5 Ways to Lower Winter Utility Costs

Friday, November 06

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 is required to pay your own utilities, what can you do to lower winter utility costs? This article...


Use Leverage to Increase Cash on Cash Returns

Wednesday, November 04

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 to leverage as many properties as possible compared with a singl...


Top 10 Things Tenants Want in a Rental

Thursday, October 29

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 what a tenant wants in a rental, then you can either retrofit your apartments and houses o...


Will a 50% Increase in Downtown Raleigh Housing Units Effect Vacancy?

Tuesday, October 27

Downtown Raleigh is experiencing a boom in new residential construction. According to the Downtown Raleigh Alliance 2015 report, at the beginning of 2015 where were 1,840 units under construction or preparing to open. All this new construction will provide a 50% increase in the number of housing ...


Which is a Better Gauge - Capitalization Rate or Cash-on-Cash Return?

Sunday, October 25

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, portfolio growth, income stream creation, retire...


The Craziest Tenant Excuses for Not Paying the Rent

Tuesday, October 20

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 up with when it comes time to cough up the rent.We would like to share some of the funniest tenant excus...