Big Deals, Bad Ideas & Back-Up Offers

When good deals gone bad, turn out to be the best case scenario “It ain’t so much the things that people don’t know that makes trouble in this world, as it is the things that people know that ain’t so.” — Mark Twain. I am always amazed with what people do under the pressure of different situations and circumstances. Never really what you might expect as far as common sense goes, but in their own mind – it makes perfect sense to them at the time. As a property manager, I have the fiduciary responsibility to be a trustworthy steward for our clients. This goes both for our landlord clients,[…]

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Top 10 Tips: Guerrilla Tenant Screening Tips for Landlords

A Property Manager’s Field Guide to Successful Tenant Screening Policies & Procedures “Tenant Screening by far has to be the most important responsibility of landlords to avoid ending up in housing court.” – Chief Justice Timothy B. Sullivan It has been said by many landlords and other rental and real estate professionals, much wiser than I, that the primary function of a successful rental business is the process of an effective system to screen for good residents. Having the wrong resident in your property can be the beginning of a downward spiral that can be hard to recover from financially, and take too much time to reposition the property to[…]

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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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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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