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Property Managers Explains Typical Times to Raise the Rent

Monday, July 02, 2018 - 06:00AM

Rental property owners often turn to their property manager for advice about whether it’s time to increase the rent. If you recently received notice of higher property taxes or home owner association fees, you likely wonder if your property manager will adjust the rent to cover your new added expenses. Generally, it’s a good idea to talk to a professional landlord about any financial questions or apprehensions you feel, especially as a first-time real estate investor. If you own a rental home in San Diego County, it’s likely your rental home is steadily increasing in value. At the same time, the fact that you have higher expenses such as property taxes does not necessarily mean it’s time to raise the rent. According to an article by vcstar.com, rent increases often drive away reliable and steady tenants. Higher vacancy often adds expenses to the mix. At the same time, consider legitimate reasons to raise the rent.

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Topics: San Diego Property Management, raising rent, rent increase

Top Questions for Screening Potential Property Managers

Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 06:00AM

Having an excellent property manager manage an average rental property is better than hiring a mediocre property manager to manage an upscale rental with all the latest gadgets and upgrades. A good property manager makes or breaks your real estate investing quest. According to a piece by biggerpockets.com, there are a few essential questions to ask potential property managers to ensure you have a positive experience. Rely on a property management company in San Diego County with a great reputation built on trust, particularly if you live outside of California. Long-distance real estate investing is simple when you have the right help. When shopping around for a property manager, consider a few of your financial goals. Reducing vacancy rates, keeping repair costs low, reducing stress for you as well as simplifying the invoices and statements are a few of the main aims. Look for quick communication, a feeling of confidence in the property manager as well as a solid property management policy.

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Topics: San Diego Property Management, What to look for in a property manager, San Diego Leasing, Best Property Management Companies, What to look for in a management company

How to Hang Pictures and Shelves without Punching a Single Hole

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 06:30AM

When you rent a residence, it's not just some place that belongs to someone else, it's your home. You live there and naturally want to surround yourself with all the homey touches you love. Pictures of friends and family, achievement plaques and trophies, and heirlooms you inhereited from your parents and grandparents all deserve a place of honor on your walls. But what if your lease makes it clear that they don't want you punching holes? To hang some of these things, or artfully placed shelves to hold them, often the only way to achieve this is with a sizable nail. If you don't want to spend your last week in this house or apartment filling in holes with putty and trying to touch up the paint around them, there's no need to leave your keepsakes boxed up and out of sight. It's time to find an alternative.

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Topics: Tips for tenants, Rental Tips, Command Strips, hanging pictures

7 Emergency Property Maintenance Calls that Can't Wait Until Morning

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 06:00AM

Despite some of the crazy stuff you see in the business, property management is no laughing matter. You, the tenant, and the landlord work as a team sharing responsibilities to keep the property and the tenants safe. When you get an emergency call from a tenant about a maintenance or repair concern, they usually fall into one of three categories.

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Topics: Tenants, Landlords, maintenance issues, maintenance responsibilities, Maintenance Tips, Maintaining a property, residential property maintenance, emergencies

Property Inspections - A BRIEF Overview

Monday, June 25, 2018 - 05:00AM

Inspections are one of the most important tools available to you as a property owner. These records, when created immediately before and after a tenant leases a property, can be used to defend yourself in the event of litigation and may be used to collect on damages should they occur. It is important, therefore, that you perform move-in and move-out inspections every time you lease, regardless of whom you are leasing to.

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Topics: Property Managers, move-out inspections, inspections, move-in inspections

Key Upcoming Trends for Property Managers to Look For

Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 05:00AM

Property managers must be always prepared for the continual changes that flood the multi-housing industry. In fact, the property manager's role has not only evolved in the last decade, but it has expanded as well. No longer do they just collect rent but have a host of other jobs as well. That means they must be versed in a variety of skills. From digital expertise to marketing to legal documents and insurance, property managers wear many hats. The juggling of tasks makes it necessary to be capable of multi-tasking. However, more than that, property managers must have an eye toward the future trends so that they can step up to the plate and proactively stay ahead of the game. With that in mind, we checked in with the Property Management Insider for a peek at their trend predictions for 2018 and provide some tips to help you keep on top of what's coming.

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Topics: property management tips

Property Managers: Tips to Find the Right Property to Buy

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 06:00AM

Once you decide to be a landlord, it is time to find the right property to buy. While it is not always easy to find a place to buy, you should take your time so that you are completely happy with your choice. Hopefully, you will be managing it for years, as well as spending a lot of time there, so you should work hard to find the right place.

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Topics: Property Management, Landlords, Finding the Right Property

10 Things Every Renter Needs to Know About Their Lease

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 06:30AM

Whether you're still house-hunting or have just moved into your new place, the central connection between any renter and their landlord is the lease. The terms of the lease are contractually binding, meaning that once both of you sign it, you are both obligated to uphold whatever's written inside. You may think you know everything about being a renter and have seen every boiler-plate lease on the market, but when it comes to contracts, never ever assume. You never know if this landlord has customized their lease, and it's important to know what you have actually agreed to. Here are the top ten things every renter should look for in their lease agreement.

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Topics: Tenants, Landlords, maintenance issues, Leasing tips, Leasing, Tips for tenants, Rental Tips, Tips for new tenants, pets, responsibilities of pet owners, owning a pet

Tips For Moving Into an Apartment

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 06:27AM

Whether you are moving into your first apartment or moving from one to another, moving is never an easy task. You may have no idea how much you actually own until you start packing it all up! For this reason, you should always start with a plan and give yourself more time than you think that you need.

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Topics: Leasing tips, moving tips, relocation

Leasing: Nine More Tips to Relocate

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 06:30AM

Relocating, either to a new city or even state, can be challenging. It can be even worse if you have to relocate across the country. It is never easy, even if you have to do it more than once. It takes time and patience so that is less stressful.

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Topics: Leasing tips, moving tips, relocation

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