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What can be done about home inspectors who do not give the buyers the correct information about the real problems about the home they are buying? Thanks for your question. To start, you are lumping all home inspectors into one bag, which is probably unfair. And you didn’t include a specific example, so we’ll have…


Your most important decision that will determine the success or failure of your rental is the person you put in the property. A bad tenant can potentially cause years of stress, headache and financial loss, while a great one can provide years of security, peace and prosperity. So, don’t underestimate the importance of renting to only the…


If you are feeling hesitant about allowing tenants with pets to rent your property, it might be time to take another look. Property investors have long been hesitant to list their properties as pet-friendly on the rental market. Fears that animals will damage their property prevent landlords from all the potential benefits of offering a…


Once you’ve finished the house hunting process and found a home to your liking, it’s time to put in an offer and make an agreement with the seller. But before you purchase your home, there’s some additional digging to do. The due diligence stage in a real estate transaction is a vital part of the…


Buying a rental property can be a very lucrative and sound financial investment. But it can also winding up costing you, particularly if you haven’t done your due diligence prior to making a purchase. 1. Location, Location, Location Location for the property is critical. Buyers tend to think of a rental property in terms of…


We are currently living in Atlanta in a large single-family home that was built in 2001. We have a mortgage of less than 50 percent of what our home is worth, and we just refinanced to a 5/1 ARM at 2.75 percent interest. Our son is going to be a sophomore in college this coming…


You own the property, but tenants have rights too. Scenario: You’re ready to give up on the landlord business, or maybe you just want to unload one of your investment properties. You own the apartment in Boston, MA, so you can sell it and move on, right? It’s not always that easy. Deciding to sell a…


Protecting your investment from a fire when you aren’t around isn’t easy but there are some simple steps you can take to minimize the chance of it happening, and any damage if it does occur. As a landlord, you can’t control everything that happens on your property. However, you can implement rules, provide advice, and…


Unwanted guests, or squatters, can cause considerable damage to rental properties and leave landlords with large clean-up bills. Unoccupied rental properties can be targeted by squatters, causing major headaches for landlords. If a squatter breaks into a vacant rental property and lives there illegally, it can potentially result in damage to the property and subsequent…


COLUMBIA, S.C. — Alex Szkaradek is a landlord who seems to have the best of both worlds. Mr. Szkaradek, 36, collects rent, but he never has to pay for repairs on any of the more than 5,500 homes — many of them rundown — that his firm manages across the country. The firm, Vision Property…

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