Houston Rental Property Trends 2016

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There’s no denying that the Houston Rental Property Market has enjoyed strong growth in recent years but with overbuilding and few energy jobs than last year where does the rental market stand right now?

In this article, we will break down the local rental market and provide you with insight about what to expect from Houston if you plan on buying rental property in the area or moving to Houston and renting here.

About The Houston Rental Property Market

Over the last two years Houston has been one of the top cities in the United States for job growth but with falling oil prices earlier this year and overbuilding we’ve seen a drop in the rental growth rate but, while hiring in the energy industry remains soft the city has predicted that we can expect to see over 20,000 jobs added this year.

In fact, the oversupply of luxury apartments may have contributed to the scarcity of affordable rentals. The Chronicle also mentioned that over 6,000 units have already been knocked down or are scheduled for demolition. These older and cheaper units were to be replaced by more expensive housing.

People with higher incomes may benefit from decreases in rent or other concessions that landlords might offer. Renters with more modest incomes still won’t find the rents affordable and may have trouble locating cheaper rentals in many parts of the city. While landlords may struggle with occupancy rates in neighborhoods that are typically considered the most desirable, middle-class renters may have to satisfy themselves with longer commutes.

The number of units downtown in Houston are expected to double by next year. The downtown market also has the highest average rental rates in the entire city. It doesn’t matter how much trendy and convenient urban apartments are if job growth doesn’t support the increase in inventory.

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Opportunity For Growth In Urban Areas

With an oversupply of luxury apartments in Downtown Houston there definitely is an opportunity for investors to purchase older rental properties in urban areas like The Heights, especially if they fix up those rental properties and offer a more affordable rental property to tenants who don’t want to pay up to $1,800 per month for a luxury apartment with tons of amenities.

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3 tips for getting your Houston Texas Rental Property Ready For Summer

 

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Summer is right around the corner and with the weather already in the 70’s and 80’s during the spring one can only imagine what the summer is going to be like that’s why it’s important for you to get your Houston Texas Rental Property ready for summer by following these simple tips.

Tip #1 – Inspect Your HVAC System

Since your tenants will be using their HVAC systems during the summer months you should get HVAC and air conditioning units inspected now to insure that they are all running smoothly during summer months once warmer weather arrives.

 

Tip #2 – Check Insulation and Weather Stripping

Last of all, but most important, you should check the weather and insulation in your Houston Texas Rental Properties because proper insulation and weather striping will help your tenants to lower their energy costs and insure that their homes stay cool during the summer months.

Tip #3 – Close Up Crawl Spaces Under Homes

If your Houston Rental has a crawl space underneath it you should close up that space or any access point to your basement or underneath your home immediately because snakes and critters will seek shelter in cool spaces during the warmer months in Houston.

Tip #4 – Clean Up Brush And Dead Vegetation Surrounding Your Property

Take the time to clean up brush and dead vegetation surrounding your property since this will also make your yard space less attractive to critters and also create a firebreak between your home and open spaces if a fire breaks out during the summer.

Tip #5 – Remove Wood From Your Home

Another fire hazard and inviting spot for critters like snakes are wood piles and if one of your Houston Rental Properties has a wood pile somewhere on the property you should move it immediately to insure that the best interests of your tenants are protected during the hot Houston summer.

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Houston Texas Rental Property Management Tips

 

By Vestpro Residential Services, LLC

HOUSTON – Tenant retention is one of the keys to success when it comes to owning Houston Texas Rental Property because if you don’t build great relationships with your tenants they will look elsewhere for rental properties when their leases are up for renewal.

One of the best things you can do build great relationships with your renters is learn to not automatically say no to them anytime they come to you with a special request.

In today’s post we will offer you four solutions for dealing with tenant requests.

#1 – Offer Clear Solutions for Dealing with Conflict

Instead of just saying no to every tenant request its best to take the time to hear what the tenant has to say, ask for documentation supporting their request, then provide them with a timeframe for when they can expect an answer from you.

#2 – Don’t Over promise Then Under Deliver

Over the years one of the biggest problems we’ve seen people who own Houston Texas Rental Property make is over promising and under delivering on their responses.

For example: Let’s say that the roof needs to be replaced on your rental property and it was leaking during the last rain storm.

Instead of telling your tenant that you’re going to replace the roof fast you should give them a time frame for when they can expect it to be replaced so you can have more than enough time to contact roofing contractors and ask for bids.

#3 – Develop Standard Responses to Tenant Questions

As you purchase more Houston Texas Rental Property over the years it’s inevitable that you’re going to face the same questions from tenants on more than one occasion.

To save you the time and hassle of answering these questions you should develop standard responses then print a question and answer form for tenants when they move in or you should consider creating a website to point your tenants to for answers BEFORE they contact you.

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4 Tip for New Houston Texas Real Estate Investors

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Are you thinking about investing in Houston Texas Real Estate?

Now is a great time to invest in Houston Real Estate thanks to high demand for homes and excellent mortgage interest rates.

Before you start searching for rental properties make sure you follow these 4 tips for new Houston Texas Real Estate investors because, these tips can save you the time, money and traditional learning curve which every investor has to go through when they are just getting started with buying Real Estate.

#1 – Write a Business Plan

As with any business you may have started in the past it’s important to remember that investing in Real Estate is a business and you must have a plan for the 1 to 5 years of your business.

#2 – Pull Your Credit Report

Before applying for a loan to buy your first rental property you should pull your credit report and make sure that you have credit score of 700 or higher because, a high credit score will enable you to get the best mortgage loan possible.

