An effective social media marketing campaign relies on regular updates.

Here on the RentPost blog we’ve talked about the role social media plays in an effective marketing and management strategy. The number one rule of social media is to post content on a regular scheduled basis. A lack of updates is the death knell of an otherwise great web presence. The problem is, it takes […]

An online community keeps people connected.

I live in a funky old house subdivided into six apartment units and I’ve lived there for almost three years. I live in a college town, so the other units see a lot of turnover and every time I see a moving truck in the driveway, I sniff around outside waiting to meet my new […]

Natural gas is an effective heating fuel for winter, but many people are scared to have an open flame indoors.

I live in an old house. My apartment is in a subdivided house that was built in 1902 and I love it. I love the tall ceilings, the absurd amount of windows, and the million tiny odd changes made by tenants and owners for the past 100 plus years. My love affair with my apartment […]

An older property has it's own charms.

I live in an apartment in a subdivided house that was built in 1902. When I went to view the property I noticed right away that the building had seen some better days, but I was excited nonetheless. I grew up in a series of ramshackle farmhouses and my grandma’s own lovingly restored older house, […]

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I was 19 and decorating my first apartment for Christmas and I had my heart set on a real tree. I checked my lease and there wasn’t a rule against live trees inside, so I picked one out and brought it home. My roommate and I threw a holiday party that year and invited our […]

Interpersonal communication is the cornerstone of good management

As a property manager, you work as a mediator between property owners and tenants, and need highly developed interpersonal skills to represent each party’s interests as well as your own. The ability to communicate clearly, to assert your needs and desires, and to say “No” with confidence, are hallmarks of a successful business leader. Mastering effective interpersonal […]

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So, you’ve missed your last month’s rent payment, and maybe the one prior. You’ve now come home to a notice on your door of eviction and are naturally concerned. Being faced with an eviction notice is never a pleasant experience, but there are a few things to remember to help you when faced with with this […]

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Trees are a great amenity in a rental property landscaping plan, especially if they are planted in spaces available for residents to enjoy. Trees offer shade and room for recreation in green spaces, and when used with other colorful landscaping, make your property stand out year round. Most rental property landscaping tips show up on blogs like ours […]

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For anyone who is considering or already in the process of home buying, you already know there are a number of things to deal with and get through in order to get the home you want while paying the price you find acceptable. One aspect of home buying that can be quite a tricky hassle […]

Showing a rental unit in it's best light takes planning.

During my early twenties I moved five times in four years. My reasons for moving varied, but one part of relocating always stayed the same; touring rental units. For every move I made, I looked at 5-10 units each time, always in search of the perfect place to call home. There are a few key […]

College students traveling home for the holidays should prepare their apartments to stand vacant.

Winter holidays are coming and college students are getting ready to trek home for an extended break from their studies…and their rental housing. Students generally get a week long break for Thanksgiving and a 3 to 4 week break for winter holidays. Their exodus leaves a lot of rental units empty and vulnerable to property […]

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Just like with most things, people usually don’t read the fine print when they purchase something. Everything comes with a fine print and that includes your homeowners insurance. While the obvious types of damages are covered, it’s the not obvious ones that have a tendency of causing you a headache. Here is a list of a […]

E-cigarettes have property managers baffled

We’ve talked about the benefits of instituting smoke-free policies in your properties and covered the specific reasons why smoking tobacco in a rental unit lowers the quality of life for residents and costs more money during turnover. As the percentage of Americans who smoke cigarettes continues to decline, many former smokers to turn e-cigarettes for a […]

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Say you just bought your first rental properties and you’re ready to get started on going through applications and getting them filled. But what about the lease agreement? What most novice property managers fail to realize is that the lease agreement is their safe haven in order to keep tenants on the same page. It […]

Going smoke-free is good for your bottom line.

Smoking has fallen out of fashion in the U.S. The number of Americans who smoke is at the lowest rate in over sixty years. According to the CDC only 18.1% of American adults smoke cigarettes, down from 41% in 1940 and 26% in 2000. Smoking is prohibited in indoor public spaces in 28 states, and […]

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There is a lot of talk about appealing to the “millennials”. That sweet spot Generation Y crowd, the renters between ages 20 and 30. There are a variety of things that this particular generation is looking for- much more than just crash space, they want units that are as connected and trendy as they are. […]

Now may be the best time to buy for Millennials

The first part of this series highlighted the lack of participation in the housing market by Generation Y, and explored the barriers young Americans face when it comes to homeownership. You can view the first post in this series here Americans aged 18-32, commonly referred to as Millennials, are renting rather than buying, even when […]

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Renting to college students comes with plenty of challenges. College is a time of transition, confusion, and possibility and the whole experience is much easier when students are well-connected to their peers. My first apartment was a two-bedroom unit in a large student housing complex about a mile off campus. The unit itself was indistinguishable from […]

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Sprucing up your rental units isn’t all that different from taking care of your own house. You want to make sure that all the little details are attended to before they end up becoming big problems. Of course, a regular walk around and routine inspections can help, but also, if you take care of these […]

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Over the past few years there has been a lot of buzz over the spending habits of Generation Y, commonly referred to as Millennials. American marketeers are baffled by the low levels of spending among this cohort, particularly when it comes to their reluctance to purchase homes. Americans aged 18-33 prefer to rent, with a mere […]

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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 […]