Should I invest in a rental property?

Investing in rental real estate looks like a great idea on paper. You just buy a place in a nice area, find tenants and let the cash roll in. However, there are some matters you have to consider before buying a property and putting a "for rent" ad in the newspaper....

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Living with a roommate or going solo

Deciding whether to share space with one or more roommates isn’t always easy. Some people rent with responsible, respectful friends while others have horror stories of late rents, bounced checks and dirty dishes piled sky high. When considering whether or not to rent...

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Figuring out what you really want and need- renters guide

Whether you are making a big cross-country move or you’re just looking for a new neighborhood in your current city, there are certain questions you need to ask yourself before you start searching for a rental home. Writing down your answers will help keep your search...

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The top ten amenities tenants can’t resist

To be a successful landlord, you need to give your tenants what they want. Think of it this way: You wouldn’t want to be in the surfboard business in the Midwest, but you might in a Southern California beach community. It’s the same for the landlord business. Buying...

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4 Easy Ways to Boost the Appeal of Your Rental on a Budget

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of rental listings on the internet in every town and city in America, and it’s more difficult than ever to make your rental stand out. Fortunately, you may not have to funnel money into paid advertising or expensive upgrades to...

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6 Steps for Renting Your First Home

Moving away from home or off campus for the first time can be a harrowing experience. Here are some tips to help ease the stress of finding that perfect abode. (Disclaimer: Your first place will probably not be perfect.) 1. Figure out your housing budget. Knowing your...

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