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Florida leads House Flipping

Florida leads House Flipping

Recent Data from RealtyTrac shows an increase in year over year house flipping.  This is when an investor buys a property and then sells it less than one year later.  The investor usually has to do at least some cosmetic improvements and is likely to make a profit from the sale.

With the increase in flipping, Florida cities dominate the list of the top areas for home flipping.  Florida had record numbers of foreclosures and houses are still not keeping up with demand, so the statistics make sense that there would be an increase.  However, house flipping also reached a peak right before housing crashed in 2008-2009.  Many investors took substantial losses on speculative home flips.

However, house flipping also reached a peak right before housing crashed in 2008-2009.  Many investors took substantial losses on speculative home flips. The current list is showing 25- 50% year over year increases in home flipping in these cities.   To be successful in house flipping, you need to do an effective analysis on what the costs will be for you to purchase, renovate and hold the property and then know what the market will support for a sales price.  Generally a real estate investor is expecting to make at least 25% profit before they take on a house flipping venture.

Before investing you should talk to a local, Lutz, FL real estate and property management company to advise you on purchasing, managing and selling your investment property.

Here are the Florida cities mentioned in the list.

17. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida

 15. Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Florida

14. Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, Florida

11. Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, Florida

9. Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, Florida

8. Ocala, Florida

4. Homosassa Springs, Florida

3. Jacksonville, Florida

1. Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida

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Tampa Real Estate Market Ranked One of the Best

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The Tampa real estate market continues to grow and is ranked one of the best in the nation.

Tampa was ranked as one of the top markets for real estate investment by CNN money.  Most of the top ten were comprised of cities in Florida.  No state income tax, low-interest rates and sunshine are drawing in investors.

Daytona Beach moved into second while Fort Myers took fifth. Orlando ranked fourth, Ft. Lauderdale number eight and Tampa at number nine. The other five cities in the top ten rankings were Las Vegas (No.1), Detroit (No.3), Warren, Mich. (No.4), Bakersfield, Calif., (No.7) and Rochester, N.Y. (No. 8).

Trends in Tampa show a 7% year-over-year rise in median sales price and a 2% rise in median rent per month.

From Wikipedia, Census data showed an average annual growth of 2.47 percent or a gain of approximately 97,000 residents per year. Between 2000 and 2006, the Greater Tampa Bay Market experienced a combined growth rate of 14.8 percent, growing from 3.4 million to 3.9 million and hitting the 4 million population mark on April 1, 2007.[15] A 2012 estimate shows the Tampa Bay area population to have 4,310,524 people and a 2017 projection of 4,536,854 people.[16]

Tampa was ranked as the 5th best outdoor city by Forbes in 2008.[17] Tampa also ranks as the fifth most popular American city, based on where people want to live, according to a 2009 Pew Research Center study.[18] A 2004 survey by the NYU newspaperWashington Square News ranked Tampa as a top city for “twenty-somethings.”[19] Tampa is ranked as a “Gamma+” world city byLoughborough University, ranked alongside other world cities such as Phoenix, Charlotte, Rotterdam, and Santo Domingo.[20]

Tampa’s climate shows characteristics of a tropical climate but is situated on the southern fringe of the humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa/Cwa) zone. Tampa’s climate generally features hot summer days with frequent thunderstorms in the summer (rain is less frequent in the fall and winter), and a threat of a light winter freeze from November 15 through March 5 caused by occasional cold fronts from the north. Average highs range from 70 to 90 °F (21 to 32 °C) year round, and lows 52 to 76 °F (11 to 24 °C).[56]Tampa’s official recorded high has never hit 100 °F (37.8 °C) – the all-time record high temperature is 99 °F (37 °C), recorded on June 5, 1985[56] The highest temperature recorded at Tampa International Airport for the Summer of 2015 was 97 degrees Fahrenheit (36 degrees Celsius), which took place on July 11.[57]

Because of Tampa Bay, Tampa is split between two USDA climate zones. According to the 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, Tampa is listed as USDA zone 9b north of Kennedy Boulevard away from the bay and 10a south of Kennedy Boulevard and along the bay, Zone 10a is about the northern limit of where coconut palms and royal palms can be grown, although some specimens do grow in northern Tampa. Southern Tampa has much more tropical foliage than the northern parts of the city.

