AuthorElizabeth Hayes

Property Solutions for Every Life Stage

Housing needs change as often as we do, and finding the right rental or investment property to fit your needs is challenging no matter where you are in life. At RentPost, we provide property solutions for property problems, whether you are a renter, a beginning property manager, or an experienced real estate investor. College Students Property Problem: Tara is a third year college student at a...

Landlord Responsibilities to 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 of the land in 1990. The ADA is an...

Where to Invest? The Pros and Cons of Urban Markets

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 areas, metropolitan populations will continue to grow. Buying a rental property...

Where To Invest? The Pros and Cons of Rural Property

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 people. The Good Possibility of future development Every suburb of a major city was once...

Where to Invest? The Pros and Cons of Investing in a Suburban Market

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 some benefits and drawbacks to consider before buying that white...

Where to Invest? The Pros and Cons of a College Town

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 exuberance. However, for a landlord who prefers a more passive role in property management...

8 Overlooked Tax Deductions for Property Managers

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 full benefit. We’ve compiled a list of  overlooked tax...

Social Media Strategies for Property Managers: Social Listening

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 web presence? At its most basic level, social media...

Communication 102: Mediating Disagreements Between Neighbors

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 confusion was immediate and I started to sweat from the anxiety of worrying how I could possibly be making enough noise to bother...

Not A Missed Connection: How to Write an Effective Rental Ad

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 the middle of a housing search and some of the...

Convince Residents that Renter’s Insurance is a Must

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 from purchasing a renter’s insurance policy. Knowing which myths are most...

Housing Market Predictions for 2015: Part 2

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 in urban centers close to jobs and...

Housing Market Predictions for 2015: Part 1

With the New Year approaching, consumers, investors, industry experts, and policy makers alike all cast a critical eye toward the 2015 real estate market. 2015 marks nine years since the housing bubble peaked before crashing, and three years after home prices hit a record low post-recession. This recovery has been a slow one, and 2015 will continue the trend of slow growth, but the market is...

Social Media Marketing Strategies for Property Managers: Resident Testimonials

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 a lot of sustained creative labor to produce quality content week after week. At RentPost...

Love Thy Neighbor: Why you need an online community for residents

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 neighbor. Many of these people are unaccustomed to an easy display of neighborly kindness, and look horrified from the...

Tenant’s Guide to Safe Natural Gas Usage

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 comes to an abrupt end at about the middle of November, when the temperature drops and I’m suddenly aware of how many...

How to Market an Older Property (Psst, I think you mean historic home)

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, so a unit in a building that’s obviously old makes me feel right at home. The leasing agent who...

Safe Holiday Decorating Tips

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 friends to make ornaments for the tree with colorful paper, glitter, and other tools commonly found in the elementary...

Communication 101: Skills for Handling Resident Disputes

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 communication takes...

When Every Leaf is a Flower: Rental Property Landscaping Tips for Fall

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 in the Spring, when planting and gardening is...

6 Tips for Showing a Rental Unit…Written by a Tenant

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 things a leasing agent can do before showing a unit that make prospective residents like myself much more...

While You Were Out: Winter Vacation Checklist for College Students

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 damage and cold weather related maintenance issues. When I was in...

Should E-Cigarettes Be Banned in Rental Housing?

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 seemingly safer way to get a nicotine...

The Benefits of Smoke-Free Housing

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 banned in any establishment that serves minors in another 12 states. Following national trends toward...

When Will Millennials Invest in Real Estate? Part Two

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 they are financially able to pursue a mortgage. After coming of...

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