This is why I like to invest in Apple Valley Real Estate.

APPLE VALLEY — The fastest-growing online rental marketplace website has ranked two Victor Valley municipalities in the top 100 best places in the nation to raise a young family.
Mike Lieby helps his grandchildren Blake Mergl and Cody Leathers cross a rope bridge at the Apple Valley Civic Center Park. Apple Valley and Hesperia were recently listed in a survey as among the best places to raise a family. (James Quigg, Daily Press)

According to a survey by the Webby-award winning website,, the Town of Apple Valley and the City of Hesperia made the list of 100 Best Cities for Young Families.

Using the methodology, which included safety, housing costs, school quality and child friendliness, Apple Valley took the No. 68 spot and Hesperia came in at No. 71. Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and Green Bay, Wisconsin, are the two cities that separate the High Desert locations.

 The website, which draws over 2.5 million visitors on a monthly basis, said Fontana took the No. 51 spot, the highest spot in San Bernardino County, with Rocklin taking the top spot in California.

Located in the center of Indiana, the award-winning town of Fishers earned the No. 1 spot in the nation.

In 2011, Fishers was named the No. 1 city for families by The Learning Channel. Over the decade, the town has also received awards for best places to live and most affordable suburb.

Statistics for the methodology, which were gathered from 500 cities,  came from the Federal Bureau of Investigation,, the American Community Survey and the Department of Education.

Information on the stats included the percentage of the average income required to rent the average two bedroom apartment, the cost of housing, violent and property crimes, and high school graduation rates for public school districts.

In September, the California Exit Exam statistics showed that in Apple Valley, 94 percent of students passed from the Academy for Academic Excellence, 82 percent from AVHS and 81 percent from Granite Hills High School.

The California Department of Education stated that 79 percent of  students passed at Hesperia High School, 86 percent at Oak Hills High School and 80 percent at Sultana High School

In California, 458,297 sophomores took the math test and 85 percent of them passed, while 460,398 completed the English language arts test and 83 percent passed.

Ton Hoegerman, superintendent of the Apple Valley Unified School District said he believes that the the High Desert, in particularly Apple Valley, is a great place to raise children.

“We strive to make our schools top notch in education and we’ll continue to strive to improve.” Hoegerman said. “I’m glad the survey and data reflects our efforts.”

“Our graduation rates continue to grow and are above the county wide average,” said David McLaughlin, superintendent of the Hesperia Unified School District. “Our schools provide a quality education for all students in a safe and encouraging environment with wonderful teachers and staff.”

The exit exam is given for two subjects, math and English language arts, beginning sophomore year. Passage of the test is a state requirement to graduate from high school.

With some of the lowest apartment and homes prices in the state, Becky Otwell, president of the High Desert Association of Realtors, said

she can understand why Apple Valley and Hesperia received high marks in the survey.

Otwell said young families starting out are seeing the average price of an apartment running anywhere from $600 to $700 in the High Desert and a home at $186,500.

“The median price for a home in Apple Valley comes in at $209,000, and Hesperia at $197,000,” Otwell said. “Those are great prices and still very affordable for the area.”

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Why You Should Be Investing Your Money In Real Estate

This is one of the articles that inspired me to start investing into real estate. J. Massey along with Mark Kohler are 2 heaver hitters to have on your side when investing into to real estate. Read blog below.

Author, Attorney, and CPAAs entrepreneurs find success with their primary business ventures, many search for the proper investments for their profits.

Of course, we can and should all start traditional tax preferred vehicles like an IRA and 401k. These are the bedrock of good ‘benefit’ planning for ourselves and our employees. I’m also convinced more entrepreneurs should consider rental real estate as an important part of their portfolio.

I realize many business owners shrug off this concept after the recent downturn in real estate values, but let me list a few reasons that may change your mind:

1. Gain more leverage. Real estate is one of the few investment vehicles where using the bank’s money couldn’t be easier. The ability to make a down payment, leverage your capital, and thus increase your overall return on investment is incredible.

2. Grow, tax-free. Buying rental property based on speculation of its value is a dangerous tactic since cash flow is the key. However, appreciation over the long-run is certainly realistic and at the least you should be considering a tax-deferred strategy. In the future, you may even consider a 1031 exchange, charitable trust, or an installment sale to lesson your tax liability further.

3. Tax free cash flow. It’s no secret that because of depreciation and mortgage interest deductions (if you leverage your capital), your cash flow should be tax-free. That’s right! The far majority of the time an investor will never pay taxes on their cash flow and can wait for capital gains on the sale of the property in the future.

4. The tax write-offs against your other income. Depending on your classification as an Active Investor or Real Estate Professional and your income level, there is a good chance your rental property will not only give you tax-free cash flow, but an overage of tax deductions you can use against your other income. With that said, this is something you want to discuss with your tax professional before investing so your expectations are realistic.

5. Increased tax deduction strategies. Rental property affords investors with another incredible opportunity to convert personal expenses to potentially valid business deductions. Don’t forget that rental real estate is a business. This means that travel expenses to check on your properties and payments to family members who manage your properties (such as students away at college) can be deductible and increase the tax benefits when it comes to cash flow and the future sale of the property.

6. Rental real estate is a forced retirement plan. Americans are terrible savers. We lack the self-discipline to put a monthly deposit into our IRA, SEP or 401k as small-business owners. However, buying a rental property is a significant commitment that you are required to commit to and maintain. You will always be grateful in the long-run when you don’t give up on it and build future cash flow and wealth.

I meet with a lot of successful entrepreneurs, and almost every one of them has taken profits from their businesses over the years to invest in rental property. Based on this fact and the list above, I have consistently urged my clients to buy one rental property a year and already have clients with rental properties earning them money they never imagined they’d have.

The far majority of us will never get rich overnight. It takes long-term investing and a diverse portfolio to build true wealth. Don’t forget real estate as an important part of the equation.

Danny Ramirez

949 204 5076 (Inquiry about real estate investing)