Understanding Lease Agreements - More Important Matters

Lease Agreements 101 – Part 2 In our previous article, we mentioned that lease agreements often contain some complicated provisions. And these requires tenants to spend time to read each and understand them.  There’s more. A lease agreement can be lengthened with house rules and other addendums. In this article, let’s take a deeper look at other…

Property Management Software Can Make A Difference

How Can Property Management Software Help You? Are you a new landlord who is venturing into the path of professional property management?  You're likely checking out which property management solutions are best. Best really depends on what you need to achieve. You've got your laundry list of tasks, results, issues, fears, hopes, conflicts and more…

Understanding Lease Agreements

Understanding Lease Agreements 101 – Part 1 How often do tenants read lease agreements and understand them? Likely not very often or thoroughly, which means potential renters don’t often know what they’re signing. That could lead to misunderstandings, legal battles, and conflict. If a tenant understands the lease they’re signing, it might actually create a…

The Real Threat of Summer Mold

It's Summer and That's When Mold Grows! It's the peak of the year where heat and humidity can aid in the development of mold in your rental units. Humidity, moisture, warmth, darkened rooms or closets, reduced air flow, and rain storms all conspire to give mold spores the maximum chance to spread and grow. Landlords…

Rent vs Buy 2019 | Renting Vs Buying Calculator

Rent vs Buy? This year, hundreds of thousands of people will be using a rent vs buy calculator to make a decision on whether to buy a home or to continue renting. While you're searching through the rental ads, and weighing the possibility of buying, consider how saving your money and renting might be a better…

US Housing Market Forecast

US Housing Market Summer 2019 This new US housing market update offers key statistics, trends, and insights on the current real estate market and where home prices and rents may be headed. This report is for homebuyers, rental property investors, Realtors, mortgage agents, and property managers or anyone interested in how the housing market impacts…

Self-Managed Properties

Should You Manage Your Properties Yourself? Whether through smart investment choices, inheritance, or by some other circumstance, thousands of property owners have become landlords. The revenue is good for some and for others its amazing. While most start out in the property management business with a few houses, duplexes, or apartments and do the work…

Hawaii Housing Market Forecast

Hawaii Housing Market 2019/2020 It's not just American buyers who want a slice of Hawaiian paradise during these good times. Foreign buyers too are pouring billions into the Hawaiian housing market. Hot Oahu, Kauai and Maui In May, home and condo sales and prices increased in almost all of Hawaii. In fact, sales grew 9.5%…

Digital Bookkeeping for Landlords

Can Better Digital Bookkeeping Make For Happier Landlords? Friction bedevils pretty much everything in commerce and payments, and that holds especially true for the management of rental property. Not only are there many moving parts and a variety of participants involved —  landlords, tenants, property managers, financial institutions, service providers such as plumbers and electricians…

California Housing Market Report and Predictions 2019 2020

California’s Housing Market Forecast This report covers key housing market data including California home prices, sales, recent trends from CAR, NAR, Statista, Zillow and more, and predict what might be next for 2020. Unlike many other US housing markets, California real estate prices have sagged, and the experts believe taxes and departing businesses are the…

Best Cities to Invest in Rental Property

Best Cities to Invest in Rental Property 2019 With listings growing and mortgage rates plummeting, a lot of buyers are reopening their buy vs rent calculator and re-checking the numbers. In 2019, the US rental market has grown as new buildings and developments are releaes.  Given the ultra-high home and condo purchase prices, the demand for rentals remains strong. …

How to Buy Property in Berlin’s Housing Market

How to Buy Berlin Real Estate Berlin is hot. Buyer’s however need to understand the nuances of acquiring houses, apartments and multifamily properties here.  Real estate in Germany is not the same as it is in the US, Canada, or the UK.  It’s wise to understand the peculiar rules, regulations and practices of the Berlin…

