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6 Most Common Reasons Why Rental Property Owners Fail

June 22, 2022 / by Hignell Property Management Team

Purchasing a rental property is a popular investment strategy for many investors. This technique helps to generate monthly passive income while simultaneously building wealth. Rental property investments typically include some form of risk. The risk the investor faces is defined as the chance that the actual outcome of the investment differs from your expected result. Risk, with regard to a rental property owner, appears in many forms. The following include some of the most common reasons why rental property owners fail.

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Can a Property Manager Raise My Rent?

May 27, 2022 / by Hignell Property Management Team

Like the cost of most goods, rent often increases over time. Some years it changes very little, and others might see a dramatic increase. But as a renter, it's important to understand who can and can't raise your rent and have a basic understanding of the laws regarding rent increases. Here's a look at whether or not a property manager can raise your rent.

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How to Make Your Residential Investment Property More Energy-Efficient

May 11, 2022 / by Hignell Property Management Team

Are you seeking ways to improve the energy efficiency on your residential investment property? “Going green” is more than just a buzzword. Installing green initiatives can not only inspire the residents of your properties to conserve energy, it can also lower your maintenance costs.

Consider some options that can make your residential investment property stop bleeding money. Improving the energy efficiency of your property enhances its appeal to residents seeking living space without the problems of pollution and waste.

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Preventative Maintenance List for Commercial Investment Properties

April 30, 2022 / by Hignell Property Management Team

One main thing owners of commercial investment properties must do is keep up with the ongoing maintenance tasks for the units and grounds. If this is your first foray into the world of commercial property ownership, this can be a bit daunting. To make it somewhat easier for new commercial property owners, below is a checklist of some of the most important preventative maintenance tasks property owners must manage.

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Can a Property Manager File an Eviction Notice?

April 25, 2022 / by Hignell Property Management Team

A renter’s eviction is a legal proceeding that a property owner must go through to legally remove a renter from a residential rental unit they are currently living in. The permissible reasons for eviction will vary based on the jurisdictional oversight and guidelines,  type of property, and pre-determined property requirements that have been outlined in the renter’s lease agreement.  

The following narrative offers a general overview of a property manager’s role regarding the eviction of renters in California.

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How Do You Manage a Rental Property Remotely?

April 1, 2022 / by Hignell Property Management Team

The real estate market’s digital landscape has created new opportunities for real estate investors around the country. With effective virtual reality walk-throughs, real estate investors now have the tools to find attractive investment opportunities in locations that were once out of reach. As a result, it has become more commonplace for an investor to choose a property that is a significant distance from the investor’s home or office.

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Can You Legally Live in a Commercial Property?

March 21, 2022 / by Hignell Property Management Team

If you're a business owner who often works long into the night, it may be tempting to just move into your storefront or office space. Rather than wasting time commuting every day, you could simply retire to the back when you’re finished working for the evening. But there are zoning laws and safety concerns you should consider before making the move. Here's a closer look at whether or not it's legal to move into your commercial property.

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What Type of Education Should a Property Manager Have?

March 2, 2022 / by Hignell Property Management Team

Are you interested in hiring a property manager? If so, you might wonder what educational background a credible residential property manager should. Unlike some professions, there are no universal licensing credentials required to manage property for an investor, but there are plenty of skills to look for to help you find a professional residential or commercial property manager.

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7 Reasons to Hire a Commercial Property Manager

February 21, 2022 / by Hignell Property Management Team

Commercial property management requires time and effort to remain profitable. Many commercial investment property owners  first consider managing the property by themselves in an effort to reduce property expenses.  This choice appears to be a good idea until the property owner realizes the decision is short-sighted – it limits investment opportunities and potential profit - but this can be corrected by hiring a commercial property manager.

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Can a Property Manager Sign a Lease on Behalf of the Property Owner?

