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Free Multi-State Criminal Background Search w/ Nationwide Super Search

By on July 25, 2014 in Product Updates, Tenant Screening with 0 Comments
Free Multi-State Criminal Background Search w/ Nationwide Super Search

We are continually in the process of verifying that the criminal, eviction, and credit data supplied for tenant screening through Rentec Direct is the very best in the industry.  We are actively always testing new data sources to see if the new data sources are more complete and/or have fewer false positives.  To that end, over […]

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Custom Timezone Support

By on July 25, 2014 in Product Updates with 0 Comments
Custom Timezone Support

Rentec Direct headquarters and all of our staff are based on the beautiful West Coast in Grants Pass, Oregon.  We recognize you may not be, and we’ve updated the system to allow you to set your own timezone.  Visit Settings, Program Defaults.  Set your time-zone by selecting the new “Preferred Time Zone” option and Save. […]

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Ugh, Attacked by Vandals Again!

By on July 24, 2014 in Education, Off Topic with 0 Comments
Ugh, Attacked by Vandals Again!

OK so attack is a bit dramatic but, my husband ahem, I mean business partner, spent several hours this morning rebuilding a gate at one of the properties we own and manage. The gate that was on the property had recently been kicked in and was in need of some serious repair.  Rumor has it […]

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Safeguarding Data, Don’t Overlook These Important Steps

By on July 22, 2014 in Education with 0 Comments
Safeguarding Data, Don’t Overlook These Important Steps

As business professionals; landlords, property managers, Realtors. it is imperative that we keep our important data safe. Important data to a landlord or property manager includes; receipt of tenant’s rent payment, accounting and billing records, property maintenance records, inspection reports, and other real estate related data. 1. Digital Security Storing the data in just one place […]

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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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