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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.

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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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Can You Believe It’s That Time Of Year Again…Already…?

While it’s that time of year again… maybe besides “re-setting” the clocks forward all over the house you should also think about checking the Batteries in your Smoke Detector.

You just never know when something awful and unexpected can happen so do yourself and your family a favor… While you are changing and re-setting the clocks around the house,  at least “test” your smoke detectors… OK….?

In the mean time…?

Make it a great day…!

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What If I Invest in a Property in Oak Park Sacramento…? Don’t Look to The City of Sacramento for Any Help…!

The Area is so bad, if you have a “non-paying” tenant it’s probably better to keep them there occupying it, then to let it go vacant for a time.

Why would I say something as crazy as that?   The reason is because it’s true in this particular part of Sacramento.

A Bay Area investor asked us to manage a home on San Jose Way in the Oak Park area.   We took over last September.   The owner had previously put in a tenant that subsequently moved out leaving the property vacant.

It didn’t take long for the vandals and thieves to start picking away at this place.

While we were working on getting it re-painted and fixed up, some nice folks next door thought they’d just “plug in” to our exterior outlet and have a long chord from our property to their pad.   After finding this occurring a 3rd time,  I got fed up and called the Sacramento Police Dept.  They did come out although at first the 911 guy didn’t think this was a big deal.  Well when they showed up,  they wound up arresting several people including the owner from what one of the cops told me.

After getting them all out of that house, the property was posted and boarded up and has been since last October.   The house across the street was in foreclosure and that was boarded up along with a house on the opposite corner.

Here’s the nice video for you to see…

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What does the City of Sacramento do to help…? NOTHING…!   They fee and fine the owner’s for maintaining a nuisance.   They charge a “monitoring” fee to make sure you are keeping it clean.   It doesn’t matter how much it costs the owner to get it fixed or how many times the property is broken into and things stolen like copper wiring or air conditioning units.

My point…?  

HOW ABOUT SOME STINKING POLICE MONITORING of the area instead of just “sticking it” to the folks that have invested in this area.

Anyway….

Make it a Great Day…!

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


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Multiple Competing Offers are the “Norm” in the Sacramento Region…!

If you hear someone say the Real Estate Market here is dead..  Trust me, they are “mis-informed”..!

It seems just about every time I find a property a buyer I’m working with has an interest in, we’ve had to compete with other buyers to get 1st in line.    

A home we listed “for sale” at 2925 North Platte Way,  Sacramento just last Thursday,  has generated 5 offers…!   This home is located in the North Natomas area where there has been a flood of foreclosures and short sales the last several years.

No matter, there was an offer on the property the next day after it posted on the Multiple Listing Service.  Folks… this is nothing new and almost any Real Estate Agent or Broker in the area will verify what I’m saying here.

Even the rough ones, the “fixers”, are selling.  You  go back a couple of weeks ago to a blog post I made regarding a unique investment property over in the Fair Oaks area that had 23 offers…!

Bottom line…? If you are in the market now,  chances are you will experience this for yourself… that is,  having to compete against other buyers for the same opportunity.   You might even have to bid on several properties before you finally get the right one.   So don’t get discouraged.  It’s just the market we’re in now.

Make it a Great Day…!

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

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A Follow Up Note on a “Flip” I profiled a couple weeks back…

“After further review” as they say in the NFL….

Folks… I was out showing property to another investor and to give him an idea of the market,  I took the time to shown him the properties that I’ve profiled here along with others.

We viewed this one on Camino Gardens and thought there was a lot lacking… such as kitchen drawers that weren’t working etc… but you know what… It’s a Pending Sale…!!

Click Here for the videos before and after on this property and you’ll see what I’m talking about… There are other “little things” they didn’t do… but that didn’t stop an investor from putting in his offer.

And.. I just finished an interesting phone call from the listing agent regarding the property he has listed on Imran Court that I profiled a couple of days ago…  It’s wildly overpriced but he’s had a couple of offers on it already..!

Click here for that one… I’ll let you know if gets it into escrow.

In the mean time…?

Make it a Great Day


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“OMG…!” – They Have Twenty Three Offers on a Bank Owned Property…!!!

There are 3 separate homes on this .830 acre lot  zoned R-5 (5 units per acre).

I had seen this property on the market last May prior to the listing being withdrawn but I never walked it until yesterday.   When I drove by it last year it was a rainy day and I didn’t feel like going up this private drive with all the cars that I saw parked up there because at that time I think all the units were occupied.

So the bank takes it back, they put it on the market with an agent at $113,000.   Mind you, the lot is worth more than that based upon recent comparable sales of vacant lots that I’m going to post here for you to see.   None of those lots had the same Zoning as this one.  

By the way click here for a map of the property

Click here for an Aerial view of the property

This goes to show you that there must be a pent up demand for great deals like this and I’m wondering how much it will finally sell for and what the plans are of the new buyer.  I think this is a deal where you could keep the one occupied unit and work on building two newer units and possibly splitting them off.

I will stay on top of this one because I’m curious myself.

Anyway… Since they’ve already received 23 offers, there’s not much point now in putting one in, except I’d like to see where it winds up.   As i pointed out earlier, I did go the property yesterday and did a video “walk through” of the property.  I was able to get into all the units except for the one that is occupied.

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I’d like to know what you think of this deal.

Make it a Great Day…

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

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Rancho Cordova Duplexes for Sale – Short Sale & A “Bank Owned Fixer”

Take a look at the numbers on these two.

One of them is a Short Sale and the other is an REO/Bank Owned property that is in need of some work.   These properties showed still “Active” as of today.   I haven’t contacted the agents to see if they have offers or not, but if you look at the numbers, I can’t see why they are still available.

They are pretty decent deals based upon the assumptions in the “pro-forma” cash flow figures I’ve prepared here.

So check out the links below and let me know what you think.   Got some video here as well.

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If you are looking for an investment I don’t think you can argue that these numbers look pretty good… don’t you think..?

Make it a Great Day…!


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


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Buying an Investment Property in Sacramento Area…

“I want to buy an investment property in Sacramento area and would appreciate any insight into it where schools are good and I can get 10% ROI. Area should have potential for future appreciation. I want to invest less tha 300K”

The above question was brought to our attention on Trulia.     See what I and other Real Estate people had to say by CLICKING HERE

I’ve answered this question before and have my opinions along with those of other Brokers in the area.    By the way, if you don’t know, Trulia is a website that can be a great resource regarding the real estate business.

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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Seller Wants To “Rent Back” After Close on a “Short Sale”…What Should I Do…?

This question was raised on Trulia by a Buyer confronted with this “Dilemma” on the purchase of a home.

Even in the “best” of times or a “normal” real estate market, this situation is always a bit stressful for a buyer.  If I was a buyer in this situation I would also have some “angst”.

If you’d like to see what I and other Real Estate professionals had to say about it…  I’ve provided the link to all of our answers below.

By the way… this question was from a local person here in the Sacrament area, but this buyer got answers from all around the country.

ENJOY THE READ BY CLICKING HERE

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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We are hitting hurdles in buying first home. We got a short sale home & have to close escrow next week.!!

Our loan processor is not responding.   The initial escrow date they gave us was 3 weeks.   We could not get hold of the loan processor.    Is there any thing we can do to extend out escrow date …?  How does it work please let me know…

Is is “panic” time…?    I don’t think so.   This was a question asked by a first time home buyer on Trulia.com

Take a look at what I and other professionals had to say about this kind of situation by CLICKING HERE.

Make it a Great Day….


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


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