9 Maintenance Issues that Tenant's Are Responsible For

9 Maintenance Issues that Tenant's Are Responsible For

Landlords cannot control how tenants live their lives, but they've the right to expect appropriate use of the possessions and care of the rental unit. Tenant’s must share some responsibility of maintenance problems. As a landlord or property manager, you should be clearly laying out what items a tenant is responsible for maintaining, so that when contractors must be sent out you have a clear way to bill tenant for misuse or neglect. Below are the 9 things that tenants should be responsible for in any well written lease:

Rental Agreements on Pets: Best Practices

Rental Agreements on Pets: Best Practices

Some landlords think that one pet is one too many in their rental home. If that is your policy, then that is that. But if you allow pets, then you need to have a strategy around how many to let in.

It would be obvious to say that two dogs and three cats, as an example, are a lot of pets to place on a lease. Not to mention the expense of the pet rent to the tenant. But unfortunately, there is not one simple answer for all scenarios. You have to choose how many pets that you will permit, along with guiding lines for how those pets should behave and interact with the lease agreement. You are in luck--here are six tips that will assist you determine the number of pets to let.

Your 6 Item To-Do List After Accepting or Denying a Tenant

Your 6 Item To-Do List After Accepting or Denying a Tenant

You'll have a 90% confidence of whether your prospective renter is deserving of your property after performing a background check and confirming the information listed on their rental application. On some occasions, you will get applications from several parties that qualify. You’re probably already using a tenant screening service like FinRet, but this article is about follow-up steps.

Tactics to Accomplish Your Big Goals Next Year

Tactics to Accomplish Your Big Goals Next Year

Accomplishment comes from action, not thought or talk. Nor can it be attained by wanting, hoping, or even just strategizing. Accomplishment is tactical. Dreaming of a goal is important, but in the end, accomplishment requires focused action. Fix, review, learn from previous errors, then take huge big actions again.

I'm so frequently astonished at the amount of folks who speak about ideas, but they truly translate into nothing. Saying something does not make it real unless you’re backing it with action, focus, and maybe most importantly time. Take new years goals, for example.

4 Biggest Risks For Vacant Properties

4 Biggest Risks For Vacant Properties

You may not have your rental properties rented 100 percent of the time, but you ought to be looking to occupy them as fast as possible -- and for more reasons than simply losing out on lease income.

An abandoned property fast becomes an eyesore from negligence and is terrible for the rest of the neighborhood values, while a vacant property could be well preserved by the owner or manager.

However, even in the event that you decide to keep your house vacant, it is not ideal for maintenance and upkeep. This may sound counter intuitive, since tenants often cause different forms of wear and tear. However, the risks of a vacant property far outweigh the benefits as we’ll show below.

10 Tenant Red Flags to Keep an Eye Out For

10 Tenant Red Flags to Keep an Eye Out For

Want to avoid renter issues? Keep an eye out for these 10 tenant red flags and reduce your risk of choosing bad tenants.

Tenants who pay their rent on time and look after your investment property are gold. But you might have to sift through a lot of rubble first before you find them. It’s a good idea to have rigorous screening techniques in place, and look out for these tenant red flags to reduce the risk of choosing a bad tenant.

Keep in mind that not every red flag is obvious, so you’ll have to use your common sense and instincts. If you sense there are tenant warning signs, it’s best not to go there.

Creating Passive Rental Income Streams That Enhance Your Lifestyle

Creating Passive Rental Income Streams That Enhance Your Lifestyle

A couple years back, I had a fascinating conversation with a friend looking at property management. She was just getting started building a property portfolio to make a passive revenue stream. Before starting Latchel, I had build passive income businesses on Amazon’s platform, a little bit different than property investing, but we talked back and forth about how to start a passive income business. She wanted to know what milestones she should set for her own business for 5 years and 10 years down the road.

My response was not exactly what she anticipated.

