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Stephanie Clarke

Stephanie is a real estate blogger for VerticalRent. She has been a full-time writer and editor for over 15 years. She’s written blogs, news articles, magazines, colleges, medical papers, legal briefs, social media, web development, and has had several published books. She often ghost writes for aspiring authors and has produced numerous traditional books and e-books for clients.

Stephanie is continuously improving upon her skill and education. Originally a writer within the field of mental health stemming from her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, she has expanded to various subjects of interest over the years. Stephanie’s unique skill and versatility lend themselves to offering a quality and professional finished product to a broad spectrum of clientele. She prides herself on the long-term relationships she’s able to build with her clients based on consistent, high quality, and timely work provided.

For VerticalRent®, Stephanie covers a variety of topics – ranging from real estate current events, market trends, and advice for landlords and property managers. Her articles are contributed on a weekly basis to VerticalRent’s blog and also featured in our monthly “VerticalRent in Review” newsletter publication.

Learn more about Stephanie’s writing services here: www.ciwritingserv.com

Author Articles

Top Tips for Finding the Best Tenants

  • Monday, May 21, 2018
  General   Paperwork & Forms   Tips   

As a rental property owner, you soon find that great tenants do not come easy. Tenants can often be trouble makers, refusing to pay rent due to small issues or creating wear and tear on your property. To avoid any issues, you want to find the best tenants possible.

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First Time Renters: What to Expect

  • Friday, May 18, 2018
  General   Tips   

If you are new to renting property, you may have no idea what to expect with the process. Learning more about renting can help you to feel more at ease while you search for a rental home

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Top Habits Every Real Estate Investor Should Have

  • Wednesday, May 16, 2018
  Tips   

If you are starting to invest in real estate and looking to own several rental properties, there are several habits that should be acquired. By learning the best habits to practice as an investor, you can see a return and remain successful.

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Preparing a Rental for New Tenants

  • Monday, May 14, 2018
  General   Tips   

Renting a property to new tenants requires a great deal of preparation. The property needs to be reviewed after the old tenants have moved out and any changes made before new tenants move in.

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Neighbor Troubles: How to Speak to Your Landlord

  • Friday, May 11, 2018
  General   Tips   

As a renter, you strive to find a quality dwelling in a good location, with an affordable rent and nice neighbors. While you can find a rental in the desired location and good price point, it can be difficult to determine if your neighbors will be nice or not so nice.

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Should I List My Rental Online?

  • Wednesday, May 9, 2018
  General   Tips   

Becoming a rental property owner is a huge endeavor. From finding the right property to locating responsible tenants, the right moves need to be made for your investment to be successful. One of the best way to ensure that your property is rented is to focus on online marketing.

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Tenant Screening: How to Successfully Complete the Process As a Renter

  • Monday, May 7, 2018
  General   Tenant Screening   

For renters, it is important to be a responsible tenant. If you have a proven track record as a renter, you will be able to find a new rental property with ease, but still have to complete the tenant screening process

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Spring Cleaning Tips for Landlords

  • Friday, May 4, 2018
  General   Tips   

As a landlord, it is your job to ensure each property you own stays in tip-top shape. With spring in full swing, it is a perfect time to catch up on DIY cleaning, including the exterior and interior of your properties.

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How Long Will It Take to Find a Renter for My Property?

  • Wednesday, May 2, 2018
  General   Tips   

Once you become a rental property owner, the excitement of finding a tenant begins. You are ready to find the right person to rent your new property, hopefully turning a profit in a short amount of time. So, now that you own the property, how long will it take you to find a renter?

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Writing an Attractive Listing to Draw in Tenants

  • Monday, April 30, 2018
  General   Tips   

As a rental property owner, you must be able to create an attractive listing to draw in tenants to your property. Every time one of your properties becomes available for rent, you want to be sure that it gets noticed.

