Central Ohio Real Estate News and Views

Managing Real Estate Broker - Rickert Property Management
You run the ads, show the property, screen the applicant, check references, sign pages of documents.....and BOOM! Rent is late, boyfriend moved in and parks on the grass, toys everywhere, dogs who were not disclosed are barking, neighbors are angry at you.What happened??!! Nothing-its just next t...
Did you know the color of your fire hydrant means something? If a condo community owns a hydrant, it is painted red or red/white. If its owned by the City, its yellow. If the water is not drinkable its painted violet, although I have never seen one.So why is this important? Well Ohio Fire Code se...
So you are thinking of hiring a manager this time after the last fiasco? Maybe a manager will find a better tenant than you did?  Let's start out with honesty: sometimes finding a good tenant or bad tenant is blind luck! A property manager can significantly increase your odds of finding a good on...
With renting now at an all-time high, you may want or need to rent a house or apartment at some point soon. Are you a bad tenant or a good tenant? Good tenants can rent almost anywhere, while bad tenants are normally only able to rent bad property in bad areas. Landlords talk to each other and if...
So, selling this summer? If you are like many others across the country, you may live in a Homeowners Association (HOA). If so, you might consider these items before selling:  Are your dues and fees paid and current? You will have to pay (or receive credit from buyer) up to the day of closing, pl...
Excellent question and highly misunderstood! You would need to read the Declarations and Bylaws, a copy you can get from the title company, county recorder, or seller. But basically, most condos follow the same rules (but not always): Common Area is owned equally by everyone and managed by the As...
I had a potential client ask me that the other day and that is hard to understand and explain. So let me shed some light into the answer for not only me, but my industry in general.  We are property managers and our phones only ring for two reasons: either someone saw one of our For Rent signs an...
3 Brands to Trust and Why...what an interesting concept. So here goes... Harvard-Is it a Brand? Or a college? I think its a brand because it is more than just a school for rich kids to go to, it has a plethora of business applictions. It's industry information and publications and insights get in...
Recently a condo owner returned from a week away to find that his condo was flooded, and their ceilings fell in, and lots of personal belongings were ruined. Why you wonder? Well his neighbor, who was no longer living in his unit, had an upstairs supply line to his toilet break and flood both uni...
I hate to use the "I told you so" or throw out my over 30  years of property management and real estate experience, but seriously? Are you listening at all?  So many times people buy a home or get the idea to invest in real estate to make money because they see it on TV or read it in a magazine a...

Dennis Swartz

ABR, CRB, CRS, GRI, CMCA, MBA...experience counts!
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