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9 Renovations That Boost Your Home Value

When thinking about house renovation to increase value, a smart real estate investor shouldn&rs...

Oct 29, 2020

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Why Do Home Sellers Reject Offers From Buyers?

In a previous article, we talked about how to make a good offer when buying a home. We also cov...

Oct 27, 2020

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10 Things That Real Estate Agents Should Master

Mastery is the key to efficiency and efficiency leads to success. In the world of real estate, ...

Oct 23, 2020

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8 Tips for Real Estate Agents When Working from Home

There are a lot of pros and cons when it comes to working at home. You can save a lot of money ...

Oct 20, 2020

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8 Tips and Tricks to Successfully Sell a Home Remotely

There are two reasons why you’re reading this article. One, you don’t want to meet ...

Oct 15, 2020

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How to Prioritize Your Home Improvement Projects

Home upgrading is an essential part of living in a house and investing in real estate. It makes...

Oct 13, 2020

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Why Should You Use A Real Estate Agent To Buy A Home?

Buying a home is hard especially if it’s your first time. You can learn a lot on the web ...

Oct 09, 2020

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The Different Types of Real Estate Investments You Can Make

Are you interested in real estate investments but don’t know where to start? Look no more...

Oct 06, 2020

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9 Benefits of a Green Home

As climate change gets worse, our environment grows hotter during the non-winter season. Winter...

Oct 01, 2020

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How to Close More Real Estate Deals

This is an article on how to negotiate and how you should act while negotiating. For a smart mo...

Sep 30, 2020

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8 Savvy Ways to Save Money for a House This Year

You’ve learned so much from this blog now! The only problem is, where are you supposed to...

Sep 25, 2020

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5 Pros and Cons of Hiring a Real Estate Agent

For the past articles, I taught you all that you needed to know about running a real estate bus...

Sep 25, 2020

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7 Strategies To Evaluate A Local Real Estate Market Before Buying O...

Every home buyer or seller will want to save and earn a lot of money when acquiring or selling ...

Sep 17, 2020

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How To Make An Offer On A House

In a previous article here at Landlord Prep, I’ve taught you how to get over the blues of...

Sep 15, 2020

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How to Build a Real Estate Portfolio from Scratch

Real estate investing isn’t as simple as you think. It’s not just about buying prop...

Sep 10, 2020

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8 Marketing Ideas for Real Estate Agents

Move on from spending precious bucks to advertise your real estate services on billboards. Peop...

Sep 08, 2020

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What Is a Rent-to-Own Home? (How It Works, and Pros and Cons)

Homebuyers who have found their dream home but can’t afford a mortgage sometimes suggest ...

Sep 03, 2020

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How to Recover from Losing Your Dream House

At some point in buying a house, you’ll come across this one property that’ll make ...

Sep 01, 2020

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9 Habits of Highly Effective Real Estate Investors

Workplace efficiency is the recipe for career success. In business, that efficiency is also nee...

Aug 20, 2020

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10 Home Maintenance Tips for First Time Home Buyers

Owning a home is an exciting experience. With this excitement, you throw parties or gatherings ...

Aug 18, 2020

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What Should Home Sellers Expect At Closing?

Selling a home isn’t easy. I’m not talking about finding a buyer. What I mean is en...

Aug 13, 2020

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Self-Managing vs Professional Property Management: Which One Should...

There are two types of styles when it comes to managing your rental property. You can do it alo...

Aug 11, 2020

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Welcome Your New Military Neighbors With These Creative Gifts

It’s no secret that within military neighborhoods, there’s always that feeling of e...

Aug 07, 2020

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6 Ways To Enjoy the Outdoors At Home

Some offices and businesses may have opened, but we all know that safety is still the top prior...

Aug 05, 2020

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4 Tips for Long-Distance Real Estate Investing

Today’s topic is on long-distance real estate investing. What is it about? It’s the...

Jul 31, 2020

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Real Estate Agent Tips: How to Become a Neighborhood Expert

As a real estate agent, you become a valuable asset to a homebuyer if you know a neighborhood. ...

Jul 29, 2020

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How To Know That You’re Finally Ready To Buy A House

If you’ve been asking the question, “Should I buy a house?” Then this article...

Jul 24, 2020

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7 Books to Read Before Getting Started In Real Estate

Perhaps the biggest advantage of investing in real estate is passive income. Who doesn’t ...

Jul 22, 2020

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Make the Most of Your Real Estate Investment With These 4 Tips

You might’ve faced some real estate investment problems in the past that made you feel di...

Jul 16, 2020

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The Pros and Cons of Investing in Real Estate During and After the ...

Are you still wondering whether you should invest in real estate today? Well, real estate remai...

Jul 14, 2020

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4 Questions Answered About Hosting Open Houses During the Pandemic

Some areas in the United States are slowly opening up businesses to bring the economy back. The...

Jul 10, 2020

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5 Real Estate Video Ideas That Work

During these times, it’s hard to appeal to home buyers due to social distancing guideline...

Jul 07, 2020

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How to Practice Social Distancing When Buying or Selling a Home

In some places, the housing market has dropped its price. There are also locations where the de...

Jul 02, 2020

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7 Questions to Ask a Home Seller Before Buying

Buying a house isn’t like buying an iPhone at the iStore. Sure, you can ask questions abo...

