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The Pros and Cons of Allowing Pets in a Rental Property

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70% of households have at least one pet living on the property, but that doesn't mean you want pets in a rental property you manage. Before you outlaw tenants with pets, you must understand the pros and cons of allowing pets in a rental property.We've created a list that will help you get closer to deciding whether tenants with pe...

Should You Use a Property Management Company? A Guide for Chicago Real Estate Investors

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If you are considering your first rental property or just closed on your 50th, there are many decisions to make relating to its management. Do you keep that pink bathroom? Update the landscaping yourself or hire help? One of the questions that may not have occurred to you: whether or not to hire a property manager. Many investors (both ne...

How to Buy a Residential Investment Property in Chicago

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GC Realty & Development, LLC has enjoyed working with investors from around the world looking to purchase 1-4 unit investment properties in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. We've worked with one of these investors in particular, Roofstock, Inc., over the past 12 months.Roofstock.com, is an online real estate investment marketp...

Top 5 Tips for Rent Collection

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Whether you're a property owner or part of a REIT, monthly rent collection is likely one of your most significant challenges. But it doesn't have to be! In fact, you can cut the hassle and headache by employing a few simple strategies that save both time and energy.Want to know more? You're in the right place. Read o...

How do I find a good deal?

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Hello, I'm Mark Ainley from GC Realty and Development. We're a property management company and also do residential and commercial investment.Where to find deals?I talked to a lot of investors on a daily basis. I have access to see where buyers are getting deals, where we're getting deals. So I was like share with people l...

Tenant Screening: How Does It Work and How Do You Do It?

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Every year, more than two million tenants are evicted from rental properties. The eviction process can be costly and time-consuming for landlords and that's before considering potential rent arrears or the costs of renovating your property.Conducting tenant screenings is a great way to reduce the chance of renting to problem tena...

Best Practices To Getting Qualified Tenants To Rent Your Property in Chicago 2022

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As investors ourselves in many markets and class types, our primary goal is to attract and retain the best tenant possible for our properties.A "Best Tenant" can have one or more of the following characteristics: a history of paying rent on time, desire to stay in a particular location for an extended time frame, and/or enthusia...

Check Out These 3 Great Ways To Use Zillow To Your Advantage

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Mark Ainley, GC Realty and Development we are a Chicagoland property management company. One thing I want to bring up today in making sure that you are informed as a property owner that's either working with the property manager now or looking to work with the property manager in the future. MarketingMarketing, obviously whe...

7 Out Of State Real Estate Investor Pitfalls To Avoid

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As a local property manager here in the midwest, and more specifically the Chicagoland area, we have been part of (or witnessed) thousands of investors buying in our local Chicago market while residing out of state. Investors from around the United States, and the world, find the midwest attractive because one can still purchase an invest...

5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Sell Your Investment Property in Chicago

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Thinking about selling your investment property in Chicago? Think again. While there are many reasons to sell off a rental property, there are better reasons to hold onto one.In this article we'll clear the air, giving you five excellent reasons why you should hold onto your investment property and how we can help make the process eas...
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