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Can I afford to own rental property?

Rental income properties can be great investments. At this moment, conditions are perfect for investing due to low interest rates and the availability of affordable properties. Whether you’re considering purchasing your first rental property, or you’re adding to your portfolio, your first question should always be, Can I afford to own and maintain this property? Even the best landlords in the world have to plan for the unexpected. Otherwise, you can quickly find yourself upside-down and your investment becomes a burden.

So, how much can you expect to pay from year to year? While there’s no magic formula, here are some general guidelines to help you beat the odds.

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Website Launch Announcment

Rent Appeal opened its doors in the Atlanta area the beginning of 2014. We’ve already reached many milestones in our journey. One that we’re particularly proud of is this website. It’s still – and will always be – a work in progress, since our goal is to constantly provide the latest technology and create a growing community where ideas and information are freely shared. We believe that we all benefit from our shared experience. We invite you – the home owner, the renter, the do-it-yourselfer – to interact with us via this website and our social media channels. We want to know what’s working, what could work better, and how we can improve together. We hope to hear from you soon!

7 Landscaping Tips to Prep Your Property for Spring

A property’s landscape is often the first thing prospective tenants notice. A yard in dire straights could be construed as neglectful ownership and drive away potential renters.  If your landscaping has been neglected, spring is the perfect time to create some rent appeal. (See what we did there?) provides the following tips on how to get your yard looking great for Spring. Tip #1 helped me – I usually begin my weed treatments once I see them, which is too late. In Georgia, you should begin applying a pre-emergent in February to nock out the roots of weeds before they become a problem. Read more

Dog on a Hog

So, off the topic of property management, I was driving today and experienced one of those moments I wish I would have been recording. Coming toward me in the opposite lane of traffic was a man riding a motorcycle, and over his shoulder was his loyal companion, a large dog wearing matching goggles and helmet. The dog was sitting on the seat behind the driver, with his head over the driver’s shoulder, and one of those looks on his face that told you this was one happy pup. His beak was open, tongue hangout out, ears flopping in the wind, and the ends of his lips in full curl, smiling as much as a dog can smile. Being able to witness this, even briefly, made me almost as happy as the mutt. That’s one lucky dog.


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