Follow Us on Social Media

email icon rss icon linked.in icon google plus icon twitter icon facebook icon

Archive of Mark Purtell

Mark G+ owns multiple residential rental properties. For over a decade, he has worked a full-time job in an unrelated field, managed rental property with no nightmare tenants, and received rent checks every month without hassle. Mark is the owner of leaseyourplace.com a site dedicated to helping landlords.

Mark has written 6 articles for The BiggerPockets Blog.


Taxes

April 15th is Approaching: How to Get Ready for the Tax Man

by Mark Purtell February 23, 2013
Thumbnail image for April 15th is Approaching:  How to Get Ready for the Tax Man

There are less than two months until the big day.  Do not wait until April 14 to get all of your 2012 real estate books and records in the mail.  You should have started January 1 of last year so you were ready to do your taxes on January 1 of this year.  However, if […]

9 Read the full article →
Landlording and Rental Property Investing*

How to Get a Co-Signer to Make Your Lease Worth a Lot More

by Mark Purtell February 9, 2013

All landlords hate vacancies, but they should never compromise their revenue stream at the chance of renting to tenants with marginal, or not existent, credit history.  I would rather have a vacancy than take a shot on a guy like Lloyd Christmas: Often you will get tenants, such as students or young adults, who are […]

2 Read the full article →
Real Estate

Buying a Vacation Home as an Investment: Fun, Sun, and Income?

by Mark Purtell January 28, 2013
Thumbnail image for Buying a Vacation Home as an Investment: Fun, Sun, and Income?

I’ve heard it a million times, heck, I’ve even said it myself, “I am going to buy a house on a beach, and rent it out when I don’t want to use it.  I get to go on vacation and tenants pay for it.  Business combined in perfect unity with pleasure.” Here is the musical […]

20 Read the full article →
Landlording and Rental Property Investing*

Working with Tenants Who Want to Make “Improvements”

by Mark Purtell January 12, 2013

Almost every time a tenant moves in, it seems they want to add their personal touch to the unit.  Often this is as simple as painting, taking a door off a room to open the space up, or drilling a hole in the wall for cable TV.  Although your goal as a landlord is to […]

9 Read the full article →
Landlording and Rental Property Investing*

Renting to Tenants with Pets: The Decision is Easier Than You Think

by Mark Purtell December 31, 2012

Allow pets in your rental unit?  Absolutely. Most landlords fear that by allowing tenants with pets to move into their unit, the place will be returned to the owner looking like a fraternity house after the homecoming party.  At a minimum, the pet will cause minor damage that the landlord must repair when the tenant […]

19 Read the full article →
Landlording and Rental Property Investing*

Made-To-Order: Rental Leases Done Your Way

by Mark Purtell December 15, 2012

Most landlords sign rental leases that start on the first of the month and last for one year without regard to the time of year, seasonality of prime rental periods, and the landlord’s desired lease term.  Why follow the cookie-cutter template for your lease when you could customize it to fit your needs?  Take a […]

12 Read the full article →