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5 Keys to Successfully Marketing your Rental Property Vacancy

  • Friday, August 18, 2017
  Tips   

If you rent your vacation property, then your marketing program needs to aim at bringing the kind of visitors that deliver the best return on your investment.

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Where to Buy Rentals in Texas

  • Thursday, August 10, 2017
  Tips   Texas   

Regardless if you are looking for your first property or you own a portfolio of real estate, it's important to find properties that can give you a great return on your investment. Here are some of the hottest rental property markets in Texas you should consider investing in this year according to a recent Forbes article.

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4 Essentials to Tenant Background Screening

  • Friday, August 4, 2017
  Tenant Screening   General   Tips   

Rental property has always been a favorite business for those with the discipline and stamina to take on being a landlord. And ever since there’s been a rental property, there’s been a tenant willing to destroy it.

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10 KPIs Every Landlord or Property Manager Needs to Track

  • Thursday, July 27, 2017
  General   Tips   

Before improving the profitability and efficiency of your property management efforts, you need to know what to measure. Here are the 10 KPIs that every Property Manager and Landlord should track.

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Five Hidden Costs of Being a Landlord

  • Friday, July 21, 2017
  General   Tips   

When calculating the true cost of owning a car, the sticker price is only the beginning. Similarly, it is the hidden expenses of operating a rental property as a money-making venture that can make or break your success as a landlord.

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Throw Away the Paper Checks - Collect Rent Online!

  • Thursday, July 20, 2017
  General   Tips   

Collecting rent is one of your least favorite things to do as a landlord. Sure, you like the money, but you don’t much care for the process of getting it.

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Hard Money vs. Private Lenders – Know the Difference

  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017
  General   Tips   

The traditional means of purchasing rental properties is to secure a mortgage loan from a bank. As a landlord, you might be interested in non-traditional ways to purchase your next rental property. Both private and hard money are forms of non-traditional funding.

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7 Reasons Landlords Should Require Renter's Insurance

  • Friday, July 14, 2017
  General   Tips   

Many lease agreements include a provision that the tenant must carry renter's insurance. Often, however, this provision is not upheld by either the renter or the landlord and is swept under the rug.

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The Top 10 Reasons Landlord's Should Require Renter's Insurance for all Tenants

  • Thursday, July 13, 2017
  General   Tips   

As a property manager, you offer your tenants a decent place to live for a fair price. However, building maintenance and legal fees can get expensive when things don't work out like you imagined.

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Is My Landlord Required to Provide Air Conditioning?

  • Friday, July 7, 2017
  General   Tips   

Those of you who live in hot climates know how hot things can get in the middle of summer. As a renter, this might become a bigger challenge if the place you're renting doesn't have proper air-conditioning.

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Make Your Rental Feel Like Home with 6 Easy Curb Appeal Ideas

  • Thursday, May 4, 2017
  General   Tips   

When a prospective tenant approaches a home, they are looking for more than just information. They are looking for a feeling. A home is a place to feel safe, cozy, and away from it all.

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Mold Cleaning and Prevention Tips for Landlords

  • Wednesday, April 26, 2017
  General   Tips   

If you have renters who are afraid of mold or don't know what to do about a mold infestation, it's important to get some mold cleaning tips before jumping right into it. If you can see the mold, great, you're ready to get down to cleaning it up.

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Five Questions to Ask When Performing a Credit Check

  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017
  General   Tips   Tenant Credit Checks   Tenant Screening   

Spring is in the air, and it's that time again—moving time! During the warmer months, you're likely to have an influx of prospective tenants. That's a good thing, but it's easy to get overwhelmed by the number of applicants.

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Six Easy Ways to Increase Your Property's Curb Appeal

  • Wednesday, April 12, 2017
  General   Tips   

Sometimes the difference between renting a property quickly or having to wait weeks to find a suitable tenant is curb appeal. Humans judge by appearances, and first impressions count.

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5 Ways You'll Benefit From Affiliate Marketing

  • Wednesday, March 29, 2017
  General   Tips   

Affiliate marketing is the digital equivalent of the best type of advertising available, word-of-mouth or personal reference. This is good for the advertiser, but how does affiliate marketing benefit you as the affiliate?

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5 Reasons You Can't Ignore Affiliate Marketing

  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017
  General   Tips   

Affiliate marketing is a great way to take advantage of the collaborative space also known as the World Wide Web. If you haven't heard, many people consider it to be one of the best online money making marketing techniques.

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3 Big Tips to Improve Your HOA Management

  • Wednesday, March 15, 2017
  General   Tips   

A well-run HOA makes living in your community a joy, and makes it worthwhile to pay your annual fees. There are more than 330,000 community associations today (per the Community Associations Institute) and many of them are extremely well managed. Others would like to improve.

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What is the 7 Year Rule on Criminal Reports?

  • Wednesday, March 8, 2017
  General   Tips   

The 7 year rule on criminal reports may be confusing to tenants and leasing managers. This article helps explain the State Specific Laws around this rule.

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5 Steps to Making 6 Figures as an Affiliate Marketer

  • Wednesday, March 1, 2017
  General   Tips   

The time has come. You're tired of the rat race and ready to start making money online. Affiliate marketing seems the right fit for you. But where do you start?

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3 Key Reasons for Using LinkedIn for Affiliate Marketing

  • Friday, February 24, 2017
  General   Tips   Product Updates   

LinkedIn has become one of the most widely used social media platforms since its inception in 2002. It has over 460 million members in 200 different countries. For this reason, it is a perfect tool for affiliate marketers looking to expand their business practices.

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How to Leverage Facebook to Affiliate Market VerticalRent

  • Thursday, February 23, 2017
  General   Tips   Product Updates   

While other sites are gaining momentum, Facebook stills ranks as the most popular social media platform. For affiliate marketers, the reach of this site simply cannot be ignored.

