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Pet-friendly communities continue to be a desirable amenity, as well as a leash to bring in new apartment residents and retain others. Industry experts agree that a grassy park or designated area for dogs to stretch their legs, have a catch with their owner or do their business helps lease units and can command increased…


Hardwood flooring is dominating the main living areas of new homes, and engineered hardwood has been particularly catching on over the past decades, according to the latest surveys from Home Innovation Research Labs. Engineered hardwood floors are made up of layers: the top and bottom layers are natural wood, but the middle contains a core…


“Someday changing filters, fixing light bulbs, and answering phone calls for plumbing issues at 2 a.m. will cause you to exit self-management.” “I tried to add up all the hours I worked on my properties but gave up after six and I was only talking about my renovation.” I get these thoughts often since I am…


As a self-managing landlord I pride myself on being able to manage my properties myself. Unfortunately, self-managing is not for everyone for various reasons whether it’s not your thing OR you are not in a position to do so, or anything in between. Even myself, the self-proclaimed self-manager will someday use a property manager. Over…


As a self-managing landlord I pride myself on being able to manage my properties myself. Unfortunately, self-managing is not for everyone for various reasons whether it’s not your thing OR you are not in a position to do so, or anything in between. Even myself, the self-proclaimed self-manager will someday use a property manager. Over…


As the holiday season approaches, many landlords and property managers may feel like rewarding their tenants for being respectful and pleasant residents this year. If your tenants are predominantly students, getting them something for the holiday season can really help them out and let them know you care about them. Gifts for your student tenants don’t…


As a self-managing landlord I pride myself on being able to manage my properties myself. Unfortunately, self-managing is not for everyone for various reasons whether it’s not your thing OR you are not in a position to do so, or anything in between. Even myself, the self-proclaimed self-manager will someday use a property manager. Over…


As a self-managing landlord I pride myself on being able to manage my properties myself. Unfortunately, self-managing is not for everyone for various reasons whether it’s not your thing OR you are not in a position to do so, or anything in between. Even myself, the self-proclaimed self-manager will someday use a property manager. Over…


Author’s Note: I am nothing other than an experienced-aka-jaded landlord. I am not a lawyer or anything certified. This is not legal advice. Always check your state and local laws as regulations can differ. As a landlord of 7 single family homes, soon to be 8, the lease is my bible. It is my key…

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