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Why You Should Be Investing in Sacramento Single Family Houses, Duplexes, Four-Plexes & Apartments…?

It’s a Landlord’s Market Right Now – And It’s only February – Now is the best time to buy .

Have you thought about Investing in the Sacramento Area’s Single Family Home Rental market, or maybe a Duplex, perhaps a Four Plex or even a Small Apartment Complex…?   If you have, then let me show you how smart you would be if you were to buy in the Sacramento market today.

Usually this  time of year when  a tenant moves out and we have to get it re-rented it’s kind of slow and takes a little longer.   Not this year though.

Our Property Management Company, Haven Properties has leased up in the month of January approximately 10 units.

That inventory included Single Family Home rentals in Folsom, Citrus Heights, a couple of 4 plex apartments in Rancho Cordova and several Duplex  rentals in Citrus Heights, Sacramento and Fair Oaks.

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1089 Kantne Way, Folsom – Recently Leased up for $2,300 + Tenant Pays Folsom Utilities

Want more examples…?

Earlier today we had a gentlemen walk into our office with paper work to support his application that he had completed “on-line” at HavenRents.com.

We’ve had people call us regarding properties we’ve leased up over a month ago that are still on-line in various website portals that we syndicate to.

Another lady called me about 10 minutes ago as I write this looking for a house while she’s been living in a hotel for 3 months.    I told her what I’ve told a lot of people trying to find a decent rental…“you have to almost know someone inside to find a decent place to rent.”

Bottom line, if you own a rental property now and you haven’t raised the rents in a while because you are worried about losing a tenant and not being able to re-rent again quickly…?

Forget about it because, mostly likely,  the current tenant will stay unless they can’t afford it.   The reason…? Once they start looking around, they will see they have a really good deal even if they have to pay a little more.

So… if you’re thinking of Investing in a Duplex, a Four-Plex, a Single Family Home rental or even a small apartment complex call me today and let me help you get the right Real Estate Investment for you.

Interest rates are low if you need financing.  If you have a lot of $$$ in a low performing 401K, you might want to consider Rental Real Estate to see if it would perform better.

Please call or email me and let me show you how investing in the Residential Rental Market might be the best thing you ever did.

 

In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day…!

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

Residential Rental Market Still Hot Doesn’t Matter Even if it’s in Winter Around Christmas Time

High Demand for Nice Places With Multiple Applications is Still the Norm…!

I was amazed at a recent showing of a 2 bedroom 1 bath apartment in a Four-Plex located at 2627 El Parque, Rancho Cordova.

Our Property Management unit schedules showings and if tenant prospects are there or  not, we hang out for about 20 – 30 minutes before we leave.   Our sole advertising is via the web through our various syndicators that our website providers have hooked us up with.

Here’s a short video of that unit.

When I got there a couple of days ago for the scheduled time there were people waiting to get in. This is not unusual and as of today we’re processing two applications.

We also showed a Duplex located at 9669 Lake Natoma, Orangevale that we had not even finished doing the turn over fix up and yet we got 5 applications when showing yesterday in the middle of a rain storm…!

Here’s a short video of that unit.

 

And interestingly this morning I got an email alert from the Sacramento Business Journal with an article written by Ben van der Meer.   Click Here for his short article. Rents may slow down some but no one really knows for sure.

All we know is that if we have a nice rental to present that’s well maintained, you’ll get top dollar and have a short turn over even in Winter. It’s like I have said many times before when talking about the “rental market” here in the Sacramento region“If you’re a renter you almost have to know somebody to get in a nice place”.

So if you’re thinking of jumping into the Residential Rental Market in the Sacramento area, rest assured you’ll be able to a good return on your investment here.

We specialize in Single Family Homes, Duplexes, Four Pelxes and Small Apartment Complexes in Sacramento, El Dorado and Placer counties so all me at 916-203-1260 and let us help you find the right investment.

In the mean time..?

Make it a Great Day..!

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

 

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

Make it a Great Day

Ed Favinger, Broker CRS, GRI, SFR, CDPE

 

Sacramento Duplexes for Sale – Some Recent Sales Statistics – Prices are Up…

I’m seeing a little bit of greed set in with these stats… More below

 

One of the things I’ve noticed in a rising market and a market where buyers are king,  is the consistent failure of a lot of these Investors going out of the business because they hate maintenance issues and dealing with the tenants.   It doesn’t matter if the market is tight like it is now with low inventory or flooded with Sellers trying to get out.stats

I’m going to profile a local investor in the next few days and show you not only how much he’s improved his potential cash flow because of the care and maintenance of his properties, he’s been a factor in improving the surrounding neighborhoods as well.

You’ll come away with the realization that maintaining a quality rental will get you the best tenants paying the absolute highest in market rents no matter if you’re in a rising or stagnant market.

