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Jim Klinge
Cell/Text: (858) 997-3801
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701 Palomar Airport Road, Suite 300
Carlsbad, CA 92011


Category Archive: ‘Real Estate Investing’

Embezzlement Reimbursements

Hat tip to Mark for sending in this conclusion to a previous story seen here:

CARLSBAD, Calif. (KGTV) – More than two and a half years after Team 10 first reported about a North County property management company accused of stealing money from clients, the victims are finally getting their money back.

Kelley Zaun owned Carousel Properties, a Carlsbad property management company. Victims first told Team 10 in 2016, they hired her to pay fees associated with their rentals. They said she did not pay those fees. She was accused of taking roughly $200,000 from victims, according to investigators.

In 2018, Zaun faced 29 felonies for embezzlement, according to Deputy District Attorney Anna Winn. Zaun entered into a plea deal and agreed to a year in custody. With the help of the DA’s office, Zaun’s former clients were able to get their money back through the Department of Real Estate’s Consumer Recovery Account.

Stephen Lerner, the Assistant Commissioner for Legal Affairs for the department, said so far, 23 victims have been reimbursed through the account. Other victims’ payments are still processing. They have been able to reimburse $172,084.68 thus far.

The Consumer Recover Account is an option for fraud victims when trying to recoup money from the person who took it from them. In order to utilize the fund, Lerner said there must be a criminal or civil court order for the defendant to pay back money he or she took. If victims cannot get refunded from the person who stole it, they can apply through the Department of Real Estate.

Winn said she volunteered to be the victims’ liaison with the DRE, as the process for reimbursement is lengthy and many of the victims were elderly. One of Zaun’s victims told Team 10 he is “extremely grateful” for the DA’s office work on this case.

Victims started receiving reimbursements within the past couple of weeks.

Money for the account comes from license fees. Lerner told Team 10 there are approximately 421,000 people with a license under their department, which includes broker and salesperson’s licenses. 12 percent of the license fee paid goes to the account.

Since 1964, the DRE has paid more than $61 million to victims. Approximately 54 percent of all applications are approved.

Link to Article

Posted by on Feb 21, 2019 in Jim's Take on the Market, Real Estate Investing, Realtor | 0 comments

Rich Renters

Even the rich gotta rent.

“Between 2007 and 2017, top-earning renters increased by 175%, while homeowners within the same income bracket exhibited a 67% growth rate,” a study from RentCafe.com revealed. “Out of the 43.3 million renters nationwide, 2.1 million are top earners according to the latest available U.S. Census data. Back in 2007, there were only 774,000 high-income renters.”

A 2018 study from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University also found that high-earners were increasingly renting. The number of renters with incomes above $100,000 rose 5% in 2017, “bringing the cumulative increase in 2012–2017 to about 2.6 million,” the report revealed. Furthermore, the rentership rate in that income bracket hit an all-time high (19%) in 2017 with higher income households accounting “for the vast majority of renter growth over the past five years.”

http://www.jchs.harvard.edu/state-nations-housing-2018

Posted by on Feb 9, 2019 in Jim's Take on the Market, Real Estate Investing | 0 comments

Brava Closed

Brava closed yesterday, after a whirlwind of activity – here are the MLS stats:

We received 13 cash offers, and went through five escrows to get one to stick.  Each time one would fall out, I went back to all of the other contenders to give them another chance to buy it.

Buyers would say that they had reviewed what’s needed (new kitchen, 3 bathrooms, windows, flooring, etc.), and were comfortable with the project.

Of the four that cancelled, three dropped out altogether once they did more extensive research.

Only one tied up the property, and then, after a few days, tried to work me down on price.  They are looking for the desperate sellers and agents, and hope to convince you to drop another $20,000+ just get it over with.

It was Mr. T who tried to get me to cave, and he had agreed to pay $665,000.  After further review, he wanted to drop the price down to $645,000.

But instead of just taking it, I went back around to all the other contenders and offered them another opportunity.

A different buyer agreed to pay $655,000, and Mr. T. held his ground, and backed out.  But then the $655,000 guy cancelled, and in the next round Mr. T wanted to drop again, this time down to $635,000.

I got another buyer to do better.

We closed at $650,000.

It’s more work to keep all the contenders engaged, and keep tempting them to buy the house during our five-week adventure.  But this is what I do for my sellers – I’m going to everything I can to get you that extra $15,000.

