Sacramento Home Prices Continue To Gain

Record low mortgage rates and extremely low inventories continue to drive up residential real estate prices in Sacramento. The median home price in the city from October to December 2012 was $155,000. This represents an increase of 3.3% over the previous quarter, and 22.6% over the year prior. A similar year over year increase is
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First Things First: What To Do After Purchasing A Rental

Once you’ve bought the property, it’s time to start getting it into shape. Here are five things you should do immediately, many of which are overlooked by investors. 1. Meet with the Tenants Never underestimate the value of a good tenant. Renters are your customers, and as such, it’s important to make them happy so
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Is Land A Smart Investment?

Some people are interested in buying land, thinking that a land investment may pay off later down the road. But is this really a good idea? Here’s what you need to consider before investing in a large land deal… Land = Big Risk Buying land is a speculative investment. This means that for every day
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What is the California Homeowner Bill of Rights?

In case you haven’t heard, plenty of new real estate laws are taking effect in 2013. One of these is the California Homeowner Bill of Rights, which aims to avoid foreclosure to help stabilize California’s shaky market. If things go according to plan, this will help diminish the negative effects of foreclosures on California families,
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What to Look for in an Investment Property

Flipping a fixer is a great way to invest in real estate, but what if you want another type of investment property? Here is a list of some other things to look for in an investment property. Buy In A Working Class Area Everyone prioritizes location, but the best location can also bring along very
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Trees & Your Property

Planting and taking care of trees is a great way to boost a home’s curb appeal, and October and November are the best months for planting trees because of the cooler soil. Before planting, though, you’ll want to be sure that the trees you add will also add value to your home. Watch out for these
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Remodeling the Most Important Room in the House

If you’re considering remodeling your home, first consider this; The kitchen is where you’ll see the most return on your investment, even in a down economy. But not all kitchen design decisions will increase your home’s value. Read on to find out which moves will bring in the buyers, and what can keep your house
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Green Homes Are Worth More

According to a new study conducted by UCLA and UC Berkeley, “green” homes sell for 9 percent more than their counterparts. This means that while the average home in California is selling for $400,000, a green home goes for $434,800. But what exactly is a green home? Houses with the “green-label” are those that have
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Is New Construction the New Focus?

Lately, new construction is starting to grow again, and this is causing some investors to consider making a shift. Rather than working and focusing on rehab homes, a few are opting to break into the building and development industries. But is this the right call? Even though buyers are certainly drawn to new construction developments,
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Six “Don’ts” of Real Estate Investing

Here are six habits to steer clear from when investing in real estate: 1. Paying Based on Future Value All too often, investors rely on what a property “could” be worth, without ever taking into account it’s current market value. Make sure that you’re making offers based on the facts and what the house is
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