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More and more tenants are requesting to pay their rents all at once, for many reasons. Whether they just sold their house, or they want to offer a lump sum due to a poor credit rating, the occasional tenant may want to put a large quantity of cash in your hand. While that sounds like a dream come true, it is important to evaluate why the tenant is requesting this, and if this makes sense for you.Read More »

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Selling FSBO does not guarantee more profit in your pocket just because you are saving on realtor costs. Furthermore, while some FSBO do work out well, they are not all equal, as they depend on the house and the market. This summer, between our personal homes and those of our family, we sold or facilitated the sale of six homes in four different states. Two of these homes ended up being sold For Sale ByRead More »

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One of the fastest growing trends in real estate is returning a higher profit by turning a property into a furnished short-term rental, typically either as a corporate rental (30 days or more) or vacation rental (less than 30 days). We personally have turned two of our houses into furnished rentals aimed at the corporate rental client for off-season and vacation rentals for peak season. While for us, furnished rentals have been a blessing, thereRead More »

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As a real estate agent, you would think my response would be “Always!” but here is my unbiased opinion on this matter. Choosing a tenant, although time consuming, is not exactly rocket science; however, there is some skill involved. For this reason, brokers may be necessary to make the lives of property owners easier; but this convenience comes at a cost. Here are a few questions you should ask yourself before you decide to hireRead More »

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When choosing a new tenant, it can be difficult to navigate the information overload that confronts you. You must analyze each tenant's work history, references, number of occupants, and the like. Here are five red flags that can act as shortcuts, and weed out some potentially problematic renters. While these aren’t 100 percent accurate all of the time, they will save you from headaches most of the time! If your prospect does any of theseRead More »

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GR78_Square Pros and Cons of Selling Your House to Your Tenant
It sounds like a dream come true: sell your house to the person who is currently renting it. By doing so, you can avoid the costs of turning over the property as well as fees associated with selling your home. But is it all positive? Read More »
GR76_Square Should you add your tenant to your social media accounts?
Now that social media is so prevalent, the question of whether or not to connect with your tenants on social media is more common. Should you accept this kind of request, and if you do, what should you do with the information you can learn? Read More »
Can_Tenants_Be_Evicted_in_Winter_SQUARE_10-29-17 Can Tenants Be Evicted in Winter - What Are the Rules?
When things turn sour with a tenant who hasn’t paid the rent, or who has broken other terms of a lease, it’s time to consider eviction. Evicting a tenant is a stressful event, and it is rarely an easy process. To compound matters, there are so many myths about the legal steps that can and cannot be taken during eviction. One pervasive fiction is that tenants can’t be turned out of the rental during cold weather. Is this true? Mostly, no. However, there are actions that a landlord may not take during the eviction process. There are also very strict regulations about cutting off heat-related utilities when the thermometer plummets. Read More »
Screen_Shot_2017-09-26_at_4.08.36_PM_copy_copy Video Tip: Don't Eagerly Rent to the First Applicant
Pick the right tenant for your property. Hint: It may not be the most eager or first tenant you screen. Read More »
Halloween_Decoration-Housesq Tenants Overdoing Halloween Decorations?
A realistic dummy laid on a lawn in Michigan each Halloween caused panic when passersby didn’t realize it was a prank. Many thought someone was seriously hurt and called 911 as the homeowner giggled inside the house. A much more gruesome scene, hosted each October on a front porch in Texas, included a child’s crib filled with zombie babies. And, in Illinois, a homeowners association felt compelled to enact new rules about Halloween displays after receiving complaints about a home whose decorations included 2,000 lights that blazed for weeks. Read More »
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