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Tenant Screening – How to Verify Income

Ben Ginther - Wednesday, March 28, 2018

In a previous post, we talked about tenant screening practices, and how to best set yourself up for success when processing a prospective tenant’s application. Part of that process is income verification. Every landlord wants to get the rent check in the mail each month, so verifying that the tenant has sufficient, and verifiable, income is important.   Read More

Move-in Inspections

Ben Ginther - Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” While I don’t know if he owned rental property, this axiom rings true for just about every part of being a landlord. It is certainly no exception when talking about a move-in inspection.   Read More

Landlord Protection: The Security Deposit

Web Admin - Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Managing rental property comes with risk. As landlords and property managers, it is our job to minimize that risk. One easy way to do this is to require that tenants provide a security deposit. Seasoned landlords know the importance of a security deposit, and have possibly even been burned in the past by failing to require one.  Read More

Cleaning a Rental Home Between Tenants

Ben Ginther - Tuesday, January 02, 2018

When a tenant has vacated a property, there are many things to consider before filling that vacancy with a new tenant. One of the final tasks to complete, is also one of the most important: cleaning. It sounds simple, but cleaning is a “must.” In addition to doing the right thing, and giving the new tenant a fresh start in their new home, it is also very important during the marketing of the home. And as we have discussed in the past, starting off on the right foot leads to a happier, and often lengthier, tenancy. In a strong rental market, turning off prospective tenants due to a dirty unit is something an owner can’t afford.  Read More

Temple, GA Ranks Among Best Zip Codes for Buying Single Family Rentals

Ben Ginther - Wednesday, November 29, 2017

In a recently published study, ATTOM Data Solutions compiled the “25 Best Zips for Buying Single Family Rentals.” And, there is one West Georgia city making that list – a list that spans the entire United States. That zip code is 30179, better known as Temple, Georgia.  Read More

Tips for Improving Tenant Retention

Ben Ginther - Friday, October 13, 2017

As discussed in the previous blog, “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” The Reasons Tenants Leave, tenants will choose to vacate their rental home at some point. The question to ask yourself as the property owner and landlord is: Is there anything I can do to prevent a good tenant from leaving? The answer in some cases, is yes. While there are circumstances when a vacancy can not be avoided, there are other instances in which a vacancy can certainly be prevented.   Read More

"Should I Stay or Should I Go?" The Reasons Tenants Leave

Ben Ginther - Friday, August 25, 2017

When you own rental property, turnover is inevitable. As the blog title (made famous by The Clash) suggests, most tenants are faced with this decision on a yearly basis. With bad tenants, turnover can be a good thing; it allows for the opportunity to fill a vacancy with a better tenant. However, even good tenants will likely choose to leave at some point. Vacancy, by both good or bad tenants, has a cost. There are costs in making necessary repairs, vacancy loss, marketing, screening new prospective tenants, and of course, the cost of the owner’s time spent on these things during that vacancy.  In this first part of a two-part blog, we will look at the main reasons tenants choose to leave. Part two will present ways to improve tenant retention.  Read More

Carrollton, GA Receives More Accolades: Small Towns You Need to Visit

Ben Ginther - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The city of Carrollton has been in the spotlight recently through various media outlets, highlighting several draws to the town located about 45 minutes west of Atlanta. Most recently, Curbed Atlanta author Josh Green listed Carrollton as one of the top “10 Small Towns Near Atlanta You Need to Visit Soon.” Once again focusing on the completion of the 18-mile long Green Belt, he also mentions the downtown scene. Carrollton’s square offers plenty of local food, fun, and events throughout the year at the amphitheater, known as “The Amp.”  Read More

City of Carrollton “Buzzing With Lots of Superlatives.”

Ben Ginther - Tuesday, May 23, 2017

In a previous blog, we gave statistics showing that Carroll County is a sweet spot for investors, with rental properties in high demand, and the yield those properties are bringing (see blog post “Carroll and Paulding Among Top National Markets for Rental Demands and Yields”)  . Last week, Atlanta’s CBS 46 News featured the city of Carrollton in a story boasting more of what Carrollton has to offer – the town’s superlatives.   Read More

Upgrades and Replacements Not to Overlook in Your Rental Property

Ben Ginther - Friday, April 21, 2017

Landlords are faced with a lot of decisions when it comes to their rental properties. In which area should I purchase a home? How much should I spend? How much rent should I charge? How do I find good tenants? The list goes on and on. Something that every landlord will be faced with, at one time or another, is deciding which items to replace or upgrade in the home. Often the answer is obvious: fresh paint, new flooring, new appliances, HVAC units, roofs, etc. However, other items can be overlooked but can be equally as important.  Read More

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