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Should You Offer Furnished Apartments?

Landlords, do you have rental properties within a college town? Do you often have tenants looking for short-term leases? Is your property manager getting calls looking for furnished rentals? If so, should you offer furnished rentals? Let’s take a look...
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Landlords, Are You Collecting Enough Security Deposits?

Every landlord on the planet knows the benefits of requiring a tenant to pay a security deposit when they sign a lease agreement. Though that is common knowledge, there are a few facts about security deposits that many landlords know...
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3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Always Trust Online Property Management Company Reviews

There is something about the human condition that makes us have an almost instinctive need to seek the opinions of others before making a decision - especially a financial one. It is one thing to ask a trusted friend for...
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10 Essential Lease Terms for College Students

Renting to college students can be very profitable for landlords. There is a high demand for off-campus housing which drives up rents. What is more, you can often get more rental income than renting to typical non-student tenants. However, there...
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Landlords, in Light of a Huge Run Up in Rents & Sale Prices, Do You Have an Endgame?

You have bought your rental property for the income stream and perhaps even in hope of future appreciation. While you may plan to own the property for a long, long time, a wise investor will have an endgame for your...
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The Nightmare of Home Warranties for Landlords

More and more single family homes are being marketed with a home warranty policy. This is the seller’s way of trying to convince the buyer that if something breaks during the first year of ownership, the warranty policy will cover...
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5 Tips to Find Great Renters and Tenants

Much of the financial success that comes from rental investment property depends on a landlord’s ability to secure great renters and tenants. You want to find a tenant that will not only pay the rent on time but one that...
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What is the 50% Rule and How Can it Save Rental Investors from Huge Mistakes?

When an investor decides to buy a rental property, there are usually scores of choices. But how do you know if you are choosing the most profitable property? The last thing that you want to do is to buy a...
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Which is a Better Choice for Homeowners Insurance – “Actual Cash Value” or “Replacement Cost Value”?

The goal of any investor is to protect their financial interests and where real estate is concerned that means protecting your property. Your rental properties may very well be the most valuable asset that you own. Choosing the best homeowners...
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Protect Your Home from Pests Including Bugs, Critters and Rodents

You have purchased an investment property. This well-built structure is expected to outlive you. It will be a source of income after you retire. It needs to last. Then you get the dreaded call from your property manager… The tenants...
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How to Calculate Market Rent for Your Investment Property

If you want to maximize your Net Operating Income, then you need to maximize your rent. But that also means that you must know where the rental ceiling is. In order to know how much rent you should charge, you...
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10 Essential Lease Terms When Dealing With College Students

Renting to college students can be very profitable for landlords. There is a high demand for off-campus housing which drives up rents. What is more, you can often get more rental income than renting to typical non-student tenants. However, there...
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Featured Rental Community. Landfall, Wilmington, North Carolina

If you are looking to move to Wilmington, then no doubt you are interested in learning about the neighborhoods, boroughs and suburbs. This information will help you choose just the right place for you and your family. This week in...
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Which is a Better Gauge – Capitalization Rate or Cash-on-Cash Return?

Cash flow is king or so the saying goes. When it comes to owning rental properties, a positive cash flow is absolutely essential. When an investor purchases an income producing property, there can be several motivations such as future appreciation,...
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Five Points, Raleigh, NC Featured Triangle Area Rental Neighborhood

We are happy to announce a new series of articles. From time to time we will feature a neighborhood in our rental market area. It is hoped that this series will help residents – old ones and new move-ins –...
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Featured Wake County Rental Neighborhood – Cameron Village, Raleigh, North Carolina

If you are looking to move to Raleigh, then no doubt you are interested in learning about the neighborhoods, boroughs, 19and suburbs. This information will help you choose just the right place for you and your family. This week in...
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Landlords Earn More Rent – Convert the Basement

The more units that you can rent out, the greater your income. Landlords, if you want to earn more rent then maximize the space you own – convert the basement. This can be an option if you own a rental...
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What Every Landlord Needs to Know Before Signing a Lease

L eases are not just for tenants. It is a contractual agreement between you, the landlord, and the tenant. Just as the tenant has responsibilities, so does the landlord. Let us take a moment to review what a rental property...
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How to Sell a Leased House

During the Great Recession, investors scooped up cheap single family homes by the dozens and converted them into rental properties. Home values have appreciated significantly over the past couple of years leading many investors to cash out of these properties....
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How to Make a Success of College Town Rentals

O ff-campus housing is a high demand item with many students. This can create a very lucrative investment opportunity for landlords looking to capitalize on this income stream. If done correctly, you can dramatically increase the rental income you can...
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Is Your Investment Property Rent Ready or Sell Ready?  What’s the Difference?