Summer

Temperatures are warm to hot from around mid-May through mid-October, which roughly coincides with the rainy season. Summertime weather is very consistent from June through September, with daytime highs near 90 °F (32 °C), lows in the mid-70s °F (23–24 °C), and high humidity.

Afternoon thunderstorms, usually generated by the interaction of the Gulf and Atlantic sea breezes, are such a regular occurrence during the summer that the Tampa Bay area is recognized as the “Lightning Capital of North America”. Every year,

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Investment Property Vacancy

 

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The current rental market remains strong with rental rates at their highest levels.  Your exposure to investment property vacancy should be very small. The record number of foreclosures in the late 2000s have left many families still unable to purchase a home, bank owned properties sit empty and mortgages are more difficult to qualify for.  Finding an affordable rental property has been a difficult thing to do with a high demand and low supply of available homes.

In these type of market conditions, properties shouldn’t be sitting vacant long in this market.  Most of our clients have new leases started the day after their old tenant’s lease ends.  With 60 days notice and a strong rental market, your vacancy rate should remain very limited.  Any good property manager should, on average be able to rent your property in 2 to 3 weeks, if not, something is wrong.

When I look at properties online I see some that have been vacant for 200 to 300 days??   Seems quite odd and I believe it is mainly from real estate agents telling people what they want to hear and not being responsive to prospective tenants.

This rental market will remain strong for the foreseeable future, but won’t last forever.  Investors should be maximizing  their opportunities while they are there.

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Tampa Bay Rental Home Demand

Tampa Bay Rental Home

 

The Tampa Bay Rental Home Demand continues to accelerate.  Contact the local agents at Relevé Real Estate now for expert property management.

The current tenant called and gave their 30-day notice they would be moving out.  Immediately the ad went up and 24 hours later we had an application in on the property for $200 more than what the current tenants were paying.

Although this is a fast example, the Tampa Bay Rental Home demand for rentals has been soaring, where homes in good areas are only staying on the market 2 – 4 weeks.   Many prospective tenants are aware of how quickly properties can go, especially in Lutz and Land O’ Lakes, where they know they have to immediately jump on something they like before it is gone.  Owners are reaping the rewards of their investments like never before.  No vacancy and increasing rental rates are keys to investors success.

From Wikipedia, Tampa is a city in and the county seat of Hillsborough County, Florida, United States. It is located on the west coast of Florida on Tampa Bay, near the Gulf of Mexico, and is part of the Tampa Bay Metropolitan Area. The city had a population of 346,037 in 2011.

Census data showed an average annual growth of 2.47 percent or a gain of approximately 97,000 residents per year. Between 2000 and 2006, the Greater Tampa Bay Market experienced a combined growth rate of 14.8 percent, growing from 3.4 million to 3.9 million and hitting the 4 million population mark on April 1, 2007.A 2012 estimate shows the Tampa Bay area population to have 4,310,524 people and a 2017 projection of 4,536,854 people.

If you had a tenant turnover and had your property sitting vacant for a month, then you would have to cough up the money for the mortgage, putting a $1000 –$1500 loss on the books, then it takes you a month to make it up and can kill your cash flow for the year and losing out on Tampa Bay Rental Home demand.

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As-Is Tampa Real Estate Listings

There are many reasons why a homeowner may want to list their home for sale in ‘As-Is’ condition.  This may be a property that was inherited and family members do not have time to fix it up.  Or it could be that someone is moving out of state and do not have time to do any renovations. Or there could just be no money available to put into the property.  Before listing ‘As-Is’ on your Tampa real estate, there are a few things to consider.

