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Eight Rental Property Improvements You Can Do in One Day

Whether you’re renting out a condo, townhome, single-family home or another type of property, getting the most out of your investment is a top priority. A primary goal for many landlords and property managers is to increase the value of their rentals to attract quality tenants and, hopefully, maximize their rent. To get the best return on your investment, it’s important to keep your rental rates at the higher end of the spectrum and improve your property’s value. You can do this by investing in add-ons and upgrades that will set your listing apart from the rest and encourage tenants to stay. If hearing the word “upgrade” has you taking a step back, never fear. There are plenty of easy ways to add value to your property without a major time and cost commitment.

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8 Tips To Becoming A Successful Landlord

How To Become A LandlordHow To Become A Landlord

The ultimate goal of investing in rental property is to turn a profit.  To ensure that you achieve that goal it is essential that you follow several critical guidelines. Most of us dream of becoming a landlord but it an easy or a difficult job? Before you start searching for a home to rent, you should think about the responsibility that comes with being a landlord to your tenants. If you’re interested in investing in real estate, the single-family rental market might be a good option. Being a landlord can be a profitable venture that provides a steady income stream while your property appreciates in value. You might also be able to enjoy certain tax advantages while you build equity in the home.

Here are 8 valuable tips for becoming a successful landlord and start a rental property business.

1. Screen Your Tenants

First, always make sure that you check tenant references. This is the first step of becoming a successful landlord. This can be a burdensome step and many landlords overlook it because they feel as though they have good instinct when they meet with the tenant.  But not checking references can lead to a number of problems later on.  You will uncover a wealth of information about potential problems before you rent to a prospective tenant. It’s also worth the time to do a background and credit check on all potential tenants. There are several online tenant-screening services available, and you should be sure to check potential tenants’ credit scores. You should also conduct an interview to make sure you’re comfortable interacting with them, and check references, especially from employers or past landlords.

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Single-Family vs Multi-Family Renters

Single-family home renters earn more money, have more kids, and are more likely to be married than multifamily renters.

Comparing the 16 million single-family renter households to the 28 million multifamily rental households:
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2 Smart Ways to Improve Your Vacation Rental Property During the Off Season

It’s no secret that Americans love camping and spending time outdoors. Whether roughing it in a tent or enjoying a luxury cabin, campers in 2011 spent 534.9 million days camping, an average of 12.6 days per person. And as the primary camping season starts to wind down, those who own and manage vacation rental properties have the ability to revamp their cabins and cottages and reevaluate their marketing strategies. Here are just a few ways to maintain or improve the quality of your vacation rental property during the off-season.
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83 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Property Manager

You don’t have to tell us, finding a good property management company is hard. When we first started investing in residential real estate we went through several property managers, struggling to find one that was truly exceptional.

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How to Retain Your Good Tenants

Good tenants are hard to find.  Add to that the cost of advertising for new tenants, the cost of cleaning and restoring the unit, and the loss in rental income during the vacancy, you want to make sure that your best tenants don’t move out any time soon.  Here are a few tips to keep your tenants happy and ensure that they stay with you as long as possible.

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101 Resources for Connecting with Potential Tenants

As real estate investors we need tenants to occupy our rental properties so that we continue to receive the cash-flow we love each and every month.  Many of us rely on our property managers to market and advertise the property, but some of us manage our own properties.  Even if you’re a highly passive investor using the services of a manager, you may want to share this list with your property manager to help you out the next time you have a tenant turn-over.

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99 Reasons You Shouldn’t Rent To That Tenant

If you’re looking for a reason to reject a potential tenant because of a gut feeling, here are 99 reasons to do so.  If something seems “off” and you don’t know why, trust your instincts.  Your neighbors and other tenants will thank you.

1. They try and get you to lower the rent before they even see the property.

This is a sure sign that this tenant can’t really afford the property.  Asking before the showing means that the value of the property means little to them, they only care about the cost.
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Routine Repairs vs. Capital Expenditures (CapEx)

For some residential investors, capital expenditure terminology — CapEx for short — is unfamiliar.  Capital expenditure reserves are common in the commercial real estate sector but lesser known in the residential real estate space.

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How to Hire the Best Property Manager

Hiring the right property manager is important for protecting your investment and achieving reduced vacancy time and maximized income.

A good property manager will bring high quality tenants to your rental investment properties.  They will have a strong screening process and stay on top of maintenance issues.  He or she will generally make your life easier by using technology to run an efficient operation and reach a large audience of potential tenants.

How does a real estate investor go about finding a good property manager?

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US Rents Rising

Rising ValuesUS home rental prices continued to climb at a modest pace in December, but rapidly escalating costs in cities such as San Francisco and Denver suggest that renters are facing more financial pressure.

Prices rose 3.3% in December compared with 1 year ago, according to real estate data from Zillow.

Although the rise is less than recent appreciation in home values, the surge in rental rates in several of the hottest markets indicates renters who aspire to buy homes face mounting financial challenges.

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8 Rental Property Predictions for 2015

All good investors are visionaries.  That is, before making an investment they make predictions about the future – which may or may not come true.

That said, and working with the humility appropriate for any investor with a healthy appreciation for risk and instinct for survival, here are eight trends we believe will make their mark on rental real estate going into 2015 and beyond.

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Rents Rise as Renters Become Better Risks

A better class of renter is changing the fact of Rentorship in America, creating a climate for higher rents.

Rental applicants, especially those applying for less expensive units, continue to see improvements in their credit risk, according to the latest TransUnion Rental Screening Solutions industry report.  The average ResidentScore, a measure used to assess a rental applicant’s risk level, improved by 0.8% between Q2 2013 and Q2 2014.

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Landlords: You Need to Invest in These Upgrades Now

Invest in UpgradesWhen you own income-producing rental property, it’s important to attract renters and keep tenants happy without sinking a small fortune into luxurious upgrades that won’t get you much return on investment. On the other hand, not taking care of your property or offering upgrades will likely cost you more in the long run, as you’ll have a harder time finding and keeping responsible tenants. Luckily, there are some property improvements that are relatively affordable and can increase your rental home value and overall rental income.

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Welcome to the Rental Boom!  [infographic]

BoomLandlords have enjoyed the upper hand since the housing crisis as increased interest from renters coincided with little new supply of rental units.  Rising mortgage rates, tighter borrowing requirements and higher home prices have taken many people out of the home-buying market.  Plus, many remain burned by the housing crash and don’t want to own a home.

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