There is a big difference in whether your investment property is rent ready or sell ready. These are two completely different scenarios, and if you want to earn as much profit off either one as possible, it is important to...
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How to Create a Low Maintenance Yard that Looks Great!

A home’s yard is the first impression when looking at a house. What is your yard saying about the property? Is it screaming high maintenance or no maintenance at all? Does it look overgrown and unattractive or well trimmed and...
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Renter Nation Trends & How Rental Owners Can Use Them for More Profit

The Trends No doubt most landlords have read the headlines regarding the record number of renters in the US these days. Well for our local markets, things are no different. As a result of this massive shift in habits, it...
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State of the Housing Market – February 2018

The national real estate market feels safe and stable. There is a nice movement between buyers and sellers. Property values are appreciating. Things are looking good. But our perceptions and our reading of the pulse of the housing market may...
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How a Property Management Company will Protect Your Investment

You have spent months looking for the right investment property. You have perhaps spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on purchasing this choice piece of real estate. Now your goals are to have your investment creating an income stream and,...
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Craigslist Scam Advice for Landlords and Rental Managers / Owners. What You Don’t Know Very Well May Hurt You…

Craigslist can be a great resource for finding a rental home, but unfortunately can be double-edged sword. Tenants should be cautious and aware that the site is littered with scam ads, drawings people in advertising notoriously low rental rates. A few of...
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5 Ways to Reduce Vacancy Rates

Reduce Vacancy Rates Would you like to increase your annual net operating income? Would you like to simplify your management? Would you like to stabilize your income stream? If you answered “Yes” to any or all of those questions, then...
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A Look Back & Ahead With Victory Property Management In 2018 – Company & Market Investor Update

You may recall last year that we highlighted the extreme financial pressure the average US renter is currently experiencing, and despite what was the hottest year we have ever witnessed, warned that it would likely be coming to an end...
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The Hidden Cost of Vacancy to Landlords & Rental Owners

So, you’ve made the move to rent out your property and trust a great property management company. Most likely, your property will sit vacant for a little while at least while we diligently search for the best tenant. You may...
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5 Ways to Lower Winter Utility Costs

The winter season is upon us and though North Carolina does not get as cold as some states, we can expect to have the furnace running at some time during the next few months. If you are a tenant who...
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Should You Accept Pets? Yes!

Most landlords would agree that they would prefer to have tenants that do not have pets. It is thought that accepting pets means that the landlord will have to foot the bill for more repairs when the tenant moves out....
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How Landlords and Property Managers can Make the Most of Rental Property Inspections

Rental property inspections are a frequent request from homeowners hiring a property manager for the first time. This is very reasonable, but as with most aspects of rental management, there are more questions that need to be addressed than simply...
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10 New Year Resolutions for Landlords

The New Year has arrived! A new year is upon us, and around this time we usually stop for a moment and ponder about what the future will bring and what we can do to make it a success. When...
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Featured Rental Community – Renaissance Park, Raleigh, North Carolina

If you are looking to move to Raleigh, then no doubt you are interested in learning about the neighborhoods, boroughs and suburbs. This information will help you choose just the right place for you and your family. This week in...
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Victory Property Management Reviews Span a Long List of Reputable Sources

We are passionate about property management. We take it very seriously because we know that you have a lot at stake when you entrust the care of your investment property into the hands of a property manager. We strive to carefully balance...
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Winter Improvements that Increase Tenancy

In our previous article, we discussed some of the reasons why vacancies are longer and harder to fill during the winter season. This is especially true during the month of December. Try as you may, we may not be able...
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Why You Must Rent Your Home by December 20th!