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Breaking Your Lease: How to Approach Your Landlord

  • Friday, April 27, 2018
  General   Tips   

As a tenant, you want to find the best rental option for your living needs. You scour newspaper ads and online to find the right rental, a home that fits your budget needs, is close to work and is in a nice neighborhood.

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Seeing Success in 2018 as a Landlord

  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018
  Tips   Product Updates   

When deciding to become a landlord and invest in rental properties, the idea can be scary. You want to be successful, but how do you ensure success? There is no true formula that will dictate a profit, but by following quality tips, you can see yourself making money with rental investments in 2018.

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Rental Property Upgrades That Make You Money

  • Monday, April 23, 2018
  Rental Market   Tips   

Owning rental property means staying up to date with maintenance as well as overall property needs. It is important to have detailed information about every property you own, ensuring that you complete upgrades when needed.

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Spring/Summer Checklist for your Rental Properties

  • Friday, April 20, 2018
  Tips   

Owning rental properties means big responsibility. You are in charge of finding tenants for your properties as well as maintaining the overall condition of the dwelling.

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Tenant 101: How to Handle a Rent Increase

  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018
  Rents & Deposits   Tips   

As a tenant, you expect certain requirements when applying to rent an apartment or residential dwelling. These requirements can include a background check, providing personal information, references, etc. One aspect to consider when renting a property is a rent increase

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Why Renter’s Insurance is Important

  • Monday, April 16, 2018
  General   Tips   

As a renter, you need to take great care to protect yourself as well as your belongings. When searching for an apartment for rent, look for areas that are considered safe neighborhoods, where the landlords conduct tenant screening.Also, renters insurance is a must.

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10 Questions to Ask a Property Management Company

  • Friday, April 13, 2018
  Tips   General   

Owning rental properties can be big business. Whether you own a couple of properties or several, chances are, you will find yourself very busy with the needs of your tenants.

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How to Interact with a Landlord

  • Wednesday, April 11, 2018
  Tips   

When you become a tenant, the relationship you have with your landlord is important. You must be on good terms with the landlord in order to maintain your rental as well as have access to repairs and maintenance as needed.

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Zero Drug Tolerance Policy: Have You Considered Changes to Your Lease Agreement?

  • Monday, April 9, 2018
  General   Tips   

Over the past few years, several states in the US have considered legalizing marijuana. Nevada is one such example. In 2017, the sale of marijuana for recreational use was legalized.

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Hiring a Property Manager: What You Need to Consider

  • Friday, April 6, 2018
  Tips   

After entering the rental real estate property industry, you may find that you have taken on more properties than you can handle. Managing rental property can be tough, especially when you own multiple properties.

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Protecting Your Real Estate Investment with Tenant Screening

  • Wednesday, April 4, 2018
  Tenant Screening   Tips   

When you begin to dabble in the rental real estate world, you will find that tenants range from the highest quality to the less than stellar. As you begin looking for tenants to rent your residential rental properties, it is important to know how to protect your investment.

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How to Choose a Responsible Tenant

  • Monday, April 2, 2018
  Tenant Credit Checks   Tenant Screening   Tips   

When owning an apartment building or residential rental home, it is imperative that landlords or property managers choose a responsible tenant. A responsible individual that rents your property will be able to pay rent on time, care for the property and be pleasant to neighbors.

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Background Check Tips: Avoid Dangerous Tenants

  • Friday, March 30, 2018
  Tenant Credit Checks   Tenant Screening   Tips   Criminal & Eviction Checks   

When owning rental property, it is important to conduct a quality background check on potential tenants. By doing so, you are eliminating the potential of renting your property to a criminal.

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Property Management Made Easy

  • Wednesday, March 28, 2018
  Tips   

If you are new to the rental property industry, you may be trying to figure out how to manage your new investments. Focusing on the management of your property will ensure that your investment pays off.

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Tenant Screening: Roommate Addition

  • Monday, March 26, 2018
  General   Tenant Screening   

When you choose a tenant for your rental property, you do so by conducting tenant screening. With tenant screening, you are acquiring information regarding the tenant, including completing a background check.

