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5 Reasons to Hire a Property Manager

Hire a Property Manager.  The top 5 reasons on why a professional property management company will benefit you.

Hire a Property Manager

1. Rent Collection and Depositing – not getting the rent check just one month can kill your return on investment. Having to constantly remind tenants that their rent is due or late can be a real pain. A good property manager will have systems in place to effectively collect rent online, charge late fees and maintain on-time payments, notices and evictions.

2. Rates for Rent – A good property management company knows the area they are managing. They know how much your property can be rented for and can keep the vacancy rates and advertising costs as low as possible.

3. Securing Tenants– finding good tenants can be very time-consuming. A property manager can take care of securing all background checks, credit reports, employment verification, and verifications of rent and showing the property. By hiring a property manager, you will not have to deal with tenant disputes, conflict resolution and emergency maintenance.

4. Professional Network. Property managers develop relationships with professionals in related fields, such as maintenance workers, tradesmen, vendors, suppliers and contractors that you do not have. Because of the bulk of business that a property manager gives these professionals, they can provide quality work at a discount.

5. Time – Enjoying your life while just having the rents deposited into your bank account is probably why you got into real estate investing. Real estate income is not passive if you are spending all your time maintaining the property, handling tenants and keeping the books. A Property Manager is an investment, not an expense, you want to own your own time.

Contact Relevé Real Estate for full-service property management in Lutz, Land O’ Lakes and Odessa, Florida.

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How to Find Great Tenants

Find Great Tenants

One of the questions I get asked a lot is how to find great tenants. Over the years I have refined many techniques to develop a solid system to find good tenants frequently, without our clients spending any money on advertising. This is accomplished through leveraging technology to create and distribute great “for rent” ads.

Here is what I suggest:

  • Take great pictures– Use a good digital camera, make sure everything is well lit and highlight any special features. Make sure all turnover maintenance, landscaping and cleaning is done beforehand. Don’t take pictures when it is raining or overcast, these never come out good. Pick a bright, sunny day to make the property show well.
  • Write great ad copy – Include the basic information, features, special offers, and contact information. Highlight any amenities and services included such as pest control or pool and lawn maintenance. Detail nearby schools, parks and entertainment. Use descriptive, delightful words, have a clear reason for why the property is special and a “call to action” for the future tenant to be able to quickly schedule a viewing. The title of your listing should highlight any special offers and should also be “search engine friendly” by using keyword phrases in the title. If a common local search phrase in Google is “ Lutz houses for rent” your title should say -Beautiful Lutz House for Rent (First 1/2 month free!).
  • Create a great ad- you can take your photos and copy over to Postlets where you can create a clean and professional ad. It is free and easy to use.
  • Target your marketProspective tenants are looking online to find their next residence, they are no longer taking the time to drive around neighborhoods or check the local newspaper classifieds. To rent most of our properties all we have needed is a good ad on CraigsList. This should be the cornerstone of your advertising, but also focus on where your prospective tenants are. Do your research, most cities have their own directories such as BradentonRent. If you are trying to rent a student property, list on student housing websites, if you are have a vacation rental, list it on vacation websites, etc.
  • Distribute it – Although most sites do not get much traffic, you will increase your chances of being found on search engines. Postlets will submit your listings to several sites including Craigslist (most popular), Google Products (makes your listing easy to find by submitting directly to the dominant search engine), Front Door, Oodle and more. Here is a list of some other sites I have found useful:stumblehere – addstoall.com – metrowny.com – adpost.com – usfreeads.com – highlandclassifieds.com – kijiji – backpage – sonicexpressmail.com – bluehint.com
  • Update frequently– Post new versions every Friday evening as this will keep your listings at the top of websites and capitalize on the heavy weekend traffic. If you are not getting many calls, sometimes small changes to your ad can make a big difference.
  • Follow up with prospects and schedule viewings quickly- Make it convenient for prospective tenants to view the property and have all paperwork ready to get the application process started.
  • Be flexible– review all offers and be willing to negotiate, in most cases you will make more money annually by renting out the property for $50 less than what you wanted, rather than have it sit vacant for a month.
  • Thorough ScreeningThe standard in the business is to at least do a credit check, background check, verification of employment (VOE) and verification of rent (VOR, if applicable). This will allow you to see their payment history for debts, if there are any criminal records, the ability to pay the rent and their pay history with previous landlords. Thorough screening enables owners and landlords to make educated decisions about who they lease the property to.
  • Set expectations– Educate your new tenants on their responsibilities. Make sure they have a clear understanding of the terms of the lease and how to handle payments and maintenance requests.

