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Jon Krombein
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Roofstock (Review / Case Study)

Jon Krombein
  • Rental Property Investor
  • Coeur d'Alene, ID
Posted Jan 30 2018, 14:26

I recently closed on my first rental property. I used Roofstock. I had set up a number of baseline searches in a few markets that I was interested in. Whenever one that fit my general criteria came up, I would drill into the details and run the numbers using both Roofstock's projections, and the BiggerPockets rental calculator tool. (My plan was to pull my downpayment and closing costs out of our primary residence on a HELOC, so there was some extra number crunching to make sure that it would all pencil out. My goal was to be able to cash flow about $100 after paying the mortgage, the HELOC payment, and setting aside money for repairs, maintenance, and taxes, so I had to be very discriminating about the potential deals.) I low-balled on a couple properties and haggled back and forth a couple times but stayed firm on my requirements. Finally, on 12/13/17 one of my offers was accepted for about 10% below asking price. It was going to barely clear my $100/month cash-flow requirement.

Within about 12 hours of offer acceptance, I received a call from Zack at Roofstock. (As far as I can tell, there are at least two Zack’s at Roofstock—this was Zack Carson). He congratulated me and gave me a quick rundown of what would be next and then followed-up with an email.

Two days later, I received a DocuSign for the final Purchase and Sale agreement. I sign and returned it. My wife received her copy to sign and return the next morning (Saturday 12/16). (We purchased the property under both our names, but the mortgage is only under mine—my thought is that if I keep us separated on the loans, we be able to maximize the number of conventional mortgages we use before we have to get more creative with financing.

Late Monday (12/18), I received a copy of the final, executed Purchase and Sale Agreement and instructions for wiring the $1500 earnest money (standard earnest money for all Roofstock deals).

Tuesday morning I received an email from Zack with more info on nextsteps (Insurance and Property Management) following by several emails making introductions to various third parties. One for Insurance (Real Protect—who seemed fine and is apparently one of the go-tos for investment property insurance), and introductions to the current property manager AMG as well as two other PM options.

I had already gotten pre-approved through TruLoan (one of Roofstock’s, recommended/preferred mortgage brokers.) I have my own mortgage guy in Seattle, but for a mortgage elsewhere, they seemed as good as anyone else, so I just went with them. It was not problem to qualify and get them all of the info they needed. Since I’m a W2 employee who owns a primary residence, it really felt like it was mostly a formality.

I talked to and emailed a fair bit with Real Protect and all of the PM options and eventually decided on Brick Lane Property Management (Brick Lane was the most helpful and responsive of the bunch, and AMG, the previous PM totally dropped the ball and respond to any of my follow-up or inquiries until two week later after I have already decided on Brick Lane). Then Christmas and New Years hit and it felt a bit like everything sort of went on hold. If anything I would say that this was the only really frustrating part. There were about 2-3 weeks when it felt like nothing was happening. I finally emailed Zack at Roofstock to ask for an update and closing details. After a few fits and starts and a PSA extension, they were able to pull the info together. Since I was using a HELOC for the down, I had to jump through couple extra hoops with TruLoan. We had opened the HELOC several months ago, anticipating buying something but it had just been sitting there with a zero balance. Once TruLoan had a ball park Good Faith Estimate for me, I had to snapshot/document the process of pulling that amount out of the HELOC, and then showing the new loan balance, interest rate and minimum payment so that they could finalize their underwriting. I will say that my loan agent at TruLoan, Tracy, was awesome. She was knowledgable, helpful, and very responsive.

Finally, we got word that we were good to go and would be signing with a mobile notary on Thursday 1/25. The morning of the 25th, I still had not received wiring instructions or a final amount for closing costs. I had been given the name of my closing agent at OSNational, but no contact info. For some reason, I still don’t understand, she had been trying to call me but it just kept going through to my voicemail (and the VM’s weren’t being delivered). She was eventually able to call my wife and tell us that they still didn’t have my final loan docs. Signing was postponed until the following afternoon, and it went smoothly from there.

I received confirmation on Monday 1/29 that the loan had funded and we have officially closed. I am now officially a Real Estate Investor. Overall, I would say the process has been pretty painless. I think that Roofstock has a really great tool/system and does a great job of what they have set out to do. I was a little frustrated by the miscommunication and phone tag at the end, but that isn't Roofstock's problem, and I know that generally, last minute changes right before closing aren't terribly uncommon. I would definitely use Roofstock again--in fact I plan too. I'm going to give it a few months for this purchase to settle in and convince myself that all is going well and as planned, and then I will hopefully start looking for another property in May or June. Ideally, I will pick up at least two more units this year, and at this point, unless some other awesome opportunity comes by, I will use Roofstock.

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Farrukh Amini
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Farrukh Amini
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  • Jersey City, NJ
Replied Aug 9 2019, 13:22
Originally posted by @Emil Shour:

Hey Jon, thanks for sharing your experience using Roofstock! Glad we were able to help you find a good investment property.

I purchased my first rental property through Roofstock a little over 2 years ago (well before I ever started working here). Have bought 3 more through the marketplace since :)

Emil,

Do you mind sharing your numbers? What’s your cash flow like with Roofstock investments?

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Emil Shour
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Emil Shour
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Replied Aug 9 2019, 14:04
Originally posted by @Farrukh Madaminov:

Emil,

Do you mind sharing your numbers? What’s your cash flow like with Roofstock investments?

