Increased need for Single Family Property Management

ID-100249604-1-300x300Property Management 2.0 – Realtor Magazine

Paula Hess wrote an excellent article about the Increase in Single Family Rental Homes nationwide and the challenges that a Property Management Firm can face while dealing with a lot of single family homes.  Another big take away for this article is how important it is for the single family rental owner to have … (more…)

Fair Housing Act Regulations

Fair HousingEvery American has the right to rent the property he wants to live in, regardless of ethnicity, race, handicap status or family situation. Although several acts and court decisions dating back to the Civil Rights Act of 1866 made allusions to equal opportunity housing, it wasn’t until the Civil Rights Act of 1968 was passed that enforcement of fair-housing legislation … (more…)

Real Estate Investment – St. Louis, Gateway to Wild Returns

Real Estate InvestmentIn the November/December 2012 issue of Personal Real Estate Investor Magazine, Scott Sekel wrote an excellent article about St. Louis as an opportunity for Real Estate Investment.  Joseph Ord, President of AMOSO Properties was featured prominently as a resource to the article.

Much of the economic environment that was fueling the speculation at that time has since changed.  The … (more…)

Ferguson Riots – Does your Insurance Protect you?

As a member of the St. Louis community, property owner and property manager in Ferguson Missouri, it saddens me to see how the Ferguson Riots have caused Ferguson and St. Louis to be portrayed in the national media over the past week.

I have been asked by several of my clients and investors over this past week about what actions … (more…)

Staging Your Home for Sale

house-for-sale-300x200It is not yet a sellers’ market out there, so if you are ready to put your home on the market, there are some important strategies for staging your home for sale. You may not want to put buckets of money into home improvements at this stage, but you should be willing to spend a bit to beat the competition.… (more…)

Borrowing for an Investment Property Is Now Cheaper

investment-300x199There is a constant struggle between saving and investing as you should think of ways that will help you in a crunch as well as ways to increase your current income levels. Investing in property will do both for you. It will hold up as an appreciating asset while also giving you monthly income in the form of rent. In … (more…)

True Cost of Property Maintenance

home-300x225The first and most important reason why you have bought a piece of rental property is because you want to make some money out of it. The money comes to you in the form of rent and apart from a list of expenses and payments, what you are left with is your return on investment – the profit. It may … (more…)

Property Management Companies: What Do They Do?

home1-300x300Once you have decided to buy a rental property, the next big decision that you will have to make is how you are going to manage the property, as there is a lot more to do than just find tenants and collect rent every month. Even that is a big problem as finding the right tenants is not simple, more … (more…)

Property Taxes – Which Taxes Do You Need to Pay If You Have an Investment Property

property-tax-300x199Property taxes are levied and collected throughout the US. However, there are differences in the tax rates and some areas collect more tax than others. Rates for property taxes are also different in each state; states like Louisiana have tax rates as low as 0.18 percent while New Jersey collects the highest amount at 1.89 percent . There are also … (more…)

What to Expect from a Perfect Property Management Company

wp-274x300So you have purchased a rental property and have decided, after careful consideration of cost and benefit, to get the services of a property management company to take care of it. So what can be expected from a perfect one? Most property management companies are sure to look after the filling up of vacancies, collecting of rent and keeping the … (more…)

Rental Property Depreciation Report

Joor-225x300Property depreciation, according to the IRS is the income tax deduction that makes an allowance for you as the tax payer, to recover cost over time on usage of the property. Over time the money value of a structure, in this case a home, depreciates, meaning it slowly reduces. Property depreciation is an accounting term that calculates just how much … (more…)

Why to Hire Professionals for Property Management

home2-300x300There are many who buy property under the assumption that it is the simplest form of investment. After all, it is just about buying a house, getting a tenant, and sitting back as the monthly rent fills your coffers, right? The truth, however, involves a lot of footwork than you can imagine, especially if you are investing in rental real … (more…)

What You Were Never Told about Property Management

property-management-300x225There are a lot of myths surrounding the concept of property management and many new, first time property owners have gotten bogged down by these assumptions and things they hear and read about. Eventually going in blindly for a property management firm, property owners end up paying and losing a lot of money that could have been part of their … (more…)

Five Things that Affect Property Value

Joor-300x300Property value is something that is known to swing to high as well as dangerously low rates based on how the real estate market is performing. There are however, a lot of things that do not change in the way they affect rental rates. Here are five- three positive and two not so positive things that can affect your property … (more…)

Seven Ways to Protect Your Valuable Property

property-300x198A house is normally the most important as well as valuable investment that you may make in your lifetime. Apart from just money value, there is a lot of sentimental value that is inherent in a home that you build and design from scratch. That is because, every thing inside it was hand picked by either you or with help … (more…)