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5 Reasons to Avoid a Property Manager

5 Reasons to Avoid a Property Manager

5 Reasons to Avoid a Property Manager

The life of a real estate investor is about creating a passive income and stream and achieving financial independence. If you are managing your own real estate portfolio, you have just created a job for yourself.

When purchasing an investment property, you should factor in an 8-10% monthly management fee, as well as room for unexpected maintenance. Having a great property manager is a sound investment in achieving your goals and owning your time. Although, hiring a bad property manager, can make things very bad, very fast. To help protect your goals and your investment, avoid these property management red flags:

1. No References. Property Management has traditionally been a referral based business and the manager should have strong relationships within the local community. They should be able to provide references from tenants, owners, local organizations or vendors.

2. Unavailable. A property manager’s responsibilities are 24/7. There are problems that will arise at your property on nights, weekends and holidays that will need attention. Make sure your property manager approaches their services this way.

3. Conduct. The property manager should be able to convey confidence in the value of his services, and be professional. If the manager is not professional with you, they probably will not be with your tenants and vendors.

4. Successful Experience. Rather than having many years of experience, look at the amount of successful experience a property manager has. They should be able to give examples of their processes and how they are going to deliver the services they promised. It is important that they can change rapidly with the rental markets, technology and regulations.

5. Sales Pressure. If a property manager is forcing you into making a quick decision or seems desperate for your business, these are signs of running. A good property manager will give you time to collect references, get quotes from competitors and will work with you to determine if the relationship is a good fit.

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Land O Lakes Rental Value

Land O Lakes Rental Value

Land O Lakes Rental Value.  Determining how much you should rent your investment property for is important.  In today’s real estate market, there are a lot of properties listed for rent, so finding comparables is not a problem.

The first thing you should do is determine how much you need to rent the property for to have a good cashflow (add up all of the costs associated, taxes, insurance, association dues, maintenance, property management fees, mortgage).  You want to know where you stand compared to the current market rental rate.  You want your property to generate income for you and be an asset, not a liability.

Next, go to craigslist or do a Google search for the street name + “for rent”.  This should direct you to several comparable properties.  You should look for properties with the same amount of bedrooms, bathrooms and square footage.  Some may have pools, be on the water or several acres of land, these rates should be adjusted up or down compared to your property.  Find four or five comparables and then take the average of them.  This gives you a ballpark range for what is reasonable in the area.

Then compare the average rent to the amount you need in order to get a cashflow on the property.Set your rate at what is going to give you the maximum amount of return on investment possible, while still being competitive with the nearby properties.

In today’s market, you definitely need to be in the same range as the comparables.  There is too much supply on the market and your property will not get any attention unless it is priced reasonably.

Once you have your rental rate set, add $25.  This will give you some room to negotiate a solid lease.  Find out your Land O’ Lakes Rental Value by contacting Relevé Real Estate.

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Lutz Homepath Properties

Searching for Lutz Homepath Properties

Homepath renovation loans are loans for the purchase of Fannie Mae real estate-owned. If you qualify, you can get a 30 year fixed mortgage around 3.5 percent. Only 3 percent down is needed and they will also finance up to $25k in renovations, and there is no mortgage insurance.

The program is a great deal for first-time buyers or owner occupied borrowers looking to find a great deal on a home they can fix up and own long term.

This will help to improve the local area as owner occupying purchasers are more able to buy the property and have the money to fix them up and make them livable.  There is a high supply of homes that were foreclosed on that were sitting vacant for many years and need some TLC.  The Homepath loan can be a great way to buy the right house in the right area and then be able to fix it up and customize it to how you want.

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Choosing a Tampa Bay Realtor

Local Experience, marketing, negotiation and excellent customer service are crucial factors in deciding who will be your Tampa Bay Realtor.

Deciding on the wrong agent could end up costing you thousands on the transaction, so vetting agents up front before hiring them to list your Tampa Bay home for sale is important.

1. Local – You will need someone that is local and can be on location for marketing, showings and inspections. A local brokerage will also help to support local business, rather than corporate franchise conglomerates. Another benefit is to look if the brokerage is providing local jobs, using local vendors and donating to local charities.

2. Marketing – Find out how the agency is showing up online and how their reviews are. Look at how they are promoting their current listings. How do their listings look? Is the photography good? Is it promoted on social media?

3. Negotiations – How does the agent negotiate with you on your terms? This is a tell of how the negotiation will go with your buyer on the transaction. Qualify them by asking about how they handle offers, counter offers, inspection repairs, etc. This will help you to determine if they are a savvy, experienced negotiator or someone you would not want to do business with.