The Stats…    However, I know the purpose of this post was to show you some statistics for 3 zip codes we’ve had a lot of experience not only in the sales side,  but also in managing the rentals there as well.

These “stats” are Duplexes only for those zip codes, 95670, 95826, 95827.    While I’ve been involved in the greater Sacramento Region in sales of income properties, I kind of like this area because it’s along the Highway 50 corridor.

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Following Data is from November 1,  2015 to Date, April 20, 2016
For Zip Codes – 95826, 95827 & 95670
Closed Sales Data – 9 Sales Closed Sales Data – 12 Sales
in Zip Codes 95826 & 95827 in Zip Code 95670
Average Price  $302,201 Average Price  $260,092
Highest  $350,000 Highest  $286,000
Lowest  $259,008 Lowest  $198,000
Median  $293,000 Median  $270,000
 Active On the Market Now – 4 Pending Sales – 5
In all 3 zips -95826, 95827 & 95670 95826, 95827 & 95670
Avg List Price  $305,000 Avg. List  Price  $308,450
Highest  $329,900 Highest  $350,000
Lowest  $274,990 Lowest  $269,900
Median  $305,000 Median  $303,000

BOTTOM LINE…   As you can see there’s not much available Inventory…

So if you are thinking of Selling a Duplex in one of these or any other zip codes/areas of the Sacramento Region, call me.

If  you are not happy with your cash flow give us a call because we are the “turn around specialist” for small rental properties in the area.

 

In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day…!

ED FAVINGER,  916-203-1260 favinger@rwnetwork.com

 

If You Want Top Dollar for Your Rental Investment Property

Don’t Make the Mistakes This Duplex Owner Did.

I’m in the middle of an escrow for the sale of a Duplex located at 2614-2616 Bravado, Rancho Cordova.   I posted an article about it a couple of weeks ago and pitched it to a local investor along with other people in my data base.

The current owner paid about $146,500 in 2009 and really hasn’t done much to maintain it in the interim with the major exception of an Heating and Air unit about a year or so ago.

While this property started out at an asking price of $295,000 back in December the condition of this Duplex wouldn’t warrant an offer any where near that.   I know the area very well, we manage several Duplexes in this neighborhood including one directly across the street.   So I kept an eye on it and gradually the asking price came down to something decent at $275,000.    We made an offer and started the process out at $270,000.

I have a theory that has pretty much held up over the years.   If you ignore the curb appeal and don’t show pride of ownership, trust me the Tenants will pick up on that vibe and probably not take care of it either because if you don’t care about it…? why should they…?

When you maintain your property, inside and out you get the best possible tenants that will not only pay the rent on time but will take care of the property because they know you care about it.   If they don’t,  because you care, they know you will give them the appropriate “fix it” notice called a “3 day notice for covenants“.   This owner did a poor job of managing this and it cost her.

In the initial walk through,  we find out the tenants have dogs that are not permitted in their leases.   Of course the back yards were a mess with lots of “dog droppings” that had not been picked up.

Not only that, the interiors were in poor shape with one kitchen having drawers that were falling apart.

After the Buyer had this Duplex inspected by North American Home Services for the Home & Pest Inspections along with a roof report from Eagle Ridge Construction, the only way he was going to move forward was to get a big drop in the price to make up for the deferred maintenance which included the need for a new roof.

The price we finally settled on is $245,000 “as is”.   The existing tenants are; one on a month to month Section 8 which requires a 90 days notice to vacate if he wants her out and the other one we have to wait until this coming September to get possession because she’s on a lease.   In the mean time, the rents are frozen in place for a period of time.

Here are pictures I got of the property – one that was taken by Google in Street View March 2015.  Click on the picture and you’ll see how it looks from the street today just a year later.screen shot of 2614 bravado March 2015 street view

I hope the conclusion that you come away with by reading this is when you don’t maintain and manage your rental property in a “professional manner” you will get lousy tenants, you will not get the highest possible rents and when you go to sell, you’ll have to lower your expectations “big time”.

The Buyer/Investor on this deal made a comment to me after he looked up the address where the people that own this property lived.  He noticed it was in an upscale area.   His comment was that it was amazing to him how poorly this Duplex looked but he bet where they lived looked a lot better.

Let me know what you think.

By the way… If you currently own rental properties and need management help, check out our Property Management Service that is “2nd to none” by Clicking Here

If you are thinking of Selling or you are interested in buying a Duplex, Fourplex or an Apartment complex in the area, please call/text or email me at anytime.

In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day..!

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

 

The “Sleeper Investment” Area if You Are in the Market is Rancho Cordova…!

Did You Hear They Hate “chain link” fences…?

It’s an amazing thing to watch over the transition of the City of Rancho Cordova from what many people thought was a lost cause until the residents there incorporated in 2003.

