Property 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 contact the applicant’s past landlords before you hand over your keys. Property management firms provide peace of mind by handling issues that arise. (more…)
I am a “Boomer.” Growing up, I came to believe that the biggest part of the American Dream was to own one’s own home and that, above all else, I should strive to buy a house as soon as I reached adulthood and was able to do so. This principle I passed on to my own children as well. And when my mother passed away, at 94, she was especially happy that all of her adult grandchildren owned their own homes. In speaking to my almost-adult grandchildren, however, I have come to understand that homeownership is no longer the American Dream for their generation. (more…)
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 (more…)
Home 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, (more…)
Plumbers can be expensive, often charging more than $100 an hour to fix your leaking toilet. If you have just a few basic skills, you will save money by taking care of the most common toilet repair problems yourself. Toilets today have the same basic parts and usually need one of a few simple fixes. However, you will run into several problems along the way. (more…)
Even 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 each change, the artwork changes. These costs can mount quickly! Before you look for pieces from a retailer, however, consider wall art on a budget with some easy do-it-yourself pieces that can be absolutely stunning. (more…)
Clayton – 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. (more…)
Termites 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 what types of tools an exterminator is likely to use to try and combat a termite infestation. (more…)
Cleaning and maintenance for your lint trap and dryer vent is easy when you know what to do. Checking your lint trap and dryer vent should be done on a regular basis. Cleaning your lint trap should be done before each new load. Simply remove it and pull all the lint from the trap. On occasion you can vacuum what lint may fall below the trap. This is a good idea. (more…)