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5 Ways to Show Gratitude to Your Tenants Anytime of the Year

  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017
  General   Tips   

Being a landlord is a daunting task, especially if you have tenants who are not holding up their end of the bargain. Tough tenants are a headache and cost you money and sleep which is why it is important to show your appreciation to those tenants who make your life easier.

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How You Can Use Meetup.com for Affiliate Marketing

  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017
  General   Tips   Product Updates   

We all know that people prefer to do business with people they know, like, trust and respect. As landlords, property managers and Realtors, we know that the more people who know, like, trust and respect us, the more business we are likely to do.

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Make Money as a VerticalRent Affiliate Marketer

  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017
  General   Tips   Product Updates   

Are you looking to make extra money through your online social network? If you have a large online following of landlords, realtors, property managers, or renters, consider joining our affiliate marketing program.

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Tenant Background Checks in a Tough Winter Market

  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017
  General   Tips   

Fewer people look for homes during the winter months. Many prefer to semi-hibernate and wait for the warmer summer months before hunting down a rental and moving their worldly possessions. Tenant background checks are especially important during this time since it is easy to feel a bit desperate.

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Why Landlords Need Umbrella Insurance

  • Wednesday, February 8, 2017
  General   Tips   

Landlords buy "Landlord Insurance" because it covers more than a homeowner's policy. Unfortunately there are events which even a landlord's policy may not cover.

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9 Top Florida HOA Guidelines to Follow

  • Wednesday, February 1, 2017
  General   Tips   Florida   

Homeowner Associations (HOAs) in Florida must comply with Federal and State laws, and local (city or county, etc) ordinances and regulations. These laws and regulations apply, as appropriate, to all common interest communities.

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Winterize Your Rental Property and Avoid Excessive Cost

  • Wednesday, January 18, 2017
  General   Tips   

Taking the time to prepare your properties for winter is a smart and cost-effective way to avoid winter-related trouble. There isn't a single person on the planet that looks forward to finding their heat is no longer working--or worse yet, their water pipes have burst.

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The Landlord's Guide to Septic Systems

  • Wednesday, January 11, 2017
  General   Tips   

A little septic tank maintenance equals greater profits and a healthy community. Read on for some tips to maintaining septic tanks.

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7 Reasons to Install Crown Molding in your Rental Property

  • Thursday, January 5, 2017
  General   Tips   

When it comes time to give tours of your rental property to potential tenants, you want your rental to not only be functional, but aesthetically pleasing. Many landlords overlook small details that can actually pique the interest of tenants, and allow you to keep rent prices higher.

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How to Avoid Problem Tenants

  • Tuesday, January 3, 2017
  General   Tips   

If you want to protect your rental property investment, then do a tenant background screening on prospective tenants. A good tenant is worth his weight in gold.

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Finding Great Tenants Over the Holidays

  • Thursday, December 29, 2016
  General   Tips   

The holiday season brings fun, festivity, family, and travel -- all activities that, combined with the shorter days and cooler weather, make potential great tenants less likely to be looking for rentals.

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401k vs. Rentals -- What is the Better Investment?

  • Tuesday, December 27, 2016
  General   Tips   

There is no concrete answer to this question. Like with so many things in life, it depends. This article is going to compare/contrast the two. It will also provide some points to consider before making your investment choice.

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Two Ways to Digitize Your Inspection Process

  • Thursday, December 22, 2016
  General   Tips   

Many landlords continue to inspect their units the old-fashioned way, having their tenants use only a paper checklist to document the condition of the property. Although the checklist remains important in the inspection process, you can enhance and clarify the process easily if you own a smart phone and a computer.

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How Technology Can Help With Screening Potential Tenants

  • Tuesday, December 20, 2016
  General   Tips   

If you are a property owner that is having to deal with tenant turnover, getting the right renters in the door for your next lease is important. Sometimes screening potential renters can seem tedious, but doing this step right can save you headaches down the line.

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Real Estate Crowdfunding: Advantages, Myths, Tips, and Platforms

  • Saturday, December 17, 2016
  General   Tips   

Once the JOBS Act was passed in 2012, the concept of crowdfunding exploded in popularity, allowing money to be raised for everything from small businesses to real estate developments.

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Your Landlord is Foreclosing, Now What?!

  • Thursday, December 15, 2016
  General   Tips   

It can happen to anyone. You are going through the daily grind of life with family and work while living in your rental property. At the time, it made financial sense to live in a rental property in an effort to avoid homeownership risks.

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Is Your Landlord Responsible for Mold Removal?

  • Tuesday, December 13, 2016
  General   Tips   

There is no clear-cut answer, as every situation and every state is different. There are no federal laws regulating this issue. However, a few states and cities have passed legislation on landlords’ mold-related responsibilities.

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Renting Out the Guest House on HomeAway

  • Thursday, December 8, 2016
  General   Tips   

Nowadays, you don't need to have long-term tenants to become a landlord. With websites like HomeAway emerging, you can rent your property by the night or week.

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Do you need an LLC for a Rental Property? No, but Yes!

  • Tuesday, December 6, 2016
  General   Tips   Legal   

So, do you need and LLC for a Rental Property? The short answer is no. As with most financial questions, though, the short answer is never adequate.

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4 Ways to Achieve a 5-Star Rating with Short Term Rentals

  • Thursday, December 1, 2016
  General   Tips   

As the vacation rental industry continues to boom, renting out your home to short-term visitors can be a very lucrative side business. In order to maximize your revenue, minimize vacancies, and increase your nightly or weekly rate, it's crucial to achieve 5-star ratings on the sites where your property is listed.

