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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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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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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.

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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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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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REI2Day: Millennials, Flipping Houses, Mortgages and Multifamily Construction

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The Real Estate Investing Today “Weekly Roundup”

Millennials continue to make their mark on society.  Find out the top 5 ways they’re disrupting industries and then learn where the top 30 “hipster” zip codes are for profitable home flips.

While we’re talking about flipping, check out this week’s infographic featuring the 5 habits of highly profitable home flippers.

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Pros and Cons of Renting to College Students

Renting to college students

Renting to college students is a step you have to consider very carefully before actually taking it. Having a college town property may turn out to be a great investment if you find the perfect tenants for it. Otherwise, you may deeply regret that you haven’t purchased a house somewhere far away. Read below to find the biggest advantages and downsides of being a landlord to college students:

CONS:

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How to Choose the Right Vendors for your Property Management or Real Estate Investment Business.

How to choose a property management vendor

Whether you’re an independent real estate investor or a property manager overseeing the day to day operations of another apartment owner’s property, there are going to be situations where you need to hire a vendor to help you.  It starts with where to market your vacancies and continues on through the tenant screening process to leasing to property maintenance to evictions and apartment turns, back to marketing – and many things in between.

You’re only as good as the people who work for you, and quite often those people are not your employees, but the vendors you outsource to.  Therefore, it’s critical that you hire the right companies to assist you in your business.

Identify Your Needs

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6 Tips For Preparing Your Home Or Investment Property To Sell For Top Dollar

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Invest in a Great Real Estate Broker.

A great real estate broker is paramount to getting the most value out of selling your home or rental property.  It is important to find an agent who you can trust and that has experience selling property in the neighborhood and market segment where your property resides.  Look for someone who is detailed and honest with you about what the selling points of your property should be, and where the areas of concern and improvement come in to play.  Yes, brokers cost money, but a great broker will more than cover their fees by delivering top quality service and fetching top dollar for your property.

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How Smart Use of Data Reporting Helps Communities Profit

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The Rental Housing industry uses data at the beginning and end of the resident lifecycle though not typically throughout the entire term of the lease. With the majority of attention paid to data before the lease is even signed, professionally managed property companies employ standardized screening for all applicants to ensure they are meeting Fair Housing requirements while also attempting to reduce the risk of moving in problematic residents who may have a criminal, bad credit or poor rental history. Data also comes into play at the end of a lease when many companies evaluate resident payment performance in hopes of seeing timely rent delivery before offering renewal terms. Though not a common practice, some companies even incur the expense of an updated screening report to add to their data review in determining renewal terms.

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