Have you heard it? Have you heard people saying “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas”? ‘Tis the season. While the holidays are a happy time for many, if you have an empty rental then this season isn’t so jolly. It is...
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How to Recognize a Natural Gas Leak in Your Rental Home

We want to keep our tenants safe. We also want to keep the building you rent in the best possible condition. Since you are in the unit much more than we are, we depend on you to keep us appraised...
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Landlord-Friendly Rental Property Upgrades can Save Tons of Headaches & Money

Often times when one looks to invest in an income property, the concern is whether or not the property will be attractive to the tenant. What we fail to discuss is whether the property will be kind to the landlord....
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Raleigh, NC

High Winter Inventory affects Raleigh-Durham Rental Market – Here is What You Can Do about It.

Last week we examined the state of the market on a national level. This week we are going to take a closer look at the North Carolina multi-family market. We are going to focus on the Raleigh-Durham rental market area....
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State of the Market – November 2017

When we know what is going on in the national and statewide real estate market, we are better equipped to make lucrative investment decisions. It is our goal to help our landlords and investors to do just that. Our company...
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5 Ways to Get Stains Out of Your Rental

Life happens and evidence of those happenings are all around us. There is that wine stain on the cream Berber carpet. There is your grandson’s crayon marks on the living room wall. Do not forget about your husband’s oil stain...
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Landlords Struggling with Winter Vacancy? Great Tips to Make the Most of It

​As the weather gets cooler, and indoors cozier, people typically opt to hunker down and hibernate. Optional moves are rarely on their to-do list during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, and the overall general chill of winter....
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Should a Landlord Accept Section 8 Tenants & Procedures?

Landlords are looking for dependable trustworthy tenants that will pay their rent on time and not trash the unit. Some property owners fear accepting Section 8 tenants. This article will take a look whether that fear is justified or whether...
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How to Get Pet Stains Out of the Carpet

We love our pets. We love the idea that our landlord lets us have our pets. We do not love, however, when our pets make a mess in the house. What is more, we know that if we cannot get...
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The Risks and Benefits of Renting to College Students

Landlords, if you own rental properties in Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Durham, Greenville, Raleigh, Wilmington, or Winston-Salem then you have the opportunity to rent to college students. This can be a very lucrative source of rental income. There are some pros...
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Why Return on Investment is the Critical Rental Metric

Why Return on Investment is the Critical Rental Metric That Trumps All Others

The past year in single family rental housing has been an interesting one to say the least. Things technically haven’t changed much, but it does seem as though the market is being shuffled around more than ever. Multi-family on the...
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Reduce Vacancy by Making Rental Showings

Reduce Vacancy by Making Rental Showings Easy as Possible for Prospective Tenants

Time is money. The more time your rental property sits vacant, the less money you will make. That is why we here at Victory Real Estate work hard to fill our vacant units as quickly as possible. One primary way...
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Reduce Vacancy by Making Rental Showings

10 Ninja Marketing Techniques to Find the Best Tenants for Your Apartment Building

Listing a unit in your apartment complex or multi-family real estate investment is only the first step. If you want to locate apartment property management nc.pngthe best tenants and command the highest rent then you need to do more than...
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1031 Exchange Rules and Regulations

This is the last article in our 1031 Exchange series. Previously we talked about reasons why you should use a 1031 Exchange tax shelter and how to use a 1031 Exchange. Today we are going to discuss some of the...
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How to Use a 1031 Exchange

How to Use a 1031 Exchange

In our last article “Are You Using the 1031 Exchange Tax Shelter?” we discussed how utilizing a 1031 exchange can save you tens of thousands of dollars in unnecessary taxes. This will give you more money to invest into another...
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How Landlords Can Use Long Lasting Improvements to Increase Property Value and Rental Income

In a previous article (you can find here...) we discussed how to use a budget to ensure consistent cash flow while steadily improving real estate value. Today we want to discuss some value added repair projects that will help you...
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Are You Using the 1031 Exchange Tax Shelter?

Landlords, perhaps you have heard of the 1031 Exchange. Today we are going to explain the benefits and how easy it is to save thousands by utilizing it. If you are planning on selling an investment property and you plan...
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Housing

State of the Housing Market – September 2017

Landlords and investors, we would like to keep you updated on what the industry experts are saying about the real estate market. It is our hope and desire that this information, and the practical application, that we make of it...
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What to Do If Water Leaks into Your Home?