How To Create More Value for Owners

Power Up Your Property Management Business Are you limiting your company's potential by doing business as usual? How about a new approach to increase value for owners while ensuring your company's future? Property managers should never assume their clients know all there is to know about the value proposition of their rental properties, how demand…

Stripe Partners with ManageCasa

SAN FRANCISCO, July 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- ManageCasa, the leading intuitive, interactive and automated property management software for DIY landlords and property managers, today announced a partnership with Stripe, the leading platform for online payment processing, to launch a new digital payments solution for the property management industry. Landlords and property managers will now be able to…

Property Management Software Demo

Demo ManageCasa Today The Apartmentalize conference in Denver gave us the opportunity to meet many new landlords, property managers and other rental property industry pros. It was  a great success. We demo'd our property management platform giving them a perfect opportunity to ask their important questions face to face, and for us to hear about their challenges.…

Apartmentalize 2019 Update

A Nice Break to See Things Anew Apartmentalize 2019 was a wonderful 3 day trade show that took place in Denver Colorado. The event drew a record crowd of about 11,000 attendees. People, technology, and spirit all in one place, spilling out in the streets of downtown Denver. If you missed it, don't worry there…

Important Property Management Trends for 2019

15 Key Property Management Trends for 2019 How will property owners and property managers improve business operations and revenue in 2019? By keeping a close and persistent eye on the housing market and major trends affecting future business performance. Property management is a booming multidimensional business worth Billions. Improvements and threats will come from many…

Property Manager Overcomes the Odds for Real Success

How One Woman Made It A startup success story is always heart warming and uplifting. Those who overcome challenges to keep progressing to new small business success are true leaders. Entrepreneurs put their heart and soul into their business and a reward is only right. In Entrepreneur Magazine, Andrea Gombalova Stevens, a property management startup…

Why Do Good Tenants Leave?

How to Foresee Tenant Departures Why is it that good things must come to an end? Your tenants have worked out so well, they enjoyed living in your home or apartment, yet despite that bliss, they will decide to move on. Yes, it's so nice when people stay put, but everyone's life evolves. Young couples…

Property Management Expo in Denver Colorado

Apartmentalize in Denver Apartment Landlords and Multifamily Property Manager's biggest event is called Apartmentalize. It took place in Denver, Colorado this year on June 26,27, 28.  More than 11,000 of rental housing pros, multifamily investors, landlords and contractors attended the conference trade show here in the mile high city. Apartmentalize 2019 was held in San Diego…

Exhilarating Adventure in Colorado 2019

Experience Colorado During the July 4th Celebration It's little wonder why Colorado is considered the best destination for tourists and recreational enthusiasts. The nature, recreation, tourist venues, and the incredible views for awestruck visitors on endless 14,000 foot mountains lends to Colorado's iconic status for epic adventure. A vacation to this region makes a lot…

Property Management News for June

Key News Stories for Property Managers In this roundup of top property management related news, we see Proptech, Realty, ecotech, landlord regulations, laws and innovation in service taking center stage. There's more going on than just innovation in tenant management systems and relentless growth in portfolios. It could be the new investment, technology, efficiency, and…

Improve Your Leasing Success

Leasing Success Aligns with Consistent Screening Are you a landlord managing your own rental properties?  Regardless of the size and type of your properties, your goal should be to qualify applicants in a timely manner, and then lease the units to well suited applicants.  That lowers vacancy related losses. A frequently asked question is “How…

Switching Property Management Software

It's Wise to Upgrade to Better Software There's two types of property management companies today: The first group are those who are using property management software.  Research shows these managers aren't all that happy with their solutions. The other group are those straggling property managers (late adopters) who haven't moved to fully automated systems, other…

7 Home Maintenance Tips for Summer

Summer Maintenance Tips for Homeowners Given the cost of repairing mechanical equipment such as HVACs, refrigerators, furnaces, roofs, and bathrooms fans, it makes sense for homeowners (and property managers) to keep an eye on them. Summer will bring especially heavy loads on HVAC systems. If you missed the spring maintenance tips post, well it's not…

