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A Landlord’s Guide to Rent-to-Own Deals

December 8, 2015

There are typically two situations in which a homeowner decides to offer a rent-to-own deal to a tenant. The first occurs when the homeowner is unable to sell the property in a timely manner, and can’t afford to keep paying the mortgage without some level of assistance. The second occurs when the landlord wants to… [Read More]

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How to Use Social Media to Market Your Rental Community

December 1, 2015

There’s no better time to invest in real estate than right now. Not only is the market finally improving after a long stint of poor returns, but it’s also the age of the Internet and digital connectivity. As a direct result, marketing has never been easier for rental properties than today, and a strong marketing… [Read More]

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How to Turn a Garage Into a Leasable Apartment

November 26, 2015

Have you thought about the possibility of converting your existing garage into an apartment that would serve as a new source of steady cash flow in the years to come? If so, you’re not alone. Garage apartments and converted living spaces are coming back into style. Just because you can convert your garage into an… [Read More]

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How the U.S. Has Become Rental Nation

November 24, 2015

It’s true that the United States economy is on the mend and that the housing market is slowly improving, but that doesn’t meant that people are ready to put their hard earned money into it. People are beginning to step out of their comfort zones, but they’re still wary of their economic surroundings. As a… [Read More]

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15 Ways to Prepare Your Rental Property for a Showing

November 12, 2015

Half of the battle of filling vacancies in your rental property is doing successful showings. You’ve probably posted plenty of pictures online and gained positive attention through your efforts, but nothing sells a property quite like a tenant walking through the doors and imagining themselves living there. However, this only happens if your property is… [Read More]

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The Pros and Cons of Letting Your Tenants List on Airbnb

October 30, 2015

As you probably know by now, Airbnb has become incredibly popular. It’s fast, easy, cost effective, and relatively safe for both hosts and guests. Have you ever considered the possibility that your tenants might sublet your property on Airbnb? Or maybe they want to but are too afraid to ask? It’s worthwhile for you to… [Read More]

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Do Snowbirds Make Good Tenants? What You Need To Know

October 23, 2015

Houston can be a great destination for snowbirds – older adults who move south for the winter to escape the cold – but successfully navigating the market to attract snowbirds can be a challenging undertaking. After all, what do you do with your rental property the rest of the year? This, and other questions, often… [Read More]

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Is Your Property Family Friendly? Simple Strategies For Welcoming Kids

October 6, 2015

Not every rental property is prepared for families with children. Whether the quarters are a bit too close, there are no schools nearby, or you have a “no pets” policy, families may be passing on your property. If you want to open your doors to renters with children, you may need to make a few… [Read More]

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Renting To College Students: What You Should Know To Protect Your Property

September 29, 2015

Whether you live in a small college town or a big city home to a few universities, you may encounter students taking their first steps into the rental market as they seek off campus housing. College students are a risky tenant population, but how can you tell if these potential tenants are raucous party types… [Read More]

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Who Goes There? Developing A Clear Subletting Policy

September 22, 2015

As we’ve seen recently with many of the complicated situations arising out of Airbnb rentals, subletting is a tricky business and the rules vary widely, so as a landlord, how do you manage renters who want to sublet their apartments? It’s important that landlords have a clear subletting policy to avoid any difficulties down the… [Read More]