Legacy Properties-PM CAN get you the most rent for your investment home by careful research and comparisons of the most recent rent prices in your area. I am Devin Bewley, CEO of Legacy Properties-PM, and I use only the best software programs to help me compare rent prices around your neighborhood, and I have special access to data that the public does not.
The average property management company may use a basic free program to compare rental prices in their client’s area. When looking at this comparison, the rent prices range over a year period and a much larger demographic area than is really necessary to get an accurate’ comparison. With the information below a 2 bedroom home going for $800.00 a month is considered “reasonable” in the area around the specified address. This means only a B+ grade versus the A++ grade Legacy Properties-PM gets.
Why does our property management company deserve a superior grade when it comes to our rental comparison? Because we spend the extra time and effort to research the rent in your area much more accurately. We do this by lessening the demographic area near your rental home from 1 or more miles to a .3 mile area instead. As well as, shortening the time of recent rent rates in that area, for example comparing the last 3 months versus the last year (See below).
When we take the time and effort to get accurate rental comparisons for your Aurora or Denver rental home, you can be assured you are getting the best rent for your home. Legacy Properties-PM is here to help you with your rental investment today. Call us at 720.989.1996 or contact us.
Buying a rental property in a hip neighborhood in the Denver area makes total sense with today’s hot rental market. But Colorado savvy investors often wonder how they should pay or finance the deal. You could pay with cash, take out a mortgage or do something a little more daring with your retirement money. By rolling over money from a traditional 401(k) or other retirement account into a self-directed IRA in Colorado, you open up a new world.
According to a piece by Forbes, one of the main benefits of a self-directed IRA is the fact that it’s a tax deferred account. If you buy the real estate with a self-directed IRA in Colorado, you can later sell at a profit without owing taxes. You also don’t owe money on any rental income profits.
- A safe haven for your asset
Then there is the asset protection side. Your rental home is an important asset whether you keep it to rent out for decades or sell it. Most experts say real estate is a much safer investment compared to stocks and alternative investments such as gold coins, unregistered securities or business partnerships. By hiring a property management company to oversee your Denver rental property, you protect your rental home. Your property manager will thoroughly screen prospective tenants and enforce the lease for your protection.
- A set it up and forget it approach
Another advantage of using a self-directed IRA to buy real estate is the fact that it takes the burden off of you to manage your property. The IRS has very specific “self-dealing” restrictions that don’t allow you to live in or manage a property bought through a self-directed IRA. Once you set up your self-directed IRA with a third-party administrator and hire your property manager, you no longer have worries. You don’t have to chase down rent, mow the lawn or handle disputes with neighbors.
According to an article by the Colorado Association of Realtors, other advantage of a self-directed IRA in Colorado is diversification for retirement. The Colorado Association of Realtors emphasizes that disqualified people (the IRA holder and his/her lineal ascendants and descendants) can not make repairs to the property.
Legacy Properties-PM provides top-notch property management services in the Denver area. We are longtime members of the NARPM, the National Association of Residential Property Managers. For more information on the benefits of a self-directed IRA in Colorado, please call 720.989.1996 or contact us.
Choosing the best tenant for your investment property can be the difference between loss or profit. As a landlord you want tenants that treat your property like their own. So where do you begin?
Advertise Your Property Wisely
You may not realize it, but advertising is the first step to screening potential tenants. Today landlords have many different ways to get the word out about their property. While putting a rental sign in your window, listing with a realtor, and adding the vacancy to sites like Zillow and Craigslist might be the first thing that comes to mind, don’t overlook the value of social media.
Sites like Twitter and Facebook are a great way to advertise to potential tenants. There’s probably a page on Facebook for landlords in your area to advertise their rentals. Also, don’t overlook the obvious. Word of mouth, print ads, and advertising on bulletin boards have filled rentals. But remember to choose wisely where you advertise. A bulletin board in a coffee shop near a college will attract a different tenant than one in a community center in a stable neighborhood.
Screen Your Tenants Carefully
So your advertising produced a list of prospects. Now it’s time to screen your potential tenants. Many landlords don’t want to offend by asking personal questions, but this isn’t about discrimination. Since you must adhere to the Federal Fair Housing Rules, it’s about protecting your investment. Don’t be afraid to ask hard questions when interviewing. In the very least, conduct a criminal background check verifying the prospect’s name and date of birth with a valid i.d. In addition, run a credit check and verify their income. By taking care of these issues up front, you’ll be able to quickly disqualify the more irresponsible tenants from the more trustworthy ones.
Having to evict a tenant can be aggravating and costly, but with carefully planned advertising and screening it can be prevented. Taking the time to do things properly yourself or by hiring a property management company will get you one step closer to finding the best tenant for your investment property. Call Legacy Properties-PM @ 720.989.1996 or please contact us.
Spotting a good deal is paramount for real estate investors in Aurora. Whether you buy a banked-owned foreclosure online or work with a Realtor to find traditional sales, look for value when hunting for your first rental. House hunting for a property you will use as a rental is a little different from hunting for a home you will occupy. When you buy a home for yourself, you follow a different timeline for making improvements. With real estate investing, you want to get your property rent ready in as short of an amount of time as possible. By hiring a residential property management company, you receive the guidance needed to generate income from your rental home. According to an article by Investopedia, there are several features to look for when trying to identify a profitable rental home.
Renters pay more for homes in better neighborhoods because they feel motivated by highly ranked schools and their perceptions of better safety and prestige. In Colorado, some of the best areas to find rentals include Aurora, Denver, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lakewood, Parker, Cherry Creek and Centennial. According to Investopedia, where you buy will attract different kinds of renters. For example, if you buy a rental near a college campus, you’ll likely attract students and instructors.
- Checking out the property taxes
Before choosing a rental, check out the property taxes. Your property manager will give you an idea of the market rent for the specific home you plan to buy so you know whether the market rent will easily cover higher property taxes as well as home owner association fees.
When you tour a home, pay attention to whether the necessary improvements are costly or fairly cosmetic and easy. Only an inspector and building contractor can give you a complete estimate of cost and issues. However, you can determine whether a home has potential as a rental. Can you change out a few lighting fixtures, paint and buy upgraded cabinets or appliances?
Your property manager will market your rental home to draw qualified tenants. If you own a rental that’s less than 20 years old, in a good neighborhood, close to amenities and has at least three bedrooms and two bathrooms, you’ll attract a higher rent. Instead of trying to guess the going rent in a neighborhood and what renters want, talk to experts. If possible, buy a rental home that will appeal to millennials since experts believe they will continue to delay home ownership.
At Legacy Properties-PM, we give all of our clients our undivided attention. We are a stellar property management service company in the Aurora area and proud members of the NARPM, the National Association of Residential Property Managers. For more information on real estate investing in Aurora, call 720.989.1996 or please contact us.