There are few things that are more damaging to a home than water. Just take a look at the pictures of the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and the damage it did to those homes in Texas. But hurricanes and storms...
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Anatomy of a real estate rental investment in Raleigh NC. MoveZen purchases a large residential rental house in Downtown Raleigh NC

Anatomy of a real estate rental investment in Raleigh NC. MoveZen purchases a large residential rental house in Downtown Raleigh NC. Join us from start to finish and see how it plays out in real-time. For this program we are...
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Emergency Supplies

How to Prepare for a Hurricane

This 2017 hurricane season has caught our attention like none other. On Friday, August 25, 2017 Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas as a Category 4 hurricane. Now only two weeks later a Category 5 hurricane is barreling towards Florida....
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What You Need to Know About Homeowners Insurance

Owning an investment property is one step. Protecting your investment is another. One primary way you can protect your investment property is to make sure that you have the right kind of homeowners insurance. Not all policies are the same....
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Tips and Tricks to Sell Your Rental

How to Convert Your Rental to Sell as a Primary Residence

There comes a time when a real estate investor wants to transition from owning single family rentals to managing apartment buildings. The question that we need to address now is how to sell these rental houses for the most money...
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5 Tips to Find Good Renters

Investors spend hours pouring over listings. They put forth great effort analyzing the profit and loss statements to make sure an investment property will create the desired return. Home inspectors are hired to look for unseen problems.  Do investors, however,...
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Is It Time to Reinvest?

Perhaps you were like many investors who took advantage of the real estate housing crisis and bought up those dirt cheap single family foreclosures. If so, then you may be sitting on quite a few rental homes. Is it time...
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Should You Turn Your Home into a Rental Property When Forced to Move?

Life changes. It can throw us a curveball that nearly takes us off our feet. Perhaps you have reached a point in life that you will need to move out of your home. It could be because of a job...
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Do You Illegally Manage a Rental Home in the City of Raleigh?

Do you find that to be an interesting question? Are you thinking, “No, my rental is legal. I have a signed and dated lease agreement. I am charging a fair rental rate. I am living up to my responsibilities as...
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Rental Houses or Apartments, Which is a Better Investment?

Investors can make a good solid case for buying rental houses or apartments. While both single family residences and multi-family properties can made good investments, we want to look at different investment scenarios so that you as the investor can...
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Should I Put My Rentals in a LLC?

If you have been a real estate investor for any length of time, you have no doubt heard about placing your real estate investments in a LLC (Limited Liability Corporation). Some swear that it is not necessary. Others claim that...
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Earn More Rent – Convert the Garage

This is the third article in the “Earn More Rent” series. This week we will discuss how you can increase your monthly cash flow by converting the garage into a rental unit. As with all conversion projects, you will want...
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AirBnB – What is it? What do Landlords Need to Know?

Landlords, we here at Victory Property Management consider it our serious responsibility to protect your interests, your property, and our reputation. A relatively new website AirBnB has recently been in the news concerning issues that could affect landlords. While we...
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State of the Housing Market – Summer 2017

Successful real estate investing requires that we stay on top of the housing market. We need to know the state of the housing market – where prices are heading; what neighborhoods are in demand; where to put our investment dollars....
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How to Choose the Best Self-Directed Retirement Account for Your Rentals

This article is the last in our series on how to use real estate investment properties to fund your retirement. In a previous article, we discussed different types of retirement accounts that can be used to hold real estate. In...
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How to Deal with a Noisy Neighbor

It never fails, you get a day off to kick back and watch movies and your neighbor decides to use his power saw all day long. Or perhaps you have a toddler who needs to go to bed early and...
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What You Must Know When Leasing to College Students

College classes will soon start. Landlords, do you rent to college students? If not, then you are missing a great source of income. If you are renting to college students, do you know how to market to them? Their situation...
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Landlords, Why You Need to Fill All Vacant Rentals by Mid-August

The clock is ticking. The deadline is nearing. The push is on. Here at Victory Property Management, Inc., we are working day and night to fill all vacant rentals before August 15th. I bet you never thought of August 15th...
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Service Animals and Renting – Do You Know the Laws?

