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Is Hiring a Property Manager Really Necessary When Renting Out Your Home?

This question is asked all the time by prospective investors and homeowners who are thinking of renting their home.  Afterall, payment to a property manager is an expense that cuts into the margin of the home owner.  The truth is that there are times when you can manage the property on your own without a professional…but the real question is WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO?

Even if you live close to the property you are going to rent out, and this isn’t your first rodeo, You must have several resources at your disposal – Time, Energy, and contacts.  The only time that it makes sense to do it yourself is if you have the time to field phone calls at random hours of the day and night, the energy to commit to tenant requests for repairs and issue resolution, and have a list of trusted contractors on speed dial to help you with specialty skills. When things are good, of course managing the property on your own is easy. Tenants who pay on time, and rarely ask for things to be fixed (or if there is something needed, they fix it themselves) are great.

Unfortunately that is not always reality.  Statistics show that over 15% of Tenants are late paying rent each month and that over the course of a one year lease, Tenants are late at least twice 35% of the time. Throw in that evictions occur at least 10% of the time and you might want to get familiar with the inner workings of the local court system.

Repairs can be an even a bigger hassle. Do you have the Tenant who nitpicks everything expecting the house to be like a brand new car just rolled out of the assembly line?  Are you ok with weekend and after-hours calls about everything from repairs, to “chit-chat” about all the things that are wrong with the home but the Tenant “is ok with for now.”

Landlord-Tenant law…do you know it? How often are you going to do inspections?

For 8-10% of the monthly rent, you don’t have to deal with all these potential headaches. For peace of mind why would you do it any other way? If you have just one major issue – is all your time lost worth less than $100 per month?

You be the judge.  Why else would you or would you not manage your own property?  Let us know in the comment section below!

 

Investment Property Solutions
AZ LIC# CO583886000
CA LIC# 071791904
NV LIC# B1000408

Tips for Finding a Rental near the University of Arizona

One of the biggest mysteries is how to find the best houses, or at least the ones closest to campus every year. It seems that most students can’t find a home that is decent around the UofA campus unless they start looking in January, roughly 8 months before they will move into that new place!

For many this means trying to find out who their new roommates will be just as they are finally getting used to (or sick of) their current roommates. 10 years ago students wouldn’t start looking for a new home or apartment until after spring break. Today the same can be said, except those students are the same ones who call our office desperately trying to find something within biking distance and are constantly told “we don’t have anything else that close.”

This year GWM has put together a few simple rules to help you secure that great home close to campus without losing your mind.

  1. Start Early – If you haven’t started looking at homes by the first of February, you are going to miss the best deals.
  2. Determine what side of the campus you want to live (sam huges, between park and mountain, south of the stadium) and try to find out the ballpark price for homes or condos on that side of school.
  3. Figure out if you want a house or an apartment…the best rule of thumb for this is if you will only live by yourself or with one other person, then look at apartments (or condos). If you need a yard, want a garage or want to be with a bunch of friends for the year, then start focusing on a house.
  4. Don’t try to identify all your roommates right away. Instead If you can identify at least one and in the best case a third person, then you are in great shape. Landlords don’t need everyone, but they will want one or two Tenants plus Guarantors (yes, that means mom or dad most likely).
  5. Get your Co-signer or Guarantor(s) ready! Every college student will need a guarantor because most of them don’t have credit history, a job (that pays enough to cover 2.5 times the rent) or references from previous rentals. This means that a parent or guardian will most likely have to fill out an application and submit it with your application in order to be approved for that house you like.
  6. Remember – its first come first serve! So the longer you take to turn in applications or come up with the security deposit, the more likely another organized group of students will come in and rent that house from beneath your nose!

Investment Property Solutions
AZ LIC# CO583886000
CA LIC# 071791904
NV LIC# B1000408

Mortgage Rules and Restrictions for the Non-Wealthy

Despite the lowest mortgage rates in years, renter nation rages on!  Some think that the new Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation isn’t helping matters for the under-privileged.  This article discusses how mortgage rules favor the wealthy.

 

 

 

Investment Property Solutions
AZ LIC# CO583886000
CA LIC# 071791904
NV LIC# B1000408

AZ Construction Loans and Anti-Deficiency Rulings

 

AZ Construction Loans and Anti-Deficiency Rulings

Arizona homeowners have some protection when it comes to Construction Loans.  According to a release by Jaburg & Wilk, “Arizona homeowners, for the most part, are protected from their home mortgage lenders attaching other assets such as the cash in the bank, vehicles and jewelry following a foreclosure or trustee sale of their home”.

This is good news for homeowners who run into issues during the construction process.

 

 

 

Investment Property Solutions
AZ LIC# CO583886000
CA LIC# 071791904
NV LIC# B1000408

Top 10 Cities With The Most Depressed Real Estate Values

Do you live in one of these cities? Does the value being “extremely depressed” simply mean that it is a good time to invest?

  1. Gainesville, Fla
  2. Atlanta, Ga
  3. Medford, Ore
  4. Chico, Ca
  5. Mobile, Ala
  6. Tucson, Ariz
  7. Ocala, Fla
  8. Madera, Ca
  9. Santa Barbara, Ca
  10. Reno, Nv

 

 

 

Investment Property Solutions
AZ LIC# CO583886000
CA LIC# 071791904
NV LIC# B1000408

 

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What’s Reasonable Notice to Enter a Property?

This question about reasonable notice was asked by a landlord on InmanNews.  Sometimes Landlords must enter a property to make repairs, but what is considered a reasonable right to enter?  The true answer is, “as much notice as possible”, but the tenant must make reasonable effort to let a repairman in.  As we know with repairmen, this usually leads to windows of time, with little notice.  If a tenant makes an unreasonable request, like 48 hours notice, then you should set expectations that they probably won’t get the repair that they request.

 

 

Investment Property Solutions
AZ LIC# CO583886000
CA LIC# 071791904
NV LIC# B1000408