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Get to Know the Neighborhood of Renters You are Serving

By Amber

Here’s a surprisingly simple way to increase the value of your rental property: get to know the neighborhood! The more involved you are, the easier it is to find areas of the community that you can help improve. Understanding and supporting the neighborhood you serve will also encourage others show pride in where they live. […]

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Can You Brand a Neighborhood?

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Mar 18

Can You Brand a Neighborhood?

In an age of social media and personal brands, is it possible to brand an entire neighborhood? You bet it is! Creating a buzz is easier than you might think. Here are some tips to create a great neighborhood brand… and spread the word. Look for the story The first step of neighborhood branding is […]

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How to Sell a Prospect on Your Rental Property — without a Big Sales Pitch!

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Mar 04

How to Sell a Prospect on Your Rental Property — without a Big Sales Pitch!

If you’re like many people who’d prefer to avoid the hard-sell approach to renting a property, take heart. There are some simple, direct and effective ways to help the features of your property speak for themselves. Read on for tips on how to sell a prospect on your rental, seemingly without selling at all! Forget […]

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Top Real Estate Projections for 2014

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Jan 21

Top Real Estate Projections for 2014

Though no market analyst has a crystal ball handy, understanding real estate trends and the larger economic factors which affect them can be almost as good for making predictions about the coming year. Read on for what some experts see as the top rental property projections for 2014. Home prices continue to rise Last year […]

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Remember Potential Tax Breaks When You Own Rental Properties

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Jan 07

Remember Potential Tax Breaks When You Own Rental Properties

As you move into 2014 as a rental property owner, keep in mind which tax deductions you might likely benefit from. You may be surprised by the tax breaks you qualify for. Read on for some of the possibilities and check with your accountant for even more. Just be sure to keep careful records throughout […]

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Highlight the Advantages of a Rental Home Over an Apartment Space

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Nov 19

Highlight the Advantages of a Rental Home Over an Apartment Space

Rentals continue to hold ever-growing advantages over home ownership for more and more Americans across the country. But what kind of rental home is most desirable for these residents? Read on for ways to show your prospective residents that a rental home is the way to go! Space, space, space Having an entire structure to […]

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Emphasize Safety for the Holiday Season with Your Residents

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Nov 05

Emphasize Safety for the Holiday Season with Your Residents

The holiday season brings great distractions: home decorations, travel and family time spent together. With the fun and occasional stresses of all this activity, a few rental home safety precautions are in order. Read on for tips you can give your residents to help them stay happy and healthy by practicing seasonal safety. You’ll let […]

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Make Sure You Follow Local Laws When Renting Your Property

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Oct 15

Make Sure You Follow Local Laws When Renting Your Property

Finding residents for your property is only one task among many faced by a landlord or property manager. You’ll also need to ensure that your management practices fit with local laws, which are typically in flux. Ignorance won’t gain any sympathy for your case if you happen to face legal ramifications from complaints lodged by […]

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Make It Look Easy: Tips to Make the Most of Your Home Rental Efforts

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Oct 01

Make It Look Easy: Tips to Make the Most of Your Home Rental Efforts

When you make home rental easier for your residents, you make it easier on yourself, as well. Check out these landlord tips to capitalize on tactics that cut your workload and your vacancy rate without quite so much effort on your part! Calls to action (CTAs) This basic marketing tenet may seem self-evident, but are […]

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Create Engaging Community Email Newsletters to Keep Renters in the Know

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Aug 26

Create Engaging Community Email Newsletters to Keep Renters in the Know

Sending out a community newsletter by email is a great way to keep your presence top-of-mind with renters and also keep them informed about policies, property upgrades, availability and relevant news. How do you make sure your residents read and care about your content, rather than leave your emails unopened? Ahead, we offer strategies to […]

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Share Yard Sale Guidelines with Your Renters

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Jun 10

Share Yard Sale Guidelines with Your Renters

From time to time, your residents might want to hold a yard sale in the rental home you manage. These sales are a good way to make money and keep old junk from cluttering up your rental property. Before your residents hold a yard sale, you might want to share a few guidelines for them […]

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Track Your Property’s Utility Usage

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Apr 15

Track Your Property’s Utility Usage

When you are trying to rent out your rental home to potential residents, the more information you can give them about the rental property, the better. Here are a few ways you can monitor your rental property’s utility costs to use as a potential selling point to potential renters. Why track your utilities? It’s a […]

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Assist Prospective Residents with Helpful Online Tips

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Apr 01

Assist Prospective Residents with Helpful Online Tips

Adding value for your prospective renters is a great way to entice them to become long-term residents. One powerful way to target your customer service is to provide free, helpful services up front, like moving tips. Why not become the friendly expert who generously provides this information? We’ll show you how! Make your website an […]

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How to Market Your Rental Home to Families

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Feb 21

How to Market Your Rental Home to Families

Families with children are often excellent candidates for renting a home. Check out these tips to place your best foot forward and make your property properly desirable for a renting family. Highlight new features Have you made updates or renovations to your rental home? If you have added new appliances, recently fixed the HVAC or […]

