Don’t Forget Curb Appeal When Selling a Rental Duplex

First Impressions are Important to Investors & Tenants

I’ve been selling Real Estate Investment properties like Duplexes and Four-plexes in the Sacramento area now for almost 30 years.

It’s always amazing to me how many properties over the years I’ve seen that are on the market where you have junk, debris, non-operational vehicles in the driveway and the usual “over grown” grass/weeds.

Why is that important….?   Because the impression given is that the inside of the property will mirror pretty much what you see on the outside.

When You First Pull Up to a Property – First Impressions: 

If you’re an investor and looking at purchasing a property, do you think a prospective tenant will feel a potential pride of  where they might live if Curb Appeal is poor..?  Furthermore do you think they will want to pay you top dollar rent if the property looks unkempt?

From our Property Management experience the prospective tenant(s) will default to a position that the Owner/Landlord will probably not maintain the property if things go wrong if the Tenant was to make a repair service request.

Property Value is Affected:

In addition to the poor curb appeal when a tenant first pulls up to view it, think about the impact an unkempt yard would have on your neighbors.   For example, if  you currently live in a well maintained nice neighborhood of single family homes and all of a sudden you start see front yards of a few places standing out because they are over run with weeds and debris, increased property values will not be as great largely because of the poor neighborhood perception.

Guess what…? That standard works on Duplex or any other Residential Investment as well.

Call a Property Manager – Let Them Take Care Of it:

Just an FYI…?  A good Property Management company will have a list of preferred vendors to help maintain the property and even notify you if they see something out of place on their weekly route.

Real Estate is a long term deal for the most part, so fix up the front yard now because it will pay you back in higher rents, better quality tenants and higher return at Re-Sale.

Now, if you’re thinking of Selling or even Renting up a unit please call me at anytime at 916.203.1260 for more information about the current rental/sales market.

 

In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day…

 

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Sacramento Duplex Market – Is It Dead…?

Duplex Market Is Active… Just Not As Much As it Was Before

Yes the Real State Market is a little slow but for those of you that are thinking of jumping into the Residential Income Property arena and thinking of buying a Sacramento Duplex,  I’m happy that you stopped by and took a minute to check this out.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on this site but going forward I’ll be doing more and more here.

Effects of Rent Control and Covid-19

You may or may not be aware that we now have Statewide Rent Control from the passage of AB1482 last year which came into effect January 1, 2020.    Last year, the City of Sacramento also passed a Rent Control law that included a Rent Control board.

The result is they’ve capped the annual rent increase to no more than 5% + the local CPI which was 3.3%.   They also  included some tenant protections such as “just cause eviction” standards.

So we start things off the year with Rent Control and then the “Declaration – State of Emergency”.  All evictions were stopped until the end of the declaration.

Not only that, but in Sacramento County the courts aren’t going to start any court proceedings for evictions for at least 60 days after the declaration is lifted.

Some Sales Data to Look at.

In spite of the somewhat negative news above, I did a little research to show you what sales have been like.    I don’t see a lot of movement in price changes from List Price to Sales Price and I notice the Gross Rate Multi-plyer has an average of 14 for Active, Pending & Sold/Closed Transactions.

The Sales Data below is from March 15th until May 7th and includes the Zip Codes that I work primarily in which are: 95608, 95610, 95621, 95628, 95630, 95825, 95826, 95841, 95827    .

Total Active for sale now  –  25
Avg List Price    –  $498,238
Avg Days on Market     –        34
Avg Gross Rate Multi-plyer -14

Total Closed Sales       –          15
Avg List Price    –  $480,527
Avg Sales Price  –  $478,027
Avg Gross Rate Multi-plyer 14.2
Avg Days on Market           –  19
Avg # of Offers Per Duplex – 4.5

Total Pending Sales         6
Avg List Price     –   $427,983
Avg Days on Market        –     17
Avg Gross Rate Multi-plyer 14
Avg # of Offers Per Duplex  – 2

I’ll have another post in the next day or so regarding what to look for in the current market to get the most out of your investment.   Some of the inventory out there now is a little high given the amount of rent you’re able to receive if they have current tenants.

In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day

Ed Favinger, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR    916-203-1260

 

 

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Sacramento Four Plex For Sale But Income is Way Too Low

This Sacramento Four Plex for Sale has a List Price of $580,000, 16.11x’s Gross Rents.

