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It’s Spring Cleaning Time For Apartments

Hopefully, where you live, the time for spring cleaning is upon you. In many parts of the US, the weather’s still cold, even though it is March. During this time of year, you really find that the “property” aspect of property management becomes key. You may be looking to move some dead tree limbs, get rid of leaves and other debris, aerate your lawns and plant flowers. However, what if you’re...

1099 For Property Managers

Earlier, we talked about landlords and tax time, but did you know that there are sometimes special tax issues and situations for property managers? It’s that time of year again- end of the fiscal year and if you’ve been paying people to do yard work or take care of other things around the properties, odds are, you need to send out Form 1099.Though we, or anyone else is unable to give you tax or...

How To Create a Craigslist Rental Listing

You probably already know that using Craigslist, Zillow, and Trulia are effective ways to advertise your rental listings. However, how you present your property on there will make a big difference. You want your ad to be effective in attracting the kind of tenants you want, while also saving you some time in the prescreening process.

Creating a Community Newsletter

Now, more than ever, as a property manager you have many options in providing community newsletter to your tenants or clients. The best place to begin is considering what your needs are and ultimately, what will be right for your business.

How Can Property Managers Help Veterans?

You probably realize that our veterans face a lot of challenges when they retire from the line of duty. What you might not realize is, that as a property manager or landlord, you can help ease some of those challenges, particularly, respective of housing. In September of 2012, The Department of Veterans Affairs first initiated their program called Supportive Services for Veteran Families, or SSVF...

Are Your Properties Winterized?

As fall begins to blanket the country, temperatures are dropping. It is the time of year to make sure all of your winterizing is complete before it becomes too late. The last thing you want to do is fight the weather as you try and winterize your properties. There is only so much that your tenants may be responsible for and it may not be a bad idea to make sure everything is ready. What are a few...

Get started with RentPost for even less!

We’ve just added support for all of RentPost’s awesome property management features in our Aqua plan, starting at only $29/mo.  We’ve heard from many smaller property management companies and others just getting started that they needed a cheaper entry point.  Well, we’re announcing just that.  So, now you can get all the great features of RentPost for even less...

The Frugal Landlord: Reducing Maintenance Overheads

As a landlord, you want your property rental business to run as smoothly as possible, and avoid any unexpected costly surprises along the way. One unfortunate overhead that plagues every landlord are maintenance costs. They cannot be avoided, and really can cost an arm and a leg when something drastic goes wrong. Imagine burst water pipes flooding the ground floor of a family home, or a boiler...

Fair Housing Act: Be careful. Watch what you say.

Providing housing for every man, woman, and child is the social and humanitarian goal, and thus, a government concern. Consider the following: [Government involvement = Regulation] and [Regulation = Risk for PM]; thus, according to the Transitive Property of…Property Management…Gov’t involvement equals risk to property managers. The Fair Housing Act protects the rights of those seeking homes, and...

Innovation Accelerates: Tech…nergy?

I was just speaking with a property manager, and somehow we ended up having a lengthy discussion about the seemingly accelerated effect that technology has on business and life in general.  Before dismissing this as “duh," (for lack of a better term)…[re]consider a few specific words I included in this otherwise over-generalized statement: “…accelerated effect that technology has on business..."...

How Should I Invest my cash? Advice on Condo Investments and More

Today we field a great question from one of our RentPosters in California. It’s a great opportunity to discuss the ins and outs of condo investments, the current real estate market, and the future of the U.S. economy. Read closely, you will not want to miss this one, as we review the economic forecast for the coming decade. “J” from California writes: Tony,  I am a very...

Realtor Turned Property Manager? Software Could = Profitability.

In the wake of the 2008 Financial/Housing Crisis, the real estate industry was dealt a series of direct blows (as could be expected), and indirect effects continue to exacerbate the pummeling; at ground zero the dust has not settled, but what can be deciphered is a re-assignment of equity and the subsequent paradigm shift within the real estate industry.  Over a million new or “converted”...

U.S. Government Axes the Use of Paper Checks… Follow the Lead, Property Managers

In a statement released May, 2011 by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Rosie Rios, Treasurer, formally ended the use of paper checks for Social Security and federal benefit payments. ONE HUNDRED TWENTY MILLION DOLLARS! The simple change keeps $120,000,000 in taxpayer pockets, saving “more than 1 billion [taxpayer dollars]” over the next ten years. The electronic payment solution implemented by...

Real Estate Agent Tips for 2011

Few felt the financially tragic effects of our economic collapse in a way similar to commission-based real estate agents. Many aim to endure the economic storm with hopes of brighter days to come; however, if agents ignore the market shifts, the sun may never shine again. Changes are many and all of different origin, some direct and others indirect; regardless, time to assess what has happened...

Property Management Software: What’s the Problem?

Online Property Management Software isn’t new, but it could be revolutionary; however, the revolution seemingly has a limited ability to revolve. Here’s what I mean: something has truncated online property management software’s ability to assimilate all parties to a rental agreement in the cloud, but who’s been left out? The answer is…Tenants! Sure, most software provide a cutting edge way to...

Tenant Talk Back: Testimonials of Renting Experiences

Today the Witt leaves rent’s history for a spell, and the Rent Lobster makes a dash from advice to bring a more interactive piece regarding real life experiences to assist both tenants and landlords. Naturally, tenants only speak of landlords when angered, seldom giving any praise. However, this is to be constructive on both ends as we all seek to improve in the ever growing world of rent...

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