Yesterday I got a call from one of my investors and he gave me a free tool to offer my other investors who own rental properties. I love it when people from the Empowered Investors group share what they have found, without worrying about losing business or a competitive edge in the market place.
This group is so willing to share with each other, they'll work together to do 1031 exchanges. They just share new marketing ideas or cost saving loans with each other. It really is a community of investors wanting to help each other.
So, this freebie that he shared, that you are free to share with your investors and maybe even use your self, is www.RentOMeter.com. This website lets you put in an address and it gives you all the rentals in the area, and what they are renting for, to help you, the investor, decide if you are charging too much or too little for your rental property.
With the aid of this site, my investor was able to raise the rents on 10 of his 12 properties. With the printout from the website, the tenants didn't even blink an eye at the rent increases. Now he is making almost $1000 more per month all because of this free site that showed he wasn't charging enough for his rentals compared to what the others were renting theirs for in the same neighborhood.
Good luck and happy investing.
Pictures are from www.RentOMeter.com.