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Rents Are Up in The Sacramento Area – Old News To Us in Real Estate Sales & Management.

When The News Hits the Sacramento Bee – You Know it’s “Old News” When It Comes to Real Estate..!

If you’ve followed my blog site for any length of time I’ve pointed this out several times.   The reason you ask…?  They stopped building Apartments and just about anything else here because of the recession.  They are only now beginning to ramp up, but mostly single family homes.

And since they are not building more apartments for middle class folks just starting out, rents have gone up.    What apartments they are building or planning on building are “subsidized” housing or the more “high end” apartment complexes with lots of amenities according to a recent article in the Sacramento Business Journal.

I’ve said to many people seeking to find a home or an apartment to rent in Folsom, Orangevale, Roseville or any other area in the Sacramento Region that,  “you probably need to know somebody inside to get a decent rental anymore”.    I wrote about it here.

Many of the investors I have placed into Duplexes, Four-plexes and Small Apartment complexes know they can get “higher rents”, so most of them have improved their properties to take advantage of the upswing in rents that can be derived.   That also was written about in today’s Sacramento Bee article.

So CLICK HERE for that latest story from The Bee.   Let me know what you think.

In the Mean Time…?

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

 

Is Rent Control Coming To the Sacramento Area…?

It’s Not Just Rent Control – They Add Costs Onto Owning a Rental

I have an article here that I recently received from the RHA (Regional Housing Association of Sacramento Valley) with a list of ballot measures in several San Francisco Bay Area cities regarding “rent control”.

It’s not just that they want to limit the amount of rent you can charge, they also want to make it more difficult to get rid of bad tenants by instituting “just cause eviction” laws as well.Image result for the rent is too damn high

Just Cause eviction rules eliminates the “termination of tenancy” that we can currently give a Tenant in our area without stating a reason.  Just Cause rules would require a hearing at another government run board or authority that would hear your case and probably take the side of the Tenant unless you had massive amount of documentation to support your position.

Some of these measures would limit causes of action to evict a tenant to 8 or 9 specific reasons.

For many investors, this is why they hire a professional property management to make sure they are “in compliance” because of all the rules changes and regulations that vary from locality to locality.

Take a look at this article from RHA and think it over.   Land use decisions do involve you and when you can’t build housing because of all the NIMBY’ism, this can be the result.

I think you’ll be appalled at what they are proposing.   It is scary in my opinion.

RENT CONTOL ON THE BALLOT IN FIVE BAY AREA CITIES

Let me know what you think.

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

 

Is It a Good Idea to Purchase a Home Protection Plan for Sacramento Duplexes and Four-plex Investment Properties.

Buying A Sacramento Duplex or Four-Plex…?  It’s Absolutely a Good Idea to Insure At Least The Air Conditioning…But Don’t Rely on Them for Everything…

Recently our Property Management Company, Haven Properties, experienced what we would call some “bad service” from a Home Protection Plan company that has been around for a long time.

The tenant of a Duplex called a Service Request in for a stopped up and leaky toilet on Monday the 26th.  shutterstock_195491885 The owner had purchased a Home Protection Plan to help mitigate any expensive repairs that might occur during ownership.

Property Management had the account number, made the service request to the Home Protection Plan Representative,  gave the contact information to them and made arrangements to pay the “deductible”.

It all went smoothly except they didn’t get out there for over 48 hours to fix the toilet.   How would you like it if that was your problem for almost 3 days…?

As a result of this incident we’ve decided if a Home Protection Plan is giving out poor service as was this case, then you as a Landlord will have to take action in my opinion.

Remember, plumbing issues are not something you can really put off.   Now I know it might cost you more because of the “in-action” of the Home Protection Plan,  you’ll have a very happy tenant in the end.

Let me know what you think…?

Don’t Forget…We Specialize in Duplexes and Four-Plexes for Sale in the Sacramento Area.   Need Property Management..?   Check us out at HavenRents.com

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

916-203-12260

 

Mortgage Rates are going Down Again…Great For Real Estate Investors…!

Great News – Lower Interest Rates + Higher Rental Rates = Good Time to Invest

I got this latest report from Housing Wire and thought I’d pass it on.   If you are thinking of Buying a Home to live in or to Invest in, now is probably a good time.

 

CLICK HERE FOR THE ARTICLE.

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US-mortgage-rates-30yrFix (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Call  or text me today at 916-203-1260 if you’re thinking of Selling, Investing or if you need Property Management.    We specialize in Single Family Homes and Residential Income and Investment Properties as well.

