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Real Estate Agent VS. Apartment Leasing

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 Have you ever gone to view an apartment or a home? What was the experience like when the leasing agent showed you the home? Now, most Real Estate Agents are pretty good, although their are a few out there that could use some work. But I think they have more of an incentive to work harder, as they get a large commission if the house is sold.

Commercial Real Estate Investing

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Investing money in land or property has become very popular to beat uncertain economic conditions. It increases economic growth as it adds to the countrys GDP. It can be sold in the future at suitable time to earn revenue. Not only for economic welfare but also for personal or commercial reasons, it is banked upon by many people. Out of many property ventures, commercial real estate is a profitable one indulged by those investors who specialize in property business. Its market has risen compared to other housing business. Modern strategies can be exploited with innovative ideas and sustainable initiatives for expansion of the property business. However, the prime requisite for opting for a commercial property is the type of the busines

 

ADVANTAGE OF PROPERTY MANAGEMENT FEES

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Property management fees are charged by experts who are trained in managing residential and commercial properties. Investing in property is a popular choice as it gives good returns.


There is great demand for rented property today. Many people prefer to stay in apartments as the costs involved are lesser than those in buying a house. What more, the maintenance charges are also less as most of

Proper Maintenance Of Property Is Important

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A lot of people like rented apartments as the capital for buying a house are not required.  Also maintenance costs for an apartment are less as most repair work is done by the landlord. Also shop spaces are in great demand as there are many businessmen who do not have adequate spaces to store their items. Instead they opt for self storage in which a place is hired on rent for storing their extra items.

Advantages Of Homeowner Association Management

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  Homeowner association management involves management of a large number of households. An association of home owners is usually an elected body headed by a board of directors or any other board who actually looks after the job of management on behalf of all the members. But these people are no professional managers of properties. So they are not always competent enough to look after all the details that go into a successful management of an association.

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If you’ve ever considered investing in a few rental properties in Philadelphia or Bucks County, PA now might be a good time. Prices are still low in Philadelphia, but have been on the upswing. According to the National Association of Realtors, the median price of an existing home in a US metropolitan area grew 13.7% between July 2012 and July 2013, the latest in a 17-month streak of year-over-year price increases. 

New landlords can choose from properties that are likely to appreciate and a large pool of potential renters.Licensed realtor Pat Mueller cites a few reasons for this trend: “Many families have lost their homes to foreclosure and are entering the rentals market for the first time in years. Mortgages are also harder to get now, so fewer people are qualifying for a new one.”The more skills you bring to the table to get into Houses for Rent in Philadelphia Philadelphia or Bucks County, PA and the more time you have to devote to your properties, the faster you can make a return on your investment. 

But investing in rentals can also be disastrous (or too stressful to be worthwhile) without expertise. Here are three professionals you may consult about your new rental properties, and what you can do to mitigate how much they cost you:Handyman:  You may need to hire a specialist for some work on your rental. If you need new outlets or new pipes, for example, hire an electrician, plumber or licensed contractor. Handymen usually tackle smaller, more manageable tasks, like:

  • Painting and paint removal
  • Drywall repair
  • Minor appliance repairs (fixing a leaky toilet or faucet, among others)
  • Installing tiling or flooring, moldings, windows, doors
  • Refinishing decks, cabinets and other wood items

When You Could Skip It: You could do any (or all) of these projects yourself if you have the time and interest in learning. Of course, this only works if you live relatively close to your rentals and are flexible enough to service them on short notice. And if you’re willing to respond to the occasional 5 AM basement flooding.

Average Savings: Any base rates or costs-per-hour vary from location to location in Philadelphia or Bucks County, PA , but nationally, you can expect to spend an average of $60 to $85 per hour for repair costs. It general costs less to hire an individual handyman than a handyman employed by a company. Expect an additional charge if your job requires a trip to the store for materials.

Resident Property Manager As the owner of a handful of rental properties, you may be able to manage them yourself, but if you want help, a single resident manager would probably be more cost efficient than a property management company. Resident managers may:

  • Serve as a handyman
  • Advertise vacancies in your units
  • Show apartments to prospective tenants
  • Review rental applications
  • Collect rents

When You Could Skip It: Again, the closer you live to your properties and the more spare time you have, the less likely you are to need a manager. The obligations of being a boss will also cut into the time you save on maintenance.

Average Savings: The national median wage for residential managers is just over $25 per hour. Research the wages in your community and adjust according to how much responsibility your manager will take on. 

Real Estate Agent: Once you’ve gotten your financials in order and done your own research on the neighborhood(s) you’re considering, you might contact a realtor to show you potential properties. You can also arrange for a realtor in Philadelphia or Bucks County, PA to show rentals once they’re ready to rent.

When You Could Skip It: It depends. Even if you’re a local, or have thoroughly researched the neighborhood(s) you’re considering, a realtor is a great resource for a first-time rental buyer. Realtors have access to data and statistics not necessarily available to the general public and first-time buyers may not know all the right questions to ask. Using a realtor to fill your Houses for Rent vacancies is less of a no-brainer, depending on your other time commitments or whether you plan to hire a resident manager who could do the same thing.

Average Savings: As a buyer of rental properties, as when buying your own home, sellers typically pay most, if not all, of the buyer’s realtor fees. In this case, Mueller points out there’s little reason not to work with a realtor. For help in filling your units in Philadelphia or Bucks County, PA, the services of a realtor would set you back between 10-20% of the unit’s rent per month.  Mueller recommends interviewing with several brokers before making your final decision to invest into Houses for Rent .

The Bottom Line: As a new landlord, you can’t necessarily control the flexibility of your schedule or the amount (and cost) of unexpected repairs to your properties. Rentals are a long-term investment. However, to maximize profits from your Houses for Rent, new rentals, you can buy close to home and start small. It is best to begin with just one or two properties. This will allow you to maximize the time you spend on your properties’ needs, and minimize the amount you’ll have to pay anyone else.

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