Winter Maintenance; Important in Preserving Value

The leaves have fallen and temperatures are dropping as winter draws near. If you haven’t already performed routine fall maintenance at your investment property, it’s not too late to save time, money and the overall headache of long-term and costly problems that can occur. Here’s a useful checklist: • Downspouts and gutters. Cleaning downspouts and […]

The Importance of Annual Inspections

As a landlord, you have a number of responsibilities. Not only is it important to make certain that your investment is protected, but it is also important to ensure your property is safe for inhabitation. One of the best ways to accomplish both goals is with an annual property inspection. While it can be easy […]

How To Finance A Rental Property In Today’s Market

Interest rates are still at historic lows and property values continue to be depressed. However, recent actions of the Fed and growing seller demand appear to be forcing an increase in both. Those trends might not be reversing any time soon, so now might be the right time to invest in another rental property. A […]

Rental advice: As rents rise, what’s a renter to do?

Here’s hoping you found a nice rental last year and locked in a low rate, one that can stick for, oh, about three years. That’s because — and we’re so sorry to report this — the rental market has once again shifted in favor of landlords, with little sign it’s going to swing back any […]

Rising Rents in San Francisco

City Hall must address rising rents EDITORIAL Another flurry of public concern over rising rents in San Francisco — driven by one-bedroom apartments listed for almost $4,000, a well-attended forum on gentrification in the Mission, fresh residential and commercial evictions, and a poll showing 63 percent think the city is building too much luxury housing — […]

Cap Rate Formula | What Is Cap Rate?

  How do you know what a commercial income property is worth? How do you know that you can get your desired return on your investment? Is there a way to calculate the maximum you can pay for an investment and still achieve your investment goals? This article will answer these questions and more about valuing income […]

A Crash Course in Tax and Investment Property

One way or another, Uncle Sam is going to get his cut. Count on it. And so will your state and local governments. That said, there are certain things you can do as a real estate investor to help manage your tax bill, and maximize your after-tax return on your investment. In order to do […]

DETERMINING RENTAL RATE

There are many factors to consider when determining a rental rate.  You want to make sure you don’t charge too much or you’re likely to be sitting with vacant units.  And on the flip side if you charge too little, you’re leaving profits on the table. MARKET RATE To determine your rental rate you want […]

FAQ’s Regarding Property Management

WHY SHOULD I USE A PROFESSIONAL TO MANAGE MY HOME? While the reasons our clients choose professional management vary, here are some of the key reasons many people elect professional management over self-management: We handle maintenance and emergency repairs, allowing you to sleep at night. We enforce collection of rents and serve the proper notices […]

What Americans Want in Apartment Landscaping

Posted on 31. Jul, 2013 by Tara Armbruster in Greener Properties As you determine ways to make your apartment complex more appealing to tenants, you should pay attention to the latest trends when it comes to outdoor spaces. More specifically, take note of what the American Society of Landscape Architects found when they conducted their Residential Landscape Architecture Trends survey […]