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2020-02-24

Getting Repairs Done to the Home You’re Renting

Chasing a landlord to get repairs done at a rental home is probably the biggest, most frustrating issue most tenants experience when renting. You complain, the landlord assures you it’ll be fixed, no one shows up so you complain again, someone shows up but doesn’t fix the problem and the cycle seems to go on […]

2020-02-17

Pass-Through Deductions for Real Estate Investors

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2018 brought about a massive tax cut for owners of “pass-through” businesses. Do I Qualify? ust because you have cash flow from a rental property doesn’t necessarily mean that the IRS classifies your dealings as a business, at least not for tax purposes. Your rental activities may produce income […]

2020-02-10

Understanding Capitalization Rate

Predicting how profitable a real estate investment is vital in determining whether to purchase one property over another. The capitalization rate, commonly known as the cap rate, is a metric used to determine the rate of return (RoR) of an income-producing property without taking into account any mortgage payments. The figure, expressed as a percentage, […]

2020-02-03

Needy Tenants: A Look at How to Handle Them

Let’s take a look at some ways to handle overly needy tenants.. All properties require maintenance and repairs to meet acceptable living standards. Factors like the age of the property and the number of units and needy tenants will affect your maintenance schedule. Most tenants are mature adults and have read and understood their lease. […]

2020-01-27

How Much Rental Payment Can I Afford?

Chances are your rental payment is your single largest monthly expense. As rental rates are only getting more expensive, it’s important to calculate how much rent you can afford to spend each and every time you move. With such a big chunk of your monthly earnings being spent on renting your home, how can you […]

2020-01-20

Dealing with Bed Bugs and Pest Infestation on Your Properties

Mice, cockroaches, bed bugs, and the like, creep people out, so it makes sense that nobody wants them in their home. Having pest infestation issues is common and should not necessarily be seen as a poor reflection of your property—it’s just something you have to manage. Like water, pests will always find a way in. […]

2020-01-13

How To Gift the Real Estate from Your Rental Business

You’ve worked hard to accumulate and build your investment portfolio, and you would hate to have to turn around and pay a huge tax bill to get rid of it. If selling your property is not in your best financial interest, you can gift it to a recipient of your choice. The Tax Code dedicates […]

2020-01-06

Subletting, Should You Allow It?

You did your due diligence and properly screened your current tenant, but now they need to move out early before their lease expires. But, hey, they’ve got a friend that can take over their lease. Will you consider subletting? What Is Subletting? Subletting, or subleasing, means that your tenant assigns the remainder of their lease […]

2019-12-30

It May Be Foolish to Forego Renters Insurance

You probably feel that your monthly rental payments are too high already, so the idea of an added expense for Renters Insurance seems unnecessary. Remind yourself of all that stuff you lugged into your new home and may still be unpacking. Those heavy boxes contain items of value, how would you replace them if they […]

2019-12-16

Is It Sensible To Pay-Off Your Mortgage?

Though the topic about paying off your mortgage is highly debated, the right answer is the one that aligns with your overall goals and investment strategy. There are two diametrically opposed schools of thought when it comes to carrying debt. Some investors prefer to own properties “free and clear,” while others believe that leveraging their […]