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11 Tips for Houston Landlords When Hunting for Tenants

11 Tips for Houston Landlords When Hunting for Tenants

April 14, 2022

Every landlord would love to have the perfect tenants, but there are some bad eggs out there, sad to say. Proper tenant screenings and background checks are a good start to avoid them. However, there are other factors you’d be smart to consider. Take a look at the 11 tips below to help you find… [Read More]

Is a Home Loan Truly “Good Debt”?

Is a Home Loan Truly “Good Debt”?

April 12, 2022

You might hear it said that buying a home with the help of a loan is always a good decision because a home loan is “good debt.” In a culture that regularly warns youngsters and financial novices about the dangers of debt and compound interest, this sounds like an oxymoron. Debt is often a financial… [Read More]

5 Good Reasons to Bid Above Asking Price

5 Good Reasons to Bid Above Asking Price (and 5 Bad Ones)

April 7, 2022

If you’re in the market for a new house, you might consider entering a bid above the asking price. For example, if the home is listed at $250,000, you could put in a bid of $260,000. Strategically, this move could make sense. The advantages are obvious; a higher price means your offer will be much… [Read More]

What Should You Do If You Don't Like Your Real Estate Agent

What Should You Do If You Don’t Like Your Real Estate Agent?

April 5, 2022

Your real estate agent is supposed to represent your best interests when buying or selling a home. In an ideal world, they’ll guide you through the process, provide you with advice, and ultimately lead you to a financial decision that you’re happy with. But what happens when your real estate agent doesn’t hold up their… [Read More]

What Could Cause the Texas Real Estate Market to Crash

What Could Cause the Texas Real Estate Market to Crash?

March 31, 2022

Homeowners in Texas have enjoyed exciting economic conditions over the past few years. People are flocking to the state in search of housing, and driving real estate prices higher than they’ve ever been – and far outpacing the growth of prior years prior. It’s definitely a seller’s market, so if you decide to list your… [Read More]

What’s the Best Way to Raise Rent for a Houston TX Tenant?

What’s the Best Way to Raise Rent for a Houston TX Tenant?

March 29, 2022

During the course of your property management activities, you may feel the impulse to raise the rent at one of your properties. There are many good reasons to do this, such as to cover new expenses like higher property taxes or HOA fees. You may also simply wish to increase your profits by keeping your… [Read More]

The 7 Most Common Tenant Complaints

The 7 Most Common Tenant Complaints (and How to Handle Them)

March 24, 2022

Not all tenants complain. In fact, many of your best tenants will remain content indefinitely: continuing to pay rent and reaching out only when the house or apartment clearly needs routine maintenance or a small-scale repair. But some tenants will complain on a semi-regular basis. If you’re unlucky, you might end up with a tenant… [Read More]

How to Manage Long-Term Guests in Your Houston Rental Properties

How to Manage Long-Term Guests in Your Houston Rental Properties

March 22, 2022

Tenants should be allowed to have guests stay a night or two, but long-term guests can pose a problem. Sometimes it’s just a friend or relative who’s visiting from out-of-town, but a long-term guest may include someone who has no intention of leaving. Technically, at some point a long-term guest becomes a tenant. What started… [Read More]

What to Do When a Tenant Won’t Pay Late Fees in Houston

What to Do When a Tenant Won’t Pay Late Fees in Houston

March 17, 2022

Late fees are designed to encourage tenants to pay rent on time. Though a late fee won’t make any difference among tenants who genuinely don’t have the money, there are other reasons tenants pay late. Late fees can be a deterrent for those situations. Why would someone not pay the rent on time when they… [Read More]

Do Your Houston Leases Contain These 8 Essential Rental Policies?

Do Your Houston Leases Contain These 8 Essential Rental Policies?

March 15, 2022

A lease agreement is the central tool in every tenancy. It gives you the legal authority to hold your tenants accountable for their behavior both outside and inside the courtroom. Do you have the following crucial policies in your standard lease agreements? 1. Notice requirements to terminate the tenancy When you accept a qualified tenant,… [Read More]