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The real estate business slows down in winter months, with fewer tenants looking for new apartments. In much of the country, there’s less maintenance and upkeep to do outside — unless it’s a snowy winter. Try these activities to beat back the winter blues, reduce vacancies in open apartments, and stay productive during winter months….

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Is there a best time of the year to rent out an apartment? While tenants will move every month of the year, there are periods of peak and low demand. Understanding how the rental market works will help landlords plan their marketing schedule, make renovations and fill vacancies quickly. Here’s what landlords need to know about…

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In October, a Massachusetts landlord who refused to rent apartments to pregnant women or families with minor children was found guilty of violating the U.S. Fair Housing Act. The same month, the New York City Fair Housing Center sued a landlord for allegedly quoting higher rental rates to black individuals posing as prospective tenants than…

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Purchasing an investment property is an exciting business venture. If your building is in good shape and you find the right tenants, you stand to earn a lot of money from your rental units. At first it may seem like a good idea to manage your own property and retain full control over costs, tenants and income. However, self-management can often be a headache: When something breaks down or your tenants…

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When renting a property to someone, unfortunately, you have to be a little judgmental. As a part of your job, you have to be attentive to people’s characteristics and background/history in order to determine if they are the best candidate to rent your property to. Most of the time, a majority of the people you…

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A home inspection is traditionally known as a part of the due diligence process when a home is under contract with an intended buyer. A professional home inspector will visit the home and conduct a thorough review of the structure, noting any deferred maintenance, defects in the building and the remaining useful life of major appliances and…

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Q: I own rental property in California. My tenant broke a two-year lease within two months of signing. He left the house without paying the rent. I called a real estate agent, advertised the property and got it rented. Can you advise me if I can deduct the amount I paid for the real estate agent…

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Posted on Jan 18, 2018 If your tenants gave notice today, would you be able to find someone to move in to your vacant unit right away? Or, would it be difficult to fill the vacancy quickly? Savvy landlords know that the best way to find tenants for their rental property is to market their properties so…

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  Dear Landlord Hank:  Tenants Have Frozen Pipes Do I Have To Pay To Fix? If a tenant has frozen pipes and calls the landlord or property manager to come fix the issue, who is supposed to pay for the maintenance? Each week veteran landlord and property manager Hank Rossi answers questions from other landlords…

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Posted on Jan 4, 2018 Particularly in proximity to business centers, condos are a smart investment for landlords. Whether you’re looking at condos for investment property or thinking “I want to rent my condo when I buy a house or relocate for work,” here are tips that can help you rent that condo quickly. Prepare Your…

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