Official seal of City of Rancho Cordova

Official seal of City of Rancho Cordova (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the major reasons for the successful incorporation was the fact there were many “absentee” landlords who did not take pride of ownership of their rentals, did not screen their tenants very well and allowed their properties to deteriorate because they didn’t maintain them.

They’ve been using the power of “code enforcement” to get landlords in shape and while I’m not a big government kind of guy, in the cases I have observed, this city has an effective way of cleaning up their housing stock.

Which brings me to the “chain link” head line.

Check out this story from the Sacramento Bee – Rancho Cordova cleans up neighborhoods one chain-link fence at a time

And…  KCRA 3 must have read the SacBee so they had a story on the news as well.   Rancho Cordova pays homeowners to remove chain link fences

Let me know what you think.

In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day…

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

 

 

 

 

A Duplex That Has Some Potential Cash Flow

We Manage Several in the Area… this could be a “sleeper”.

This duplex located at 2614-2616 Bravado in Ranch Cordova has been on the market for about 40 days or so.   They started out much too high and I think at the recently adjusted price of $285,000 they are still a bit high.

Below you’ll find a link to a “proforma” cash flow analysis of this property based upon a lower price that I think is more appropriate.   We manage several duplexes within a very short distance away… one right across the street.

CLICK HERE FOR THE CASH FLOW FIGURES

If you’re thinking of Investing in a Duplex, a Four-Plex or even an Apartment complex, contact me and I’ll get you the best deal possible.   Since we also have a Property Management unit, we are probably in a better position to give you an accurate assessment of what you could rent properties for in this area.   If you buy through us, we’ll give you the 1st 3 months of Property Management free.

In the mean time…?

Make it a Great Day…!

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

 

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.

 

In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day…!

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

Rent Control Is Rearing It’s Ugly Head Again – Not Yet in The Sacramento Region

Too Much Regulation – Kills the Housing/Building Industry

I have to pass on this article I got from the San Francisco Business Times. There’s a big meeting in the City of Alameda tonight that is so contentious with the anticipation of a large gathering, they moved it to a High School Auditorium.

English: City hall. 2263 Santa Clara Avenue. A...

English: City hall. 2263 Santa Clara Avenue. Alameda, California, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve written about this issue before… not sure if I put here on this blog but for sure at our Property Management Facebook Page back in November 18th of last year.  The link I posted was also a follow up to the earlier Alameda City Council meeting where the “3 options” referred to are going to be the subject of tonight’s big do.    You can bet there will be lots of media there.

Here’s a “solution” that I wanted to share again with you from a Bay Area Attorney, Christopher Hanson, the Hanson Law Firm.

I think his ideas and solutions are much less onerous for Landlords and “spreads the pain around” in such a way that it doesn’t kill the incentive to build more units which is the reason Rents are going up, including in the Sacramento Region.

Come back here tomorrow and I’ll have the follow up.   I’m curious to see how Alameda handles this issue.

If you are thinking of Buying or Selling and Investment Property in the Sacramento Region, please call me at 916-203-1260 or drop me a note at favinger@rwnetwork.com

In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day….!

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

 

Rising Rents Going up Faster than Inflation – Good If you’re an Investor

If You’re a Renter – Might be Time to Buy Instead

I don’t know how many times over the last several months I’ve discussed the fact the rents have really begun to take off.  Graph-going-up My favorite quote to people looking for a place to rent and to people who’ve asked about the Sacramento and Folsom Rental Market is, “you almost have to know somebody to find a decent rental”… especially if its in a nice area.

It’s not just me saying this either because it’s been in the news from several different sources.

Click here to get the Google Search Results of “Rising Rents in Sacramento Region” to see the number of sources to make my point.   Oh and by the way… it’s the same just about every where in the country.

The simple fact is they haven’t kept up with the housing demand for new units.

For a bit of humor on the subject and a “look inside baseball”  for another type of perspective..?  Click Here to see a video from our guys at the National Real Estate Post.  

Most Real Estate professionals have heard of these gentlmen and subscribe to their video updates.   Now even if you are a “civilian”… you know,  not part of the Real Estate Industry..?   You can still subscribe to keep up to date and idea of what is taking place in the Mortgage Lending business and Residential Real Estate Sales.

So if you are thinking of Investing in a Residential Rental unit I think you’ll have to agree with me that now might be a good time to get in.   Call me at 916-203-1260 or send an email to me at: favinger@rwnetwork.com and we’ll see if we can’t find the right kind of Investment Property in the Sacramento Region that works for you.

If you’re a Renter…?   Call me because I can help you find the best deal possible.   We’ve been helping buyers locate and purchase their 1st home for many years so put our experience to work for you today.   Call me at 916-203-1260 and we’ll discuss your situation.

In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day…!

Ed Favinger, Broker CRS, GRI, SFR, CDPE