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While there may be many disputes between a landlord and the potential renter, purchasing renters insurance should always be an agreement. Not only does it keep the renters possessions covered in situations but it also keeps the landlord safe from lawsuits as well. Here are the top 3 reasons why renters insurance is the best […]

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Despite what television shows have glamorized, investing in real estate as an income is nowhere near a simple task. Although there are many mistakes that an investor is liable to make, here are a few of the top reasons that can usually cause an issue. Calculating Cash Flow. One of the largest mistakes that can […]

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I’ve moved four times since I left my hometown to attend college. Every time I sign a new lease, get all the boxes unpacked, and finally sit down in my new dwelling to recover from relocating yet again, I swear up and down that I’m not moving again until I decide to leave the state. […]

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I really like my landlord. I live in a tight rental market dominated by student housing. The unique challenges and joys of renting primarily to college students leaves some property managers and owners overwhelmed, particularly during turnover and at the beginning of leasing season. Finding a landlord in such a busy market who has the […]

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When good roommates (and their food) go bad My first college roommate was a mess. Our relationship started off fine and we found a great two bedroom apartment about a mile off-campus. It was the first time either of us had lived on our own and we were lucky to have a great leasing agent […]

Old Man Winter

With Old Man Winter’s fury around the corner, it’s time to turn your attention, once again, to winterizing your properties.  For much of the country, there is still time to do so, and being proactive means you won’t have to be out in the cold trying to get in last minute fixes. Below are a […]

Haunted Property

So far, in part 1, we’ve got one property that hosted a potentially possessed kid, one that took the nation by storm in the 70s and still gets airtime even now, another that a serial killer used as command central and storage, a former funeral parlor, and a house made famous by the Halloween franchise. […]

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As halloween nears, I thought it would be appropriate to explore some of the more interesting homes you’ll find out there. Sometimes on the market, sometimes not. We’ve talked about how there are some scary areas, and some scary properties in the practical sense: but have you ever thought about a haunted property? They’re on […]

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Being a landlord means having a load of responsibilities. From collecting rent and utility money, property management, marketing, and maintaining a good relationship with the tenants, a landlord’s plate can seem very full. If you manage numerous rentals then you may be a bit too busy to manage your properties to the fullest. Hiring a […]

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Section 8 Housing Program; Good for Landlords? Having your property approved for Section 8 Housing can seem to be a lengthy and somewhat stressful process. There is so much paperwork and inspections to deal with, it can almost seem like it’s not worth it. But just like any other venture, there are pro’s and con’s […]

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A great way to help generate new and consistent income is to invest in rental properties. However mistakes are made and some can end up costing you a decent amount of money. While you can have what you think is a rather strict and secure screening process, there’s still no guaranteed way to ensure you […]

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Using Social Media with your Property Management Company In a world where everything is at the touch of a keyboard, using social media sites can be a fantastic way to help boost your property management company. Not only does it give you an easy way to build and maintain relationships with your tenants, you can […]

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Avoiding Rental Scams In the age of technology, it’s not just renters who are getting scammed with rental properties. Now there is such a thing as tenant fraud and it can be the cause of a serious headache. Here are a few ways to help avoid all of that and to keep yourself from being […]

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While most of our blogs are geared at landlords and property management, we also get a lot of people seeking information from the tenant perspective. In that spirit, from time to time, we offer worthwhile information that concerns that segment of the population. This is one of those times. Need to Break Your Lease? Here’s […]

Choosing Flooring

Replacing the flooring in your properties is a great way to revive the look and feel of the property after so many years of use. Regardless of the quality of the pre-existing flooring, over time it wears down, especially in high traffic areas. When it comes to choosing flooring, you need to think about the […]

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So, I’ve talked a little bit about tenant retention, but how do you keep your property management clients? Getting them means marketing and promotion- but keeping them is a different area entirely. First things first, it’s important that your staff is loyal, skilled, and able to handle the tasks they are given. There are many […]

Choosing Paint Colors

When you decide to start fixing up our rental property yourself by painting, you want to really think about what is going to make the best impression. While you may have a bold style, your future tenants may not. So it is important to think through what you will be painting and which colors would […]

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Successful property maintenance involves more than just collecting rent and paying the mortgage each month. Five important areas to keep maintained properly include the appearance the property, entrances and exits, building systems such as HVAC, plumbing, and electricity, pools and hot tubs, and the roof. Costs for upkeep, losses and repairs make ongoing maintenance vital […]

Senior-Citizens

According to the most recent Census data, the population of seniors- that is, people age 65 and older is on the rise. Juxtaposed that, Harvard has recently released a report indicating that more seniors are renting, as more people are moving away from owning homes in favor of rentals. Now, while a good amount of […]

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One of the most frequently seen things in a personal injury attorney’s office is a slip and fall suit. While there are loads of things online about how to defend against such suits, and attorneys that will help with that: it’s usually just better to not have the situation where an accident can occur in […]

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When it comes to painting your property for showing potential tenants, selecting the color is only half the battle. There are a variety of finishes to choose from depending on what you room you are painting, the durability you need, and the look and feel you want. Types of Paint Finishes Flat – Flat paint […]

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When you decide to become a property manager with tenants, there are multiple lifestyle considerations such as smokers, handicap accessibility, and pets. Many leases will specify stipulations as to whether or not a tenant can have pets. While many times having a no pets clause and enforcing it can be pretty straightforward, there are some […]

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One of the worst hazards to navigate happens before a tenant even signs a lease: rejecting a rental application. If your pre-screening process is pretty stringent, this may not be as much of a problem- but, every now and again, it happens and handling it the right way is pretty important. Everyone deals with this […]

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Industry experts say that many more Americans are opting for vacation rentals instead of hotels, and this is a trend that has continued to grow over the course of the last decade. In the past ten years, annual revenues for vacation rentals have hit around $26 billion and in the next few years, is projected […]

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When I mentioned writing an article on Surviving The Turn, most people had visions along these lines: Or maybe even: Unless, of course, those people worked in property management. Surviving the Turn means something very different to most people than it does us, doesn’t it? Each and every year- whether you are a property manager, […]