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The Difference Between Renting from an Individual Landlord and a Property Management Firm

The Difference Between Renting from an Individual Landlord and a Property Management Firm

When a tenant is trying to decide between renting a home that’s managed by a property management firm, or dealing directly with the individual owner, there are some things to think about.  The type of landlord chosen may make a big difference in the renting experience. According to Marcia Stewart here are some issues that […]

Four ways to Help Safely Navigate Landlord-Tenant Laws

Four ways to Help Safely Navigate Landlord-Tenant Laws

Landlord-tenant laws rule the world of rentals. Do you know how much time you have to provide a written accounting of how you spent any deposit money you keep?  How about the laws governing when you can enter the premises? What is the limit your state allows you to charge for late fees? These sorts […]

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Rental Listing Headlines that Fill Vacancies Fast

Rental Listing Headlines that Fill Vacancies Fast

A rental listing title — the ad headline — is critical when trying to find a new tenant. When you have a vacancy to promote, you want your ad to get attention. It used to be that landlords posted “For Rent” ads in the classified section of their local newspapers for a fee. Then Craigslist […]

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Top Ten Tax Deductions for Property Owners

Top Ten Tax Deductions for Property Owners

Every year, millions of landlords pay more taxes on their rental income than they have to, because they fail to take advantage of all the tax deductions available for owners of rental property. Rental real estate provides more tax benefits than almost any other investment. Often, these tax benefits make the difference between losing money […]

Why Appraisals Don’t Necessarily Value Homes From an Investor’s Point of View

Why Appraisals Don’t Necessarily Value Homes From an Investors Point of View

The value of something is all a matter of perspective. So you have to remember whose lens you are looking through. Should the useful life of a fully renovated house (little future cap ex) have a bigger influence on the property’s appraisal than recent sales in the area? According to Mark Ainley, in regard to […]

The Top 5 Items to Replace or Upgrade in Every Rental Property You Buy

The Top 5 Items to Replace or Upgrade in Every Rental Property You Buy

After you have purchased an investment property, have you ever encountered the dilemma of figuring out which things should be replaced or upgraded? Chances are you have already spent so much money acquiring the property, you may be reluctant to spend an extra dime in renovating the place (or at least, delay renovations until the […]