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All Posts A Landlord’s Spring Cleaning To-Do List   Spring Cleaning your Rental Property Some things to remember for your Spring inspection of your Rental. The sun is shining a little longer after you get home these days, and you’re starting to notice those cobwebs you didn’t see all winter, and that the closet has really gotten away from you. It’s time to […]
All Posts Timing the Rental Market When you are ready to put your rental on the market, knowing when to start marketing it is crucial to finding great long-term tenants. Poor timing could put you at risk for an extended vacancy and having your listing become ‘stale’, so read on to find best practices to time your rental right for your […]
All Posts Adding an Accessory Dwelling Unit to your Home For those homeowners who may not have the capital to buy another property at the moment, but are looking for an opportunity for extra income, an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) might be a good option. But what is that, and how do you add one to your property? We’re here to help answer your questions! […]
All Posts Service Animals in Rentals   Is it a pet or service animal? There’s a difference!   If your recent tenant applicant told you they have a service animal, you’d likely looked into what that means, especially if they didn’t have an obvious need. According to HUD, Service animals and Emotional Support Animals (E.S.A.’s) are not pets, they are working […]
All Posts Three Questions to Ask in an Interview with a Property Manager Your investment property is likely the largest investment in your portfolio. It’s one that requires diligence and time, as well as great communication when dealing with the tenants. You may have noticed that your rental is taking up more time than what you have, or would like to spend on it, but it’s a valuable […]
All Posts Rookie Mistakes to Avoid When Investing in Real Estate Investors looking to manage a rental property with long term tenants must make the condition of the property their priority. Below is a simple to-do list. It’s easy to let these tasks slide, but that would be a mistake. Too many investors learn the hard way. You don’t have to. Mistake #1: Not having a […]
All Posts Painting Your Rental How Often Should You Re-Paint? The short answer is: every three to five years. The long answer is: it depends on the wear and tear on your walls. This is where regular inspections of your home will help you plan for your future. Consider checking in on the condition of your rental at least once […]
All Posts Avoiding Fraudulent Rental Listings With every great new tool available to the public, there’s always someone out there who takes advantage of it and these days, it seems scammers area all over the place. While looking for a new place to live, or for someone to manage your property, using internet search engines and email can be difficult to […]
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All Posts Hosting at Your Rental Amid COVID-19 this Holiday Season     We by no means encourage hosting anyone for the holidays this year. This blog is meant to offer suggest ways to stay safe and healthy this holiday season amid what appears to be a third wave of COVID-19. Maybe you have family coming into town or maybe you’re the family going to visit […]
All Posts Your Fall Rental To-Do List Fall Proactive Cleaning for your Rental Here are some proactive things you can do to your rental property to prepare it for the fall & winter seasons. Your rental lease with the tenants probably lays out maintenance responsibilities along the lines of ‘tenants are responsible for the furnace filter and light bulbs, and the owner […]
All Posts 3 Tips to Effectively Market Your Rental Most property managers/landlords can attest to how tiring and time consuming the leasing process can be when it’s time to place your rental on the market once again. Fortunately, there are some tried and true methods proven to help things go a little smoother and save you some valuable time! Here are some small tips […]
All Posts The Top 10 Desired Amenities in Rentals   Which items regularly top the list of must haves what renters look for year after year when it comes to searching for their new home in the greater Seattle area, and how do the features in your rental stack up? While many new apartment buildings have been marketing unusual amenities lately like pet spas, […]
All Posts Marketing Your Rental Property   You’ve prepared the house or unit for new people to move in, now it’s time to tell them about it. The best place to market your rental these days is online. Keep these considerations in mind when posting to your preferred rental search site.    Be fully aware of how to comply with all […]
All Posts Prepare Your Rental Property For Tenants   So, you’ve decided to rent out your home! Congratulations on this big next step in your financial plan! Owning a rental property can be a rewarding experience; a fulfilling way to earn a little passive income while providing shelter for someone, while hopefully watching your property’s value appreciate. So how best to end that […]
All Posts Why You Shouldn’t Paint with Pantone’s Color of the Year Trends come and go, just as tenants rent and vacate, but property investors are in it for the long haul which is why it’s important for property investors to keep their priorities straight for their unit. Each tenant is different, they have different communication styles, different standards of living, and each comes with their own […]
All Posts Selecting the Right Property Manager Carefully selecting the right property manager is one of the most important steps of owning investment properties.  Having the right property manager will impact profitability, risk, and enjoyment of the venture like few other decisions an owner will make. This is true even for owners that decide to self-manage:  they’re still selecting a property manager […]
All Posts Clean out your storage space and make more money! Do you have a New Year’s Resolution to de-clutter your life? What about make more money? Complete both by cleaning out that storage unit you call your rental! Many of our owners use the garage or shed at their rental as storage for those items that are rarely used. Some owner even use it to […]
All Posts Hosting Guests in your Rental Over the Holidays   Maybe you have family coming into town or maybe you’re the family going to visit for the Holidays. Keep your family safe and healthy with this guide. We’re thinking outside the box for you so you can think about what really matters, the food and the beverages.  If the host lives in a rental […]
All Posts Agent Profile: Jay LaBrie   Get to know JMW Group agent, Jay LaBrie:   How long have you been in property management? How long have you been with JMW Group? We just reached 11 years!   What’s the best part about working in Property Management? Happy Hour with our coworkers! Haha, kidding! I like being able to get out […]
All Posts Haunted Rental Stories The following are stories from our agents and their experiences with the supernatural. Working in Property Management, we are in and out of homes all day. We work with agents in and out of our office to show units to new tenants, and handling move-in and move-out inspections. We like to say we’ve seen it […]