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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Renter Tip: If you really like the apartment, should you put down a holding deposit?

I use caution when suggesting this tactic. Let’s face it, not all landlords are reputable. Offering to put down a holding deposit on an apartment is something I would always suggest if you truly loved the apartment. If you are 100% sure that this is the apartment that you want, then I would truly consider offering at least a half months rent to the landlord at the time of the showing. If you do this, then absolutely make sure that there is a written document between you and the landlord that this is a holding deposit for the exact apartment that you have seen. The terms and conditions of the[…]

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New Year + New Marijuana Laws = New Challenges for Massachusetts Landlords

In November 2016 Massachusetts voted in one of the most dreaded laws by landlords in the legalization of recreational marijuana. Most landlords are concerned with what this means for the rental properties and how this is going to impact their rental businesses. The obvious fear is, now that recreational pot is legal, that tenants will now be blazing up and puffing weed inside their apartments and think there is nothing the landlord can do about it. A Little Knowledge Can Help Blaze a Trail So now what do we do? Apparently pot is legal and there is no stopping it from coming into our rentals. But what does the law really[…]

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Renter Tip: Portray yourself as living in that apartment at the showing

Every Realtor or renting professional knows it’s a good indicator from someone looking at a rental space is when they start to envision their furniture in the room. Another good indicator to gauge interest is when they start to call the rooms by name, like “office” or “bedroom” or makes some comment as to how they would set up the apartment should they end up living there. This visualization process shows the landlord that you already imagine yourself living in that apartment. I’m not suggesting that you make extravagant remarks that go over the top when looking at their apartment. But it’s a good idea when you’re in the bedroom to[…]

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Renter Tip: Be prompt, professional, and come to the apartment showing prepared

The most import thing I can stress about being prepared is to show up on time for the showing. Being late, or not calling the landlord to tell them you may be late, is a sure sign to get off on the wrong foot with that landlord. Being late says that the landlord, “your time is not that important to me”. It’s a good idea to be prompt, be polite, and be respectable. This is the fastest way to a landlord’s heart. When you get to the unit, have the things that you will need with you to be prepared to fill out a rental application. Most overlooked item, a[…]

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Landlords: We’re gonna find out who’s been Naughty or Nice, and it’s not who you might think it is!

You are probably thinking I am going to go off on a tie raid pointing out all of the little things renters do wrong to see if your residents have been naughty or nice. Not so fast! I think you will see in a moment that I already think your residents are the most important people in your fiscal world and they deserve more appreciation than we as landlords are usually willing to acknowledge. Let me set the stage for you here. Try to think of the last time you went out to eat in a nice restaurant, or took your family to a show, or even sat down at[…]

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