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Benefits of Hiring a Property Management Company for Our Investment Properties

This is the 1st installment of my Property Management Company series which details my property management selection process and experience. Lately I've been itching to free up time in order to dedicate energy towards other projects (this blog included). To that end, I began researching property management companies for our two rental properties. While there are other perksRead More
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3 Day Notice to Pay or Vacate

My personal red line for late rent is the 10th of the month, which is when I post a 3-day notice to pay or vacate on the inside of the front door. Typically my hope is that this serves as a sufficient scare tactic for them to pay rent, butRead More
Using "Open Now" on Yelp to Find After Hours Repair Help

Using "Open Now" on Yelp to Find After Hours Repair Help

(photo by gr33n3gg) Recently I received the dreaded late night tenant call telling me the air conditioner had broken. They would be fine that night, but it would get pretty warm the next day. Texas summers are taken seriously here; having been the recipient of broken self-combusting a/c units in the past, I am sympathetic toRead More
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Rental Landscape Watering; Hiring the Tenants

Being in Central Texas, our summers are brutal on landscaping, and this year I have 4 young trees at 2 different properties to keep alive, including the tree we incorporated into our wedding. I'm thrilled that the youngest two survived their first summer, but I'd still like for them toRead More
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Lease Renewal Letter - Under Market Rent Increase

Below is a letter we used for a tenant with an expired lease; their rent would be increasing once they renewed. In this instance, we had priced the unit $85/month less than the neighborhood comps (determined by my Google alert system), so we wanted make sure they understood that while their rent was increasing, we were still offering them a discountRead More
Installing Staircase Handrails

Installing Staircase Handrails

"After" Pic of the New Handrails When we purchased our recent property, improvements were necessary to get the place ready for new tenants. Early candidates included the handrails installed along the staircase leading to the 2nd floor. A previous owner had used two closet rods back-to-back on eachRead More