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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.

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Home Selling – A Checklist of Things You Need to Do

Home Selling

Before you put your house up for sale, it is essential you prepare your home to make it as appealing as possible. First and foremost, setting the right sales price from the start will ensure your house is considered by the largest pool of buyers from the date it is listed. If your house is priced too high many buyers and real estate agents will simply remove it from consideration. Assuming your house is priced correctly, the following tips will help you attract buyers so you can sell your house as fast as possible.

Marketing and Advertising

Even if your house is priced below the market and it is the most beautiful house on the street, you have to make sure homebuyers know it is for sale. Make sure your real estate agent has listed your house on all the major real estate search engines. These sites should include Realtor.com, Zillow, Facebook, and any other real estate sites that are used in your area.

Social media is used by nearly every home buyer. Once your house is listed, view your listing online and make sure there are numerous photos of your property. Many homebuyers use the Internet to search for potential houses by price and then they look at photos. If the photos of your house are not in the best possible light, you could be losing potential homebuyers.

Curb Appeal

Since you’ve pulled in potential homebuyers to see your property, you have to make the outside of your property as engaging as could reasonably be expected. Make sure the grass is cut, the weeds are pulled, the bushes are trimmed, and flowers are planted. If anything is damaged in the front of your houses, such as siding, downspouts, windows, the front door, or mailbox, they should be addressed before listing your property.

Update the Interior

When potential buyers walk into your property, the entranceway and the main rooms of the house should be clean and inviting. You can paint rooms a neutral color, updated flooring, and updated fixtures. You don’t have to spend a lot of money; average quality updates should be fine for most homebuyers. Brighten up rooms by opening the drapes and using higher wattage light bulbs. This will make the rooms look greater and brighter.

Additionally, search for glaring issues in your house. These might be as minor as electrical outlet covers, lighting apparatuses, and register covers. Including an alert framework ought to additionally be considered. These updates may be very minor but may change the appearance and allure of your house to potential buyers.

De-clutter and Clean

Take time to remove personal items and clutter from the house. Thoroughly vacuum and clean each room to make them in as inviting and appealing as possible. If possible, hire a cleaning service to do a deep cleaning prior to showing the house.

Board Your Animals

If possible, board your dog or cat prior to listing your house. This will allow your house to be shown at any time and will eliminate potential smells and odors a cat box or dog may leave lingering on the property. Potential homebuyers will be rushed and turned off if your dog is locked in a room barking wildly while they are viewing your property.

Provide Positive Information

Leave positive information on the kitchen table for potential buyers and realtors who view your property. This information should include nearby dining, shopping, attractions, and recreation. Also, if the school system is highly rated, make sure information regarding the school district is provided. This information could be the difference between an offer on your house instead of another property.

Check Pre-Approvals

Effectively promoting and improving the appearance of your house will not only result in a higher sales price but most likely a quicker sale. Continuously ensure before tolerating any offer that the purchaser is pre-approved. The worst thing you can do is take your home off the market for a buyer that will not be approved for the purchase. Be sure to confirm any potential buyer’s pre-approval letter.

Home Staging

An expert stager will take a look at your home from a fresh and unemotional point of view. They have been prepared to see your home as a product, highlighting its best attributes and making light of imperfections. By utilizing a mix of your furniture and accessories, adding new accents to update the look, and strategically incorporating a few “designer tricks-of-the-trade”, a stager is able to create the model home WOW effect . . . while appealing to your target market.

Home staging focuses on fast, dramatic and affordable transformations to ensure that your home will be the one remembered from the real estate tour. Once staged, the house will be “showcase ready”, which will also make it “photo ready”! Since 85% of home buyers are using the internet to determine which homes to even visit, photos of professionally staged rooms will set the listing apart from the rest.

Finally, home staging has been proven to be an affordable investment which reaps a large return on dollars spent . . . an investment few sellers can afford not to make in today’s highly competitive real estate market. And remember, staging almost always costs less than your first price reduction.