In a previous blog article, we discussed the benefits of accepting renters that own pets. Today we are going to look into the matter a little deeper. What about renting to tenants that have service animals? If you, as the...
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How to Place Your Rental Properties into a Self-Directed Retirement Account

In our last article we discussed how to set up a real estate portfolio that can support retirement. This week, we will focus our attention on how to place your rental properties into a self-directed retirement account. While simply owning...
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House Rules

5 House Rules for Tenants

House rules. You moved out to get away from those, right? Well, we promise to never set a curfew or require you to call your mom if you are running late. But there are a few things that we ask...
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The Pros and Cons of Short-Term Rentals

The long and short of it... Have you considered short-term rentals? This would include vacation rentals, families that have closed on their first house but not on the second, college students or temporary workers. Large corporations often prefer to rent...
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The 2nd Biggest Rental Investing Myth?  Cheaper is Better…

In our series of Investing Myth articles, we will be busting open some common buying and selling myths that affect real estate investors. Making an investment decision based on one of these common misconceptions could cost you thousands of dollars...
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How to Set Up a Real Estate Portfolio that Can Support Retirement

In our recent series of articles, we have discussed how to use our real estate investment model to measure risk in a real estate portfolio. Today we want to focus on how to set up a real estate portfolio that...
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Use Our Investment Model to Balance Your Real Estate Portfolio

In our last article, we showed how we could use Morningstar’s investment model to measure the risk versus return on a real estate investment. Today, we will show you how our investment model can be used to balance your real...
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How to Prevent SubLetting

Did you see it on the news? On December 10, 2015 Fox2Now out of St. Louis ran a story entitled “Landlord claims tenants illegally turned three-bedroom apartment into 10 bedrooms.” It is the thing that makes up a landlord’s nightmare....
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If You Want to Get Rich, Rent DON’T BUY? Or At Least Don’t Assume You Have To Without Doing the Math…

There is a common misconception that if you want to get rich then you need to buy a house. Well, we are going to show you the evidence that this is a big fat lie! If you want to get...
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Using Morningstar’s Investment Model to Measure Real Estate Investments

Most stock market investors are familiar with Fama and French three-factor model used by Morningstar to explain the differences in the returns of diversified equity portfolios. It is a visual measurement of the balance between risk and return. We are...
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Investing Myth #3: Renovations Make Rental Investors More Money

“Remodel it and they will pay.” I believe this myth has sprung from watching too many television shows showing dramatic makeovers and jaw dropping profits. While a fix-and-flip can earn some quick cash, remodeling rental properties are not always that...
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How to Use a VA Loan to Buy Rental Property

If you're unfamiliar with VA loans, you should read this article that we posted last week first. here... Technically, VA loans cannot be used to buy a rental or investment property. It is designed for buying the property owner’s primary...
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Are Property Managers Worth It?

Honestly, it's a personal decision. Not every landlord (or property manager) is the same, It must be up to you to determine if hiring a property manager is a worth investment. The basic reasons to hire a property manager can...
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Landlords, Are You Charging Enough Late Fees?

Successful landlords are always looking for ways to increase their profit margin. Are you maximizing the income potential from your property? Are you charging late fees? We are going to look at this from two important angles: the amount of...
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Rents in Raleigh

How Much is the Rent in Downtown Raleigh, N.C?

Living in the suburbs is so out of fashion. If you want to be in hub of things, then you need to find an awesome place to rent in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. Renting downtown has so many perks and...
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Can I Have a Service Animal in My Apartment?

  Many landlords do not allow tenants to have pets in their rentals. That is their right since it is their building. But what if you own a service or support animal? Are they allowed? Is there a difference between...
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What Are Your Options if a Tenant Cannot Pay the Rent?

