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.

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Related stories

City of Sacramento Adopts Rent Control Ordinance BPE Law Group Blog

 

 

 

 

 

Open House Today May 28th

We’ve got one in Cameron Park and Folsom.

Check out two great homes open from 1Pm to 3Pm today

2844 Aquamarine Circle, Rescue – Hosted by Joni Hewitt

716 Hildebrand Circle, Folsom – Hosted by Cynthia Montana

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

 

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.

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

 

Be a Real Estate Investor, Not a Slum Lord…!

If You Are an Investor and Own Rentals, Don’t Ignore Stuff.   These people did and now they’re on the Front Page above the fold in the Sacramento Bee.

In fact you’ll be surprised how much attention you’ll get.

I thought I’d share my thoughts on this issue.   When you buy any kind of Residential Rental property, don’t ignore repairs and always keep up and maintain your property.

If you don’t maintain your property and are like the folks that are the subject of these videos and the news stories, you’ll get lots of the same negative publicity and worse big time law suits.

Reminds me of a story from a few years ago.   An Apartment Complex in Rancho Cordovo had some of the same issues as here.   Guess what…?  They lost their investment… lawsuits and foreclosure besides being on TV and in the News.  CLICK HERE  for that story I wrote about a while back.

The Solution – Professional Management

As a Property Manager and Investor you’ll be glad you hired us or someone as good as us to make sure your properties are well maintained and in “compliance” with the various codes.

If you ignore issues on your property… which is what Slum Lords are accused of,  together with the tight supply of rentals and rising prices out there…?   Trust me you’ll be part of the problem that will invite more and more government oversight.  Not just on you, the Slum Lord, but on the rest of us that invest in Residential Real Estate but maintain our properties.   Is that what we want as an industry, more government involvement…?

 

Here’s the original article from Sunday’s Sacbee.   Check out the videos below.

 

You also get on Local TV

 

My advice is to keep some reserve so you can not only maintain it, but improve upon it as well.    Make your investment an asset to the community by putting something back in.

If you need Property Management help, then call us today.

In the Mean Time

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Ed Favinger, Broker CRS, GRI, SFR, CDPE

 

Are we in a Bubble…? Not According to the Affordability Index…!

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No One Knows for sure… But Here’s some Stats You Should Look At…!

I remember the Real Estate Market back in 1989 and of course the big crash in 2007-2008.

If you want my opinion…?  I don’t think we’re there yet.   If you look at the links below, you’ll see what I’m talking about.

In 1989 I moved here from the Bay Area and the Index then was I believe about 19% of the folks living there at the time could afford to buy the median priced home with 20% down. Here in the Sacramento Real Estate market it was about 49% back then.

When we got to the top of the market in say, late 2004,  the index was way down through out the state. I’ll let the indexes below give you the data.   Take a peek at them and then decide for yourself if we’re in a bubble.   I think you’ll be surprised at what you’ll see.

Let’s talk about FIRST TIME BUYERS – it’s even better for them.

Bottom line is while interest rates are low and prices are going up some, there’s plenty of demand for Residential Real Estate.  There are plenty of Buyers out there but not much inventory to choose from.

If you’re thinking of buying and you’re worried we might be in a bubble, historically speaking we have a ways to go.

If you’re thinking of Selling you’ve probably heard from more than one source how low the inventory is so call me to get the latest valuation of your property.   We specialize in Single Family Homes, Duplexes, Four-Plexes and Small Apartment complexes.   If you’re in Investor, we also do Property Management.   So give us a chance at your business today.

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

 

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.

 

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

Sacramento – Residential Investment Real Estate – Good For the Small Investor

The Key of course is buying a property in a “growth area”.

I left the San Francisco Bay Area back in 1989 which was about the top of the market back then before there was an “adjustment” in Real Estate prices a few years later.   Others would call that part of the 90”s a “Downturn”.

The Sacramento Region since that time has shifted some what from being a Government and Housing driven market to something more “diverse” with some decent paying private sector jobs.

If you’re an investor in Residential Real Estate, be it a Single Family home, a Duplex/Four-Plex or even an Apartment complex, you have to have jobs and job growth if you want Real Estate rental prices to increase and of course by extension, potential “resale” values to grow.

