The Top Eight House Hunting Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

House HuntingThe prospect of house hunting can be daunting to say the least. This is especially true for first-time homebuyers or those who are on a tight deadline to move, as the temptation to settle for less than what they want could be overwhelming. Since your home is the largest purchase you’ll likely ever make, it only makes good sense to choose wisely. Here are the eight most common house hunting mistakes people make, along with tips on how you can avoid these catastrophes yourself.

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How to Handle After Hours Tenant Calls

Maxitrol Gas Pressure RegulatorOne of the most hated items of being a landlord are the after hours tenant calls, or calls in the middle of the night.  Keep in mind, it is also one of the tenant’s most dreaded items too, calling their landlord after hours.  They do not like to be up with building issues any more than you do.  Here is a recent example of a call that might be a disaster to some landlords, or routine for others.

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How to Remodel your Bathroom on your Own (DIY)

bathroomI recently wrote a guest post for Dave Carlson at Young Adult Money about how to remodel a bathroom.  I included a few costs, and it’s a great read if you are contemplating a new bathroom remodel.  You can spend a few hundred, or many thousands.

There are many improvements that you can make to a bathroom to make for a more modern look. You can spend quite a bit of money on it, or you can do it in a less expensive way. Money spent modernizing a bathroom goes a long way, and much of the investment can be re-cooped in increased property valuation.

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Guest Post: The 7 Dirty Truths about Landlording (Like it or Not!)

The-7-Dirty-Truths-about-Landlording-Like-it-or-NotI wrote an article at Biggerpockets, titled “The 7 Dirty Truths about Landlording”.  This article was meant to provoke some emotions and show that sometimes being a landlord is not always easy.  It’s a business, and you have to treat it as such.

Life is not always fair, and even in a win/win situation someone loses more than the others.  In the landlord game, you need to win enough to be profitable.

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Guest Post: What Is Your End Goal in the Real Estate Game?

Financial FreedomWhat Is Your End Goal in the Real Estate Game?  I just wrote a post on the BiggerPockets.com blog about end goals of real estate investing.  Many of the same things can be said about most any types of investing.  Not many people invest for the sake of investing, most invest for the future.  Whether it is real estate, stocks, or your own business, most people have an end game different that the path that brought them there.  Not many people want to work until they drop.

What Is Your End Goal in the Real Estate Game?

If you like that post, I have a similar one here.

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Should you allow a renter to paint?

sherwin williamsThe topic of this post is should you allow a renter to paint?  With 24 units, I come in contact with many renters.  They all have their ideas of what a great place to rent looks like.  They might want their boy’s room to be blue, and their girl’s room to be pink.  I get asked all the time, “What do you feel about painting the bedrooms?”

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What to do When Your Tenant Dies

FlowersIf you have been a landlord for a while, or have managed many units, sooner or later you will be faced with the question of what to do when your tenant dies.

I recently had a tenant death, and it can throw a perfectly good rental unit into some flux.

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Landlord Nightmare: Bedbugs in an Apartment

bedbugNo issue scares a landlord more than bedbugs in an apartment.  OK, maybe crime, evictions, vacancy, insurance and taxes come first, but bedbugs and other pest issues are a serious matter in a rental.  When you have bedbugs in your apartment, you need to act on it and get rid of them as fast as you can.

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