Back Yard Landscaping is Important in a Rental – Don’t Overlook It…!

Check out this graphic from the California Association of Realtors.

Back Yard Landscaping is important because some of these people also rent as well.   While this graphic applies to Home Buyers, trust me as a property manager and investor with 35 years of experience, don’t ignore the back yard for your renters.

A back yard with patios and landscaping is a cheap addition to “living space”.   With the great weather we have here, it makes sense to give the people who rent from you more value don’t you think…?

So if you want more money from your rental investment, fix up the back yard and watch how much your tenants appreciate it because they will pay you back with higher rents.

Click here for a picture of the back yard landscaping of a Duplex we manage for an investor that took our advice.    In a few more years the shrubs around this  yard will provide a lot more shade, privacy and of course more value if they ever decide to sell.

That is because they get more rent then other properties like this that do not have this upgrade.

Let me know what you think.

 

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In the mean time…?

Make it a Great Day…!

Ed Favinger, Broker CRS, GRI, SFR, CDPE

El Dorado Hills Home for Sale

Best Darned Deal In El Dorado Hills Period.

Just listed… A Monster 3 bedroom, 2.5 Bathroom home, approx. 2454 Sq.Ft n a nice neighborhood of custom homes in El Dorado Hils .   And… hey by the way…  it comes with a 3 car garage, it’s on a corner lot sits high on the lot and you’ve got some great eastern views.

Priced at $525,000 it’s ready for you today.

Take a peek at the video and then give us a call.   If this one doesn’t work for you…?   Then Click Here for the list of all the homes for sale in El Dorado Hills.

Call Sharon Kulbacki at 916-705-5705 or send her an email @ sharonkulbacki@yahoo.com

Or you can call me at 916-203-1260.

 

In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day…!

Ed Favinger, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR, CDPE

 

Folsom or El Dorado Hills Home Prices Are a Bargain…!

San Jose’s Median Home Price – $800,000 range – Folsom/El Dorado Hills = More Home for Much Less.

Prior to moving to  Folsom in 1989, my family sold an 1800 sq foot  home in San Jose for $300,000 and thought we’d robbed a bank in doing it.Home Prices in San Jose - Compare with Folsom & El Dorado Hills

Our new Folsom home was new in the new neighborhood of Lexington Hills.

A brand new 2500 sq.ft. home that included a pool and spa for under $220,000.

It’s plain to see  you can buy much more home for a lot less money in Folsom or El Dorado Hills then you can in San Jose or anywhere else in the Bay Area.

Today’s market is the same and I think we’re about to experience another wave of Bay Area buyers coming to our area to scoop up some homes here that would make a “Central American Dictator” proud.

Check out this article I got from the Silicon Valley Business Journal to see what I’m talking about.

If you live now in San Jose or anywhere else in the Bay Area, Click Here for a list of homes in Folsom and Click Here for a list of homes in El Dorado Hills and let me know what you think.

Some fun facts about our area;   We’ve got awesome weather.  We’re close to the Bay Area and Lake Tahoe.   If you like wine tasting, you don’t have to drive to Napa.  Just check out next door Amador County.   If you have school aged children, trust me, moving to this area was the best thing I ever did for my family because we’ve got great schools with lots of activities and superior academics.

If you are from San Jose or any where else in the Bay Area and thinking of relocating, call me and let me give you what I call the “Chamber of Commerce” tour of the area.   I can help you find the home of your dreams, or… if you’re an investor we also specialize in the Sales and Management of Single Family homes, Duplexes, Four-Plexes and small to medium sized Apartment Complexes.

In the mean time…?

Make it a Great Day…!

Ed Favinger, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR, CDPE   916-203-1260    favinger@rwnetwork.com

 

Is Value Added When You Install a Pool or a Solar System…?

It All Depends… of course…!

If you have pondered adding a Solar electric system to your home or a pool, then take a minute and read here.

There was an interesting discussion started today on a Facebook Real Estate Group page that I and other Brokers/Agents belong to  regarding the costs/savings of installing a solar system.   Ryan Lundquist a local appraiser and Real Estate Blogger pointed out some interesting numbers.

I’ve cut and pasted his question to the group here:

A solar salesman told an owner the system would add $6,000 in value for each kilowatt of power. Since this system was 6kw, it would supposedly add 36K. Keep in mind this home is located in a 350K neighborhood. On a practical level would we expect to see a home without solar sell for $350K and one with solar sell for $386K? Here’s the thing. Buyers don’t pay the full cost of a solar system in the resale market. Moreover, even if it did add $36,000 in value, borrowing that much money for 30 years would cost a Borrower $170 per month (and $61,000 over 30 years). Of course the system is probably only going to last for 20 years though. At the least the first question a buyer should ask if there is at least $170 savings every single month. Thoughts?

After reading the above, I asked him “if a pool costs $50,000 to install, I know you’re not going to get that back,  but is there some kind of a rule of thumb you look at..?”

He had a very interesting response that hadn’t occurred to me, even though I’ve been selling real estate over 30 years.

Ryan Lundquist Good question Ed.

It would be nice if there was one adjustment that fit every situation, but the truth is that 50K pool in Granite Bay is probably worth way more there than it would be in a 200K neighborhood because the market expects a pool like that in the neighborhood.  Thus the adjustment is about where the pool is located and what buyers expect and pay for in that area.

We’d like to think there is one adjustment to apply everywhere, but that just wouldn’t work. On a practical level, we can consider the cost because it probably says something about the quality, but at the end of the day let’s start comparing homes with and without pools to see if we can come up with a reasonable and supported adjustment (or a reasonable range of what buyers having been willing to pay).

It’s okay if there are no recent sales too because we can look through years worth of data as well as competitive neighborhoods. I actually wrote a post about the percentage of pool sales in different areas of town.

When the market expects a pool, it can be a big hit to value when there is not one, but when the market doesn’t expect a pool, it might not be that big of a deal for value to have one.  http://sacramentoappraisalblog.com/…/what-does-the…/

What do you think….?   My thoughts are that what ever you decide to do as an improvement I don’t think you should expect to get it all back.  I would rather look at the test of whether or not the improvement I added would make my life a little more enjoyable when I’m home.

In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day…!

Ed Favinger, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR, CDPE     916-203-1260 favinger@rwnetwork.com

 

Rates Can Still GO LOWER – Believe it or Not..!

See Frank and Brian – The National Real Estate Post Update

If you want to keep up in the Real Estate world, you might watch these guys from time to time because they do have interesting perspective… Then, after you watch the video below,  sign up for their updates.

If you’re looking for a new home or investment property it helps to have a finger on the pulse of the market and these guys are just one source.

frank and brianThey do regular Real  Estate and Mortgage Loan updates during the week.   I can’t watch them all but the headline today did catch me so I had to “point and click”  to check out what they had to say.

They deliver some great information and a little humor as well thrown in.

I think you’ll find this video worth the time and if you like these guys…..? go sign up for their updates.. !  You don’t have to be in real estate or the lending business to get on their list.

The “relevant” point regarding rates starts at the 3:56 mark

I think you’ll come away with the idea it’s not a bad time buy.  Rates for “investment” properties as of yesterday were at the 4.375% and “owner occupied” at around 3.50-3.75%.

If you’re renting, rents are going up and buying a home is actually “cheaper”… so you might want to consider getting into home now.

In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day…!

Ed Favinger, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR, CDPE     favinger@rwnetwork.com   916-203-1260