Apps for Residential Real Estate Investors November 14, 2016

Contributing Writer, B2R Finance | Property Management


By Kerry Curry, Contributing Writer
Every year, we enjoy testing out mobile apps that make the life of residential real estate investors easier. We’ve all heard the saying, “There’s an app for that” and it seems to be the case. There is an app for just about everything nowadays and there are plenty to choose from if you are a residential real estate investor or property manager.

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Investor Intel: Election Edition November 11, 2016

Contributing Writer, B2R Finance | News


American voters spoke loud and clear this week, electing a new president and passing several state-specific measures. While the stock market dropped sharply at first, it has since rallied sending 10-year Treasury yields above 2% for the first time in nearly a year.

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By Kerry Curry, Contributing Writer
It’s a great time to be a residential real estate investor: Rents are on the rise and return on investment is robust in many markets.
Even in a “hot market”, there are multiple reasons why a residential real estate investor may want an exit strategy. Exiting your residential property investments may boil down to a desire to tap your equity in real estate to pay for college, fund your retirement, pay off bills or […]

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America’s Most Haunted Zip Codes October 31, 2016

Contributing Writer, B2R Finance | Real Estate Investment

Happy Halloween rental investors! On Friday, we shared some tips for what to do if your existing rental property is haunted. Today, we’ve got a hot-off-the-press list of America’s most haunted zip codes from ATTOM Data Solutions. Be sure to check it out when scouting your next potential rental investment.

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Investor Intel: What to Do If Your Rental is Haunted October 28, 2016

Contributing Writer, B2R Finance | Real Estate Investment


In honor of Halloween, this week’s Investor Intel is devoted to the spooky and sinister side of rental properties. We’ve given you rental investors tips on how to handle a terrifying tenant and how to protect your properties from ghouls and goblins. But what’s an investor to do when a property is truly haunted? An article from the Wall Street Journal has your answer.

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By Kerry Curry, B2R Contributing Writer
Returns on single-family rental properties continue to provide attractive investing opportunities compared to other options, according to the “Q3 2016 Single Family Rental Market Report” from ATTOM Data Solutions.

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By Kerry Curry, Contributing Writer
Integrating smart technology into your residential rental property could raise the demand and rents in higher-end houses, but may not be a wise choice for lower-end properties.
Smart home technology refers to all those recent innovations that automate a home and typically involve controlling the home’s features remotely from a smartphone or tablet. Smart home features can include heating and air conditioning, lighting, security systems, window blinds and electronic devices.

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Investor Intel: Tech Edition October 14, 2016

Contributing Writer, B2R Finance | News


Real Estate tech is booming. While perhaps the majority of investment has been focused on the owner-occupied mortgage space with the launch of Quicken’s Rocket Mortgage and Sindeo’s five-minute mortgage, the single-family rental space hasn’t been completely left in the cold.

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Rental Investors: Avoid These Four Profit Killers . October 10, 2016

Contributing Writer, B2R Finance | Real Estate Investment


By Kerry Curry, Contributing Writer
Enthusiasm can get the best of first-time residential real estate investors who’ve made the decision to invest and can’t wait to buy and rent out their first property. But wait! Strong profits and a steady income stream are certainly possible for real estate investors who make smart decisions, but you can also lose your shirt, so to speak, so it’s best to take some time and avoid these common first-time real estate investing […]

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How Many Bedrooms Should Your Rental Property Have? October 3, 2016

Contributing Writer, B2R Finance | Real Estate Investment


By Kerry Curry, B2R Finance Contributor
Before a real estate investor begins the search for a new residential property to buy, he or she must answer some fundamental questions.
One key question for single-family rental investors is “How many bedrooms should my investment property have?”

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Investor Intel: Rate Hikes, Rental Markets on the Rise and Declining Cash Sales September 30, 2016

Contributing Writer, B2R Finance | News


The specter of a Fed rate hike continues to linger, though experts expect that a hike may not happen until December. While a hike may have a slight impact on mortgage borrowers in the form of modestly higher payments (think a few dollars at most), the housing market has much bigger concerns: namely, supply.

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More House Flippers use Leverage as All-cash Purchases Decline September 26, 2016

Contributing Writer, B2R Finance | Real Estate Investment


By Kerry Curry, B2R Contributing Writer
It seems logical that a decline in the distressed housing stock coupled with low inventories would lead to fewer residential property flips, but just the opposite is true in today’s market where house flipping reached a 6-year-high in the second quarter.

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By Kerry Curry, B2R Finance Contributor
Rising residential property values in Florida and California appear to be pushing more investors toward single-family rentals in those states.
The Sunshine State and the Golden State are driving some of the strongest rent increases on three-bedroom single-family properties in the country, according to data from RentRange, a provider of rental data, analytics and rent-based valuations.

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How to Handle Tenant Complaints September 12, 2016

Contributing Writer, B2R Finance | Landlords


By Kerry Curry, Contributing Writer
If you have residential rental properties with tenants, you will, at some point in time, receive a complaint. It’s just the law of averages, even for the most fastidious landlord.
There are good ways and bad ways to handle a tenant complaint.

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The Pros and Cons of Investing in Higher-end Rental Properties September 7, 2016

Contributing Writer, B2R Finance | Real Estate Investment


By Kerry Curry, Contributing Writer
Residential real estate investors often wonder whether it makes sense to invest in a couple of expensive properties rather than several lower-priced ones, with the biggest question often being: “Is it worth it?”
To help us look at the pros and cons of investing in higher-priced rental properties, we tapped the expertise of Chris Clothier, partner and vice president of sales and marketing at Memphis Invest, a turnkey investment firm.

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Investor Intel: Is There a Housing Bubble? September 2, 2016

Contributing Writer, B2R Finance | News


If any housing bubbles exist, they are local in nature, not national, says CNBC contributor Ron Insana, who suggests housing commentators need to settle down because “this is not an ‘all in’ moment on the housing front.”
Insana says that while average home prices in 20 major metros are above their 2007 peak prices and while a few metros are overpriced, that doesn’t make for a national housing bubble.

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What do Baby Boomers Want in Accessible Rentals? August 29, 2016

Contributing Writer, B2R Finance | Landlords


By Kerry Curry, Contributing Writer
A significant number of baby boomers want to move into rental properties as they age. Housing that is accessible for aging or disabled baby boomers will be a key factor in their decisions about where to live.

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By Kerry Curry, Contributing Writer
A real estate agent or broker who understands residential property investing can be a virtual goldmine for investors, so establishing a relationship with an experienced, investment-savvy agent can be very helpful, especially for novice investors.

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Real Estate Investors and the Rental Affordability Gap August 15, 2016

Contributing Writer, B2R Finance | Real Estate


By Kerry Curry, Contributing Writer
The number of renters who spend more than 30 percent or even 50 percent of their income on rent is on the rise in America.
The number of cost-burdened renters reached 21.3 million in 2014, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. Of that, 11.4 million of these households paid more than half their incomes for housing, a record high.

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Thinking of Skimping on CapEx? Read this First! August 8, 2016

Contributing Writer, B2R Finance | Real Estate Investment


By Kerry Curry, Contributing Writer
If you own residential rental properties, or your own home, you know you have to maintain your investment. This can mean keeping up with everything from a fresh coat of paint to replacing a roof or HVAC system.
Deferred maintenance can have costly implications. If you let something fall into disrepair, you may ultimately spend far more on repairs or replacement than if you had acted sooner.
Striking a balance on capital expenditures, or CapEx, […]

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