RHJ Investor

RHJ Investor is the department of Rental Housing Journal that speaks specifically to the interests and needs of real estate investors and apartment owners. Whether you're part or a REIT (real estate investment trust) , independently own large apartment communities, are a small landlord with 1 or 2 rental homes or choose to fix and flip, RHJ Investor is a great source for information. This site features how-tos and best practices for buying and selling property, real estate taxes, choosing property management and maintenance vendors, 1031 excahnges & TICs, apartment financing, budgeting and much more.

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Fri
20
Sep
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Dupre & Scott Video Report: WHAT’S DRIVING PRICES HIGHER? PART 1

In spite of a setback during the recession, apartment prices in our region have more than doubled since 2000. What caused prices to climb from less than $70,000 a unit in 2000 to more than $140,000 a unit so far this year? Investors should be willing to pay more for properties as revenue climbs, so rents clearly pay a pivotal role. But do rent changes in the past dozen years explain all of the price increase? Let's take a look.

Fri
06
Sep
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Business Income Insurance: Protecting Assets and People

Natural disasters and freak accidents happen. If your units or business are rendered inoperable by direct loss to property, your income may halt but the expenses don’t.

Are your clients prepared?
If they are anything like the majority (55 percent) of the small-business owners recently surveyed by the IIABA, they do not have business income insurance and even more (63 percent) say they are unfamiliar with the coverage.

Similar to an individual with disability insurance who is made whole if injured and unable to work, businesses can take advantage of this principle. Business income insurance is designed to replace a businesses’ income equal to what would otherwise have been earned had no loss taken place.

Fri
06
Sep
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Dupre & Scott Video Report: APARTMENT SALES ACTIVITY

APARTMENT SALES ACTIVITY Investors continually look at market trends to help decide the answer to that age old question, “Is the glass half empty or half full?” But is that really the right question to ask? We don’t think so. Here’s why.

Fri
06
Sep
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Dupre & Scott Video Report: BEWARE THE SKEW OF THE NEW

More new apartments will begin lease-up in our region this year than we have seen since 1991. That will have an impact on trends investors watch, like rent and price trends. And it means they will need to make some adjustments or risk being misled by these trends.

Tue
27
Aug
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Checklist for Buying a Rental Property

Congratulations on your decision to purchase a rental property. Now comes the hard part: finding the perfect property that will generate sufficient income, while requiring a minimum of upkeep and maintenance.

One way to find the right property is to have a due diligence list. Such a list should keep you on track when shopping for a property, reminding you what to look for — and what to stay away from.

Tue
27
Aug
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Four Things To Consider When Hiring A Property Management Company

Owning and managing an apartment or other type of income property can be a fulltime job. Some independent rental owners choose to make managing their properties their careers while others choose to keep the day to day operation of their investments at an arms length and elect to hire a property a management company. Below are four things any apartment owner or real estate investor should consider when hiring a manager. MARKET KNOWLEDGE -- Any property management company worthy of trusting your apartment or rental home investment with will have a strong knowledge of your local rental housing market. Do not mistake market knowledge with longevity of doing business in a given market, as they are not necessarily the same thing. A few things to look for are: Does the property manager regularly shop and price rents and amenities of competitor properties in the area? A quality property management company will know what sells and at what price in your area.

Tue
27
Aug
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Dupre & Scott Video Report: Who’s Eating Your Pie and Why?

Apartment expenses seem to go up every year. At least investors take that for a given. And history proves them right. Expenses have doubled in the past 20 years in spite of investor efforts to control costs. Let's take a look at what has happened to expenses and what impact they have on bottom-line performance.

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