4. Customer Service – Get a feel for the type of customer service you will receive. Are they easy to get a hold of? Do they use your preferred communication type? Do they follow up? You will need an agent that us looking out for your best interests when listing your Tampa Bay home for sale.

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Tampa Real Estate Market Ranked One of the Best

The Tampa real estate market continues to grow and is ranked as 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 the 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 newspaper Washington Square News ranked Tampa as a top city for “twenty-somethings.”[19] Tampa is ranked as a “Gamma+” world city by Loughborough 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”.

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Rental Value Tampa

Determining how much someone is going to be willing to pay to rent your investment property has become increasingly more accurate.  Rental Value in Tampa Bay can be hard to determine if you are just looking on the web.

Our current software compares actual rental rates of comparable properties in the local area.  The software company has many clients and can run generic reports for actual market value and rental rates.  This is superior to an estimate on Zillow, Craigslist or other listing services, because you find out what people are actually paying, rather than what a property is listed for.

There are many factors involved, but no one really knows how much someone is willing to pay until they actually pay it.  Then that is how much it is worth.

For example, a property may be listed for $1500 per month, but then the owner may cut a deal and end up renting it for $1300 per month.  All listing sites have to go on is the $1500, not the $1300, so you may find your expectations are higher than they should be and you may end up sitting with a property vacant for longer than necessary.  This can work in the other direction with finding that some properties may be underpriced. Reports should be run on your existing portfolio to determine if your rental rates are keeping pace with the current market.  There are many factors involved, but no one really knows how much someone is willing to pay until they actually pay it.  Then that is how much it is worth.

Many properties are advertising top rents and have been on the market for over six months by their Tampa property management company.  From a simple investment standpoint, 6 months of vacancy is going to cost a lot more than renting the unit for $200 less.

Example:  asking rent $1500 per month.  Vacant six months.   $1300 vacant one month.  Over the five months, the unit was rented, the owner collected $6500.  Would you rather your property manager make you feel good, tell you your property is great and that they are ‘connected’ and can get top rental value.  Or would you like the $6K in your account?

In the current market, there are record numbers of bank-owned properties, that means record numbers of displaced people.  Since supply is low, demand increases and rates are expected to increase.  rent hikes

The vacancy will kill your portfolio.

This way the market determines the maximum amount that your property will rent for.

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Tenant Beware: Hidden Fees and Costs

In recent years, the rental market has been booming. Data from the most up to date U.S. census shows that, over a 10 year period, the number of renters has grown at its fastest rate since 1965. An increase of around 8.5 million renters in the last decade has seen the competition increase and the pressure grow on both renters and landlords.

Tenants face fierce competition to find a suitable and reasonably priced home, while landlords try to get the right rental price for their property in an ever increasingly competitive rental market.

Every landlord is running a business, and like every business, they try to maximize profits. Sometimes a property’s monthly rental cost seems reasonable, but the utilities and other hidden fees can add up to a sizable extra cost for the tenant. Listed below are some of the hidden costs and add-ons you should look out for before signing a tenancy agreement.

Utilities

Utility bills are often overlooked by new tenants that are excited to move into a property. To understand the overall rental cost of a property, tenants should take the cost of all the utility bills into consideration. State laws differ when it comes to how tenants are billed for utilities, and what happens in the event of missed payments and utility shutoffs.

Utilities can be part of a total, all-inclusive, rental cost and be billed to the landlord. Other rental properties may require the tenant to have the utility bills in their name. In apartments and flats, master meters are often used by landlords to serve the entire apartment block or building and the tenants are billed individually. This is known as third-party billing and is popular with landlords, as they can advertise a base rental cost, but then charge for the utilities as an extra add-on cost.

Third-part billing regulations

Some cities view third-party billing as deceptive and introduced legislation to oversee third-party billing. Seattle introduced third-party billing ordinance to cover all residential buildings that contain over three units, in an attempt to combat deceptive landlords from fraudulently overcharging tenants for utilities.

In 1977, the non-profit Tenants Union of Washington State was formed to offer help, information, and advice to tenants, in regards to tenancy issues, third-party billing and other issues connected to utility costs.

The advice the organization offers is not restricted to Washington State. It is advisable that all tenants, regardless of location, follow their advice in regards to utility bills.

– Make sure to ask questions and have a clear understanding of utility services before signing a tenancy agreement

– Act quickly to set up utility accounts

– Always pay utility bills on time and retain all payment documentation

– Take precautions to protect yourself with the landlord

– Try to resolve any utility disputes quickly

Other hidden fees and charges

Some landlords may charge additional fees, other than utilities. Sometimes these fees are optional services and other times they are required by all tenants, depending on the tenant’s specific agreement and situation. These fees can even be related to supply and demand, depending on the competitiveness of the rental market.

