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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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Tenants Have to Follow the Rules or a Termination of Tenancy Could Occur

When Given a Notice to Enter to Make Repairs… Be Available

We recently had the occasion of having to serve a tenant on more than one occasion to allow a Plumbing company entry into his unit to make a repair on a water leak that the tenant originally called in.

The plumbing company made more than a few attempts to get into the unit, but the tenant was never fully cooperative. Plumbing companies and other vendors we use can not always make an “on time” appointment. They will do their best but a lot of times they will have a “window” of time.   For example, “well be there between 9-11”.

Personally I agree with the tenant that if they use a window, it means they have to be there a 9 but the vendor may not show up until 10:30.  However,  that is the environment we live in and while it’s sometimes inconvenient we have to get the repair completed.

When the tenant stood us up again, we gave him a 48 hour notice to enter.

On the day we were supposed to enter, we get there with a copy of the keys just in case the tenant wasn’t home which,  in this case he wasn’t,  although he said he would be.

Here’s a list of the violations of his lease.

  • The Keys We Had Don’t Work – Tenant Changed the Locks
    If you didn’t know, as a Tenant you are allowed to change the locks on your door, BUT, you have to give a copy of those new keys to the Property Manager/Landlord in case they need access,  as was this case. Since the tenant wasn’t there and would not be available, we had to drill out the key and replace the lock.
  • The Tenant had “unauthorized” pets in his unit !
    After we get into the unit we find the tenant has dogs that he never told us about and was not authorized to have.
 So What Can Happen To a Tenant in a Case Like This..? 

The Tenant is going to be given a bill for the replacement of the lock since he didn’t give us a copy.  He also had dogs and never told us or got authorization so he getting a Termination Notice.

The new Statewide Rent Control Law does not come into effect until January 1, 2020, so his “termination of tenancy” doesn’t require any reason for the termination.   This was a tool that made it easier for Landlords to get rid of Tenants who don’t follow the rules.

So the advice I’d give you if you going to be a renter is, please follow the rules.   Most property managers don’t like kicking people out of their homes, but if you don’t follow the rules that is what could happen to you.

If you are an Owner/Investor looking for Property Management Services, please check us out at Haven Properties, Property Management Services 2nd to None.

 

In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day…!

Ed Favinger, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR

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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.

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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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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This is the Number 1 obstacle keeping people from buying a home CNBC

How’s the Real Estate Market…?

Foreclosures At a 20 Year Low

I get this question all the time from people asking me “how is the real estate market?”.

The short answer is, Great…!

I have some links below that will give you some insight but in the greater Sacramento Area I think it’s one of the best I’ve seen.   Why do I say that…?

Have you tried to get a contractor or handyman to fix something at a rental…?  When you’ve got contractors busy with a back log of weeks out, that’s probably one of the best signs of a great real estate market.

 

Click Here for an article regards the low Foreclosure Rate.

And if you’re an investor curious about rents, click here for that article.

Aerial shot of Folsom, California with Folsom Lake in background.

Aerial shot of Folsom, California with Folsom Lake in background.

If you’re thinking of getting into the market for a new home or you are an investor looking to purchase your first rental property or you want to add to your portfolio, please call/text or email me at anytime.

 

Looking for a Duplex to buy…?   I’ve got one that you should take a peek at.   Click Here for the information on this Bread and Butter Property waiting for you.

 

 

In the Mean Time…?  Make it a Great Day…!

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

 

Multi-Family Residential a Favorite for Investors

Late Cycle Real Estate Investing Strong

I thought I’d share an article from Bisnow.com.   You can subscribe I think for free and they will send you information to your inbox with Real Estate and other business news.

The reason I thought I’d share this is because many people I talk to,  including other Real Estate professionals, have the feeling the Real Estate Market is slowing down.Late cycle investing Bulls and Bears

However, the BisNow article points out the trends just before the great recession and the trends of today, especially when it comes to Multi-Family Residential,  are much different.

I share the optimism of the writer of the article because it applies to all residential income properties in this area at least, in my opinion.  Those types of properties include Single Family Homes, Duplexes, Four-Pelxes and Apartments.

They just can’t build enough units but they are trying.

Click here for the BisNow article.

Click here for a local Sacramento Business Journal Article regarding new construction of Apartments in the Region.

So if you’re on the fence about Investing in a Duplex, a Four-Plex, a Single Family Rental or an Apartment complex, please contact me today at 916.203.1260 or drop a note my way via email at: favinger@rwnetwork.com

In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day…!

Ed Favinger, Broker

 

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.

In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day…!

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

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Rents Are Up In a Good Market and are Up in Down Market..!

You’d think the opposite would be true but it’s not.

It’s amazing  when you think about it, but after watching the video that I’m going to post below, I realized these guys are right.

When the Real Estate Sales market is “hot” rents go up.   But, even in a down turn, the rent rates still go up.

Messrs Brian Stevens and Frank Garay are a couple of loan guys that do a lot of video updates about the Real Estate Loan market, Real Estate Sales and about some of the “inside baseball” stuff for those of us in the business.

Our Property Management company is now leasing up Units in Apartment complexes, Duplexes and Single Family Homes for record high rental amounts and many times with “multiple applications”.

So after taking a peek at their video that I got today,  I thought I’d share it with you because their conclusion about rents going up in good and bad markets is something I had not thought of.

You can skip the beginning of the video if you want to and go to the 3.43 minute mark to see their presentation that includes an interesting graph to make their point.

If you are thinking of Investing in a Residential Rental property such as a Duplex or a Four-Plex, a Small Apartment complex or even a Single Family home….?

Then, call me at 916-203-1260 or drop a note my way at favinger@rwnetwork.com.

I’ll bring you up to speed on our local market with comparable sales information and also what you can expect to earn in rents.

In the Mean time…?

Make it a Great Day…

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

In the meantime…?

Make it a Great Day…

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