Investment Property Loans: Everything You Need to Know

Investing in real estate requires capital, whether you’re buying a vacation condo to rent out, a single-family home for leasing, or a multi-story apartment building. Rental property loans can provide the capital you need, but they’re not exactly the same as conventional home mortgages. It’s important to understand the nuances of these loans before you sign on the dotted line.  Why Use an... Continue reading

40 Tips for Buying Your First Rental Property

Buying rental property can be a great way to earn income—whether you’re purchasing a condo, a single family home, an apartment building, or a number of properties to diversify your rental portfolio. Today, individual investors own more than 47% of rental units in America, according to Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies’ America’s Rental Housing Report. But rental property investments can... Continue reading

Property Management Software: 6 Features Experts Want

If you’re a property manager, chances are your job requires you to juggle a lot of different tasks at once. Collecting rent, scheduling and managing repairs, maintaining a budget, posting and updating vacancy listings, keeping track of important legal documents—these are just a few of the many moving parts you have to stay on top of every day.  Whether you manage a single unit or multiple... Continue reading

Budgeting Tools For Managing A Property Management Business

Getting into property management can be a complicated business. But you can make the work a lot easier with the right tools, says financial expert Sean Stein Smith, CPA, member of the AICPA’s National CPA Financial Literacy Commission and CGMA of Bergenfield, New Jersey. Continue reading

Property Management Software for Landlords

Ease of Use Property management software , like Quicken's Home & Business, allows users to merge their personal and business accounting in a single place. For individual landlords, this means convenience and savings. Newer versions of these packages can be placed on a mobile or tablet platform and accessed online, a feature that "allows users to log in from anywhere," as Joe Sidebotham of... Continue reading

How to Use Software for Rental Property Management

The Rental Protection Agency reports that over 22 million Americans are landlords, with more than 500 new landlords entering the business daily. When you own rental property, staying on top of the numbers simplifies all aspects of managing your business, from rent collection and property maintenance costs to tax payment calculations. Quicken's Rental Property Manager software has all the tools a... Continue reading
How to Increase Your Home Value

How to Increase Your Home Value

A home is often a person's biggest investment. When you're thinking of selling, it makes sense to select improvement projects carefully. Choose ones that will boost your home's value rather than spending money on expensive remodeling that may not attract buyers. Experts agree that some fixing-up is in order before you put your house on the market, but you may be surprised at how little money is... Continue reading