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Tips for Managing Maintenance in Your Rental Property – Chicago Property Management

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If you're managing your own investment or looking for a property manager, keep in mind that maintenance problems will arise at some point. How you handle those issues can have a large impact on your bottom line. Proactive maintenance is crucial to keeping your tenants happy, so repairing problems quickly is the best way to go. Choosin...

What to Consider When Renting Your Property

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One of the first questions clients ask is, “How much should I rent my Chicagoland property for?” It’s a great question! There are many factors that go into determining the rental market value of your home.Comparable Market AnalysisFirst, we look at the comparable rents in the area. We want to know what other properties s...

Eviction Process in Illinois: Understanding Your Legal Options

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If you are reading this, chances are you are "one in four landlords who've lost rental income because of the pandemic." We get that you have backed up mortgage payments and property taxes. But rushing the eviction process in Illinois can lead to you being sued.By the way, a Chicago tenant now has five years to sue you o...

How GC Realty & Development Checks Out Prospective Tenants

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We’re often asked how we screen applicants, so I wanted to share how we approach it. First, we screen all applicants over the age of 18. The first thing we do is invite applicants to complete an online application form. This is where the applicant enters all of their information for us to review.Next, we run a full credit, criminal,...

Rent Your Property Faster: Top Tips

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Tenants come and go. As a property owner, nothing can put more money in your pocket than renting your home quickly and to the right person. Here are some tips that will help you do just that.Pro-tips to rent your property quickerTake a look at the condition of your property. You want fresh paint, clean surfaces, well-manicured landsc...

How Should I Prepare My Rental Property?

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Many people ask that question “What do I have to do to my place to get it rented?”First and foremost, appeal to the masses by choosing neutral colors and tones. Highlight walls may look good with a particular style of furniture when you live in your home, but now that you're trying to rent it out and make a profit, ac...

What Is the Best Type of Investment Property to Own?

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The Chicago real estate market is experiencing unprecedented change at the moment. Like in most metropolitan areas across the US, rents and house prices are on the rise. If you're lucky enough to be in a position to do so, now is a perfect time to become a real estate investor.But there are many different types of real estat...

How Much Does Professional Property Management Cost? An Experienced Chicago Property Manager Explain...

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Today we’re going to discuss the various fees associated with property management and the cost of hiring a professional property manager, which is often lower than the cost of managing a property yourself.Management FeeThe management fee is something that’s charged every month. Some managers will charge you a flat fee per unit...

Chicago Housing Authority: The CHA's Guide to Section 8

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Working with a Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) for a Section 8 tenant can be a very lucrative strategy for your investment portfolio. As a first-time landlord with HUD Housing Choice Vouchers, you are going to need to learn more about the process. There are many positives and negatives to setting up your portfolio with this type of i...

For All People Who Invest, This Is A Great Set Of Information.

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For five years, I've been sharing valuable tips to both newbie and seasoned investors to keep them safe from common mistakes. I take pride in educating local and out-of-state investors about Chicago's laws, as well as Chicago's suburbs. I tell them how things work here, and what to expect. All of this information stems from my...
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