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6 Ways to Strengthen the Rental Application6 Ways to Strengthen the Rental Application
6 Ways to Strengthen the Rental Application

Realtors want to get their clients approved for the first single-family home or condo rental they apply for. Unfortunately, that’s not always realistic. There are, however, certain tips that Realtors can use to help their clients strengthen a rental application, increasing the likelihood of getting approved for the first choice. Here are six suggestions.

Jul 25, 2022 Featured Articles
Closing Deal Is Done? Give a Gift to Celebrate!Closing Deal Is Done? Give a Gift to Celebrate!
Closing Deal Is Done? Give a Gift to Celebrate!

Realtors meet countless clients, some of which end up being repeat clients if they move again. Once the lease is approved and signed, giving closing gifts are both a common courtesy and a way to leave a long-lasting, positive impression. Sometimes it’s tough to find the best gift for new tenants, especially if the rental transaction was reasonably quick. Fortunately, these 13 gift ideas should work for anyone

Jul 25, 2022 Featured Articles
Attracting Tech-Savvy RentersAttracting Tech-Savvy Renters
Attracting Tech-Savvy Renters

Even after the global pandemic has calmed down and people head back to in-person interactions worldwide, the real estate industry has made permanent changes in this digital-dominant world. Fueling that trend is a growing population of digitally savvy renters who expect technology to be a part of their home-shopping experience, including social media, self-guided tours and virtual tours.

Jul 25, 2022 Featured Articles
Tenants Welcome, Disruptive Guests Need Not ArriveTenants Welcome, Disruptive Guests Need Not Arrive
Tenants Welcome, Disruptive Guests Need Not Arrive

Before a new tenant moves in, there are some topics on the lease that need to be explained—the cost for rent and security deposits, maintenance and repair roles, condition of the premises, and pet and smoking rules. These are rules that usually have minimal room for misinterpretation. But there’s one gray area on a lease that could become a sticking point for both tenants and landlords: quiet enjoyment.

Jul 25, 2022 Featured Articles
Leases Expiring? Get a 2-3 Month Head Start!Leases Expiring? Get a 2-3 Month Head Start!
Leases Expiring? Get a 2-3 Month Head Start!

Months before a lease expires, landlords should consider whether they want their tenants to stay. In most situations, a new lease means the tenant and landlord are entering a new legal agreement—one that should be considered carefully and intentionally pursued or ended.

Jul 25, 2022 Featured Articles
Could Property Owners Profit Well From Airbnb?Could Property Owners Profit Well From Airbnb?
Could Property Owners Profit Well From Airbnb?

The pandemic skyrocketed the short-term rental trend, as work-from-home gigs created a breed of digital nomads who crave a life on the move. But is it worth it for property owners to tap into this investment tool?

Jul 25, 2022 Featured Articles
Artificial Intelligence for Rentals: Friend or Foe?Artificial Intelligence for Rentals: Friend or Foe?
Artificial Intelligence for Rentals: Friend or Foe?

In today’s digital world, much of what is experienced online is based on algorithms, data science and in-depth analytics. If software programs can use chatbots to respond to pre-screening questions and match prospective tenants with available rentals, what is the Realtor there for? Will Realtors be out of a job soon? It turns out it’s not as simple as that.

Jul 25, 2022 Featured Articles
Wabi-Sabi: Adding Imperfect Beauty to the HomeWabi-Sabi: Adding Imperfect Beauty to the Home
Wabi-Sabi: Adding Imperfect Beauty to the Home

Wabi-sabi is an ancient principle that loosely translates as wisdom in natural simplicity—or flawed beauty. According to Japan Objects, the term “wabi” refers to “the appreciation of a serene life.” "Sabi" refers to “the delightful contemplation of what is old and worn.”

Mar 7, 2022 Editor Top Picks
Avoid Property-Owning Expense Headaches This Tax SeasonAvoid Property-Owning Expense Headaches This Tax Season
Avoid Property-Owning Expense Headaches This Tax Season

There are two types of property owners when tax season comes around each year. There's a group of calm, cool and collected people who have a well-organized bookkeeping system. Then there are those in a mad scramble to finish a year's worth of paperwork in a few hours.

Mar 7, 2022 Editor Top Picks
Battle of the BedbugsBattle of the Bedbugs
Battle of the Bedbugs

From the fanciest hotels to the cheapest apartments, bedbugs do not discriminate. Where there is blood, they will follow.

Jan 12, 2022 Featured Articles
Repairs: Who Pays for What?Repairs: Who Pays for What?
Repairs: Who Pays for What?

For a landlord, a rental property is an uphill battle against mishaps, calamities, the hands of time and sometimes nature itself. To guard their investment, property owners must plan ahead, maneuver tactfully and sometimes be prepared to cut their losses.

Jan 12, 2022 Editor Top Picks
COVID-19 Left Tenants and Landlords ScramblingCOVID-19 Left Tenants and Landlords Scrambling
COVID-19 Left Tenants and Landlords Scrambling

Even after the moratorium expired, landlords are still confused about the correct process to evict and/or collect past rent.

Jan 12, 2022 Featured Articles