She was approaching her business from the wrong mindset. When building a passive income business, I would not build my personal life around the businesses goals. Rather, I want to form my passive income streams around the life that I want to live.

A Letter to Your Tenants: 13 Things to Never Put Down the Garbage Disposal

A Letter to Your Tenants: 13 Things to Never Put Down the Garbage Disposal

The modern garbage disposal has been a tremendous boon for homeowners and renters worldwide. It provides a quick and sanitary way to dispose of food waste, keeping trash bags lighter and landfills from overflowing. Because of their simplicity and solid construction, disposals are workhorses, potentially grinding away year after year. But even this venerable appliance can choke on certain items. Here are 13 things to never put in your disposal if you want to keep it running smooth and your drains clog-free.

Reasons for a Down Housing Market by 2020

Reasons for a Down Housing Market by 2020

These should be happy times for the housing industry. The market is booming, with more people working at higher pay, and with the large millennial generation reaching prime home buying age.

Home prices haven't declined nationally, at least based on the most commonly followed indexes. However, their rate of growth has declined, and more and more home sellers are finding they need to reduce asking prices to discover a buyer.

Given how fundamental housing is to the wider economy -- it is the largest driver of both wealth and indebtedness for the majority of households, and its changes have regularly been significant factors in past booms and busts -- this recession is not something to be taken lightly for anybody hoping the good times will last.

When a Techie Invests in Real Estate... This Happens!

When a Techie Invests in Real Estate... This Happens!

Too much real estate advice is geared to the full time investor. How about the full time software engineer looking to make passive income? Ok, you don’t have to be a software engineer, but the point is, you have a full time job, you understand technology, and you want to create passive income streams in real estate. Here’s how you do it.

Do yourself a favor and bookmark this post because the manual is long--but it is definitely worth your time.

3 Ways To Succeed as a First Time Property Investor

3 Ways To Succeed as a First Time Property Investor

My family has been investing in real estate for several decades. My father made money and he lost money. I’ve put most of my investments into the software space, but vis-a-vis family, I've been really fortunate to get an inside look at what it takes to succeed as a property investor. All that experience has made me realize that you want to begin slow, small, and economical. The same way you’d build a software company.

Every first time property investor gets enthusiastic about investing and watching their capital grow. So they go and invest a whole great deal of money, they request their family and friends to provide them money, or they refinance the home in which they reside. They go out and buy a low quality, broken property attempting to replicate the TV shows they see on HGTV. Don’t be that person. Bad move, bad idea. So here are 3 ways to find success as a first time property investor.

The Pros and Cons of Renting Older Properties

The Pros and Cons of Renting Older Properties

In real estate investing, there's an assortment of classic debates which will likely remain unresolved for the near future. Is it better to invest in newer or older properties? If you opt for long-term leases, do you concentrate on cash flow or capital development? Repay the debt on your own investment portfolio or boost it by refinancing to include more properties? Purchase properties in B and A ranked places or chase the greater yields of D and C ones?

In this post, I’m going to talk about the pros and cons of buying newer verse older rentals. I am certain that there'll be property investors behind each argument but this is meant to supply a synopsis of the advantages and disadvantages of every property type.

Business Health for Property Management Companies: Margin, KPIs, SMART Goals

Business Health for Property Management Companies: Margin, KPIs, SMART Goals

When you are running a property management company, staying at the top of financials can be time-consuming even with all the accounting software in the world. You may be a master in real estate management, but information investigation is a different story. Brokers and owners need to keep tabs on the total health of their PM business to ensure it is growing organically across the right metrics.

I put together a fast guide that will assist your check up on the total health of your company. We are going to go beyond just taking a look at the common ratios and dig to the metrics which help you remain in control and prevent fundamental business issues. Here are four strategies to figure out how your property management company is actually doing:

How Playing the Long Game Pays Off

How Playing the Long Game Pays Off

It's easy to chalk achievements up to good fortune and to underestimate the value of investing in achievement each and every moment. We tell ourselves, the teacher worth millions of dollars is simply blessed. How could a teacher make millions? The answer is that she played the long game.

