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Note from the Editor: Vol. VIIINote from the Editor: Vol. VIII
Note from the Editor: Vol. VIII

In 2018, I knew my lease was up in a couple of months and had been warned that prospective tenants were going to stop by. I cringed at the idea of strangers walking around my place, but a rental is a rental.

Jan 2, 2023 Note From The Editor
Make Occupied Rental Showings Less AwkwardMake Occupied Rental Showings Less Awkward
Make Occupied Rental Showings Less Awkward

Rental tours can be awkward if the current tenant still lives in the unit. Communication breakdowns can get messy and sour the deal if it's evident to the people interested in moving in that there is a lack of boundaries and respect.

Jan 2, 2023 Latest Issue
Realtors: Finding a NicheRealtors: Finding a Niche
Realtors: Finding a Niche

Some Realtors choose to become experts in a particular geographic area, price point or home type. Choosing that niche can help them master a specific expertise, build a reputation and provide a better experience for clients.

Jan 2, 2023 Magazine Archive
Realtors and Move-in Fees: What You Need to KnowRealtors and Move-in Fees: What You Need to Know
Realtors and Move-in Fees: What You Need to Know

Before a new tenant collects any keys, move-in fees are (usually) mandatory. In addition to the security deposit, when a Realtor is hired to help with the rental process, the move-in charge should be an immediate discussion between the Realtor and the property owner.

Jan 2, 2023 Latest Issue
Get Paid With the ABB FormGet Paid With the ABB Form
Get Paid With the ABB Form

Once the Realtors find tenants and the landlord is satisfied with the selection, the lease is signed and the Agreement Between Brokers (ABB) Form should follow. But what exactly is this form anyway?

Jan 2, 2023 Latest Issue
Should Property Owners Get a Home Warranty?Should Property Owners Get a Home Warranty?
Should Property Owners Get a Home Warranty?

Home warranties could be a solution they both need. Here are some things property owners should know about home warranty programs and whether it makes sense to invest in one.

Jan 2, 2023 Latest Issue
Find Quality Contractors, Avoid the ScammersFind Quality Contractors, Avoid the Scammers
Find Quality Contractors, Avoid the Scammers

While it is possible to do due diligence and still get scammed, there are steps that property owners can take to minimize their risk of becoming a victim of a contractor scammer. In this guide, learn more about the licensing and bonding requirements for contractors, red flags to look out for, and what to do after being scammed.

Jan 2, 2023 Latest Issue
What’s Missing From Your Lease?What’s Missing From Your Lease?
What’s Missing From Your Lease?

The lease is the backbone of every landlord-tenant relationship. A good lease can protect the landlord from facing any undue burden caused by the tenant. A bad lease leaves the landlord vulnerable and makes it difficult to hold the tenant accountable. Here are some commonly overlooked rules that every landlord should consider when drafting a new lease.

Jan 2, 2023 Latest Issue
When One Tenant Leaves, Be Ready for Another OneWhen One Tenant Leaves, Be Ready for Another One
When One Tenant Leaves, Be Ready for Another One

Prior to inviting new tenants in for screening and selection, there are several important steps to take, from making sure the property and rental contract follow city and state laws and regulations to cleaning, landscaping and updating.

Jan 2, 2023 Latest Issue
NEIGHBORHOOD SPOTLIGHT: Little Elm, Dallas, TexasNEIGHBORHOOD SPOTLIGHT: Little Elm, Dallas, Texas
NEIGHBORHOOD SPOTLIGHT: Little Elm, Dallas, Texas

Little Elm, Texas, is one of the fastest-growing municipalities in the state for a reason. Just 20 years ago, it was known as a sleepy little lakefront town on Lake Lewisville, but it's since boomed into a rapidly growing suburb with 50,000 people.

Jan 2, 2023 Neighborhood Spotlight
Re-Evaluating the Floor TypesRe-Evaluating the Floor Types
Re-Evaluating the Floor Types

Florida homes commonly use ceramic and tile, and tile and stone flooring are popular in Texas homes. All of these household materials vary in durability, life span and cost. Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of these floor types can make this decision easier.

Jan 2, 2023 Latest Issue
ADA-Friendly Homes: What Landlords Need to KnowADA-Friendly Homes: What Landlords Need to Know
ADA-Friendly Homes: What Landlords Need to Know

In this article, Southeast ADA Center Lead Information Specialist Rebecca Williams shared what landlords need to know about accessibility rules in single-family homes.

Nov 4, 2022 Magazine Archive