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5 Things to Know About Online Real Estate Investing

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By Tracy Elsen

Just a few years ago, investing in real estate usually meant either buying a physical property or buying shares in a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). That has all changed with the creation of online real estate investing and crowdfunding options. These technology-enabled online platforms allow investors to access a wide variety of deals that require minimal management when compared to traditional investment properties.

If you’re considering trying out any of these options, there are few things to think about before getting started:


3 Things Possum Has Done To Local Apartment Search

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Possum Is About Local Search Rankings In Google

By Jake Meador


Last month Google rolled out an update that affects how they rank local businesses for users looking for local goods and services.

The update is being called “Possum” by search marketers.

Briefly, Possum seems to have done three main things:

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San Francisco Rent War Means SEO Is Key To Big Money Renters

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Search engine optimization can improve an apartment community's website visibility with potential renters when they search online.

By Matt Easton

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Portfolio managers who love revenue and rent increases are using Google search to win the war for the most profitable renters.

Let’s take the Bay Area for example, easily one of the hottest markets in the United States.

In 2015, San Francisco experienced double-digit increases in apartment rents with occupancy rates unaffected by skyrocketing increases. This year has been a bit of a different story. Although rent increases are still at a more than acceptable 3.7% for most of the Bay Area. It’s a far cry from the boom of 2015.

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4 Reasons Building New Homes For Rent Could Work

New homes to rent in Lennar community Frontera in Nevada

Building new homes for rent is going on in several selected locations around the county. In fact some communities of new homes for rent are starting to look more like an apartment complex based on a multifamily model but with single-family homes. How well this is going to work for the real estate investor depends on a number of factors, John Burns, CEO of Real Estate Consulting, writes. He cautions that build-to-rent could work in some areas but not everywhere.

By John Triplett

Rental Housing Journal

Building single-family rental home neighborhoods seems like a great idea, until you run the math, John Burns writes in a recent report.

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Should You Sell Your Rental Property Or Continue Renting It?

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Whether to sell your rental property or keep leasing it to tenants was covered by Zillow chief economist Skylar Olsen this week in a conference call with more than 1,000 attendees. The question was asked by some landlords on the call.

Many of those on the call have used Zillow's rental manager to post their listings for rentals when they need new tenants.

By John Triplett

Rental Housing Journal

What factors should landlords weigh when trying to decide whether to sell a rental property or keep it?

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Real Estate Investors Continue Flipping Frenzy

Flipping frenzy continues among real estate investors, especially

Almost 40,000 individual real estate investors and institutions continued flipping homes at a record pace in the second quarter, according to a new report from ATTOM Data Solutions, the parent company of RealtyTrac.com.

The report shows 51,434 U.S. single-family home and condo sales were completed flips in the second quarter of 2016, up 14 percent from the previous quarter to the highest number of home flips in the past nine years.


Many of the flips were done by "mom and pop" investors.

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30 property management questions you need to ask

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If you are an apartment owner involved in property management, a property manager yourself or a real estate investor, there are questions to ask about how the property is managed from different viewpoints.

Here is a look at 30 questions that touch on the issues no matter what your job, or job title, with your rental property based on blogger Larry Arth's 30 years in real estate investing.


By Larry Arth

Larry Arth on property management and 30 questions you need to ask

I have had my share of property management issues, so speaking from a position of strength, allow me to share some diligence that I have uncovered over the years on asking and interviewing property managers.

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10 Ways To Be A Great Landlord

10 Ways To Be A Great Landlord

It is upsetting when we get tenant complaints as a landlord.

It is hard work renting apartments or homes to tenants and it takes people skilsl and management skills. Many times our goal as a landlord is to simply avoid tenant complaints. But there are principles, if properly used, that can reduce or eliminate tenant complaints. Do you know what it takes to be a great landlord?

By Richard Montgomery

Reader’s Question – What makes a great landlord?

Question: Monty, My husband and I own about 75 units in 25 plus buildings.

He has a good day job and I manage the apartments. We have been expanding slowly for over 20 years. This is not easy work. Over the years we have had tenants occasionally complain about different things but we always shrug it off as sour grapes or “they don’t get it.”

Yesterday we got a complaint letter that several tenants signed, which is upsetting. What makes a good landlord? 


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