February 2, 2022 / by Hignell Property Management Team

Your property manager may not necessarily be the owner of the property being rented. This is because an investment property owner has the option to be involved in all aspects of a rental property or streamline these processes by hiring another person - a professional property manager, to act on their behalf.

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What Beginners Should Know About Investing in a Rental Property

January 21, 2022 / by Hignell Property Management Team

Investing in a rental property for the first time can be a lucrative strategy. There are many benefits that come along with investing in rental properties such as tax incentives, value appreciation, leverage, and cash flow. However, investing in rental properties doesn’t come easy, and there are a few risks that you must take. There are a lot of things you should become knowledgeable about if you're a beginner looking to invest.

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Features of a Promising Investment Property

December 27, 2021 / by Hignell Property Management Team

Are you considering buying a piece of property as an investment? If so, you want to get the best ROI possible. In today's hot seller's market, it's especially important to do your homework before closing your deal. That means doing thorough research about the property you intend to buy to be sure that you don't pay more than it's actual worth or overlook some crucial features of the property (or the lack thereof). Below are some things to keep in mind when seeking an investment property to purchase.

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Can a Property Manager Enter a Home?

December 13, 2021 / by Hignell Property Management Team

Over the years, both experienced and inexperienced owners of residential rental properties in California have made the sound decision to turn management of their units over to a property management company. Pursuant to its contract with an owner of a residential rental property, a property management company becomes the agent of that owner.

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Property Manager Do's & Don'ts

November 29, 2021 / by Hignell Property Management Team

Owning an investment property can be a great way for someone to build long-term wealth. Real estate investors will benefit by receiving regular rental income that can help to pay down their mortgage while also benefiting from long-term real estate value appreciation. While investing in real estate can be a good idea, it's not always a passive form of investment. You'll be required to address resident needs and lease the home. Due to this, hiring a property manager can be a good idea. There are several benefits that come when hiring a property manager to help manage your property.

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Are Vacation Rental Properties a Good Investment?

November 12, 2021 / by Hignell Property Management Team

A vacation rental property has become a popular investment vehicle because many people see it as a good investment strategy for the modern real estate marketplace and a great fit with the 21st century’s gig or sharing economy.

Like most real estate investments, vacation rental properties offer both benefits and concerns as an investment. But the exponential growth of vacation rental hosting platforms like Airbnb & VRBO speaks volumes about the vacation rental market’s potential growth and profit.

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Are Property Manager Fees Tax Deductible?

November 3, 2021 / by Hignell Property Management Team

When you build or buy into for-profit properties for residential occupancy, it's a major investment. That's why it's vital to take full advantage of all the tax breaks and deductions for which rental property owners are eligible. Many of these owners want to reap the profits from their investments but are less interested in performing the hands-on duties associated with property management.

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What Does a Property Manager Do?

October 18, 2021 / by Hignell Property Management Team

Property managers take the burden from property owners with regard to the day-to-day operations of an investment or rental property. Property managers are responsible for various managerial tasks associated with the property. This includes anything from fielding calls about broken hot water tanks to staying on top of the many city, state & federal regulations that must be followed.  A property manager can help with the following  property management functions.

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What Does it Mean to Have an Owner-Occupied Rental Property?

October 11, 2021 / by Hignell Property Management Team

Investing in a rental property is a great way to create extra cash flow each month that can help pay your mortgage or other bills. But just because you have the money to purchase property doesn’t mean you have the knowledge or experience to manage the property. That’s why some investors choose to start with an owner-occupied rental, which can be a smart step for a first-time investment property owner looking to build a small investment portfolio. Here's a look at the concept of an owner-occupied rental and who should consider this investment option.

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Fall Maintenance Checklist for Rental Property Owners 

September 20, 2021 / by Hignell Property Management Team

Owning a rental property comes with a lot of responsibilities. In addition to keeping a steady stream of renters, you also have to keep up with the maintenance of the property. This is especially important in the fall, just before the onslaught of winter. Here are a few common maintenance tasks a rental property owner should be sure to handle before the season changes.

