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Ben Holubecki
| 8 min. read
6 ways to prepare a rental for showings and minimize the cost of vacancy
As a professional property management company, we have found that one of the most difficult concepts for rental property owners to grasp is the true cost of vacancy. Investors who have been in the rental game for a...
Geoff Roberts
| 27 min. read
Should I allow tenants to make unit upgrades?
Every now and then, a tenant offers to make repairs to the unit he’s living in. Often, such offers are made in exchange for rent (in other words, the cost of the repairs is deducted from the monthly...
Geoff Roberts
| 3 min. read
Welcome spring to your property
Though it may not seem like it quite yet depending on where you live, believe it or not, we’re officially a couple of weeks into spring. Over the past two years, we’ve blogged about winterizing on an annual...
Geoff Roberts
| 4 min. read
Renovation vs. rejuvenation
To generate more rental income, it’s sometimes necessary to put a little work into your property. If a potential renter is comparing your property to a similar, less expensive property, the renter will need to be able to...
Geoff Roberts
| 3 min. read
The value of tenant forums
As a property manager, you have a great resource that shouldn’t go untapped right at your fingertips: your tenants. For as well as you know your property, most property managers don’t actually live on-site. Because of this, your...
Geoff Roberts
| 3 min. read
Snow removal done right
If you live east of Nebraska, chances are you’ve spent a lot of time thinking about snow lately. As cozy and idyllic as it can be to watch flutter to the ground when you’re safely tucked away by...
Geoff Roberts
| 4 min. read
To sublet or not to sublet: A tenant’s perspective
Throughout the course of my college and young professional years, I moved quite a bit — to new student housing, then back home for the summer, then to a new city for a new job. Throughout the course...
Geoff Roberts
| 4 min. read
To sublet or not to sublet: A property manager’s perspective
Chances are that you put a lot of effort into finding just the right tenant to entrust with your unit: You run a credit and criminal background check, you verify employment, you speak with applicants’ past landlords, and...
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Laurie Mega
| 8 min. read
The 7 Biggest Rental Market Trends for 2023 (and How to Get Your Business Ready for Them)
In the last two years, predicting rental real estate market trends has been nearly impossible. As a result, many of property managers’ business plans were reactionary, keeping their businesses afloat amid lockdowns, record inflation, panicked residents, and a...
Laurie Mega
| 7 min. read
10 property management bookkeeping basics
Since one of the core responsibilities of a property manager is to manage an owner’s assets, income, and expenses, you’re constantly dealing with accounting whether you like it or not. From receiving rent payments to handling vendor invoices,...
Laurie Mega
| 7 min. read
9 ways to use property management automation
Type automation into a Google News search field and see what you get. Go on. We’ll wait. You got a lot, didn’t you? From manufacturing to finance to entertainment, everyone wants to automate the tedious and laborious parts...
Laurie Mega
| 6 min. read
1099 forms for property management: Everything you need to know (2022 update)
Property managers are going to be busy in 2023. According to our 2023 Property Management Industry Report, 92% of property managers we surveyed plan to expand their portfolios in the next two years. Given the current economic climate,...
Amanda Maher
| 5 min. read
How does a 1031 exchange work? What property managers should know
More and more property managers are finding their clientele shifting from accidental landlords to strategically minded rental real estate investors. And they’re relying on the property management companies they hire to help them make the most of their...
Jason Van Steenwyk
| 7 min. read
Multi-family winterization checklist: 18 steps to take ASAP
For most of the country, winter is at our doorstep—and as with winters past, it could bring billions of dollars in property damage nationwide. Between 2020 and 2021, insurance losses from winter storms jumped from about $1 billion...
Robin Young
| 9 min. read
Research: Property management industry trends you should know heading into 2023
New research shows that property management companies are renewing their commitment to the long-term health of their business after making it through the chaos of the last few years. But just because they’re refocusing on expansion and efficiency...
Jake Belding
| 10 min. read
What you didn’t know about property management trust accounting
In a people-centered business like property property management, the last thing you want is to be stuck crunching numbers and untangling accounts. There are some well-established property management accounting best practices that can save you time, but often that’s...

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