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  • Accounting is tricky enough as it is. Throw late payments into the mix, and accounting can become really challenging for landlords, property managers, and HOAs. If payments don’t come in on time, it makes it harder for you to pay your vendors–and yourself. You might need to put off repairs. You might inadvertently overdraft your […] The post Show Me the Money! 7 Ways to Reduce Late Payments appear...

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  • So, you’ve decided to pull the trigger: 2018 is the year that you’re going to hire a property manager. Congrats–you’ve made a wise decision! It’s important to realize, though, that not all property management companies are created equally. Levels of experience can vary widely, as can the rates that property managers charge. Some may leverage […] The post 25 Questions to Ask Potential Property Mana...

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  • Winter is officially here, and if you live in a northern state, you’re gearing up for a few more months of cold and possibly snowy weather. One of the worst parts of winter weather is the power outages that can sometimes occur as the result of snow or power overload. A generator ensures that your […] The post How to Pick a Generator to Prevent Winter Power Outages: Frequently Asked Questions from ...

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  • Bitterly cold weather has gripped the majority of the Midwest and Northeast. Even Niagara Falls has frozen! These record-breaking temperatures are wreaking havoc on people’s pipes. A frozen pipe, if left untreated, can burst–causing thousands of dollars’ worth of damage along the way. Many landlords, property managers, and HOAs will need to take steps to […] The post 5 Proven Ways to Thaw Frozen P...

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  • Each year, you pledge to streamline your operations and management of your rentals; but another year has come and gone, and you’re still not as organized as you’d like to be. You’re still wrangling with overdue repairs and maintenance. Trust me–we’ve all been there. January 1st is a new beginning. Use it as an opportunity […] The post 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Landlords for a Successful & Prod...

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  • Could you use a vacation? Once the holidays wind down, it’s the perfect time to get away–but seasonal hazards like winter storms, freezing temperatures, and residential fires may have you feeling apprehensive about leaving your property at risk. As you work hard to ensure that your residents have a safe and stress-free holiday, it’s easy […] The post 5 Tips for Landlords for a Stress-Free Holiday ...

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  • Hi there! I’m Robin Burinskiy, and I manage the All Property Management and Buildium blogs. If you’re interested in writing for our blogs, you’re in the right place! Here’s everything you need to know. — What Does APM Do? All Property Management is the largest online network of property managers, and it has been a […] The post The All Property Management Blog: Editorial Guidelines for Contributors...

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  • It seems obvious, but it’s something that’s often overlooked by landlords, property managers, and HOAs alike: Happy residents are good residents, and the ones who are most likely to stick around in the long term. Believe it or not, keeping people happy doesn’t need to cost a fortune. You don’t need to make a grand […] The post 5 Resident Appreciation Ideas to Spread Holiday Cheer in Your Community...

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  • Real estate generally slows down during the winter months. Kids are back at school. People have started new jobs. With Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other holidays on tap, most people aren’t eager to pack up and move until at least the New Year. Even then, it can be hard to find great tenants. Case in point: […] The post 10 Off-Season Leasing Tips to Beat the Winter Blues appeared first on APM.

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  • Whether you’re on a condo board or renting out a home that you inherited, featuring on-trend rental property renovations can help you to stay on top in a competitive market. So, which apartment renovation trends should you implement if you’re looking to update your property in 2018? Read on to find out. — 5 Apartment […] The post 5 Apartment Design Trends to Consider if You’re Ready to Renovate ap...

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  • People are shopping online now more than ever. They’re buying clothes, household supplies, and even groceries online. Amazon, Blue Apron, Peapod, and countless others are making a steady stream of deliveries to residents’ doors. One poll finds that more than 25% of residents receive at least 4 packages each month. Package delivery management is creating […] The post How to Deal with an Influx of P...

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  • Q&A: I’m a brand-new board member of a condo unit in Hawaii. We need some patchwork done on a pitch and tar roof. A unit owner has offered to do the work for a much-reduced rate, plus the cost of materials, which would save us a bundle… but he’s not a licensed contractor. The board […] The post Ask an Expert: What’s the Risk of Hiring Unlicensed Roofers? appeared first on APM.

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  • Most landlords and HOA boards understand the importance of rigorously screening prospective residents. But step back and think: How much time did you put into screening your property manager? Did you use a similarly rigorous process? In reality, most don’t–but finding a high-quality property manager is just as important as finding great residents. So, that […] The post 7 Reasons Military Veterans ...

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  • I was impressed the first time that I saw a tankless water heater. The owner must have really invested in this property if he was going to make such a forward-thinking upgrade. And boy, did it open up space in the basement! The owner converted the free space to an on-site laundry room for residents. […] The post Thinking of Switching to a Tankless Water Heater? Here’s What You Need to Know appeare...

