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4 Ways to Add Unique Curb Appeal to a Rental - 04/27/12 01:01 PM
4 Ways to Add Unique Curb Appeal to a Rental Curb appeal is important with any rental property. It’s a prospective tenant’s first impression and says something about the way you care for your rental. However, at a time when there are so many rentals on the market, and many renters as well, competition is pretty steep. Sometimes it’s not enough just to mow the lawn and ensure that a home has a fresh coat of paint on its exterior. If you want to wow people driving by, or even when they’re looking at pictures, sometimes you’ve got to get creative (1 comments)
Home Inspections for Safety - 04/25/12 03:17 PM
Home Inspections for Safety You may have every intention of being a hands-off landlord; the kind that gives the tenants space to live and establish themselves in their own home. You know that tenants appreciate that kind of attitude. However, being too hands-off is not always a good thing for either them or you (especially you). As a landlord, you are responsible for keeping the property in tip-top shape. Not only to please the tenant, but to ensure that there are no accidents. Such accidents could really put a damper on your relationship with the person living in your home, (2 comments)
2 Reasons You Should Require Renter’s Insurance - 04/23/12 11:57 AM
2 Reasons You Should Require Renter’s Insurance If you ask around, you’ll likely find that many of your fellow landlords require that their tenants have insurance in order to rent a property. Now of course, you must have insurance as a property owner regardless of whether your tenants have insurance or not. And that leads some new landlords to question whether it’s really necessary to insist that their tenants take on tenant/content insurance. After all, the tenants’ insurance is for their benefit, not the landlord’s, right? Well, not quite. Here are the two key benefits of tenant’s insurance from both perspectives (3 comments)
Should You Lease Furnished Units? - 04/17/12 10:39 AM
Should You Lease Furnished Units? If you are offering a traditional lease to a residential property, you do have the option to decide if you would like to rent the home furnished or unfurnished. Now, we aren’t talking about a short-term lease here – although, in that case you may find that renting with furniture is necessary – we’re talking about a traditional lease where people intend to hang around for a while. On the one hand, leasing with furniture may be an appealing point that puts you ahead of some of your other competition on the market. You may also (1 comments)
4 Things That May Surprise You About Being a Landlord - 04/12/12 09:58 AM
4 Things That May Surprise You About Being a Landlord Being a landlord isn’t simply about getting someone to live in your home and taking their money. In reality, it can be a lot of work, and you’ve got to prepare yourself for this before you even consider making such an investment. Some of the things that landlords report being a surprise to them include: The amount of time required for maintenance – the age of your property does have a bearing upon the amount of time that you need to invest in doing your landlord duties. However, many landlords actually (1 comments)
Protecting Yourself During a Bankruptcy Stay - 04/09/12 11:25 AM
Protecting Yourself During a Bankruptcy Stay If you have a tenant that has filed for bankruptcy and a stay has been put in place, then there are a number of things you need to be aware of to avoid further problems during the process. Basically, you need to let the stay ride itself out and only afterward look into collecting any rent you are owed, keeping the tenant etc. Landlord Bankruptcy Mistakes When the stay is in place, there are things you can’t do. For example: You can’t sue your tenant – it doesn’t matter if they haven’t paid their rent, (2 comments)
Identifying Your Target Market - 04/04/12 11:10 AM
Identifying Your Target Market When you put a rental property on the market, you have to know who you want to appeal to with your property. Your choice will determine the marketing methods that you use, the way you present the property, and even the length of the lease. So make sure that you determine who you intend to appeal to so that you use the right approach. Check out the following categories to see the type of renters certain properties are most likely to appeal to. Single-family house – if you are offering a property that has two or more (1 comments)
When Your Tenant Causes Property Damage - 04/02/12 11:38 AM
When Your Tenant Causes Property Damage The day that a tenant vacates the property can be the day that you discover your perfect tenant wasn’t so perfect after all. They may have looked perfect on their rental application, paid the rent on time, and taken care of other responsibilities. But when it comes time for them to vacate, you just may discover that the property is no longer in the condition it was when they moved in. Typically, you would make this discovery when doing the final walk-through with the tenant. At that point, it needs to be addressed. It doesn’t (3 comments)
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