Conclusion

I hope you will find this checklist useful as you go to put your home on the market.  Taking the time and investment to take care of these items can bring you a significant return on your investment.  Buyers always want to feel good about their purchase and know they are buying from someone who cared about the house.  There is so much unseen with a house you do not really know about until you live in it.  The reassurance that the current owners CARE, will go a long way in separating your home from the rest.

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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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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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Towns throughout the Tampa Bay Area

The Tampa Bay area is geographically spread out from down to the Ruskin area all the way to Clearwater and St Petersburg.  There are tons of ‘towns’ throughout, each with its own individual character.  Here are some quick snapshots of some towns in Tampa Bay.

First of all, South Tampa has historic homes, townhouses, condos, and luxury lofts. Everything from festivals to live music and an active nightlife.

Ybor City. Ybor has “modern and renovated condos, townhouses, and lofts.” Ybor also has restaurants’ and shopping. Looking for the business district? Downtown Tampa is your place. It offers lofts and high rises for places to live in, and with places of interest to see, like the children’s museum.

North Tampa is filled with development and new construction homes.  Retail is starting to fill in the areas along the State Road 54 corridor.  Towns like Trinity, Land O’ Lakes and Lutz are seeing explosive growth.

Similarly, If you want suburban/residential, then you like these areas, New Tampa has lots of ranch-style houses and “family-friendly neighborhoods.”

Brandon is a “Typical suburban community” and it has “everything from apartments to homes.” It’s like any place, depending on where you live will depend on how quiet the community is, or if you are near restaurants, shopping, and bars.”

Lithia/Fishhawk Ranch “offers condos, townhouses, ranch-style, and new bungalow-style housing in basically all price ranges, and is a very family-oriented community.” It is a long drive to the hot spots like South Tampa, Ybor, and Channelside.”

Finally, there is Plant City. Plant City is known for peace and quiet because the houses are further apart.

Which place or neighborhood would you choose from each town?

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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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Property Management Tampa FL Companies Facts That You Probably Do Not Know

1. Single properties require lower management fees.

Compared to a multi-unit residential real estate property, owning a single residential property to be managed by a property management Tampa FL companies requires lower fees not only because of the number of tenants but mainly because of the on-site property managers who need to live within the vicinity.

Basically, this a person assigned by the company itself that the owner needs to pay separately.

2. Some property management Tampa FL companies collect added premium for multi-unit residences.

For some reason, these properties – condos, townhouses, apartments – are harder to market than single properties, thus, the premium. Theoretically, real estate market price devaluation hits harder and longer on multi-unit residences (also called multi-family residences). This gives property management companies less security for their own earnings.

Like in any business, security is something that can dictate price (the same reason why less secured cars pay higher insurance premiums).

3. Hiring a property manager who will find tenants is more practical than availing of an overall property management service.

Prospective tenants only trust property managers with a license in property management as approved by the state. Property management Tampa FL companies have more experience in closing deals; hence, you have less worry to carry. In this case, you only have to pay a one-time charge.

It is recommended for a property owner who can manage to collect, communicate, and ensure maintenance and monitoring of his/her asset to just do the work himself/herself, especially if his/her residence is just within the area. This gives up to $5000 of savings.

4. Brisk market and stagnant market are the biggest determinants of rental price.

If a Tampa property management company tells you that heavy renovations will guarantee rental rate increase, then, you are gullible enough to believe.

While renovations and additional amenities contribute greatly on rental price, these are still dependent on the status of the rental and real estate market – a brisk market and stagnant market.

The Brisk market is the time when the number of potential tenants is higher than the available rental properties in a particular area. A stagnant market, on the other hand, is the time when the available rental properties are higher than the willing renters. It is, basically, all about the law of demand.

When the market is brisk, property management Tampa FL companies can increase the rental rate, regardless if renovations are done or not. If it is stagnant, no amount of renovations will guarantee a rental increase.