Category Archives: Landlords & Renters

The Advantages of Offering Month to Month Leases

While all properties are not well-suited to offering month to month leases, there are a variety of reasons why it would prove profitable for property managers to investigate the possibility of doing so. In many high profile, urban areas, or in cities where international corporations are located, month to month leases are considered a necessity. […]

Property Investing – Go For The Cash Flow, Not Location, Location, Location

When discussing real estate investments, we often hear people say the three most important words in real estate are location, location, location. And while “3L” properties may be some of the finest looking and most prestigious properties to own, the reality is that they are generally very poor investment choices. The reason is that the […]

Why Renting May Remain the American Dream

Source: AppFolio.com Nearly 7 years after the financial crisis of 2008, a time when mortgages seemed available to almost any American, the “American Dream” of owning a home continues to fade. The “old” dream was to save enough money for a down payment on a home that you could own or partly own by qualifying […]

Buying Investment Property – What is a “Good” deal?

Let’s look at a tried and true way to measure rental property investment returns and what we as buyers should be looking for in our purchases. Total investment returns in real estate are really comprised of two pieces: operating positive cash flows and long-term appreciation. In today’s world, even though it probably will come, we […]

Property Insurance – The Basics on Insuring Your Property

When you own real estate – whether an investment or a personal residence – you should procure the proper type and dollar value of insurance needed for your property. Unfortunately, many people don’t understand the basics of how insurance coverage works, and many individuals just want to spend “as little as possible” on insurance. The […]

Moving Into A New Place? One To-Do You Should Never Ignore.

Of all the expenses to consider when preparing to move into a new apartment, is renter’s insurance should be at the top of the list. This necessary, yet inexpensive purchase will protect you and your possessions while you’re living in your new home. Apartment insurance is easy to acquire and will promise you peace and security when […]

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 — […]