Buying, Fixing And Renting: Know, Know, Know Makes It A Yes!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate

The trend for Tucson real estate investors is shifting from buying, fixing and selling – to buying, fixing and renting.

Home prices are still good enough in Tucson to allow investors to buy and hold while receiving a guarantee positive cash flow every month.  While there are still homes in the $30 - $60k price range – the trending range for buying and renting is somewhere between $75,000 and $110,000.

Another appealing factor for buying and holding is that the new on market bank owned homes have improved from “cash only” condition to conventional and HomePath financing available condition.  This allows investors to leverage their funds into several properties rather than tying up their cash in only one or two homes.

But the biggest reason investors are seeking the buy and rent option is that rental   prices are increasing – and that trend is expected to continue – at least in Tucson.

Tips for success with buying, fixing and renting:

  • Buy at the right price
  • Know the real estate market, know the trends, know the comps. 
  • Pick a neighborhood or area you like and that works for your price range. Avoid buying "anywhere" based on price.

Know whether or not you are able to be a good landlord.  And the difference between being a landlord and being a good one is knowing what you are doing. 

If you don’t know what you are doing – hire a property manager to do it for you.  Many property managers will discount fees for multiple units/homes and make your job of investing much more profitable in the long run!

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Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease


Great info!  There are great opportunities in our current market as well.  I love your advice, find the neighborhoods and areas you want to be in and prices that work there, don't just buy in a random area because it's low price.  The right property is more valuable than the cheap property. 

All the best, Michelle

Apr 21, 2012 11:30 PM #1
Candi Munguia
Munguia Group (Keller Williams Dallas Metro North) - Lewisville, TX
REALTOR®, Texas Dream Homes

Very true here in North Texas, too, Gabrielle!  I also recently posted a blog entry about the returns/cash flow that is very attractive to investors.  It is definitely a hot market for investors right now, with interest rates so low, and demand for leases so high.

Apr 21, 2012 11:36 PM #2
Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

It is best to hire a property manager from the start to keep on out of trouble and cash flow the property.

Apr 22, 2012 12:32 AM #3
Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

Great advice, Gabrielle.  The rental market is hot here too.  We went through a lot of REOs and short sales. So, the folks who were in them rent now.  It has exploded.  

Apr 22, 2012 12:34 AM #4
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

This type of investing cannot go wrong when one considers that it beats all types of returns on investment

Apr 22, 2012 12:40 AM #5
Richard Yates
Mission Viejo, CA
Broker and Realtor Orange County, California

Hi Gabrielle, If I bought a home in Tucson, Arizona for $100,000, what's the approximate square footage and bedroom count?  Is it a single family residence?  How much would that house rent for?  Thank you for sharing and best wishes always.

Apr 22, 2012 12:47 AM #6
Ira Bodenstein
PNC Mortgage - Montclair, NJ
NMLS#: 445143

The rental market seems to remain strong all over.  Nice alternative if you can afford to carry the home and not sell when you are moving. 

Apr 22, 2012 01:03 AM #7
Matt Harber
Keller Williams-The Harber Home Group - Tacoma, WA

good stuff.  same thing appears to be occuring here in Washington

Apr 22, 2012 01:38 AM #8
Anthony Daniels
Coldwell Banker - San Francisco, CA
SF Bay Area REO Specialist

Still many good buying opportunities in AZ, with lots of long term upside.

Good post, thanks for sharing it.

Apr 22, 2012 02:17 AM #9
Bob Souza (925) 513-3400 & Leilani Souza (916) 408-5500 Souza Realty - Real Estate Broker in Placer County, California
Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Lincoln, Auburn, Meadow Vista (Placer Coun... - Roseville, CA
Homes & Land, Real Estate Investments and Rentals

Gabrielle, we made the decision to go from buying & flipping to buying & holding almost a year and a half ago in the Roseville, CA area...and now many, many more investors are buying & holding. Currently, the inventory in the <$100k price range is down to one! :)


Apr 22, 2012 06:29 AM #10
Erica Ramus
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA - Pottsville, PA
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate

Hi gabrielle... yes we see more and more rental requests these days




Apr 22, 2012 12:27 PM #11
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks for sharing this with us Gabrielle, it sounds like a summary of the business plan that I am very happy to have taken to my banker a few years ago.

Apr 22, 2012 02:27 PM #12
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Gabrielle first of all congrats on the feature.  As I have read it is going on in other parts of the Country.  Enjoy the day

Apr 22, 2012 08:09 PM #13
Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate - Tucson, AZ

MORNING JAMES!  Well thank you - I really like seeing your comments all the time on my posts!  I appreciate seeing you here!

MORNING BOB!  Good for you - I've always said real estate is a long term investment and works for many!

MORNING ERICA!  Nice to know it's in your area as well!

MORNING LEILANI!  One at less than $100k - your market is getting better!  We still have a high inventory of homes under that amount - but good for you on the holding end!

MORNING ANTHONY!  Thank you - we get many California investors looking at our market - how are things in the SF area for renting?

MORNING MATT!  Glad yo hear this is happening in several areas - like yours!

MORNING IRA!  I agree - if you can - this is the way to go right now!

MORNING RICHARD!  It depends on the area. And the best investment right now for rentals are SFR.  But I'll give you an example of two that I wrote over the weekend - 3 bed/2bath, 1586 sq ft, 2 car garage, $85k. Rent amount $1100 a month.  Another very similar, but 1300 sq ft, needs about $2k of work, $78k.  There are many between $100 and $120k that are in excellent areas not just for rent but for long term appreciation!  Hope this helps!

MORNING RICHIE!  I agree - for the past 25 years - that's what I've done - I've done my share of fix and sell but for the most part, buying and holding is the best for me!  Thanks for the comment!

MORNING MIKE!  Great to hear!  

MORNING HARRY!  I agree - though some investors are excellent property managers - they often find it's easier to let someone else do that part while they focus on investing.

MORNING CANDI!  Good to hear that this is going on in many states!

MORNING MICHELLE!  Well thank you!  I like what you wrote too!

Apr 22, 2012 09:51 PM #14
Richard Yates
Mission Viejo, CA
Broker and Realtor Orange County, California

Hi Gabrielle, Thank you for providing those details.  First of all, Great Prices!  Don't those figures add up to a positive cash flow for all investors?  Just out of curiosity, and I will check back for your answer, what are your property taxes in Tucson?  I hope you get all of your offers accepted and best wishes always.

Apr 25, 2012 07:39 AM #15
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