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The Challenges of International Credit Reports

  • Tuesday, November 29, 2016
  General   Tips   Tenant Screening   Criminal & Eviction Checks   

Sometimes a landlord needs to screen potential tenants who happen to be foreign nationals. However, it makes a difference whether the applicant is an individual or a business.

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4 Ways Tenant Background Checks Can Save You Money

  • Thursday, November 24, 2016
  General   Tips   Tenant Screening   Criminal & Eviction Checks   

If you are listing a rental property and want to move through the process quickly, one thing you shouldn’t take off of your list is background screenings for new tenants. While this might seem like a hassle and is an extra expense, this can actually save you money in the long run.

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Security Deposit Law in Pennsylvania Explained

  • Tuesday, November 22, 2016
  General   Tips   Pennsylvania   

The Landlord and Tenant Act of 1951 governs security deposits in Pennsylvania. This statute is what tells a landlord how much security deposit he can collect from a tenant, what he can do with the money once he has collected it and how soon he must return it once the tenant has vacated the property.

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8 Factors Affecting Rent Prices

  • Saturday, November 19, 2016
  General   Tips   

Naturally, as a landlord, you want to make sure you get the most rent possible for your property. However, it’s important to keep in mind that you must price your rental appropriately and in line with the local market.

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5 Essential Drone Photography Tips for Realtors

  • Thursday, November 17, 2016
  General   Tips   Advertising & Marketing   

Drone photography is an innovative marketing tool gaining popularity in real estate. Realtors need an edge in making the properties they represent stand out from all others.

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Move-Out Tips: Using your Smart Phone to Record Inspections

  • Tuesday, November 15, 2016
  General   Tips   

When a tenant moves out of your rental property, it is crucial to document any property damage so there are no disputes. While writing down noticeable stains or damage is accurate, the best way to document the inspection is to use your smart phone to record a virtual tour of the property.

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3 Reasons Proper Tenant Screening is Worth the Effort

  • Thursday, November 10, 2016
  General   Tips   Tenant Screening   

If you are looking for new tenants for your rental property, sometimes the process can seem overwhelming. With open houses, walkthroughs, and vetting prospective renters, it can be easy to forget to do an in depth screening.

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5 Reasons You Need To Use Free Landlord Forms

  • Tuesday, November 8, 2016
  General   Tips   Paperwork & Forms   

When you're brand new to the landlord business, it may surprise you how much paperwork you'll need to complete to legally protect yourself.

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Rent Payment Late Fees by State: Know thy Law

  • Friday, November 4, 2016
  General   Tips   Legal   

You and your tenant agreed upon terms set forth in a rental or lease agreement. So what do you do if the tenant is late paying rent?

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Money Maker: Investment Strategies for Landlords

  • Thursday, November 3, 2016
  General   Tips   

Investing in real estate can mean big profits, if it's done well. Many people jump into the real estate business, only to find themselves overwhelmed by the work and not making the money they had originally dreamed of.

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Wondering What is a Reasonable Pet Deposit Fee?

  • Wednesday, November 2, 2016
  General   Tips   

Cats and dogs are more than good friends and family members. For landlords, they can also be good business. In 2014, 72 percent of apartment renters had a pet.

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Design Your Bed and Breakfast Inn Style

  • Tuesday, November 1, 2016
  General   Tips   

There is nothing like a weekend getaway to a beautiful bed and breakfast. Whether it be for romance, relaxation, or just a new adventure, bed and breakfast hotels provide some of the most exquisite accommodations imaginable.

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Squashing Squatters: How to Handle a Squatting Tenant

  • Monday, October 31, 2016
  General   Tips   

Squatting is an act that has troubled and perplexed many landlords for a long time. Perhaps you've discovered someone living in a property you own without your permission.

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New Property Owner? Five Tips for Accidental Landlords

  • Friday, October 28, 2016
  General   Tips   

If a rental property has fallen into your lap, this can be a great resource for supplemental income, but this won’t come without some work on your end.

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Security Deposit Law in California Explained

  • Thursday, October 27, 2016
  General   Tips   California   

A security deposit is money collected by a landlord in addition to rent and used to protect the landlord if the tenant violates the terms of the rental lease.

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Free Landlord Forms: The Documents You Can't Ignore

  • Wednesday, October 26, 2016
  General   Tips   Paperwork & Forms   

When it comes to being a landlord, there is a lot to keep up with. One of these things is documentation. Luckily, you can find free landlord forms that will come in quite handy for your needs.

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Security Deposit Law in Arizona: 4 Things Landlords Should Know

  • Tuesday, October 25, 2016
  General   Tips   Arizona   

There are two times when security deposits become an issue. When a new tenant is moving in and when your tenant has decided to leave. What are the rules when it comes to security deposit law in Arizona?

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5 Tips for Clearing Your Clogged Plumbing Before Hiring a Professional

  • Monday, October 24, 2016
  General   Tips   

Low water pressure, excessive water usage, slow drains, and various noises all relate to different reasons your plumbing is about to become clogged.

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Renter's Insurance: A Necessity!

  • Friday, October 21, 2016
  General   Tips   

Most people are fully aware of the need to carry homeowner's insurance to protect their home and contents. However, the renters among us might not understand that if you are renting, you still must face the same questions and quandaries pertaining to insuring your valuables and personal belongings.

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Important Guidelines for Letting Tenants Paint Your Rental Property

  • Thursday, October 20, 2016
  General   Tips   

Usually, the standard practice is for landlords to paint their rental properties in neutral colors with the expectation that tenants will personalize the space with their choices of furnishings and accessories.

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12 Things Landlords Should Know About Texas Security Deposit Law

  • Wednesday, October 19, 2016
  General   Tips   Texas   

Every Texas landlord should be familiar with security deposit law in Texas. Not following the law could result in the landlord losing the right to keep a tenant's security deposit and may incur legal costs.

