Have We Reached the Bottom and Starting the Crawl Back Up…?

This Article From Today’s Sacramento Bee – Just More Evidence It Has…

Sacramento area home sellers again walking away with cash

By Hudson Sangree and Phillip Reese

hsangree@sacbee.com

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Being a Landlord is Rewarding… But You’d Better Beware..!!!

This Property Came Back into the News Yesterday in the Sacramento Bee and it’s not a Happy Ending.

 

 

 

This article is basically an Update on the Story I wrote last year…  A Lesson In The Costs of Not Maintaining Your Rental Property

 

The final outcome was announced in yesterday’s “fish wrap”.

Take a minute and read the link above and then read the story from the Sacramento Bee.   The Headline below will give you a nice clue as to what happened.

Tenants win settlement over conditions at Rancho Cordova apartments

What happened to these former owners is that they “ignored” complaints from some of the tenants about Vermin, Mold and some Safety Issues.

When you are a Landlord, you can’t ignore problems like this.  In an apartment complex, a disgruntled tenant with a legitimate issue that is ignored will spread the word and all of a sudden, everyone will want to get on the bandwagon thinking there is a “big payday” at the end.

In this case this it what happened and it didn’t have to be.

I don’t care what kind of property you purchase, a single family home, a Duplex or even an Apartment complex these issues will come up from time to time.   Most of the time they are minor and can be mitigated if you act early and never ignore it.

 VERMIN… VERMIN…VERMIN…

Failure to remedy an infestation of vermin, such as rats/mice/bedbugs/roaches or mitigate water damage that will lead to a mold problem will cause you to be up against a Code Enforcement officer and might even lead to a nasty lawsuit that will cause you to lose your investment.

I’m not trying to scare you about investing  in Residential Real Estate… My goal here is to educate you so you can avoid this  kind of problem.   Failure to act will bring on another kind of vermin…  The “hungry” litigation Attorney. They love to sue landlords because they know there will be a big insurance payoff to them and maybe a little bit of $$ for the victimized tenant.  Just beware ok…?

Below are some articles I’ve picked up from the internet that will give you some insight as what these critters are and what they do.    Like I said, just be aware and never ignore them.

Meet the Critters Inside Your Mattress – Al Hofer’s South Florida Pest Blog

Vermin…Who is Responsible – From the UK blog – Property Management FAQ

 Top Dog Pest Control – Info and Links to California Landord Tenant Law Information

 Mold…Mold…Mold – Don’t Be Scared – just be informed – Regarding Obtaining Insurance for your property

 

In the Mean Time…

Make it a Great Day

 

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

 

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Who Pays for Pest Control Reports…?

An Interesting Subject Especially When a Bank Loan is Involved

This was question from a reader on Trulia.com a day or so ago.

Click on the link below and see what I and other Real Estate Professionals had to say.  Pay attention as to why you don’t want to even include a Pest Inspection in your offer if you are using the C.A.R. contract forms.

It’s a function of today’s market.

I think you’ll find the short read interesting and informative.

Pest Inspection – Who Pays..? In So Cal..? In Nor Cal..?

In the Mean Time..?

 

Make it a great day…!!!

 

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

 

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More Craigslist Scams – If You Are a Landlord or a Prospective Tenant – Beware…!

Another “Craigslist” story I have to share… even have a copy of the “email exchange”

I got a call from a lady a few days ago inquiring about a home for rent at 1327 Copping here in Folsom.  It’s a 5 bedroom 3 full bath home, about 2500 sq ft and rents for $2,350.oo per month.   This lady said she had answered the ad that had a rent offered at around $1,100 per month.

I think most people can spot a “rental scam” but maybe some can’t, so here’s some things that you might want to employ if you are looking to rent a home somewhere.

  • If the price of the rental is so much lower than other homes you have been looking at..?  It might be a scam.
  • If the Owner/Landlord only communicates with you by email..? It might be a scam.
  • If the Owner/Landlord will only accept cash or a “wire” transfer..? It might be a scam.
  • If the Owner/Landlord is “out of the country”…?  It might be a scam.
  • If you “google” the property address and find more contact information besides the person you’ve been communicating with…?  It might be a scam.
  • If the Owner/Landlord meets you at the property and doesn’t ask for an application and is ready to give you the keys right then and there if you give him the money…? It might be a scam.

If you’d like to see copies of an email exchange between a “scam-ster” and the “mark”…?  Click Here

In the mean time…?

Make it a Great Day..!


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

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Update on the “Fix and Flip” Duplex

While it may not look like much today, there’s been a lot done.

We took possession of this Duplex at 2728-2730 El Caprice, Rancho Cordova on February 27th.

To date, we’ve got the hardwood floors installed in all the high traffic areas, the tile floors in the entry and all the bathrooms, holes in the ceilings and walls repaired and installed the new base boards.

We’ve taped and textured, installed the new sliders to the back yards and have started the interior painting.

In addition, we’ve laid some concrete down to enhance the size of the patios and we’ve squared off the exterior areas as you’ll see in the video.  We will be doing some nice things in the landscaping department which is something a lot of investors overlook in my opinion.

To See Where We Started From, CLICK HERE for the beginning video and the 1st update that was done I think on the 1st of March.

In the mean time…?

Make it a Great Day..!

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

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