The Metro Blog

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January 26, 2019

An increasing threat to the rental housing industry is government legislation mandating a rental property owner be responsible for tenant behavior. We have seen this mandated in local crime free legislation and we are watching this unfold at a county level regarding te...

January 26, 2019

The Grace Hill training tip of the week focuses on the issue of how a no pet policy can be discriminatory when it involves potential tenants with disabilities.

Landlord and property managers must make reasonable accommodations to meet the needs of people...

January 26, 2019

If all you want to do is fill your vacant apartment as fast as possible, almost any process, or no process, will suffice. You take a good look at the applicant, decide whether or not he or she looks acceptable to you, get three recent pay stubs, collect the first and l...

January 26, 2019

Have you ever had a tenant leave in the middle of the night or the middle of an eviction? Did you ever wonder what to do when the tenant abandons the property?

Basically when a tenant abandons the property, you do not need to file an eviction or wait for the sheriff. Yo...

January 26, 2019

Tenant screening is a vital part of the start of a tenancy. Once you have taken an application, it's important to be able to make sure that it is signed and legible so that you can proceed with proper screening.

However, there is a cost associated with tenant screening....

January 26, 2019

What makes a property hard to sell? It can be ugly, dirty, shabby, low qualify or non-conforming construction, be functionally obsolescent or have an inconvenient floor plan, it may be on a poor or remote site, have EPA problems, deferred maintenance, indifferent or di...

January 26, 2019

It is my firm belief that do-it-yourself investors should learn everything they can about the many different ways to make profits with real estate. I don't believe you can reach your maximum potential as an investor until you learn to do many things well. These include...

January 15, 2019

Times are changing, and you need to change with them. If you don't, you could find yourself in a serious cash flow crunch.

As interest rates rise, houses are sitting on the market a little longer. In some areas, it's taking as long as six or seven months to sell a house...

January 15, 2019

Social media marketing is an incredibly powerful tool and these days it is one of the single best ways to find deals as a real estate investor. Having a website is good, but if you don’t drive any people to it, it’s basically no more than an electronic business card. U...

January 15, 2019

Antonella Romano, owner of Stone & Tile Emporium in Wyckoff, offers the following tips to consider
when selecting a professional(s) for tile purchase and installation:

1. A tile professional should know the variety of materials available to consumers for their projects,...