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10 Tips for Reducing Risk as a Landlord

February 26, 2015

Being a landlord comes with dozens of unique benefits and advantages. However, if you aren’t careful, you may also open yourself up to unnecessary risks. The key is to protect and look out for yourself, above all else. Have you taken the time and effort to protect yourself from future issues, legal disputes, and problems… [Read More]

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How to Handle Security Deposits as a Houston Landlord

February 24, 2015

While working through a lease agreement with a new tenant might seem normal, avoid the tendency to glaze over the details. Upon ending a tenant-landlord relationship, security deposit issues are among the most common problems people have. It’s important that you develop a specific strategy for implementing and explaining your security deposit to tenants.

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10 Marketing Tips to Help You Rent Your Properties

February 19, 2015

When the average person thinks about real estate, their mind immediately jumps to homes for sale. Marketing these homes is important for landlords, and considerable effort should be made. Just because a for-sale and for-rent sign look fairly similar, doesn’t mean the approach here should be identical. Often, there are nuances and differences between the… [Read More]

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How Tenant Screening Works and the Things You Must Look At

February 17, 2015

One of the best ways to diminish vacancy and turnover rates is through proper tenant screening. While first impressions can tell you a lot, you need more than a brief meeting to determine who you’re dealing with. It’s imperative that you perform a comprehensive evaluation of every tenant you consider.

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How to Set the Right Rent for Your Properties

February 12, 2015

Whether it’s your first time renting a property, or you’re an experienced landlord, setting the proper rent price will help determine your financial success. Ideally, you would like to set the rent as high as possible to maximize your cash flow. However, in reality, there is more to setting a rent price than determining how… [Read More]

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The Value of Staging Your Rental Properties

February 10, 2015

Even though a tenant isn’t looking to buy, they still want to live in a clean, comfortable home. They want to be proud of where they live, even if it’s not their property. If you want to maximize your rent in a competitive market, or make your property more appealing in a slow market, consider… [Read More]

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How to Handle Late Rent Excuses from Tenants

February 5, 2015

As a landlord, you’ll quickly be forced out of your comfort zone. For individuals who strive to avoid confrontation or offending others, it can be easy to become a pushover landlord. Unfortunately, you won’t last long with this kind of reputation. You need to tackle late rent issues head-on to avoid any future catastrophes. Do… [Read More]

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When Renting Makes More Sense Than Selling

February 3, 2015

When moving into a new home, people often choose to sell their previous residence. Most of the time, selling makes the most sense. There are situations, however, where it’s more beneficial to rent out the property instead. It’s important to look at all of the facts, especially when making such a big decision.