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Blog Post 5 Tips for Effective Maintenance Coordination in Rental Properties

5 Tips for Effective Maintenance Coordination in Rental Properties

Rental turnover rates hit around 20% in Chicago last year.Tenants choose to leave rentals because they think they can do better. The most common reason for rental turnover has to do with unresolved maintenance issues. If you can't properly maintain your rental properties, you...
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Blog Post Keeping Track: How to Manage Your Rental Property Accounting Records

Keeping Track: How to Manage Your Rental Property Accounting Records

Chicago is one of the best cities in the country to own rental property, with nearly 55% of properties being renter-occupied.As of November 2023, the average monthly rent in Chicago was almost $2,000, which ranks in the top 20 in the US. Chicago landlords earn plenty of income fr...
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Blog Post Difference Between Pets, Service, and Support Animals: A Landlord's Guide

Difference Between Pets, Service, and Support Animals: A Landlord's Guide

Imagine you're a landlord about to rent out a cozy apartment. You've just met a potential tenant who mentions they have a pet.As you start considering the logistics, questions arise: Is it a pet, a service animal, or a support animal? What's the difference? How will e...
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Blog Post New HUD Report for Tenant Screening and Credit Checks - Part 1

New HUD Report for Tenant Screening and Credit Checks - Part 1

On April 29th, HUD released new guidelines for screening tenants and being compliant with the latest fair housing laws. I am writing this post in two parts. This is part 1 and will go into a summary of their 24-page guidance and what it means. Please note I am not an attorney, an...
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Blog Post Attract New Residents Moving to Chicago for the First Time

Attract New Residents Moving to Chicago for the First Time

Despite Illinois' quiet streets, downtown Chicago buzzes with more people than ever since the pandemic. For landlords, this change is a chance not to be missed.With more people moving to Chicago, there are more potential renters. This means you can fill empty properties faste...
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Blog Post Safe Property Management for You and Your Tenants

Safe Property Management for You and Your Tenants

As a property manager, your tenants' safety isn't just a checkbox on a legal form - it's a core responsibility that directly impacts your success. But how do you go beyond the basics and truly ensure a safe living environment?In this blog, we explore safe property man...
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Blog Post Understanding the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance

Understanding the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance

Chicago is one of the rare cities where tenant-occupied homes outweigh owner-occupied ones, with 55% of the city being renters.To ensure that both landlords and tenants enjoy a positive relationship, we've got the Chicago residential landlord-tenant ordinance. This set of law...
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Blog Post How Do Appraisals Work For Investment Properties?

How Do Appraisals Work For Investment Properties?

Whether you want to purchase a new property or pull equity out of your investment property, understanding the appraisal process is super important to your investment journey.  Below, we will explain the common reason for ordering a home appraisal for your investment process ...
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Blog Post Best Way to Collect Rent as a Landlord and Maintain Good Terms with Tenants

Best Way to Collect Rent as a Landlord and Maintain Good Terms with Tenants

You're a landlord with a golden touch, effortlessly collecting rent from your tenants while maintaining a harmonious client relationship that's the envy of the real estate world. Sounds like a dream, right?Luckily, we're about to turn that dream into your reality!Read...
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Blog Post Springtime Maintenance for Your Rental Property

Springtime Maintenance for Your Rental Property

The Spring is finally starting in Chicago, with warmer weather and nasty thunderstorms. Are your rental properties prepared to get through the season or set up to fail at the worst time? Preventative maintenance saves money by preventing more significant problems from occurring a...
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