1. Limiting the Buyer Pool

Listing your Tampa home ‘As-Is’ could eliminate possible FHA and VA loan buyers.  Some conventional loans will also want inspections to be done and for the property to qualify for lending.  When there are a lot of repairs that need to be done, or if the home just needs to be brought up to a habitable level, you prospective buyers will mainly be cash buyers and real estate investors who are looking for the lowest possible price.

The real estate investor will likely fix up the property and then sell it for around 33% more, so ask yourself if it is better for you to get the extra money on the sale or if it is just not worth it.

2.Discounted Sales Price

When a home is not turn-key move in, it means that the price will need to be discounted compared to the other homes that have sold in the area.  Buyers that can not move in right away or that have significant work to do upon move in will want a discount for the inconvenience and cost of repairs.

When you market as-is Tampa real estate, there are a few things that can help you maximize your sale.

We understand that certain home repairs may be financially out of the question for some sellers and they simply must sell the home in its current condition. Declutter. Make the home look as nice as possible.  Remove all clutter and make sure that everything is detail cleaned to give the home its best appearance possible. You should also get a home inspection and then disclose the necessary repairs to the buyers.  This will give an actual idea of what it will actually take to improve the home and the buyer and you can make informed decisions on the actual value of your as-is Tampa real estate listing.

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Tenant Scams

tenant scams

Be careful of these tricks that could allegedly be used to approve a less-than-stellar tenant application.

Creating a Fraudulent Credit Report

The tenant could offer to provide the copy of their own credit report.  They could say that they already had it pulled and do not want the credit report to be pulled again.  However, the credit report could have easily tampered with using white-out or a copy machine, etc.

A tenant might go to these lengths to secure a residence and may use a tactic of sending it out to multiples of landlords to try to get just one to accept it.

Fraudulent Rental and Employment History

There are several ways to go about procuring fake pay stubs and w-2s.  Just look online and you will see tons of results.  Although the tenant could potentially be arrested for using such fraudulent forms, they are mostly not pursued and consider the risk to be calculated.

Then the property management company needs to make sure they are dutifully validating and contacting the information provided for rental and employment history.  They need to validate that the companies and rental agencies are legitimate.

Cash for Quick Move-In

Some tenants may offer a decent amount of cash, sometimes up to 6 months rent for an immediate move-in.  They will want you to skip the screening process and give them the keys asap.  This can be very tempting, however, skipping proper screening procedures will end up costing more than having the property vacant for a few more days.

That Old Craigslist Scam

The tenant says they want to rent the property, they send you a cashier’s check for more than the amount owed and ask that you forward the difference to their decorator or moving company.  You forward the money, then a couple of days later the cashier’s check bounces and you are out the money you sent.

The Sublet

You find an ideal tenant and they move in.  You collect the first month’s rent, but then the second and third month’s rent never arrive and you don’t hear from the tenant.  You eventually visit the property and find there is someone else living there.  The tenant has posed as the owner of the property and ‘subleased’ it to a new tenant.  Now you are out your 3 months rent and have an unapproved tenant in your property and the unapproved tenant is out a few months rent and security deposit that was paid to the original tenant.

 

Make sure you are using a Lutz Property Management company that has extensive tenant screening processes and never cuts corners.

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How to Deal with Competitive Real Estate Markets

real estate marketsIn numerous zones of the nation, the lodging business sector is developing and its quality has lead to a focused business sector for purchasers and a less demanding business sector for mortgage holders hoping to offer. The following are some top tips for those hoping to enter the property furthermore for those hoping to offer in today’s focused business sector.

Fender Tip: Know your property well and be straightforward with potential purchasers in real estate markets

Merchants are in a position of quality in today’s business sector, yet you would prefer not to lose a potential purchaser and significantly after arrangements come up short, and need to re-acquaint your property with the business sector. Ensure you know all the points of interest and potential pitfalls of your property and be straightforward with potential purchasers. Purchasers are a lot of a property’s issues on the off chance that they think about them before entering transactions. Withholding data could execute your arrangement later and purchasers are a lot of shortcomings in the event that they are entering an aggressive business sector.

