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Creating a Customized and Inexpensive “For Rent” Sign.

Creating a Customized and Inexpensive “For Rent” Sign.

In anticipation of 2 new vacancies to fill, I’ve been preparing some marketing materials in advance. I actually have 2 signs for each unit: an arrow sign that will go at the entrance of the street with only the address, and a rectangular sign that will be posted in frontRead More
Kicking Off 2013 with a Second Investment Property

Kicking Off 2013 with a Second Investment Property

We did a lot of saving in 2012, and we’re pleased to announce that we’re now under contract on another duplex! We've become more confident since our first investment purchase in 2011, as evidenced by our willingness to realize greater risks for greater rewards: The Risks Empty Units to Fill –Read More
Tip: Using Google Alerts to Monitor Rental Rates

Tip: Using Google Alerts to Monitor Rental Rates

This is a system I use to keep an eye on the fair market values of our rental property - both rent price and property value. First, I create a new Google Alert of the street, city, and state of my investment property.  You can create a different alert for each property, or create alerts for multiple streetsRead More
Rental Landscape Watering; Summer DriWater Test

Rental Landscape Watering; Summer DriWater Test

There is a noticeable gap in rental landscape expectations - apartment complexes care for the grounds, while smaller properties leave it to the tenant. Understandably, an apartment complex can share the cost of landscaping over more units, and the continual search for a tenant provides the motivation to put their best foot forward. Still, I think we canRead More
Choosing Landscaping for Rental Properties

Choosing Landscaping for Rental Properties

This summer we experienced the very essence of sweat equity. Some of our shrubs were casualties of the 2011 drought, so we set out to replace them with something more attractive but durable. Similarly affected plants in the neighborhood Hubby with power tools The bulk of theRead More
Marketing Rental Vacancies with Inexpensive Door Hangers

Marketing Rental Vacancies with Inexpensive Door Hangers

When I arrived home this evening, a door hanger was waiting on my door. On closer inspection, I noticed it was created by hand as an affordable alternative to a printed door hanger. This method is ideal for low-quantity efforts (100 or less). Compared to online services that will print a professional door hangerRead More