February 10, 2012 Newsletter Secure Investments Realty & Property Management

Happy Friday!

What a great week! Hope yours was as well. Looks like we are in for some pretty chilly nights for our area this weekend.

Here is the link for properties that were listed in MLS and have rented in the past couple of weeks since my last update. http://gainesvillemls.com/gan/maildoc/okaObK9014.html

Thank you for your referrals!! The following referral fees have been paid out due to that cooperation.

$600 Owner ref – 4bd/3bth Meadows of Kana. -9264 SW 90th St. Rented $3000
$600 Tenant ref –4bd/3bth Meadows of Kana.-9264 SW 90th St. Rented $3000
$100 Owner ref – 2bd/2.5bth Casa Blanca West 2735 SW 35th Pl. Rented $500
$185 Owner ref – 3bd/2.5bth Crickett Club 501 SW 75th st G4 Rented $850

Please keep in mind I pay a 20% referral fee for Owners and Tenants. When you refer an owner or tenant I will keep you informed on the rent up and lease end status so that you can keep in touch with your client and know when it is time for them to make another decision in buying or selling. I manage single family homes and condos in Gainesville and the surrounding towns.

As always, please feel free to call me if you need an estimate on the rental value of a particular property for your clients.

I attended Craig Grant’s Technology Toolbox For Realtors class this past week and found it to be one of THE MOST informative classes that I have attend in a long time. It was concise, full of so much good information and advice, technology tips, social networking, NAR services many are not aware of. I took four pages of notes knowing that I would also get a pdf of the slides sent to me. Thank you GACAR- Realtor Enrichment Committee for bringing that class to us!!!!! Here are a few snidbits of tips I liked:

Mercury pro– a web browser that displays the MLS site and many others on a tablet or phone in an easier to read and use format.

Carbonite– For around $5 per month it will auto backup your files and it is the site the government trusts an uses.

UPS Surge Protector– you can ask your utility company to put one on junction box to your home and it will protect the whole house for a very small amount (I think he said $5) per month. BTW- If you’re not plugging your laptop into one you risk losing your data one day!!

Broadbandmap.gov– Finds the ISP servers in your area and notes their mpbs rate so you can see who has the fastest service in that area. 10 to 50 mbps is good above 50 and you can get fiber optic.

The top three most used Real estate sites are 1) Zillow 2) Realtor.com, 3) Yahoo Real. Right now you can get 1&3 at a discount.

Active rain– is in the top 25 and considered the Facebook of Real Estate and their blog posts rate high.

Recommended on line advertising is Banner ads, upgrades on Realtor.com & Zillow and pay per click thru Google or Microsoft ad center.

I could go on to my other three pages of info but I recommend you go to the class. And- no, I wasn’t asked to pitch the class lol!!! For you Brokers, I would have Craig out to your office to put on a class.

Do you know of anyone looking for properties for rent like the ones below?? The log home has a $1000 referral bonus on top of the 20% referral I will pay for a qualified tenant.

3/2 $1600 Summit Oak-Pool home https://secureinvestments.appfolio.com/listings/listings/c0d6fe1d-a1b0-4f1e-9d31-0a807f1afdc7

4/3.5 $2300 Cinnamon Hills High Springs – Beautiful custom log home https://secureinvestments.appfolio.com/listings/listings/9f754777-1721-46a4-9204-88e63b5ad88f

3/2 $780 Keystone Heights-Very cute home in the country allows horses https://secureinvestments.appfolio.com/listings/listings/b9e32053-fb0a-4969-bce4-fe4562c26337

Below are some links to articles I found interesting and you may too:

Real Estate agents opt for mobile offices:

Unemployed given 6 months of mortgage forbearance:

Do you want more out of life?

6 Tax Breaks every homeowner should know.

New IRS regulations impact owners of rental investment properties

When it makes sense to keep an underwater home

Tools to avoid social media disaster

2002 Housing Trend: Bulk REO Investors buying to rent. Article with CNBC Video

Benefits of turning long time home into Rental

Mortgage rates on 30 year FRM (fixed rate mortgage) drops to record low 3.87%

State of the Union: Obama’s housing proposal

Selling a rented home can pose challenges

Zillow rolls out social real estate shopping tool

I attended this class last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. It will give you a good education on Gainesville and how the city is ran. I was impressed with the class and would recommend you take it so you can be more knowledgeable on Gainesville and what our city offers.

Find out how Gainesville became the no. 1 ranked city in North America. Enroll in Gainesville 101: the City of Gainesville Citizens’ Academy and meet your local government in person.

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about your city.As a participant in Gainesville 101: the 2011 Citizens’ Academy, you will go behind the scenes at the Gainesville Police Department, Gainesville Fire Rescue, Gainesville Regional Utilities and many other city departments. Participants will learn about the structure of Gainesville’s government at City Hall and how they can be more active in their community. Enroll now to make your experience living in Gainesville even better!

This series of free classes will begin on Wednesday, March 14 and will be held every Wednesday for six weeks (through April 18) from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at various city locations. Classes are limited to 30 citizens and registrations are taken on a first-come basis. If space is not available, you will be placed on a waiting list for the next session. Online registration and more information is available here.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Tanya Chappell

Office: 352.478.8029
Direct: 352.745.1108