Landlords can charge separate fees for parking, and additional costs for any pets at the residence. Landlords may also charge an application fee that must be paid regardless of whether a tenant is approved or not.

Condos and apartments that are subject to homeowner’s associations (HOAs), can charge for tenant-occupied units and separate moving in fees. Amenities that are not considered utilities, such as internet access and cable TV, under most state ordinances, may be billed to the tenant as an additional fee from the landlord or HOA.

These additional fees are on top of the security deposit and advanced payment of rent that is required by most landlords, usually the first and last month of rent that is to be paid before a tenant can move into the property.

Need advice?

There are many non-profit advocacy organizations around the country that are able to offer help and advice to tenants. Most states also provide information for landlords and tenants on their official websites. If you are still confused, or cannot find the information you require, it may be worth consulting with an expert that knows the state law and can offer advice and services to help resolve tenancy issues and problems quickly and at an affordable cost.

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Visualizing Your New Home

Your New HomeGlaring and revolting decision of paint? Exercise hardware jumbling up the kitchen? Abnormal and unattractive family photographs found everywhere throughout the house? Try not to give it a chance to trouble you or influence how you see a property.

Ask your land operator and they will have a lot of stories about houses with various imperfections. Grimy recolored floor coverings, bathrooms that have breaks running down the dividers, and machines that have not been redesigned in decades.

The vender is not required to ensure that their house is in an adequate condition before putting it available and indicating it to potential purchasers. In any case, an apathetic merchant can be an upside for the comfortable.

The following are three unattractive things that might be off-putting, yet ought not prevent you from considering making an offer on the property. Particularly if the area, design, or building is still a good fit for you.

Terrible backdrop and tired old grimy floor coverings

Turn key properties that are prepared to move in are famous with today’s potential purchasers. The vast majority lead occupied lives and don’t have room schedule-wise to go up against a substantial redesign venture when purchasing a home, this is absolutely valid for the constantly associated more youthful era of home purchasers.

Nonetheless, supplanting old rugs with new cover or deck and painting the inside of a property doesn’t need to be excessively tedious and costly, and can without much of a stretch be finished before moving in.

On the off chance that a vender is unwilling to supplant their drained and worn old covers or give the inside of their home a crisp layer of paint in a nonpartisan shading, they are harming the odds of finding a purchaser and a decent cost for their home.

A new paint work and new deck won’t cost a fortune and shouldn’t take any longer than a week, and can change the entire feel of a property.

Rooms that are being utilized for odd purposes

It is shockingly basic to see rooms in the house being utilized for a reason that they were not intended for. Numerous individuals utilize an extra room as a home office. A few people even utilize the lounge area as an exercise center and the lavatory as a stroll in closet.

Be that as it may, in light of the fact that the present occupier utilizes a space for a specific reason, it doesn’t mean you need to do likewise. Attempt to look past the odd utilization of rooms and attempt to overlook that the merchant lives in the property.

After the dealer has moved out, the activity gear in the lounge area will be gone and the stroll in closet can without much of a stretch be transformed once again into a washroom.

An overpoweringly solid nearness of the present mortgage holder

At the point when a property is decorated with individual photographs, confirmations, and belonging that have a place with the merchant, it can troublesome for the potential purchaser to envision themselves living in the property. The homes that are most engaging purchasers are impartial and don’t have an overwhelming feeling of the present proprietor.

More terrible than simply the belonging of the present occupier is the point at which the merchant is really present while the property is appeared to potential purchasers. It makes an uncomfortable feeling for all included. The purchaser feels that they must be on their best conduct and that meddles with them investigating the home appropriately. They feel limited in voicing their assessments on the home and consider themselves to be a visitor in the home, instead of a potential proprietor.

A property that is excessively customized or where the merchant is consistently present for viewings can keep focused business sector for quite a while, and regularly pick up a terrible notoriety as additional time passes. Be that as it may, a potential purchaser can utilize this further bolstering their good fortune to procure the property underneath the dealer’s asking cost.

The venders that unconsciously undermine the offer of their home frequently offer a chance to purchasers to hit a value point under spending when making an offer. The vast majority of the purchasers in today’s business sector experience serious difficulties past the dealer’s disorder, over customized outline and style, or altered changes to the property.

Attempt to look past the vender’s progressions and if a house is in a decent area with a pleasant floor arrangement you ought to consider whether you can change the property and make the home the one you’re searching for.

