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Have you ever looked at a distressed property—a truly distressed property—and been thrilled with the idea of buying it, renovating it, and renting it? It can be an appealing notion, especially if you’re an investor with an imagination. With so many areas undergoing revitalization, the idea of taking a cheaper distressed property and making it…


Partnership/ Investor Disputes: Some partners fight with each other as a hobby, others do it as a form of sport! Some of the biggest financial fights occur between blood family members.  Family members can end up in divorce court fighting about property and asset division.   This is a big source of legal wrangling. Important preventive…


STUART — This is the final chapter of a three-part series on investing in vacation rental properties. In our previous columns, we addressed what type of property to purchase and how to furnish and remodel your unit. This final column will provide an overview of managing your property. If you missed either of the first two…


Rent Control Cities and the Overzealous Code Enforcement Officers that Employ Them: Rent control is out of control – don’t you feel that way?   If you have property in a rent control/ stabilized city, you have increased governmental regulation and interference, rental unit registration requirements, percentage limitations on annual rental increases, and other bells, whistles,…


When purchasing their first rental properties, many investors believe that the assets will effortlessly bring in money. However, they soon discover the hard way, that owning rental units attract a myriad of costs, which can significantly dent the amount of rental income. It is, therefore, important for a rental property investor to understand what these…


Mold problems can be incredibly expensive to repair, sometimes requiring entire rooms being torn down to the studs. Certain types of mold can cause illnesses from skin irritation to obstructive lung disease. What is truly frightening about mold is how easily it grows. One study from the University of Arizona showed that 100% of the…


Reducing water consumption has become more important than ever. This is especially true in areas that experience frequent or long term drought conditions. Many property managers find themselves under water use restrictions or increased prices on water overages. The good news is that there are many ways to reduce water bills that are not occupant…


7 Steps To Increase Rental Property Cash Flow When it comes to owning revenue property one of the key aspects of being successful is ensuring you have sufficient cash flow to cover contingencies and to generate income. The problem is, if you haven’t been in the business very long you may not know what you…


Water damage, leaks and mold are the cause of major headaches for many in property management. More than inconvenient, they are often expensive and time consuming to repair. According to insurance industry data, pipe failures are the leading cause of water damage, costing an average of $5,000 per incident to fix with toilet overflows and…


Clear title to real estate often requires a quiet title process and a court proceeding. Purchasing real estate through tax deed sales can be lucrative for investors and anyone hoping to purchase a home at a discount. Just do the simple math and check out the comparable sales in the neighborhood. Tax deed sales, though,…

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