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Why There is a Need for A Rental Application Form

  • Friday, March 23, 2018
  General   Paperwork & Forms   Tenant Screening   

As a landlord, you want to have quality tenants residing within your property. To streamline the process of finding tenants, a rental application form is needed

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How to Increase Rent Without Losing Good Tenants

  • Wednesday, March 21, 2018
  General   Tips   

As a rental property owner, you make a profit based on the rent you charge each month. Depending on your individual situation, there may come a time when you need to increase the rent to continue to make a profit.

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Top Tips on Becoming a Landlord

  • Monday, March 19, 2018
  Tips   

If you have ever thought about becoming a landlord, now is the time. Short sales and foreclosures on the market today, provide great opportunity for individuals to invest in real estate and offer rentals to tenants.

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Managing Rental Properties with Today’s Technology

  • Friday, March 16, 2018
  Paperwork & Forms   Product Updates   

Years ago, managing rental properties could be quite difficult. Before today’s technological advances, every aspect of property management was done by hand. It could be quite difficult to handle the day to day operations of properties, especially when owning several homes or buildings.

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Online Background Checks to Avoid Dangerous Renters

  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018
  Tenant Screening   Tips   

As a landlord, you want to rent your properties to individuals who are responsible and upstanding citizens. You practice tenant screening with every potential renter, but are you possibly missing something?

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How to Deal with Inherited Tenants

  • Monday, March 12, 2018
  Tips   Tenant Screening   

When it comes to purchasing real estate rental properties, you may find your self with inherited tenants. The current property owner already uses the home or building as a rental but wants to move on to something else.

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4 Qualities to Look for In a New Tenant

  • Friday, March 9, 2018
  Tips   Tenant Credit Checks   Tenant Screening   

As a landlord, you want to find the best tenants for your rental property. To do so, you must complete tenant screening and background checks, trying to get to know the person you are considering. If you are new to the real estate rental industry, you may have no idea where to start when reviewing potential tenants.

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3 Top Benefits of Hiring a Property Management Company

  • Wednesday, March 7, 2018
  Tips   

If you have a rental property or multiple properties that you manage, you may be asking yourself if you are able to handle the management needs or if a property management company will be more helpful. Before making the decision to move from managing your property to hiring a company to do it for you, there are factors to consider.

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What To Do When a Tenant Won’t Pay Rent

  • Monday, March 5, 2018
  Tips   

Even with quality background checks and tenant screening, the landlord still has to deal with tenants who do not pay their rent. There are many reasons as to why rent is not paid, including legitimate reasoning such as losing a job or having an unexpected medical emergency.

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What are the Benefits of Social Media for Landlords?

  • Friday, March 2, 2018
  Tips   

Social media sites are commonly used by individuals to keep in touch with family and friends. Sites such as Facebook and Instagram can also be quality tools for landlords to bring about interest in vacant properties.

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Should You Invest in Student Housing?

  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018
  Tenant Screening   Rental Market   

Are you considering investing in a property that would function as student housing near a university or college? In the United States, there are hundreds of cities located near colleges and universities where you can purchase a property that can be marketed towards students.

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What are the Best Accounting Tools for Rental Property Management?

  • Monday, February 26, 2018
  Paperwork & Forms   Tips   

When it comes to investing in real estate rental property management, the most discussed topics are maintenance, vacancy advertising, and evictions. However, a major focus should be on the accounting tools used for such investments.

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How to Prevent and Address Property Maintenance Issues in Alabama

  • Friday, February 23, 2018
  Alabama   Tips   

The state of Alabama is a premium spot for investing in rental property. From vacation rentals along the coast to residential rental properties in major cities like Birmingham and Huntsville, there are ample opportunities to be successful when investing in property. In Alabama, investors need to learn how to prevent and address property maintenance issues in order to avoid any problems within their properties as well as ensure tenants are happy and feel secure.

