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May 19, 2019

How dangerous to your net income might it be to rent to a serviceman or woman?

Yes, I know, they are serving their country and we need to support them. But we need to review what is known as the “Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act,” (SSCRA) the name of which was r...

May 19, 2019

The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any housing transaction. The Fair Housing Act specifically cover’s discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and th...

May 19, 2019

I have discovered over the years -sometimes the hard way-that the more time and effort you spend in the initial screening process and lease signing appointment, the less trouble you will have in the overall tenancy.

I refer to it as "Training Your Tenant." Not always d...

April 6, 2019

Recent high-profile sexual harassment allegations have highlighted the need for increased sexual harassment training, education, and awareness. The Fair Housing Act (FHA) protects individuals against discrimination because of sex. In 2016, the U.S. Department of Housin...

March 28, 2019

This check list should be used by you or your maintenance department to maintain and upgrade your property. Every property is different and will have its own unique safety and maintenance issues. Take the time to survey your property so you can add to or delete items f...

March 28, 2019

Keep your rentals (and your own home) running smoothly and looking great with this simple checklist. Making these repairs and/or additions may also attract possible tenants to that vacancy you have been trying to rent out!

  • Repair window screens and check screening o...

Today's breakfast meeting hosted by Dave Corsi and Brian Mann was a wealth of information! Around 20+ people attended and we went into in-depth discussions about finding deals, contractors, and setting up business entities.

Just for showing up, all attend...

Q: If I buy a house on contract for deed in my business name, should the insurance policy be in the business name or in my personal name?

A: The insurance policy should be in your business name.  However, I have run into problems getting the insurance agents to put the...

March 17, 2019

Baseball Numbers: "No question, Babe Ruth is the greatest hitter to ever live! Lifetime average .342, on base % .474, slugging % .690, 2213 RBIs. One home run every nine at bats! No steroids either!"

Fantasy Football Numbers: "Peyton Manning, the sure first ballot Hall...

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...