Jun 30, 2020

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8 Real Estate Investment Strategies You Should Know

What sets real estate businesses apart from others are their predictable cash flow and protecti...

Jun 25, 2020

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7 Real Estate Tips for First-Time Home Sellers

Are you selling your home because you want to move away? Or are you here because you’ve f...

Jun 23, 2020

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The Benefits of Daylighting and How to Use It in Your Existing Home...

Have you looked at your electricity bill before and just stared blankly with a headache? If you...

Jun 18, 2020

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Decorating the Rental: When You Should Allow Your Tenant to Get Cre...

As landlords, we want to please our tenants and encourage them to stay to avoid vacancies. One ...

Jun 16, 2020

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How to Find Tenants Online: 5 Ideas for Landlords

Only a few people buy the newspaper to look for rental vacancies nowadays and most renters are ...

Jun 11, 2020

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What DIY Landlords Must Know About Lead Paint

One morning, you hear a ding-dong from the front door. It’s the mailman, with a...

Jun 09, 2020

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A Landlord's Guide to Collecting Rent Online

In a report made by Money Magazine, millennials pay 61% while seniors pay 42% of their bills on...

Jun 05, 2020

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Co-Owning Property with Family or Friends: How to Avoid Common Pitf...

Co-ownership of a property is one great way to cut mortgage costs. If set-up properly with the ...

Jun 03, 2020

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10 Strategies to Keep Pests At Bay During a Pandemic

Human activity outdoors around the world has ceased drastically and sanitation is now a top pri...

May 28, 2020

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Living in an Apartment Complex During the Pandemic: Safety Tips for...

Did you know that as an apartment complex dweller you’re exposed to a greater risk of COV...

May 26, 2020

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9 Helpful Tips for Airbnb Hosts During COVID-19

Has the pandemic affected your hosting business? I’m going to tell you that there are oth...

May 15, 2020

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How to Optimize Your Small Apartment Space for Self-Quarantine

You’re probably missing the recreational facilities the outside world has to offer. I kno...

May 12, 2020

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How to Screen Tenants at a Distance

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to alter our daily lives, avoiding other people becomes t...

May 08, 2020

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Should You Invest In Commercial Or Residential Real Estate?

Commercial and residential real estates are two similar property investments. They both generat...

May 05, 2020

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How to Grow a Container Garden at Your Rental Home

Living in a rental home can sometimes cause one to feel disconnected with nature&rsqu...

Apr 30, 2020

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Home Warranty 101: What You Need to Know

You’ve probably heard about home warranties as you’re offered one when inquiring ab...

Apr 28, 2020

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COVID-19: What To Do If You Can't Pay Rent Because You've Lost Your...

According to the Labor Department, 6.6 million Americans applied for jobless benefits last week...

Apr 23, 2020

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The Best Online Tools for DIY Landlords to Simplify Their Lives

Sometimes, a landlord’s responsibilities can feel daunting and time-consum...

Apr 21, 2020

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10 Ways to Show Concern for Your Tenants During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The pandemic has struck us all, and it has struck hard. For landlords and business owners, our ...

Apr 16, 2020

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COVID-19 and Social Distancing: What Landlords Should Know

Until this day, there is still no way to stop the pandemic once and for all. There is no vaccin...

Apr 14, 2020

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Looking for a Home? Here's How to Do an Apartment Search During the...

COVID-19 has disrupted our normal way of living. Some nations are on an entire lockdown and som...

Apr 10, 2020

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Key Strategies for Managing Landlord Stress

Life as a landlord can be challenging at times. You have to deal with a problem tenant, propert...

Apr 07, 2020

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The Best Apartment Dogs to Consider

There may be a lot of dog breeds in the world, but only few would suit an apartment s...

Apr 02, 2020

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8 Common Questions Asked By Tenants

A potential tenant can ask a lot of questions to make negotiations about their stay in your pro...

Mar 31, 2020

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How to Get Your Tenants to Clean Regularly (7 Tips)

A tenant with an attitude of cleanliness is a very good investment for a landlord. Tenants like...

Mar 26, 2020

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9 Ideas to Steal for Decorating Your Apartment

Our homes reflect the kind of people we are. That drive of impressing our visitors with our uni...

Mar 24, 2020

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Maine Landlord Says He Won't Collect Rent Amid COVID-19 Outbreak, C...

The suspension of work and shutting down of businesses by the government to decelerate the COVI...

Mar 19, 2020

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Petition to Freeze Rent and Mortgage Payments Due to Coronavirus Ou...

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has imposed the restriction of community gatherings in Columbus such ...

Mar 19, 2020

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How to Clean Your Apartment to Prevent COVID-19 Spread

In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, most countries and their governments have now impos...

Mar 17, 2020

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Top 10 Ways to Show Tenant Appreciation

Nothing fosters a good landlord-tenant relationship better than showing your tenants that you a...

Mar 12, 2020

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What Are Landlords Responsible For?

The term landlord is as noble as it sounds and the responsibility carried by that title is heav...

Mar 10, 2020

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10 Tips to Keep Your Apartment Comfortably Cool This Summer

Summer is here and that brings one thing: Heat. You may have an A/C unit but that can also...

Mar 05, 2020

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How to Spot and Avoid a Nightmare Tenant

All a landlord ever wants is a tenant that pays on time, takes care of the rented property, or ...