If all of your tenants always pay their rent in full and on time, then count yourself lucky – for now – because it’s not going to last. Every single landlord will deal with rent issues. So what are your...
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Spring is finally here and it is time to get out of the house and do something fun. We did a little checking and here are some of the top things to do in Raleigh during April, 2017. Theatre Aida Presented by the St. Thomas More Academy Theater Department Dates: March 30 – April 8 Time: Thursday, Friday and Saturday 7 pm Location: St. Thomas More Academy, 3109 Spring Forest Rd Admission: Students $6 and Adults $8 The Mousetrap A classic Agatha Christie murder mystery with plenty of twists and tricks. Directed by Tim Wiest. Date: March 31 – April 9 Time: Thursday – Saturday 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 3 pm Location: Cary Arts Center, Cary Admission: Adults $20, Seniors/Students: $18 Concerts All-4-One Remember the group when you were a kid? They sang the popular songs “So Much in Love,” “I Swear,” and “I Can Love You Like That.” Date: April 28 Time: 7:30 pm Location: Holly Springs Cultural Center Admission: Adults $43; Seniors $37; Students $16 Balsam Range Straight out of Haywood, NC, this bluegrass and acoustic group won the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainer of the Year award. Date: April 21 Time: 7:30 pm Location: Cary Arts Center Admission: Adults $26; Seniors (55+) $24; Friends and Family 4-Pack $88 Big Sean A live performance by rapper Big Sean as part of his “I Decided” tour. Date: April 16 Time: 8 pm Location: The Ritz Admission: $45 Red Hot Chili Peppers Date: April 15 Time: 8 pm Location: PNC Arena, N.C. State University Admission: $49 – $99 Poison Date: April 28 Time: 7:30 pm Location: Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Admission: $25 – $75 There are over 228 events scheduled in the Raleigh area during the month of April. If you want to see the whole list – including restaurants that offer live entertainment – then make sure you click on this link. Sports NHL Carolina Hurricanes Check out this link for the dates and teams that will be playing this month. Time: Starts 7 – 7:30 pm Location: PNC Arena, NC State University Admission: $25 to $290 Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon Come and watch, or better yet, participate in Raleigh’s award-winning marathon and half marathon. There are two days of activities to choose from. Date: April 1 – 2 Time: Saturday 8 am – Noon; Sunday 7 am – Noon Location: Downtown Raleigh Admission: 5K $45; Half Marathon $89; Full Marathon $99 Events LCINC Presents Evening of Hope Gala The Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina is hosting their 10th annual Evening of Hope Gala. Attendees are encouraged to dress in 1920’s attire. The event includes dinner, drinks, silent and live auctions, and live music from the Carolina Moondogs. Black tie optional. Date: April 1 Time: 5:30 – 11 pm Location: North Ridge Country Club Admission: $125; Free for lung cancer survivors Beer & Bacon Fest 10 Bacons from all over the USA, 15 Restaurants and 75 Craft Beers Date: April 8 Time: 12 pm – 6 pm Location: Koka Booth Amphitheatre Admission: $49 In Advance; $79 Day of the Event Family Children’s Day Festival of Cary Bring the kids and enjoy dance, music, and crafts as you celebrate the diversity of children. Date: April 22 Times: 11 am – 5 pm Location: Sertoma Amphitheatre Admission: Free Science Saturday: A Journey through the Universe Explore the history of the universe with presenter Savan Kharel of Yale University. Date: Time: 1 – 2 pm Location: Downtown Raleigh Admission: Free There is so much going on in Raleigh that we could never include it all. These are just the highlights. We didn’t even touch the number of bands and music performances that will be held in a variety of different restaurants and pubs. If you would like a complete list, check out VisitRaleigh.com. Share this:

Google Fiber Has Gone Live in the Greater Raleigh Area! Are You Ready to Cut the Time Warner Cord Like We Are?

If you have been waiting anxiously for Google Fiber to come to Raleigh, the wait just got a little shorter. The Triangle will be Google’s new fiberhood - an area that has been grouped first for the city. Google Fiber...
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5 Easy Yet Critical Steps to Get Great Renters

If you want to get the best return on your investment, there are a couple of elements that must come together to make it work. First, you need a rental property that is in a good location that has a...
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Investing Myth #4: Seller Financing is Better than a Mortgage for a Rental Investment

Read any investor guru book and they will encourage you to buy with seller financing. While low down payments are very attractive, there are quite a few factors that are often over looked when it comes to owner financing. Here...
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Victory Property Management has Teamed up with the Leader in Unpaid Rent Collections to Offer Our Landlords More Options

At Victory, we always enjoy being able to streamline services and offer better service to those who choose to work with us. We are excited that now we will be able to submit delinquent tenants to collections, allowing us to avoid time...
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Wilmington NC Residents & Travelers, Are You Ready for the Biggest Event of the Year? Azalea Festival Has the Town Buzzing

Wilmington NC Residents & Travelers, Are You Ready for the Biggest Event of the Year? Azalea Festival Has the Town Buzzing

For the past 69 years, the North Carolina Azalea Festival has been a main event of pageantry  full of music, galas and family fun. Every April, Wilmington comes alive with charm surrounded by the beautifully blooming azaleas for which the festival...
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What are the Best Public Schools in Raleigh, Apex and Cary, North Carolina?

