August 11, 2022


Business Activity

Local house flipping trio makes the leap into commercial real estate

From still left, Phillip Thai, Robert Lee and Victor Thai exterior their most up-to-date acquisition. (Courtesy of Phillip Thai)

Just after flipping a selection of residential properties, 3 new neighborhood builders have struck their very first professional deal in Shockoe Slip.

Brothers Phillip and Victor Thai alongside with small business spouse Robert Lee purchased the Golden Convenience Middle constructing at ​​1217 E. Principal St. last month for $900,000.

The one particular-tale house is partially occupied by a ease retail outlet and was also after household to cafe Good Taste II.

The offer, which shut Oct. 8, is the group’s first foray into business true estate immediately after flipping properties in modern many years.

“Right now we’re carrying out about 12 repair-and-flip one loved ones houses, and we have another 12 to 13 in the pipeline to be worked on,” Phillip reported. “The preliminary target was to changeover to business genuine estate to increase and scale the organization.”

Victor continues to work full-time in technological know-how gross sales, while Lee and Phillip a short while ago still left careers in nonprofit management and application engineering, respectively, to do real estate comprehensive-time.

City information present the Golden Comfort setting up was most lately assessed at $686,000, and the vendor was an entity tied to the Kim relatives. The Thais and Lee purchased the approximately 9,400-square-foot creating by way of their River Metropolis Funds Fund, a fund they developed to solicit investors. Lee reported so considerably they’ve only raised funds from buddies and relatives.

Thai stated the ease keep that occupies component of the constructing has a minor over a 12 months still left on its lease and will continue being for that length. About half of the building’s square footage is a basement which the new ownership team aims to renovate and lease out.

“We’re hoping to get a nearby or nationwide tenant to occur in. We are now in the system of vetting and receiving applicants already. We also want to get the suitable tenant to strengthen that place up,” Thai stated. “We are still participating in with what would be the very best structure.”

Wanting extended-expression, the Thais and Lee may well look to increase residential density to the roughly .1-acre website.

“We’ve talked to prior owners that stated it could be created on to include an existing multifamily undertaking on top,” Thai explained. “We are actively obtaining bids from contractors on opportunity buildouts to see how that could possibly participate in out. We are permitted, dependent on what the sellers have delivered, up to yet another five stories.”

The trio strategy to proceed to search for the two industrial and residential bargains in the Richmond area and further than.

“We’re bullish in Richmond in common, anything within just 30 minutes,” Lee claimed. “We’re on the lookout into Greensboro, Winston-Salem and Large Level (North Carolina) and we also do discounts in Hampton Streets.”