Landlord’s Guide to Service and Companion Animals

Even if your rental property doesn’t allow pets, service animals are not considered pets, and therefore do not fall under any lease’s jurisdictions. But since service animals aren’t legally required to wear identification vests, upholding and enforcing accommodation laws can be a bit tricky. Here’s what you need to know when it comes to having […]

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Top Tips for Screening Potential Tenants

Even though you’re excited to rent out a freshly renovated apartment building or single-family residence, don’t let your enthusiasm cloud your vision. Even though you undoubtedly want to rent to the first bidders, it’s important to find the right people who will bolster positive tenant relations (and treat your property with respect!) Here are some real […]

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Winter weather tips: 4 ways to be prepared this season

Many homes sustain extensive damage during the harsh winter months. Your Raleigh rental property, however, doesn’t have to be one of them. Prepare for the worst and avoid costly repairs with the following winter real estate maintenance tips. Clean out the gutters Leaves and debris can block water and allow it to pool. Then, when […]

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UPDATER | A Service for our Residents

UPDATER, A TOOL TO MAKE MOVING EASIER When it comes to moving, the struggle, unfortunately, isn’t over once you’ve found your new home. Whether it’s changing your address, finding home service providers, or simply packing up your life into boxes, every step of the moving process is tedious, time-consuming, and downright stressful. To help simplify […]

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3 Quick Tips for Ensuring a Healthy Relationship Between Landlords and Tenants

Educating Tenants at Move-In to Avoid Unnecessary Work Orders Real estate is a significant investment that can potentially yield high profits. As a property owner, you need to educate yourself with the necessary information about your rental property, the housing market and the region in which you have your rental(s) in order to build a […]

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Property Managers Help You Determine When You Should Raise The Rent

It is not cheap to operate a rental property. The cost of operating a property goes up every year. Insurance rates, taxes and maintenance are some of the things that a rental property investor can expect to increase every year. Durham property managers often wonder whether they should raise the rent in order to cover […]

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3 Simple Ways to Avoid Subletting Headaches

It is easy for people to get a short-term lease in the digital age. However, there are a number of risks that are associated with subletting an apartment or house. Property damage, liability issues and stealing furniture are some of the many risks associated with subletting, which our team at Barker Realty works hard to […]

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Top 4 Reasons You’re Smart To Hire a Property Manager

Some real estate investors, particularly new ones, see hiring property managers or a property management company as an unnecessary expense. But, they can actually be a huge benefit to your income. Here are four important reasons to hire a property management company to oversee your rental property: 1. Set the Best Rent for Your Property […]

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5 Useful Tips for Screening Prospective Property Renters

As leading Cary property managers Barker Realty screens prospective tenants carefully to filter out any renters who might cause problems for our clients. Over the years, in no particular order, we have identified many ways to properly screen tenants before a lease agreement is signed as outlined below in five examples. 1. Review Credit History […]

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First & Next Steps After Purchasing a Tenant-Occupied Property

Many investment property managers want to know what they need to do if they purchase a tenant occupied property. The first steps that you take will determine your success as a property manager. Here are some items from Barker Realty to consider implementing to get you started and on the right track. Collect Previous Documents […]

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"Let each of you look not only to his own interests,

but also to the interests of others..."

Phil. 2:4