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Property Management Blog

Hiring a Property Manager? Important Things to Consider Before Hiring Them

As a rental property owner, few decisions are as important as hiring the right property manager to oversee your rental. A good property manager will manage everything from day-to-day maintenance to collecting rent, screening tenants, paying taxes, and everything else in between. Given the breadth of services, a property manager should provide, determining the best...
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Can You Require Renters to Carry Rental Insurance?

Carrying homeowners insurance on your primary residence typically covers the structure, the property’s contents, and liability. But having owner’s insurance on a rental property is slightly different. An owner’s insurance policy on a rental property also covers structural damage and provides liability coverage but does not typically insure the property’s contents. After all, when you...
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Understanding Fair Housing Laws – What Landlords Need to Know

When the U.S. Congress passed the Fair Housing Act in 1968, it protected individuals and families from discriminatory or deceptive practices by those renting or selling residential properties. An amendment in 1988 further defined protected classes covered by the law, including race, religion, sex, disability, and family status. While the legislation is well-intended, it can...
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Rental Property Trends in San Jose and Santa Clara County

Rising mortgage interest rates throughout 2022, combined with some economic uncertainty, helped finally cool the blazing-hot residential housing markets nationwide. Even in a seller’s market such as San Jose, home sales prices flattened at least a bit. What didn’t cool off were the rental markets in most areas of San Jose and Santa Clara County....
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How Should a Property Manager Handle Tenant and Owner Funds?

Investing in a rental property can be a great way to generate consistent recurring income, but it’s not an entirely passive investment. Any rental property requires management. When you think about managing a rental property, you might think about maintaining the property and handling tenant relationships. But there’s also the matter of finances and bookkeeping....
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