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Top Tips for Boosting Rental Property Photos in Florida

  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
  Florida   Tenant Screening   

When investing in a real estate rental property, one of the most important marketing tools is photography. You must have quality photographs of your property when listing a home or building for rent. The photos must catch the eye of potential tenants so that you have a large pool of individuals to choose from.

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How to Make Your Residential Rental Stand Out

  • Monday, February 19, 2018
  Rental Market   

If you are diving into the residential rental game, it’s time to learn how to make your rental stand out. You want to attract the best tenants and to do so, you must make your property stand out above the competition.

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Top Mistakes to Avoid as a Landlord in Delaware

  • Friday, February 16, 2018
  Delaware   

When owning rental property in Delaware, there are rules and regulations that must be followed in order to operate your business successfully. While most landlords follow the appropriate steps to the letter, there are still common mistakes that are made when operating rental properties.

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Attracting and Keeping Quality Tenants in Mississippi: What You Need to Know

  • Wednesday, February 14, 2018
  Tenant Screening   Mississippi   

As a landlord, maintaining tenants is the key to success. Without tenants, you will not earn a monthly payment for your property. That being said, without quality tenants, you may experience vacancy issues as well as problems with rent being paid on time or damage to the property.

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Updating Property Management Software: Why Its Needed

  • Monday, February 12, 2018
  Paperwork & Forms   Product Updates   

Managing more than one property can be overwhelming, especially if you are handling the day to day operations by yourself. There are many tasks to keep track of as a property manager, including rent payments, finding new tenants and maintenance.

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Tenant Background Checks: Why They Are So Important

  • Friday, February 9, 2018
  Tenant Screening   

When it comes to being a rental property owner and landlord, tenant background checks are a must. Novice property owners will often rent to friends or acquaintances without a background check only to find the new tenants default on rent or destroy the property.

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Michigan Rental Property: Understanding Tenant Screening Laws

  • Wednesday, February 7, 2018
  Michigan   Tenant Screening   

The term tenant screening is used in the rental property industry as the way in which tenants are reviewed for occupancy within a property. Tenant screening is essential for landlords to find the right individual to rent their property.

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Myrtle Beach Investment Properties: What To Consider When Purchasing a Vacation Rental

  • Monday, February 5, 2018
  South Carolina   Vacation Rentals   

Myrtle Beach is a top vacation destination in South Carolina, offering a 60 mile stretch of beaches. From golf courses and arcades to restaurant dining and shopping, this vacation resort area offers a prime opportunity for investors to find vacation rental properties.

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Landlords Now Have New Rental Inspection Requirement in Iowa Cities

  • Friday, February 2, 2018
  Iowa   

In the US, there are certain regulations that must be followed when investing in a property and renting it to another individual. In the state of Iowa, the rental inspection requirement of landlords changed in 2017 within several cities, with different requirements now needed.

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Tenant Screening: Why It’s Important

  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018
  Alabama   

Whether you are a first-time rental property owner or have been in the industry for several years, one aspect that is ever-lasting is tenant screening. The term tenant screening is used to describe a review process for potential tenants.

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Removing Snow and Ice Hazards from Rental Properties

  • Monday, January 29, 2018
  Massachusetts   

Late last year and into 2018, the United States has seen a significant amount of snowfall. In states such as Massachusetts, rental property owners are liable when it comes to removing snow from the driveway as well as walkways.

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Two Top Florida Cities for Rental Property Investment

  • Thursday, January 25, 2018
  Florida   

When it comes to rental property investments, one state that often comes to mind is Florida. Known as a top vacation destination state, Florida provides investors with ample opportunity to purchase vacation rental homes, condos and other property to generate income.

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2017 California Wildfires Can Impact the State’s Real Estate Market

  • Wednesday, January 24, 2018
  California   

Those looking to invest in California may be worried about wildfires. Read below on how they've impacted the market.

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