Mar 03, 2020

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How to Keep Your Small Apartment Organized (10 Clever Hacks)

Living on your own can mean a lot of freedom, like the freedom to own many things. But what if ...

Feb 27, 2020

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8 Best Apartment Hacks For Dog-Friendly Living

Our pets are part of our lives. The mutual love and companionship we share with them change us ...

Feb 25, 2020

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What Are the Top Features of a Profitable Rental Property?

Customers always come first. For those tenants who are willing to pay any price, they will alwa...

Feb 20, 2020

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10 Best Indoor Plants for Apartment Dwellers

Growing plants indoors started during ancient civilizations. It was practiced by Egyptian, Indi...

Feb 18, 2020

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6 Ways to Show Your Tenants Some Love

Just because Valentine's Day is over, doesn't mean you won't show to those whom you care for......

Feb 16, 2020

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How to Make Your Rental Family-Friendly

Are you thinking of renting to families? Families make ideal tenants because they're likely to ...

Feb 14, 2020

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How Do You Make It Work as a Live-In Landlord?

A lot of people want to start a rental property business. But because of rising expenses, some ...

Feb 07, 2020

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Managing Your First Rental Property? Here's How to Guarantee Success

Getting into the rental property business is an exciting venture. Maybe you've been dreaming to...

Feb 04, 2020

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What Should You Do If You Have Demanding Renters?

There are those renters who frustrate landlords because they make excessive demands. I remember...

Jan 31, 2020

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Seven Ways Landlords Can Save Time

Are you struggling to manage your responsibilities as a landlord? When it comes to running...

Jan 29, 2020

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6 Things to Keep in Mind When Handling Tenant Conflicts

Two people living under the same roof can be unpredictable at times. We’re talking about ...

Jan 24, 2020

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What Makes a Good Lease Agreement?

A lease agreement is a legal contract between a landlord and a tenant. It highlights their obli...

Jan 21, 2020

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Apartment Cleaning Hacks That Will Make Your Life Easier

Sometimes, cleaning your apartment can be intimidating. Getting rid of dirt and mess is a never...

Jan 14, 2020

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The 6 Common Problems That Landlords Face (And How to Deal With Them)

From damages to late rental payments, there's a long list of problems that landlords face. The ...

Jan 10, 2020

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7 Airbnb Hosting Mistakes You Need to Avoid

Have you thought of becoming a host on Airbnb? Because it’s a wonderful opportunity to ea...

Jan 07, 2020

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How to Attract Gen Z Renters to Your Apartment

As of today, millennials dominate the rental market. But landlords need to prepare themselves b...

Jan 03, 2020

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Important Trends That May Affect Landlords in 2020

As a landlord who's about to enter 2020, there are some things you should know that could ...

Jan 01, 2020

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Conquer 2020: New Year’s Resolutions for Landlords

Landlord, are you ready to conquer 2020? The New Year is about to come and with that, it’...

Dec 26, 2019

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7 Ways to Keep Your Tenants Safe This Holiday Season

Christmas Eve is fast approaching. Most likely, you’re done decorating your home - and so...

Dec 12, 2019

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How Do You Manage Multiple Rental Properties At Once?

Managing one rental property is doable. Any landlord can do it. But multiple rental properties?...

Dec 11, 2019

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Simple Decorating Ideas for Small Rental Spaces

There are many benefits of living in a small apartment. Not only is the rent cheaper, but a sma...

Dec 06, 2019

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8 Work-Life Balance Tips for Landlords

Becoming a do-it-yourself landlord is a brilliant way to earn passive income and retire early. ...

Dec 04, 2019

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What's the Best Type of Flooring for Your Rental Property? (6 Optio...

Rental properties undergo more wear and tear than your own home. That’s because tenants c...

Nov 29, 2019

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Top Mistakes to Avoid When Screening Tenants

Can you imagine the consequences of renting out your home to the wrong tenants? Experienced lan...

Nov 27, 2019

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How Do You Avoid Losing Good Tenants in Your Rental Property?

It is every landlord's goal to keep his rental property filled so that money continuously flows...

Nov 22, 2019

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Noisy Tenants and How Landlords Can Handle Noise Complaints from Ne...

If your rental property is situated in the middle of nowhere, you have nothing to worry about w...

Nov 20, 2019

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Should You Rent to Section 8 Tenants? (Benefits and Challenges)

Whether you have one or more rental properties, surely, you'll be asking the question: Should I...

Nov 15, 2019

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7 Issues to Address Before and When a Tenant Moves In

Do you know what to do before a tenant moves in? Prior to welcoming tenants into your...

Nov 13, 2019

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What to Do If a Tenant Stops Paying Rent: Tips for Landlords

A landlord could feel very peaceful running his rental property business... until a c...

Nov 08, 2019

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Should You Stage Your Rental Property?

As people struggle with housing affordability, the rental market has become more competitive th...

Nov 05, 2019

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4 Property Management Tips for New Landlords

Are you a new landlord? If so, congratulations. You must be super excited to run your rental pr...

Oct 31, 2019

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Landlords Beware: How to Avoid Today's Top Tenant Scams

Like any business, landlording comes with risks. One of these risks is accepting a tenant who p...