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What’s the Difference Between Property Management and Property Maintenance? 

August 24, 2021 / by Hignell Property Management Team

Purchasing an investment property can be a smart financial decision but it also comes with responsibilities. In addition to paying a mortgage, taxes, and other related fees, you’ll have to be sure that the property is properly maintained, in order to create a habitable environment for your residents. As you grow your business, you may eventually need the help of a professional property management company to take care of the routine upkeep of your properties. Here's a look at the difference between property management and property maintenance.

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What Property Owners Need to Know About the Extended Eviction Moratorium

August 13, 2021 / by Hignell Property Management Team

The CDC recently announced that it would be extending the federal eviction moratorium into the fall. The eviction moratorium was designed to curb the spread of COVID-19 by providing relief to renters who are struggling to keep up with their bills. But, this bill also has an impact on property owners who rely on that rent to pay their own bills. Here's a look at what property owners need to know about the extended eviction moratorium.

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How to Optimize an Online Rental Property Listing

July 26, 2021 / by Hignell Property Management Team

Professional rental property owners view resident turnover among the costs/responsibilities of managing an investment unit. To maximize the unit’s return, investors find it beneficial to educate themselves on the effective ways to market a vacant unit. The goal is to minimize vacancies by ensuring the property is leased quickly to a qualified resident. Creating an optimized and effective online rental listing is quickly done by following a few simple techniques. 

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Fire Safety Tips for Your Rental Property

July 12, 2021 / by Hignell Property Management Team

As a rental property owner, you want to do everything you can to keep your investment safe. Keeping your property safe includes doing routine maintenance and conducting safety checks. Additionally, it would be best to think about fire safety and ways to reduce the risk of a fire at your rental property during those safety checks. Here are some fire safety tips to help keep your rental property safe.

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Should I Rent to Someone With a Low Credit Score?

June 21, 2021 / by Hignell Property Management Team

Finding reliable residents is one of the hardest parts of being a rental property owner. If you own an investment property and you’re looking to get it rented quickly to avoid vacancies, you may decide to accept a resident who doesn’t have the best financial credentials, including a low credit score. Here's a look at the process of evaluating an applicant’s credit and whether it makes sense to rent to someone with a low score.

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Should You Convert a Primary Residence to a Rental Property?

June 7, 2021 / by Hignell Property Management Team

Has last year created new motivations or means to make a move in the real estate market? If you're facing this situation (and you are not alone), you have two primary choices regarding the status of the property you currently own:

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Pros and Cons of Renting to Friends or Family Members

May 31, 2021 / by Hignell Property Management Team

One of the hardest parts about being a property manager is finding quality residents. Although financial records and credit checks can help, you can never truly know a person’s character and ability to make payments on time until they are in the unit. If you own an investment property it may be tempting to rent to a friend or family member to avoid any bad apples who pass a credit check but still refuse to pay. But there are a few things you should consider before renting a unit to someone in your inner circle.

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What to Do if a Security Deposit Doesn’t Cover Property Damage 

May 17, 2021 / by Hignell Property Management Team

It’s customary for a property owner renting out an investment property to require residents to put down a security deposit that is equal to one month’s rent before moving in to cover any potential damages. But, if the resident has done serious damage to the unit while living there, it’s possible that one month does not cover all the costs to repair the unit. Here's a look at what you should do if you find yourself in this situation.

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Preventative Maintenance Tasks Property Owners Should Stay on Top Of

April 26, 2021 / by Hignell Property Management Team

Preventative maintenance is one of the most important aspects of property ownership. If you want to protect your investment, it’s important to perform routine maintenance to keep everything in the building functioning properly. If you’re thinking about doing some spring cleaning and want to be sure that you’re doing everything you can, here's a look at the most common preventative maintenance tasks a property owner should stay on top of.

