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How To Gather Information Before Moving Abroad

  • Tuesday, April 16, 2019
  Renter   

The prospect of moving abroad is for many, a dream come true. Let’s be honest, most of the time we’re unable to move abroad unless we have a job opportunity in another country. Other times, there might be an older couple or investor that has amassed enough wealth to get up and go. It doesn’t matter what your personal circumstances are, you’re all in the same boat. Moving abroad is exciting if you know what’s going on in very good detail.

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How To Upgrade The Quality Of Your Tenants

  • Monday, April 15, 2019
  Tenant Screening   

While it might not be that you have the most luxurious set of properties to rent, it can often be that with a little effort and consideration, you are able to upgrade the kind of tenant you attract. Of course, we’re not suggesting that you should discriminate on who you have in your properties.

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Fake Tenant Credit Reports - Landlords Beware!

  • Saturday, April 13, 2019
  Tenant Screening   Tenant Credit Checks   

You have taken the leap to become a landlord, choosing investment properties carefully and beginning to vet your potential tenants. One of the methods that you'll use to see the responsibility of the tenants is through a check of their credit. Credit checks reveal a lot of potential red flags: extremely high debts, late payments in the past, or past legal action can often be visible on the report.

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Every Landlords Guide to Refinancing Rental Property

  • Saturday, April 6, 2019
  Tips   Financials   Refinance   

As you manage your rental properties, you want to come back to the bottom line and make sure you are making every effort to maximize profits. Every month, if you are working from the same circumstances as many other rental property owners, you are trying to minimize payments, including your mortgage, and maximize rental income by keeping the property rented consistently.

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Help! How Do I Sue My Landlord?

  • Sunday, March 31, 2019
  Legal   Tips   Newsletter   

When you rent a property, you assume several basic things: that your property will be safe to live in; that your landlord will take care of basic repairs in a timely manner; that, if you take good care of the property, you will be able to get your security deposit back when you move out. Unfortunately, things don't always go according to plan. What happens when you find out you need to sue your landlord?

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How to Unload a Rental Property with Existing Tenants

  • Friday, March 29, 2019
  Tips   

Landlords often realize, based on a complex variety of factors, that it is a good time to sell a rental property. Perhaps the market is perfect for sellers and you've just gotten evidence that you'll get a great deal; other times, it is simply a cash flow issue for the next stage in your rental business development.

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Becoming A Landlord In Florida: The Ultimate Guide

  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
  Florida   

Are you thinking about making your first property investment? If so, you might want to consider buying real estate In Florida. The state provides a wealth of opportunity for those eager to make their mark in this industry. Profits could be substantial and you may find the process is easier than you would perhaps first assume. As well as this, the state is ideally managed for landlords and in many cases puts the needs and requests of the landlord before that of the tenant.

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Tenant Rights in Texas – What You Need to Know

  • Friday, March 1, 2019
  Texas   

If you are a landlord in Texas, you must think about more than your bottom line: You also need to understand tenant rights so you don’t violate the law. Tenant rights tend to favor the landlord in the state of Texas, but you still need to know the law so you can stay in good standing. Get the details on basic tenant rights and what you can do to protect yourself.

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President's Day History

  • Monday, February 18, 2019
  Presidents Day   

Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, the holiday became popularly known as Presidents Day after it was moved as part of 1971's Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation's workers.

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Happy Valentine's Day!

  • Thursday, February 14, 2019
  Valentines Day   

According to History.com, the history of Valentine’s Day–and the story of its patron saint–is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?

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Florida Laws Favor Landlords, According to Survey

  • Thursday, February 14, 2019
  Florida   

If you are a landlord in Florida, you likely spend most of your days filling vacancies, engaging in tenant screening, and collecting rent. What you might not realize is that the law is on your side in the Sunshine State, according to a recent survey. The survey had respondents answer questions related to rent increases, eviction notices, security deposits, and more, and it’s clear that it’s easier to rent property out in Florida than in many other states in the union.

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Hard vs. Soft Credit Pull: What’s the Difference?

  • Monday, February 11, 2019
  Renter   Credit Repair   

Credit bureaus analyze a variety of factors when determining a credit score. Credit card utilization, payment history, and derogatory marks have the highest impact. The age of the credit history has a medium impact, while the number of total accounts and hard inquiries has a low impact. While the impact of hard inquiries is low, it can still cause a score to tumble five to ten points, which can make all the difference when trying to secure credit.

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Changes to Rent Could Be Coming to California

  • Thursday, January 31, 2019
  California   Pay Rent Online   

If you own rental property in California, you were likely feeling a little nervous when Proposition 10 hit the ballot last November. The ballot initiative would have repealed the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act. Once that act was off the books, California cities would have much more freedom to impose rent control options.

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A Guide to Setting Up Utilities for Renters

  • Friday, January 4, 2019
  renter-newsletter   Tips   Utility Setup   

When you’re renting a new apartment one of the first things that you should do after you put down your security deposit and sign your lease is start getting the utilities set up. Don’t wait until the last minute to get your utilities arranged because sometimes there are long waits to get appointments. In this guide, we'll provide you with a step-by-step action plan.

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Applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Rental Application for Landlords (Ultimate Guide for 2019)

  • Thursday, December 27, 2018
  Background Check for Tenants   Artificial Intelligence   Rental Application   

In the last 5 years, we have heard a lot in the media about artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technology. AI has become more of a “catch phrase” in both marketing and advertising than a true reality within most technological platforms. According to Techopedia, AI is an area of computer science that emphasizes the creation of intelligent machines that work and react like humans.

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How To Purchase A Rental Property That Will Retain Its Value

  • Tuesday, December 18, 2018
  Rental Market   Rent Your Home   

When it comes to using your money wisely, there is no better way to do it than investing in some rental property. Not only will you get monthly payments from your tenants, but you’ll also be able to sell it for at least the price you bought it at, if not more (if you’re smart about it, that is). The worst thing that can happen is to lose value on a property, and we all dread this happening, but it doesn’t have to be this way! So make sure that your investments maintain their value by following t

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How To Handle Angry Tenants Who Damage Your Property On Purpose

  • Friday, December 14, 2018
  Evicting Tenants   

A hostile is every landlord’s worst nightmare, an angry tenant who destroys the property because he or she is mad about eviction proceedings. Tenants like this figure they have nothing to lose and get revenge on the mean landlord by causing thousands of dollars in damage to the structure and breaking or stealing appliances.

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Considerations For A Landlord Before Proceeding To Evict A Tenant

  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018
  How to Evict   

There comes a time when every landlord finds himself/herself in a difficult position of having his rental property occupied by a tenant who is not paying rent, or is making a nuisance of himself and causing problems for other tenants, or is causing immense damage to the rental unit, or his/her conduct makes it impossible to continue with a landlord/tenant relationship.

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9 Tips to Avoid Fair Housing Act Violations

  • Monday, December 3, 2018
  Fair Housing Act   landlord-newsletter   Vacancy Advertising   

Finding the perfect tenant can be a challenge for property managers and landlords and indeed, not all tenants are ideal, which can put discerning landlords at a risk of violation of the federal Fair Housing Act.

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How to Find the Best Roommate

  • Monday, November 26, 2018
  California   Florida   renter-newsletter   Renter   

Are you tired of living alone? Or maybe you’re tired of being solely responsible for the rent and utilities. If so, you’re not alone. Many Americans not only feel the psychological effects of living alone but are also facing a growing financial responsibility that falls squarely on their shoulders. It’s a hard road when your hell bent on living alone, especially in more expensive American cities like Miami, FL, Los Angeles, CA, or New York.

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