8 Smart Staff Management Tips

Operational Success: Always Starts with People Whether you’re an experienced Property Manager, or are new to the property management industry, you’ll encounter both expected and unexpected challenges in your daily operations related to occupancy, rent collection, maintenance, tenant issues, and more. Your staff will be responding to and resolving maintenance tickets, repairs, inquiries, etc. And…

Cloud Based Property Management Software Benefits

The Cloud Property Management Advantage If you're wondering how other property management companies seem to be increasing services, attracting Millennial renters, cutting costs and automating all their hard work, you might want to check out cloud computing. The cloud is helping businesses leverage technology for new services, features and profitable management. What property management software…

Colorado Multifamily Real Estate Market

Multifamily Real Estate Boom in Denver As we reported in the Denver Colorado Housing market report, the opportunities for multifamily property buyers and property management companies remains positive in 2019. Denver is one of the hottest cities for multifamily real estate this year. Sales and listings are up and Denver rent prices are rising. Other favorable…

Denver Colorado Housing Market Report

Metro Denver's Housing Market Coming Alive Rebounding from 2018.  The 2019 housing market in Denver, Colorado is one of the hottest housing markets going, looking good for home buyers and apartment rental investors alike. All areas of the Denver housing and multifamily market are forecast to perform well this year. With Millennial renters and buyers making…

Tenant Management Tips

Improve Your Tenant Management Skills If you're considering getting into rental property investment whether through apartments, houses or multifamily blocks, it's wise to understand how to manage your future tenants professionally. Professionally means engaging with them using clear, helpful communication that encourages the behaviors you want to see.  Friendliness and courtesy are great, but what you'll…

The US Rental Property Investment Market 2019

US Rental Housing Market Is the US rental market the one investors should be studying in 2019/2020? Regardless of trade deals, inflation, deflation, new construction, and real estate trends, apartment and multifamily rents keep on rising. That means property values are good, rental ROI is good, and risk is lower than other types of investments.…

Airbnb and the Short Term Rental Boom

Airbnb and the Short Term Rental Industry As Airbnb prepares for a likely IPO this year, a good number of property investors and property managers still disregard the burgeoning short term rental market's potential. Airbnb is moving the short term rental market and their marketing machine keeps building awareness in different segments. The company announced a…

8 Ways to Grow Your Rental Property ROI

Property Owners Want Better ROI With all the new technology, they know they can get it.  It might seem unfair to ask you the property management company to grow ROI, yet their request for more is your opportunity to ask for more from them. There are 8 areas that you have control over and below you'll…

Online Marketing for Property Managers

Creating Your Future Revenue Streams 2017 and 2018 were the best years for rental property investors. The best ever market for rental property owners. In 2019, it still looks promising with plenty of rental properties, low unemployment, and the economy performing well. It's rosy now, but there's plenty of threats that will lower your occupancy…

Property Management Resources

Powerful Resources for Property Managers & Landlords Smart consultants and advisors will tell you that if you have the right tools, information, guidance and resources, you can get anything accomplished. While we try to provide the very best online property management resource right here on the ManageCasa blog, our industry is vast, complex and evolving.…

US Rental Occupancy Rate Trends

Where Are Occupancy Rates Going? Multifamily investors and property managers keep an eye on local multifamily building occupancy rates and national residential rental occupancy rates.  They may be of the opinion that the occupancy rate says more about a rental housing market, neighborhood or multifamily development than anything else. Occupancy rates are a key part…

Beginners Guide to Proptech

An Introduction to Proptech for Property Managers It's a startup world in the booming property management sector. A bonanza of newly funded firms fight to solve property manager's most pressing problems using new software and hardware technology. And since real estate and property management have resisted the adoption of technology and amidst a changing business…

