Protecting Yourself (and your property) from Unruly Renters

If you fantasize about building a stable of rental properties over time that will provide a steady stream of income during your retirement years, you are not alone. Some savvy landlords do just that very successfully. Others who inherit a home, own a vacation condo, or move out of a start-up residence think that holding a property and renting it out is a smart economic move. Many times it is, but before you put out the “For Rent” sign, there are certain truths that you must accept. Entering int ... Read More

How Research Helps in Buying Rental Properties

Some people think research ends when you graduate from school, but in reality we carry those research skills through every part of our lives, and if you're a landlord you will really need to sharpen those skills to work for you. If you're investing in your own area or a place you've already invested in before, you may already have a great deal of the research and reconnaissance work done when ahead of time and not even realize you've done it. This helps save time and is often one of the reasons ... Read More

Top Reasons to Invest Locally

Have youbeen thinking about purchasing out-of-state property?Investing in a hot, new out-of-state development can sound exciting and lucrative, but before you do so, consider the following advantages of buying real estate closer to your own home. You Know The Area You're likely to have a better grasp on the amenities of your own community.You've seen local neighborhoodsgrow and change; you know how the property values have varied, and what is likely to impact them. No matter how much time you ... Read More

5 Advantages of Investing in Out of Town Property

If you’re looking to diversify your real estate investment portfolio, investing in property outside of your town or state can be a financially rewarding proposition due to a variety of reasons such as tax breaks or rental properties with a lucrative location that's appealing to renters. Here are five advantages of investing in properties away from home. 1. Getting An Early Foothold in Developing Market Some areas have a hot real estate market. If you’re lucky and knowledgeable enough to get the ... Read More

3 Ways to Find the Best Locations for Your New Property Purchases

You have a property or two under your belt, but they may beeither a home you formerly lived inor a one-off investment. Now you’re ready to look at new investment properties by researching the best locations for your nextpurchase. Property managers have plenty of tools at theirdisposal to help them determine the hottest markets for income properties. There are three key trends to considerwhen you’re trying to predict which markets will be the most lucrative in the short, medium, and long term. 1. ... Read More

Marketing a Rental Listing to Stand Out

Have you ever taken just a few minutes to scroll through Trulia, Zillow, or any other listing site? If you have a rental that you're listing online you likely have, even if it was just to check to make sure everything uploaded correctly. What did you see? Depending on the filters that you used in your search you likely saw dozens upon dozens of listings in your general vicinity that are in competition with yours. If you don't stand out above the rest, that could be a real problem when it ... Read More

How to Choose the Right Real Estate Insurance Package

Well-chosen property insurance packages provide an essential safeguard that landlords shouldn't take take for granted. Solutions offered by insurers can be tailor-made based on your specific needs, allowing you to obtain the best deal for your money. Choosing the wrong package compromises your ability to recover in the event of a loss due to inadequate coverage. Use an insurance calculator to make sure you have sufficient coverage for your properties. The appraisal must take into account ever ... Read More

Be weary of singling out tenants

The application process for a rental unit can be stressful. If you've done your job at marketing it correctly you should be receiving interest from a variety of different people and that's where a whole new part of the rental experience begins. After a while of sitting and staring at applications you may have trouble trying to decide how you want to shift through them to find out who you want as your next tenant. The reality of the situation is that you will have to deny some interested parties, ... Read More

Setting Boundaries

If you've been a landlord very long, you're likely to already know that some tenants will push boundaries more than others. What this means may vary from tenant to tenant, and it doesn't automatically make them a bad renter, per se, just one that may need a little more work than others. The first type of needy tenant comes in the form of a worrier. It's not that they think you've done something wrong, but they're worried that they've missed something or that you have and they want to head off t ... Read More

5 Red Flags That May Lead to Eviction

You want to have a long and happy relationship with your current tenants, but things don't always work out. If you find that you're running into the same issues again and again with them, the problem may stem from an inability to pinpoint red flags during the application process or during their tenancy. There are plenty of red flags to look out for throughout the time you spend with a tenant, but here are five major ones that you need to keep an eye on. 1. Unstable Employment The e ... Read More