Folks, now that we have Rent Control for the most part effective on Jan. 1, 2020 I’m seeing a few listings coming up like the one pictured at 5743 Blachly, Sacramento.   There are some issues any Investor in the market now should be aware of if they plan on making money on this property.  Sadly there are others out there just like this one.

I’ve always been told to “keep the rents at Market” at all times, because you’ll have the cash flow for reserves and repairs when needed.   When it’s time to sell, you’ll get your asking price with not many issues like the one you’ll encounter below.

This owner has the monthly rents almost $300 each unit below market or translated annually to be about $14,000 in missed income.

The Rents shown on the listing for each 2 bedroom 1 bath unit @$750 per month, with a Gross Annual Income of only $36,000.00, when it should be about $50,000.

Our Property Management Company, Haven Properties currently manage 2 Four-plex Apartment buildings in the immediate area on Keoncrest Circle.   The Average Rents for the same unit configuration as the one pictured are Blachly$1,045 and we even have one at $1,200.

HOW TO GET TO MARKET RENT… ?

The obvious solution for any Investor in this transaction is to raise the rents to the Market Rent for the area to make the deal work.   The only other option would be for the Seller to bring the price down to reflect the value of the existing rents which I’m sure is not an option the Seller has considered.

If you keep the current tenants you can’t raise the rents higher than the Rent Cap that’s part of the Rent Control Law.  The Rent Cap is currently 5% plus the rate of inflation for the area which is about 3%.

However the “work around” would be that either the Seller gives the existing tenants a termination now prior to January 1, 2020 or the Buyer does it when they close the deal,  hopefully before the end of the year.

However the Buyer is going to have some “turn over” expenses.  Those are the only two options I can think of because after January 1, 2020, Just Cause Eviction comes into play.

It makes a little tougher to sell now doesn’t it…?

The lessons learned are a few more hassles and roadblocks that could have been avoided if the owner kept the Rents at Market.   To see what I am talking about…?

Which one looks better…?

 

Think it over and in the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day…!

Ed Favinger, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR 916-203-1260

 

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More Rent Control – Now You Must Accept Section 8 Vouchers…?

If you are a Landlord, You Should Pay Attention

With the recent passage of the Statewide Rent Control Act, (AB1482) another recent piece of legislation, SB329 was also recently signed into law by the Governor.

Click here for the notice we got from the California Apartment Association.

Be sure and read the last line of the of the article.

You can be sure because of the ongoing housing crisis that governments are going to be placing more of the burden on Landlords and Investors.

They will be forced to become more of a player/participant as part of the so called “social safety net” the legislators will foist on Landlords/Investors because of their inaction.

While I still believe you can make money in Residential Investment Real Estate if you are not participating to help elect political leaders who understand the problem, more regulations and laws might come into being that you don’t like.

Get your checkbook out and be ready to support the efforts of the California Apartment Association and other groups that are in favor of building more housing and not restricting growth.   If you don’t help get people elected who are committed to increasing the housing supply, it’s only going to get worse for everyone, Owners/Landlords/Tenants and First Time Home Buyers.

Is this the California you want to live in…?

I’d like your comments….

In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day…!

Ed Favinger, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR    916.203.1260

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Sacramento Rent Control is here & Statewide – What Are the Rules..?

California Apartment Association Has an Overview

 

Well it’s sad to say, but we’ve entered the area of State Wide Rent Control with the recent passage of AB1482 that was signed into law a couple of days ago by the Governor.

While this law could have been worse, it’s still takes away many protections for Landlords/Investors because they will not be able to easily raise rents to market rates or evict tenants that might pay the rent, but are disruptive to an apartment complex or not following the rules regarding care of their unit.

The real problem is the lack of affordable housing that is caused by the ever increasing regulations and barriers put up by governments, state and local.

I guess one good thing is there is no “enforcement mechanism” in place with this new State law, such as a “rent control board” that was created by the City of Sacramento.  By the way, that Rent Control Board will be funded by Landlords with another Annual Assessment.   So if a tenant has a dispute with you and at the same time owes rent to a Landlord, that tenant can easily get a Rent Control committee to hold a hearing delaying any kind of enforcement.

The rules, procedures and assessment amounts from the City of Sacramento Rent Control Board haven’t been published as far as I know.   So stay tuned and if you’re thinking of buying an investment property there or anywhere else in the State of California, you’ve got to be aware of the new law’s impacts.

