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Want to Find Ideal Tenants in Houston? Look for These 9 Character Traits

Want to Find Ideal Tenants in Houston? Look for These 9 Character Traits

January 25, 2022

Do perfect tenants exist? If you define a perfect tenant as someone who follows the rules, pays rent on time, and doesn’t damage your property or cause problems with neighbors, then yes – perfect tenants exist. However, you’ll need to scrutinize your applicants to find them. To find ideal tenants in Houston, you need to… [Read More]

Can Small-Scale Rental Owners Compete: A Look At Houston's Housing Market

Can Small-Scale Rental Owners Compete: A Look At Houston’s Housing Market

December 21, 2021

Being a real estate investor is hard work, and with recent market fluctuations linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, the situation has become even more challenging. After a brief period in which homes seemed unusually affordable – the result of historically low interest rates – in the last few months, home prices have actually skyrocketed. Buyers… [Read More]

5 Lease Terms Your Houston Tenant Might Not Fully Understand

5 Lease Terms Your Houston Tenant Might Not Fully Understand

December 16, 2021

Rental agreements in Houston are legally binding contracts that must conform to Texas state law. A lease containing clauses that violate state or federal law can be deemed null and void by a judge. However, no matter how much effort you make to be specific and follow the law, sometimes lease terms can be ambiguous… [Read More]

5 Considerations for Properties That Use Natural Gas or Propane in Houston, Texas

5 Considerations for Properties That Use Natural Gas or Propane in Houston, Texas

December 9, 2021

Do you own rental property in Houston that uses natural gas or propane? Using gas for fuel is a great way to reduce reliance on the electrical grid and it can be cheaper. However, there are some extra guidelines to follow when you rent property that uses gas. 1. Does your tenant have a gas… [Read More]

8 Benefits and Drawbacks to Using Instant Water Heaters in Your Houston Rental Properties

8 Benefits and Drawbacks to Using Instant Water Heaters in Your Houston Rental Properties

December 7, 2021

Houston landlords are required by law to provide hot water for all tenants. This seems like an easy task, but you actually have some options to choose from. For instance, you could go with a traditional water heater that uses a tank, or you can use a tankless water heater. Both options have benefits and… [Read More]

7 Things That Can Ruin Your Chances at Winning an Eviction Lawsuit in Houston

7 Things That Can Ruin Your Chances at Winning an Eviction Lawsuit in Houston

December 2, 2021

Are you in the process of evicting a tenant or about to start the process? Evictions are fully legal now that the CDC’s eviction moratorium has ended. However, if you’re a property investor in Houston, Texas, eviction lawsuits aren’t always easy to win. The courts generally favor tenants over landlords, unless there’s strong evidence that… [Read More]

4 Things to Avoid When Renting to Tenants Who Live on Your Houston Land

4 Things to Avoid When Renting to Tenants Who Live on Your Houston Land

November 30, 2021

Do you own some land in Houston with a separate, detached livable unit you’d like to rent out? If you’re considering renting to a tenant who will share your land, but not your home, there are several things you need to know. Renting out a separate, livable unit on your land is a good way… [Read More]

How to Create the Perfect Listing for Renting out a Room in Houston

How to Create the Perfect Listing for Renting out a Room in Houston, Texas

November 25, 2021

Your ability to attract great tenants in Houston begins with how well you write your rental listings. A clear, direct, and detailed listing is the best way to attract your ideal tenant. However, there is an art to writing rental listings that attract great tenants over tenants who will take anything they can get. Ultimately,… [Read More]

8 Pros and Cons of Allowing Your Tenants to Sublet in Houston, Texas

8 Pros and Cons of Allowing Your Tenants to Sublet in Houston, Texas

November 23, 2021

Do you allow your tenants to sublet extra rooms to housemates? Most Houston landlords prohibit subletting because it can be an invitation for trouble, including property damage. Housemates don’t always get along; sometimes, roommate situations turn sour. But there are benefits to allowing your tenants to sublet. If you’re not sure which way to go,… [Read More]

How to Find (and Emphasize) Whatever Makes Your Houston, Texas Home Unique

How to Find (and Emphasize) Whatever Makes Your Houston, Texas Home Unique

November 18, 2021

How many homes do you think are in Houston? According to the Census Bureau, there were 858,374 households as of 2019. That number has likely risen since then. Putting aside semantic debates about what qualifies as a “household,” that’s nearly a million homes all in the same city, many of which were built around the… [Read More]