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It’s Not You, It’s Not Your Home, It’s Your Real Estate Agent

pile of cash

See this pile of cash? It doesn’t belong to you and you know why? Your realtor is being unrealistic and greedy about your property.

We have a client who is interested in a townhome in a particular area. We have one in this neighborhood and know without a doubt the competition is over-priced. Rentals sit 6-months, 8-months, 1-year or longer vacant. Why? Your rental is over-priced. Period.

I called a realtor to ask about a rental that has been listed and vacant for 6 months to see if the owner was flexible in the price. I told her that I had a great client interested in the home, but wanted to pay a more reasonable rent for the unit. With disgust, I was told that the building covered all utilities which was included in the rent. I told her I knew that was not true because we have the exact same property in the neighborhood. Well not the same. Our is updated and upgraded. She then back-peddled and said well the owner wants to rent it furnished only. On the MLS listing, it states “furnished, but will consider unfurnished.” So the ad was misleading or the realtor was a liar.

I asked again about the price. I stated about the home being listed for 6 months and sitting vacant. Is the owner flexible? Again, I was given the run-around. Never once did she say she would present an offer to the owner.

Can this realtor read minds? I can’t. As property managers, we present all offers to owners. Ultimately the decision lies with you, the owner. You should decide whether to reject or accept an offer. Not a realtor.

I believe putting the owner in the driver-seat is what gives us so many happy clients and great reviews.

I never asked what the commission would be on the property. I never wanted a commission. I wanted to find a home that met my client’s needs.

Did this realtor ever stop and think, “my client has been losing thousands of dollars because his home is sitting vacant?” No. She heard reduced price, saw her commission drop and never consulted the owner. Would the owner accept a lower offer? We will never know because he will never be asked.

My client never saw the property or put an offer in. Why? A realtor discouraged an amazing tenant from a property that needed a renter.

So, this pile of cash continues to sit untouched.

For honest, reliable property management in Pasco, Hillsborough, Manatee and Sarasota counties, Florida, We Manage Your Investment.

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Real Estate Wins in Tampa Bay

Real Estate Wins

Real Estate Wins

So you have $100K.  What do you do with it?

You could put it in a money market savings account with an average return of 0.30% APY.  After one year you will have earned $300.

You could put it on a CD with an average return of 0.50% APY.  After one year you will have earned $500.

For an IRA, you are still looking at 0.50% APY.  After one year you will have earned $500, but withdraw it early and you will be taxed heavily.

You could buy gold as the commercials will tell you, but gold has doubled in price over the last 2 years and this isn’t 2009.

You could give it to your broker to invest, but the stock market is turbulent and if you are getting a 4-5% return, you are doing better than 95% of investors.  After a great year in the stock market, you will have earned $4,000 – $5,000.

But if you take your $100K and buy a bank owned property.  Let’s say you find a 3 bedroom house in a decent neighborhood and negotiate with the bank for $90K.  You spend another $10K on closing costs and fixing the place up.  You can then rent it for $1200 per month.  In this example, you don’t have a mortgage, since you had $100K to start with, so you only pay taxes and homeowner’s insurance.  Say your taxes for the $90K home are $2000 per year and insurance is $1000 per year.  Your monthly expenses are $250 per month.  Your gross income is $1200.  Your net income is $950.  After one year you will have earned $11,400 for an 11% return on your $100K.  Where else are you going to get that kind of return?

Real Estate also has the advantage of tax breaks through paying a mortgage or deducting expenses on the property.  Appreciation is a thing of the past, but if you buy under market conditions and have the cash flow to hold it for 10 or more years, you will make money when you sell it.

Even in the Great Recession, Real Estate still wins.

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

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February 2016 Land O’ Lakes Real Estate Statistics

The Land O’ Lakes Real Estate Market Report for February 2016

Land O' Lakes real estate

According to the new data released by the Greater Tampa Association of REALTORS®, the Land O’ Lakes, Florida Real Estate Market is showing signs that 2016 is going to be even more aggressive than 2015.