You can still make money with investment real estate, but you’ll have to learn the new rules.

Managing a rental will probably be made a little more time consuming so why not hire a Property Manager.   A good one will help make you money and keep you out of trouble.

Check us out at Haven Properties, 916.990.0770 or call me anytime at 916.203.1260 if you have questions regarding Rent Control, the Rental Market or Residential Investment Sales.

Click Here for the INDUSTRY INSIGHTS prepared by the California Apartment Association.

 

In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day…!

Ed Favinger, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR   916.203.1260

 

 

Rent Control Is Here in Sacramento & Soon Statewide

Get Your Rents Up To Market Now Before January 1, 2020 Because Rent Control is Here.

 

The State of California it looks like is about ready to implement a Statewide Rent Control Law that recently passed both house of the State Legislature and headed to Gavin Newsom’s desk.

According to the Sacramento Bee Article I have here for you, it won’t become law until 1/1/2020.

If you have not raised the rent in a long time my suggestion is to do it now and get it close enough to the current market rent as you can because after the 1st of the year you will be limited in what you can do.

In addition, the more onerous “just cause” eviction will now be a factor in cleaning up a property that needs to rid itself of uncooperative tenants that maybe laying waste to the property and intimidating neighbors.   In the past with situations like this, we’d only have to give a 30 or 60 day “termination of tenancy” notice which had no defense.  It could be for any reason at all.

We rarely ever used that tool, but it did come in handy when we had situations that our Property Management Company encountered from time to time.

CLICK HERE FOR THE SACRAMENTO BEE ARTICLE DATED  SEPTEMBER 12, 2019 09:48 AM 

Now if you think Rent Control is going to help, it’s not.  The people it’s meant to help won’t get it.

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If you have more questions, please contact me at 916.203.1260 or drop a note at favinger@rwnetwork.com

In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day…!

Duplex Market Still Strong – Low Inventory – Prices Continue Up

Even Fixers Get Multiple Offers..! Just Not Top Dollar..!

I haven’t written an article in a while and thought I’d get back in here and update those of you that follow this blog from time to time

RE-SALE SACRAMENTO AREA DUPLEXES

Duplex sales in the Sacramento Region are still pretty healthy with rising prices and rising rents because of a Strong Economy.

Mistakes I See Sellers Make:

The biggest mistake I see some Duplex Sellers now on the market, is thinking an “as is” sale of a property that has a lot of “deferred maintenance” will sell for just about what a “Fixed Up” property will bring in.Duplexes - 1

Another mistake,  besides not maintaining the property, would be an existing unit Rents far below the market.  The reason usually given is “they are long term tenants”.  This reason ignores the fact when they go to Sell the Duplex, a new owner is going to have to deal with tenants receiving large rent increases.

Why to Avoid Those Mistakes:

Because they haven’t raised the rents during the long term tenancies, these tenants know they have a good deal and never report much in the way of needed repairs and since they always pay the rent on time,  the Seller hasn’t been by the property or maintained it unless it was an emergency.

Because the rents were so low, there was no incentive for the owner to make any upgrades to or any effort to enhance/upgrade.   Most of the time they only made repairs after a complaint.

Example of what I’m talking about:

I’m in escrow now on a Fair Oaks duplex where the HVAC unit will have to be repaired to the tune of $2,000 because the unit hasn’t been serviced in years.  What’s more… Even with this fix, there’s no guarantee and the contractor said you’d be better off getting a new unit.  Had it been maintained and serviced on a regular basis, the unit would have had more potential life and not become an issue in the Sale Escrow.

So the Bottom Line…? 

Prices are going up for sure and if you want top dollar for your investment, you should take an honest look at it and if repairs/upgrades are warranted, do them.  When you then raise the rent, you’ll see most tenants will put up with it because you have maintained it and they are proud to live there.

When you have maintained the Property and maintained Rents at Current Market, you are using the “prudent investor standards”.

By the way… Have you heard Interest Rates are coming down….?

If you’re thinking of Selling or Investing in the area, please give me a call at 916.203.1260.   I’ll actually answer the phone.. Texts will work also.

In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day…!

 

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Sacramento Duplexes For Sale – Not Much Inventory – Prices Up

Yea… There’s Not Much To Choose From, But,  Rents Are Up Too….

If you are curious about the market regarding Sacramento Duplexes for Sale, I’ve got some recent stats/graphs for you.   We’re still in a Seller’s Market and I think you’ll see the graphs below make the point.  I think they will also change a bit next month.