You'll Be Migrating to a Cloud Platform Soon

The Mass Migration Away from Old Software There's one big factor causing property managers to investigate their next property management software solution  -- obsolescence. You may be experiencing lost or irretrievable data, limited analytics, poor communications, inaccessibility for users on the road, and slowdowns in performing daily business. Maybe your IT support costs are getting…

Property Management Trade Shows and Expos

US Property Management Expos 2018 was a record year for the trade show industry according to CEIR. They believe even more people will attend trade shows and expos in 2019. According to Statista, the trade show/expo industry will be worth $16.8 billion by 2021 (up from 13.2 billion in 2017). Lots of growth, interest, careers,…

8 Important Reasons to Hire a Property Manager

It Might Be Time to Go Pro If you're a multifamily property owner or investor with a sizable portfolio, or a busy landlord, there's no doubt you're under pressure. Volume of doors x administration x issues x costs = a big number. At some point, you'll need to hire a professional to manage things for…

Property Management Branding

Your Property Management Brand Have you ever considered what your firm's brand is? What do you think your tenants, landlords, and client property owners think and feel about your company? Your company's brand image is why prospects become customers. Without a good brand, high quality customers may not take your business seriously.  It's not deals,…

Starting a Rental Business

Rental Businesses Show Promise When I attended my first wedding event many, many years ago, I had to rent a tux for the event. It was not normal to rent anything back then, yet groomsmen renting a tux for a formal event was typical. Fast forward and people are renting almost everything now.  And it's…

Buy Vs Rent? Attom Data Shows Renting is Better

Renting Continues to Be More Affordable Than Buying Smart property investors keep their eye on the road ahead for signs that their asset values and rental income might be in danger. Looks like investors can relax. According to a recent study, the outlook seems positive for rental demand along with slowly rising asset values and…

US Multifamily Property Report

Multifamily Housing Looking Very Good into 2019 If you're one of the smart property investors in the last 2 years, you're probably smiling given reports on rising apartment stock, and rising rents with a monster customer base. This spring is a time to grow! Given the stock market looks to be beyond its peak, rental…

2019 New Apartment Construction Deliveries

2019 Key Year for New Construction Recent housing market data tells us home buying is well down this winter. Yet for the multifamily sector, 2019 is a big year. For rental property owners and property managers, the high growth in construction projects means plenty of opportunity, and a changing marketplace. Due to low affordability most…

Tax Savings Tips 2019

Top Tax Savings for 2019 It's spring again and the tax man is knocking at your door.  As a property manager or property investor, you’re undoubtedly wondering how to cut your tax payable. Tax is a serious issue representing one of your largest business costs. Get your tax losses down and you'll be singing a…

Chicago Housing Market 2019

Is Chicago's Housing Market Worth Investing In? Chicago's Housing market like a few other housing markets, is recovering from the last recession, yet the political uncertainties of 2019 and the upcoming 2020 election hang heavily on the city's future. The windy city is plagued with high taxes, shaky financials, and restrictive government regulation. Up until a…

Berlin Housing Market Forecast 2019

Housing Forecast Berlin One of the most dynamic cities in Europe, Berlin Germany also has one of the world's hottest housing markets. In 2017 and 2018, it was under significant pressure with squeezed supply and exploding demand. High asset appreciation, rental income growth, and low interest rates make it a sweet spot for real estate investment…

Southern California Income Property Management Expo Los Angeles

Property Management Expo - Pasadena One of the richest experiences for any professional is getting together with others who share the same passions and interests. These opportunities are rare, but for some can be a career and performance changing event. The Southern California Income Property Management Expo is California's premier trade show for property management professionals. -----------------------------------------------------…

Property Management Software You'll Like

Everything Property Managers Need To meet an ever growing set of demands, property managers are looking to tech and automation to help them streamline and grow profitability. They're wise, it can make a big difference. Simplicity and focus are key parts of this. And PM's and landlords want to enjoy their work, get more done,…