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Best Ways to Go Green in Your Investment Property

April 19, 2021 / by Hignell Property Management Team

We all have to do our part to help the planet. If you own an investment property, and you’re looking for ways to go green, here are a few simple tips to help you reduce your energy usage and save money at the same time.

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What Tax Deductions Can I Take as an Owner of a Rental Property?

March 15, 2021 / by Hignell Property Management Team

The art of being a property owner is knowing how to use the benefits to one’s advantage. Most property owners are in the rental property business for income and planning for their future. For all practical purposes, they run a business that they hope will return a reasonably substantial gain for them in the future. So, it stands to reason that they will want to make decisions that will save them money and make them money.  One of the best ways to save money and make money is by knowing how to handle rental income on tax returns.

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7 Marketing Strategies to Help Fill Your Investment Property Vacancies

March 8, 2021 / by Hignell Property Management Team

Property owners and renters are always on the lookout to make connections. The property owner is looking for a potential family to come and live in the home. If you are a property owner and wondering what the secret is to attracting quality people to your properties, then there are some marketing strategies that you can do to bolster the attraction to your investment property.

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Quick Guide: What to Include in a Rental Property Move-In Checklist

February 26, 2021 / by Hignell Property Management Team

There's a lot that goes into getting your rental property ready for a new resident. You'll need to find the right person, create a rental lease and get them to sign it. You'll also need to have new keys made for the new locks you put on your property. But there is one thing that is often overlooked by both parties and that is the pre-move in checklist.

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9 Steps to Take During the Rental Property Turnover Process

February 22, 2021 / by Hignell Property Management Team

It's the objective of every property owner to have a resident that would rent for life. And during that time the resident would care for the property like it's their own. They would pay the rent on time and be completely flexible when it comes time for repairs. But the fact remains that the perfect renter doesn't exist. Sure, there are many renters that would make exceptional lifetime residents, but people move for many various reasons.

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How to Build Long-Term Relationships With Your Renters

February 17, 2021 / by Hignell Property Management Team

There are a lot of things that you have to think through when you are a rental property owner. Many property owners think that the technical side is all they have to work through. But there are so many more details such as communication, building a good relationship with renters, and working things out as issues come up. If you're looking for ways to build a better relationship with your renters, here are some ways you can make it happen.

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Pros & Cons of Allowing Pets in Your Rental Properties

January 27, 2021 / by Hignell Property Management Team

The decision on whether you'll allow pets in one or more of your investment properties isn't a personal decision. It's a business decision, and it's a decision that must be made by you as the property owner before a unit is leased.

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When Can I Legally Enter My Investment Property?

December 30, 2020 / by Hignell Property Management Team

Now that you own an investment property, and have leased your unit out, you've come to the realization that you don't know when you might be able to enter it for purposes of checking on any maintenance issues or otherwise protecting your investment. In checking your lease, you confirm that you have the right to enter the premises at reasonable times with reasonable notice, but that doesn't tell you much. Your new residents have the right to privacy in the property, and you just can't show up there this week and say see you next week at the same time. That can turn into harassment. So, when can you legally enter your California investment property? 

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What's the Difference Between a Property Owner & Management Company?

December 22, 2020 / by Hignell Property Management Team

Being a property owner might sound easy to some people, but owning an investment property can sometimes be one headache after another, especially if you own multiple rental units. Just a few of the issues that owners have to deal with are:

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Tips to Successfully Manage Commercial Rental Properties

November 18, 2020 / by Hignell Property Management Team

There are millions to be made in the business of commercial real estate. However, you have to be on top of your business if you want to succeed in this lucrative industry. Here are a few tips for investors looking to dip their toes into the field of commercial real estate.

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The Property Owners Guide to Security Deposits

November 4, 2020 / by Hignell Property Management Team

Most people know that a security deposit is required to rent a house or apartment. However, many don’t understand exactly what this payment is intended for and the rules regarding its use and storage. Here is everything property owners need to know about security deposits.

