Requirements of the Property Management Business

Whether you find yourself looking for an apartment to call your home, or looking for a property management company to take over the management of your assets; there are key features you should be looking for from both sides of the aisle. You want to make sure they have the processes and procedures in place to upkeep the property for your family while you live there as well as the same processes and procedures to keep your property running at peak performance. It is not too surprising that a property management company that is taking care of the day-to-day operations also has their eye on the ball for the long-term[…]

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Apartment Renter Tip: Mom & Pop Landlord vs. Professional Property Management: Vol. 1 Tenant Screening

So you are looking for a new apartment to call your home. But you cannot decide which style of apartment living is going to be the right choice for you. With all of the factors flying around in your head like, commute time to work, great school systems, nice neighborhoods, amount of rent you will pay, and how long it will take you to go pick up a gallon of milk; now you need to decide what type of building and landlord do I want to have that will best suit my rental needs? I do not intend to finish up this blog with a recommendation of which one is better[…]

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Landlord Strategy: Quick Staging Tips For Rentals On the Fly

I recently had the opportunity to attend a local REIA meeting where the presenter was a professional staging company. A staging company will come into your renovated flip or rehab project and add furniture and design elements to help the buyer “see” the potential of the space. This has a huge impact on the buyers to help them imagine themselves living in that new home. It helps them figure out where the furniture will go, which wall the bed would be on, how they will make the dining spaces work, and even visualize a potential office space in a nook or larger hallway. The results shared were that these staged[…]

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Renter Tips: Landing Your Dream Apartment: We would love to hear feedback from you

Here are my “Top 10 Tips to get the apartment of your dreams”. We have been property managers for scores of landlords and property owners since 2001. From years of showing apartments and screening hundreds of prospects and rental candidates, I can tell you from first-hand experience these little details that I’ll share with you will go a long way winning over a landlord to want you to rent their apartment from them. We would truly hope that you have found these blog posts useful to assist you finding your dream apartment. We would love to be able to help you further to assist you finding your dream apartment when[…]

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Back to Basics: Top 20 Tenant Screening Tips for Landlords!

Landlords are just like everybody else. The latest and greatest bright and shiny object distracts us all from time to time. We are always looking for that new thing out there that will make our rental business run more efficiently. We are constantly looking at new software, revising our leases and rental agreements, and trying to change little things that can make a big difference in the final outcome of our bottom line. The constant pursuit of a better way of doing business can help in the long run. But the single most effective way to make such a dramatic impact on our rental business is to have better renters[…]

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Renter Tip: Follow-up with the Landlord with a friendly note after the showing

It is always a good idea to end the showing on a positive note. So after you have filled out the application, given the copies of pay stubs, your photo ID and credit report if you have it, to the landlord. Then it’s a great idea so follow-up with a little note or text message about an hour or two after the showing. The daily details of managing properties may distract most landlords. A little reminder or thank you that you just met will do well to get you noticed. It doesn’t need to be much at all. Start off by thanking them for your time to show you the[…]

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Tip For Renters: Know your numbers before you call the landlord

I am always surprised at how many times when someone calls me about an apartment I have for rent, that they have no idea how much their monthly income is. It is vitally important for a landlord as the decision maker to be able to know that information as quickly as possible. Being prepared with the answer for “how much money do you make a month”, shows the landlord that you have done your homework, you know how much you probably can afford. You can also help the landlord analyze easily whether or not you will qualify for the apartment. Let me walk you through a brief example on how[…]

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