Oct 29, 2019

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The Best Places to Find Tenants for Your Rental

Finding the right tenants for a rental property is one of the many tasks that landlords should ...

Oct 25, 2019

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8 Tips for Buying Your First Rental Property

Buying a rental property for the first time? It may cause a lot of stress for most aspiring lan...

Oct 22, 2019

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Helpful Tips for Landlords When Renting to Roommates

A big advantage of renting to roommates is that you're able to cater to more people who ne...

Oct 18, 2019

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Want to Earn Extra by Listing Your Home on Airbnb? Here's What You ...

Are you thinking of putting your house on Airbnb? Airbnb hosting is a great opportunity for a h...

Oct 15, 2019

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The Secrets to Happy Long-Term Tenants

As landlords, we often think about how to run a smooth-sailing business. But do we consider the...

Oct 11, 2019

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Furnished vs Unfurnished Rental Property: What's Best for You?

If you're thinking of becoming a landlord, you might be wondering if you should offer tenants a...

Oct 09, 2019

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How Can Your Tenants Help With Property Maintenance?

As the landlord, you’re legally bound to take care of property maintenance, most especial...

Oct 03, 2019

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5 Effective Ways to Resolve Tenant Complaints Peacefully

In your role as a landlord, you will come across both good and bad tenants. Of course, lesser p...

Oct 01, 2019

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The Top 9 Features of a Profitable Rental Property

Planning to start a rental property business?  For starters, you might want to do your se...

Sep 26, 2019

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Planning to Turn Your Place into an Airbnb Rental? Follow This Step...

One of the side hustles that you can do is renting out your space. It’s a great way to ea...

Sep 24, 2019

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Rent Control and Just Causes for Eviction

California was in the spotlight recently as news on the approval of Rent Cap Bill or Assembly B...

Sep 19, 2019

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California's Rent Control Law: What You Should Know

In a momentous event last Wednesday, California became the second to approve a statewide rent c...

Sep 17, 2019

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How to Finance a Rental Property

A British Philosopher named John Stuart Mill once said, “Landlords grow rich in their sle...

Sep 12, 2019

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What Makes a Rental Property Habitable?

Whether we rent or own, we all deserve a safe and clean space to live or work in because this h...

Sep 10, 2019

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6 Effective Ways to Deal With Problem Tenants

Do you have tenants who are constantly disrupting neighbors? Or are they causing a commotion an...

Sep 05, 2019

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8 Fall Maintenance Tips for Landlords

We all know what comes after autumn. With winter just around the corner, it’s best to sta...

Sep 04, 2019

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Top 7 Amenities That Tenants Look for in a Rental Property

You probably already know this: Whenever renters look around for a place to call home, they kee...

Aug 29, 2019

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How Do You Handle An Abandoned Pet In Your Rental Property?

You might feel bad hearing this, but yes, there are some tenants who leave their dear pets behi...

Aug 28, 2019

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Basic Rules That Should Be Included In Every Lease Agreement

A lease agreement, also called a rental agreement, is a legal contract that sets down the rules...

Aug 22, 2019

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Must-Learn Communication Tips for Landlords

It doesn't matter if you're a new landlord or have been running a rental business for years. Co...

Aug 20, 2019

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5 Things Landlords Are Not Supposed To Do During An Eviction

Landlords who do not study state and federal laws concerning the proper eviction process may fi...

Aug 15, 2019

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Need Suggestions for Finding and Removing Pet Urine in Your Rental?

Advertising your apartment as pet-friendly can open up your doors to 82% of tenants who have tr...

Aug 13, 2019

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9 Ways to Save Money as a Landlord

Are you spending more than you are earning on your rentals? If your asset has become a liabilit...

Aug 08, 2019

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Tips on Removing Sticky Tape Residue from the Surfaces of Your Rent...

It can be frustrating to bid farewell to your tenants not knowing that they left the rental pro...

Aug 06, 2019

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How to Verify a Prospective Tenant's Proof of Income

Tenants who pay rent late or refuse to pay at all is such a dilemma all too common am...

Aug 01, 2019

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The 5 Habits of Highly Effective Landlords

Do you want to set yourself up for success as a landlord? Highly effective landlords don’...

Jul 30, 2019

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How Landlords Can Handle a Burglary at Their Rental Property

When theft happens at your rental property, two things can happen: you and your tenant call 911...

Jul 25, 2019

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5 Awesome Tips to Simplify Your Life as a Landlord

Being a landlord is not an easy job, especially if you are the do-it-yourself kind of landlord....

Jul 23, 2019

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8 Legal Reasons a Landlord Can Enter an Apartment

As a newbie landlord, you want to build a good relationship with your tenants. But you also wan...

Jul 18, 2019

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Common Eviction Mistakes Landlords Should Avoid

The process of evicting a tenant can be stressful. Landlords can get emotional, and because of ...

Jul 16, 2019

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7 Things That Every Landlord Wishes Tenants Knew

In the eyes of tenants, their landlord's job is to collect rent payments and be at their beck a...

Jul 11, 2019

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Tenant Orientation: A Handy Checklist for Landlords

Turnovers can be stressful. You see to current tenants who move-out and conduct a new tenant or...

Jul 09, 2019

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7 Things Productive Landlords Do Differently

John is the typical landlord who lives in the same building as his tenants. His office is a cor...