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Should Property Owners Require Residents to Have Renters Insurance?

October 21, 2020 / by Hignell Property Management Team

Everyone knows about property insurance, but there is another type of policy called renter’s insurance that is available through most carriers. Renters insurance is designed to protect the renter, however, it’s a concept every investment property owner should understand. Here's a look at this type of insurance policy and how it can benefit rental property owners.  

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Best Practices for Reopening Commercial Spaces

October 7, 2020 / by Hignell Property Management Team

As the coronavirus outbreak spread throughout the globe, public safety measures forced the slowing/closing of economic activity across the board. For the most part, business ground to a halt to stop the spread of COVID-19, with commercial and retail spaces practically abandoned overnight.

Months later, as state and local governments begin to deploy phased-reopening plans, business owners are now tasked with formulating their plans to ensure employees can return to work safely.

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5 Simple Ways to Increase Your Rental Property's Value

September 9, 2020 / by Hignell Property Management Team

It's not always possible to foresee what will happen in the future of real estate,  so the best thing a property owner can do right now is keep their property looking fresh and well-maintained. When care has been put into a home, it shows; this is what will attract prospective residents to a rental. If you are looking to up your game in the market, a little work will go a long way. There are many things that can be done to improve a home without breaking the bank. Not only will the rental look more attractive to those on the hunt, but it will also maximize the return on investment by increasing the property’s value.

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Can a Property Owner Evict Residents During the Covid-19 Pandemic?

August 31, 2020 / by Hignell Property Management Team

The economic impacts of COVID-19 are unprecedented. Property owners, investors and residents alike are facing challenges that no one could have seen coming. Due to the state’s closure and reopening plan, many residents still are unable to work, especially in industries such as restaurants or hospitality. Without receiving a monthly paycheck, and even if any kind of second stimulus package is released, many residents are only able to pay partial rent or are unable to pay their rent at all.

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How to Market Your Rental Property to Attract the Right Renters

August 12, 2020 / by Hignell Property Management Team

It stands to reason that you will want to market to reliable residents that are hopefully willing to live long term at the property.  A “for rent” sign is the simplest form of marketing that you can do for your rental property, but it's not always the most effective strategy. If you're looking for ways to market your rental property to a targeted group of people, then there are some strategies that you'll want to do.

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What Every First-Time Investment Property Owner Should Know

July 8, 2020 / by Hignell Property Management Team

Are you thinking of taking the plunge and dipping a toe into the real estate rental industry? Owning an investment property can be a very lucrative income stream whether it's your main source of revenue or a side project. But before you jump in feet first, consider how you plan to handle each aspect of the venture as a property owner.

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What Should Be Included in a Rental Agreement/Lease?

June 17, 2020 / by Hignell Property Management Team

Whether you are just dipping a toe into the world of rental property ownership or are a seasoned property owner, the one thing that can protect your interests is a solid lease/rental agreement. When drawn-up correctly, both you and your residents should be protected.

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Is Now a Good Time to Invest in Rental Property?

June 3, 2020 / by Hignell Property Management Team

With so much uncertainty in the world, you may be looking for a way to secure your savings for the future. Real estate is a tried and true method for building and protecting wealth. But with the economy in such a precarious position, you may be wondering if a rental property is a good investment at the moment.

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Qualities of an Ideal Renter

May 20, 2020 / by Hignell Property Management Team

Property managers understand that filling a rental vacancy with an ideal renter is often an arrangement worth its weight gold, one in which may even increase the potential value of a property. While every property manager or owner will likely have an ultimate objective of finding the ideal renter, the finite details of what defines an ideal renter may vary among professionals. However, there are a few commonalities most preferred renter’s possess. 

