property management

July 8, 2016

In Case of Emergency, Part II….

So yesterday I posed this hypothetical question of:  “What would you do if your Tenant was incapacitated and a friend of theirs needs access to the property to pick things up?” (https://danbaldini.com/2016/07/08/in-case-of-emergency/) If your lease agreement doesn’t contain specific language and data to address this situation, you as the landlord or property manager are in a tough spot. Do you deny access to the friend or do you allow him access to the tenant’s personal property? How do you know he isn’t a scam artist? How do you know he is not perhaps an identify thief who happens to know the tenant is traveling out of the country and unreadable for a few more weeks? Fact is, unless you have protocols in place prior to this event happening, you simply don’t know and you are unprepared to deal with it appropriately. Not a fun position to be in, is it? […]
July 11, 2016

Oh $%^^!!!! My Tenant just declared Bankruptcy!

A common question from my clients is “My Tenant just declared bankruptcy and I got the notice in the mail today.  What does this mean for me as the landlord/property manager/investor?” Here’s a single page, well-written explanation from this month’s National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM) magazine of what to do/what not to do. Landlord Loses Because Tenant Went Bust, Broke, and Bankrupt As with other legal issues, it’s best to seek counsel from an attorney in your state/city who deals with these issues in their primary practice. Why subscribe to our weekly tips?  Because…..
July 15, 2016

If it’s Chunky grab it–If it’s runny Dab it

  Your Financial Freedom with rental properties is achieved by improving your margins for continuous profitability. This improvement should include how to instruct your tenants on best practices to clean up the “Whoopsies” they make or perhaps their pets make. I asked one of my favorite contractors to do a quick write up on what he tells his customers on how to handle spills and such. Here’s the advice from Todd Francis, Owner of First Serve Cleaning and Restoration. “One of the most common mistakes we see that homeowner’s make is Scrubbing carpet to get a spot out.  They think “if I just scrub a little bit harder-put some elbow grease into it, maybe just maybe this spot will come out”.  What you will end up with is a section of carpet that is damaged as a result of your scrubbing and more than likely the spot will still be […]
July 22, 2016

June Rental Stats

Good morning, Freedom Lovers! Here’s last month’s rental stats for all the market segments we track. Indy Rental Stats YTD through June  
August 18, 2016

Top 20 Questions (that will spawn 20 more….)

Questions. We all have them. (If you don’t, run away from real estate.) Here’s the Top 20 questions asked by landlords and investors when choosing to hire a property management company. Some are deeper questions than they might seem the first time you read them, which is why the first question on the list is the first question on the list.  If you are thinking about them in the correct mindset, you should realize within 2 breaths that the questions spawn subordinate questions and will take you down a rabbit hole even further. What do you charge? If I have a question and send in an email or call, what is the expected response time from your company? Is the prop mgr available on weekends if issues arise? How do you handle repairs? How does money get to me each month? What happens if the tenant doesn’t pay rent? What […]
August 22, 2016

The Most Feared Activity for Landlords

Over many years of coaching Landlords, Investors, and Real Estate Agents I’ve come to this conclusion: Your Dreams and Nightmares are always about THE SAME THING. Your most dreamed about issue?  It is always making large amounts of money so they can have Financial Freedom.  It’s you visualizing their bank account balance swelling up.  It’s you visualizing your ROI numbers and seeing it start with a larger integer than last year. Your most Nightmarish issue?  It is always procrastinating the grunt work of actually running the financials on your rental properties.  It’s “stepping on the scale”.  It’s the attitude of “What I don’t know can’t hurt me, right?”  “If I don’t look at the numbers, they’ll certainly improve on their own….” I’ve learned that I can ask clients to run a simple worksheet and they don’t want to do it.  They’d rather talk to 10 life insurance salesmen than actually get a […]
October 24, 2016

Treats instead of Tricks

Landlords and Investors make money the same way airlines, hotels, and entertainment shows do–they keep butts in seats for as long as possible. For real estate, this means maximizing Days of Occupancy and correspondingly minimizing Vacancy Days. So this Fall let’s review some of the Best Practices to give your Tenants Treats instead of Tricks for their lease situation. 1. Advance Communication The saying, “Misery is the mismatch of expectations between two people”, holds true in rentals.  If you are communicating with the tenants at the time of their initial lease signing that you’ll be recontacting them to begin discussing the possibility of renewing their lease 60-90 days before the lease ends, you’ve planted the seed early on that your not the kind of landlord who waits until the last minute for these conversations.  Good for you. 2. Review of the Market Conditions Before you pick up that phone or begin […]
October 31, 2016

Unless you’re already a Millionaire you might want to read this….

Forbes recently published a concise article on how real estate investing can help you become a Millionaire. Yes, there are plenty of folks making this claim, but I do like how this author augments it with counterarguments that it’s not for everyone.  In other words, it is not easy.  Doable, but not easy. Here’s the link to the article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/brandonturner/2016/10/18/4-things-you-need-to-become-a-millionaire-through-real-estate-investing/#119bf80732b8 (Sidenote:  If you’ve been a student in any of my courses for the Indiana Association of REALTORS (IAR) continuing education classes, MANY of his bullet points will look extremely familiar as we covered these in granular detail.)  
November 22, 2016

Why do investors lose money on real estate?

Why do sooooo many investors lose money on real estate? ….Because They Buy: The Wrong Real Estate At the Wrong Time For the Wrong Reasons In the Wrong Way From the Wrong People In the Wrong Location Using the Wrong money/financing The investors who have epic failures typically combine more than one of these reasons. Don’t be an epic failure.  Be an Epic Success by getting educated and being disciplined.
November 22, 2016

Year End Planning Questions

Tick Tock…..time stops for nobody. We are quickly approaching the end of the calendar year and for most investors and property managers that means the end of your tax year, too. As such, it’s time to consider how to best wrap up your 2016 for maximum effect towards your Financial Freedom.  Here’s some boxes to flip up the flaps and peer into: YTD P&L:  Yes, it seems like this should be self-evident.  But after counseling hundreds of investors and property owners, what constantly comes across is how frequently this review gets skipped, especially when profits are strong.  However, doing a quick review now is beneficial to compare the P&L to past years to confirm if any expenses are perhaps out of line–both too high and too low.  Both can be valuable indicators of something to dig into deeper.  (Sidenote:  To get a quick and accurate ROI on your property’s profitability […]