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The Rental Housing Journal blog features thought provoking information and opinions on the multifamily property management and real estate investing industries. RHJ staff editorial, multifamily executives, top real estate investors, and real world industry subject matter experts share best practices, trends and news about investing in real estate, managing apartments, being a Do-It-Yourself landlord, multifamily technology, apartment marketing, Fair Housing and landlord - tenant law, flipping houses, advancing your career in property management, how to market and sell to property managers and real estate investors, new products and services for property managers, financing investment properties, where to find good tenants, how to hire great property management employees, how to choose vendors, best practices in property maintenance and much more.

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RHJ Multifamily Magazine

Welcome to RHJ Multifamily magazine.  

Over the last year Rental Housing Journal has seen an enormous amount of growth in reach.  We have expanded beyond our regional journals for property managers and apartment owners with our publishing partnership with National Real Estate Investors Association and the launch of the quarterly national publication, Real Estate Journal, and annual Real Estate: Opportunities in Investing (ROI) publications. Additionally, we’ve added featured departments online: RHJinvestor.com and RHJblog.com.

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Apr
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Crowdfunding and Peer2Peer Lending For Real Estate Investors: The Disruptors we want!

Crowdfunding and Peer2Peer Lending For Real Estate Investors

If real estate investors weren’t choosing crowdfunding and Peer-2-Peer lending over the alternatives of Wall Street and Big Banks this article would end right here.  But it doesn’t.  Crowdfunding and Peer2Peer lending are the future of the independent real estate industry for one very simple reason that Wall Street and Big Banks cannot fathom.  It’s what people want.

Here’s a quaint idea that I believed as a freshly minted college graduate, and that some companies like Google or Uber deliver on a massive scale.  The customer is King. Another way of looking at it is if people are flocking to the competition, then that means they don’t like what you have to offer in comparison to your offering.  Beyond obvious, yes?

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05
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Chasing Economic Trends in Multifamily Can Be a Downfall

Chasing Economic Trends in Multifamily

We borrow and build when cash is cheap and times are robust, and deal with the consequences when things take a turn for the worse. The result can be an oversupply of inventory when the economy takes a turn and demand for new units goes south. Concessions are often viewed as the remedies that bind renter demand and market supply with competitive pricing, but at what cost to overall market health? 

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Effectively Connecting with Your Millennial Tenants

Connecting with Your Millennial Tenants

Now that you are aware of what millennials are looking for in a rental property, let’s talk about effectively connecting with your millennial tenants.

When getting into the resources you can utilize to connect with millennials, it is really rather easy and simple!  It’s a pretty safe bet to say that almost all of us, not just millennials, are glued to their phone, laptop or tablet and almost always have some sort of connection to the internet. According to Deloitte’s 2015 global mobile consumer survey, on average people check their phones 46 times a day. That’s 46 opportunities to connect with your current and potential tenants.

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5 Reasons Why A Multifamily Property Management Career is Awesome!

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Most everyone I know has a similar story of how they got into a multifamily property management career.  Either they were recruited into a multifamily property management career after their primary job plans fell through, or they had a friend of a friend that already worked in the industry and they wanted to try it out. My question is, how do we turn this from a fallback option to the option that people choose fresh from high school?

5 reasons to pursue a multifamily property management career

After having worked in staffing for multifamily and onsite for multiple years, I have begun to come up with a list of all the amazing things that you can expect when working for the industry that I so strongly believe in.

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REI2Day: Raising Rents & Values, Senior & Student Living, Becoming a Landlord, REIFACON & More

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Should Retirees Rent or Own?

As more and more baby-boomers are nearing retirement evidence is showing that many are selling their homes and looking at downsizing options.   This week the WSJ reported that to be the case.  In fact they also said that unlocking home equity can make a big difference when it comes to planning for retirement.  Click here to read more.

 

US Home Prices up 5.4% Year-Over-Year

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29
Mar
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What Millennials are Looking for in Rental Properties

What Millennials are Looking for in Rental Properties

Millennials.

We are the young 20 somethings all the way through to the very early 30 somethings. We are the tech-savvy, young urban professionals stricken with wanderlust and independence.

It’s been a noticeable trend that a lot of millennials are choosing to live with their parents for much longer than past generations have, but we can’t bum off mom and dad forever.  But, we may come home to raid the fridge from time to time.

There are 83.1 million of millennials out there in the US, and the majority of us are opting to rent than to buy.

 

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Delaware Statutory Trusts: An Innovative 1031 Exchange Strategy

Delaware Statutory Trust 1031 Exchange

Delaware Statutory Trusts: An Innovative 1031 Exchange Strategy

By Robert Smith and Robert Straton

For many years, owners of investment real estate assets have successfully used Section 1031 of the IRS code to exchange their property for “like-kind” property to defer the payment of capital gains taxes due on the sale of their original property. Most of these investors have traditionally identified and purchased up to three replacement properties in their exchange with the belief that this was their only option.

Fri
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Mar
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REI2Day: Inventory & Mortgage Delinquency Down, Investors Battle First Time Home Buyers & More

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Nationwide Home Listings Up, Inventory Down

According to data released by RedFin, new home listings across the nation are up 11.9%, year over year, representing the fastest rate of growth since 2013.  Meanwhile overall housing inventory fell 3.7%, year over year, to around 500k homes....However that number is a 4% increase over January.  The national median home sale price saw an increase of  4.8%., year over year.  Click here to read more.

Economist Says Investors Competing With Entry-Level Buyers

Commenting on a recent report about disappointing home sales, the Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors, Lawrence Yun, said "the main issue continues to be a supply and affordability problem. Finding the right property at an affordable price is burdening many potential buyers."

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14
Mar
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How to Increase Your Rental Property Cash Flow

51 Ways To Increase Your Rental Property Cash Flow

How to Increase Your Rental Property Cash Flow

Nobody buys a property so that they can take a loss, the goal is always to make a strong return on your investment. But sometimes real estate investors don't take full advantage of their property.

Maybe you bought in the right neighborhood, bought the right type of property for your city, and you placed a tenant quick. If so, congratulations, you've done better than most investors. But what if you could make more money every single month. What if you could make an additional 5, 20, or even 1,000 dollars month after month? Wouldn't you do it?

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