Investing in College Housing

Investing in college housing is a great way to get started in the rental property business. Before you roll your eyes, and have flashbacks or your own wild collegiate years, think about these: College kids always need a place to live. Parents frequently pay the bill. College students (sometimes) party hard… other’s work their butts […]

How to Start a Property Management Company

Want to know how to start a property management company? This short guide will give you a great overview of what you need to get going. How to Start a Property Management Company – An Overview As you probably already know, property management requires a well-rounded individual. Here are just a few knowledge areas you’ll […]

How to find home to rent

Knowing how to find the best home to rent isn’t a skill we use very often. Fortunately, the Internet makes this process much easier than it used to be. There are several methods you can use to find a house in your area with what you want. How to Find the Best Home to Rent […]

How to Hire a Handyman for Rental Property

Every landlord and property manager needs to know how to hire a handyman for rental property. A handyman is somebody who is hired to do manual work like repairs or painting around the house. Before you go out enlisting the first handyman you find, there are a few things you should consider. If you don’t […]

Painting Company for Rental Property

Learning how to hire a painting company for rental property is a skill every landlord and property manager should have. One of the most popular property improvement projects that rental property managers and landlords undertake every once in a while is painting. Regardless of the project scope, hiring a professional painting company is the secret […]

Flooring for Rental Property

At some point, every landlord and property manager will need to know how to hire a flooring company for rental property. This guide will help. How to Hire a Flooring Company for Rental Property – an Overview If you think just picking out the right flooring is all you need to do when getting new […]

Social Media for Landlords

Know how to leverage social media marketing for landlords is important in today’s environment. It helps you connect with everyone from your tenants and property managers to contractors. Here are a few of the biggest reasons why you need to be active on social media. It Gets Your Name Out There Social media gives you access […]

Security Deposit Tips

Short and sweet, here are a few security deposit tips for landlords. This isn’t a fun topic, but it’s an important one. How Much to Charge for a Security Deposit Nobody likes to think about it, and even fewer people like dealing with the hassles that come with this issue. Most property management firms know […]

Investment Property Tax

Investment property tax deductions are on every landlord’s mind this time of year. Fortunately for you, we’ve put together the most comprehensive guide on the internet! Let’s start by talking about the two big ones. Mortgage Interest- The Biggest Tax Deduction for Landlords Unless you’ve already paid down most of the mortgage, you’re likely paying thousands […]

Find Tenants on Social Media

Knowing how to find tenants for rental properties using social media is an important skill for any property manager. The vast majority of people always have their phone next to them, and check social media throughout the day to see what’s going on in the world. The good news for you is a lot of […]

Real Estate Investor Partners

Knowing how to find real estate investor partners in your area can help you build up a portfolio fast. Even though investing with other people has disadvantages, there are a number of advantages as well. For the sake of time, we won’t go into the pros/cons of investing with a partner, except to say you […]

Finding Great Tenants

Sometimes finding great tenants requires going to great lengths.

property management cartoon

We thought it would be fun to do a light-hearted series of cartoons about being a property manager. Here is the first one.  Let us know what you think!

Year of the Renter With more vacancies due to renters being unwilling or even unable to pay higher amounts of money, property owners are scrambling to find ways to attract new tenants while keeping their current tenants hooked in. That’s why they’re calling this “the year of the renter.” Do you agree? 10 Hottest Housing […]

residential property managers

Choosing the right residential property managers for your business is one of the most important things you’ll ever do. Even though it takes a significant time investment, it’s more than worth it in the long run. Think about it- these are the people that will: Market your property’s vacancies Screen potential tenants Collect rent Deal […]

Opinions On This Year’s Market Head-to-Head Some believe 2017 will mimic 2016’s slower patterns, while others aren’t so optimistic. What are your thoughts? Millennials’ Domination of the Market Expanding Once again, millennials seem to be dominating the market, but not just in rentals. The myth that millennials only want to rent is being disproved as […]

A Growing Number of Millennials Are Entering the Housing Market Studies show that millennials (people ages 18-35) are making up an increasing share of the home buying market, particularly in suburban areas. A survey shows that 65% of the respondents are renting because of cost and financial circumstances. However, more of these millennials are starting […]

There are a lot of people out there right now trying to learn how to start a property management business. For some, it’s to provide a little bit of extra spending money. Others are looking to transition into a new career, and some just want to diversify their skills if their job is unstable. Whatever […]

SLO Rental Inspections Under Fire The newly elected City Council in San Luis Obispo, California, are throwing darts at the rental housing inspection ordinance, in which rental homes are subject to routine city inspections on a three-year cycle to ensure they conform to health and safety codes. The policy was created because of concerns about […]

property management experts

Let’s face it- the term “property management experts” is kinda vague. One person may consider a property manager an expert just because they have 2-3 years of experience. Others are of the mindset that a much more extensive time frame, such as 10-15 years, is necessary. Either way, there are a few key components that […]

property management websites

The team wanted to share a few useful property management websites with a lot of great information on the industry. They have everything from certifications and education to local events and news. Whether you’re new to property management or you’ve been in the field for a while and just want to learn more, these sites […]

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Federal Reserve Hikes Rates The Federal Reserve bumped rates by 25 basis points to between 0.50% and 0.75%, and are guided toward more rate hikes in the year 2017. Real estate economists are predicting a modest increase in home sale growth, but not as much as 2016. A mixture of caution and enthusiasm are advised in […]

Is green-certifying your rental property worth it? That’s the question many property owners and developers ask themselves when it comes to their rental properties. Getting your rental property certified might seem daunting. However, you might be surprised to learn that 54 percent of multifamily builders are choosing to build 15 percent or more of their […]

apartment management software

Apartment management software is supposed to make your job easier, right? The whole point is to help you schedule maintenance tasks, collect rent, check on work orders, communicate with investors, etc. But it doesn’t always work so well. Here are a few examples of things that can go wrong if you go with the wrong […]

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Climate Change Could Swamp East Coast Real Estate Rising sea levels are changing the way people think about waterfront real estate. Over the past five years, home sales in flood-prone areas grew about 25 percent. This has made state lawmakers in Massachusetts and New Jersey to begin pushing to impose new rules on real estate […]