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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.

 

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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.

Related Articles

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATORS MADE A MESS OUT OF RENT CONTROL. THEY JUST DON’T KNOW IT YET | OPINION – Newsweek, Sept. 13, 2019

California embraces failed rent-control policies at the statewide level – Washington Examiner, Sept. 12, 2019

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

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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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City of Sacramento Adopts Rent Control Ordinance BPE Law Group Blog

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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

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Bread and Butter Sacramento Duplex for Sale

Your Basic Sacramento Duplex for Sale.

You’ve got to check out the Duplex for Sale at 7312-7314 Arleta Court in Sacramento we just listed a couple of days ago.

It’s on a nice Leafy green Cul-de-Sac location with other like kind duplexes.

CLICK HERE for a link to get Cash Flow Figures, Rental Survey and more pictures of the property and the surrounding street.

If this Sacramento Duplex interests you, please call or send a text to me at 916.203.1260.   You can also send an email to:   favinger@rwnetwork.com

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Ed Favinger, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR, CDPE

 

Sacramento Duplexes – A Good Buy for Long Term Cash Flow…!

Sacramento Duplex Prices Are Steady & Rents Are Good…!

With the annual rate of appreciation of Real Estate prices in the Sacramento area generally slowing down a bit buying a Duplex here might be a little easier with fewer multiple offers.

20140905_144808Don’t get me wrong if you have been looking for an Investment like a Sacramento Duplex there are still multiple offers occurring.

That is especially true if the Duplex has been well maintained with good curb appeal and a great tenant profile paying close to or at Market Rents.

Those Duplexes that have some deferred maintenance issues and below market rents will take a little longer to sell if they are not priced correctly to make up for their deficiencies.

Here’s some quick statistics for you regards closed sales from January 1, 2019 to Date, February 12th.

Average Average   Pct of
List Price Sales Price List Price
 $  371,088  $   365,641 98.5%

As you can see it looks like prices have stabilized somewhat, but the rents are still going up.   Maybe now is the time to make a move into Buying a Sacramento Duplex.

If you’re thinking of investing in Sacramento Duplexex, maybe a Four-Plex or even a small Apartment complex please drop me an email note at favinger@rwnetwork.com or call/text me at 916.203.1260.

By the way… We do Property Management as well.

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Ed Favinger, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR, CDPE

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Sacramento & Rancho Cordova Duplex Investors – Heads Up…!

The Way You Manage Your Duplex Will Determine The Rent Return & Appreciation Down The Line

Over the years since I’ve been writing here,  I’ve discussed Investing in Sacramento Duplexes for sale.  Other areas with great potential are Citrus Heights, Carmichael and Rancho Cordova with a lot of neighborhoods of Duplexes that come up for sale from time to time.

While in many respects Duplexes have the same amenities as a Single Family home, they are for the most part properties occupied by “non-owners” called Tenants.

An Investment Property like a Duplex has to be managed correctly to get the most value out of your investment in the form of higher rents and of course at re-sale increased appreciation.

I’ve got a little slide show that I would like to share with you.   This is one of my pet peeves – the lack of proper management and allowing Tenants to do what they want with your Investment.

What is my pet peeve…?   Parked cars on the front yard grass.    See below.

 

What do you think…?

If you are thinking of buying a Duplex in the Sacramento Area, think about managing it as well.   Good management will make you money.     Check out our Property Management Company.

 

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

Looking for a Sacramento Duplex for Sale…?

Just Listed –  Two Sacramento Area Duplexes for Sale…

We have just put on the market two Duplexes for Sale in great areas of Sacramento.

Click the links below and you’ll get the information along with a link there to a “proforma” cash flow analysis.

9143-9145 Tuolumne Drive, Sacramento, Ca,   3 bedrooms 2 bath each side with updated interiors

Listed at $399,000

6041-6043 Rye Way, Carmichael, Ca – 2 bedroom 1 bath units ea side

Listed at $340,000

If you are looking for a Duplex to buy in the Sacramento Region, then drop me a note via email or send me a text at 916.203.1260.    I pick up the phone too if you decide you’d like to actually speak to a live person on the other end.