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Bradenton Property Management Perspective

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The Bradenton/Manatee County, Florida area has always been a desirable place for Bradenton Property Management. Throughout Manatee County you will find a wide variety of properties: bayside villages, country clubs, rural settings, urban communities and retirement areas.

You can find stunning oceanfront homes and luxurious condominiums of Anna Maria Island andHolmes Beach. In the East County lies the sprawling master-planned communities Lakewood Ranch and Heritage Harbour. With these diverse options, you can find a property with everything you desire in a home.

Located between Tampa and Sarasota, Manatee County offers many attractions and historical districts.  Bordering the Gulf of Mexico and the Manatee River, the county is well-suited for the avid golfer, boater or beach enthusiast.

Manatee County and Bradenton Property Management saw considerable appreciation during the housing boom and rapid depreciation during the bust.  Manatee County is beginning to rebound from the housing market crash, showing signs of life.  New businesses and retail stores are opening up and some builders are increasing prices.

The rental market in Manatee County is strong, with most properties finding tenants within 30 days of listing.  Proper research must be done to determine rental rates for individual properties. Setting the right pricing point will ensure you make the maximum amount of cashflow, but also help you avoid vacancies.

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Property Management Lakewood Ranch Perspective

Outlook for Property Management Lakewood Ranch Services considering rental rates, population growth and development. Property Management Lakewood Ranch

East of I-75, in the 34202 zip code, is the master-planned community of Property Management Lakewood Ranch.  Lakewood Ranch offers a variety of different properties and amenities to suit any lifestyle.

The neighborhoods of Greenbrook, Summerfield, The Lake Club, Lakewood Ranch Country Club and Riverwalk are connected by the trademark of Property Management Lakewood Ranch, miles and miles of nature trails.  For active residents, Lakewood Ranch offers several outdoor activities including golf, tennis, polo and cricket.

Other community features include parks with picnic areas, children’s sports fields, lakes, conservation areas and impressive landscaping. Contributing to a desirable area for Property Management Lakewood Ranch.

Lakewood Ranch is very desirable. It is located in close proximity to shopping, entertainment and dining.  Inside of the Lakewood Ranch community lies the Town Center offering a variety of shops and restaurants, Publix, YMCA, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center and Lakewood Ranch High School.

For the prospective investor, there are a variety of residential properties to choose from.  It is best to contact a Property Management Lakewood Ranch for pre-purchase consulting and specific rental rates.

History of Lakewood Ranch from Wikipedia.

Lakewood Ranch is located within the Manatee County region in Florida. Manatee County covers almost 900 so mi (2,300 km2) including waterways, which provided transportation. Railroads, bridges, and roadways were later added for easier access in and out of the area.

Along with transportation, development came a rapid growth in population during the early 1920s.

The first neighborhood development, Summerfield, went up in 1995. As the area expanded and population increased, a master-planned community was created called Lakewood Ranch.

Started in 1995, Lakewood Ranch has an 8,500-acre (3,400 ha) master-planned community within it, consisting of seven villages.

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Lutz Rental Property Tax Implications

Lutz Rental PropertyProudly owning a apartment belongings poses tax concerns which are greater complicated than the residential belongings you stay in and will require a more subtle tax method. Underneath is the tax facts you need to recognize as well as a few top tax hints for owners of apartment residences.

Condominium property tax considerations

Whilst filling out your tax returns, your condominium belongings is listed in schedule e, which documents your tax yr earnings and expenses from the belongings itself. Income covers the condominium bills you acquired at the same time as costs covers your loan, maintenance and preservation, utilities, management prices and all other prices associated with the assets.

In case you pay factors on the mortgage you used to purchase your rental assets, you can not deduct them completely out of your taxable profits like you can on a assets bought for house. You ought to deduct the points over the complete length of your mortgage.

If the rental earnings from your private home exceeds the charges that the belongings incurred itself, remember that profits is taxable.

If your private home’s expenses are larger than the agenda e rental profits you gathered, you can deduct any losses out of your taxable profits in case your non-assets primarily based earnings is less than $150,000 inside the tax 12 months. If you earned less than $100,000 in non-property profits, you can deduct up to $25,000 of any losses your condo property incurred and if your non-belongings income is among $one hundred,000 and $a hundred and fifty,000, you may deduct as much as $12,500. If you earn a non-property profits above $a hundred and fifty,000 you are not able to deduct any condominium belongings losses out of your taxable income.

In case your earnings are above the edge to deduct any apartment assets losses, you can amass losses as a counterbalance to capital gains taxes while you promote the property.

Communicate to your tax adviser to see whether or not you may deduct condominium losses out of your taxable profits or whether or not you may accrue losses towards future capital profits taxes.