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

 

 

Thinking of Buying a Rental Property – Good News Here About Rising Rents

It’s a “Landlord’s Market”…!

Bisnow.com has the Sacramento Area at #2 Fasting Risings Rents.

Now, if you haven’t heard this before in other media & news outlets such as the Sacramento Business Journal article they wrote a few days ago or maybe you’ve not seen this article from a few months back about rental rates in the country in general,  you might think this is something going that is new.  Well, its not new to us.

Folks, anytime you see something in the mainstream media such as the news paper or TV regarding anything to do with real estate, trust me, it’s old news.

That’s because anyone in real estate who is involved in Investment Real Estate or Property Management will tell you it’s old news and has been for a while.

Let me give you an idea of what it’s like out there now.   In Folsom, where our office is and also where I live… I tell people all the time about the rental market this way.  “If you are a Renter, you almost have to know somebody inside to find a decent rental to get into.

So bottom line is if you are thinking of buying a Duplex, Four-Plex, an Apartment complex or even a single family home or condo, you’ll be able to rent it today for top dollar.

We specialize in the Sales and Management of Residential Income Property so let us show you how to make the most $$$ out of your investment.

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

 

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.

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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

 

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

 

 

 

 

A Duplex Just On the Market and Another Multiple Offer Situation…!

This one got 7 offers in less than a week…!

We placed the Duplex at 7983-7985 Marsala Court on the market in the middle of last week and as of today we have had 7 offers and the phone is still ringing.

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This is the 3rd Duplex I’ve placed on the market within the last 30 days.   One of the threads that has been consistent in these situations is that these Duplexes all had a decent enough income to give a cash and had Pride of Ownership to go with it.

For a copy of the cash flow figures of this Duplex Click Here.

The Sellers  just accepted an all cash offer that was well over the list price and we’re now moving forward with the “due diligence” period and we’ll see what develops on the way to the closing.

If you are thinking of buying a Duplex or a Four Plex in the Sacramento Region or you are thinking of Selling, give me a call.

There are still great deals out there if you are a buyer and if you are tired of being a landlord, now might be the time to think about Selling.

 

In the Mean Time…?

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Ed Favinger, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR CDPE   

Sacramento Millennials – Probably Going to Rent for a While Yet…

More old news from the Sacramento Bee

You know it was just a few days ago that I was opining about the rental market here in the Sacramento Region.

It’s supposed to be a great market if you are a Landlord.   I agree and I can speak with a little authority because our Property Management Company services about 350 units all over the area,  so we know what rents are and what tenants are looking for.

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Sacramento River Front (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Anyway… Here’s an article from last Saturday’s Sacramento Bee, front page and above the fold that I thought I’d share with you to make my point.

Sacramento-area millennials are putting off homeownership

Every article I’ve read from trade publications around the country show this trend is going to last for a while… they say.

Here’s an article from the Sacramento Business Journal recapping some of the big “multi-family” deals in there area.

You’ve just got to know that if big funds are moving into large complexes the same fundamentals they see will work for small investors as well.

Bottom line…?    If you are thinking of getting into the Rental Real Estate market, it looks like you’ll do well and not have a big problem finding qualified tenants.

You will have competition from other rentals so don’t forget that you’ll need to maintain yours in great shape.

 

In the Mean Time…?

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

 

If You Are a Landlord – Some Good News For You

Rents in this area are up

 

However, if you have been a regular visitor to this blog site, you already know this.   When ever we get a vacant rental, it’s very rare that our 3d House (XXL)Property Management Company will re-rent it at the same rate when it was given back to us at move out.

In addition, when renters elect to “re-up” a lease at the end of their term, we generally raise the rent some because the market will allow us to.

Along with the increase in the amount of rents landlords can charge, we’re also seeing some of the other costs associated with running a unit being transferred to the tenant.    Most notably some of the city and county utility charges, such as Water, Sewer and Garbage fees.

This is especially true for owners of Single Family Homes/Condos and Duplex units in this area.   It’s rare that we have much,  if any,  objection when we have included theses charges in a new tenant’s lease.   On occasion instead of raising the rent on some units at lease renewal, we’ve adjusted the new lease to include some or all of those utilities.

Here’s a HousingWire.com article with a survey of rental rate increases in the largest markets Zillow covers in the US.    While I’m writing this I’m listening to a morning radio talk show out of the Bay Area and guess what the topic is…?  Yes high rents and how people are driving long distances to get to work.

In conclusion it’s better to be on the Landlord side right now and if you have been thinking of getting your first rental, trust me you’ll have no problem finding a good tenant these days.

 

In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day…!

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