 

Market Notes:

This is the first time in several months that we have seen more homes come on the market than sold. Hopefully, this is an indicator of a much-needed boost to our housing inventory.

Let’s take a look at the February 2016 real estate market numbers for Land O’ Lakes:

 

February 2016 Land O’ Lakes Real Estate Statistics

Status: Active (118)
    Beds Baths SqFt Heated List Price LP/SqFt Close Price ADOM CDOM
Min 1 1 750 $24,900 $24.13 1 1
Max 6 5 4,520 $599,900 $159.17 30 720
Avg 4 3 2,235 $245,029 $109.20 12 27
Median 4 3 2,103 $235,000 $112.77 9 10
Status: Active with Contract (53)
    Beds Baths SqFt Heated List Price LP/SqFt Close Price ADOM CDOM
Min 2 1 916 $51,200 $35.43 4 4
Max 6 4 4,680 $544,900 $195.37 178 328
Avg 4 3 2,210 $233,094 $105.62 51 57
Median 3 3 1,976 $219,900 $109.35 37 37
Status: Pending (111)
    Beds Baths SqFt Heated List Price LP/SqFt Close Price ADOM CDOM
Min 2 1   $10,900 $24.04   1
Max 7 5 4,054 $490,000 $208.51 373 377
Avg 4 3 2,117 $225,360 $106.93 65 73
Median 3 3 2,058 $215,995 $106.68 39 45
Status: Sold (97)
    Beds Baths SqFt Heated List Price LP/SqFt Close Price ADOM CDOM
Min 1 1 750 $33,000 $31.98 $27,000    
Max 7 5 5,055 $839,000 $210.78 $790,000 463 508
Avg 4 3 2,195 $242,629 $109.70 $234,759 65 83
Median 4 2 2,045 $219,000 $108.99 $214,000 47 51

 

The Land O’ Lakes Real Estate Market is Strong

February is usually one of the slower months for real estate sales in Land O’ Lakes as buyers and investors prepare for the spring season, but it was still 25% busier than this time last year. We are finally starting to see an increase in new listings by 34% over last year. This is very good news for homebuyers who have been struggling to find the right house because there have been so few homes on the market. Our hope is that this is an indicator of a more balanced market as we move into 2016.

These numbers cover all of the neighborhoods in the Land O’ Lakes, FL zip codes of 34637, 34638 and 34639.

All information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed

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Tampa Investment Property Returns

Tampa Investment Property Returns

Tampa Investment Property Returns

During the peak of the housing boom in 2004-2006, many investors were diving into properties that they knew would not generate a positive cash flow.  Taking a monthly loss on a property was no big deal when they could sell the property three months later and make $30K. The few flippers’ who timed the market right, made a killing, and the rest got killed.

When you buy a property today, it is important to calculate your Tampa Investment Property Returns. You are not building equity only through appreciation, and the property values are going down faster than you can pay the mortgage principal balance. The tough lesson learned from the housing bust is that the cash flow analysis should be the determining factor in purchasing real estate.  The analysis tells you if the property will generate income for you (asset) or cost you money (liability).

If you want to be a real estate investor, you must focus on acquiring assets that generate a passive income.   If you are making money each month, then it does not really matter if the market goes up or down.

In Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki tells the story of when he wanted to buy his first rental property. His ‘rich’ dad refused to invest with him because the property did not generate at least $100 per month of income.  Kiyosaki thought that the property was a good buy because he could eventually raise the rent, the property would appreciate, or other factors would work in his favor, but his ‘rich’ dad knew better.  He knew that things do not always work out the way you plan them and that you make your money when you buy a property, not when you sell.

As a beginning real estate investor, I told my real estate agent that I would not buy anything that did not generate at least $100 in monthly cash flow, but would buy anything that would.  We were able to find 3 properties where the numbers worked out, and I was soon generating a passive income.  When the properties doubled in value two years later, it was a good bonus, now that they have gone back to the value that I originally bought them for, they are still a good investment and continue to generate income.