#3 – Pay down Your Debt-To-Income Ratio

One of the biggest things which will make your life easier when getting started with Houston Real Estate investing is paying down your debt-to-income ratio and you will be able to do this by paying off your credit cards, auto loan and other debts.

A lower debt-to-income ratio will not only mean you will have fewer debts to pay each month but this will also make it easier for you to qualify for a great mortgage loan as well.

#4 – Connect With a Great Mortgage Lender or Broker

Another important element to buying a great rental property is hiring the right mortgage lender or broker.

You want to get the best mortgage interest rate possible and connecting with multiple brokers or lenders is a great way to get an awesome mortgage interest rate.

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Houston Texas Rental Property – How to Know If Your Property Has A Mold Problem

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By Vestpro Residential Services, LLC

One of the biggest problems from the recent rainfall across Houston and subsequent flooding is that there will be an increase in the reports of mold growth.

If you think your Houston Texas Rental Property may have a problem with mold right now, or in the coming weeks, here’s how to spot the signs of mold growth and what you can do about it.

Mold Warning Signs

Mold does have a strange “pungent” smell especially when it’s confined to one or more areas of your home.

Mold typically lives inside walls of older properties or behind wallpaper but it can also grow within showers bathtubs or behind the toilet in the bathroom of your Houston Texas Rental Property.

A general “rule of thumb” is to search for mold in any area which might be prone to moisture in your Houston Texas Rental Property.

How to Clean Mold

If you have found mold in your Houston Texas Rental Property you can easily clean away surface mold yourself simply by using bleach to surface clean the area.

Make sure you let the bleach set for at least 15 minutes because this kill off any spores or fungicides yourself.

It’s also important to use a breathing mask and plus latex gloves when cleaning mold.

You should also use a dehumidifier to remove the humidity from the air as well but do not use a fan because fans will only spread mold spores.

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Have You Lost Control Of Your Houston Texas Rental Property?

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By Vestpro Residential Services

Have you been working harder than ever before to manage your Houston Texas Rental Property and in spite of the demand for rentals, you still find yourself behind financially every month?

If so, this is a sign that you may have lost control of your Houston Texas Rental, but the good news is that you can turn things around financially by following these simple tips.

Create an Operating Budget and Commit To It

Your rental income, especially if you own a multi-family rental property, should always cover your expenses and leave you with profit at the end of the month.

The best way to stay on track financially is to create an operating budget and then stick with that budget each month.

When creating an operating budget you should also be prepared for payments like landlord insurance and property taxes so you’re never left unprepared when it comes to your ability to pay those bills on time when they are due.

Work On Your Leasing Strategy

Create a lease which has stronger language when it comes to late payments just so tenants know that they will receive an eviction notice and not be allowed to “slide” if they miss making their rent payments on time.

You should also improve your tenant screening process and take the time to choose the right tenants instead of “warm bodies” who can pay the rent each month.

Improve Your Marketing Strategy

Instead of hanging fliers in your local laundry mat, or posting ads on Craigslist, you should create a new marketing strategy which includes options like paid ads on websites like Zillow and local classified ad sites which are sure to be read by prospective tenants.

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Learn More about How the Snowball Effect Can Help You Buy More Houston Texas Rental Property

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If you’re thinking about getting started with buying Houston Texas Rental Property one of the best things you can do is use the “snowball affect” to help you buy more real estate and build a successful portfolio of income producing rental property in the years to come.

Snowball Effect Explained

The “snowball” affect was coined by Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett in his 2008 book called The Snowball which is about his life and investments which enabled him to build a network of well over $72 billion dollars.

Snowball basically refers to the principal of buying and holding onto your investment over time and then using your return on investment to invest more money to build your portfolio.

Snowball Effect in Real Estate Investing

Let’s say that you’re able to buy two Houston Texas Rental Properties and after expenses both properties will net you about $500 each per month, or an additional $12,000 of cash flow per year.

Now instead of spending that cash flow from your investments like most people will do you should consider saving the cash flow from your rental properties and within two years you will have enough money saved to put down on another Houston Texas Rental Property.

How the Snowball Effect Benefits You

One of the great things about the snowball effect is that if you follow this approach you would be able to buy a new rental property once a year, instead every two years, grow your portfolio, and have significant amount of cash flow coming in by the time you approach retirement.

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Houston Texas Rental Property – 5 Tips For Getting Your Pool Ready For Use

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HOUSTON – Does your Houston Texas Rental Property have a pool and you know that your tenants are ready to start using it?

In today’s post we will share with you 4 tips you can use to get your swimming pool ready for use.

Make Sure Your Pool Is In Great Condition

Before filling your pool you should also confirm that it’s clean and safe for use by both adults and children.

When inspecting your pool you should also review your pool equipment as well to make sure that the operating system for your swimming pool will provide proper flow and suction of water.

Verify Water Chemistry

Once you’ve inspected your swimming pool, and you’ve filled it with water, you should next check the chemistry of your pool water to insure that your pool has the proper P.H, chlorine, calcium and other levels which all swimming pools must have to offer a safe experience for their owners or guests.

Insure That Your Pool Is Safe Before Use

Besides making sure that your Houston Texas Rental Property has a swimming pool which is ready and safe for use, you should also make sure that the pool is also safe especially if there are small children living at the property.

To insure the safety of your pool you should have a fence built around it with a gate because, this will insure that little ones will not be able to find their way into the pool when adults are not looking.

Confirm Proper Signage Around Pool

Last of all, but most important, make sure that your swimming pool is safe for everyone by confirming that it has proper signage on the gate or fence which includes the following information: lifeguard status, rules for the pool, phone location and information on if diving will be allowed at the pool or not.

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