Hawaii Buildings, Facilities & Property Management Expo

The Hawaii Buildings, Facilities & Property Management Expo Each year, property managers, facilities managers, landlords, rental property investors, HOA managers, service equipment company managers, other real estate professionals gather at the the Hawaii Buildings, Facilities & Property Management Expo in beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii. Trade show vendors find convention type events such as the HBFP expo…

Best Landlords and Property Managers

Why Are Some Landlords and Property Managers More Successful? If you're on the hunt for a landlord or property manager, you'll need some way to assess your candidates. HR recruiters and owners have very different views on who an ideal landlord or property manager is. Traditionally, those with leadership skills and experience would win hands…

San Jose California Housing Market | Santa Clara Rent Prices

San Jose's Housing Market 2019/2020 In what is the Valley of Heart's Delight, is perhaps the heart of the new Silicon Valley. With exceptional growth, comes changes in the character, business focus, and location of residents. San Jose seems to be where everyone wants to live in 2019 and beyond according to predictions. As local…

Best Cities in California for Rental Property ROI

Which California Cities offer the Best Property Investment? Looking for the best cities and communities to invest in properties in California in 2019?  California offers the widest variety and highest potential rental returns However, the best property really depends on whether you're looking to live in your investment, fix and flip, or use it as a…

Property Management Growth Strategy

7 Ways to Drive Growth in 2019 After a stellar year in 2018, many property managers might be thinking of coasting for 2019. Is complacency ever good in business though? Does the status quo actually even exist in modern property management? Have pro sports teams ever kept winning championships without continuous improvement?  Conversely, will a growth…

5 Best Technologies For Landlords and Property Managers

Tenants Love Tech Amenities Want to increase resident retention, grow rents and revenue, make residents happy, and increase the appeal of your properties? Some cool, new amenities might be the way to do it, but which new amenities create the best ROI for rental property managers? When tenants think of places they don't want to…

Property Management Automation - 7 Top Benefits

The Power of Automation in Property Management Software The work of property management staff never seems to end. Whether it's tenants, owners, landlords, contractors, and an endless stream of accounting tasks, the days can be gruelling. It's the same in most industries and as businesses increase their customer base and provide more and better quality…

On Demand Property Management

Competing in the Always On Economy The property management business has come a long way. From checks in the mail to online rental payment apps, and scheduled office visits to online, real time customer service, the property management experience is different today for you and tenants. It's not just automation.  The goal is to serve…

Best Property Management Apps

Excellent Property Management Apps for 2019 Are you a property manager or vacation rental manager looking to leverage mobile technology to improve your business? Check out these amazing mobile applications to complement the power of your property management software and make you more effective. Whether you're managing vacation rentals, sourcing new properties or lowering your maintenance costs, these smartphone…

Property Accounting Software

Bring Your Property Accounting into the Modern Era It's not often an accountant or auditor gives you the thumbs up unless you've managed your accounting accurately. And with all those bills, spreadsheets, invoices, and calculators, you're in for the usual arduous year end and tax time pain. Is now the time to upgrade a much…

Choosing the Right Property Management Software

6 Steps to Choose the Right Software Realtors, landlords, investors, property managers and more are still making the software transition in 2019. What is this big transition all about? For property managers of any sized operation, it's the important process of trying out and adopting the next property management software solution to help you modernize.  There's…

12 Ways to Reduce Tenant Turnover

How to Reduce Tenant Turnover Have you calculated how much revenue you've lost due to tenant turnover problems over the years?  It's a common underplayed issue for property investors, landlords, and even the best property management companies. When the boom times fade, will this become your top property management business issue? Let's take a look more…

Best Landlord Apps for 2019

10 Best Apps for Modern Landlords Are you a landlord who has more tasks than time? Welcome to the club. And due to those overwhelming amount of tasks and persistent problems, you'll be happy to know there's an app to help with most of them. Software applications for landlords are just a part of what…