It is essential that you do a cash flow analysis of any property you are going to buy.  Make sure you talk to a rental manager to determine what the rental rate is for the property and what they think it will be in the future. Factor in EVERY COST of owning the property: mortgage, taxes, insurance, mortgage insurance, flood insurance, homeowners association dues, maintenance, vacancy, for rent advertising, property management fees, and unexpected emergencies. If you are still generating, at least, $100 per month, then go for it.

Wounds in real estate are usually deep and take a long time to heal.  But if you learn from your mistakes, it can become the valuable experience that will make you a savvy investor.

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Tampa Real Estate Headlines

Tampa Real Estate Headlines

The Tampa, Florida real estate market is leading many headlines:

Orlando, Florida is the 3rd Hottest Housing Market.

Florida

With oil expenses at nearly $30 a barrel, Disney international-bound tourists are assisting within the town’s growth. Orlando’s employment is up three.8% over the last year. Orlando’s home prices grew eleven.2%, at the same time as domestic sales growth expanded eight.9%. Orlando’s populace grew 2.2% in 2014, the third most powerful growth most of the pinnacle 50 u.S. Markets, providing robust help for housing demand and boosting the single-circle of relatives market.

Florida is one of the states with the highest share of flips in 2015 at 8% of all home sales.

Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida are ranking high for surveys on health and happiness.  With 2 of the top 5 places for well-being.

  1. Naples–Immokalee–Marco Island, FL
  2. Salinas, CA
  3. North Port–Sarasota–Bradenton, FL
  4. Fort Collins, CO
  5. Barnstable Town, MA

Over 50% of purchases in Florida are cash sales.  This statistic is now declining year over year.  

Rising rents motivating people to purchase homes.

Tampa, Florida is number 20 in the hottest housing markets for the spring homebuying season

Florida single-family home prices up 14% over last year, But state sees decline in sales of lower-value homes

Tampa ranks tenth in the list of the top 10 single-family rental investment market.  10. Tampa 5.9%

 

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February 2016 Lutz Real Estate Statistics

The Lutz Real Estate Market Report for February 2016

According to the new data released by the Greater Tampa Association of REALTORS®, the Lutz, Florida Real Estate Market is showing signs that 2016 is going to be even more aggressive than 2015.

Lutz real estate statistics

Market Notes:

This is the first time in several months that we have seen more homes come on the market than sold. Hopefully, this is an indicator of a much-needed boost to our housing inventory.

Let’s take a look at the February 2016 real estate market numbers for Lutz:

 

February 2016 Lutz Real Estate Statistics

Status: Active (117)
    Beds Baths SqFt Heated List Price LP/SqFt Close Price ADOM
Min 1 1 456 $49,900 $54.24  
Max 5 6 5,541 $1,080,000 $814.48 30
Avg 3 3 2,363 $345,332 $142.69 13
Median 4 3 2,319 $289,900 $131.74 12
Status: Active with Contract (26)
    Beds Baths SqFt Heated List Price LP/SqFt Close Price ADOM
Min 1 1 572 $74,900 $58.46 8
Max 4 10 2,964 $479,000 $305.94 273
Avg 3 3 1,893 $239,696 $129.83 87
Median 3 2 1,963 $214,950 $127.06 56
Status: Pending (55)
    Beds Baths SqFt Heated List Price LP/SqFt Close Price ADOM
Min 1 1 456 $34,900 $36.35 2
Max 6 4 3,738 $535,000 $167.97 266
Avg 3 2 1,947 $224,222 $111.89 57
Median 3 2 1,714 $189,900 $119.43 30
Status: Sold (59)
    Beds Baths SqFt Heated List Price LP/SqFt Close Price ADOM
Min 1 1 456 $48,900 $49.17 $44,500  
Max 6 6 5,158 $1,003,113 $194.48 $891,125 115
Avg 3 3 2,117 $262,096 $117.13 $253,502 39
Median 3 2 1,882 $227,000 $115.64 $206,000 33

 

The Lutz Real Estate Market is Strong

February is usually the slowest month for real estate sales in Lutz, but it was still 25% busier than this time last year. We are finally starting to see an increase in new listings by 34% over last year. This is very good news for homebuyers who have been struggling to find the right house because there have been so few homes on the market. Our hope is that this is an indicator of a more balanced market as we move into 2016.

