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Managing Your Own San Jose Rental Property: What’s Next?

If you’re thinking about managing your rental property on your own, you need to be prepared for everything that’s involved. First – Prepare Your Property This means figuring out exactly what you have to do to the home to make it ready for the rental market. You need to hire the right people to get it ready […]

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How to Choose a San Jose Property Management Firm

Today we’re talking about the things to look for when you’re searching for a property management firm. This is a fast and growing industry so there are a lot of companies out there. These three considerations are a great place to start your search. Experience One of the first things you need to know is […]

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How to Get the Most Rent Out of My San Jose Rental

Getting the most rent out of your San Jose rental requires two things: a good rental price and a highly qualified tenant who will stay in the property long term. It’s important to present the property the best way you can. Not everyone can have a perfect, beautiful remodeled rental, and that’s okay. You can […]

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Should I Have my Realtor Manage My San Jose Property?

If you are considering using your Realtor as a property manager for your rental home, you need to make sure that they are qualified. The question isn’t really whether or not they should manage your property; it’s whether they have the knowledge and experience to manage your property. The main part of a real estate […]

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2015 Rental Market Professional Forecast for San Jose Real Estate Investors

Today we are talking about the state of the rental market in San Jose, and overall the market is strong. It looks similar to last year, which is good news for investors and rental property owners. There’s a very low inventory, so not a lot of properties are available to renters. That has helped rental […]

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Los Gatos Property Management Advice: The Range of Property Management Fees

Los Gatos Property Management Advice: The Range of Property Management Fees

In the residential property management industry, we see a range in fees that is around 8 to 10 percent of rent that is collected. That amount can vary, due to other considerations. For example, the property management fee charged for a single family home might be much different than the fee charged for a 20-unit […]

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How to be a Landlord in Palo Alto: Smart Remodel to Optimize your Rental

How to be a Landlord in Palo Alto: Smart Remodel to Optimize your Rental

Many landlords often grapple with the question of what makes a smart remodel. Should you remodel or simply update? It is ideal if you can remodel the whole home, of course, but if you do not have that kind of a budget to spend on your rental property, there are still things you can do. […]

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How to be a Landlord in Los Gatos: Handling Security Deposits

How to be a Landlord in Los Gatos: Handling Security Deposits

Handling a tenant’s security deposit is an important element in landlord tenant relationships. It is also the most disputed issue. Landlords often find themselves in a bit of a grey area because there is nothing simple or direct in the rules, regulations and laws that mandate what you can and cannot charge in the security […]

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Property Management Advice: Pet Policy in Palo Alto

Property Management Advice: Pet Policy in Palo Alto

Many landlords want to know if it is a good idea to allow a tenant to have a pet. The benefit of a pet policy in Palo Alto allowing tenants to have pets in your residential property is that you have a larger group of renters to consider. A lot of people have pets, and […]

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How to be a Landlord in Los Gatos: Rent your Home to the Best Tenant

How to be a Landlord in Los Gatos: Rent your Home to the Best Tenant

Any time we have a new client at Real Estate Connections, the landlord in Los Gatos often has an idea of who the best tenant is. Santa Clara County is a major dot-com area, and we have a lot of tech companies employing people here. So, most landlords are hoping for a single person to […]

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