Posted by on Dec 11, 2018 in Flips, Jim's Take on the Market, Real Estate Investing, Remodel Projects, Why You Should List With Jim | 5 comments

Instant ADU

If baby boomers have to sell their home because they need the money, this will be a great alternative – and could help to dry up the housing inventory, especially if you can build an ADU for less than $50,000.  Homes with bigger yards would be more valuable too.

Link to Article

Today, Samara is announcing a new initiative called Backyard, “an endeavor to design and prototype new ways of building and sharing homes,” according to a press statement, with the first wave of test units going public in 2019.

It means Airbnb is planning to distribute prototype buildings next year.

The name “Backyard” might imply that Airbnb just wants to build Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), those small cottages that sit behind large suburban houses and are often rented on Airbnb. Gebbia clarifies that is not the case. “The project was born in a studio near Airbnb headquarters,” he says in an interview over email. “We always felt as if we were in Airbnb’s backyard–physically and conceptually–and started referring to the project as such.”

Backyard is poised to be much larger than ADUs, in Gebbia’s telling. Yes, small prefabricated dwellings could be in the roadmap, but so are green building materials, standalone houses, and multi-unit complexes. Think of Backyard as both a producer and a marketplace for selling major aspects of the home, in any shape it might come in.

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Posted by on Dec 1, 2018 in ADU, Boomer Liquidations, Boomers, Homeless Cure, Jim's Take on the Market, Modular Homes, Real Estate Investing, Remodel Projects | 1 comment

La Costa Fixer w/Granny Flat

For those who want to build out a project your way, have I got a deal for you!

The architect drew up plans for a 3br/3.5ba house plus a 1br/1ba granny flat, and they just needs the finishing touches. Last sale nearby was 7503 Solano St for $975,000 in June.

Will not qualify for conventional financing – no kitchen or baths currently:

Youtube walking tour here:

The address is 7516 Brava St., Carlsbad, listed for $699,000.

Call or text Jim today! (858) 997-3801

Posted by on Oct 25, 2018 in Bubbleinfo TV, Carlsbad, La Costa, Real Estate Investing, Remodel Projects, Why You Should List With Jim | 5 comments

iBuyer Flipping in SD

There hasn’t been much concern around San Diego about the ibuyers because they have been cutting their teeth in the lower-priced and more homogenized housing markets, where valuations are easier.

Hat tip to the reader who sent this in though – Offerpad did purchase a Talmadge home in December.  They took title as Offerpad, and they used their regular Gilbert, AZ address too:

Link to Zillow listing

They paid $564,000, and tried all year to do better:

But the market didn’t come their way, and they ended up selling for less:

Even if they get a discounted commission (two different agents were involved, and the buyer’s agent got 2.5%), losing money on flips has to get old quickly!

A softer market should cause more of these guys to ‘self-sideline’.

Posted by on Oct 24, 2018 in Flips, ibuyer, Jim's Take on the Market, Real Estate Investing | 3 comments

Tips For Landlords

Being a landlord is everything it’s cracked up to be, and tenant rights in California are extreme.  Here’s my favorite from the list:

7. Check Social Media

Landlords should always use a third party background and credit checking service. They should never skimp on checking references. Just like when you apply for a job and HR takes time to Google the potential new hire, we always Google our prospective tenants. You don’t have to agree with their lifestyle, but it’s a good idea to see what they post publicly. – Tanya Delahoz, Dwell Summit

Here are the 11 tips from the AAOA:

Link to Article

Posted by on Sep 29, 2018 in Jim's Take on the Market, Real Estate Investing | 0 comments

“Bizarro Desert Wonderland”

Were you thinking you could always move to the desert? H/T daytrip:

Link to Full Article

Mark Grden was looking for peace and quiet when he bought his house a half-mile from the main entrance to Joshua Tree National Monument in 1998. And for years, he found it.

“I used to sit out on the porch and watch bobcats creep past under skies filled with stars, bats and owls,” he said. “Neighbors knew each other and kept an eye on each other’s property.”

But over the past two decades, this otherworldly landscape has gone from a destination for hikers and rock climbers to an international attraction luring 3 million visitors per year — overwhelming the area’s craggy campsites, low-slung motels and Grden’s once-sleepy community.

“Now, I’m surrounded by Airbnbs filled with vacationing strangers who seem to think anything goes out here,” he said, shaking his head.

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Posted by on Jun 5, 2018 in Jim's Take on the Market, Market Buzz, Real Estate Investing, Thinking of Buying?, Thinking of Selling?, This Is America | 6 comments