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Archive of Kevin Perk

Kevin Perk is co-founder of Kevron Properties, LLC with his wife Terron and has been involved in real estate investing for 10 years. Kevin invests in and manages rental properties in Memphis, TN and is a past president and vice-president of the local REIA group, the Memphis Investors Group.

Kevin has written 120 articles for The BiggerPockets Blog.


Landlording and Rental Property Investing*

The Landlord’s Complete Guide to Tenant Bankruptcy Filings

by Kevin Perk October 20, 2014
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I live and work in one of the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy capitals of the United States, Memphis, TN. Only the Atlanta and Chicago areas had more Chapter 13 filings than Memphis in 2014. Memphis has held this distinction for many years. No one really knows or has been able to fully explain why Memphis has […]

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Landlording and Rental Property Investing*

How to Handle an Untimely Tenant Death as a Landlord

by Kevin Perk October 13, 2014
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Death is not something any of us likes to think about. Unfortunately, though, none of us are going to get out of here alive. I know this is not the most uplifting topic, but as landlords and business owners, we need to not only be prepared in the case of our own departure, but we […]

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Business Management & Productivity*

4 Crucial Steps to Maintain Your Property During Changing Seasons

by Kevin Perk October 6, 2014
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Fall finally arrived here in Memphis this past weekend. We got to leave the heat and humidity behind us with a pleasantly crisp dip into the 40s. I personally like the changing seasons, especially Spring and Fall, as they are the most dramatic. Spring brings an end to the bitter cold, and Fall brings an […]

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Landlording and Rental Property Investing*

5 Tenant Characteristics It’s Wise to Discriminate Against

by Kevin Perk September 29, 2014
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Today, the word “discriminate” gets a bad rap. Don’t get me wrong, much of that is for good reason, but we humans discriminate in all sorts of ways every single day. It is just something we do as a part of life, and we often do not even realize that we are doing it. Discrimination […]

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

5 Sticky Real Estate Situations That Offer Investment Opportunities

by Kevin Perk September 22, 2014
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As real estate investors, we need to be ready to come to the rescue. Property owners can find themselves in some truly complicated situations with no idea how to get out. If you can be a “knight in shining armor” and solve their problem, many times you can get a pretty nice deal. These problems […]

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

Opportunity is Everywhere: How to Uncover Hidden Real Estate Deals

by Kevin Perk September 15, 2014
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Part of being an entrepreneur/real estate investor is being able to see opportunities that others do not. Opportunities are everywhere. But here’s the thing about opportunities: you may be looking right at one and not even see it. Opportunities are something you have to train yourself to see. As an example, think about the last […]

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Landlording and Rental Property Investing*

How to Dodge the Bad Tenant Bullet

by Kevin Perk September 8, 2014
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When you are a landlord, figurative bullets can fly at you from many directions. Taxes, insurance, code enforcement and repairs are all things we landlords have to deal with. One of the most painful bullets if it finds its target, however, is the bad tenant. Dodging bad tenants begins with your tenant screening process, but […]

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Landlording and Rental Property Investing*

Screening, Qualifying and Turning Down Potential Tenants

by Kevin Perk September 1, 2014

Screening and qualifying applicants for your rental properties are two of the most important things a landlord can do. Many of the problems that landlords complain about, such as nonpayment of rent, excessive damage to a property, etc, can often be remedied by not letting potentially bad tenants in your property in the first place. […]

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Flipping Houses & Rehabbing*

The 3 Phases of Every Rehab Project

by Kevin Perk August 25, 2014
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Many real estate investors will at some point in their career be involved in a major rehab. Distressed properties that are in need of rehab are often where the deal is found and value can be added. Properties also often need an upgrade after many years of tenant wear and tear. All rehab projects, no […]

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Landlording and Rental Property Investing*

The Top 8 Mistakes Made By Rookie Landlords

by Kevin Perk August 18, 2014

Everyone has been a rookie at something at some point in their lives, whether it was in a new school, job or sport or even as a landlord. Being a rookie means that you lack the experience of more seasoned players. This lack of experience often translates into so called “rookie mistakes” because some things […]

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Landlording and Rental Property Investing*

4 Points to Consider Before Raising the Rent

by Kevin Perk August 11, 2014
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It seems to be a good time to be a landlord. More and more people are choosing to rent rather than become homeowners. It has gone so far that I am even seeing the term “generation rent” now applied to the millennial generation. More people choosing to rent means increased demand for rental units. This […]

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

8 Thoughts For Those Looking To Get Started in Real Estate Investing

by Kevin Perk August 4, 2014
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Our local REIA group holds a real estate investor’s lunch every Friday. These lunches are open to anyone and everyone and are attended by a wide range of folks. Some are landlords, others wholesale or are turnkey providers. Some have decades of experience, while others have only a few years under their belt. Then there […]

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Landlording and Rental Property Investing*

5 Reasons Your Rental Property Is Not Cash Flowing

by Kevin Perk July 28, 2014

I have said it before and I will say it again, positive cash flow is the most important thing to a buy and hold investor. Without positive cash flow, your time as an active real estate investor will be limited. So why is your property not cash flowing? Here are 5 Thoughts On Why You’re […]

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Landlording and Rental Property Investing*

The 8 Things I Want Every Tenant to Know

by Kevin Perk July 21, 2014

Tenants come with differing backgrounds and life experiences. Some have been renters for years and know the drill. For others, it may be the first time away from mom and dad and out on their own. No matter what their renting experience may be, here are some things that I want every tenant to know. […]

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Landlording and Rental Property Investing*

Getting Rid of the 10 Percent of Tenants That Cause 90 Percent of Your Landlording Problems

by Kevin Perk July 14, 2014
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I have been in the landlording biz for over 10 years now. After you are in the business for a while you start to notice trends and patterns. You begin to acquire that wonderful thing called experience. One thing that my experience has taught me is that generally, it is only 10% of your tenants […]

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