• Red Flags In That Vacation-rental Request? Trust Your ...
    In: Marketing Vacant Units
    Red flags in that vacation-rental request? Trust your gut

    If you get a vacation rental request from an Oregonian with a Texas business address and Illinois driver's license whose check is mailed to you from Ohio, you, um, might want to think twice about doing business with him. Oh, and by the way, that check will likely be for more than the rental amount. Just cash the check and send him the difference. And, hey, keep some for yourself for your time. A North Kitsap real estate agent — we’re not disclosing her name because she is a plaintiff in a protection order in another state — isn’t the first person to get caught in David Sisico’s tangled web. Ah, and what a tangled web it is. Type “David Sisico” in an Internet search engine,...Read more >

  • America's Most And Least Expensive College Towns
    In: Latest News

    For a great place to live, should you go back to school? American college towns are uniquely appealing places to live, and we don't just mean for the kids. What can you...

  • Renters Of Single-family Homes More Likely To Buy: ...
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    Those who rent single-family properties could be more likely to buy than their multifamily counterparts, according to research from Freddie Mac. Fifty-three percent...

  • Smoke-free Policies Benefit Apartment Dwellers, Owners
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    Adopting a smoke-free policy can improve the living environment for apartment dwellers while reducing maintenance costs, according to a survey of multi-unit housing...

  • Bed Bugs Are On The Rise: What Should ...
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    Few animals, even among insects, are as reviled by people as are bed bugs, more formally known as Cimex lectularius. And according to a news release from the...

  • Why Real Estate Could Be A Better Investment ...
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    Why Real Estate Could Be a Better Investment Than Stocks

    Once you're on track with your financial goals - such as retirement contributions or repaying student loan debt - you may find yourself exploring real estate investments in lieu of the stock market. Buying real estate as an investment can be lucrative, but it's also cash-intensive and carries risks. As you weigh your options, consider the following points in your analysis. Risk versus expected returns. Whether putting cash into the market or purchasing real estate, you need to assess the risk versus the expected returns. Traditional equity investments are much easier to analyze in this way. You have historical data, and although past performance is not indicative of future results, you...Read more >

  • Manhattan's Property Boom Pushes Landlords To Sell Early
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    Manhattan property owners are cashing out ahead of schedule. With New York real estate values and rents surging, owners of commercial properties acquired as recently as...

  • Curb Appeal Is Important-even For Rental Properties
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    It never fails to surprise me when I hear a property owner tell me that it isn't worth the effort to improve the curb appeal of their home, since "it's just a rental."...

  • A Tenant Credit Check: The Crystal Ball That ...
    In: Tenant Screening

    Remember that time at an amusement park when you saw Madame Zelda with a crystal ball, who said she could use it to see the future? Well, fast forward from child to...

  • Apartment Market Continues Hot Streak With Six Months ...
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    DALLAS, TX - The national apartment market could be in its hottest long-term streak since the Great Recession, with six straight months of 5.0% or greater annual...