advantage of other people.

Armed with your knowledge, you may gradually start know the market of Sarasota Realty. You may need a real estate agent who could help you with your quest. Start investing and let the money roll in.

You must always remember though that everything does not happen in an instant. Just be patient and soon enough everything will go your way. – Sarasota Realty

Is The Future Of Real Estate Investment In Megapolitan Areas

Experts believe that real estate development and building will produce some $25 trillion in revenue between now and the year 2030. Most also agree that most of that revenue will be filtered into and through the top ten megapolitan areas in the United States. This amount of revenue will completely eclipse the building boom that followed World War II and means an unprecedented amount of growth and opportunity for investor.

Megapolitan is defined as two or more existing metropolitan areas that have grown together to become one huge area and the community boundaries have become blurred. An example of one such area is from San Diego through Santa Barbara. When driving from San Diego you will pass through Oceanside, Newport Beach, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, Ventura and Santa Barbara. It is very difficult to tell when you leave one city and enter another. Robert Lang of Virginia Tech urban studies has theorized that two-thirds of the population will live in 10 of these Megapolitan areas by the year 2040.

Atlantic Seaboard – extends from Boston through New York, Philadelphia and Washington.

Gulf Cost Belt – Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Huston, New Orleans to Mobile.

I 85 Corridor – Birmingham, Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh to Durham.

Valley of the Sun – Phoenix to Tucson.

Southern – Florida Miami, Tampa to Orlando.

Southland – Los Angeles to Las Vegas.

Great Lakes Area Detroit, Chicago to Pittsburg.

North California – San Francisco to Sacramento.

I 35 Corridor – San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Ardmore, Okalahoma City to Kansas City.

Cascadian – Eugene, Portland to Seattle.

Megapolitan Areas will have certain characteristics in common. They will combine at least two existing metropolitan areas together. Each will total more than 10 million residents by 2040. They will have similar physical environment. Have very good transportation and supporting infrastructure. Goods and services flows freely from one urban area to another. They will also require a large geographical area that is suitable for large scale regional planning.

It’s true that some of these megapolitan areas have been hit by economic troubles, but even CNN’s Money Magazine agrees that these areas are some of the best for real estate development and investment. Just why is that, and what should you look for when trying to protect your investment in these areas?

Being careful about the industries that are supporting these megapolitan areas is of course very important. Investing in areas that have relied on the automotive industry or manufacturing may not be wise. However, megapolitan areas of New York and Charlotte, North Carolina, have done very well in the past few years because their dominant industries of advertising, banking, and investing have better track records than these other industries that are not as reliable. Absolutely nothing is completely secure or 100% reliable when it comes to business and industry, but obviously one can use some common sense when it comes to investing in certain areas.

Megapolitan areas are typically more desirable for industry and new business because they already have a ready workforce and developed real estate. A company looking to build a large factory or set up an administrative office is probably not going to choose a desolate area, even though the real estate may be more affordable. There is no population in this immediate area to support their business by way of personnel, vendors, and sometimes even roads and available homes. This is one of the reasons that megapolitan areas seem to consistently and constantly appeal to established industries and companies and startup businesses as well.

If you’re looking for a solid real estate investment area, you may be attracted to more sparse areas because they are more affordable, but remember that sometimes you get what you pay for. Consider instead investing what you can in these already established megapolitan areas. By using some common sense and doing your homework, you’re sure to find that it’s the right choice.

Establishing the Value of Your Business

Some owners have a figure in mind of what their business is worth; often it’s inflated because of their emotional attachment. On the other hand, many owners undervalue their business because they do not understand the technicalities of the various valuation methodologies and which of these is most appropriate for their specific business type.

Experience has shown that there is also a large percentage of business owners who do not know what their business is worth, nor how to go about establishing its true market value. Link uses many of the established valuation methodologies, often using a range of different options in combination to establish the most accurate figure. This figure is then further scrutinised by comparing the theoretical value with current and historical sales information from the Link database. This ensures that the valuation appraisal accurately represents what a purchaser will pay in the current market.

Profitability and Risk

Most businesses are valued based on a combination of assets and the cash surpluses generated. The risk factor of the specific business is also taken into account. This is the degree of threat from existing or potential competitors, changes in technology or consumer trends and many other factors that may affect earnings or costs.

“Barriers to Entry” is another issue that is taken into account and involves evaluating the degree of difficulty or barriers a competitor may face should they decide to establish a similar business. For example, businesses which require minimal capital investment or technical knowledge are said to have a very low barrier to entry and consequently, may have a lower value.

Most businesses are valued on a “going concern basis” rather than the value of company shares. Purchasers are reluctant to buy company shares for a variety of reasons including the unknown possible future tax, credit or legal liabilities, or the danger of inheriting contingent liabilities based on historical trading. The price of the business is usually made up of three components:

1. Intangible assets.

The future earning potential of the business reflective of historical earnings potentially including intellectual property (IP), right to products or services, benefits of a lease, contracts, techniques and procedures as well as goodwill.

