CoreLogic Chief Economist Perspective- July 2015

A vibrant rental market has been an outgrowth of the Great Recession and housing market crash. Apartment vacancy rates are down to their lowest levels since the 1980’s, rental apartment construction is the most robust in more than 25 years, rents are up, and apartment building values are at or above their prior peaks. But the rental market is more than just apartments in high-rise buildings.

Apartments in buildings with five or more residences account for 42 percent of the U.S. rental stock. Additionally, two- to four-family housing units comprise an additional 18 percent of the rental stock, and one-family homes make up the remaining 40 percent.1

The foreclosure crisis resulted in a large number of homes being acquired by investors and turned into rentals. Between 2006 and 2013, three million single-family detached houses were added to the nation’s rental stock, an increase of 32 percent. The increase in the single-family rental stock has been geographically broad based, but has impacted some markets more than others.

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4 Tip for New Houston Texas Real Estate Investors

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By Vestpro Residential Services

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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How to Find A-Rated Tenants for Your Houston Texas Rental Properties

Houston Texas Rental Properties

By Vetpro Residential Services

HOUSTON – One of the “secrets to success” with owning Houston Rental Properties is finding A-Rated tenants, or the perfect renter for your rental property.

In this article we will share with you simple tips you can use to easily find A-Rated tenants for your Houston Texas Rental Properties.

Go Through These Tenant Checks

When renting one of your Houston Texas Rental Properties to your tenants make sure you take the time to do the following checks with your prospective tenants:

  • Background check – Look deep into their background and confirm that the tenant doesn’t have any felonies.
  • Reference check – Don’t be afraid to ask tough questions about the prospective tenant’s behavior or habits including drugs, alcohol or tobacco.
  • Credit check – They should have a FICO score of at least 685 and or a credit score of 700.
  • Work reference check – Confirm that they really are working at the reference on their application.
  • Income qualification – Make sure they earn 2.5 times the rent.

Failing to do one or all of these checks can easily cost you money because it’s easy to “go with your gut feeling” about a prospective tenant when they might have something to hide and write wrong information on their rental application.

Market Your Property in the Right Venues

When marketing your Houston Texas Rental Properties make sure you market your properties online in the following venues which include:

Rentals.com

Zillow or Trulia

Realrentals.com

AHRN.com – Use for finding military families.

Har.com

Hotpads.com

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Humble Texas Rental Property – Three Steps for Turning around a Problem Property

Humble Texas Rental Property

By Vestpro Residential Services

You’ve owned Humble Texas Rental Property for a while and are building a nice portfolio of rental properties but there’s a problem, one of your properties is getting harder to rent than others and has a high vacancy rate.

Although it might seem like you have a “problem property” on your hands, the reality is that you can turn around any Humble Texas Rental Property by following these simple tips.

Tip 1 – Check the Property for Needed Repairs

Does the property need repairs inside or outside?

Start with improving the curb appeal of your Humble Texas Rental Property then move to the inside of the home and focus on improving areas of your rental property like: flooring, cabinetry and lighting.

It may be that your rental property needs a good renovation and can be improved in one weekend by painting, refinishing the cabinetry and replacing old tile or vinyl flooring to update its look.

Tip 2 – Review Your Reputation Online

Another effective solution for dealing with a problem property is to check your reputation online to see exactly what tenants may be saying about you or your rental property.

Tip 3 – Deal with Your Bug Problem NOW

Have your tenants complained about a bug problem at your Humble Texas Rental Property? If so, you should deal with this bug problem today because, bugs can pose a health risk to tenants and a bug problem could also cause a tenant to move because they classify your rental as not being habitable.

Tip 4 – Improve Your Tenant Screening

Last of all, but most important, you should improve your tenant screening process including reviewing a tenants: credit history, work history, background and personal references.

A recent study by TransUnion shows us that residential evictions have reached a 5 year low point and this is thanks in large part to tenants having better control over their finances compared to years ago so there’s no reason to not have financially stable tenants for your rental property.

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How to Keep More Humble Texas Renters

Humble Texas Renter
Humble Texas Renter

 

By Vestpro Residential Services

As a long-time owner of income property in Texas we know that it can sometimes be hard to keep Humble Texas Renters especially since it’s still the beginning of the year and most leases are renewing right now.

In today’s post we will provide you with three tips you can use to keep your rental units occupied, and your Humble Texas Renters happy.

Tip 1 – Update Your Rentals

Most renters these days want to know that their landlords actually care about them, and are not just renting to get their money.

You can keep your Humble Texas Renters happy by updating your rental units.

Consider painting the inside and outside of your Humble Texas Rental Properties, replacing bathroom and kitchen sinks, improving curb appeal and adding more lighting outside.


 

Tip 2 – Make It Easier For Tenants to Contact You

Offer your Humble Texas Renters more ways to contact you including by your mobile phone or email.

Most renters won’t be calling, texting or emailing you 24-7, but they will like to have the confidence in knowing they can reach you should they have a question, concern or problem which needs to be resolved.

It’s also important to consider offering your tenants the ability to pay their rents online via your website or a 3rd party payment platform so you can speed up the process of getting paid and won’t have to deal with the age old problem of collecting checks from your tenants.

Tip 3 – Offer Perks For Tenants Who Renew Their Leases

Last of all, you should consider offering perks to tenants who are considering renewing their leases.

Some perks to consider offering are: 3-6 month gym memberships, restaurant gift cards, basic satellite TV or Wi-Fi for 6 months or free rent for one month.

At Vestpro we know that sometimes you don’t have the time or energy to focus on keeping your tenants satisfied and that’s where we come in.

With our full suite of rental services we can help you run an efficient property management business.

For more information on the Humble Texas Renters services we can offer you contact us today by calling (832) 498-0016 or click here to contact us through our website.