Tax issues when promoting your rental belongings

While you sell a condo property, you are answerable for capital profits taxes for your appreciation. It’s recommended that you are looking for out a tax adviser to present you an accurate breakdown of your costs and any earnings on the way to be taxable as capital gains. But, there’s a easy procedure to be had to offer you a difficult concept of your internet income and estimate of your capital gains taxes. Take your property sale rate and deduct the acquisition charge, the price of any adjustments to enhance the assets, and all selling costs (including local taxes, agent fees, etc.) the figure you are left with is your capital advantage at the assets, and based on your non-property income, you may have to pay as much as 30% in federal and state taxes for your capital gains. Allow’s see an example of the way this formulation works.

If you obtain a rental belongings 8 years ago for $2 hundred,000 and positioned 20 percentage down with a preferred 6% constant rate 30 12 months loan, your present day balance might be $140,435. In case you made $10,000 in upgrades to the property over the 8 years and bought it for $300,000, without a losses to offset you would be left with capital profits of round $69,000, after paying local taxes, agent charges, and so forth. Of the capital gains accrued you will need to pay someplace among $17,000 and $21,000 in taxes, leaving round $120,000 from the sale of the assets.

A way to reduce condominium property capital profits taxes

If you intend to shop for a new condominium belongings straight away after selling you can defer paying any capital gains taxes. The 1031 exchange irs gain allows you to defer paying any capital gains taxes if you could discover, in writing, a new apartment property within forty five days and entire the purchase of the assets within 180 days of selling your preceding rental property. To defer paying any capital gains taxes your new apartment property ought to be of at least equal fee of your bought property and also you have to invest all the proceeds out of your condo belongings sale. The 1031 change defers and does now not get rid of the taxes at the sale of your apartment belongings. However, the irs does no longer prohibit turning your new apartment property right into a number one house within the future. Earlier than taking element in a 1031 trade you need to consult a tax consultant to make certain eligibility and how it relates to your unique tax situation.

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Top 5 Foreclosure Mistakes

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If you do decide to invest, make sure you avoid these top 5 foreclosure purchasing mistakes:

1. You say, “It was worth double that in 2005.” You need to look at where the value is going, not where it’s been. Most properties will continue to depreciate for many years. The property is currently worth whatever you are buying it for and will be worth less in years to come.

2. Getting a Mortgage. Guidelines are very strict, making it difficult for everyone to qualify. Investors should be prepared to put at least 30% down and wait 60+ days for the loan to close. Paying cash is the best way to go, once you own the property you can possibly refinance to get your cash back out of it.
3. No Inspection. Do whatever you can to view the property before you put down the deposit. All foreclosures are sold “as is” and you are responsible for all repairs. One major repair could eliminate all of your equity and cash flow.
4. New Landlord. There is plenty to managing a property, from dealing with tenants, to maintaining the property and now, just collecting rent is a challenge. Hire a Tampa property manager to take care of this stuff for you, you invested in real estate to have more time and money anyway.

5. Negative cash flow. Then why are you buying it? For appreciation? Good luck. You have to be prepared to hold the property for long periods of time as it further depreciates and you are unable to sell it. Factor in everything, (taxes, insurance, homeowner’s dues, repairs, property management) and if you are not getting at least $100 in cash flow each month, walk away.There is always a good time to buy real estate, as long as you buy it right. Run your numbers for cashflow, forget about flipping or appreciation and have an exit strategy.

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

 

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Before You Move in to a Resale Tampa Bay Home

 

There are certain things that are best done prior to moving into your new Tampa Bay home.  Shortly after closing, many new home buyers are anxious to move-in, but then find out many of the things they now want to do are going to take significantly longer.  When a home is vacant, it is much easier to get projects completed like painting, floors, and cleaning.  Here are a few things to give yourself some extra time to knock out, before your moving truck arrives.

Replace all Locks

There could be many keys out there from the house being on the market, realtors, past tenants, former owner, maintenance, etc.  Always replace all locks before you move in to give yourself some peace of mind and safety for your family.  Many digital combo locks are affordable now, so adding one of these can be a convenient, keyless entry for you.

Refresh the Interior Paint

A fresh coat of paint can transform a home and it is exponentially easier to get it done when the home is vacant.  You do not have to worry about moving furniture, working around furniture or getting paint on furnishings.  If you are going to be replacing the floor also, you can paint first and not worry about spilling any paint on the floor.  This will make the whole process of painting go much faster and you will have a home that looks 10 times better.

