Property Management for Dummies

Property Management for Dummies

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You'll need to wear many hats in the business of property management: advertiser/promoter (in seeking tenants), host (in showing your property), handyman (in keeping up with and arranging repairs), bookkeeper (in maintaining records), and even counselor (in dealing with tenants and their problems). But Property Management For Dummies will help you maintain your sense of humor -- and your sanity -- as you deal with these challenges and more. You may become an unintentional property owner -- someone who inherited a house from a relative and didn't want it to sit idle, or someone who transferred to a job in another city and decided to rent your home rather than sell it -- or you may have entered the world of property ownership intentionally. Either way, real estate offers one of the best opportunities to develop a steady stream of residual income. Property Management For Dummies is organized by specific topic areas, so you can easily and quickly scan a topic that interests you, or you can troubleshoot the source of your latest major headache.
You'll discover how to * Evaluate your skills and personality to see whether you have what it takes to be a landlord * Keep your units occupied with paying tenants who don't destroy your property * Move in your new tenants and move them out -- and everything in between * Assemble the right team of professionals to help you, from employees to contractors * Insure your property and understand the taxes that go with it * Look for additional sources of income beyond rent, including the opportunities and pitfalls of lease options While many of life's lessons can be uncovered by trial and error, property management shouldn't be one of them -- the mistakes are too costly and the legal ramifications too severe. In this book, you'll find proven strategies to make rental property ownership and management not only profitable but pleasant as well.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 182.9 x 231.1 x 17.8mm | 567g
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Foster City, United States
  • English
  • illustrations, index
  • 0764553305
  • 9780764553301
  • 1,838,456

About Robert Griswold

Robert Griswold runs Griswold Real Estate Management, teaches at the Institute for Real Estate Management, hosts a San Diego real estate radio call-in show, and regularly appears on TV.
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Table of contents

Introduction. PART I: So you Want to Be a Landlord? Chapter 1: Do You Have What It Takes to Manage Your Own Rental Property? Chapter 2: Deciding Whether to Manage Your Property Yourself or Hire a Pro. Chapter 3: Taking Over Property. PART II: Renting your Property. Chapter 4: Preparing Your Rental Property for Prospective Tenants. Chapter 5: Rent, Security Deposits, and Leases: The Big Three of Property Management. Chapter 6: For Rent: Generating Interest in Your Rental. Chapter 7: Handling Prospects and Showing the Rental. Chapter 8: Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Mo: Selecting Your Tenants. PART III: The Brass Tacks of Managing Rentals. Chapter 9: Moving In the Tenants. Chapter 10: Collecting and Increasing Rent. Chapter 11: Keeping the Good Tenants - and Your Sanity. Chapter 12: Dealing with Problem Tenants. Chapter 13: Moving Out Tenants. PART IV: Techniques and Tools for Managing. Chapter 14: Working with Employees and Contractors. Chapter 15: Maintenance. Chapter 16: Safety and Security. PART V: Money, Money, Money! Chapter 17: Two Necessities of Property Management: Insurance and Taxes. Chapter 18: Financial Management and Recordkeeping. PART VI: Only for the Daring. Chapter 19: Non-Rent Revenue and Lease Options. Chapter 20: Government Programs. Chapter 21: Working in Niche Markets: Students, Seniors, and More. PART VII: The Part of Tens. Chapter 22: Ten Reasons to Become a Rental Property Owner. Chapter 23: Ten Ways to Rent Your Vacancy. Chapter 24: Ten Ways to Increase Cash Flow. Appendix: Resources. Index. Book Registration Information.
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