Central Ohio Real Estate News and Views

Managing Real Estate Broker - Rickert Property Management
So that great investment property with the great tenants you just purchased...now what? Who will take care of it, sign new leases, collect rents, answer those 2 AM no heat calls? What about if they don't pay? Or decide to move and you need to turn the unit and re-rent?  For many investors its the...
So the day comes when you, the property owner, have had enough. Tired of calling, tired of leaving notes, tired of getting promises to pay next Friday. Its time to bite the bullet and realize they will never catch up and you need to move on.  So how do you do it? Either with an attorney or on you...
I often watch the squirrels outside my window and wish I had an office full of employees that worked as hard as squirrels do!  But in December I notice they work extra hard at finding food and hiding it for the cold days ahead when they will be hungry, knowing that winter is not the ultimate time...
So you want to rent from us? Well let me explain what we are looking for and maybe you can be approved. INCOME: Can you afford rent and expenses? We need income at least 3 times the rent per month, and it needs to be verified. So before we meet, get your info together. Pay stubs, award letters, c...
Today's discussion is about "Place", one of the 4 P's of marketing. Last week we discussed that successful agents and businesses understand marketing, and we talked about "Product". So the "Place" in marketing is where you decide to sell your "Product", which we determined was you. So its where y...
As a real estate instructor at Columbus State, I want to share this 3 part discussion with real estate agents to help them in their career.   The first thing to understand about the 4 P's of marketing (Product, Price, Place, Promotion) is that the Product is YOU! You don't own the homes you sell,...
So I am trying to hire a new assistant property manager, and have a lot of resumes, but can you imagine from 10 scheduled and confirmed appointments, 2 actually appeared? And the 2 that showed had neither the skills nor desire to do the job needed. So I am assuming that the job market is booming,...
So I went to dinner at a local restaurant last night, and I tend to check prices so I can get a good deal and keep my expenses low - like my clients I believe in value - and with 2 entrees, 2 drinks, and a tip I spent $52.00, and I was done in about 2 hours.   Sounds like a decent price, yes? Tod...
So one thing we deal with in property management is emergencies by our tenants, and while it is always stressful and difficult, it is always so amazing to me how many can be prevented.   This week I had two: One is a hospitalized resident with carbon monoxide poison and the other had a cooking fi...
All day long, all week, nothing. No drips, no funny noises, no service calls with plumbers waiting to go as needed.   Then, amazingly, while in a sound sleep, there it goes. Your phone rings and you know its not good. Its never the lottery, or Publishers Clearing House, or even a good friend tell...

Dennis Swartz

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