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When Your Tenant Drives Through The Living Room!

By on July 21, 2014 in Education, Off Topic with 0 Comments
When Your Tenant Drives Through The Living Room!

At what point is it good to start considering making renters insurance a requirement of the lease. Well, the answer is easy, when your tenant’s son drives a car through the living room! This really happened and there was a time when we weren’t sure if the tenant’s auto insurance would cover the damages. The […]

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Investing in Real Estate for Dummies (and Smarties)

By on July 15, 2014 in Education, Off Topic with 2 Comments
Investing in Real Estate for Dummies (and Smarties)

No matter how long you have been investing in Real Estate, it’s important to always follow a procedure.  Of course the most important step is to get started, don’t get stuck in the planning phase! Get With the Plan Figure out what your short and long term real estate goals are then create a profitable […]

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Controlling Risk as a Property Manager or Landlord

By on July 14, 2014 in Education, Off Topic with 0 Comments
Controlling Risk as a Property Manager or Landlord

Working for Rentec Direct and owning a few of my own rental properties I here about issues of risk day in and day out. Controlling risk as a landlord or property manager is one of the keys to success. Knowing how to personally, or training staff to, spot and remedy risks at a rental property is essential […]

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Congratulations! You Purchased an Investment Property, Now What?

By on July 11, 2014 in Education, Off Topic with 0 Comments
Congratulations! You Purchased an Investment Property, Now What?

Building a relationship with tenants and protecting your real estate investment is the goal when creating a lease agreement.  I have compiled a list of tips for landlords to use as a tool for creating a lease and guidance on rental property management in general. 1. Fair Housing Act  When advertising for a new tenant, it […]

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Rules of Good Tenancy

By on July 10, 2014 in Education, Off Topic with 0 Comments
Rules of Good Tenancy

Finding good tenants is a hard task, whether they are renting their first apartment or are an experienced renter, it is important that they follow some basic rules. Leaving a landlord or property management company with a good impression can help them in the future when renting another place.  Rules to live by to be a good renter #1 First thing, […]

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How can I Qualify as a Real Estate Professional?

By on July 9, 2014 in Education with 0 Comments
How can I Qualify as a Real Estate Professional?

Investing in real estate is the only investment in which you can have a net positive cash flow and appreciation and still claim a loss on your taxes.  The IRS has however set limits on this deduction.  You can deduct no more then $25,000 of real estate losses per year on your tax return. This […]

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Rentec Direct Provides Free Phone, Email, and Online Support.

By on July 9, 2014 in Support with 0 Comments

Rentec Direct is super quick and easy to learn, but even the best of us get stumped at times and can use a helping hand.  When those times occur, Rentec Direct is pleased to provide free support to all Pro and PM subscribers.  To reach our US Based support team, contact us by any method below: […]

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Ever Had a Tenant That Was a Bad Apple? Prevention is Key!

By on July 7, 2014 in Education, Off Topic with 0 Comments
Ever Had a Tenant That Was a Bad Apple? Prevention is Key!

Uh-oh, despite your thorough tenant screening  you have discovered that you have bad tenants.  This can happen to anyone; sometimes people look good on paper and put up a good front when you meet them. The most common issue we face as landlords or property managers is that tenants fail to pay rent, but that is certainly […]

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Keep Your Cool, Temperatures Are Soaring And A/C Units Are Failing

By on July 2, 2014 in Education, Off Topic with 0 Comments
Keep Your Cool, Temperatures Are Soaring And A/C Units Are Failing

The summer months are upon us and that means that air conditioning units will be working overtime.  In southern Oregon, where I live and manage rental properties, we’ve been having some pretty hot weather with most days in the mid 90′s. I’ve gotten several calls already this summer from different tenants indicating air conditioners were […]

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Do You Allow Fireworks At Your Rental Property?

By on July 1, 2014 in Education, Off Topic with 0 Comments
Do You Allow Fireworks At Your Rental Property?

Fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day. But injuries, fires and home insurance claims are also a part of this tradition. If a fire is caused by illegal fireworks your family sets off, your home owners insurance policy may not cover it. However, if the fire is started by someone who is not […]

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