Hey Farrukh,

Sure thing! I actually shared my portfolio performance a couple months ago on a webinar. Attaching pics of my slides here that will show you my personal performance by property, as well as total performance. It should go without saying that these returns should not be seen as a guarantee of what you can expect to earn. Every investor will see different returns/results.

Hope this helps!

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Farrukh Amini
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Farrukh Amini
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Replied Aug 9 2019, 15:42

Thank you @Emil Shour

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Joshua Durrin
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Joshua Durrin
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Replied Jan 30 2020, 20:20

@Emil Shour, thanks for sharing your numbers. Do you mind if I ask what you’re accounting for in your expense category? Are you accounting for vacancy, capex, maintenance, PM, marketing, etc? Or is it actual expenses like PM and maintenance only? Thanks!

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Emil Shour
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Emil Shour
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Replied Jan 31 2020, 08:45

@Joshua Durrin Sure thing! For me, I only include actual expenses which are PM + capex + maintenance. If I have a vacancy, that would just be reflected as less income instead of its own line item.

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Replied Mar 4 2020, 12:19

@Emil Shour

- I'm confused by your numbers here. I've been looking at roofstock, and almost all the CoC calculations are under 10%. Most are 6% or lower. My understanding is that cash on cash is ANNUAL, but you're calculating - for example - 19 months of owning a property and showing CoC at 28.5%. I don't see a single property on Roofstock in the CoC section that shows this type of return. Most investors want to be able to compare apples-to-apples. If I can get 8% investing in the stock market (which is the annual average), then I want to beat that annual number with CoC. Otherwise, I might as well invest in a stock, which is far more liquid. On top of that, almost all the Rooftop properties offer very low appreciation (1% give or take), so there's not a ton of appreciation to be had.

I guess I'm confused as to whether what you made was a good investment or not since it's not annualized.

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Tom Bujnowski
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Tom Bujnowski
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Replied Apr 20 2020, 07:30

I'm a house flipper. My homes are renovated. Do I have to find a tenant and put them in the house before I sell through Roofstock? Or can I sell the renovated home vacant to Roofstock?

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Kevin Edwards
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Kevin Edwards
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Replied May 24 2020, 09:22

@Sung Park may you please elaborate on your experience, and are you considering expanding your portfolio via Roofstock?

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Replied Feb 11 2022, 10:02
Quote from @Corey M.:

@Emil Shour

- I'm confused by your numbers here. I've been looking at roofstock, and almost all the CoC calculations are under 10%. Most are 6% or lower. My understanding is that cash on cash is ANNUAL, but you're calculating - for example - 19 months of owning a property and showing CoC at 28.5%. I don't see a single property on Roofstock in the CoC section that shows this type of return. Most investors want to be able to compare apples-to-apples. If I can get 8% investing in the stock market (which is the annual average), then I want to beat that annual number with CoC. Otherwise, I might as well invest in a stock, which is far more liquid. On top of that, almost all the Rooftop properties offer very low appreciation (1% give or take), so there's not a ton of appreciation to be had.

I guess I'm confused as to whether what you made was a good investment or not since it's not annualized.


@Emil Shour  It's been a while since @Corey M. posted his questions.  But I have the same questions about your numbers, do you think you could clarify them...?  Thanks!  

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Adrian Nguyen
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Adrian Nguyen
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Replied Aug 6 2022, 00:18
Quote from @Mari Moore Moore:
Quote from @Corey M.:

@Emil Shour

- I'm confused by your numbers here. I've been looking at roofstock, and almost all the CoC calculations are under 10%. Most are 6% or lower. My understanding is that cash on cash is ANNUAL, but you're calculating - for example - 19 months of owning a property and showing CoC at 28.5%. I don't see a single property on Roofstock in the CoC section that shows this type of return. Most investors want to be able to compare apples-to-apples. If I can get 8% investing in the stock market (which is the annual average), then I want to beat that annual number with CoC. Otherwise, I might as well invest in a stock, which is far more liquid. On top of that, almost all the Rooftop properties offer very low appreciation (1% give or take), so there's not a ton of appreciation to be had.

I guess I'm confused as to whether what you made was a good investment or not since it's not annualized.


@Emil Shour  It's been a while since @Corey M. posted his questions.  But I have the same questions about your numbers, do you think you could clarify them...?  Thanks!  

@Mari Moore

 I did some math based on the numbers that @Emil Shour had shared in his picture. Im pretty sure Emil is calculating the cash on cash% and total return% over the total investment period (not annualized). For example for property #1 the initial investment shows $20,214. Rent being $954 x 25 months (investment period) = $23,850 which is about the total gross income give or take ($24,063,close). Subtract that total income with all the expenses (red numbers) and that'll equal the total net cash flow profit (over 25 month period). The cash on cash% of 28.5% comes from dividing the total net cash flow profits $5,761/$20,214 (initial) =28.5% (again not annualized). 

This'll be a simple example based on those numbers but life happens (vacancies, random stuff, etc.) so this would just be an estimate, always do your own research too! We can calculate the approximate annualized numbers by multiplying the $954 rent by 12 months for the total gross annual income = $11,448. Add up the red numbers(expenses), divide by 25 months to find the avg monthly expenses and then multiply by 12 months for the total annual expenses = $8,785(rounded). The net annual cashflow profit is then $11,448 - $8,785 = $2,663 (again rough numbers, close to the numbers in the pic). Net annual cashflow profit $2,663/$20,214 is roughly 13.1% Cash on cash(%) (annualized). Again these are approximate numbers.

Hope this helped breakdown the numbers a bit more!