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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.

 

In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day…

 

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Landlords Market in Sacramento Area – Bad News If You Are a Renter…!

Rents Are Up “Big Time”…So Start Your Search Early ..!

 

If you’re a Landlord/Investor in the Sacramento Area and recently tried to lease or rent up an apartment you were probably shocked at the responses.  Old news to us in the Residential Investment and Property Management business.rental search

Rents are up so much in the Sacramento Area and supply so low,  if you’re a person looking to rent, you’d better start your search very early and have any credit issues resolved first, because it is a “landlords market”.

You may not have heard but Landlords and Property Managers are experiencing “multiple” applications for just about every unit that comes up.

It doesn’t matter what kind of property we’re talking about either.   Our Property Management company has so many people seeking a Home/Apartment to rent that we have set  up a  “showing/viewing” schedule each week posted on the website instead of making specific appointment times when prospective tenants call.

On most occasions now days we have several prospective tenants come to those showings and many of them will bring a completed application as well.

This kind of Landlord’s market will make most investors smile.   So if you are thinking of getting into the Residential Investment market, this is a great time.   No one seems to know when the rise in Rental Rates will stop because there’s a lack of supply.

With an improving economy with lots of jobs and a lack of supply,  even paying more for the investment won’t necessarily be a bad thing.

Call me at 916-203-1260 or drop a note to favinger@rwnetwork.com and we’ll see if we can’t place you into an investment that works for you.

Now… If you are a prospective tenant with good income…?  May I suggest you think about buying because it will be better for you in the long term.    Call me and we’ll see if we can’t get you “pre-qualified” with the various loan programs that are available to you.

In the mean time…?

Make it a Great Day..!

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

 

Looking For A Small Apartment Investment…? These Might Work For You…

Here’s My Profile of Two Small Apartment Buildings.

Lets start with a property that was on the market a few months back… didn’t sell,  is now back on the market for sale.

7761 Lialana Way, Citrus Heights, Ca  

An 8 unit complex consisting of all 2 bedroom 1 bath units.

They include  Central Heat and Air, small patios or balconies.   The listing agent says in the listing offering a New Roof was installed in 2007.

List Price:  $535,000

 

Click here for the estimated cash flow analysis

Click on the picture above for a short Video of the exterior of this property.

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The other one is located at 5432 Olympic Way, Sacramento, Ca 95842

This one is unique because it sits at the end of a cul-de-sac and consists of (6) 2 bedroom 1.5 bath Town House style apartments in a street comprised mostly of duplexes and another nice 8 units across the street.

There’s a large park that can be accessed by the tenants who live in this building.

 

List Price is $495,000

Click here for the estimated cash flow analysis.

Click on the picture above for a short Video of the exterior of this property 

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Both of these properties need some work.   I’m not talking major structural stuff.   No we’re talking about the curb appeal and deferred maintenance that exists on both.   These are the kinds of properties if fixed up, will generate a better class of tenant and enhance the neighborhood instead of being somewhat of an eyesore.

By the way… All of the numbers you see in those “pro-forma” cash flow analysis’ are “estimates”.

If anyone that checks in on this site and is interested in these or any other properties, please send me a note or call me.

In the mean time…?

Make it a Great Day…!

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

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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…?

Make it a Great Day…!

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.

 

In the Mean Time..?

Make it a Great Day…!

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…

 

In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day…!

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

In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day…!

 

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

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Have We Reached the Bottom and Starting the Crawl Back Up…?

This Article From Today’s Sacramento Bee – Just More Evidence It Has…

Sacramento area home sellers again walking away with cash

By Hudson Sangree and Phillip Reese

hsangree@sacbee.com

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I Have a Couple of Nice Duplexes for Sale…Not a Short Sale or an REO

In a Pride of Ownership Area too…!

6819-21 Trovita Way,    and    6924-26 Trovita Way Both properties are configured with 3 Bedrooms 2 bath, 2 car garage and a 2 bedroom 2 bath, 1 car garage.

Listed at $269,900 each – An Exterior Video here of 6819-21 along with some pictures of the 2 bedroom side at 6821 Trovita.

For a “Pro-Forma” Cash Flow Analysis Click Here 

 MORE VIDEO BELOW…..

Click Here for a video of the interior of the 2 bedroom side of 6924-6926 Trovita Way.

In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day…!

 

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

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Trying to find a Duplex for Sale…? You aren’t the only one…


It’s the Rush to Cash Flow….

 

 

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Sacramento Real Estate,  especially in the Duplex sales market, has seen a lot of activity and of course “multiple offers”.   And it always seems there’s more than one or two buyers interested in each one that comes up.

Lets talk about the latest one I’ve profiled.

3107-3109 Laurelhurst Drive, Rancho Cordova, Ca – 3 bedroom 2 baths, 1 car garage on each side.   Central Heat and Air of course and wood burning fireplaces.

Click here for a copy of a “pro-forma” cash flow analysis.

Click here for comparable sales information of Duplexes close by

 

By the way….  While I was there… a couple from Vacaville dropped by because their agent gave them the address check out.   They saw the door opened and decided to come in.   This one just came on the market yesterday.

So I know there’s at least two buyers looking at this one.

 

 In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day…!

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

 

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