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

 

Sacramento Apartment Market Projections – 2017

Just passing on an article and information I just received.

If you’re thinking of getting into the Multi-Family Housing market as an Investor and you’re new at it, I’m sure you’ve thought a lot and hopefully have done some research.   You can always contact me for more information and set up a time for a free consultation.

The Sacramento Apartment Market is one of the top 20 in the nation and is still affordable especially compared to some markets in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In our market we find it’s hard to find a 2 bedroom 1 bath apartment unit with lots of amenities for under $1,000 per month.

To get an idea of what we have for rent go to HavenRents.com and you’ll get a sense of what the prices are for various types of properties we currently have available.   You can also go to the “rentals page” here on this site.

I received and thought I’d share a 2017 market projection from CBRE, a large real estate investment company that works in Retail, Office, Industrial and of course Multi-family projects through out the the country.

CLICK HERE for that article and go to Page 31 for their “Multi-Family” projections.   I think you’ll appreciate their findings and conclusions.   It looks to me like the Sacramento Region’s Multi-Family market should remain strong.   I think this remains especially true in the smaller multi-family units, such as Duplexes, Four-Plexes or small apartment complexes.   Why…?  Because they haven’t built any in the last several years.   Sacramento Duplexes/Four-plexes for sale don’t stay on the market very long.

So if you have stumbled on this blog site and are thinking of investing in the Residential Real Estate Market in the Sacramento area please contact me at anytime.    We specialize in the Sales and Management of Single Family Homes, Duplexes, Tri-plexes, 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,     favinger@rwnetwork.com   916-203-1260

 

Sacramento Area is the Best Area Residential Real Estate Investors

In An Improving Economy – Not Enough Homes – Creates Higher Prices & Rents.

If you’re a San Francisco Bay Area home owner or investor and looking for a place to move to or invest in, you can’t really beat the Sacramento Area.

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Two Homes On One Lot in Cameron Park Managed by Haven Properties

Prices and rents have gone up but are still a bargain when you compare them with Santa Clara, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Alameda and San Francisco Counties.

Just take a peek at what you can buy here in Folsom and compare that where you live in the Bay Area.

If you’re an investor, you can still get a decent Duplex or Four-plex for under $400,000 and have a “cash flow” which is unheard of in the Bay Area now.    Foreign Investors are just parking their money in the Bay Area in hopes of higher appreciation down the line, but they don’t have a decent cash flow return in the mean time.

I thought I’d pass on this article from the East Bay Times.    Maybe it’s time to Move here and/or Invest here…?

And Finally…. The two things we don’t have as bad as the Bay Area….? 1. No Rent Control… 2 And Bay Area “traffic”.

In the mean time…?

Make it a Great Day…

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

 

Is Rent Control Coming To the Sacramento Area…?

It’s Not Just Rent Control – They Add Costs Onto Owning a Rental

I have an article here that I recently received from the RHA (Regional Housing Association of Sacramento Valley) with a list of ballot measures in several San Francisco Bay Area cities regarding “rent control”.

It’s not just that they want to limit the amount of rent you can charge, they also want to make it more difficult to get rid of bad tenants by instituting “just cause eviction” laws as well.Image result for the rent is too damn high

Just Cause eviction rules eliminates the “termination of tenancy” that we can currently give a Tenant in our area without stating a reason.  Just Cause rules would require a hearing at another government run board or authority that would hear your case and probably take the side of the Tenant unless you had massive amount of documentation to support your position.

Some of these measures would limit causes of action to evict a tenant to 8 or 9 specific reasons.

For many investors, this is why they hire a professional property management to make sure they are “in compliance” because of all the rules changes and regulations that vary from locality to locality.

Take a look at this article from RHA and think it over.   Land use decisions do involve you and when you can’t build housing because of all the NIMBY’ism, this can be the result.

I think you’ll be appalled at what they are proposing.   It is scary in my opinion.

RENT CONTOL ON THE BALLOT IN FIVE BAY AREA CITIES

Let me know what you think.

In the mean time…?

Make it a Great Day…!

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

 

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