Property Management Education

How Often Should I Inspect My Rental Property?

Marc Cunningham - Monday, April 23, 2018


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3 Questions to Ask Before You Let a Repairman Into Your Rental Home

Marc Cunningham - Friday, March 02, 2018



If you are a self-managing rental property owner, it’s only a matter of time before you receive the dreaded phone call from your tenant alerting you to a maintenance issue. This could be a faulty appliance, HVAC, or any number of other common home repairs. Often the solution is to hire a competent third-party service provider to handle the repair. However, it’s important to remember that whoever you choose to complete the job is a direct representation of you as the property owner, meaning any unlawful behavior on their end could leave you on the hook with your tenant.  Read More

Should You Own Your Rental Property in an LLC?

Marc Cunningham - Monday, February 12, 2018

Real estate investors are faced with a host of important decisions on how they will own and operate their rental properties. Perhaps the most critical decision being how they should actually own the property. Should they hold it individually or set up some type of ownership entity such as a corporation or LLC? In this post, we will provide a few helpful considerations to choose the best form of ownership for your rental portfolio.   Read More

Why You Should Never Charge a Pet Deposit

Marc Cunningham - Thursday, January 11, 2018



Rental property investors often come to us with questions regarding renting to tenants with pets. Landlords and even property managers sometimes fall into the trap of charging a separate pet deposit, when the reality is an additional pet-specific deposit is not in the best interest of the property owner.  Read More

Top 3 Colorado Cities for Real Estate Investors

Marc Cunningham - Monday, December 04, 2017



Perhaps the most frequently asked question we get from investors is, “Where should I buy and what areas should I stay away from?” In this blog, we break down the top three Colorado rental markets currently presenting the most opportunity for real estate investors. 
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Pros & Cons of Investing in Subsidized Housing

Marc Cunningham - Friday, December 01, 2017



What is subsidized housing and should you as a real estate investor incorporate it into your investment strategy?   Read More

5 Advertising Essentials for Rentals

Marc Cunningham - Monday, October 02, 2017



Whether you as a rental property investor choose to hire a property manager or self-manage your rental investment portfolio, it’s essential that your vacant property is being marketed effectively. In this blog, we will identify the five key strategies to help you market your property for maximum exposure to find the quality tenants you desire, or to check that your property manager is doing these marketing actions on your behalf.  Read More

Should I Use a Home Warranty Company for my Rental Property?

Marc Cunningham - Wednesday, August 30, 2017

  1. They use cheap labor.
    Plain and simple, home warranty companies hire cheap labor to do repairs. Why? Because they charge you upfront. The model is set against you because they have no real reason to hire high-quality repair vendors to maintain your property. Offering top-notch work isn’t advantageous to the home warranty company’s bottom line therefore you can expect customer service to suffer.
  2. They aren’t usually fast in response time.
    As an investment property owner, one of your top priorities is keeping your tenants happy. If you have a great tenant in your property, you will do everything you can to keep them. Unfortunately that is not the case when it comes to home warranty companies. Again, because they are paid upfront, they don’t have to be fast when responding to issues at the property. They tend to take an attitude of, “I’ll get to it when I get to it.” When something breaks at your property, your tenants expect you to handle it quickly. If they don’t get a fast response time, they may decide to vacate when the lease term ends. 
  3. They have minimum charges.
    Most home warranty companies charge a service fee every time you call with a problem and often don’t cover typical repairs. Read the fine print and understand what is covered in your premium before making a decision.
  4. They are not in the business of losing money.
    Home warranty companies are in the business of making money and that means they make more money on you than they will spend on you. It’s a flawed business model when it comes to offering quality customer service.
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The Top 6 Tax Deductions for Landlords

Marc Cunningham - Saturday, July 29, 2017



Landlords and real estate investors are eligible for several great tax advantages offered by the IRS, however oftentimes we talk to investment property owners who are unaware of some of the benefits available to them. In this post, we will cover the top 6 tax deductions for landlords to claim come tax season.  Read More

Do I Have to Allow Marijuana in My Colorado Rental Property?

Marc Cunningham - Tuesday, June 27, 2017



As a Colorado based company, the question of marijuana in rental properties has become more and more prevalent in our business. Landlords want to know if the legalization of marijuana in Colorado have forced them to allow it in their properties. The answer is no. However you absolutely must state the restriction in your lease. If you stay silent on your smoking or marijuana policy in your lease agreement, you open yourself up for tenants bringing marijuana into your property with little to no recourse.   Read More


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