The long game is not especially notable and it doesn’t draw attention. It is dull. It changes the way you run your own personal and business affairs.

There's an old expression: If you do exactly what everybody else is doing, then you should not be surprised to receive exactly the very same results everybody is getting. At Latchel, we’ve made this ethos a part of our leadership principles and company culture. Essentially, the long game means telling yourself: You can’t get better by staying the same.

How To Start A Massively Successful Property Management Company

How To Start A Massively Successful Property Management Company

A property management company is similar to many other service companies. And like any company, your management business will require somewhere to operate and all of the gear that goes along with running a successful contemporary operation. To keep prices down, many new owners of rental businesses begin working from home, and if their company outgrows that installation, they consider leasing commercial office space and hiring employees.

Like any entrepreneur, you need to get down the basics to launch your property management company. You are the jack of all trades working on legal, marketing, sales, operations, leasing, showings, and the list goes on and on. This article is meant to review the landscape of starting a property management company with the ability to scale and become massively successful. We’ll start at ground zero - creating your business entity - and climb all the way up to scalable marketing and operations as you rapidly grow. Strap yourself in because any property management company will benefit from reviewing this guide.

Ghosts and ghouls of high-cost metro regions drive migration to Dallas.

Ghosts and ghouls of high-cost metro regions drive migration to Dallas.

Home sales company Redfin looked at migration from high-cost metro regions to cheaper markets. The Dallas region was on the top 10 list of U.S. cities where residents are going to find cheaper housing and living expenses, researchers with the residential brokerage company discovered. The largest share of newcomers to Dallas were from Los Angeles. Redfin stated that nearly a quarter of its own house searches in the Dallas area were people moving to the area.

Deal Acquisition Skills for Rookies

Deal Acquisition Skills for Rookies

The most significant abilities and resources in real estate investing are the ones that brand new investors don’t have. These abilities are essential to buy and sell investment properties and for increasing financing.

Understanding how to appraise properties, picking the right software applications to run a productive company, employing help, handling contractors and tenants, and choosing an excellent market to invest in are key skills in real estate. Most investors understand that they need to grow in these abilities.

But, there's also a point where understanding how to write a deal, underwrite a bargain, draw prospects to your site, and deal with the technical aspect of business can come up short. Much more important is the ability to market. Especially, in order to sell and present yourself.

2 Hacks to Save Time & Money Managing Rentals

2 Hacks to Save Time & Money Managing Rentals

There are two major pitfalls that property managers and landlords typically fall into: (1) Getting trapped handling day to day maintenance and (2) Missing a deep dive troubleshooting step to fix issues on the phone. Step number (2) can save you and any owners you work with $1000’s of dollars every month.

4 Ways to Optimize Your Rehab for Maximum Profits

4 Ways to Optimize Your Rehab for Maximum Profits

Choosing what to include and what not to include on a rehab job is just as crucial as choosing the right contractors. Some work is obviously necessary (repainting a weary house), while other updates are more elective. When it comes to discretionary work, there are some improvements that are worth the bang for the dollar and you will find others that most surely are not.

Here are the key things to create your own “Do Not Do" list in regards to rehabbing investment properties.

New Asset Class in Real Estate Investing

New Asset Class in Real Estate Investing

Imagine if I were to inform you that I have an iconic and globally-recognized trophy property. You could buy it today. Your equity is wholly liquid, translucent and SEC-approved being a digital investment. Off the bat, it may sound like I have the Brooklyn Bridge to sell you, but I assure you I don't. It is a securitized token offering (STO) -- and it's here today.

Block chain has been probably one of the most talked about (and most invested-in) emerging technologies of late, and it's truly one of the biggest enterprise opportunities to come around since the advent and mass adoption of smartphones.