Credit scores… that three-digit number so crucial, that it is capable of marking the difference between saving you or costing you thousands of dollars.
As important as credit scores are, they are also awfully confusing.
Creditworthiness is calculated using different methods, the most common of which is called FICO. Developed by Fair Isaac in the 1980’s, a FICO score has become the most common way for banks and lenders to determine your ability to pay back a loan.
3 Benefits Of Hiring A Property Manager
Are you looking to rent out one of your properties? Whether you are new to this whole ‘being a landlord’ thing or you’ve done it for years, hiring a professional property manager may save you big in time, energy, and money.
If you are like most landlords, you probably have a job aside from being a landlord. Do you really want another one? Property managers dedicate their days to taking care of all the little details that go into managing a property and dealing with tenants, and they do it professionally. Why not take advantage of their expertise?
There are many benefits to hiring a property manager. Here we are rounding up our top 3 reasons why you should hire a property manager.
Being a landlord is serious business. You’ve purchased what is likely to be one of your most valuable assets, so treating it like a business, rather than a hobby, will help you yield greater returns.
As in any business, establishing procedures to manage your rental property can be extremely useful. It can help you make sure you don’t miss any steps or documents in the process of admitting a new tenant into your property, therefore avoiding potential liability.
Becoming a landlord can be a lucrative business or a mad nightmare, depending on whether you treat your property investment as a business and make smart choices or treat it as a hobby. A big part of having real estate investments that are profitable, is ensuring you have quality tenants.
Oh, the credit score. That almost mystical three-digit number that determines our financial faith. Whenever you want to obtain a loan, whether it is a credit card, a car loan, or a mortgage, the lender will check your credit report to determine how likely you are to pay them back in full and on time. Not only will your credit history determine whether you will get the loan, but it will also help dictate the terms of the loan, such as the amount of money you will get and at what interest rate.
Every real estate investor knows that a rental property that sits vacant is a bad investment. But do you know what is an even worse investment? A property rented to a bad tenant. A tenant who skips rent or trashes your property can cost you plenty, so making sure you vet prospective tenants carefully, is key to maintaining a healthy portfolio along with your sanity.
Asking prospective tenants to fill out a rental application, checking their background and credit check, and calling past landlords, places of employment and other references, is a great start. But what about tenants who lie or omit the truth in their applications?
Some tenants may look great on paper, however, they may have lied or stretched the truth to appear to be a more appealing candidate. Some of the things potential tenants tend to like about, and that you should take a closer look into are:
America is a nation of home buyers. Owning a home is the original American dream, but when the growth in home prices outpaces the growth of rental prices and people find themselves paying more than necessary just to be able to live somewhere, the alarms start going off for signs of a bubble.
Four years ago, home prices fell sharply in major US cities, rental prices increased and the market shifted in favor of buyers. Now, rent growth is flattening out and according to the National Index tracked by FAU and FIU faculty, home-price appreciation has outpaced rent growth in 23 metroploitan areas, signs of a market that is trending back in favor of renters.
Although no evidence of a bubble exists, for the first time in a few years, renting is beginning to look like a much better alternative than buying.
If you are a landlord, get ready for an influx of tenants looking to move into your properties. Being well informed and equipped with facts from credit reports, background checks, eviciton records and other tenant screening reports is key to a succesful investment.
Once the new president elect Donald Trump takes office in January 2017, things might become increasingly difficult for immigrants if he were to hold true to his campaign. During the presidential election campaign, Trump promised mass deportations of undocumented immigrants living in the US and to build a wall along the border with Mexico. Since the election, the number of people fleeing to the US from Central America has increased dramatically in hopes of entering the country before the borders become harder to cross.
This drastic surge will generate an additional demand for affordable rental properties. In recent reports released by the National Association of Realtors, international buyers are shifting their investments from luxury properties to less pricey properties. Will this be enough to meet the new demand?
If you are an investor, beefing up your portfolio with affordable rental properties may just be the winning ticket and being able to verify tenant’s criminal records from their country of origin through our international criminal database, will give you some peace of mind and help you get acquainted with your new potential tenants, who don’t yet have a history in the US.
As if the process of renting an apartment wasn't complicated enough, and as if the requirements imposed by landlords weren't stringent enough, roughly 100 million Americans find it even harder to obtain access to adequate housing. We are speaking about the one-third of American adults who due to having some sort of criminal record, despite of having been rehabilitated, are denied from residency by most landlords.
Criminal records, financial problems and less-than-ideal rental histories, all records that have become easily accessible, are factors that most landlord tend to use in order to disqualify a potential tenant.
According to HUD, landlords can become entangled with the law themselves by violating the Federal Fair Housing Act if their residency-restricting rental policies affect individuals of a particular race, national origin or other protected classes, in a disproportionate manner.
In a joint effort between NeighborWorks America, which contributed a $75,000 grant towards a study on the issue, and nonprofit landlords Aeon, CommonBond Communities, Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative and Project for Pride in Living the four are attempting to find ways to shrink this growing segment of so-called unrentables, including reevaluating their approval and denial criteria, such as determining more carefully which crimes are disqualifying factors, the length of time since the conviction and whether the applicant poses a threat to the safety of others.