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Staging Rentals

4 Tips for Staging Rentals: Small Changes Make a Big Difference

While some might think that the added process of staging rentals is only important for selling homes or renting big complexes, large or small, a tenant’s first impression is something you can never get back. It’s hit or miss, and when you’re looking to have someone sign on the dotted line today, it’s important that you hit from the moment they walk in. According to celebrity stager, Meredith Baer,Read more
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Renters Insurance: Why It Isn’t Too Much to Ask

As the number of renters in America has increased in recent years, so has the number of people buying renters insurance. According to a 2016 Insurance Information Institute poll, 41 percent of renters said they have insurance – a small number compared to the 95 percent of homeowners who have homeowners insurance, but a notable increase from 29 percent of renters in 2011. Renters insurance is on the riseRead more
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Tenant’s Furniture Left Behind After Move Out – Whose is it?

Tenants are prone to leaving things behind during a move out. More often than not, it’ll be little more than trash and used cleaning supplies, but what is to be done when there’s furniture left behind? If you have new tenants moving in, clearing out the property quickly and entirely is one of your top priorities. How you should handle these items – from furniture to a pile ofRead more
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Easy Ways to Add Personality to Your Property Listings

There are numerous sites dedicated to helping potential tenants find rental properties, and competition on them is fierce – 84% of renters turn to the Internet to find their next apartment or house. So when a potential tenant is scrolling through the hundreds upon hundreds of property listings in your area, it’s absolutely essential that you take the necessary steps to make yours stand out. You don’t want otherRead more
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Paint by Renters: 5 Easy Steps to Smartly Let Your Renters Paint

It’s a familiar situation. You hire professional painters, get the whole interior a crisp, clean, incredible white, and some lucky tenants are swept off their feet just enough to bite. Surely it was the immaculate floor to ceiling coverage of that Sherwin Williams SW7028 that sold them. But then, about a month into their stay, you get a call. It's your tenants. They want to make some changes. ShouldRead more
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The Dos and Don’ts of a House Showing

It’s little secret that the internet age has fundamentally changed the real estate market. According to a joint study by Apartments.com and Google, 72 percent of renters start their apartment search online. But even as real estate goes increasingly digital, it’s important to remember the importance of a house showing. Sure, you can post your property on every real estate website known to man and spruce it up withRead more
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How to Handle Long-Term Guests

As a landlord, finding out that someone has been living on your property unbeknownst to you is far from good news. Long-term guests aren’t bound by the terms and conditions of the lease, so having them reside with your actual tenants is a problem waiting to happen. If you’ve found yourself wondering why the office has suddenly been changed to a makeshift bedroom or the couch in the livingRead more
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Are Brokers and Leasing Agents Worth the Investment?

So you’re a landlord with a good amount of vacant units and you’re faced with a tough decision, how do I fill them? You have a few options: place an ad online, contact your current tenants and see if they have any friends looking for a place, or… hire a broker or leasing agent to find a renter for you.  Under the right circumstances, brokers or leasing agents can beRead more
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Subletting: the Good, the Bad, and the Manageable

If you are not already familiar with subletting, now, before your new lease term starts, is the time dig deeper. Subletting occurs when your lease-signing tenant rents out their spot in your property for a certain period of the lease term. You will hear the word, “sublet” tossed around on college campuses more than anywhere else. This is due to the mobility of students throughout the year: beginning internships,Read more
Overlooked lease items

3 Overlooked Lease Items You Should Include

Any seasoned landlord knows the importance of an air-tight lease agreement.  For some, that means paragraph after paragraph detailing every imaginable scenario and conflict.  For others, it’s just a couple of pages.  Neither approach is necessarily better than the other.  In fact (and this shouldn’t be news to you), length has no effect on the legal validity of a lease.  But there are a few key pieces of informationRead more

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