Because we had another “downturn” caused by the Bank meltdown of a few years ago, construction of new projects pretty much came to a screeching halt.   Only recently have we seen builders begin the process of constructing new home, but not much in the way of “rental type” properties such as apartments.

Rents in this area have gone up dramatically and in Folsom where our office is, our Property Management company has no shortage of rental applications if the property is in good condition and located in a desirable area.   If you want to rent a nice pad in Folsom or Roseville for example, you almost have to “know somebody” to get one.  I’ve written about this many times, so click here for an article about rents in the area.

The “driver” of this phenomenon is,  as I mentioned above, our increasingly diverse economy here.

Click here for short article that makes my point.   This is old news of course to those of us that live here.  The article gives you a quick view of some of the “hi-tech” companies  located here, expanding here or moving here.   These are companies that most of you have heard of too.

So….. If you are thinking of making an investment into this area, then please contact me and I’ll give you the “Chamber of Commerce” tour of the area including work centers, recreation areas and neighborhoods.     After you’ve seen the growth in Sacramento, Roseville, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Elk Grove and Rocklin, you’ll see why many of us have decided to not only invest here… we live here.

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

 

Duplex Investors Who Need Property Management.

Tenants Need to Know You Care About Your Property…

As part of our service to our property management clients, we drive by periodically to make sure the tenants livng in our properties are following the simple rules we have in their rental agreements.

These rules include such things as:

  • Tenants are never to park a car on the grass.
  • Tenants are to put their trash  cans behind the  fence gates except on “trash days”.
  • Tenants are to keep the premises clean and free of any trash and debri.
  • Tenants are not allowed to park inoperable vehicles or vehicles with expired tags on the property.

I wish other owners/landlords had the same standards because what they get in return are tenants who know you care about your property.  Because if you are one of the owners who want to maintain the value and increase rents, you’ll be surprised how quickly a nice looking place rents and for much higher than a property that doesn’t have the same standard.

Here’s an example…   What do you think of this owner…?  El Mercado - 1 (800x450)Would you be proud to own this property or would you want to live next to it..?

This one is located on the corner of El Mercado and Chettingham in Rancho Cordova.

 

 

And sadly… here’s a property we managed for about 2 and half years.  This one is just down the street from the one that is pictured above.    Earlier this year the owner asked us to sell it for him.     Here’s a picture of it when we put it on the market.

picture of the front

The new buyer loved the place and paid top dollar because he had to “out bid” the others… After it closed, what did they decide to do…? They decided to manage it themselves.

I  know the tenant rental agreements provided for the owner to maintain the landscaping but it looks  like they aren’t providing for it anymore and it shows how quickly a property can look run down from lack of attention.

Click on the picture above to see how it looks as of Monday, Sept. 7th…. you’ll get a short video to make the contrast.

The excuse some people are using is the drought.   It’s not an excuse in my opinion because you can water enough here to maintain the landscaping and curb appeal up if you really wanted to.

If you are an investor or soon to be investor…? please keep this in mind.

In the mean time…

Make it a great day…!

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

 

Foreign Investors Still Love California Real Estate

Here’s a story about a company that wants to scratch their itch.

I ran across this article that I thought I’d share.   Not a long read, but it’s an announcement about an “online” real estate investment management company moving into the Southern California market.Los-Angeles-highway

Real Estate has been overall a “safe haven” for many investors.

I’m sure you’ll be seeing stories soon about the growth in the area especially regards the South of 50 area of Folsom.

 

CLICK HERE FOR THE ARTICLE.

 

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Ed Favinger, Broker CRS, GRI, SFR, CDPE      favinger@rwnetwork.com    915-203-1260

 

 

The New Water Conservation Rules – Folsom

Pretty Much The Same…With Some Changes

 

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I thought I’d pass on the City of F0lsom’s Website posting regarding the new water use reduction rules because of the ongoing drought.

 

CLICK HERE FOR THE UPDATE

 

Have you started saving water yet…?  Have you put the bucket in the shower to save for your plants…?

 

They also have a great App that you can track your water usage in Folsom called Dropcountr.

 

Take a peek at that app and let me know what you think.

 

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Make it a Great Day…!

 

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