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Starting Out in the Real Estate Investment Business

  • Tuesday, October 18, 2016
  General   Tips   

Real Estate investing can be an extremely lucrative endeavor. It provides residual income, while at the same time your future investment is essentially being purchased for you.

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12 Things Landlords Should Know About New York Security Deposit Law

  • Monday, October 17, 2016
  General   Tips   New York   

The State of New York has clear legislation on the topic of security deposits. Landlords should know the law, and follow it.

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Creative Ways to Attract Renters

  • Thursday, October 13, 2016
  General   Tips   

With the tremendous amount of competition in the rental housing market evident in the United States today, you must be able to differentiate yourself from the competition.

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Tips for Dealing with Bad Credit Applicants

  • Wednesday, October 12, 2016
  General   Tips   

Finding and retaining quality tenants is the name of the game for landlords. Renting to the right people can provide peace of mind; however, on the other side of the equation having bad occupants will severely hamper your investment and cause a great deal of anxiety and stress.

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6 Metrics that are Crucial to Investment Real Estate

  • Tuesday, October 11, 2016
  General   Tips   

Purchasing and leasing rental property can be a lucrative business. As with any business, metrics should be established and constantly worked toward.

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Renter's Insurance is a Must: Here's Why

  • Monday, October 10, 2016
  General   Tips   

Many renters may assume that if their personal property is damaged inside their rental unit or stolen, the landlord's insurance will cover it. While your insurance may cover physical damage to the unit from fire or other disasters, it is best to require renters to have their own renter's insurance.

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13 Key Considerations to Evicting a Tenant

  • Saturday, October 8, 2016
  General   Tips   

As important as tenant screening is to run a successful property rental business, it’s not foolproof. Even tenants with the best of intentions can be late on the rent, and despite your best efforts to build a good relationship with tenants, that relationship can still go south.

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5 Ways to Increase Curb Appeal on Your Rental Property

  • Friday, October 7, 2016
  General   Tips   

When you want to attract great tenants, you've got to show that you have a property worth renting. Follow these simple guidelines to giving your rental property the curb appeal needed to bring in the renters you want.

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How to Remove Offensive Cigarette Odors from Carpets

  • Wednesday, October 5, 2016
  General   Tips   

Cigarette smoke embeds an odor into everything to which it comes in contact. Although furniture and carpet are not the only things that become affected, it seems they are trickier to treat.

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5 Important Personality Traits of a Successful Landlord

  • Tuesday, October 4, 2016
  General   Tips   

So you have a rental property and are ready to find tenants. Perhaps, you are wondering if you are ready for the responsibility of being a landlord.

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4 Steps to Destroying Pet Odors

  • Monday, October 3, 2016
  General   Tips   

We all love our pets. Despite their cute faces and playful natures, sometimes they leave us with messes, that are hard to clean and smell terrible.

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3 Key Energy Improvement Upgrades for Your Rental Properties

  • Friday, September 30, 2016
  General   Tips   

As a landlord, you may think that making energy-efficient upgrades is the tenant's responsibility. The fact is, however, many tenants first question to a prospective landlord is "How much are utilities bills?"

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Home Owner Association (HOA) Background Checks for Halloween

  • Thursday, September 29, 2016
  General   Tips   Tenant Screening   

There are many benefits to living in a community with an organized Home Owner Association (HOA). For starters, we can rest assured that nobody in the neighborhood will suddenly paint their house pink for no particular reason!

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3 Tips for Cash Strapped Landlords

  • Tuesday, August 9, 2016
  General   Tips   Tenant Screening   

Many of the folks using VerticalRent are do-it-yourself landlords who use our system to protect their investment with tenant credit and background checks.

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Why Getting a Tenant Credit Report Is Important

  • Thursday, August 4, 2016
  General   Tips   Tenant Screening   

A tenant credit report is a must for those who have been in the rental business for quite some time and especially to those who are new to renting out their properties.

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What Should Be On a Rental Application Form?

  • Tuesday, August 2, 2016
  General   Tips   Tenant Screening   

A rental application form is tremendously valuable to landlords and to prospective tenants because your rental application form can contain all the information you and your tenant needs when it comes to the finer details of the apartments.

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Credit Check for Landlords Mitigates 7 Risk Factors

  • Wednesday, July 27, 2016
  General   Tips   Tenant Screening   

Credit checks for landlords are helping to transform the landlord business into a much safer and more efficient business. There are plenty of laws, rules and regulations out there that are specifically created to help protect the rights of tenants so these individuals do not end up out on the streets.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Get a Tenant Background Check Done

  • Tuesday, July 26, 2016
  General   Tips   Tenant Screening   

A tenant background check is the perfect way to ensure that you get the best possible tenants for your property. It is hard to do proper character judging in a world filled with scammers and uncaring people.

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How to Be a Great Landlord: Your Step-by-Step Guide

  • Thursday, May 12, 2016
  General   Tips   Newsletter   

As a landlord, it is in your own best interest to do your job well. You can reduce the likelihood that you will encounter problems or issues with tenants by being a great landlord.

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3 Tips for Accidental Landlords

  • Thursday, March 31, 2016
  General   Tips   

If you're about 35 years old and you bought your first house between 2002 and 2007, you may fall into the category of what we call the "accidental landlord."

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Total Cost of an Eviction

  • Monday, March 14, 2016
  General   Tips   

Sometimes it can seem like the easy solution to a troublesome tenant is eviction, but the process of evicting a tenant is more expensive than most landlords realize.

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Whether to Create an LLC for Rental Property

  • Monday, February 29, 2016
  General   Tips   

When you own rental property, you have a number of important decisions to make, including how to structure your business.