As a parent, no doubt you are concerned with your children’s future. One way you can help them prepare for the future is by making sure they have the best education possible. Knowing what are the best public schools in...
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The Benefits of a VA Loan

Retired military service men have performed a valuable service to their country and the nation as a whole is grateful for their service. Veterans, did you know that some of your military benefits can be used to invest in rental...
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Landlords are Excited & Curious if Hollywood Film Incentives are Returning To Wilmington. Here’s Why…

>North Carolina has been a popular film location on the East Coast for a little over 30 years. Not only is this something boast about to friends who are not as fortunate to live in the fun hustle and bustle,...
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Licensed Real Estate Brokers – Refer Your Client to the Best Manager in Town for a True Win Win

Victory Real Estate, Inc. is excited to now close the gap between real estate agents and property managers, making both jobs a little easier, with more support for one another. We realize that most real estate agents consider three major issues...
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Featured Rental Community: Boylan Heights, Raleigh, North Carolina

If you are looking to move to Raleigh, then no doubt you are interested in learning about the neighborhoods, boroughs and suburbs. This information will help you choose just the right place for you and your family. This week in...
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Raleigh Landlords Earn a Reprieve From City Fees

Say goodbye to the City of Raleigh Rental Dwelling Registration program! The program has been dissolved by Silly Photos-1.jpgSenate Bill 326, eliminating municipalities’ ability to operate a rental dwelling registration program. The fee formerly was $45, so everyone in Raleigh...
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Featured Rental Neighborhood: North Hills, Raleigh, North Carolina

If you are looking to move to Raleigh, then no doubt you are interested in learning about the neighborhoods, boroughs and suburbs. This information will help you choose just the right place for you and your family. This week in...
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What Makes Cash Flow Rental Real Estate Such a Safe Investment?

Are you saving for retirement? Are you looking for tax shelters for your money? Are you working to create lasting wealth? All of these require investment of some sort. What makes cash flow real estate such a safe investment? Let...
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Service Update! Victory Offers its Tenants a 24/7 Call Center 365 Days a Year

Here at Victory Real Estate, we pride ourselves on our unequaled customer service – both to our property owners and our treasured tenants. Without happy, content and satisfied tenants, we will have a higher property turn-over which costs our property...
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How to Fix Up Your Investment Rental Properties While Maintaining Even Cash Flow

Rental properties need maintenance. Apartments can quickly get run down. This will attract less tenants and affect your ability to collect top dollar market rent. The problem is that repairs, maintenance and upgrades can get expensive fast. How can you...
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New Hanover County Landlords & Property Owners Should Prepare to See their Taxes Increase Soon

New Hanover County residential property owners can expect their property revaluations very soon! Over the past two-and-a-half years, over 104,000 parcels of land were revaluated to reflect the properties fairly so that taxes are more accurate. Detailed uniform appraisal processes allowed...
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Use Leverage to Increase Cash on Cash Returns

In a previous posts, we discussed how measuring the cash on cash returns are a better way to measure the profitability of an investment than using the Capitalization Rate alone. Today we are going to discuss how using bank financing...
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How to Choose a Property Management Company

Property management companies can be a great way to enjoy the financial benefits of owning income producing property without having the strain of day-to-day management. Knowing that you have a professional that has your back 24-hours a day can really...
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Renovations that Increase Rent

During the recent real estate crisis, many investors purchased foreclosure properties that were in less than desirable condition and turned them into rental properties. A frequent question is how to increase rent through renovation. A rental property that is in good...
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What to Do if You Won the Powerball Lottery

On Wednesday, January 13, 2016, three lucky players purchased the correct numbers to win the record setting Powerball jackpot of $1.5 billion. In the hope of striking it rich, $1.3 million tickets per minute were being sold during Wednesday evening’s...
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How to Protect Your Home in a Flood

Protect Your Home in a Flood If the home is in a flood prone area, there are some renovation ideas that can protect your home in a flood. Make sure all electrical systems including plugs and wiring are at least 1...
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How to Keep Your Home Safe during Winter

