So, you’ve decided to hire a property manager! Congratulations! You’ve made a great decision. However, it’s important to realize that not all property management companies are created equally. Levels of experience can vary widely, as can the rates that property managers charge. Some may leverage new technology, while others may be operating the same way…

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As property managers we are always asked for advice and guidance by investors. They are constantly researching and finding ways to do things better, which is great. It also ensures that we remain up to date with all of the industry trends and technology available to investors. One question we are asked on a regular…

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Over the past few years I’ve had the opportunity to speak to a number of people either looking to start their journey in real estate investing or have bought a few properties of their own with some success. The conversation tends to go the same way with the same questions being asked, however, the same…

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Having a good set of photos should be the key to your tenant placement strategy. It’s no secret that good photography will allow you to grab your target tenant’s attention and also help to eliminate potential renters who don’t fit within your criteria.  Good photography will make or break your property and will either attract…

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I get asked all the time by many new investors – should I buy a student rental? My answer is always the same, well, it depends – man, do I ever sound like a lawyer. Student rentals are not for everyone and many investors see the cash flow numbers and get sucked in by that.…

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1.     Don’t rush when selecting tenants Picking the right tenants is the toughest but the most important part of the property management life cycle. Picking the right tenants will either make you or break you as an investor. You want to ensure you’re renting to responsible tenants is crucial to the success and long-term protection of…

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It’s the loaded question we often get asked by our residents, should I rent, or buy? Well, the choice is entirely up to you. However, this week, instead of a lengthy blog post on the topic, sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Feel free to take a look and let us know what…

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As Winter keeps inching closer and closer, the likelihood of little critters trying to get inside increases!  Some people are fascinated by bugs and critters, and some are creeped out by them, but either way, everyone agrees that they should not be invading your home or rental property.  Property maintenance is so much more than…

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Owners often think they need to undertake major renovations to increase their units’ value however, this isn’t always the case. Not unless the unit hasn’t been upgraded in a very long time… and it’s still featuring a pistachio green tub and a matching toilet. More often than not, a few simple and inexpensive upgrades can…

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As a real estate investor, we know preventative maintenance is important to you, however sometimes there just isn’t enough hours in the day to complete all of those tasks. However, preventative maintenance isn’t exactly a task we should be skipping, mainly because these simple tasks have a way of coming back and biting us if…

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