Why do an in-home interview?

Why do an in-home interview?

Why do an in-home interview?   We have three properties on market right now for rent, and the quality and amount of applications coming in is great. This is a stark difference from the craziness we experienced in late fall of last year. Then, we had 200 applications submitted for just one property. And of those, only 20 percent were filled out completely, but most of the applicants didn’t meet…

Enough is too much

Seven Houses till Sunday

Enough is too much   Rent is due on the first and late after the fifth of the month, according to most residential leases. On the sixth, a letter of demand should be issued to any tenant who has not paid. That letter should read something like this:   “Dear Mr. and Mrs. Tenant,   The purpose of the letter is to let you know that we did not receive…

Rehabbing rentals

Rehabbing rentals

Rehabbing rentals   It takes a different mindset to rehab a rental property than it does to remodel a flip property for resale. And the difference in landlords’ mentalities is vast.     Take what I saw on a Facebook advertisement recently where a landlord was advertising their freshly-renovated house. This thing was nice. I’m talking HGTV nice. The bathroom had custom tile on the floor and the tub surrounds….

What is better, notes or rentals?

What is better, notes or rentals?

What is better, notes or rentals?   If you’re like most investors, you have a renewed perspective on your business right now. That’s because you’ve just analyzed all your rentals, done an inventory of your cashflow and have gotten things ready to send to your CPA. We call this process our end-of-year review.   During this process you’re seeing what kind of cashflow your properties actually brought in. The reason…

Fighting for rental space

Fighting for rental space

Fighting for rental space   This year has been very strange as far as rentals go. First off, rent rates have skyrocketed. In 2018, we have seen two-bedroom, one-bath houses rent for as much as 3/2 floorplans were renting for just two years ago. With the spike in rent prices, odd things have started happening. For instance, we’ve had con artists trying rent people our houses.     In previous…

Tenants must be easy to work with

Tenants must be easy to work with

  So, we recently had tenant applicants do some things that were new to us. One walked out of the lease-up, and the other called us rude. Let me explain what happened and why each instance was actually good.   The first one happened on a Tuesday. We’d been trying to find the right tenant for a vacancy we have up in Dalton. We found some people who looked great…

Always do an in-home inspection

Always do an in-home inspection

  So, you bought a house that you plan to hold as a rental property. You did a great rehab and really have it looking nice. Now it’s time to put it on market and get the rent money coming in.     As you begin to look for tenants, I want to caution you on something. Landlords tend to use their application process to see if a tenant can…

Don’t forget to remember your expenses

Don’t forget to remember your expenses

  Every industry has expenses associated with the cost of doing business. In real estate, however, those cost may not be as apparent, especially for new and aspiring investors. I know this because I got to explain some of those expenses to two different investors involved in two different deals this week.   I would like to talk you through both scenarios so you’ll be better prepared to account for…

Public service announcement

Public service announcement

  I had an interesting time with contractors last week. We have five rehabs going right now, which means we are dealing with lots of contractors and many different schedules. And last week’ workflow was, well, inefficient at best.   I had one contractor go MIA. I chose that term because we didn’t know he was gone. He normally goes out, works and sends us his invoice when he is…

Why landlords need good tenants

Why landlords need good tenants

  I’m a firm believer in the idea that rental property is an essential part of attaining financial freedom. It’s different from any other capital asset you can purchase. I mean think about it: for what other asset can you get a loan for the purchase price? I’m not aware of any bank loans for stocks. But I do know a lot of programs geared toward obtaining mortgages.   Having…