How to Make Your Property “Green”

Making your rental property “green” is easier than you think. More and more landlords are going green with their properties. And even more and more don’t know where to begin. Here are some tips to get you started:   Reduce Flow Replacing your faucets and toilets with low-flow faucets and toilets can reduce water usage [...]

3 Things to Consider After A Property Fire

Most landlords see fires as uncommon occurrences. But that doesn’t mean fires cannot possibly occur. Best case scenario, nobody gets hurt. Property is replaceable, lives are not. Take a look at these things to consider in the aftermath of a fire.   Health and Safety The number one thing to remember after a fire is [...]

5 Reasons Why Landlords Should Hire A Property Manager

A property manager can be a great asset to your real estate or rental business. However, they are expensive. So make your decision wisely. If you are debating to hire a property manager or not, see the factors below:   To Lighten Responsibilities If you have many rental properties or many responsibilities, or both, then [...]

Should You Allow Pet Owners As Tenants?

Renting out property is time-consuming enough as it is. Pets are just one additional factor that many landlords do not have time to deal with, which is understandable if you have property that is easily damaged. However, it might be to your advantage to allow pet owners as tenants. But this is all a case-by-case [...]

We Warned You That Your Online Data Wasn’t Safe

Have YOU been affected by the Heartbleed bug? Yes, either directly or indirectly! We’ve been warning for quite some time now that your online data IS NOT safe! Now comes the Heartbleed bug… My passwords have been compromised???   This is a major problem that affects nearly everyone. For the past two years the SSL [...]

The Master Checklist Every Landlord Needs

No matter how long you have been in this business, mistakes happen. Every good landlord should have a checklist of items needed before a tenant moves in. Here we have a sample 3-part checklist for you to use! Some items may not apply to your business or your properties (i.e. property items like sheds). You [...]

US Tax Court Ruling Can Save Real Estate Professionals Millions

As a real estate professional, you most likely already know that you can deduct as many rent losses as you would like and you do not need to pay the 3.8% net investment income tax on your income. You can save on taxes whether you make or lose money. And just last week, it got [...]

Why Memes Work for Property Advertising

More often than not, landlords will post to social media about their next big event or any other blog post they see online relating to their business and will typically get a dry reaction. Many people find this annoying or just plain boring. But in 2012, social media advertising changed when memes rose to fame. [...]

What To Do When A Tenant Breaks the Lease

Every landlord will most likely experience a tenant bailing before the end of their lease. And if you haven’t already, don’t hold your breath. It will happen. Sometimes the tenant has good reason to whether it’s due to a family emergency or a job transfer. Other times, the tenant’s only excuse is “I want to [...]

What You Should Know About Co-Signers

With graduation slowly on the horizon and as young adults move on to the next phase of their life, you may find many prospects who have no rental history or do not have a good credit score. You may feel uneasy. If this is you, you may want a co-signer. What is a Co-Signer? This [...]