Rural property is never short on scenery.

When you think about investing in a rental property do you dream of wide open spaces, big red barns, and calling the cattle home? Investing in a rural property or tract of land might be the right choice for some investors, but there are pros and cons about purchasing property somewhere with more trees than […]

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New York, New York! It can be a great place to visit, but is it a great place to rent? Rent-stabilization and other rent-controlling laws make the rental market a sticky situation. Some of the situations are just too much. Ash on your clothes from a tenant below? This does not sound like a fun […]

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It was a dark and stormy night- and you, sleeping peacefully in the poppies, had no idea that disaster was striking on one of your properties. The roof began to leak to the point that the tenants were considering renting a tugboat to help move their stuff out. A tornado came, picked the house up […]

Learn the pros and cons of investing in rental housing in the suburbs

Love them or hate them, the Suburbs are an integral part to the American housing market, and despite the surge in urban living that accompanied the housing recovery, suburban sprawl and the dream of single-family living is far from extinct. If you’re considering the purchase of a single-family rental in a suburban market, here are […]

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Watch out world! This week in rental property we take a closer look at internet scams. The risk of being scammed may be higher than you think, especially due to the fact that many of us use our good friend the internet to help fill vacant properties. We also take a look at a great website […]

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We want everyone to be able to store whatever it is they need within their RentPost account for later reference and good house-keeping.  So, effective today, we’ve doubled the amount of storage on all plans.  When logging into your RentPost account, you should now notice more available storage, right away.  So, get to uploading!

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the housing market and new construction may be on the upswing in 2015

One thing that we have to keep in mind in terms of rental properties, is that many who are going into the market are coming from a place of formerly being homeowners. Now, for some, this is an opportunity too good to miss out on: and you’ll miss out on it if you don’t create […]

College is a time of transition, and short leases.

Are you the right kind of landlord for a real estate investment in a college town? You’ll need more than school spirit to profitably house college students, but investing in a college town may be a perfect choice for the active landlord who can handle a certain amount of wear and tear due to youthful […]

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With all of this talk about trending rent increases leading to the rent-affordability crisis, as coined by Zillow, we discover a new and interesting solution that provides smaller, but more affordable rental housing to lower income tenants living in the city. We also take a look at renters insurance, and what burning questions most landlords and tenants […]

Tax deductions for property managers, no matter how tiny

Whether you own a large multifamily property management company or simply rent out a single investment property, there are tax deductions waiting for you to take advantage of. Most landlords realize that some of their property management expenses are deductible, many are leaving money on the table by failing to use tax rules to their […]

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The dreaded question that looms: how much should I charge for a security deposit? Nobody likes to think about it, and even fewer people like dealing with the hassles that come of this issue. Most property management firms know that requiring a refundable security deposit is important. On occasion, you’ll see someone in the old […]

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This week in TWiRP, we continue to follow the trend of rent increases. This seems to be the underlying factor that plays a role in many of the rental markets today. Could this mean more money for the landlords and property managers? With the economy in a prosperous swing, along with tenants having more money […]

Social listening is just as important as generating good content.

Check out the first post in this series here. If your property management company maintains an active social media profile (which you should be doing), you already know that social media requires regularly posted content. You’re probably comfortable with talking online, but are your listening skills holding you back from making the most of your […]

keep your data safe!

When you keep files on your residents, you are keeping a lot of information on hand. More than that, it’s very sensitive information. You wouldn’t just leave your identifying information, social security number, address and bank details laying around for others to look at: so, don’t leave your data unprotected. Data safety is quickly becoming […]

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Week 3: I’ve lost track of time and the articles are turning into zombies… It’s a new week and of course there’s more news in rental property! If this is your first time checking out This Week In Rental Property (TWiRP), the weekly segment that brings you the newest articles in rental property from around the […]

Fights between neighbors can leave your more than grumpy.

Last time I lived in an apartment complex, my landlord asked me to do something weird. He called out of the blue and said “Hey I know this is kind of a weird request but I’ve had some noise complaints about your unit and I think this is the best way to handle it.” My […]

Cramming a rental ad into 50 words or less is a thing of the past.

Do you have questions about rental investing? Check out this post for some common questions a real estate investor who is interested in rental properties would be interested in exploring before diving into this article. It’s easier than ever to post rental listings online. But writing an effective rental ad is harder than you think. I’m currently in […]

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Hello again! It’s a new week and of course there’s more news in rental property! If this is your first time checking out This Week In Rental Property (TWiRP), the weekly segment that brings you the newest articles in rental property from around the web, then check out last week’s news here. So, what’s new […]

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If you’ve been thinking about investing in real estate to rent, there are a number of questions that you should be asking. Perhaps you’ve just happened upon that perfect property, maybe you’re just thinking about where you’ll look: either way, there are a number of things to consider. What’s the supply and demand of the […]

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This Week in Rental Property (TWiRP) is a new weekly segment that features articles that we found interesting from all over the web that property managers and landlords everywhere would want to read. So be sure to check back with us each Saturday to see what’s relevant in the rental world! What’s going on this week in […]

Fire, flood, or famine, renter's insurance has you covered.

We’ve already covered some reasons why renter’s insurance is a good idea for residents and property managers alike. But how do you convince your tenants to pay for and retain a policy that many people assume is expensive and unnecessary? Be a myth buster Many renters have more than a few misconceptions that keep them […]

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So you’ve found the good tenant, but how do you keep them? Tenant retention is a good thing, and yes, offering certain perks and amenities can help. However, there are some good ways that you can keep them signing your lease, year after year. Vacancy cycles are bad for a number of reasons- of course, […]

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It really does feel like it was just a couple of months ago I was writing about how to best prepare for the 2014 tax season: and here we are, it’s time for the 2015 tax season! Time flies. Now, you may be considering hiring a tax professional to help you this year, and that’s […]

Paid rent on time

One of the most common questions asked by both landlords and property managers is: how do I get my renters to not only have paid rent on time, but to pay it in full? Nobody likes having to deal with slow payments or even tenants who default, and even fewer still like having to face […]

the housing market and new construction may be on the upswing in 2015

Rental markets will stay strong While first time home ownership will rise in 2015, thanks to households headed by 30-somethings bankrolled by greater job security and rising confidence in the housing market, younger Millennials leaving college dorms and their parent’s homes will keep the rental market robust. Americans in their 20s strongly prefer to rent […]