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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

In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day…!

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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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.

In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day…!

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.

In the mean time…?

Make it a Great Day…!

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.

picture of the front

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

 

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…?

Make it a Great Day….!

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…?

Make it a Great Day…!

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

 

A HomeSteps Bank Owned Duplex in the Rosemont Area – Just On the Market.

Priced Well Below Some Recent Sales Just Around The Corner

While lately there hasn’t been much in the way of Duplex inventory come on the market, when they do, I get out there as soon as possible to see what kind of condition it’s in.

click on the picture to see the video

This one located at 9647-9649 Arlisson Drive, Sacramento, 95827 sits among other Duplex properties and has a great location near some shopping and Hwy 50 access.   It has a 3bed/2ba/2car and a 2bed/2ba/1car configuration.

This one is perfect for an “owner occupied” situation where the owner lives in one side and rents the other.  I think if you were a young person starting out,  it would be real smart to rent out the 3 bedroom side and live in the 2 bedroom side of this Duplex.   However the figures I have below fit the scenario that the 2 bedroom side would be rented and the 3 bedroom side would be occupied by the owner.

Click Here to see how cheap you could live in this Duplex for such a small down payment using an FHA loan

If you are an Investor, you’ll have to wait about 15 days til approximately January 17th before you’ll be able to make a run at it,  because they are offering this property to “owner occupied” folks first.   After that… then the investors get a shot if it’s not sold by then to a Buyer that wants to live there.

Click Here to see the “pro-forma” cash flow analysis if you were to purchase this as an Investment Rental.

By the way… Click on the picture to get a Walk Through Video I did today around 11:30 or so today

In the mean time…?

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

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It Looks Like Multi-Family Properties Are Back…. If You Own An Apartment Complex…?

 

It Might Be Time to Sell.

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I’ve been doing a little reading about the market and ran across this article that I think you might want to take a look at.   The source is from an outfit called Bisnow.

While the story centers on the Denver Area, they also cite examples in Los Angeles and other areas as well.   Their observations are symptomatic of what is occuring in the rest of the country when it comes to Multi-family units.

CLICK HERE for the link to their take Apartment Market.

 

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Ed Favinger, Broker CRS, GRI,SFR, CDPE

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A Bank Owned Home in Cameron Park – Been Sitting There A While Too…!!

That’s because they had it priced to high – they’ve just lowered the price to $269,900 and now it’s getting action.

I was out there today looking at this home for a client of mine and thought I’d share this video with you.   This one is located at 3283 Cambridge Road, in Cameron Park.   It’s just a few doors away from the Cameron Park recreational area and lake.   You could walk there to see the 4th of July fireworks show they put on every year.

If you are commuter to Folsom or the work centers along Highway 50…?   This would be a great spot to land after coming home.

At around 2,200 sq.ft., it’s got 4 bedrooms 2.5 baths a monster lot with plenty of room for your boat or RV.

I’ll let the video do the talking… let me know what you think…

 

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

 

 

Ok… I’ve Been Asked to Review Some 4-Plexes again

I think these are so out of style.

I have some folks looking at investing in the area and interested in 4-plexes because the cost per unit is lower and there’s the potential for a higher cash on cash return.

While I might agree with that on paper, reality is that the type of 4 plexes they’ve built in this region are some of the most basic of rental units.   I guess the term “bread and butter” units would be what you’d hear most often when discussing a property like this.   As I said, they are basic apartment units with not much in the way of amenities…. “bread and butter”.   No yard, no central heat and air, no fireplaces, some don’t even have dishwashers and no covered parking or garage.

This property is located at 4569 Ashcroft Avenue, Sacramento – the Foothill Farms area.  All of the units are 2 bedrooms, 1 bath.   They have wall A/C’s and gas wall heaters.   There is a laundry room for this building.

Rents should be at $700.00 per unit for an annual income of $33,600 which gives you a gross rent multiplier of about 6.84 and about an 8-9% capitalization rate if you only have about 40% of gross rents as your expenses.

There is an HOA that takes care of the grounds and just recently resurfaced the common area driveways.

One of the things I do like about this property is that you have to drive through a street of single family homes to get to it and it’s at the very end of a dead end street.

I’ll let the video below do the rest of the talking

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Make it a Great Day…!

 

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

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