Winter can be a hazardous season. Many home fires are during the wintertime. Falls and injuries can also increase. What can you do to protect you, your family and your rental during the winter? Here are 4 tips to keep your...
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How to Get Tenants to Move Out without an Eviction

In a previous article, we discussed tenant eviction laws for North Carolina. If the tenant drags their feet and every step of the eviction must be followed all the way to the Sheriff forcibly evicting the tenant, the whole process can take...
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North Carolina Eviction Laws

North Carolina Eviction Laws

If you own a rental property, then at some time in the future, you are going to have to evict a tenant. It is never a pleasant process, but it cannot always be avoided. There is one thing that can...
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What Landlords Need to Know about the Raleigh, North Carolina Housing Code

A good landlord and a professional property management agency needs to not only care for their tenants but also comply with the city and state’s housing codes as it relates to rental properties. This article will review the Housing Codes...
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Top 10 Things Tenants Want in a Rental

When vacancy rates are low, the demand for tenants can be high. One way to make your rentals stand out above the crowd and stay filled longer is to offer amenities that tenants want in a rental. If you know...
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The Craziest Tenant Excuses for Not Paying the Rent

Paying the rent each and every month. It is not like you, as the landlord, are asking that much. You just want the rent to show up on time. But it is amazing the excuses that a renter can come...
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Our 5 Secrets to Passionate Property Management

What makes a property management company stand out above the crowd? How can a real estate management business generate excellent referrals? Is there a secret technique that creates long tenancies with great renters? What are the secrets to a property...
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How to Deal with Problem Tenants – Part 2

Last week we addressed how to deal with problem tenants. We discussed the first two top complaints landlords make about their tenants, namely, that they are always late with the rent and that problem tenants disturb their neighbors. This week...
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How to Deal with Problem Tenants – Part 1

It is a new landlord’s worst nightmare – the tenant from hell. You thought your screening process would have pinpointed problem tenants, but here they are calling you every minute or worse yet the neighbors are calling every minute. It...
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The Fall Maintenance List

Regular maintenance will help keep your rental units in tip-top shape. Not only will you be able to charge top dollar for your apartment or rental house, but your tenants will be more likely to stay when they see that...
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Easy Home Improvements that Increase Rent

Just as simple home improvements can increase the value of a home and hasten a sale, so can making the same improvements on a rental. There are several simple, low-cost improvements that can dramatically increase the appeal of an apartment...
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It’s All About the Interest Rates for Determining Rental Home Value and Forecast

Interest Rates & their Effect on Rentals Changes in the Rental Industry Interest Rates & their Effect on Rentals These days the sales market is the largest issue affecting rentals. Since the housing recovery began we have discussed several times...
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DIY vs. Professional Property Manager

You just bought a property in Raleigh, NC. You've heard great things about the area and are really excited about the idea of your first "income property." It will be great. You'll put a sign in your yard, find some...
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The “New” Real Estate Agent

Now days, getting started in the real estate industry is the easy part. However, actually building a sustainable business and being identified as a solid real estate agent is the defining factor if you will be able to compete in...
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NC Landlord’s Risk…Reduced?

NC Landlord's Risk...Reduced? Along with decision making, inevitably comes risk and uncertainty. In deciding whether to rent out your property or not, you have to decide whether you are willing to take a few chances. Will your house be damaged...
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2nd Quarter North Carolina Rental Market Outlook… Why All that Glitters is not Gold in Rental Investing

The past year in single family rental housing has been an interesting one to say the least.  Things technically haven’t changed much, but it does seem as though the market is being shuffled around more than ever.  Multi-family on the...
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Warren Buffett says single family rental housing is an amazing investment right now. Of course a one line statement requires more information but he’s basically right.

I wouldn't shout at the top of my lungs that housing will turn around today, and I do expect prices to fall. However, for the long term there are so many great reasons to own cheaper rentals. I still think...
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Federal Reserve’s Ben Bernanke cites rental management as the logistical issue that if addressed, would be the best way to pull America out of the foreclosure housing slump.

According to the Federal Reserve Chariman, Ben Bernake, the solution to the nationwide housing crisis is to rent homes that have been foreclosed upon.  There is a hot market for rental units, much more than sales.  With banks hesitating on...
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