These numbers cover all of the neighborhoods in the Lutz, FL zip codes of 33559, 33549, 33558 and 33548.  All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

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February 2018 Wesley Chapel Real Estate Statistics

The Wesley Chapel Real Estate Market Report for February 2018

New data released by the Greater Tampa Association of REALTORS® for the Wesley Chapel, Florida Real Estate Market.

Market Notes:

Wesley Chapel Real Estate Market Overall Condition:  Strong

Let’s take a look at the October 2017 real estate market numbers for Wesley Chapel, FL:

February 2018 Wesley Chapel Real Estate Statistics

  • median listing price of $275,000 for $126 per sq ft.
  • median closing price of $269,000
  • 954 homes for sale
  • 120 homes for rent
  • 99 median days on the market

February 2018 is usually one of the busier months for real estate sales in Wesley Chapel as buyers and investors prepare for the season.   We are finally starting to see an increase in median days on market and inventory as well as a decrease in sales and list price. This is indicating a more balanced inventory in 2018 compared to the last several years.

Get an Advantage

How can both buyers and sellers have an advantage in the Wesley Chapel, Florida real estate market?  Employ the services of a local Wesley Chapel real estate agent who has vast knowledge and experience of the market. 

Find Wesley Chapel Homes for Sale

For a complete list of available real estate in Wesley Chapel, visit Wesley Chapel Homes for Sale.  Make sure to subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss out on any Wesley Chapel homes.

Find out what your Wesley Chapel home is worth with a home value analysis and contact us to discuss your housing needs. Contact us for Wesley Chapel Property Management.

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These numbers cover all of the neighborhoods in the Wesley Chapel, FL zip codes.  All information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed

The above information regarding the “Wesley Chapel Real Estate Statistics” was provided by Relevé Real Estate. We have over 20 years of experience helping people buy, sell, lease and manage properties in the Wesley Chapel area. If you’re thinking of selling or buying, we’d love to share our knowledge and expertise.

 

 

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February 2018 Lutz FL Real Estate Statistics

The Lutz Real Estate Market Report for February 2018

Market Notes:

Overall Lutz Real Estate Market Condition:  Strong

February 2018 Lutz Real Estate Statistics

  • median listing price of $297,ooo for $140 per sq ft.
  • median closing price of $275,000
  • 639 homes for sale
  • 34 homes for rent
  • 77 median days on the market

February 2018 is off to a good start for real estate sales in Lutz as buyers and investors prepare for the busy season. We are starting to see an increase in new listings compared to last year. This is very good news for homebuyers who have been struggling to find the right house because there have been so few homes on the market.

Get an Advantage

How can both buyers and sellers have an advantage in the Lutz, Florida real estate market?  Employ the services of a local Lutz real estate agent who has vast knowledge and experience of the market. 

Find Lutz Homes for Sale

For a complete list of available real estate in Lutz, visit Lutz Homes for Sale.  Make sure to subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss out on any Lutz homes.

Find out what your Lutz home is worth with a home value analysis and contact us to discuss your housing needs. Contact us for Lutz Property Management.

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These numbers cover all of the neighborhoods in the Lutz, FL zip codes.  33548, 33549, 33558 and 33559. All information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed

The above information regarding the “Lutz Real Estate Statistics” was provided by Relevé Real Estate. We have over 20 years of experience helping people buy, sell, lease and manage properties in the Lutz area. If you’re thinking of selling or buying, we’d love to share our knowledge and expertise.

