Is Carpet a Good Idea in Rental Properties

How to Find Properties for Investment

ID-100268437-300x199Real estate is defined as property such as empty lots, houses and apartments. Many Americans invest in real estate during their lifetimes. A significant percentage will also choose to make additional real estate investments. Speculation in real estate can have many benefits, including tax advantages and the ability to use property owned as leverage to finance other investments. Finding the … (more…)

How to Rent Real Estate in St. Louis

ID-100249604-1-300x300Property owners and savvy investors are able to rent real estate in up as well as down markets. A few proactive measures may help you avoid rental losses. Prepare yourself for emergency repair calls and tenants who pay late. According to Microsoft (MSN) Real Estate, “Tenant screening is perhaps a landlord’s most crucial task.” Perform a credit check and … (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…)

St. Louis Hotels – Tell Your In-Laws to stay Here

bed-300x199Home to the giant Gateway Arch, St. Louis is a center of art, outdoor recreation, sports, music and dance. The city offers museums and galleries, wineries, golf and places to hear classical music, blues and jazz. It also hosts both the St. Louis Rams football team and the Cardinals baseball team, as well as the St. Louis Zoo, Washington University … (more…)

Wall Art on a Budget

contemporary-wall-artEven if you have only been a homeowner or tenant for a few years, you have no doubt purchased pictures, clocks, mirrors and other pieces of art for the walls in each room, hallway, entryway, etc. of your living space.  If you have been a long-term owner or tenant, you have probably changed your decor more than once and, with … (more…)

Clayton – Chinese Restaurants

ID-1009406-300x198Clayton – In the Mood for some Chinese?

Clayton is a major business district in St. Louis, Missouri, second only to the downtown area in business density. Clayton boasts some of the city’s finest eateries as well as many restaurants and cafés that serve freshly prepared international cuisine. If you’re looking for a quick lunch or casual sit-down dinner, try … (more…)

Termite Treatment

drywood-termite-soldier_1301x846-300x195Termites can be an insidious and destructive pest once they enter a building. Many Termite Treatment tools exist which exterminators can use to try and rid houses of termite infestations. Unfortunately, a lot of these tools are not available on the open market, mostly because of their expense and level and specialization. However, curious homeowners may wish to know exactly … (more…)

Easy Gardening in St. Louis

perennial-gardenAny homeowner will admit that s/he would love to have great gardens and landscaping.  Admit it – you drive through your neighborhood and always have a bit of envy, and maybe a tiny bit of anger, over that one yard that puts every other one, including yours, to shame.  How many hours must they be spending – hours that no … (more…)

The Magic House – Kirkwood Family Fun

mission-history-5-150x150The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum is truly a place of wonderment for your kids.  Your kids won’t realize how much they are learning because they are having so much fun.

The goal of the Magic House is to encourage hands-on learning experiences that encourage experimentation, creativity and the development of problem-solving skills.

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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…)

Insect Problems and preventative pest control

Insect ProblemsDeal with Insect Problems before they are a problem

Preventative pest control is a must. You should take care of any insect problems you may have because summer is their favorite time of the year. Taking care of the problem right away is always best this keeps them from laying eggs and multiplying  in your home. You probably won’t have … (more…)

Kitchen Remodel on a Budget

country kitchen remodelA kitchen remodel is perhaps the most expensive project in a house, other than a room addition.  And financing this type of renovation is tough, especially if you are like me.  I don’t ever want to take out a loan for renovation, so I have only one choice – it has to be done in increments.  A Kitchen remodel on … (more…)

St. Louis Zoo – It’s FREE

St. Louis ZooYou will find that St. Louisans are VERY proud of their Zoo.  They should be!  It is a wonderful Zoo that has great exhibits and is always a great day out for the family.  Another great benefit of the St. Louis Zoo is that admission is FREE.  With careful planning  you and your family could spend the entire day at … (more…)

Refrigerator Coils – How to Clean

Refrigerator Coils

Refrigerator Coils – Easy Cleaning Method

According to a a refrigerator repairman  it a good idea to clean your your Refrigerator Coils twice a year. The refrigerator can use up to 15 percent of your home’s total power, so you want it running as efficiently as possible. Over time, the refrigerator coils get dirty and your fridge requires more juice. … (more…)

St. Louis Attractions

iStock_000032079990Small-300x224AMOSO Properties has decided to highlight some of the great St. Louis Attractions for its blog readers.  Why?

When it comes to Property Management, you have to know your town.  Your house is a small piece of the bigger picture that is the city it is located in.  You should know what your city has to offer its residents.  You … (more…)

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…)

Tenant Rights in Foreclosed Buildings

ID-100243367-300x199According to CNN.com, the number of foreclosures in 2009 reached an all-time high record. With such high numbers of foreclosures taking place, renters are often directly impacted. Despite the turmoil of a foreclosure, recent legislative changes provide tenants with several legal rights even if the ownership of a building changes hands.

Tenant Rights

Leases

Prior to 2009, a lease … (more…)

Spring Cleaning and De-Cluttering the home

cleaningBiannually it is nice to give your house a deep clean.  Some call this spring cleaning. Take one Saturday every six months with your whole family, and give the whole house a proper deep clean. Some households may need more than one day and that is alright. Some families are larger than other. Appliances, windows, dusting every nook and cranny … (more…)

Repairing Old Decks and Patios

rubber-patioNo one thinks about his/her patio or deck until spring, and sometimes it is definitely depressing!  The patio concrete is old and tired looking, and there are ugly cracks that can no longer be hidden with furniture and planters.  The deck stain that is only a year old is already fading and peeling, and the thought of power-washing, stripping and … (more…)

Enlarging Small Bathrooms

Bathroom-image-202x300A strange bit of human nature – in our homes, we probably spend the least amount of time in our bathrooms, and yet, when people look for a home to buy or rent, the bathroom is really important!
Perhaps it is the impression one thinks may be made to guests in his/her home; perhaps an owner or tenant simply wants … (more…)

Range Hood Filter Cleaning Do-It-Yourself

hoodRange Hood Filter Cleaning

Clean range hood filters. If you’ve never thought of doing this, you’re in for a real “treat” when you get that filter off the hood to clean it for the first time. The Family Handyman suggests simply using a degreaser from an auto parts store mixed with hot water. Let the filter sit for a few … (more…)

Trusted Vendors – Key to Successful Property Management

Using Trusted Vendors and Contractors

Anyone who owns ID-100184113-199x300more than one rental property and any good property manager knows the importance of reliable trusted vendors.  Vendors are any service provider.  Basically if you or your property manager is writing a check to them, they are a vendor.

Some vendors you don’t get to choose, like municipality inspectors or utility … (more…)

My Property Management Company is Killer!

Finding the Right Property Management Company

I am a landlord. Like many who have gone before me, I thought I could handle property management all by myself – what’s a few phone calls from tenants if something breaks down, right? How much time could it take to screen potential tenants and run credit/background checks, right? Not so much! If … (more…)