Get the Floors Done

Whether it is steam cleaning carpets or grouting and sealing a tile floor, it is best to get it done when the house is vacant, and also prior to move-in.  This will remove all dirt and grime from previous owners/tenants and leave the house smelling fresh.  If you are replacing the floor, even better.  You won’t have to work around furniture and it can be done after the painting.

Minor Repairs

There may be some things you are aware of that are in need of repair.  Maybe there are also some minor repairs you find as you really get a chance to look around and inspect.  It is a good idea to make a checklist and knock out the minor repairs by yourself or with a handyman.  If you wait, you may not ever get around to them and then be living with subpar arrangements.

Pest Control

When the home is vacant is the best opportunity to get a pest control expert in there and eliminate all of the bugs.  Doing it before you move in will give you some time to let the home air out.  There are DIY pest control as well, a simple google search can give you many ideas to get rid of your specific pests.

Safety Check

Walk around the house and check the corners, edges, lights, outlets, etc.  Make sure all wiring is good and that the home is safe for you and your family.  It is also a good idea to check out the outside of the home and make sure there are no sharp edges or plants that may be poisonous if consumed.

Taking care of these things prior to moving into your Tampa bay resale will save you time and money.  You will also be able to be comfortable once you are in and not have to have a to-do list hanging over your head.

 

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Tenant Turnover

The most stressful thing for a property owner is when a good tenant says they are moving out.

This means the money they have been earning is about to be disrupted and they might all of the sudden have no rent coming in. Time is of the essence when you get the notice they are not renewing the lease.

You have to immediately get an ad up and start fielding phone calls, scheduling viewings and screening new tenants.

One time I had the example of what great tenants should be. They took great care of the property, had their rent in on time every month and seldom called with maintenance requests. Tenants this good are hard to find. But all good things must come to an end and the tenants contacted me at 9pm on the 31st and gave their 30 day notice they would be moving out.

Although it is hard to see such good tenants go, and the owner was very pleased with them, the sadness was short lived. The rental unit was in a high demand area in Land O Lakes, Florida and it would not stay on the market long.

The advertisement went up immediately, the phone started ringing the next morning, viewings were scheduled and by 4pm the next day, we had secured what we believe will be a good tenant, at $200 more then what the old tenant was paying.

Having no vacancy, finding another good family a place to live and increasing your monthly income are some good things that will help you move on from great tenants moving out.

The demand for rentals has increased from the glut of bank owned homes, former homeowners with rough credit, and unemployed. Investors are making out good on their investments and prospective renters know they have to move with speed if they find something they like.

In this market, homes should not be available for rent long. If your property is for rent for longer than a month in the Tampa Bay area, then something is wrong. The price is too high, the property is not clean or damaged or your property management company is not advertising it well. There are a ton of homes that sit vacant because they are owned by banks and are not on the market. For each one of these bank owned homes there is a displaced family, with bad credit that cannot buy a home and will need to rent for at least several years. This creates a demand for quality rentals.

When you let your property sit vacant for months at a time, you are losing a lot of money. When good tenants go, you have to forget the past, move on and get to work. Keeping your investment property rented and bringing in money is the key to successful real estate investing.

Relevé Real Estate is a property manager in Tampa, Lutz & Land O’ Lakes, Florida and is the author of the Relevé Real Estate Blog

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Non-Accredited investors in Tampa Real Estate Investing

Crowdsourcing real estate deals for Tampa Real Estate Investing is now beginning on a smaller investment scale. In some cases, with as little as $100, a resident of a particular state may become a real estate investor. The SEC just voted on and passed rules to implement Title III of the JOBS Act, bringing non-accredited investors into the fold for equity crowdfunding.

Prior to the bill, you used to have a net worth of over $1,000,000 in assets or have an income of at least $200,000 per year. The new ACT lowers the barriers to entry and gives more people ACCESS to real estate investment deals for Tampa Real Estate Investing.

Web sites are beginning to pop up where you could sign up for an account, and invest in ‘shares’ of an investment property. You would technically own a part of the property in Tampa Real Estate Investing and would be due part of the return on the investment. Investing in real estate this way has a lot of upside including high leverage, high return on capital, investment collateral and a relatively safe investment.

However, downside risk comes from market fluctuations and lack of liquidity in case you wanted to sell your investment. In other words, if the market dived and you wanted to get out of your investment, you might not be able to.

The biggest risk might actually be the reputability of the real estate agency you are using. As there is a potential for fraud in your Tampa Real Estate Investing.

Work with a professional Tampa Florida realtor and then find an expert property management Tampa company to manage the property for you.