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Tracking Down Old Tenants

  • Monday, February 15, 2016
  General   Tips   

Deadbeat tenants who owe you money are, unfortunately, sometimes a fact of life when you own rental property.

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Be Careful with Rent Deposits

  • Tuesday, February 2, 2016
  General   Tips   

Do you have your tenants make their payments each month via direct bank deposit? Many landlords think this is the best and most convenient method for collecting rent payments.

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Renting Your Vacation Home Out

  • Tuesday, January 26, 2016
  General   Tips   

Should you or should you not rent your vacation home out? This is a quandary faced by many homeowners with vacation properties.

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Get Out of the Rat Race with Rental Income Properties

  • Friday, January 15, 2016
  General   Tips   

Owning rental properties can be risky, but they can also generate a great return, making them an ideal investment option for people who are looking to generate retirement income.

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Importance of a Team for Landlording

  • Wednesday, January 6, 2016
  General   Tips   

Whether you have a separate full-time job or landlording is your full-time job, managing your properties can be time-consuming. Assembling a team of reliable professionals can help you to free up some of your time while also allowing you to focus on the areas of your business you enjoy most.

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Landlord's Guide to Year-End Planning

  • Monday, December 28, 2015
  General   Tips   

As a landlord, you naturally have a lot of responsibilities. The last thing you want to deal with is scrambling around in the spring trying to locate receipts and determine whether you owe taxes.

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5 Ways Landlords Can Reduce Stress

  • Monday, December 21, 2015
  General   Tips   

For landlords, stress can be a serious issue. In fact, a recent study found that two-thirds of landlords believe property management is more stressful than having a day job.

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Top 10 Things to Know Before Becoming a Landlord

  • Sunday, November 29, 2015
  General   Tips   

Property values are finally on the rise. According to the National Association of Realtors, the median price for single-family homes is up 8.2 percent from last year. With property values increasing, investors have once again rediscovered the value of housing

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7 Property Characteristics for Section 8 Landlords

  • Tuesday, October 13, 2015
  General   Tips   

Rules and regulations are the name of the game as a Small American Landlord. The Housing Voucher Program or better known as "Section 8" is like every other program in that it’s full of rules and regulations.

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Is It Really Less Expensive to Own Than Rent?

  • Monday, September 21, 2015
  General   Tips   

Around the country, many would-be homeowners have found that the costs of owning a home now exceed renting. While many economists beg to differ, when it comes to calculations, the details seem to make a significant difference.

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VerticalRent’s Top 50 Rental Vacancy Advertising Websites

  • Wednesday, August 19, 2015
  General   Tips   Advertising & Marketing   

Advertising your vacancies to potential applicants can feel like a full-time job unless you have the authoritative list of VerticalRent’s Top 50 Vacancy Advertising Websites.

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5 Ways to Help You Confidently Set Rents

  • Tuesday, August 18, 2015
  General   Rental Market   Tips   

The rental housing business is very local and it takes time and effort to understand a local market and all the nuances that go with it.

Read more on 5 Ways to Help You Confidently Set Rents...

 

How to Evaluate Tenant Background Screening Companies

  • Tuesday, January 20, 2015
  General   Tips   

Today, it has become increasingly important for landlords to ensure they are properly screening their tenants. According to The New York Times, evictions are on the rise around the country, often for nonpayment of rent.

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Attention Vacation Rental Property Owners! Screen for Criminals

  • Friday, January 2, 2015
  General   Tips   

Owning a vacation rental property can present a wealth of benefits, including the ability to enjoy your own getaway whenever you are ready as well as financial benefits.

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What Should a Tenant Screening Report Contain?

  • Saturday, December 27, 2014
  General   Tips   

The process of obtaining a tenant screening report is often among the most dreaded aspects of filling a vacancy. This is often because landlords may be confused about what they should include in the report.

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The Best Tenant Screening Service Is Earned

  • Thursday, December 18, 2014
  General   Tips   

When it comes to tenant screening, you owe it to your business and your other tenants to ensure that you only use the best tenant screening service.

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5 Benefits to Showing Tenant Gratitude with a Christmas Basket

  • Thursday, December 4, 2014
  General   Tips   

It's that time of year again; the time of year for goodwill toward mankind. This year, you may find that showing a little gratitude toward your tenants with a Christmas basket can result in a number of benefits.

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Considerations to Setting Rent Price

  • Thursday, November 27, 2014
  General   Tips   

Ideally, the right rent price for your rental property would be a price that would allow you to bring in the most profit. Unfortunately, the process of setting rent prices is a bit more complicated than that.

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Living the Small American Landlord Dream with a Self-Directed IRA

  • Thursday, November 20, 2014
  General   Tips   

During the fallout from the recession, many investors found that investing in stocks was no longer the best option for meeting their investment goals. As a result, many people began to look for ways to diversify their portfolio.

Read more on Living the Small American Landlord Dream with a Self-Directed IRA...

 

To Allow or Not to Allow Pets?

  • Thursday, November 13, 2014
  General   Tips   

The question of whether to allow or not to allow pets is one that property owners always face. There can be both advantages and disadvantages to allowing pets.

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What the Mortgage Companies Do Not Advertise

  • Monday, November 3, 2014
  General   Tips   

Most Small American Landlords cannot afford to purchase rental properties outright with cash. For this reason, it’s logical to leverage a 30-year fixed loan from a mortgage company.

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Fixing up a Foreclosure Property into a Rental

  • Thursday, October 23, 2014
  General   Tips   

Buying a foreclosure can present a great opportunity when you are looking for a property to fix up and then rent out.

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Why Having a Tenant Portal Is Important

  • Wednesday, September 24, 2014
  General   Tips   

If it seems as though you are drowning while trying to manage your rental property business, it is important to know that there are options available that can help.

Read more on Why Having a Tenant Portal Is Important...