Jul 04, 2019

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A Landlord's Guide to Enforcing a No-Smoking Policy

Smoking tenants cost landlords money. Repair and restoration costs add up when the occupant was...

Jul 02, 2019

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Steps To Turn Your House Into A Rental Property

If you’re looking to earn money by becoming a landlord, you might as well consider conver...

Jun 27, 2019

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Tenants Themselves Reveal These Potential Tenant Scams

It’s funny how tenants complain about landlords when they openly share their ideas on the...

Jun 26, 2019

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What Landlords Should Know About Renting out a House with a Pool

Pools in hot climates are an attractive feature that helps landlords earn more rent money. Many...

Jun 21, 2019

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Things You Should Do Before Renting out Your Property

Renting out a property entails a lot of commitment. Sure, becoming a landlord is a profita...

Jun 18, 2019

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Maintenance Tasks Tenants Are Responsible For

Even if you're the landlord, it doesn't mean that you're the only one with responsibilitie...

Jun 14, 2019

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Does Your Landlording Business Spark Joy?

Marie Kondo's book, Spark Joy, helps us to realize the importance of being organized and c...

Jun 12, 2019

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The Top Ways Landlords Can Minimize Risks and Liabilities

Owning a rental property has many benefits. It's an opportunity to earn passive income, an...

Jun 06, 2019

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Should You Avoid Renting to Close Friends?

Renting to close friends might sound like a good plan to get tenants fast, but later on, you wi...

Jun 04, 2019

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Spring Cleaning for Landlords: Must-Do Tasks This Spring

Landlords are responsible for making sure that every aspect of their rental property business i...

May 31, 2019

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A Summer Maintenance Checklist for Landlords

Summer is just around the corner, and now's the perfect time to get your rental property r...

May 28, 2019

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How to Choose Flooring for Your Rental Property

Replacing old flooring or installing a new one in your rental property is a major expense. Beca...

May 23, 2019

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Flipping Houses vs Renting out a Property: Which Is Better?

Flipping houses and renting out a property are two strategies in real estate that are often dis...

May 22, 2019

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Ways to Make Your Vacation Rental Appealing to Business Travelers

Marketing your vacation rental to business travelers is a smart strategy to generate posit...

May 16, 2019

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Here's How You Can Become A Great Airbnb Host

So you're thinking of renting out your property on Airbnb. That's a great idea, because not onl...

May 14, 2019

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How to Make a Great First Impression for Your Rental Property

When showing the rental property to a potential renter, you only have one opportunity to make a...

May 10, 2019

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Bed Bugs in Your Rental: What Should You Do?

Bed bug problems are common in certain cities. Examples are Cleveland OH, Los Angeles CA, and C...

May 02, 2019

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Smart Ways to Increase Your Rental Income Without Raising Rent

If there was an opportunity to boost your income as a landlord, you'd take it, right?...

Apr 30, 2019

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Do Landlords Need To Set-Up An LLC For Their Rental Property?

A business requires a lot of work to maintain. There are paperwork and taxes to be dealt w...

Apr 26, 2019

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Top Reasons Not to Return a Tenant's Security Deposit

The security deposit. It’s a hot topic for both landlords and tenants. As a landlord, you...

Apr 23, 2019

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5 Legal Reasons to Evict a Tenant

While you may not always like the people renting your apartment, evictions should be legal...

Apr 18, 2019

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How Do You Handle Dirty Tenants?

At some point in your landlording journey, you will come across tenants who often leave the ren...

Apr 16, 2019

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Stay Away From These Tenant Screening Questions

It’s a landlord's responsibility to screen people to avoid having risky tenants. Asking q...

Apr 12, 2019

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Wearing Many Hats: Landlord Responsibilities You Should Know

Being a landlord allows you to build wealth by doing something that you've always dreamed of --...

Apr 09, 2019

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Keep These Pieces Of Information During Tenant Screening

The process of screening potential tenants can get overwhelming. As a landlord who desires to o...

Apr 05, 2019

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5 Ways to Improve Your Reputation as a Landlord

If you plan on becoming a do-it-yourself landlord, one of the things you should do to help your...

Apr 02, 2019

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How to Write an Eviction Notice to a Tenant

What is an eviction notice and what should landlords know about it? An eviction notice is a wri...

Mar 29, 2019

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Verify Tenant References and Get Accurate Information with These Tips

When you screen tenants, one of the things you do is to make sure that their references are leg...

Mar 26, 2019

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Thinking of Becoming a Landlord? Here's Why You Shouldn't Be One

Owning a rental property as a business is a good investment. There are some perks of running a ...

Mar 22, 2019

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How to Train Tenants to Treat Your Property Like Its Theirs

When you welcome a tenant into your rental property, are you confident that he/she will ta...

Mar 19, 2019

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Keep Your Rental Property Safe From Theft With These Simple Tips

You’re right to think that every property is vulnerable to theft. It's better to be safe ...

Mar 14, 2019

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How to Help Avoid an Airbnb or VRBO Nightmare (Tips for Renters)

So you’re super excited to go on a trip. Instead of booking a hotel, you’ve decided...

Mar 13, 2019

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Top Ideas for Your Tenant Newsletters

In a previous blog post, I talked about how writing a tenant newsletter can benefit your busine...