 

 

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February 2018 Land O’ Lakes Real Estate Statistics

The Land O’ Lakes Real Estate Market Report for February 2018

According to the new data released by the Greater Tampa Association of REALTORS®, the Land O’ Lakes, Florida Real Estate Market is showing signs that 2018 is going to be even more aggressive than 2017.

Market Notes:

This is the first time in several months we have seen more homes come on the market than selling. Hopefully, this is an indicator of a much-needed boost to our housing inventory.

Let’s take a look at the February 2018 real estate market numbers for Land O’ Lakes:

February 2018 Land O’ Lakes Real Estate Statistics

  • median listing price of $277,ooo for $126 per sq ft.
  • median closing price of $260,000
  • 780 homes for sale
  • 80 homes for rent
  • 87  median days on the market

The Land O’ Lakes Real Estate Market Condition: Strong

Get an Advantage

How can both buyers and sellers have an advantage in the Land O’ Lakes, Florida real estate market?  Employ the services of a local Land O’ Lakes real estate agent who has vast knowledge and experience of the market. 

Find Land O’ Lakes Homes for Sale

For a complete list of available real estate in Land O’ Lakes, visit Land O’ Lakes Homes for Sale.  Make sure to subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss out on any Land O’ Lakes homes.

Find out what your Land O’ Lakes home is worth with a home value analysis and contact us to discuss your housing needs. Contact us for Land O Lakes Property Management.

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These numbers cover all of the neighborhoods in the Land O’ Lakes, FL zip codes of 34637, 34638 and 34639.  All information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed

The above information regarding the “February 2018 Land O’ Lakes Real Estate Statistics” was provided by Relevé Real Estate. We have over 20 years of experience helping people buy, sell, lease and manage properties in the Land O’ Lakes area. If you’re thinking of selling or buying, we’d love to share our knowledge and expertise.

 

 

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June 2016 Wesley Chapel Real Estate Statistics

The Wesley Chapel Real Estate Market Report for June 2016

According to the new data released by the Greater Tampa Association of REALTORS®, the Wesley Chapel, Florida Real Estate Market is showing signs that 2016 is progressing nicely.

Market Notes:

This is the first time in several months that we have seen more homes come on the market than sold. Hopefully, this is an indicator of a much-needed boost to our housing inventory.

Let’s take a look at the June 2016 real estate market numbers for Wesley Chapel:

June 2016 Wesley Chapel Real Estate Statistics

  • 171 homes sold for an 8% year over year increase
  • median price of $228,000 for a 20% year over year increase
  • Currently 403 homes for sale
  • 42% of the available homes sold in the last month
  • 2.36 months of inventory

The Wesley Chapel Real Estate Market is Strong

June is usually a competitive month for real estate sales in Wesley Chapel, and it remained busy by 25% more than this time last year. We are finally starting to see an increase in new listings by 34% over last year. This is very good news for homebuyers who have been struggling to find the right house because there have been so few homes on the market. Our hope is that this is an indicator of a more balanced market as we move into 2016.

Get an Advantage

How can both buyers and sellers have an advantage in the Wesley Chapel, Florida real estate market?  Employ the services of a local Wesley Chapel real estate agent who has vast knowledge and experience of the market. Contact us for Wesley Chapel Property Management.

Find Wesley Chapel Homes for Sale

For a complete list of available real estate in Wesley Chapel, visit Wesley Chapel Homes for Sale. Make sure to subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss out on any Wesley Chapel homes.

Find out what your Wesley Chapel home is worth with a home value analysis and contact us to discuss your housing needs.

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These numbers cover all of the neighborhoods in the Wesley Chapel, FL zip codes of 33543, 33544 and 33545.  All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. The above information regarding the “June 2016 Wesley Chapel Real Estate Statistics” was provided by Relevé Real Estate. We have over 20 years of experience helping people buy, sell, lease and manage properties in the Wesley Chapel area. If you’re thinking of selling or buying, we’d love to share our knowledge and expertise.