 

What You Must Know about Rental Property Accounting

  • Tuesday, September 23, 2014
  General   Tips   

While most people are not overly fond of bookkeeping, it is an important part of life. When you run a business, accounting becomes even more vital.

Read more on What You Must Know about Rental Property Accounting...

 

3 Ways to Conduct a Tenant Check

  • Thursday, September 18, 2014
  General   Tenant Screening   Tips   

Most property owners have experienced at least one issue with a problematic tenant. Whether it was a wild party that required the police to be summoned in order to quiet things down or it involved chasing the tenant for overdue rent, such issues can be a hassle.

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7 Steps to Conducting an Effective Tenant Screening

  • Monday, September 15, 2014
  General   Tenant Screening   Tips   

One of the most important decisions you will make as a landlord is choosing the right tenant for your property. The right tenant can easily mean the difference between being paid on time or chasing the tenant for rent each month.

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3 Reasons Why You Cannot Afford Not to Do a Tenant Check

  • Sunday, September 14, 2014
  General   Tenant Screening   Tips   

When it comes to renting your property, it is important to know who will be residing in your unit. A comprehensive tenant check can provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision about who will occupy your property.

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5 Reasons Why You Need an Online Rental Application

  • Saturday, September 13, 2014
  General   Tenant Screening   Tips   

The property rental business has dramatically changed in the last few years. Among the most significant changes is the transition to online management.

Read more on 5 Reasons Why You Need an Online Rental Application...

 

Conducting the Walkthrough with Your Tenants

  • Friday, September 12, 2014
  General   Tips   

Regardless of how much effort you put into screening your tenants, damage inevitably occurs. Even the best tenants can unintentionally cause damage to your units.

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Are You Thinking Like a Tenant?

  • Friday, August 29, 2014
  General   Tips   

As a landlord, you have many decisions to make on a daily basis. Along with considering monthly expenses, you also must pay attention to maintenance issues and devise the most appropriate marketing strategy.

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Tips for Properly Handling Security Deposits

  • Saturday, August 23, 2014
  General   Tips   

The handling of security deposits can be a problematic issue for many landlords. Security deposits are an important way for landlords to protect against potential losses, but it is important to understand how to handle them to ensure that you steer clear of potential legal issues.

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Reducing the Need for and Costs of an Eviction

  • Friday, August 15, 2014
  General   Tips   

Eviction is never the desired outcome when there is a problem with a tenant. As landlords are well aware, it can be time-consuming and nerve-wracking.

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Avoiding Loss of Income from Nightmare Tenants

  • Monday, August 11, 2014
  General   Tips   

Nightmare tenants are unfortunately all too common. Whether it is paying the rent late or creating a disturbance, some tenants can be difficult to manage.

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Tips for Advertising your Rental Property

  • Friday, August 1, 2014
  General   Tips   

Managing your properties is one of your most important responsibilities of a landlord, but from time to time, you will also need to advertise your properties. Whether you have a new unit or a vacancy, you will need to market it.

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Make a More Informed Decision By Checking Employment and Rental History

  • Saturday, July 26, 2014
  General   Tips   

As a landlord, you can never be too careful when it comes to screening prospective tenants. Along with protecting you and your business, tenant screening also helps to protect your other tenants by providing greater peace of mind and security as well as helping you to find quality tenants.

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Tips for Handling Tenant Complaints

  • Tuesday, July 15, 2014
  General   Tips   

Owning rental properties invariably means that you are going to be dealing with complaints. Even if you have the nicest tenants on earth and you make a point of maintaining your properties on a regular basis, there will be complaints.

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Do You Know If Your Applicants Are Telling the Truth?

  • Saturday, July 12, 2014
  General   Tips   

In a perfect world, you could have an applicant complete an application and believe that he or she is telling the truth. Of course, as we all know, we do not live in a perfect world.

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Tips for Hiring a Contractor for your Rental Property Business

  • Sunday, June 29, 2014
  General   Tips   

As a rental property owner, you have many responsibilities. Among those responsibilities is ensuring that your properties are properly maintained.

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Keeping the Pool Safe for your Tenants

  • Saturday, June 21, 2014
  General   Tips   

Do you offer the amenity of a swimming pool at your rental property? Pools can be a great way to attract tenants, but they can also bring a significant amount of responsibility.

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Why Check a Tenant's Employment and Rental History?

  • Wednesday, June 18, 2014
  General   Tips   

Is it really necessary to check an applicant's employment and rental history? I say that it is necessary. The operation of a rental business is a business just like any other.

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Should You Hire a Property Manager?

  • Saturday, June 14, 2014
  General   Tips   

One of the most common questions that rental property owners must ask themselves at some point in time is whether they should hire a property manager. There are certainly advantages to having someone else manage your rental properties, but there can also be drawbacks.

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Keeping Your Tenants Engaged with Newsletters

  • Saturday, June 7, 2014
  General   Tips   

Are you keeping your tenants informed and engaged with newsletters? If not, you could be missing the opportunity to connect with your tenants and keep problems to a minimum.

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Tips for Avoiding Evictions

  • Friday, May 30, 2014
  General   Tips   Legal   Criminal & Eviction Checks   

As a landlord, you likely hope that you never have to evict a tenant. Yet, that is the nature of the business and there may well come a time when it becomes necessary to do so.

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Boost your Property Rental Business with Photos

  • Friday, May 23, 2014
  General   Tips   

Homeowners and real estate agents have quickly come to understand that when it comes to moving a home quickly, pictures sell.

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Avoiding Legal Risk with Your Lease

  • Friday, May 16, 2014
  General   Tips   Legal   

Are you giving enough thought to your leases and the other legal documents used in your property rental business? If not, you could be putting your business at risk.

Read more on Avoiding Legal Risk with Your Lease...

