If You Want Top Dollar for Your Rental Investment Property

Don’t Make the Mistakes This Duplex Owner Did.

I’m in the middle of an escrow for the sale of a Duplex located at 2614-2616 Bravado, Rancho Cordova.   I posted an article about it a couple of weeks ago and pitched it to a local investor along with other people in my data base.

The current owner paid about $146,500 in 2009 and really hasn’t done much to maintain it in the interim with the major exception of an Heating and Air unit about a year or so ago.

While this property started out at an asking price of $295,000 back in December the condition of this Duplex wouldn’t warrant an offer any where near that.   I know the area very well, we manage several Duplexes in this neighborhood including one directly across the street.   So I kept an eye on it and gradually the asking price came down to something decent at $275,000.    We made an offer and started the process out at $270,000.

I have a theory that has pretty much held up over the years.   If you ignore the curb appeal and don’t show pride of ownership, trust me the Tenants will pick up on that vibe and probably not take care of it either because if you don’t care about it…? why should they…?

When you maintain your property, inside and out you get the best possible tenants that will not only pay the rent on time but will take care of the property because they know you care about it.   If they don’t,  because you care, they know you will give them the appropriate “fix it” notice called a “3 day notice for covenants“.   This owner did a poor job of managing this and it cost her.

In the initial walk through,  we find out the tenants have dogs that are not permitted in their leases.   Of course the back yards were a mess with lots of “dog droppings” that had not been picked up.

Not only that, the interiors were in poor shape with one kitchen having drawers that were falling apart.

After the Buyer had this Duplex inspected by North American Home Services for the Home & Pest Inspections along with a roof report from Eagle Ridge Construction, the only way he was going to move forward was to get a big drop in the price to make up for the deferred maintenance which included the need for a new roof.

The price we finally settled on is $245,000 “as is”.   The existing tenants are; one on a month to month Section 8 which requires a 90 days notice to vacate if he wants her out and the other one we have to wait until this coming September to get possession because she’s on a lease.   In the mean time, the rents are frozen in place for a period of time.

Here are pictures I got of the property – one that was taken by Google in Street View March 2015.  Click on the picture and you’ll see how it looks from the street today just a year later.screen shot of 2614 bravado March 2015 street view

I hope the conclusion that you come away with by reading this is when you don’t maintain and manage your rental property in a “professional manner” you will get lousy tenants, you will not get the highest possible rents and when you go to sell, you’ll have to lower your expectations “big time”.

The Buyer/Investor on this deal made a comment to me after he looked up the address where the people that own this property lived.  He noticed it was in an upscale area.   His comment was that it was amazing to him how poorly this Duplex looked but he bet where they lived looked a lot better.

Let me know what you think.

By the way… If you currently own rental properties and need management help, check out our Property Management Service that is “2nd to none” by Clicking Here

If you are thinking of Selling or you are interested in buying a Duplex, Fourplex or an Apartment complex in the area, please call/text or email me at anytime.

In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day..!

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

 

The “Sleeper Investment” Area if You Are in the Market is Rancho Cordova…!

Did You Hear They Hate “chain link” fences…?

It’s an amazing thing to watch over the transition of the City of Rancho Cordova from what many people thought was a lost cause until the residents there incorporated in 2003.

Official seal of City of Rancho Cordova
Official seal of City of Rancho Cordova (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the major reasons for the successful incorporation was the fact there were many “absentee” landlords who did not take pride of ownership of their rentals, did not screen their tenants very well and allowed their properties to deteriorate because they didn’t maintain them.

They’ve been using the power of “code enforcement” to get landlords in shape and while I’m not a big government kind of guy, in the cases I have observed, this city has an effective way of cleaning up their housing stock.

Which brings me to the “chain link” head line.

Check out this story from the Sacramento Bee – Rancho Cordova cleans up neighborhoods one chain-link fence at a time

And…  KCRA 3 must have read the SacBee so they had a story on the news as well.   Rancho Cordova pays homeowners to remove chain link fences

Let me know what you think.

