Landlord Advice, Property Manager Advice, Tenant Screening

Common Questions from Savvy Renters

There are many articles and blog posts addressing the types of questions landlords should (and should not) ask prospective tenants. But renters will have questions of their own. Landlords can avoid being caught off guard by preparing answers to the following common questions from renters. “How long is the lease?” Landlords will want to consider […]

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Tenant Screening Systems

You’ve got a great rental property. You’ve taken some eye-catching photos and carefully prepared the space. You’ve analyzed the local market and set an appropriate rental price. You’ve advertised a rental listing and now you have tenants lining up to tour the property. But what’s the next step? How do you screen tenants from among the […]

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The Power of Photography

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder – but no one can deny that great photos help sell properties. Beautiful listing photos can help potential renters (or buyers!) visualize living in a new house or apartment. Effective staging can help people enjoy a new space before they have even moved in. Whether you are […]

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Battle of the Apartment Amenities

When it comes to apartments, all amenities are not created equal. Renters are familiar with photos of sparkling pools, modern fitness centers and fun community events – but what kind of amenities have the most appeal to renters? Are elements of luxury living needed to attract tenants? Or can smoke-free housing, pet-friendly policies and excellent […]

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Ready for an Investment Property? Considerations Beyond Cash Flows

After putting pen to paper and crafting a careful budget of cash flows, many prospective landlords feel confident to move forward on an investment property. However, there are considerations beyond the basic cash flows to review before becoming a landlord. Managing a rental property comes with managing tenants – and that can mean juggling both […]

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Should You Care About Your Tenant’s Source of Income?

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Most of us tend to do it without even noticing.  When either making conversation, reviewing a resume, or meeting someone for the first time, when we learn what a person does for a living, we immediately start developing thoughts and perceptions about the person.  We live in a society that places a great deal of value on […]

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How To Interpret Credit Reports

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Realtor.com recently published an article outlining a number of missteps that people often take that causes their credit reports to be negatively impacted.  Although the article itself was aimed at potential homeowners, the same lessons apply to potential renters as well as landlords/property who need to properly understand credit reports if they are to have any […]

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Important Things to Consider Before Evicting a Problem Tenant

Not all tenants are the same. Some pay rents on time, others don’t. Some follow the rules specified in the lease, while others don’t. If you are managing a property as a landlord, you have to patiently deal with all kinds of tenants. But what if a tenant has become too intolerable to keep? Obviously, […]

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Renting Vs Buying? Buying may be a dream, but renting may be the right choice for you

Homeownership is considered one of the criteria one needs to fulfill to live the American Dream. A survey recently suggested that the majority of prospective first time buyers want to purchase a home because they consider it necessary to lead a good life and improve their social status. Despite that, ‘whether to buy or rent’ […]

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Converting Your Home into a Rental? Four Important Tips to Follow

If you are planning to move out of your primary residence – be it a single family home or an apartment – and convert it into a rental, you are likely to assume it’s going to be an easy job. You’ve been living in the property for many years and everything that a prospective renter […]

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