Responsibility in Owning a Rental Property

When you decide to buy a property to rent out to tenants you are taking on certain responsibilities. The day-to-day actions required from you may be less should you choose to hire a property manager or a company to help you with this, but in the end if you own the property, the responsibility for that property falls on you. If you're acting as both landlord and manager of the property you may have quite a bit of work on your calendar (and certainly some that shows up suddenly). Tenants may call ... Read More

Pet Restrictions

According to a recent survey, over 70% of renters in America own a pet. Without a doubt this means that the likelihood of your applicants being or becoming pet owners is a pretty high bet and it may be in your best interest to look into marketing your rental as pet-friendly. Even so, you don't want to lose money due to damage caused by your renter's furry friend, so it's will also be in your best interest to set up restrictions on what kind of pets you will accept. Some insurance policies will h ... Read More

Professionalism as a Landlord

Even if you have a 'day job' of sorts, it's always imperative to remember that landlording is a job, not a hobby. You may not use it as your primary source of income, but that moment that you buy a property with the intention to rent it out to a tenant, you've decided to take on a second job. Hiring a property manager or a property management company will help add a layer between you and your tenants that you may or may not want, but if you choose to work with them directly there is a certain le ... Read More

Tenant Screening: Your First Line of Defence

When you are working through applicants that are interested in renting your property from you there are some things that you should never (under any circumstances) neglect. One of those things would be a tenant screening. Making sure that you are accepting the best tenant possible will also help to ease you into a better relationship. A basic tenant screening will provide a credit and criminal check for you and these two things can, potentially, save you a good deal of trouble in the future. ... Read More

Tenants on a Lease

When you sign a lease with a tenant or multiple tenants, you should make sure that you have run a full tenant screening on every adult and that (when you find tenants to accept) that every adult that will be staying there is on the lease. This will allow you to know how many people will be in the home and what kind of tenants will be staying there. If you sign a lease with one adult tenant that has one child, it is reasonable to expect that those two individuals will be the ones to reside in the ... Read More

Protecting Your Property

When you make an investment in a rental property you're going to want to protect it from any possible damage. While tenants that are neglectful or even destructive can cause quite a bit of trouble, they're not the only dangers to your property. Natural disasters are, at times, unavoidable. You can't pick up your house and move it under a safer shelter when a hail storm hits like you can a car, but you can be ready to handle any repairs that need to be made through the insurance that you take out ... Read More

Local Landlording and Its Benefits

When you look at buying a property to rent out, one of the many things to consider is location. Depending on the type of tenant you hope to attract you'll look at what surrounds the property, the kind of neighborhood it's in, the general price range that other rentals charge in the area and what you're planning to charge for it, and much more. You'll also need to make one more very important decision: do you plan to buy locally or will be you a long distance landlord? There are advantages to bot ... Read More

Maintenance Practices

When you buy a property to be rented out the mortgage is not the last check you write for it. There are a variety of expenses that come with owning a rental property. Some of those expenses can be managed easier if you catch maintenance problems early. A dripping sink is easier (and less expensive) to fix than a flooded bathroom. Property walk-throughs and good communication with tenants are two of the best ways to help prevent large maintenance issues, though regular maintenance is a must. If y ... Read More

Choosing to Accept Section 8 Tenants

It will depend on which landlord you speak to on what the current opinion is about Section 8 properties. Some landlords love it and some hate it, and they'll have their own reasons and their own stories, but it's always good to check out all sides before choosing to jump into the middle of it. When you open up your property to Section 8 tenants you often will find that in some cases very little goes into the marketing process. Your property can be put on a list at the Section 8 office and your p ... Read More

Protecting Yourself and Your Property with a Lease

When you accept an applicant as a tenant you will both sign a lease. This is a legally binding agreement that puts into writing that you have both agreed to the terms. While you can often find a standardized lease for your state, experience will teach you many things as you continue on in the rental business and you may want to add certain things to that lease to handle situations before they actually come about. This will help you protect both your property and yourself if anything goes wrong. ... Read More

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