Important Steps for Landlords Going on Vacation

This article was originally published on Rentec Direct by Kaycee Wegener

Landlords on vacation? Yes, it is possible to take a break from the tenant phone calls, the maintenance issues, the numbers, and truly relax – here’s how!

If you own or manage rental property it is important to follow a few simple steps to make sure your property and renters are taken care of before you go on vacation.

With the holiday season in full swing, make sure you are prepared for a smooth (and stress-free) vacation from your renters.

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Protect Yourself from Fraud with Credit Monitoring

By: Becky Bower

consumer-identity-theftAs you start preparing for Christmas, make sure to take the steps to protect yourself from identity theft. Through frequent credit monitorization, not only do you lower your risk of identity theft, but you’re also able to know where your credit stands at all times. This can be especially helpful if you’re seeking to raise it before applying for a loan or line of credit. By knowing your FICO score before applying, you’re not only more likely to get approved but some banks will even give you a lower interest rate if you have a high enough score.

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Top Free Rental Property Listing Sites

By Becky Bower

Social-Media-PeopleWhen you’re on a budget, paying to post your vacancy on rental property listing sites can seem frivolous. Rather than purchasing listing packages or buying one-time posts, make sure you’re promoting your vacancy on these top free rental property listing sites first. With these, you’ll save your wallet from unnecessary spending.

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5 Common New Year’s Resolutions for Landlords

By Becky Bower

New-Year_Resolutions_listNew Year – New You

Whether you’ve already made your personal new year’s resolutions or have decided to wing it, 2017 is a time to start off fresh. From improving your relationship with your tenants to keeping an organized inbox, take some inspiration from these 5 common New Year’s resolutions for landlords. It’s never too early to start the New Year off on the right foot.

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Easy Ways to Connect with your Lead List over the Holidays

By: Becky Bower

handshake_largeAs a real estate agent, the holidays can be especially tough as you work on filling your listings while simultaneously battling that pre-holiday work slump. As it gets closer to Christmas, to-do list items can easily slip through the cracks and it can be more difficult to market yourself to previous clients as the holiday gets closer. To make sure you stay memorable to your clients come 2017, take advantage of these easy and inexpensive ways to connect with your lead list over the holidays.

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How a Realtor Lost my Trust with 1 Email

By: Ryan Green

Real-Estate-LoansRecently I applied for rental housing for the first time in several years. I just sold my home and planned to live in an area I’m much less familiar with, and using a realtor to help me learn about neighborhoods to trust or avoid was extremely useful. The property I applied for was owner managed, and the vacancy being filled using another agent. The initial application seemed pretty straight-forward, but while waiting for the approval I received an unsecured email that contained my credit report in PDF. This instantly set off a red flag to me as a renter, consumer and a professional that has spent nearly a decade working in credit reporting.

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