Mar 08, 2019

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How To Deal With Mold In Your Rental Property

Meet Lambert, a DIY landlord who had a mold problem in his rental a year ago. Yes, he knew...

Mar 05, 2019

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Renovation Tips for First-Time and DIY Landlords

Whether you’ve just bought your first rental property or have been running it as a do-it-...

Mar 01, 2019

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7 Ways to Avoid High-Risk Tenants

Rita just started her apartment business right after the building was constructed. She advertis...

Feb 27, 2019

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Typical Reasons Why Landlords Fail

Landlords, especially new landlords, make mistakes that cost them money. While mistakes are ine...

Feb 22, 2019

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What You Should Know About Premise Liability

Premises liability is a legal concept where an injury occurred on someone’s property beca...

Feb 20, 2019

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How To Handle Noise Complaints In Your Rental

If there is one thing that tenants often complain about, that is noise. Barking dogs, loud musi...

Feb 15, 2019

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10 Useful Tips for Attracting and Keeping Tenants

Anyone who has functioned as a landlord for years would agree that keeping tenants is as import...

Feb 13, 2019

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7 Signs You Should Upgrade Your Rental Kitchen (And Ways to Do It)

Do you know why the kitchen is the most important of your rental home? It’s where your te...

Feb 08, 2019

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What Landlords Should Know About Effective Rental Applications

Having a solid rental application is one powerful way to protect yourself as a landlord. It wil...

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8 Ways on How to Get Tenants to Pay Rent on Time

Landlords are unique and so are tenants. While there are tenants that pay on time, there are al...

Feb 01, 2019

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How Landlords Risk Income Loss (And Ways to Avoid It)

Small business landlords and first-time landlords are at risk of losing money. While landlordin...

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Getting Started in DIY Landlording? Here's What You Should Know

Starting a rental property business sounds exciting. A lot of people who want to be landlords a...

Jan 25, 2019

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Landlord Sued After Refusing to Rent to Ex-Con

While landlords can choose whom to rent to as long as conditions are reasonable, they should be...

Jan 22, 2019

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Landlord Stress and How to Manage It Effectively

Landlords face a number of situations that stress them out. If you’re going to be a landl...

Jan 18, 2019

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Landlord Tips That Could Help You Save More Time

Time is life’s most precious commodity. The same applies to landlording. When you own and...

Jan 10, 2019

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Top Landlord Tips to Know in 2019 and Beyond

Now is the best time to think about new strategies to implement and existing ones to improve. W...

Jan 09, 2019

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Are You Ready to Be a Landlord This Year? Answer These Questions First

If you’re reading this blog post right now, I have a question for you… Are you rea...

Jan 03, 2019

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Top Reasons Why Your Rental Is Still Vacant

An empty rental is one thing that all landlords want to avoid. You may already be owning one an...

Jan 02, 2019

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What Can a Landlord Deduct from a Security Deposit?

When a tenant is about to move into your rental property, he will be paying you a security depo...

Dec 13, 2018

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Landlord Tips and Tricks: How to Make Your Life Easier

Landlords want nothing more than to simplify their lives. Like any other business, renting out ...

Dec 11, 2018

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Essential Questions to Ask in a Rental Application

After you tour a prospective tenant around the rental, you’re now ready to give the perso...

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9 Creative Rental Marketing Tips for Landlords

If you happen to be a DIY landlord, most likely you do everything by yourself. This means that ...

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How to Choose a Great Rental Property: A Landlord’s Guide

How do I select my rental property? This is a question that most first-time landlords ask. True...

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The Art of Saying No to Tenant Requests: Tips for the New Landlord

Saying no is a difficult thing to do when you’re running a rental property business for t...

Nov 27, 2018

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8 Easy Ways to Boost the Curb Appeal of Your Rental Property

How do you make your rental apartment more desirable for potential tenants? Increasing your cur...

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How to Prepare Your Rental Unit for a New Tenant: 7 Turnover Tips

You’re done screening prospective tenants. Now it’s time to welcome them into their...

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Five Things That Landlords Must Never Do

It’s not just tenants who break the rules; landlords can be “nightmare landlords&rd...

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9 Ways to Maximize Revenue from Your Rental Property

Are you making the most out of your real estate investment? While being a landlord is an awesom...

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7 Maintenance Tips to Winter-Proof Your Rental Property

Winter can be hard on houses. And when you’re running a rental property business, you nee...

Nov 08, 2018

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How to Prevent Tenants from Damaging Your Rental Property

Property damage. Landlords despise these two words. After years of working so hard to put up a ...

Nov 06, 2018

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Landlords Beware: 8 Ways a Tenant Can Scam You

Tenant scams are everywhere, and they happen most often to landlords who do not follow a strict...

Oct 30, 2018

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The Disadvantages of Landscaping for Your Rental (And What You Can ...

Many landlords think about landscaping around their rental property because of the advantages i...

Oct 25, 2018

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Apartments Need More Charging Stations for EVs

Electronic vehicles are being considered beneficial by policymakers as these vehicles help redu...

Oct 23, 2018

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California Proposition 10: Your Questions Answered

Come November, Californians will be making a huge decision: to vote YES or NO on Proposition 10...

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How Do Real Estate Agents Get Paid?

Whether you’re planning to buy a home (to start a rental property business) or sell a hom...

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Encountered a nightmare tenant? Nightmare tenants are just around the corner and a landlord has...

