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The 10 Most Important Points for Your Home Inspection

January 30, 2019

Before you finalize your home purchasing decision, you need to get a home inspection. While not legally required, this is your last chance to evaluate the true condition of the property, and ensure you’re getting what you pay for. But if you want to inspect appropriately, and get the most out of your work, you… [Read More]

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Is There a Cycle to Home Prices in Katy, TX?

January 28, 2019

If you’re thinking about buying a home in the Katy, Texas area, whether it’s for your family or to use as a rental property, you might wonder whether there’s a cycle to the property prices in the area. If home prices rise and fall at steady, predictable intervals, it makes sense to wait to buy… [Read More]

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10 Important Tips for Managing a Multifamily Rental Property

January 25, 2019

One of the most commonly sought options for new landlords is a multifamily property. The idea is fairly straightforward; with a single property, you can have multiple separate units and multiple separate families, resulting in more cash flow overall, and more stability compared to a single-family home.

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8 Tenant Damages That Don’t Count As Normal “Wear And Tear”

January 23, 2019

You collect security deposits as a means to repair damage caused by tenants and their guests. Texas law allows you to use security deposits only for repairs beyond normal wear and tear. You can’t use a tenant’s security deposit for cabinet refacing or upgrading appliances. Normal wear and tear refers to the deterioration of a… [Read More]

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6 Tips For Houston Landlords Who Live With Their Tenants

January 21, 2019

Life with roommates isn’t easy, but sometimes it’s necessary to rent out your spare room(s) to pay the bills. Whether or not you have previous experience as a landlord, these 6 tips will make it easier to live with a tenant:

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How to Get Your Kids to Carry Their Weight Around the House

January 18, 2019

Raising kids is by far the toughest and most exciting challenge you’ll undertake in your lifetime. There are moments where it’s all joy and satisfaction, as well as periods of time where you seem to be fighting a no-win battle.  One of the toughest challenges parents face is getting children to carry their weight around… [Read More]

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The Top Sources of Contention Between Tenants and Landlords

January 16, 2019

When you think of the greatest rivalries of your time, what comes to mind? There’s Tom vs. Jerry, Yankees vs. Red Sox, Batman vs. Joker, Peps vs. Coke…and the list could go on. But for some, they would also include the rivalry of tenant vs. landlord.

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8 Things You Should Never Let a Tenant Do in Your Rental Property

January 14, 2019

Renting out a house to a random tenant comes with potential risks and rewards. In a perfect world, the tenant respects your property, delivers a rent check on time, and everyone is happy. But we don’t live in a perfect world and these sorts of renters are few and far between. To prevent yourself from… [Read More]

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Airbnb vs. Long-Term Rental: Which is The Best Rental Strategy?

January 11, 2019

While we often use oversimplified terms to describe real estate investments, every situation is unique. When it comes to rental properties and identifying the best rental strategy, some investors find short-term investments to be most profitable, while others prefer long-term rentals. Understanding how each could fit into your overarching strategy will allow you to make… [Read More]

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How to Make Your Home Healthier for the Entire Family

January 9, 2019

For most homeowners, their house is the place where they spend the most time throughout any given week. Thus, it makes sense that you’d want your home to be as healthy as possible. But if you don’t have a plan in place, then your home probably isn’t as healthy as it could be.