All Landlords Should Know These 5 Essential Laws

There are many state, federal, and local laws that control the tenant-landlord relationship. If you are already a landlord or if you’re thinking about renting out that garden cottage, you will need a working knowledge of these essential laws. As a landlord, you are required to comply with the following: Fair Credit Reporting Act The … Continued

Should You Be Screening Tenants

If you’re landlord or investor in rental property, then maybe you’ve been trying to figure out an effective means of screening tenants. One of the biggest headaches landlords face is finding out if a potential tenant would be a good fit for their rental. Like most landlords, you want to know if the renter is … Continued

Avoiding Trouble in Landlord-Tenant Relationships

It’s no secret that generally, the landlord-tenant relationship is loaded with potential problems. This sad state of affairs affects over 110,175,847Americans, renting a total of 43,267,432 properties, which means that 35% of the population is involved in an ongoing, unsatisfactory relationship. The typical landlord-tenant relationship is fraught with problems. Differences proliferate over every aspect of … Continued

Rental Property Investment: 6 Ways to Enjoy the Process

Are you thinking about a rental property investment? Owning rental properties can be the gateway to an income and financial freedom if you do things right from the beginning. Sure, you’ll make mistakes at first but you’ll learn from your mistakes along the way. Use these 7 tips to avoid some common problems. Expect your … Continued

7 Steps To Keep Your Rental Property Occupied

It takes great management to run a successful rental property. One of the most important aspects of rental property management is avoiding vacancies.  Every month that rental income is not coming in directly costs you money.  In most cases these vacancies can be avoided with proper marketing.  There are several little things that you can … Continued

6 Steps to Reach Your Goals in 2016

Whatever your goals may be for 2016, achieve them with these six tactics. You don’t have any goals? What are your plans for 2016? What do you want to achieve? According to a Harvard Business study, goal setting and success go hand in hand. And although these steps work for most life endeavors, they apply … Continued

Apartment Trends: What Renters Want

With residential rentals representing some of today’s best property investments, savvy developers are adopting a host of relevant features for a new breed of tenants, dictating today’s apartment trends. Some of the newest apartment trends, identified by real estate professionals, are already in the spotlight. “Micro units,” efficiently designed units with a smaller footprint are … Continued

Features of the Texas Housing Market

In spite of last year’s decline in oil prices, the Texas housing market, specifically Dallas, is hot with price increases at about twice the national rate. So what’s important for property purchasers – both investors and private buyers – to know about the Texas housing market? Even though falling oil prices have caused some job … Continued

7 Quick & Easy Lighting Fixes to Make Your Home Shine

Can your home use some help in the lighting department? Or are lighting fixes way down on your list of home improvements? It’s surprising what a difference great lighting can make. If you’re planning to sell your property in the near future, good lighting can take your home from dreary to dynamic. The very minimum … Continued

Real Estate Investing: Section 8 Tenants

If the question is, “How do I improve occupancy rates?” the answer could lie in opening your property to section 8 tenants. Sooner or later, most residential real estate investors will look at the possibility of renting their units to section 8 tenants, particularly in the larger metro areas. Leasing to section 8 tenants is … Continued

Buying Versus Renting: Which is Cheaper?

Is it more cost-effective to buy a home or better to rent? The buying versus renting debate has recently come under the spotlight once again. Every few years, the discussion resumes but the answer isn’t as straightforward as you may think. A report on Forbes.com earlier this year, stated that “Nationally, buying is 38% cheaper … Continued

Some Facts About Owning Rental Property?

Who wants to follow Mark Twain’s advice…? “Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.” What if that land comes with a house attached, couldn’t you rent it out and make a profit? So to the question, “Can ordinary folks make money with a residential rental property?” the answer would have to be yes. It’s possible … Continued