Purchase Tip: Be prepared to finalize negotiations and move

Be aware of property postings and prepared to orchestrate a review when something intriguing comes up. There will be loads of purchasers appearing to be identical property as you, so when an incredible house is recorded on Tuesday it might be from the business sector by the weekend. Genuine purchasers are prepared to make an offer and close an arrangement rapidly.

Merchant Tip: Have a sorted out procedure for getting offers

There is no brilliant tenet on whether to acknowledge the principal offer you get or to leave your property available sitting tight for a more alluring offer. It relies on upon the season of the year, the town, the state and different variables that your land specialist will have the capacity to talk about with you, and help you think of an arrangement. In a few regions it can be an awesome thought to hop on the principal great offer you get in the real estate markets, while in different regions, it is best to hold up and have more showings before evaluating all the offers you have gotten without a moment’s delay.

Purchase Tip: Purchasing your fantasy home won’t be simple

It’s extremely uncommon that a purchaser brings home the bacon on the primary property in real estate markets they like and make an offer on. The procedure requires some investment and with heaps of rivalry, you can without much of a stretch miss out on a property on the off chance that you don’t act quick or your offer is too low for the dealer to acknowledge. In the event that you pass up a major opportunity for a house, it’s essential to stay hungry and keep headed to locate the right property next time. First-time purchasers are regularly unpracticed, each home you see and each offer you make is helping you take in more about the business sector and turn out to be more alright with how the entire procedure functions. Passing up a great opportunity for a property is not generally a terrible ordeal, as the home you believed was flawless a month prior does not appear to be half as appropriate as the property you discover a month down the line.

Dealer Tip: Contemplate the opposition and know your business sector well

A dealer ought to know the business sector before they put their home available to be purchased. Spend a couple of weeks considering alternate properties available to be purchased in the zone, even mastermind a couple of viewings, before putting your home available. When you are prepared to offer, know your opposition and how to value your property to get the most consideration from purchasers. Each property is distinctive, however, you ought to know your own particular property all around and how it thinks about to the opposition. In spite of the fact that the house available to be purchased down the road may have a fresh out of the plastic new lavatory and kitchen, you can value your property as an alluring option with incredible worth for purchasers that need to do their own particular home enhancements. All around evaluated homes draw in the consideration of purchasers and lead to quicker deals and expanded rivalry, which supports costs.

Purchasers and Venders Tip: Arrangement and staying caution

The lodging business sector can be upsetting for both purchasers and dealers. In a focused business sector, things can move along rapidly and both sides of the business sector should be mindful in the event that they need to effectively purchase or offer a property. Dealers have the high ground as they can put in weeks of arrangement before entering the business sector, something vendors should make utilization of to boost their prosperity. Purchasers must be on their toes and prepared to respond to postings and be set up to make an offer and move when they locate the right property. An aggressive business sector is quick moving and can be exceptionally energizing for both purchasers and merchants, so attempt to appreciate the ride.

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Land O’ Lakes Foreclosures

 

Land O’ Lakes Foreclosures

Land O' Lakes ForeclosuresWhen you have record numbers of foreclosures like the United States has had over the last few years, you get record numbers of renters.

The most amount of people in history have been losing their homes to foreclosure when this happens the person:

A. Doesn’t have a place to live

B. Has bad credit

C. Can’t qualify for another mortgage

So where do these people go?  Some may have to move in with family, but the majority will be looking for a place to rent.

This means that there are currently a record number of people that are interested in renting a property.  This is good news for our property management company since it makes finding tenants very easy.

In some recent cases, we have had people bidding up properties over the advertised rental price.  Once properties are rented, we continue to get tons of phone calls and emails from people trying to find a place or see if we have anything similar.

Owners who can capitalize on this opportunity can increase their cashflow and limit vacancies on their properties.

For expert property management in Land O’ Lakes, Florida, contact Relevé Real Estate and Property Management.