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Rent Perfect, Where Have You Been All My Life?

In the digital age, it's sometimes easy to catch yourself wondering how we ever got along without the kinds of technologies we take for granted these days. Imagine trying to run your rental business without cell phones, text messages, and emails. Even for those of us who did just that, doesn't the process now seem like a lot of unnecessary effort and frustration? In just a few years, I suspect that's the way most people will think of the  ..

HUD’s New Regulations: Relax, We Have Seen This Before.

First of all, let me get the legal mumbo jumbo out of the way. I have been a landlord for 15 years and a Private Investigator for 20. I make my living by providing investigative products to landlords that help them make the right choice when evaluating a tenant. I have been in the trenches my whole career, qualifying tenants and employees, and have come to realize that new regulation often gets overblown at first and then settles down later.  ..

Are You Missing an Important Rental Protection?

A strong lease and a thorough investigative background check, performed and verified by a live person, are your first and best lines of defense against losses as an investment property owner. But even with those safeguards in place, there may be an important layer of protection that you’re missing… To understand why, imagine for a moment that you’re sitting at your desk. The phone rings, and when you answer the voice on ..

Perfect Tenant or Expensive Deadbeat? Turn the Odds in Your Favor with Background Screening

Not long ago, I found myself attending a convention in Las Vegas. I’m not much of a gambler (I’m too cheap), but hesitantly agreed to play blackjack with a few of my colleagues on our last night in town. The first hand I was dealt contained an ace and a jack – a combination of “21” that paid me back one and a half times what I bid. It turned out this game was pretty easy! You can probably guess what happened  ..

Your 7-Step Resident Screening Checklist

Are you new to the world of real estate investment, or just want to start finding better tenants? Either way, here’s a simple checklist you can use to protect your investment or property when evaluating someone who wants to rent from you: #1: Use an Approved Application Ideally, you want to use online applications with mandatory fields (check with your screening company to see if this feature is available). That way, you can make su ..

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