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How to Keep an Excellent Property Manager

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Jan 21

How to Keep an Excellent Property Manager

Once you find a great property manager, you’ll want to do what you can to hold on to him or her. A combination of factors can keep your manager happy. Be sure to do your part to provide elements that make the job rewarding and show how much you value the work your property manager […]

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How to Use Location to Market Your Rental Home

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Dec 17

How to Use Location to Market Your Rental Home

As a real estate professional, you know there isn’t a better selling point for a rental property than a great location. But can you leverage your property’s prime location to potential renters? We’ve got tips to help you play up what may be your property’s most marketable advantage. For urbanites Young and/or single renters tend […]

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How to Look for a Property Manager

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Nov 19

How to Look for a Property Manager

Having a property manager can be the difference between loving your rental properties — or wanting to get rid of them! But filling the position isn’t enough; you need to have a good fit for your work style, budget and personality. Read on for ways to choose the right property manager for your rental business. […]

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Know the Laws Regarding Access to Your Rental Property

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Sep 10

Know the Laws Regarding Access to Your Rental Property

As a landlord, you’ll have reason, on occasion, to enter your rented property, whether or not the renters are present. But you need to know the law before you do, or risk violating your resident’s rights. Read on for the circumstances under which you can access your rental property. Keep in mind that guidelines vary […]

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Financing Options for Rental Property

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Aug 27

Financing Options for Rental Property

As with any property, financing a rental can involve a number of different strategies. Your loan options depend on how you plan to approach your rental business and what financing terms work best for you. Types of loans Depending on the type of property you’re interested in, you could secure a residential loan for one […]

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Take a ‘Realty Check’ about Your Property Renting Experience

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Aug 13

Take a ‘Realty Check’ about Your Property Renting Experience

Before you decide to make the leap to landlord, consider what renting a property really entails. Getting a “realty check” now — before making a major investment — will help you know whether investing in a rental property is the right move for you. Investment First and foremost, acquiring rental property will require a financial […]

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Consider the Right Ways to Approach a Rent Increase

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Jul 16

Consider the Right Ways to Approach a Rent Increase

There are certain pieces of news no one wants to hear: a death in the family, the amount you owe for taxes… or that the rent is going up. So just how do you, as a landlord, tell your tenant what you have in mind? We’ve got some tips to help make the announcement without […]

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Marketing Your Rental Property to Senior Renters

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Jul 02

Marketing Your Rental Property to Senior Renters

As the population lives longer, the need for senior housing is on the rise. Housing for older residents is a sector of the real estate market that is predicted to grow faster than any other. So what are the aspects of a property that make it attractive to senior renters?  Proximity to services A main […]

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Place Your Rental Application Online for Ease of Use

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Jun 04

Place Your Rental Application Online for Ease of Use

As a renting professional, you’ve likely brought many aspects of your business into the digital age — so don’t forget about your rental application! If you’re not already familiar with them, an online rental application has benefits that make the paper version seem practically prehistoric. Save time The number one reason to use an online […]

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How to Make Your Rental Home Greener

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Apr 24

How to Make Your Rental Home Greener

Though the prospect of making your rental home “green” may sound like an expensive one with uncertain ROI, the effort and money spent are not only good for the environment: they also might help you rent the property! Green housing is becoming increasingly desirable, and making your properties more energy efficient will only make them […]

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Preparing a Rental Home for Child Safety

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Mar 26

Preparing a Rental Home for Child Safety

Though parents are ultimately responsible for keeping their children safe in their rental home, as a landlord, you can help make your property more kid-friendly. Take a look at these suggestions. Make sure you meet code Banisters and balcony railings are two places where children can meet deadly accidents. Check the code in your area […]

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Use Texting Technology in Your Home Renting and Retention Efforts

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Mar 12

Use Texting Technology in Your Home Renting and Retention Efforts

Mobile devices are quickly becoming the preferred way to get in touch with all kinds of consumers and can be a great method to reach potential residents. Read on for ways to leverage powerful, easy-to-use tools like texting to bring potential tenants to your rental properties and cement your relationship with current residents.  The power […]

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How to Make Your Rental Property Web Site Work for You

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Feb 27

How to Make Your Rental Property Web Site Work for You

Promoting your properties via the Internet is one of the most important things you can do to get the word out about them. You don’t necessarily even have to hire someone else to do it. Follow these easy steps to find your ideal residents for a small expense of money and effort.  Use the right […]

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Should You Conduct Market Research about Your Rental Property?

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Feb 02

Should You Conduct Market Research about Your Rental Property?

What exactly is market research and how can it help you fill your rental property? Read on for a crash course in how market research is done and what it could mean for your renting business.  Data, data, data! In a nutshell, market research is collecting and analyzing data related to the issues of marketing […]

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Multi-Unit Family Housing Industry Event in June

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Jun 19

Multi-Unit Family Housing Industry Event in June

The National Apartment Association will host the 2008 NAA Education Conference and Expo at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, FL. The event starts on 6/26/2008 and goes through 6/28/2008.

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