In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day…

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

 

 

 

 

A Duplex That Has Some Potential Cash Flow

We Manage Several in the Area… this could be a “sleeper”.

This duplex located at 2614-2616 Bravado in Ranch Cordova has been on the market for about 40 days or so.   They started out much too high and I think at the recently adjusted price of $285,000 they are still a bit high.

Below you’ll find a link to a “proforma” cash flow analysis of this property based upon a lower price that I think is more appropriate.   We manage several duplexes within a very short distance away… one right across the street.

CLICK HERE FOR THE CASH FLOW FIGURES

If you’re thinking of Investing in a Duplex, a Four-Plex or even an Apartment complex, contact me and I’ll get you the best deal possible.   Since we also have a Property Management unit, we are probably in a better position to give you an accurate assessment of what you could rent properties for in this area.   If you buy through us, we’ll give you the 1st 3 months of Property Management free.

In the mean time…?

Make it a Great Day…!

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

 

The Follow Up on the Recent Rent Control Article

They are kicking the can down the road for a while

Folks, this is a contentious issue in California’s coastal areas such as the San Francisco Bay Area and of course down in the Los Angeles area.

The City of Alameda has recently conducted a few city council sessions on this issue.   You gotta believe there’s been some “off the record” negotiations going on behind closed doors among a couple of the council members in my opinion.rent contol

No matter which way they are going to go… there are some issues I hate and one of them is the so called “just cause” or “no cause” eviction they want to enforce as part of this deal.

This issue would change the law so that you can’t just ask a tenant to leave at the end of a lease or after giving notice to terminate on a month to month agreement,  which is often a great tool to get rid of a problem tenant.

In our area,  Sacramento, if you have a tenant that is consistently late on rent, is abusive and wasteful of the unit and otherwise doesn’t follow the rules…?  Your “best option” now is to terminate the tenancy and there’s no defense in most cases on an expired lease or month to month agreement.   The tenant has to move because there’s no “just cause” requirement here in the Sacramento Region.

That changes in Alameda with this new law their going to impose it seems.   You’d have to go to a board or commission they will set up making it harder and more costly to get rid of bad tenants.

They are also talking about paying a tenant’s “moving expenses”.   How would you like to have the requirement..?

Anyway… CLICK HERE for the article that describes the meeting I wrote about on January 5th and what they decided to do for now.   More to come later.

Bottom line…?  Stay away from Rent Controlled areas if you are an investor.   If you are thinking of Investing in a Rental Property, be it a single family home, a Duplex, a Four-Plex or even an Apartment complex we can help.   Call me or send me an email today.  My contact information is below.    The Sacramento Region is growing and we do not have rent control.

 

In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day…!

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

Rent Control Is Rearing It’s Ugly Head Again – Not Yet in The Sacramento Region

Too Much Regulation – Kills the Housing/Building Industry

I have to pass on this article I got from the San Francisco Business Times. There’s a big meeting in the City of Alameda tonight that is so contentious with the anticipation of a large gathering, they moved it to a High School Auditorium.

English: City hall. 2263 Santa Clara Avenue. A...
English: City hall. 2263 Santa Clara Avenue. Alameda, California, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve written about this issue before… not sure if I put here on this blog but for sure at our Property Management Facebook Page back in November 18th of last year.  The link I posted was also a follow up to the earlier Alameda City Council meeting where the “3 options” referred to are going to be the subject of tonight’s big do.    You can bet there will be lots of media there.

Here’s a “solution” that I wanted to share again with you from a Bay Area Attorney, Christopher Hanson, the Hanson Law Firm.

I think his ideas and solutions are much less onerous for Landlords and “spreads the pain around” in such a way that it doesn’t kill the incentive to build more units which is the reason Rents are going up, including in the Sacramento Region.

Come back here tomorrow and I’ll have the follow up.   I’m curious to see how Alameda handles this issue.

If you are thinking of Buying or Selling and Investment Property in the Sacramento Region, please call me at 916-203-1260 or drop me a note at favinger@rwnetwork.com

In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day….!

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