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5 Traits of a Great Property Management Company

As a property owner, you may be constantly looking to cut costs, even with wanting to hire property managers who charge low rates. However, not all property management service providers live up to their name and sometimes, unfortunately, you get what you pay for. Therefore, take your time in this decision making process to find […]

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Over-Communicate for Long-Term Tenant Retention

Tenants are the heart of the property and if property managers and rental property investors do not have them this affects their investment. The property/properties become less desirable and they aren’t generating income. Property investors often have one question in mind, “How do you keep the properties filled in order to maximize revenue?”. One major […]

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How to Avoid Dangers from Rental Property Fireplaces!

Many tenants use fireplaces during the winter months, which is why it is important for tenants to know how to safely use a fireplace, from gas to wood burning to everything in between. Properly using a fireplace will prevent smoke damage, fires and a homeowner nightmare. Not to mention investors potentially losing their entire investment […]

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6 Key Traits of Being a Great Property Manager

We find many people are investing in the real estate sector today, especially in thriving markets like the Cary-Durham region of North Carolina. It is a lucrative industry that can have high returns. Just like any other investment needing full attention by professionals who are dedicated to your best interests, real estate requires proper management. […]

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What Is Normal “Wear and Tear” in a Rental Property?

New rental property managers or someone who’s just started with a new property management company may wonder what constitutes normal wear and tear on a rental property compared to what constitutes damage to a rental property. Normal wear and tear can be vaguely defined as the depreciation that occurs through normal daily living in the […]

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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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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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Quick Cash Flow Tips For Small Rental Property Owners

It is important for rental property owners to know and understand how to manage cash flow. Cash flow is an important item in your budget that allows you to project income over the year. As an investment property owner you may find out your profit is 8% after expenses when it should be, say 10%. […]

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Careful Property Rental Application Consideration & Why It’s An Important Process for Real Estate Investors

Property Rental Applications: What You Should Include and Why It Needs To Be Top Priority When real estate investors put their time and money into a rental property, the last thing you want is for that property to be rented to someone who won’t pay their rent or destroys the property. That’s why hiring professional […]

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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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but also to the interests of others..."

Phil. 2:4