 

Is Being a Live-In Landlord the Right Option for You?

  • Friday, May 9, 2014
  General   Tips   

With the rising cost of living expenses, many people are considering either operating an income-producing property from the same property where they live or becoming a live-in landlord in their own multi-unit building.

Read more on Is Being a Live-In Landlord the Right Option for You?...

 

What You Need to Do Between Tenants

  • Sunday, May 4, 2014
  General   Tips   

Many times, as landlords, we often focus on what we need to do to keep our current tenants or how to attract the next tenant. While those activities are important, it is also vital that you pay attention to a few necessary tasks when you are between tenants.

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Establishing Positive Communication with Your Tenants

  • Friday, April 25, 2014
  General   Tips   

Does it ever seem as though you and your tenants are on a different page? If so, the problem could be due to ineffective communication.

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Are You Making Common Landlord Mistakes?

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014
  General   Tips   

As diligent as you may attempt to be in the management of your property rental business, even the most common mistakes can cause significant problems and perhaps legal troubles.

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Should You Negotiate the Rent?

  • Monday, April 14, 2014
  General   Tips   

If you are in the property rental business long enough, eventually someone is going to ask you to negotiate the rental price for one of your units. Some landlords are willing to negotiate, while others have a firm price with no wiggle room.

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What Tax Deductions Can Landlords Take?

  • Saturday, April 12, 2014
  General   Tips   

It's that time of year again. The time of year when you begin to scrutinize your expenses from the previous year and search for every deduction that you can possibly take on your rental properties.

Read more on What Tax Deductions Can Landlords Take?...

 

Should They Stay or Should They Go?

  • Thursday, April 3, 2014
  General   Tips   

As the old Kenny Rogers' song goes, you have to know when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em. In the case of tenants, you have to know when to hold them and when to let them go.

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What It Takes to Be a Kickass Landlord

  • Tuesday, March 11, 2014
  General   Tips   

Have you seen the rise in rents and decided that becoming a landlord could be a good source for an additional income stream or even a new career? If so, you may naturally have wondered if you have what it takes to become a successful landlord.

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Creating a Paperless Rental Property Office

  • Wednesday, February 26, 2014
  General   Tips   

As an experienced rental property owner, one thing I can tell that makes a significant difference is the ability to be organized with paperwork. As you are probably well aware, there is a significant amount of paperwork that goes along with managing rental properties.

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A Landlord's Glossary

  • Tuesday, February 4, 2014
  General   Tips   

As a landlord, there are many terms that you will encounter on a frequent basis and should become familiar with

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Increasing your Cash Flow with Refinancing

  • Tuesday, January 28, 2014
  General   Tips   

Ensuring you have a positive cash flow is one of the most important steps in succeeding as a landlord.

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How to Save Money on Maintenance Repairs

  • Wednesday, January 22, 2014
  General   Tips   

As a landlord myself, I completely understand the importance of saving money on maintenance repairs. After all, repair costs can ultimately detract from your bottom line.

Read more on How to Save Money on Maintenance Repairs...

 

What is Direct-to-Consumer Tenant Screening Anyhow?

  • Friday, December 20, 2013
  General   Tips   

VerticalRent is dedicated to providing you with actionable information that you can quickly put to use with our platform.

Read more on What is Direct-to-Consumer Tenant Screening Anyhow?...

 

Build Trust on CraigsList with the VerticalRent Trusted Landlord Seal

  • Monday, December 9, 2013
  General   Tips   Tenant Screening   

Free classified sites are infamous for being full of scammers. The VerticalRent Trusted Landlord Seal ensures potential renters that your vacancy advertisement is legitimate.

Read more on Build Trust on CraigsList with the VerticalRent Trusted Landlord Seal...

 

How to Ensure Tenants Look after Your Property

  • Monday, December 2, 2013
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

The most troubling aspect of being a landlord is tenants who damage your property, from putting holes in the wall, to complete trashing, and even worse.

Read more on How to Ensure Tenants Look after Your Property...

 

Tips on Maintaining a Rental Property

  • Friday, November 22, 2013
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

Maintenance on a rental property can be a confusing issue. Renters may mistakenly assume all maintenance is the responsibility of the leasing agent and maintenance staff but this is usually not true.

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Legal Forms for Landlords in Ohio

  • Saturday, November 16, 2013
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

Real estate properties are so valuable these days that most people are unable to sell even if they badly need money.

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Consumer Reporting Agency Responsibilities

  • Thursday, November 7, 2013
  General   FCRA   Tips   

Consumer credit reports are commonly used as a method for evaluating rental applications.

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Why you Cannot Afford to Miss Annual Inspections

  • Thursday, October 31, 2013
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

As a landlord, you have a number of responsibilities. Not only is it important to make certain that your investment is protected, but it is also important to ensure your property is safe for inhabitation.

Read more on Why you Cannot Afford to Miss Annual Inspections...

 

Attracting Quality Renters with Photos

  • Friday, October 18, 2013
  General   Advertising & Marketing   Tips   Rental Market   

It has often been said that a photo is worth a thousand words. When it comes to attracting quality renters, providing photos can certainly go a long way.

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How to Keep Great Tenants

  • Friday, October 11, 2013
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

Attracting great tenants is an important goal of most landlords, but once you have found them, you need to know how to keep them. Understanding what quality tenants look for in a rental property can help you to keep vacancies at a minimum.

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Appealing to Choosy Renters

  • Friday, October 4, 2013
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

In today's increasingly competitive rental market, there are many excellent reasons for ensuring your property stands out from the competition. Today's renters are growing more and more selective.

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Should You Collect Rental Application Fees?

  • Friday, September 27, 2013
  General   Legal   Tips   Tenant Screening   Tenant Credit Checks   Criminal & Eviction Checks   

Collecting rents is an important function as a landlord, but that process does not begin on the due date. It actually begins on the day that your tenant completes a rental application.