A General Guide to Investment Property Refinancing

refinancing-300x199Property refinancing is simply paying off an existing mortgage loan with another loan that has more favorable terms of repayment. Most mortgages last many years and in those years, a lot of things can change – market conditions, the general rate of interest, the economy on the whole, or even the real estate market and prices. If you have a … (more…)

Eight Ways to Lower your Real Estate Taxes

offfice-tax-300x225Property values have increased this year, and with rising property value, there will be a hike in real estate taxes. There are, however many ways to work around the taxes and reduce them. Any way to lower taxes are welcome, so here are eight ways to reduce your real estate taxes.

  1. Be aware of all the rules– Real estate
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6 Great Articles about Property Management

There is a lot that can be learned when it comes to property management and the internet is rife with material. The problem is looking for the right things to learn and read as there is literally no end to the amount of information that can be taken off the internet, so we’ve done just that for you. Here are … (more…)

How to Buy the Best Real Estate for Investment

best-real-estate-300x300Investment in real estate requires a lot of research before you purchase a home or property. Over the past half a century or so, real estate investment has increased dramatically as it offers significant gains from purchasing and owning properties. However, real estate investment is much more complex than investing in bonds and stocks.

Purchase of properties for the purpose … (more…)

Raising Capital: Private Party Funding

private-funding-199x300Private party funding is one of the easiest ways to raise capital for investment in real estate. Private funds are usually formed using either companies with limited liabilities or limited partnership businesses. Creating a private fund will provide a way to make the most of a dedicated capital pool to make new investments in real estate without the need to … (more…)

Save Time, Hire a Property Manager

property-manage-300x199If you are a first time property owner or are considering purchasing your first rental property, you are sure to have heard of, or in some cases, warned about the amount of paperwork that you have to face. It does not just end there- there are a number of forms you will have to fill out and there will be … (more…)

How You Are Losing Money without Property Management

Untitled-199x300Property Management is a subject that is a highly contended among owners. While many feel that it is important and sometimes necessary, others take a more conservative route and say that people should take care of their own property. Their argument is that no one can care for your property like you can personally. Here are some reasons why it … (more…)

An Expert Interview about Property Management

1-300x198Almost everyone and their cousins have opinions when it comes to Property Management and that is not necessarily a bad thing, but you cannot listen or even consider everyone’s views. There are, however, those who have spent a lot of time and energy to develop their skills and knowledge on the subject. There are many experts and market leaders who … (more…)

Raising Capital – Crowd Funding

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Since the time of the introduction of the JOBS act, Crowd Funding has become a new and easy way to raise capital. In fact, over the last year alone, over $5 billion worth of money was raised through crowd funding. The process is simple and has allowed a lot of people to invest money on tech, start ups and even … (more…)

Tools to Use when Buying Real Estate

12-300x264Buying real estate is not an easy task and a lot has changed in the way we buy and sell things, including homes and property. Gone are the days when house hunting involved having to visit every home, speak to a real estate broker and spend days driving around town. Almost every one of those steps have either been completely … (more…)

How Profitability Index Measures Your Investment Property Return

profit_loss-300x300Profitability index is a measure that is used to calculate the cost-benefit relationship in an investment. It is one of the lesser know, but highly useful of the indexes that an investor can consider before making a large investment in real estate. Buying rental, or commercial property is usually done with returns in mind, and every investment has a certain … (more…)

The Best Tax Deductions for Property Owners

You would be surprised to know that rental real estate is one investment that provides tax benefits more than any other investment. However, there are still many property owners who are unaware of the various tax benefits available to them and eventually end up paying more taxes on the income they get through rent. Your profits are bound to rise … (more…)

Mandate Tenant Insurance

insurance-300x200Tenant insurance is a subject that has come under a lot of debate and even confusion among landlords and tenants alike. Many landlords feel that it is necessary to mandate tenant insurance in the rent contracts. This would make it necessary for people living on the property to take care of their own things. In many places, however, tenants do … (more…)

Are Background Checks Worthless?

background-300x300‘Do not judge a book by its cover’, this is a saying that holds true if you are planning to get new tenants for your rental home. Not much can be judged going merely by the looks of a person. There have been cases where a group of people, well dressed and with pleasant manners, have eventually turned out to … (more…)

Rental Property Bookkeeping – Solutions

Untitled1-300x225If you are a first time landlord or an experienced one who has been part of the business for a few years, one thing is for certain, bookkeeping is not fun, but a necessary task. It pays to keep all your papers in order throughout the year instead of just throwing all the bills in a file or box and … (more…)