2. Tangible assets.

The fixtures, fittings, plant and equipment used by the business to generate its income. This component is normally calculated according to its depreciated book value.

3. Stock.

Stock purchased by the business for resale or manufacturing purposes. It is valued at the historical cost price. An allowance may be made for old or obsolete stock.

Valuation Methodologies

Generally, two or more of the following methods are used to appraise the value of a business:

1) Industry Ratios

2) Asset Based

3) Earnings Based

4) Market Based

The appraised value is then subjected to the “sanity test”. Some businesses are in a growth industry where their track record is well established and their projections solid. Other businesses may be in what is known as a sunset industry where projections are less optimistic. Many factors affect the true market value of a business, including business sector, economic conditions, business cycles, interest rates, labour availability and a whole host of other influences. Similarly, the value of trademarks, brands, intellectual property and goodwill is not always easy to quantify. Balancing all these factors with the book valuation of businesses establishes the true market value.

1. Industry Ratios

The value of the business is based on its sales record compared with industry averages. This method is often used for small businesses and franchises where there is an established track record within a specific industry. It may also use a formula of multiples of weekly sales or an average derived from sales of similar businesses.

2. Asset Based

In businesses where there is history of low earnings or perhaps even losses, the Asset Based approach is generally used. Using this method, the value of the collective assets (both tangible and intangible) will determine the value of the business. In many cases there will be an element of goodwill payable, even where a business is not trading profitably. Although the assets alone may be purchased on the open market, there is often value in purchasing assets as a going concern, which may include customer lists, relationships with suppliers, an assembled workforce, brand awareness and reputation, among others. Calculating intangible assets, including goodwill requires some subjective judgement coupled with experience and the use of market comparisons.

3. Earnings Based

Generally the earnings based approach is used for larger businesses and places emphasis on earnings rather than assets. There are various methods used when employing the Earnings Based approach to appraisals. Return on Investment (ROI) or capitalisation of earnings is common, as is the application of earnings multiples.

Earnings Based value is determined by considering:

A. The level of return that could be expected by investing in the business in question, taking particular account of the perceived level of risk and realistic costs of management.

B. The “industry average” multiplier on true earnings. This multiplier is market driven and varies according to perceived industry risk factors, perceived earnings sustainability and historical comparisons. The multiplier used most often in this approach is EBIT (Earnings before interest and tax) but others are frequently used and it is critical that you are comparing “apples with apples” when discussing multipliers.

C. The fair market value of the unencumbered tangible assets of the business e.g. plant, fixtures, fittings, equipment, stock and the tangible and intangible assets which may include intellectual property.


A dry-cleaning business has been breaking even and the owners would like to sell and move on. The business has tangible assets with a total book value of $135,000, $5,000 of stock (all saleable), no bad debts and will pay all creditors. The fair market value of the tangible assets has been assessed as $110,000 and intangible assets and goodwill at $15,000. Therefore the fair market value of this business is calculated as follows: $110,000 (tangible assets) %2B $15,000 (intangible assets and goodwill) %2B $5,000 (stock) = $130,000.


Tom’s manufacturing company produced an adjusted net profit of $160,000 (EBPITD). The net assets (Valuation of plant and stock) for the business were $240,000 and a fair salary for Tom (owner) is $70,000. If someone was looking to invest in this business they could expect a 25% ROI, as this business offers a low to medium-risk investment opportunity.

To calculate the ROI value for Tom’s business:

Business profits (EBPITD) ………………………$160,000

Minus owner’s salary ………………………………$70,000

Profit ……………………………………………………$90,000

Return on Investment

Profit of …………………………………………………$90,000

Divided by desired return ………………………………..25%

Valuation appraisal ……………………………….. $360,000

4. Market Based

There will be certain instances where no amount of sound theory or application of complicated methodologies alone will suffice. It is not uncommon that a willing buyer and a willing seller will agree on a value that defies all traditional appraisal methodologies. In other cases the use of traditional appraisal approaches produce unrealistic values that have no bearing on market realities. It is important in any appraisal to overlay relevant market data and multiples achieved in similar businesses “in the real world”. Unfortunately the level of information available in Australasia is not as sophisticated as that available in other parts of the world.

How will taxes affect your pay out?

There are tax issues you may need to consider when selling your business. For instance, if you sell the plant and equipment (or company car) for more than the depreciated book value, you may have to pay back some of the tax you claimed when the items were depreciated (depreciation claw-back). Other tax liabilities may be incurred on the profit of land and buildings if they are included in the sale. It is vital that you fully understand your tax position when selling your business, and professional advice should be sought.

“Any desktop valuation involves a substantial amount of subjective judgment. The real test of the value of a business enterprise, like any asset, is what a buyer is prepared to pay.”