Proptech Solutions

Proptech for Property Managers and Realtors What will continue as a hot topic of interest for 2019 for property managers and realtors?  Each year it seems is the year of PropTech. As property professionals try to keep pace with technology and leverage its amazing power for doing work efficiently, they turn to these amazing solutions. These…

US Needs 4.6 Million Apartments by 2030

Study Shows US Renter Era is Coming It's a good time to be a property manager, rental income investor, or landlord. Opportunities will be spawned in the apartment and condo rental sector in the coming years. The US is becoming a renter nation due to sheer numbers of new renters along with supporting economic and…

Sydney Rental Market | Australia Housing Market Predictions

Sydney Home Prices Fall most in 30 Years Sydney and the New South Wales district is beautiful, a destination of dreams for global travelers wishing to sample the lifestyle and unique economy of Southeast Australia. Change creates opportunities. And for investors and property managers, it's these times of change that create buying and management opportunities…

Best Incentives for Renters

Top Landlord/Developer Concessions Landlords and property managers in San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Jose, Oakland, Denver, Phoenix, and Las Vegas are pulling out the stops to fill their rising vacancies and keep tenants in 2019. When vacancy rates rise, we all have to be more creative. In these markets, business as usual doesn't…

How to Get Tenants to Renew Leases

Create Your Lease Renewal Strategy While your focus is on giving tenants what they want, being professional, and responding quickly to maintenance tickets, you might still see a parade of tenants leaving.  A lease renewal strategy can help you keep tenancy rates up, and avoid losses. Hopefully you already have some tools to help you know…

Personalizing Modern Property Management

Humanizing Property Management In recent posts we answered the questions, what do tenants want and also about what makes tenants happy. These are 2 extremely important questions. What questions have you asked as part of your business health checkup? There's one more key question: how do you personalize your relationship with tenants in the era…

How to Interview Renters Better

How to Excel at Interviewing Renter Applicants Selecting the best tenants is only one of your top challenges yet it sure is one task to get right. Reducing tenant turnover and optimizing your ROI starts at the beginning with renter interviewing. We've talked about the best way to screen in the best applicants, knowing what apartment…

How to Choose the Best Maintenance Contractors

The Right Contractor is a Key Asset Finding qualified, experienced, licensed maintenance contractors is an important job for landlords or property managers. Properties don't stay in good condition by themselves. And if property management is 75% maintenance, this is a key area of business optimization for you. Whether commercial or residential, without the help of…

Growth, Efficiency and Profitability | 2019 Goals

What's Top of Mind for Property Managers? Portfolio Growth, Revenue Growth, Improved Efficiency and Customer Experience Higher costs in the multifamily sector, housing markets, and ongoing evolution in the property management industry are forcing property managers to adapt/evolve or quit the business. Surveys show big ambitions, but do PMs have the tools and focus necessary…

Business Health Check

How Healthy is Your Property Management Business? Health, fitness and wellness are big business in 2019. And in business, smart managers are paying more attention to healthy business performance.  That's because as the speed of business quickens and demands from clients increase, you need to be on top of things. You're a property management pro, well…

How To Make Your Tenants Happy

Business is Never Good Until the Customer is Happy Have you treated your tenants in a professional, businesslike way, and thought everything was fine, but it wasn't? Did they make complaints and eventually vacate the unit? Even very successful business people forget that business is about people. And when people feel good, they might stay…

Niche Renter Markets, PropTech, and Promotion

Get Creative to Fill Rental Vacancies Are you building your rental property empire?  Or are you hoping to lower your vacancies and grow your revenue? Great goals for property managers in 2019, however, are you opened minded enough to let solutions come to you? Very often it's being motivated and taking these matters more seriously…

Property Management Leads

How To Generate More Leads In 2019, you'll lose some doors and clients and hopefully replace them with some new perhaps better ones. And when you need new property management prospect leads where do you get them? You can augment your own word of mouth/local prospecting many ways online.  You can design your complete online…

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