Entries by Michael Hurley

Top 5 Apps for Property Managers

Did you know that 34% of the houses in the US are occupied by renters? And that vacancy rates are very low — about 7%? It’s a good time to be a property manager. Although the market is ripe for those in the business, the higher amount of renters means a much higher workload. Being highly organized has always been a hallmark of great property managers – but now it’s a necessity. To help you […]

Are Smart Home Devices Worth the Investment?

Smart home devices are the future of household automation. The Internet of Things – as people have been calling it – is a massive industry that analysts predict will reach nearly 30 billion household units by 2020. The future is in home automation, but is it worth investing in these devices now? We would argue that you should. Saving Time One of the main reasons people invest in smart home technology is because it makes […]

Top 5 States Without Property Tax

Real estate taxes can be a major strain on households all across the country. Although there are no states without property tax at all, you can get pretty close. Living in a state that only takes a small percentage of your home’s value as taxes can save you money on a yearly basis. So what states should you consider if you’re looking to save some money on your property taxes? Keep reading to find out. […]

How to Do Your First Tenant Screening

Tenant screening protects your property and your investment, and it all starts with a simple application. An application can tell you everything you need to know about a potential tenant. You can use your application to learn whether the tenant will be able to pay rent and utilities, if they have a steady job, or what kind of family they have (with or without pets). If you want to run a background or credit check […]

When is the Right Time to Hire an Agent?

If you’re buying or selling a home, do you really need to hire an agent? Can’t you save yourself the money and take care of this all by yourself? Not really, no. This is one of those ideas that sound good in your head but play out completely differently in real life. Let’s take a look at when you would need an agent. Hire An Agent When You’re Buying a Home You have access to […]