Oct 09, 2018

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So a Tenant Disappeared... What Should You Do?

Late rent payments and forced evictions are problems that many landlords face. But when a landl...

Oct 04, 2018

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Ways Landlords Become Vulnerable to Rent Theft and How to Deal with It

Running a rental property business makes you prone to theft. Tenants and people you hire to hel...

Oct 02, 2018

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What Landlords Should Know About Minimizing Loss After Natural Disa...

Most areas in the United States are no stranger to natural calamities such as hurricanes, wildf...

Sep 27, 2018

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Landlord Tips for Managing First-Time Renters and Students

Even if you’ve been managing a rental property for years, you’ll feel some pressure...

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Great Marketing Ideas Every Landlord Should Consider

Whether you are new to the landlording business or have been managing rentals for years, your g...

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When Renting Makes More Sense Than Buying

Owning a house is considered to be one of the best decisions in life, but that doesn&rsquo...

Sep 18, 2018

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Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bill so Tenants Have More Days to Fight Evic...

On September 7, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that would allow tenants to have more time to re...

Sep 13, 2018

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How to Raise the Rent Without Losing Your Renters

“Tenant, there’s something important I want to say. I’m increasing the rent a...

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The Dilemma of Converting Apartment Rentals into Short Term Units

A landlord must keep his property occupied and while tenants don’t usually come and go, a...

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Buyers Beware: Home Sellers May Be Spying on You

If you are planning to buy a home, you should know that there’s a possibility that you&rs...

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Stories to Help You Understand the Importance of Tenant Screening

A landlord from Tulsa OK had a problem on recovering his property after a tenant of his br...

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The Biggest Mistakes to Avoid as a Landlord

Owning property is big work and running it for profit is a larger responsibility. While no...

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Should You Use Social Media for Screening Tenants?

Pretty much everywhere, social media is the norm. Even landlords use social media for many purp...

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Landlords, Watch out for These Potential Tenant Scams

Being in the landlording business definitely comes with risks, and one of these is you falling ...

Aug 22, 2018

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Tips for Tenants: How to Baby Proof Your Apartment

If you’re moving in with your baby, you need to pay more attention to safety. While livin...

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10 Websites to List Your Rental Property

Whether you’re a new or experienced landlord, most likely you know that nowadays, technol...

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How to Protect Tenants’ Personal Information

Part of the tenant screening process is collecting personal information. Most landlords don&rsq...

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Top Time Management Tips for Landlords

As your landlording business grows, one of the things you’ll need help with is time manag...

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Messy Tenants and How to Deal with Them

Late payments, excessive noise, risky behaviors… what other challenges do landlords face...

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7 Tips to Reduce the Risks of Landlording

Landlording comes with a ton of risks, as with any business. To make the most out of your landl...

Jul 24, 2018

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Renting to Tenants with Pets: Tips to Follow

“Should I allow tenants with pets?” Nowadays, more and more landlords ask themselve...

Jul 19, 2018

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6 Traits That Make a Good Tenant

You can invest in various strategies to increase the success of your rental business. But one t...

Jul 18, 2018

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Reasons to Have a Tenant Newsletter and Tips When Writing One

Tenant news...what? A tenant newsletter. In this day and age where communication has become ext...

Jul 12, 2018

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Is Your Rental Family-Friendly? 5 Tips That Help

Looking to attract good families to your rental? A lot of landlords assume that they should mak...

Jul 10, 2018

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Inherited Tenants and How to Deal With Them

Just bought your first rental property? Congratulations! If the property comes with existing te...

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Should You Rent to College Students? The Benefits and Potential Risks

So you’re playing with the idea of renting your property to college students. Is it a goo...

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A Guide to Understanding What Millennial Renters Want

Are you a millennial landlord? If you answer yes, most likely you know what potential millennia...

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What Landlords Should Know About Tenant Onboarding

The tenant onboarding process starts from the application and ends by the time the tenant moves...

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How to Take Better Photos for Your Rental Listing to Stand Out

If you are planning to rent out a property, the one thing you’d care about the most is ge...

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A Guide to Move Out Inspections With Tenants

When a tenant moves out, a first-time landlord wonders what his responsibilities will be. This ...

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How to Be a Good Landlord and Have Happier Tenants

When people enter landlording for the first time, most often they assume that all they should d...

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7 Ways for Landlords to Decrease Rental Vacancy Rates

It’s a normal thing for landlords to experience vacancies. After all, tenants have the ri...

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Renting to Roommates: 6 Helpful Tips for Landlords

Today, we’re going to focus on the topic of renting to roommate tenants. The reason is th...

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Should You Become a Landlord? 5 Reasons It's Worth It

Yesterday, I came across an interesting post about the reasons why one must never become a land...

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Tips for Carrying Out a Rental Property Inspection

Rental property inspections are more than necessary for landlords. When done on a consistent ba...

May 22, 2018

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How to Manage Your Rental from Around the Globe

You might not believe this to be true, but yes, being a remote landlord is possible. A remote l...

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How to Find a Reliable Contractor for Your Rental Property

Last year, I wrote a blog post about hiring a maintenance worker you can entrust your rental re...

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Renter’s Insurance: How It Benefits Landlords

No matter how we try to convey the importance of something to our tenants, they may not treat i...

