We Attended the Nationwide Present—And These Have been the Standout New Merchandise

We Attended the Nationwide  Present—And These Have been the Standout New Merchandise

[Note: This article co-authored by Ben Leybovich and Darren Sager.]

Do you will have any concept what it’s like when two middle-aged males are in a automotive collectively for seven hours?!

Sure, the truth that the automotive is a Tesla Mannequin S helped loads. However as magical as Tesla is in so some ways, even the Tesla was unable to vary sure middle-aged realities.

Oy vey. The film Metropolis Slickers involves thoughts.

From the Starting

This previous week, I had the privilege to welcome my good pal Darren Sager to my home hack in Chandler, Arizona. Darren stayed in my casita (which is paying for my more and more good home, however that’s for an additional time), and so far as I can inform, he was fairly snug.

If you get to be as outdated as we’re (I’m 42, and I’m not allowed to say how outdated he’s, however “outdated” just about describes him), you start to search for methods to mix that which is nice for your enterprise with that which is nice on your soul. There are some nice occasions that happen nationally on the planet of actual property, associated to each investing and development. Darren has all the time been proactive in making an attempt to grasp the advances within the business on a well timed foundation. He’s all the time searching for developments in supplies and practices that may assist with long-term CapEx, upkeep, and so forth. He’d all the time go to nationwide constructing expos and nag at me to return alongside.

Alas, I’d all the time inform him I don’t even like actual property that a lot (solely the half the place it places cash in my pocket), so I by no means did go—till now!

Nationwide Present, Vegas

We attended the Nationwide Present in Las Vegas this previous week. Darren had referred to as and stated, “I’m going.” I stated, “Fly into Phoenix. I’ll put you up for a couple of days, feed you some home-made meals, after which we’ll drive out collectively—take the Tesla—you possibly can drive.”

“Finished,” he stated.

The journey (each methods) was enjoyable, in a two-middle-aged-males-on-the-loose type of a manner. I’ll allow you to develop that thought any manner you see match and cross the writing button to Darren for an in depth description of the highlights from the expo.

Aspect observe: Our pal Brandon Turner was supposed to satisfy us in Vegas, remodeling probably the most correct description of the happenings from two middle-aged males on the unfastened to 2 grown males and a child, however he cancelled on us final minute. I, for one, have but to forgive him!

Information From the Present

We got here throughout a couple of merchandise that would make a distinction within the high quality of your leases over time. Two stood out as doubtless probably the most helpful.


Portray is a recurring expense in leases, and there’s been a number of debate on BiggerPockets about what sort of paint to make use of in your leases. Many argue, as I’ve, flat end paint is without doubt one of the best to the touch up ought to one thing go improper and that usually, you don’t have to color the complete wall as you’ll with a matte, eggshell, semi-gloss or gloss end. Flat is extra forgiving in hiding poor workmanship, each as that pertains to portray and the situation of wall floor.

Nonetheless, flat end is certainly extra apt to get marks and scuffs on it than the opposite finishes. Subsequently, whereas flat end undoubtedly has its place, it’s an imperfect resolution at greatest. As landlords, we’re all the time searching for one thing extra sturdy, one thing that’s straightforward to work with and extra sturdy.

When Ben and I entered the Benjamin Moore paint sales space on the present, Ben was immediately taken to considered one of their new merchandise that would flip any wall right into a white board. Fairly neat product; nonetheless, that sort of paint has been out for a couple of years. My eyes had been drawn to a different product referred to as SCUFF-X. What was this product? I like to make use of BM merchandise in all my tasks and leases, and I’d by no means seen it earlier than and needed to ask.

In accordance with the BM rep, they’d been engaged on the product for a couple of years, testing it out on a college campus to see how properly it might carry out over time to cut back the scuff marks that may happen by folks strolling into partitions, knocking into them, and so forth. In accordance with the rep, the product had exceeded their expectations on sturdiness and resistance to marking. The product shouldn’t be 100 % scuff-proof per se, however it does much better than every other paint they’ve made earlier than. Plus, if and when it does mark, it will possibly deal with the repeated cleansing much better than every other paint they’ve made to revive the floor again to its unique situation.   

How precisely it does that is proprietary to BM, however I can inform you it’s one thing that Ben and I’d actually need to check out. I can’t inform you what number of occasions I’ve needed to repaint stair risers white as a result of they scuff up from footwear going up and down, not by anybody’s fault. If this might resolve that downside, I’d critically contemplate portray all our leases with the paint—partitions, trim, doorways, you title it. I’m praying this product is half nearly as good as they’re saying it’s.


AjustLock Latch Bolt

We’d have walked proper previous this one if it weren’t for one of many gross sales reps pulling us into the sales space to inform us about it. I’ve to confess, once I go to a commerce present, I’m normally on a mission. There are particular merchandise that I’m to unravel particular points for me, and this was not one.

This can be a easy latch, however with a twist. I do know, not significantly thrilling, however we’re speaking a couple of barrel bolt, the sort that normally holds a gate from popping open. Should you’ve ever put one on, you’ll know it may be a little bit of a ache since you want the slide bolt and the receptacle half to completely align in order that the mechanism can lock.  

However the greater difficulty is that over time, the door begins to sag a bit (after your tenant’s child decides to make use of it as a swing forwards and backwards), and abruptly you’re preventing the get the 2 components to line up with the intention to safe slide the latch via the receptacle.

Nicely, this gained’t be a difficulty as a result of Ajustco lastly got here up with an answer referred to as AjustLock. The answer is easy but elegant. They made the receptacle to the bolt (the half on the put up) in a position to float freely up and down in order that good alignment shouldn’t be wanted anymore.  

That is big. Why hasn’t anybody considered this resolution earlier than? Nicely, all I can say is I’m glad they did, and I hope they’ve success with the product. It’s nice to see a small firm create a very good resolution, and I hope their patent is tremendous sturdy to cease the larger gamers within the area from stealing their concept.

Outdoors of these two objects there have been a couple of extra, however none that Ben and I might agree upon. My expertise is that the Builders Present in Florida this previous January supplied extra options for tenant proofing your leases than The Nationwide Present did. However this was undoubtedly a worthwhile journey—and Ben would most likely say as a result of I obtained to drive the Tesla. 🙂

Hope these merchandise assist you and your leases!

And now some closing phrases from Ben…


The explanation you might be right here, on BiggerPockets is to have the ability to discover ways to leverage actual property into some quantity of freedom by changing your W2 revenue with rental revenue. I can’t stress sufficient how a lot it means to have the ability to take off and go hang around with a pal, as Darren and I simply did. Actual property tees up this sort of freedom for each Darren and me, and we’re grateful!

The present was good. The time spent with a very good pal was priceless. Massive because of my spouse, Patrisha Leybovich, for protecting for me for a couple of days!

Guys, the actual property cycle has modified. Coming into actual property investing at the moment doesn’t appear like it did 5, 7, 10, or 20 years in the past. This can be a difficult market. However in case you are sensible, there are nonetheless alternatives. And there may be one technique that I like greatest for brand spanking new buyers, however that’s for an additional time.

Good luck to all!

Have you ever come throughout any new merchandise that may make landlording a bit bit extra painless?

Share your suggestions beneath!


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