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Mr. Landlord Tips

(Shared by landlords nationwide) THE BEST LANDLORDING ADVICE I’VE RECEIVED  10 rental property owners share what they believe is the single best piece of landlording advice that they have ever received. Here are their school of hard knocks words of wisdom:    1) Like Reagan said, “Trust but verify”.      2) Treat residents well!
3) Hang out with like-minded people. Ask to shadow a successful landlord in your area.    4) Don’t underestimate the actual cost of owning real estate! Many studies indicate total expenses including vacancy, etc. will average around 45% to 50% of gross income.    5) Compared to a bad resident, a vacancy is a delight. 
6) Put your rental criteria in writing. 
7) Figure out who you want to rent to and only buy/fix properties they will rent.    8) The landlord is in charge. The resident is not!    9) Make sure you have a fantastic lease that covers everything – Everything!

10) Five years from now YOU WILL BE the books you read, the audios you listen to, and the people you associate with. Wealth creation is between the ears. 

12 STEPS FOR ONE DAY TURNOVER      Many of you veterans out there may already know all of this, but just in case I wanted to share “the system” that has one landlord 3 for 3 of his last vacancies at a one day turn over.
Step 1: Communication with current residents. Make sure you touch base with resident 90 days out from their anniversary date about which anniversary gift they want. If I hear nothing by 60 days out, then we ask again or confirm their intent to move. Repeat this step 30 days out. Get their desire in writing, signed, and dated!   Step 2: Start advertising. I start putting my Craigslist & Zillow ad 30 days out, around the first of the month. Renew the post every 2 days or as often as allowed.   Step 3: Communicate my bonus program to the current residents. $100 if they bring me a qualified prospect who signs a lease (and pays!). Or $100 if I get someone with their assistance prior to their move out to pre-lease. This moving bonus is a thank you for them keeping the place nice enough to show and being accommodating to repeat showings, plus saying a positive word about the home or neighborhood. Yeah, my lease says they have to do it anyway for free BUT this encourages cooperation and they say nice things about me to the prospect too!   Step 4: Get a “anytime is fine” showing agreement with residents. Basically, anytime between X and Y times it’s okay for me to show the rental with 30 minutes notice ahead of time. Or get them to agree to show it for you when they’re home. Saves gas, saves time, and it’s less stress.   Step 5: While doing showings, make the handyman provide a fix-it list for repairs as soon as the old residents are in their last weeks before  moving out.
Step 6: One week out, line up your cleaning / maintenance / carpet-scrubbing crew(s). Coordinate so they aren’t stepping on each other to get it done the day resident moves out, if possible. If all else fails and its a fairly clean turnover, you can probably leave the maintenance for last unless there’s a major issue that affects habitability. The cleaning gal shows up in the morning, carpet scrubbers finish up in the evening.  The next day everything is dry and ready for new resident.   Step 7: Email the lease as an attachment to resident 3 days prior to signing to ensure they have ample time to review and ask questions. Remind them that you need the rent and deposit in certified funds (no personal checks, thank you) when you meet to sign the lease. No money, no keys, no signing anything.   Step 8: Day prior to lease begins. Make sure utilities are switched over effective the day prior to the first day of the lease. Call the power company or ask the resident to show you a receipt as proof of service.

Step 9: Day lease begins. Do walk through with residents. Note deficiencies and write down everything you agree to fix / repair / upgrade on a list that says: “Only these items will be fixed / repaired / upgraded. RESIDENT agrees landlord has not promised, verbally or in writing, to any other repairs, fixes or upgrades that are not listed. Premises are accepted in “as is” condition, unless otherwise noted on this sheet.”   Step 10a: Get money, sign lease. Give resident a run down of rules and procedures for maintenance requests and emergency contact information. Show them where the circuit breaker box is, water shut off, etc. Give each resident a copy of your business card (with you as property manager) with phone number, office hours and email address.   Step 10b: Hand over keys. (this is last for a reason, folks!) Step 11: Deposit money in your bank. Step 12: Go enjoy a cold beverage of your choice in celebration. Ah, another turn over complete!   Of course there will be some turn-overs that are more complex: eviction, slobs, damages, etc. This is meant as a basic blue print for an otherwise successful tenancy that is coming to a close. Add or subtract steps that you feel make the process smoother.

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July 4 – Archie


JULY 4th 2014  ARCHIE PHILLIPS & DOYLE ROSSER founders of AIA Alabama Real Estate Investors Association 35 years ago in 1978, AIA members enjoyed Archies BBQ at his Lake in Columbiana today. See Archies and his wifes photo – he is 78 yrs. old and recovering from sickness.  These two individuals mean a lot to AIA and we thank them for all the work they have done on behalf of the association and the countless number of investors they have educated, mentored and coached to a better way of life through Real Estate Investing. Six County Commissioners, and Congress individuals showed up today to honor ARCHIE. Archie serves today as our Governmental Affairs Chairperson- he is by far our most politically connected person and influence! His son Bubba serves along side of him plus other individuals.