Matching Property to Renters: A Guide From Advertising to Signing

Find a great tenant, or spend a lot of time and frustration solving the problem of a bad renter. Those are your two options. Sure, you might luck out and accidently find a great tenant, but the chances are slim. So take the time upfront (even if it feels like it’s taking too long) to…

10 Unique Apartments in NYC

NYC apartments are unique in the real estate universe. Not only do rental apartments in NYC make up 75 percent of the available housing units versus about 5 to 10 percent in other markets, but apartments in NYC have ownership and other important differences that are often puzzling to newcomers. Approximately 70 percent of homeownership…

A Rental Safety and Maintenance Checklist for Landlords

When you picture the word “home,” you probably instantly flash to images of happy times and feelings of sanctuary and comfort. It’s the one place you feel free, safe from the dangers that lurk in the world outside the windows. It’s the one place that nothing bad can happen. Rather, it should be. The sad…

Walk-Through on a Rental Home: What Tenants Shouldn’t Miss

While the investment you make in a rental home is nowhere near the huge chunk of money you put down to purchase a home, the chances of losing at least a portion of that money are better. Unscrupulous landlords and everyday accidents may chip away at your security deposit and may even lead to you…

Income Based Apartments: Investment Opportunity of the Moment?

There has been a lot of buzz about multifamily properties recently between agents urging owners to sell while the market is ripe and investment firms promoting them as the best option for more sophisticated investors. Is this a great time to invest in multifamily housing, are income based apartments the best option, and what are…

How to Make Your Foreclosed Home Investment Attractive to Tenants

With foreclosure inventories likely to shrink over the upcoming years – or at least level off after the recent historic climb – more and more homebuyers are feeling the urgency to snap up bargain homes and turn them into cash cows by renting them out. It makes perfect sense: Home prices and mortgage rates are…

How to Start an Apartment Garden

There was a time when “small spaces” and “garden” were thought to be incompatible terms. Those were the days of Victory Gardens, when most folks in the neighborhood were growing their own vegetables in large backyards. Today, we know better. Even a container can hold a garden and apartment dwellers are no longer left out…

The Best U.S. Cities for Renters

Let’s get this obvious fact out of the way up front: The typical “best” and “worst” lists are subjective. They also vary vastly, according to the criteria used to compile them. For instance, Forbes magazine’s list of the best cities for renters is based on data gleaned from a real estate firm and the criteria…

How To Write a Tenant’s Request to Repair

It’s a dilemma. One of the few perks of not owning your dwelling is the fact that you’re typically not on a financial hook to maintain the property and make needed repairs. One of the problems with not owning a dwelling in need of maintenance or repair is that you are wholly dependent on someone…

A Renter’s Guide to Lease Agreements

When the nice lady across the desk from you at the apartment complex hands you all those papers to sign, it’s easy to just sign them and get on with moving into your new apartment. It’s also not very smart. Many folks, especially young, first-time renters, don’t understand the fact that a lease is a…