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7 Affordable Upgrades That Add Value to Your Rental

Sometimes landlords approach me and say that they wished they didn’t run a rental propert...

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Why Should You Collect Rent Online? 5 Reasons to Do It

Manual rent collection has presented a ton of problems to landlords who want to get paid on tim...

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Get Paid On Time: Rent Collection Tips for New Landlords

It’s not uncommon for first-time landlords to make mistakes. One of the most important le...

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Renting Out Your Spare Room? Here's a Guide That Helps

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Eco-Friendly Rentals: How to Make Your Property Greener

If you’re thinking about making improvements in your rental property business, consider g...

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5 Must-Know Spring Maintenance Tips for Landlords

Winter months have ended and it’s the perfect time for landlords to do some spring mainte...

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Does Landlording Cause You Stress? 6 Ways to Handle It

Whether you own one rental property or more, it’s not easy to be a landlord. Stress is re...

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Communication: The Key to a Healthy Landlord-Tenant Relationship

Landlords and tenants want one thing: To have a good relationship that lasts. Maintaining a pos...

Apr 12, 2018

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Common Mistakes That First-Time Landlords Make

Practice makes perfect, so the saying goes. As someone who manages a property to rent out to te...

Apr 10, 2018

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7 Ways to Hold an Open House to Attract the Right Tenants

There’s nothing more confusing to people looking for places to rent than seeing a plain a...

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Essential SEO Tips for Your Rental Business

Have you built an online presence? Do you have a website that tenants can visit and check for a...

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How to Prepare Your Property for Rent

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Tenants need a home to live in, that’s why they need landlords. Landlords should make sur...

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Time and again, you hear people say that renting a home is a waste of money. You know that bein...

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Landlord Disclosures: Things You Should Tell Your Tenant

As a responsible landlord who adheres to federal, local, and state laws, there are things that ...

Mar 13, 2018

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We are no stranger to stories of tenants who fail to pay their rent and damage your rental in o...

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Do You Know Your Rental Rights? Here are 7 Things to Know as a Tenant

Most people who are renting have no idea that they have rights as tenants. These rights help an...

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Calif. renters will gain new legal protections & a doubled state tax credit; if lawmakers pas...

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Evictions: When a Tenant Refuses to Leave

Evictions are the worst part of landlording. No landlord would want to experience evicting tena...

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What to Do When Tenants Leave Their Belongings Behind

There will be times when you find yourself dealing with a tenant's abandoned personal belonging...

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Changing the Lease

Landlords often want to propose changes to the lease agreement. If you as a landlord would want...

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Roommate Conflict Scenarios

Sometimes, prospective tenants may come to you and tell you that they are going to be roommates...

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Landlord's Entry or Access to Rental Property

Today, we are going to talk about your access rights to your rental unit. As a landlord, you mi...

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Lease Clause: Joint And Several Liability An important lease clause that you should not m...

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Finding and Hiring an Attorney for Your Rental Unit

Many landlords can handle tenant issues by themselves without legal help. However, you may come...

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Finding and Hiring a Property Manager for Your Rental Unit

At some point, you may decide that you no longer want to be a do-it-yourself landlord and you w...

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Finding and Hiring Maintenance Workers for Your Rental Unit

Unless you have a background in construction and repair work, you can't handle all maintenance ...

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Maintenance and repair issues can happen anytime in a renter's tenancy period. Tenants may call...

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Lease Clause: Renter's Insurance A common mistake that renters make is assuming that landlords...

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After you have drafted your lease, exchanged it with a tenant, and received your first month's ...

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Having the Lease Signed

In this article, I will be discussing with you the move-in process. After you have put together...

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Lease Agreement: Things Your Rental Lease Should Contain

A rental agreement or lease form specifies all the rules and expectations that a landlord and t...

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How Do You Turn Down a Tenant Applicant the Right Way?

Some landlords find it hard to reject a tenant applicant. You might feel uncomfortable to say "...

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3 Ways to Screen Potential Tenants

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Showing Your Rental Property to Prospective Tenants

After you've successfully advertised your rental property, interested applicants may start cont...

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Rental Housing Modifications for Disabled Tenants

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) covers rental housing. As a landlord, it's impor...

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Assistance Animals and Your Obligations as a Landlord

Today, we are going to talk about Assistance Animals. There are 3 types of Assistance Animals, ...

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Finding a Tenant and Advertising Your Rental Unit

Have you decided to rent out your unit? In your search for potential tenants to rent your prope...

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A security deposit is a sum of money which you collect from your tenant on top of the first mon...

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Buyers, especially beginners consider condominiums as good investment properties for the reason...

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Previously, we've tackled the lesson on Things to Consider Before You Rent Your Property. Sever...

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Considerations on Pricing Your Unit

A common question that landlords ask is: "How much can I rent out my property for?" Properly p...

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Section 8 Program for Government-Subsidized Housing

As you put your first unit up for rent, you are going to get tenants who may ask the question, ...

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Basic Record Keeping System for Landlords

Keeping all records of your business as a landlord can be daunting at the beginning especially ...

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Insurance Issues for Landlords

As a landlord, it is important to safeguard yourself from the possibility of financial loss or ...

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Things to Consider Before You Rent Your Property

The first thing you need is to decide whether you should rent or sell your property. In order t...

Feb 14, 2017

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