Friday, April 30, 2010

RENTS ARE GOING UP IN PHOENIX, ARIZONA.

By: Payam Raouf
Designated Broker
Arizona property Management and Investments
www.AzEzRentals.com
888-777-6664 EXT 110

Hang on to your seats folks….put on your seat belts and sit tight. Rents are going up.

I do feel kind of bad for some tenants but it is time for homeowners to see some positive cash flow or at least not to go as deep into their pockets to pay their mortgages each month.

If you have a desirable home, you are in the drivers seat to pick and choose your tenants!

Most desirable homes:
Desirable SCHOOL DISTRICTS Such as: Surprise, Peoria, Litchfield, Goodyear, Glendale, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa and a few others depending on their zip codes.
2400 to 3000 sq ft
4 to 5 bedrooms + loft ( preferable one bedroom/full bath down stairs)
Nice curb appeal and landscaped in the back
Upgrades and all appliances included
POOL a big plus.( $150 to $200 added value)

I see these homes going $400 or $500 over asking prices. We are seeing more lawyers, doctors, successful business people and even high ranking military generals renting now and betting on these homes driving rents through the roof. Homes renting for $2400 today rented for $1700 last year if that!

If you have a similar house in a not as much desirable school district, rents have gone up slightly maybe by $50 to $100 per month.

On the flip side, we are seeing tenants in lower end rentals (under $800, 3 bed rooms, far out places) moving back into cheaper condos or two families moving into a bigger house (5 bed rooms) together.

Condos are still suffering....but not for too long. I see a turn around soon.

Last month I was astounded by the number of calls I got from investors wanting to buy 20, 30 homes in Glendale. Looks like the frenzy is back…..BUT, let me warn you, stay away from multifamily (under 20 units and less than 70% 2 bed rooms) and small cheap old homes in run down areas….THEY DON’T RENT AS WELL....AND MAY TAKE YOU DOWN WITH THEM.

As I have said again and again, your best buying opportunity is 4 to 5 bed room,(2400-3000 sq ft) homes in good school districts between $130,000 to $170,000 (built after 1991 in established areas or 2000 and newer in semi established neighborhoods). You get the biggest bang for your buck. They rent faster and for a lot more, better tenants and higher appreciation. Instead of buying thirty, $40,000 to $50,000 homes buy ten $150,000 homes. IT IS YOUR BEST BET, in my humble opinion.

DO NOT SELL, SHORT SALE OR FORECLOSE ON YOUR HOME YET! THIS IS THE LOWEST POINT OF THE MARKET. WAIT IF YOU CAN. BUT IF YOU HAVE TO, LET US HELP YOU. WE SELL IT WITH OUR TENANTS IN PLACE TO OTHER INVESTORS.

We have extended most of our leases and it seems going forward they renew again. THIS IS NOT A GOOD TIME TO SELL, IT IS A GOOD TIME TO BUY AND AVERAGE OUT YOUR LOSSES IF YOU BOUGHT AT THE HIGH.

WE ARE IN THE FRONT LINE OF THIS__(whtaever it is!)__. WE SEE WHAT IS RENTING FOR MORE OR NOT AT ALL. WE SEE GOOD BUYS ALL DAY LONG. IT IS TIME TO GET BACK INTO THE WATER, IF YOU ASK ME. PLAY IT SAFE AND GOOD LUCK.