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A Few Renting Tips for Landlords

  • Saturday, June 15, 2013
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

Renting tips for landlords include the application process, lease agreement, the property itself and what is deemed actual wear and tear of an apartment.

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Making a Living in Rental Properties

  • Saturday, June 1, 2013
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

There are many ways in which a person can make a living when it comes to real estate investing some of them carry more risks than others.

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Know This Before You Evict a Tenant

  • Wednesday, May 15, 2013
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

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.

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Be Cautious About Charging Late Fees - Know the Limits in Your State

  • Monday, April 15, 2013
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

There are two lines of cases in Ohio which deal with whether courts will enforce lease provisions allowing a landlord to charge tenants for late fees.

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Should You Become a Landlord?

  • Friday, March 15, 2013
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

Benefits from real estate also sometimes take extra steps and responsibilities. If you are thinking of becoming involved in real estate, then you may also be looking at the job title of landlord.

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Rental Property Tax Deductions

  • Friday, February 15, 2013
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

Generally, rental income is defined as any revenue you receive from the occupancy or use of residential property. Rent, obviously, is included in that revenue.

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Landlords! Screen Your Tenants!

  • Tuesday, January 15, 2013
  General   Tips   Rental Market   Advertising & Marketing   

If you are a landlord, you know how lucrative and exciting it can be to collect rent. If you are experienced, then you already know that the greatest assets to a landlord are great tenants who always pay on time. The opposite is also true.

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Tips for Handling Vacancies

  • Saturday, December 15, 2012
  General   Tips   Rental Market   Advertising & Marketing   

From time to time you will have vacancies in your investment rental property. When that occurs, you will naturally want to rent the property as quickly as possible so that you do not lose out on any rent money.

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Tips to Being a Successful Landlord

  • Thursday, November 15, 2012
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

The ultimate goal of investing in rental property is turn a profit. To make sure that you achieve that goal it is essential that you follow several critical guidelines.

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Tips for the Unexpected Landlord

  • Monday, October 15, 2012
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

In the advent of the sub prime mortgage crisis many homeowners are opting to rent properties as opposed to trying to sell in this unstable and already saturated market.

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The 10 Costliest Landlord Mistakes

  • Saturday, September 15, 2012
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

Classic business philosophy teaches that a great part of survival and subsequent success lies in an operation's ability to reduce mistakes.

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Tips for Your Low Income Renters

  • Wednesday, August 15, 2012
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

If you are renting a low income apartment, you should know some facts about these rentals.

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Renting a Beach House

  • Sunday, July 15, 2012
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

When you are considering renting a beach house, you need to keep a few things in mind.

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10 Ways to Increase Rental Property Income

  • Friday, June 15, 2012
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

What if you want better cash flow from your rental properties? You can't just raise the rents arbitrarily. If tenants leave, income goes down, not up.

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Refinancing Rental Property

  • Tuesday, May 15, 2012
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

You own a rental property for years, and never see the "big pay-off." Is it time to cash in on your investment, now that you've paid down the mortgage, and values are up? Maybe not.

Read more on Refinancing Rental Property...

 

Guide to Protecting yourself and your Rental Property

  • Sunday, April 15, 2012
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

Owning rental investment property can be a satisfying and lucrative operation; however, there are also several areas which need to be carefully heeded.

Read more on Guide to Protecting yourself and your Rental Property...

 

Guide to Finding the Right Rental Investment Property

  • Thursday, March 15, 2012
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

Finding the right rental property is certainly one of the keys to succeeding with investment rental property.

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Guide to Vacation Rental Properties

  • Wednesday, February 15, 2012
  General   Tips   FCRA   Rents & Deposits   Rental Market   Vacation Rentals   

While many investors who purchase rental property focus on residences intended for year-around living, there is no denying the fact that vacation rental properties can provide an excellent income revenue.

Read more on Guide to Vacation Rental Properties...

 

Guide to Showing your Rental Property to Prospective Tenants

  • Sunday, January 15, 2012
  General   Tips   FCRA   Rents & Deposits   Rental Market   

In order to succeed when you invest in rental properties it is necessary to show your property to potential tenants.

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Guide to Setting Rental Rates

  • Thursday, December 15, 2011
  General   Tips   FCRA   Rents & Deposits   Rental Market   

Setting the right rent can be one of the most difficult areas for many people who are investing in rental property.

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Guide to Inexpensive Rental Property Repairs that Won't Take a Bite out of your Budget

  • Tuesday, November 15, 2011
  General   Tips   

There are some decided differences between fixing up your own home and a property you plan to rent out.

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Financing Options for Rental Property

  • Saturday, October 15, 2011
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

Many investors are now finding that rental property can be an excellent way to create wealth.

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Establishing Valid Criteria for Selecting Tenants

  • Thursday, September 15, 2011
  General   Tenant Screening   Tips   Criminal & Eviction Checks   

Establishing tenant selection criteria can be one of the most confusing areas of operating rental property for many people.

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Costs to Consider when Purchasing Rental Investment Property

  • Monday, August 15, 2011
  General   Rental Market   Tips   

The process of searching for investment rental property can be exciting; however, before you get too excited it is important to run some preliminary numbers to make sure you know exactly what you are facing to ensure a successful investment.

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Advice for your Renters on How to Treat Your Property

  • Friday, July 15, 2011
  General   Rental Market   Tips   

Those who live in a rental property may have questions regarding how they should care for their dwelling.

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Rental Ownership Woes

  • Wednesday, June 15, 2011
  General   Rental Market   Tips   

While real estate investing is a great line of business to get into in order to make copious piles of money there are a few things to consider before jumping into the fray.

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