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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 93 articles for The BiggerPockets Blog.


Landlord Tenant

Tenant Screening is About the Questions You Ask

by Kevin Perk April 14, 2014
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Tenant screening is a critical part of being a successful landlord.  But screening is not just about eliminating the professional deadbeat tenant, it is also about eliminating and reducing the amount of problems you have as a landlord.  It is about finding people who will be good fits for your properties, who will live by […]

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Investor Psychology

Sometimes Landlords Create Their Own Problems

by Kevin Perk April 7, 2014
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I was sitting around talking with a few other landlords the other day.  Some of these folks were new to landlording, others had been in the business for decades.  As is usually the case every time landlords get together, the discussion turned towards landlording problems.  This time was no different.  As the discussion rolled along, […]

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Real Estate Investing

What Do You Plan To Do With That Investment Property in 5 to 10 Years?

by Kevin Perk March 31, 2014
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As real estate investors, we look at the numbers before we buy any property (at least I hope we do).  We want our properties to cashflow.  We want to make good, solid investments that will provide solid returns while we own them.  But what about when you are ready to sell, what are you going […]

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Landlord Tenant

Considering Accepting Money after the Eviction? Beware!

by Kevin Perk March 24, 2014
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I had an interesting question asked on one of my blog posts recently.  That post examined the eviction process here in Memphis, Tennessee and the reader asked if a landlord needed to pursue another eviction after accepting payment from the tenant who yet again has fallen behind. The short answer to that question is yes. […]

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Landlord Tenant

The Pros and Cons of Including Utilities with Your Rentals

by Kevin Perk March 17, 2014
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One of the many factors that must be analyzed when considering an investment property is the cost of utilities.  Usually, with every investment property there will be some utility costs associated with it.  Sometimes these costs may be minimal as, for example, they are with a single family rental. Other times, they may be significant […]

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Landlord Tenant

What are Your House Rules?

by Kevin Perk March 10, 2014
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As landlords, we have a set of house rules that go with our rental properties.  They are an addendum to our lease and we sit with every new and approved applicant and read them word for word. I like to keep the rules separate from the lease.  It just seems a bit easier to administer […]

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Real Estate Investing

Supplying Appliances for Rentals: Tips to Make Your Life Easier

by Kevin Perk March 3, 2014
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Let’s just be honest: appliances are a pain in the butt.  They are one of the costliest parts of my business.  I am constantly buying new ones, getting them repaired, moving them in and moving them out.  It does not seem like there is a week that goes by that some appliance doesn’t require my […]

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Landlord Tenant

Your Tenant Left You High and Dry (the Horror!) Here Are Your Next Steps…

by Kevin Perk February 24, 2014
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It is the end of the month and you are going through your rent collections and notice one is missing.  “That’s odd,” you think to yourself.  That particular tenant is never later plus I just spoke to her a couple of weeks ago and all seemed well. You wait another day or so to see […]

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Real Estate Investing

Outside the Box: Looking at Property Insurance from a Different Perspective

by Kevin Perk February 17, 2014
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My last post generated some great discussion regarding property insurance. In that post, I went over ten tips regarding what can be a very frustrating part of our industry. In this post I want to expand on one of points I made previously and that is: I only get enough insurance to get the lender out […]

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Real Estate Tips

10 Great Property Insurance Tips for Landlords to Save You Cash, Headaches, and Time

by Kevin Perk February 10, 2014
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Insurance is one of those pieces of being a landlord that can make you pull your hair out. It starts off easy enough.  When you purchase your first couple of rental properties getting insurance is generally no problem. Often you can go to the agent that provides your homeowners or automobile policy and get coverage […]

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Landlord Tenant

Can I See Your ID Please? Why Landlords Should Card Potential Tenants

by Kevin Perk February 3, 2014
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It is an unfortunate fact in today’s world that people lie and steal. Couple that fact with the rise of the internet and social networking where much of our personal information is out there for the world to see and it becomes clear that someone can very easily claim to be someone else. And that […]

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Starting Out

10 Things You Need to Know Before You Become a Landlord

by Kevin Perk January 27, 2014
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Considering becoming a landlord? Don’ jump in blind. Here is my list of 10 things everybody who is considering getting into the landlord game should know. 1. Landlording is a Business It is not about sitting on a beach sipping fruity drinks while tenants write you checks.  Beware of someone selling you a dream as […]

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Landlord Tenant

My Tenant Lost Their Job – Now What?

by Kevin Perk January 20, 2014
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People lose their jobs.  They can get laid off or fired.  Companies can go bankrupt.  There are a host of other reasons why someone might loose their job but a sudden job loss obviously means a loss of income.  If the person has no or very few cash reserves things can get dicey for them […]

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Real Estate Law

The Lawsuit Started With A Phone Call

by Kevin Perk January 13, 2014
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Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (also known as the Fair Housing Act) prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental or financing of dwellings based upon race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status and disability.  This law basically states that these seven criteria can have no basis in determining if a person […]

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General Real Estate

What’s The Difference Between a Quitclaim Deed and a Warranty Deed?

by Kevin Perk January 6, 2014
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A few weeks ago I wrote a post on real estate titles and deeds.  I wanted to follow up on that post with a bit more detail on a couple of widely used deed types.  I know, this can seem like this is simple stuff, but in reality it can be a bit complex.  It […]

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