If you have ever read any of my past articles, I’ve always said  “A nice well maintained Duplex will sell for a pretty good price now with multiple offers”, or something to that effect.   The Duplexes that don’t sell quickly generally have these characteristics.

  • Poor or “Fair” Curb Appeal and General Appearance – Lack Pride of Ownership.
  • Rents that are lower or much lower than Market Rent.
  • Price is not reflective of the above 2 conditions.

Low Rents – Updates/Upgrades:

If you are thinking of Selling your Duplex or for that matter any kind of Rental Investment Property, you might think about upgrading/updating the property a little.

Having the same great tenants over several years time does not translate into a much better positive outcome in the sale if the rents they are paying are only about 1/2 of what the same unit would rent for today.

Generally if you aren’t keeping the rents up, you aren’t maintaining the property because you don’t have the cash flow.   Tenants know when they are getting a good deal.

However, if you are a buyer and make an offer on one of these types of properties I’m describing above, you’ll have to take into account the Updates/Upgrades you might be faced with to get the “higher rents” the Seller says you can get.

We recently were in escrow on a Rancho Cordova Duplex the Seller has owned for almost 30 years.   Both units were in need of work.   One of the units had 6  people living in a 2 bedroom 1 bath unit.   Both units were paying only $800.00 per month when the “market rate” is in the $1,300 to $1,400 range.

The deal fell through because the Buyer wanted an adjustment in the price to reflect the deferred maintenance and the low rents.   The buyer would have to get possession by giving a 60 day notice to terminate tenancy before being able to start the “rehab” process.  The unit would then be vacant for another 30 days at least.   There was too much to over come… Low Rents /Poor Condition/High Price.

Let me know what you think of these stats.

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NUMBER OF UNITS FOR SALE – SOLD- PENDING

Graphics list vs sold 6-10-19________________________________

LIST PRICE TO SALES PRICE RATIO – AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET

List Price to Sales Price Ratio

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If you are thinking of Buying a Sacramento Duplex you want to take into account not only the condition, but the existing tenants and their current rent as well.   As long as you are aware of these issues, you’ll make a better informed decision on whether to go through the deal or not.

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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High Costs of Rent in Sacramento Turns Renters into Home Buyers

Old News To Us in Real Estate.

There have been several articles all over the print and social media about the rising rental rates here in the Sacramento Region.   It was only a matter of time before Renters would turn into Home Buyers because it’s cheaper.

Our Property Management Company with approximately 400 total units of various configurations has only 7 current vacancies with, we think,  another 7 coming up within the next 30 days or so.Hand writing the text: Buying a Home

So it’s no surprise to those of us who work in the field everyday when we hear another news report about the market.

So after listening to the morning news on KFBK I got another news story from KCRA Channel 3 talking about the same thing.

Millennials are beginning to buy homes because Rents are so high here they’ve now begun to figure out it’s a better deal to Buy and own.

I’ve noticed that a lot of the Sacramento Duplexes being financed by FHA loans which are only given to Owner Occupied Buyers.. another trend in my opinion.   I’ve written before about buying a Duplex to live in one side and rent the other.  No surprise to me of late seeing more people do just that.

If you are currently a renter and would like to be a Home Owner, contact me today and I’ll get you started on your way.

In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day….!

Ed Favinger, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR     favinger@rwnetwork.com  916.203.1260

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Sacramento Duplexes for Sale – Check Them Out Today…!

These Two are “Bread & Butter” Type Sacramento Duplexes for Sale.

 

We’ve just listed two Duplexes for sale and I thought I’d post their links here.

4909-4911 Douvan Court, Carmichael, Ca – 2 bedroom 1 bath each side with Central Heat & Air.   Great Location near schools, shopping and work centers.  Priced at $349,950.   CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

7312-7314 Arleta Court, Sacramento, Ca – 2 bedroom 1 bath each side with Central Heat and Air.  Community Park just down the street – local schools close by and easy access to Hwy 99 commute corridor.  Priced at $369,999.   CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

If you are looking for a Sacramento Duplex to buy then contact me today and I’ll help find the right investment for you.

You’d like to buy but you live out of the area…?   We also offer Property Management 2nd to None.

Call me today… I’ll answer all of your questions about the Sacramento Duplex market and what kind of rents you can bring in.

In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day…

Ed Favinger, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR

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