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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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Know the Reasons Why People Move to Better Understand Their Renting Needs

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Feb 18

Know the Reasons Why People Move to Better Understand Their Renting Needs

The most recent U.S. Census revealed several reasons why people move. Understanding these motivations, as a landlord, can help you better attract and serve the renters who will populate your properties. Making a new start A large percentage of renters move because of a life change, such as an altered marital status, an employment change […]

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Cold Weather Tips to Keep Your Rental Properties Warm in Winter

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Feb 04

Cold Weather Tips to Keep Your Rental Properties Warm in Winter

It’s been a colder-than-usual-winter this year in much of the country, and, ideally, you’ve already fortified your rental properties to protect against the effects. But have you done all you can to help your residents through the bitter cold weather? Share these weather tips with them to help your residents stay safe and warm in […]

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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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How to Pick the Right Pieces for Your Furnished Rental Home

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Sep 23

How to Pick the Right Pieces for Your Furnished Rental Home

Renting a furnished property can open your rental home up to a whole new market. And though providing furnishings isn’t the right approach for every property, it can allow you to both charge more and create more demand. Ahead, we have tips on how to pick just the right piece for each room of a […]

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Should You Rent to a Resident with Pets?

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Sep 09

Should You Rent to a Resident with Pets?

Residents with pets are an important sector of the renting population, but making your property available to animals carries its own set of risks. Read on for the pros and cons of renting to residents with pets. Allowing pets increases your resident pool Most pet owners are responsible, committed “parents” of their furry friends and […]

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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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Landlords Can Take Vacation, Too: How to Get Away with Peace of Mind

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Aug 12

Landlords Can Take Vacation, Too: How to Get Away with Peace of Mind

Landlords can get away with having a little vacation fun — just like anybody else! Follow these vacation preparation tips to keep your peace of mind and leave your landlord thoughts behind as you travel. Find a property sitter You will need someone to be on call to take care of your rental properties while […]

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How to Make Your Rental Property Feel Like Home to Prospective Residents

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Jun 24

How to Make Your Rental Property Feel Like Home to Prospective Residents

Prospective residents aren’t just looking for a place to rent; they are looking for a place to call home. You’ll want to make YOUR rental property stand out and shout “this is your new home!” to these prospects. Follow these tips to create the homey rental property that will practically rent itself. You may end […]

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Should You Install an Alarm System for Your Rental Property?

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May 06

Should You Install an Alarm System for Your Rental Property?

Installing an alarm system for your rental property can act as a value-add for incoming residents and make current renters extremely happy. Read on for more reasons why residents will be pleased to see a security alarm on the list of your property’s amenities. A sense of security Most residents would welcome the chance to […]

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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 Know When You Need Help Managing a Rental Property

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Mar 20

How to Know When You Need Help Managing a Rental Property

Renting a property requires a broad skill set to match an ever-changing set of challenges. What you might have been able to handle at one point in your career as a landlord may alter over time. Read on for the aspects of property management that might inspire you to call in reinforcements to help you […]

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Encourage a Sense of Community Among Your Residents

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Mar 05

Encourage a Sense of Community Among Your Residents

A sense of community offers a variety of benefits that can improve your renting bottom line. Making sure that services are provided and promoted can make community members more willing to stick around, living in harmony with you and their fellow residents. Check out these ideas. Easy payment Making it easy for residents to pay […]

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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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Buying Appliances for Your Rental Property

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Feb 04

Buying Appliances for Your Rental Property

Sooner or later, you’ll have to replace an appliance in your rental property. But what’s the best way to do it cost effectively? You’ll need to balance quality, longevity and price to provide your current residents and future renters the equipment they need to keep their lives running smoothly. Do you need bells and whistles? […]

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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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Little Tricks to Make Your Rental Property More Appealing

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Jan 07

Little Tricks to Make Your Rental Property More Appealing

When the budget to refurbish your rental property is modest, look for small, reasonable projects to improve your property’s appeal. We’ve collected some easy, lower-price ways to make it look like you’ve spent a lot of money to keep your property looking good. Look at it with strangers’ eyes It’s easy to become blind to […]

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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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Market Your Tech-Friendly Rental Home to Young Renters

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Dec 05

Market Your Tech-Friendly Rental Home to Young Renters

Tech-savvy residents — especially those who are younger — expect to be fully connected just about everywhere they go. Are you ready to accommodate their needs with the latest innovations in your rental properties? Read on for some of the mod cons that your next crop of renters will likely expect. More bandwidth Many young […]

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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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Offer High-Tech Options in Your Rental Property

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Nov 05

Offer High-Tech Options in Your Rental Property

Modern renters, especially younger ones, expect certain high-tech options in a rental property. Depending on the demographic and rental price you’re shooting for, you could include many of these amenities and build their cost into your rental fee structure. Read on for some of the high-tech possibilities that could bring you the renters you want […]

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How to Decide When to Update Amenities in Your Rental Property

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Oct 22

How to Decide When to Update Amenities in Your Rental Property

Take a walk through your rental properties as if you were a prospective renter. Consider what the competition might be doing, and ask yourself: are the amenities your property offers modern enough to attract the renters you want? What you invest in money, effort and time will likely come back to you in the form […]

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How to Work With a Demanding Renter

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Oct 08

How to Work With a Demanding Renter

As a landlord, it’s inevitable that you will encounter challenging residents sooner or later. They may be problem renters who don’t pay their rent or violate the terms of your lease agreement in other ways. Or they may simply be irritating, making unreasonable demands on your time or asking for unrealistic improvements. It is preferable, […]

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