One example from Wikipedia is Fundrise is an American real estate crowdfunding platform. It facilitates transactions from individuals, allowing them to invest in real estate projects with initial investments starting at $1,000 and up to $10 million. It has been labeled as the first company to successfully crowdfund investment into the real estate market.

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Lutz Florida Property Management 

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One of the biggest challenges that landlords in Lutz face is whether to hire a Lutz property management company or not. Different landlords manage their properties either by themselves or with the help of a friend or family member. However, when property issues become complicated, landlords resort to seeking help from real estate property management companies.

A Lutz property management company can be a big bonus if you find the right one. They deal with their prospects and tenants directly, and save you a lot of time and worries over marketing your rentals, handling maintenance and repairs issues, collecting rent, responding to tenant complaints, and even pursuing evictions.

A good Lutz property management company will bring its expertise and experience to your property so that you can have a peace of mind with the knowledge that your property is in good hands and excellent condition.

The best option is to hire a Lutz property management company to handle the property and manage it accordingly. This is an attractive option especially when you don’t have the time to personally concentrate on the growth of your business.

The real estate business in Lutz is very robust. This is as a result of the amenities and facilities present in the location. A variety of hospitals and medical centers are present in Lutz, airports and heliports, and there are also colleges and universities close to Lutz.

There are also good sources of drinking water. Thanks to the numerous drinking water stations located in Lutz. There are means of transportation which makes mobility very easy. Lots of banks are also present for ease of financial transactions, as well as ‘A’ rated schools of Mckiltrick Elementary, Martinez Middle School, Steinbrenner High School and Schwarzkopf Elementary.

Some of the neighborhoods in Lutz are Heritage Harbor, Calusa Trace and Cheval. All offer many great amenities.

Buying an investment property in Lutz is not a bad idea at all. With the help of a Lutz property management company, you can collect a solid return on your investment, with little to no work being done by you.

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Strategic Home Remodeling for the Highest ROI

These are the home remodeling projects to do where you can recoup most of the costs.  Strategically planning your home improvement projects can give you a higher return on investment when you go to sell your home.

Replacing a Garage Door or Manufactured Stone Veneer to your siding can give you some of the highest returns, possibly recouping all of your costs.

The mid-range projects use standard materials while the upscale incorporates higher-priced versions:

MIDRANGE
Deck Addition (Wood)
JOB COST: $12,047 $13,333
RESALE VALUE: $9,011 $10,083
COST RECOUPED: 74.8% 75.6%
MIDRANGE
Entry Door Replacement (Steel)
JOB COST: $1,758 $1,826
RESALE VALUE: $1,332 $1,368
COST RECOUPED: 75.8% 74.9%
UPSCALE
Garage Door Replacement
JOB COST: $3,541 $3,611
RESALE VALUE: $3,051 $3,520
COST RECOUPED: 86.1% 97.5%

MIDRANGE
Manufactured Stone Veneer
JOB COST: $8,524 $8,907
RESALE VALUE: $7,789 $8,449
COST RECOUPED: 91.4% 94.9%

MIDRANGE
Minor Kitchen Remodel
JOB COST: $21,440 $22,507
RESALE VALUE: $17,754 $18,123
COST RECOUPED: 82.8% 80.5%

MIDRANGE
Siding Replacement
JOB COST: $15,120 $16,036
RESALE VALUE: $10,665 $12,119
COST RECOUPED: 70.5% 75.6%

Source:  https://www.remodeling.hw.net/cost-vs-value/2019/

Other projects that can cover more than half there costs are roof and window replacement and bathroom or master bedroom remodels.

The value added by home improvement projects is subjective. Each buyer will base the value of the improvements against their personal desires for their home to purchase.

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Can You Guarantee an Increase In Rental Rates?

Everyone makes promises, but how often are the kept. Some property management companies guarantee an increased rental rate every term, but how realistic is it?

Increase in Rental Rates

All property owners want an increase in rental rates. While a high return on investment property is fully attainable, companies that promise 20% to 30% rental rate increase are often false promises.

There are housing laws that prohibit unjustifiable rent increases and set certain limits. If an unnecessary increase is implemented, tenants may no longer be able to rent your property. If current tenants are unlikely to afford a drastic increase, prospective tenants may not be able to either.

Renovations are great, but they don’t justify inflated rental prices. Living in Tampa Bay, a pool home is on a lot of tenant’s wish lists, but it doesn’t mean your home will rent for $1500 more than the same house down the street without a pool.

Most prospective tenants will ask about the true rental value (the actual rental price paid by the last tenant) so be prepared if you’re asking for a large increase over the current rental rate.

Remember that a day your property is unoccupied is a day with zero return on your investment.