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  • Ghost, ghouls, and goblins–beware! Your property is ready for any of the scares they might try to bring your way this Halloween night–or at least, it will be, assuming you take a few steps before trick-or-treaters hit the streets. Here are 7 Halloween safety tips for rental properties and homeowners associations. — Halloween Safety Tips […] The post 7 Ways to Keep Your Property Safe This Halloween...

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  • It’s time to schedule a sit-down with your tax advisor. Why now? Well, your tax advisor won’t have much time for strategic planning when you turn in an overflowing box of receipts on April 12. Mid-year tax planning for landlords–well before the April 15 general filing deadline–can pay some big dividends, as your tax advisor […] The post When Should Landlords Start Thinking About Taxes? (Hint: It’s...

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  • It’s finally happening: The warm summer breeze is fading into crisp fall weather–and this means that it’s time to start prepping for the winter months ahead. Cold, wet weather can take its toll on a property, and the cost of repairs can mount quickly–unless you’re proactive. Here are 9 helpful tips that should be on […] The post Fall Maintenance Checklist: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound o...

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  • Attitudes toward marijuana use have shifted greatly in recent years. Eight states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation allowing for recreational marijuana use, and another two dozen states permit its use for medicinal purposes. Still, marijuana is considered an illegal substance under federal law. This has created a hazy situation for landlords, property […] The post 6 Things to Co...

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  • Landlords and property managers often think they need to undertake major renovations in order to raise rents. Sometimes that’s the case, particularly if a unit hasn’t been upgraded since the 1970s. More often than not, however, a few simple and inexpensive upgrades can add tremendous value to the property. Small changes can improve the look […] The post 8 Bathroom Upgrades to Improve Your Rental’s...

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  • Maintaining your property’s lawns and landscaping can be one of the most time-consuming maintenance tasks on your plate. Here are our best tips and tricks for spending less time tending to your property and more time enjoying it. — HOA & Rental Property Landscaping Tips: #1 Invest in a Tractor Getting the job done easily […] The post 5 Ways to Make Landscaping Easier to Manage appeared first on AP...

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  • To the untrained eye, it might seem like being a landlord or property manager is pretty easy: You just find tenants, collect rent, make repairs when necessary, and resign leases each year. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. If it were, more people would be doing it! In reality, being a landlord or property manager requires […] The post 5 Legal Mistakes That Land Inexperienced Landlords in Hot Wate...

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  • It’s easy for landlords and property managers to get wrapped up in the day-to-day: Have rents been paid? Are leases set to expire? When will the next showing be? Will that unit need to be renovated before I can re-lease it? Why hasn’t the landscaping company shown up yet?! With so many pressing tasks at […] The post Save Money by Investing in Home Energy Improvements appeared first on APM.

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  • How to Use a Standard Lease Agreement to Your Benefit Whether you’re a first-time landlord or a newly minted member of a homeowners’ association, it’s tempting to default to using a standard lease agreement. Most states issue a standard lease agreement for landlords to use as a guide. The National Association of Realtors and other […] The post Standard Lease Agreements: Why Landlords Should Be War...

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  • The garage tends to be a place where junk gathers dust. However, if you’re a landlord: Have you thought about converting this underutilized space into a rental property to generate additional income each month? More people than you think might be interested in leasing your garage for a variety of purposes: to park an antique […] The post 3 Questions to Ask Before Turning Your Garage Into a Rental ...

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  • When a tenant goes to jail, their landlord ends up in a sticky situation. Many landlords make the mistake of promptly changing the locks on the unit and clearing out the tenant’s belongings. However, just because your tenant goes to jail doesn’t mean the rental agreement goes away. Think of it this way: If you […] The post What to Do When a Tenant Goes to Jail appeared first on APM.

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  • These days, landlords and property managers are often content to assess a potential tenant based only on the renter’s credit score and income. It’s a practice that has led to far too many bad deals for landlords, and it needs to stop. A renter’s credit score will vary from one credit bureau to the next. […] The post 4 Tenant Screening Factors More Accurate Than Credit Scores appeared first on APM.

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  • I own a small, 10-unit apartment building. I suspect that at least one of my tenants is involved in dealing drugs. I don’t want them and their buddies dragging down my property’s reputability and endangering my investment. What are my options? –Adrian in Orlando, FL — Dear Adrian, Unfortunately, your situation is not at all […] The post Ask an Expert: What to Do If You Suspect Drug Dealing on Your...

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  • Convicted felons and registered sex offenders have to live somewhere once they’ve been released. However, is renting to rental applicants with criminal histories worth the potential risk to your residents and staff staff? It’s impossible to determine whether or not rental applicants with criminal histories will reoffend. Recidivism rates vary based a tangled web of […] The post Rental Applicants w...

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