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10 Ways to Prep Your New England Rental Properties For Winter

Posted by R.H. Blanchard Contract Design on Nov 15, 2018 11:48:03 AM

Before the winter weather becomes "oh so frightful" (and the fire so delightful), it's a great time for landlords to look at their current preparedness for the winter weather that is headed their way in a matter of a few short weeks. Before the first significant snowfalls fall, it's a great time to stop and ensure that the rental properties you have are ready to keep the tenants residing inside safe, warm, and healthy throughout the frigid months ahead.

The following are 10 steps that you can take to make sure that your rentals are winter-ready before the significant snowfalls and cold temperatures of winter actually hit the greater New England Area.

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How to Find (and Keep) Great Tenants

Posted by R.H. Blanchard Contract Design on Oct 9, 2018 2:16:55 PM

Finding and keeping top-quality tenants is not an easy task for any landlord. These are the landlord's "dream" tenants. The ones that pay their rent on time, follow the rules and are not a "noise complaint" for neighbors. They are the ones that make the landlord's life and job much easier.

However, it's no secret that not every tenant is a "dream" tenant. When a landlord finds these tenants that are among the cream-of-the-crop, keeping them is the next important step.

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The 10 Most Sought-After Features of Boston Apartments

Posted by R.H. Blanchard Contract Design on Jul 12, 2018 2:30:00 PM
Tenants who are moving to the Boston area are those who are looking to live life near quite a large city. Along with that comes a list of things that these tenants are looking for when they rent an apartment in the Boston area. Rentals that offer what people are looking for in the Boston area will be able to get premium prices for their rental properties and attract quality clients.

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5 Most Expensive Homes in Boston

Posted by R.H. Blanchard Contract Design on Jun 25, 2018 1:15:00 PM

Every large city has its massive homes, with costs running well into the millions, and to that end Boston is no exception! The following are the 5 most expensive (and stunning) homes in Boston.

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The Basic Checklist for Renting Out Your House

Posted by R.H. Blanchard Contract Design on Jun 12, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Renting out a house can sound like a quick and easy way to make money, but getting everything ready can be a long and complicated process. Here is a basic checklist of things you need to do in order to get to the end of the road.

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Repairs vs Improvements: Tax Deductions for Land Lord

Posted by R.H. Blanchard Contract Design on May 11, 2018 11:00:00 AM

The question of whether a physical rental structural adjustment should be taxed as an improvement or a repair has been the subject of huge debates within the tax community over decades. In an effort to resolve the various issues, Congress instituted recent changes to the tax code that supposedly settled the various issues in the Updated LBI Directive. These changes were made after intense deliberation and study. 

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5 Situations Where You Should Hire a Property Management Company

Posted by R.H. Blanchard Contract Design on Oct 11, 2017 2:10:46 PM

When you are thinking about converting a house you own into a rental property, there are plenty of things to mull over. Do any renovations need to be done? Will my property be profitable to rent? One question that should seriously be considered, especially if you own multiple rental properties already, is whether or not to hire a property management company. Here is a list of five situations where hiring a property management company is a good idea for you.

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Top 3 Most Effective Places to List Your Boston Rental Property

Posted by R.H. Blanchard Contract Design on Sep 14, 2017 7:39:38 AM

You have a potentially profitable rental property, and you're looking for tenants. The age of newspaper advertisements and flyers is over - so where on the internet should you post your listing? There are dozens of places to list rental properties and hitting them all would be a full-time job in and of itself!  But fear not; we've compiled a list of the easiest and most effective places to list your Boston rental property.

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How to Deal with Difficult Tenants in 5 Common Situations

Posted by R.H. Blanchard Contract Design on Aug 15, 2017 7:27:07 AM

Landlords have the tough job of dealing with difficult tenants. If your tenants are consistently displaying one of these five detrimental behaviors, it's time for a change. Keep reading to find out the best ways to ensure that your tenants follow all of your rules and, most importantly, what to do if they don't.

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What Makes Rental Properties Profitable?

Posted by R.H. Blanchard Contract Design on Jul 6, 2017 6:35:37 AM

Owning a rental property (or two) can generate significant income. In fact, a report from ATTOM Data Solutions puts the average annual gross rental yield on single-family homes in 375 U.S. counties at 9% for 2017. Of course, there's no guarantee your real estate will turn a profit. But there is one universal quality that will ensure your success in a rental market; desirability to renters, of course!

Owning a place that people actually want to live in is important in acquiring reliable tenants. Desirability can sometimes seem like a tough quality to judge, but there are a few universal qualities that are sure to have renters flocking to your property.

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