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How to Buy a Pet-Friendly House

August 27, 2020

Buying a house is a major commitment. You have to consider each person within your household. And if you have pets, you have to think about them as well. How will different homes and properties fit their needs? Which factors are most important? Can you find a place that makes everyone happy? These are questions… [Read More]

A Real Estate Investor’s Guide to Hiring People You Trust

August 25, 2020

Real estate investing doesn’t fit into the mold of a traditional business. Generally speaking, it’s not the kind of business where you have standard 9-to-5 hours, cubicles, breakrooms, and rigid HR policies. Whether you’re wholesaling land or renting out single-family properties to tenants, your business moves to the beat of a different drum. Having said… [Read More]

The Pros and Cons of Buying a Personal Residence in Cash

August 20, 2020

For the vast majority of the population, there’s only one realistic way to purchase a house. You call a few banks and credit unions, speak with lenders, and get pre-approved for a mortgage that specifies how much house you can buy. You then put down some cash to supplement the loan and spend the next… [Read More]

Don’t Let These Worst-Case Scenarios Deter You from Renting Your Property

August 18, 2020

Sometimes watching the news is a bad idea for landlords. There always seems to be some kind of crazy story about tenants who do strange things and cause intense damage to their rental unit. While the following worst-case scenarios are a possibility, they’re highly unlikely. However, tenants are unpredictable so you should be prepared to… [Read More]

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5 Things New Landlords Don’t Know About Managing Houston Rental Properties

August 13, 2020

Managing a rental property in Houston isn’t easy; you’ve got plenty to learn. You need to be well versed in landlord-tenant law, the Fair Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and many other federal, state, and local regulations. For example, Nolo.com explains that under Texas law, landlords are required to disclose certain information in… [Read More]

Concerned About Dishonest Applicants? Use These Screening Strategies

August 11, 2020

All landlords in Houston aim to find the best possible tenants, but sometimes that’s a difficult task. Fair Housing laws prevent landlords from getting too personal during the screening process and even when you don’t break any discrimination laws, some rejected tenants will file a lawsuit anyway.

How to Handle Late Rent During COVID-19 in Round Rock, Texas

August 8, 2020

Millions of landlords across the U.S. are dealing with a surge of late and unpaid rent. An estimated 1.3 million Texans have lost their jobs since mid-March, leaving many without any source of income. If you own a property with a federally-backed mortgage or get a federal subsidy, the CARES act establishes a moratorium on… [Read More]

11 Reasons Tenants Want to Live in Round Rock, Texas

August 7, 2020

Are you on a mission to buy investment property in an area that attracts plenty of people? Investing in property in Round Rock, Texas fits that bill. Just as there are plenty of things to do in Round Rock as a visitor, there are numerous reasons people pack up and move to Round Rock.

How Houston Landlords Can Handle Reasonable Accommodation Requests

August 6, 2020

Landlords in Houston might need to make modifications to a rental unit to accommodate a disabled tenant. The Fair Housing Act requires landlords to make reasonable modifications required for a disabled tenant to use the rental property safely. For example, a tenant who uses a wheelchair might ask their landlord to install a ramp, widen… [Read More]

7 Tips for Becoming a Profitable Landlord in Georgetown, Texas

August 6, 2020

Being a landlord isn’t glorious, but it can pay off if you do it right. If you’ve got investment property in Georgetown, Texas, here are 7 ways to make it profitable. Be cautious when tenants want to pay rent upfront Sometimes tenants will offer to pay multiple months’ rent upfront or even an entire year…. [Read More]