3 Lines of Defense Against Rental Property Damage

Posted by Chris Clothier on Mon, Oct 23, 2017

As real estate investors, we all want our properties to stay in tip-top condition. After all, a rental property in good condition means it shows better, retains and accumulates better value, and better satisfies our residents. When we’re not actively working to improve the condition of our investment properties, we certainly don’t want them to be damaged.

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Topics: property management, protecting your assets

Top 5 Ways Investors Can Support Their Property Management Team

Posted by Chris Clothier on Fri, Aug 4, 2017

Property owners who started off landlording know just how tough the job can be. You know that property management is a whole different game, and you understand that having a good team supporting and maintaining your properties is just about the best asset you can have in this business.

But just having a property management team isn’t really good enough. Some real estate investors might be content to hire the first property management company that comes along, but you might want to dig a little deeper than that!

Investors who are lucky enough to work with Memphis Invest have heard us say over and over again that being passive about your passive investments is a sure-fire way to fall to frustration.  YOU must be an engaged investor!  There are a few minimal actions you can follow that will greatly improve your experience and reduce your levels of frustration as an out of state investor.  

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Topics: property management

Do You Know the Most Valuable Asset for Real Estate Investors?

Posted by Chris Clothier on Fri, Dec 2, 2016

When you think about your real estate investment career, what’s the one thing you think you couldn’t live without? Think hard.

Is it your capital? Your connections? Your credit score? Real estate investment comes in so many different flavors that’s it’s hard to say what the number one most important part of it is. What someone could manage without you might not be able to. But for turnkey real estate investors who rely on a more hands-off real estate investment model, what you couldn’t survive without is pretty clear cut.

It’s a reliable property management team, plain as day.

Even real estate investors who aren’t turnkey...they just aren’t landlords...would probably contest that they couldn’t do it without the help of their property managers. After all, someone has to be there, hands-on, taking care of all of the day-to-day, nitty-gritty details.

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Topics: property management

9 Steps to Boosting Resident Retention & Positive Cash Flow

Posted by Chris Clothier on Fri, Jul 1, 2016

Residents are the bread and butter of real estate investment. Because they are the source of our cash flow, it’s critical that we place value in tenant retention. In a market where tenants are abundant, it may be tempting to think that your tenants are dispensable and replaceable: but don’t be fooled.

Memphis Invest has built its' reputation among real estate investors with incredibe customer service.  But that customer service reaches far beyond just the investor.  Over the years, we have learned and developed our own way of treating tenants and built an equally good reputation within the rental and property management communities.

Premier Property Management of Memphis and PPMG of Texas are each routinely out-performing local data with shorter vacancy periods, longer occupancy periods, higher rental rates and fewer delinquincies and eventual evictions.  Our tenants have become a cornerstone of our companies' success.  Treating them firmly yet fairly has become the mantra of our team.

Yes, you can get another tenant. You can probably fill a vacancy pretty quickly.

But a good tenant is worth keeping, and turnover of any kind is costly!

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Topics: property management, tenant turnover

5 Benefits of Leaving Your Properties to A+ Property Management

Posted by Chris Clothier on Wed, Apr 27, 2016

New investors are usually concerned with keeping costs down. They want to see their profit margins go up and really...who can blame them? They got into real estate investment with hopes of making some money on the side, and the best strategy seems like it’s to spring for cheaper properties and keep costs low. Maybe they even decide they can landlord it themselves.

After all, do they even really need a property manager? What’s so hard about it?

And then, a few months in, they realize they’re losing their mind trying to do it all, nothing’s going like they wanted it to, and they aren’t even seeing the profits they want (or need), and it sure as heck isn’t passive income. What happened?

For starters, there’s an old adage that seems to always hold true for real estate, even if investors don’t always see it at first.

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Topics: property management

The TRUE Value of Great Property Management

Posted by Chris Clothier on Wed, Apr 20, 2016

Let's talk about a topic that most real estate investors really hate to talk about, think about and sure don't want spend too much time reading about.  Rental property management!

This topic is about as polarizing as politics for real estate investors because so many have specific thoughts and beliefs.  And to be sure, property management is a tough business. Unfortunately, there is a ton of mis-information, innuendo and just plain false stories about the property management business.  

For investors who have taken on landlord responsibilities, you know just how demanding it can be. But most real estate investors never deal with the nitty gritty details of property management, even if they understand what goes into it. 

Unfortunately, that theoretical understanding of the gargantuan task of property management means that too many investors are willing to overlook quality to save on costs.

We understand—really. After all, you’re in this business to make money, and if you’re spending a ton on property management, it means fewer dollars in your retirement accounts when rent is due. Right?

Not so fast.

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Topics: property management

4 Tips to Keeping Pests Out of Your Rental Properties

Posted by Chris Clothier on Thu, Jun 11, 2015

While no season is guaranteed to be free of pests, we sure seem to notice them more in warmer months. All manners of creepy-crawlies show up to the horror of many.  When they show up at rental properties...they can cause financial horrors too.

Between bugs and warm-blooded pests (namely mice), unwanted intruders in a home can not only cause damage to your investment properties, but cause great discontent in the hearts and minds and their residents.

Handling pest control on your investment properties is important. Neglecting to do so is bad for your reputation and your properties — after all, no one wants to share their space with unwanted vermin.

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Topics: property management, pest control

Real Estate Investors & the Trend of Mobile Payments

Posted by Chris Clothier on Fri, May 22, 2015

Real estate investors and property managers are all familiar with the frustration of tenants who never seem to pay their rent on time, which can throw your positive cash flow out-of-whack. Even when tenants pay the rent in full over the course of a month (making payments each week), the use of technology like mobile and online payments can add a sense of security for an owner.  Knowing that it is easy for your tenants to pay can reduce the stress of having to stay on top of those payments through the month.

With modern technology, it just doesn’t make sense for owners not to take advantage of the growing online and mobile payment avenue.

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Topics: property management

[VIDEO Included] 3 Strategies For Preventing Maintenance Disasters!

Posted by Chris Clothier on Thu, Feb 19, 2015

Rental Property Maintenance

No one likes to do it and no one likes to pay for it. As real estate investors, staying on top of property maintenance is a key way to keep your tenants content and build a reputation as an investor who cares for their business. Even when you have property management handling the nitty-gritty details and hands-on aspects of property maintenance, that doesn’t mean investors can ignore maintenance and simply rely on that management company.

Smart real estate investors stay in front of property maintenance by accepting it as a capital expenditure (capex) that is going to always be there.  Maintenance is what prevents major issues and when issues arise, whether you landlord yourself or use a management company, time and action are vitally important.  The longer we wait as real estate investors to address maintenance issues, the bigger the problems become and the bigger bite they take out of our check books.

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Topics: property management, property maintenance

What Your Tenants Want In Your Rental Property

Posted by Chris Clothier on Tue, Feb 10, 2015

This is the first of a few articles I am writing dealing with the topic of tenants.  It is my hope that I can help investors get a better understanding of exactly who the tenant is that is renting their properties.  I figured the easiest place to start was defining exactly what tenants are looking for today.

At the same time, many of the investors that work with Memphis Invest and Premier Property Management are reviewing statements from 2014 and deciding what to add for 2015.  With three cities and varying price points available for portfolios, there is a lot to choose from, but more importantly...there is a lot for renters to choose from.  Here are the top factors for tenants that you need to consider.

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Topics: property management