Let me help you find the perfect investment for you..!

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

 

Sacramento Duplexes for Sale – They Are Still a Good Buy…!

Prices Are Up But So Are Rents…!

If you have been following the Real Estate market when it comes to Duplexes you may have noticed the prices to get into one are up from just a year ago.

Available Sacramento Duplexes for sale in decent areas are scarce.   Furthermore what is out there now for sale do not seem to be in the best of condition with some deferred maintenance on many of them.

I think those owners just want out of the business and now is a good time.

I’ve profiled a few duplexes here that I think will make decent Cash Flow Investments especially if you keep in mind that real estate has always been a long-term situation.

The following 1st two profiles are on Salmon Falls Drive.   We manage a Duplex with the exact configuration located at 9074-9076 Salmon Falls Drive which is next door and across the street from these two… so we know this area.

You will notice when you see the cash flow figures I have two projections, one at the current rents and one at market.

I think many a Seller make the mistake of keeping rents low to avoid vacancies, but when they got to sell, it’s  up to the Buyer and new owner to increase the rents.

9070-9072 Salmon Falls Drive, Sacramento – Listed at $365,000 – 3 bedrooms 2 bath units on each side.  CLICK HERE for a Pro-forma Cash Flow analysis.

9075-9077 Salmon Falls Drive, Sacramento – Listed at $354,900 –  3 bedrooms 2 bath units on each side. CLICK HERE for a Pro-forma Cash Flow  analysis.

Below is a short video tour of the neighborhood where I show you what it looks like.   We manage 3 more Duplexes on the cross street of Tuolumne with recent “move-ins” at $1,400 per month.

 

Now…. After seeing the above numbers if you are from the Bay Area, you should easily see how good an investment Sacramento Duplexes are.

Of course you have to have the right Property Management and we do that as well.

Call or Text me, Ed Favinger at 916-203-1260 or send me an email at favinger@rwnetwork.com and we’ll help you find the right investment for you.

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Ed Favinger Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR, CDPE

 

Sacramento Rental Rate Increases Highest In California…

Surrounding Suburbs, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Roseville Affected too.

We’ve been experiencing Rental Rate Increases for a long time here in the Sacramento Region.  This includes not only Sacramento, but the surrounding communities as well, such as Elk Grove, Roseville, Woodland, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Lincoln, Fair Oaks, and Carmichael to name a few.

The Sacramento Bee has a story today regarding Rent Rate Increases.  They are primarily talking about the Downtown/Midtown area which has experienced a “renaissance” because of the development in and around the Golden One Center.

Sacramento Rent Increase Rates Highest in the State of California

Sacramento Rent Increase Rates Highest in the State of California

The Sacramento Midtown Area has been very popular with the younger generation and some seniors because of the proximity to jobs, entertainment and restaurants.

As I have said in the past you almost have to “know somebody inside” to be able to get a decent rental these days.

To give you an idea of how strong the rental market is, we seem to average about 5 applications for every property we advertise.

An example of what I am talking about…?  As of today, July 26, 2017, here’s a short list of a couple of Duplex apartments being advertised by our Property Management Company with pending applications we are processing now.

Note to Duplex Investors or for that matter, any Residential Real Estate Investors from Single Family Homes up to Apartment complexes.   You’ll have several applications to rent if you decide to invest in the Sacramento area.

Until they start to build more Apartments and Homes this trend will continue given the great economy we have going at this time.

If you’re thinking of buying/investing in the Sacramento area, please call me at 916-203-1260 or send me a note at favinger@rwnetwork.com and let me help you find the best deal out there today.

If you’re an owner now and thinking of selling, contact me and let’s take a look at your investment property.   I can help you get the most out of your investment with some ideas you might not have considered.

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