Social Media

It’s not a stretch to say that social media has radically changed how we communicate. With the click of a mouse or the tap of a touchscreen, we can reach, convey ideas, and share information to so many people at once. For some people, mediums such as Facebook and Twitter are preferred methods of communication […]

Allowing service animals into a unit is a common accommodation for tenants with disabilities.

The best property managers know how to provide exemplary service to all tenants, regardless of special circumstances. With senior housing on the rise, and an aging Baby Boomer population turning to rentals, property managers should be well-versed in the laws regarding housing for people with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became the law […]

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This week in rental property, we look at litigation. Last week, an article (2nd link) followed the controversial litigation coined as rent control. Our first link below follows this topic in Santa Monica. Our next link follows an interesting tenant-landlord relationship, where a NY landlord sues a tenant for subletting his property on Airbnb without permission. Speaking of the […]

Rental property fixes for increased curb appeal

In the book “Managing Rental Properties for Maximum Profit,” author Greg Perry recommends treating a rental property as you would a property you’re trying to sell. Using rental property fixes to establish a clean and tidy appearance attracts better tenants and garners higher rent. Never underestimate the power of curb appeal to get the best […]

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Missteps. Mess-ups. Gaffes. Or as Homer says, “Doh!” Whatever you call them, mistakes are common in life. Everyone has them, even the best of us, and especially when you’re new on the job. That being said, there are two types of mistakes. There are the ones that you can look at immediately afterward and chuckle […]

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This week in rental property, we revisit with Jimmy Mcmillan who argues that his landlord is evicting him through an act of racism. See more on his situation in article one. Next, we take a look at rent control, and the tenants in Jersey who are advocating its implementation in order to ‘control’ their rent […]

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More and more Americans are migrating back to urban areas after a decades long trend of settling in the suburbs. According to Census Data, 2.3 million more people moved into one of the country’s 381 metropolitan areas in 2013 than during the previous year. As jobs and economic activity continue to grow faster in urban […]

yelp

Though you are probably familiar with the impact of social media on property management, you may even know what Yelp is, but did you know that it can be used to boost your business? It’s important to note that over 132 million potential clients are on Yelp each month to determine whether or not they […]

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Urban development is continuing to change especially as millennials are moving. In our first article, we see this change and the effect that it has had on US cities today. We then take a step back and look at a caveat to this observation: could this be another result of the media glorifying reality? Following […]

pre-screening

In the early days of anyone’s career as a landlord or as a property manager, one of the quickest way to turn you off to the business entirely: the bad tenant. Screening is always important, but there are a number of ways that you can pre-screen your tenants so that you catch problems before they […]

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 […]

flying house

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 […]

Paid rent on time

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 […]