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Why It’s Important to Encourage Residents to Have Renter’s Insurance

May 6, 2020 / by Hignell Property Management Team

Renter’s insurance is an often-overlooked expense that can be vital to residents. Many renters, especially younger residents, may be unaware of what renter’s insurance is and how it can help them in an emergency. As a property owner, you should encourage your residents to have renter’s insurance by educating them on the subject so they know what it’s for and how it can help them. Here's a look at the benefits of renter’s insurance for both property owners and residents. 

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7 Questions to Ask During the Renter Screening Process

April 22, 2020 / by Hignell Property Management Team

When a vacancy arises in a rental property, professional property managers (or property owners who have chosen to go it alone) are tasked with the responsibility of replacing the lost resident –quickly, if they are to minimize the disruption to the investment property’s monthly cash flow.

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How to Discourage Transients & Loitering Near Your Investment Property

April 8, 2020 / by Hignell Property Management Team

Loitering is defined when an individual stands/sits/wanders idly around a property without any real purpose. From a technical, legal perspective, loitering laws vary by state (or most often by locality). Some jurisdictions authorize the police to disperse crowds that are deemed suspicious or dangerous.

Loitering is generally viewed as a subjective act because, in and of itself,  most loitering ordinances do not typically consider the act of loitering to rise to the level of a crime. This depends on the jurisdiction’s legislation. However, loitering is often associated with a variety of illegal actions.

Loitering is generally something that is viewed as unfavorable and may even potentially scare off new residents before these potential renters even have a chance to see the investment property's interior.

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Can a Renter Run a Business Out of My Investment Property?

March 25, 2020 / by Hignell Property Management Team

Property owners have a lot to deal with when it comes to residents renting their property. The desire of every property owner is to have that one family that causes no trouble and actually takes care of the property. But what happens when the resident decides that they are going to run a business out of the home? The property owner may feel that there's nothing that they can do, but the truth is that there are things that can be done to keep it from taking place.

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What Insurance Do I Need as a Rental Property Owner?

March 11, 2020 / by Hignell Property Management Team

Property insurance is designed to protect owners and their investment against anticipated business risks, which ultimately create financial losses. Rental property owners know that among the essential business safeguards available to their rental property business is purchasing the right insurance. If you plan to rent out a property to a resident for at least six-months, landlord insurance is highly recommended as it helps you rent the property with greater certainty and confidence.

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Best Practices for Screening Potential Residents

February 19, 2020 / by Hignell Property Management Team

Potential resident screening is an important part of finding the best residents for your properties. The screening process is essential to help you remove those individuals that could potentially cause you financial losses or property damage in the future. In order to help you with the screening process, here are several best practice methods that you'll want to adopt before having your first interview.

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How to Graciously Raise Your Residents' Rent

February 5, 2020 / by Hignell Property Management Team

Raising the rent is an often uncomfortable, yet important part of being a property owner. Most property values appreciate over time and you may be losing money if you don’t periodically adjust rent. But, increasing the rent doesn’t mean you have to gouge your renter. There is always a way to do it smoothly while still getting fair market value for your rental. Here are a few tips to help you raise your resident's rent graciously and avoid potential conflict.

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Benefits of Accepting Online Rent Payments

January 15, 2020 / by Hignell Property Management Team

As a property owner, you have enough on your plate without having to deal with collecting checks or cash from your resident on a monthly basis, logging rental payments in a ledger and depositing these funds into the bank. Accepting online rent payments is a viable option to streamlining this process. Collecting rent payments online saves you time, money and frustration in keeping tabs on incoming revenue from property rentals. Less stress and frustration can lead to a more positive relationship with your residents. Here are just a few of the many benefits you stand to gain from accepting online rent payments.

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Your Rental Property New Year Checklist

January 1, 2020 / by Hignell Property Management Team

The new year is upon us, and as such people are setting goals, getting gym memberships, and starting new diets.  Ah yes, the new year.  So much anticipation, so much hope, so much planning. In this blog I wanted to lay out a short checklist for you to go through in order to make sure you are doing well with your Chico or Redding rental property.  

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