Little Rock Property Manager – How To Choose The Best One For You

By Spencer Sutton

Alabama home sales continue to climb

Alabama has continued to enjoy growth in its home sales market.  It is up almost 8% over November of last year.  This is great for investors who are looking to capture some appreciation in additio..

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Shoe Dog

I recently finished reading the book, Shoe Dog, by Phil Knight the founder of Nike.  For anyone who loves entrepreneurship and the idea of growing a business, his story is a fun one to read  . On..

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Bill Passes Placing Responsibility of Garbage on Tenant in Jefferson County

While the focus has been mostly on Donald Trump, our newly elected President, one amendment passed in Jefferson County, Alabama that affects landlords and tenants. The bill now says that tenants ar..

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The Seasonality of Leasing a Home in Birmingham, Alabama

I just got off a phone call with another property manager in Birmingham who was asking me about the seasonality of leasing homes in the City.  It brought to mind one of the first questions people a..

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Ode to Wayne McGinnis

Thanks Wayne, we are going to miss you. No, Wayne didn't die everyone.  He is headed off to pursue his passion of construction with Doster Construction.  We wish him lots of luck and hope he will c..

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How Much Should I Budget for Home Repairs Every Year?

If it doesn't make dollars, it doesn't makes "sense". How much should you expect to spend on maintenance for your rental home? One of the hardest conversations we will have in our relationship with..

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Are You an Entrepreneur Bean Counter?

Are you tired of simply counting the money and reporting the information to the decision makers? Do you want to be a decision maker at a company and help it scale? Are you an entrepreneur that happe..

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Why WHO We Hire Should Affect WHO You Hire (Post #3 – Our Leadership Development Program)

This is my third and final post on the WHO of our business.  In my previous posts, I've discussed our hiring process and and also discussed how we onboard new team members. This post is the one I ..

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Why WHO We Hire Should Affect WHO You Hire (Post #2 – Teaching the Talent)

In my last blog I gave you some insight into how we find talent.  Much like finding the right tenant takes tons of time and sometimes going through tons of people, finding the right talented people..

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Halloween Party Day 2016

I'm a pretty competitive person.  After our team building afternoon, I realized we have a lot of competitive people. Today we spent the afternoon eating lunch and playing games.  We have a number o..

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Why WHO We Hire Should Affect WHO You Hire (Post #1 – How We Interview)

I don't really want you to pick us as your property manager because we are cheaper than other property managers.  While our prices are competitive and probably cheaper than most in town, I beg you ..

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ACRE and Continuing Education for Property Managers in Birmingham

As a property manager in Birmingham, Alabama, I've struggled with finding great places to receive continuing education. Most courses taught in and around this area deal with sales agents. Those don'..

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Birmingham Home Sales Market Hot

The Birmingham home sales market continued its hot streak through the end of the summer months. Posting a year over year high of 27% over August last year. All this is according to the Alabama Cente..

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Your Property Manager is Charging You a Percentage of the Monthly Rent? That is so 1990

The real estate game is changing quickly. Much like the internet has changed many industries, real estate is undergoing a change to a "new normal" that will leave a great number of property manageme..

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Building a Property Management Team

There are no loan wolf successful people. One of my favorite quotes from John Maxwell is his response to people who say they are "self made". He explains how sorry he is because if they are self mad..

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What is a 7 Day Eviction Notice in Alabama?

Nobody wants to have to evict a tenant. The original intent of the lease is that you would provide them a place to live and they would take care of that place and pay you rent . . . monthly . . . th..

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What Makes You Different?

This is the question every property manager is attempting to answer . . . when a potential client is calling and asking about their services. What makes you different from other managers? Why would ..

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Proud To Be Named To Inc Magazine’s 2016 List Of Fastest Growing Companies

There is not a lot of recognition in the residential property management business. There is, however, a tremendous amount of hard work involved in managing 1,200 tenant relationships and over 500 ow..

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Why Owning 10 Rental Houses is Better than One

Birmingham, Alabama is a hot market for rental house investing. It has so many benefits to offer an investor. But, I'm not here to talk about why you should buy in Birmingham, but why you should buy..

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3 Reasons to use a small property manager over a large one

Once again, I've decided to take on a topic that is the proverbial, "shoot yourself in the foot" post. To remind you, one thing I think that separates us from other managers is our ability to be unc..

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5 Reasons Renting Your Home Makes Sense

For those of you who think this article is going to be extremely biased . . . you are probably right. All of our articles are biased. However, I have written on the opposite idea of why you WOULDN'T..

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3 Ways to Avoid Being Sued When Renting Your Home

I recently wrote an article entitled, the 3 adjectives for leasing your home, and dedicated to my mother who was an English teacher for 30 years. Today's blog, regarding legal issues to avoid when l..

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Spring Scavenger Hunt

Culture is a big deal here at gkhouses. We believe the success of our company is closely aligned with the health and spread of that culture. Two of the core values that make up our culture are discip..

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The 3 Adjectives Of Leasing Your Home

The 3 Objectives of Leasing Your Home My mom was an english teacher for almost 30 years. If I had a dollar for every time she corrected the way I spoke or the way I wrote, I could feed a small 3rd wo..

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How Much Does a Property Manager Charge?

How much does a property manager charge? In this post we're going to discuss the 5 most common fees property managers charge. One of the three biggest questions we get from a potential client is, "H..

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Calling All Future Leaders

Calling All Future Leaders We're looking for individuals who want to be a part of something significant over the next 10 years. Could that you? Keep reading if it could be... gkhouses opened its P..

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The 3 Questions You Need To Ask A Property Manager Before You Hire Them

The 3 Questions You Need To Ask A Property Manager....BEFORE You Hire Them! Before you hire a property manager, you should know that trust and communication are the foundation for a healthy relation..

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Calling a Specific Bean Counter – We Want YOU!

Calling A Specific Bean Counter - We Want YOU! Are you tired of simply counting the money and reporting the information to the decision makers? Do you want to be a decision maker at a company and he..

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How Much Notice Do You Have To Give Your Landlord?

How Much Notice Do You Have To Give Your Landlord? Serving your landlord notice is the first step in your move out process. Knowing how to properly serve notice to your landlord will ensure you follo..

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4 Things That Change When You Rent Your House

4 Things That Are Going To Change When You Rent Your House Hey, I'm Matthew Whitaker with gkhouses, and today I want to talk to you about the four things that are going to change when you rent your ..

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Results of the 2016 Owner Survey

Results of the 2016 Owner Survey Each year we send a survey to all of our owners so that we can learn what we're doing well...and what we need to improve on. This year's survey didn't disappoint. Be..

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3 Reasons Baby Boomers Will Rent vs Buy

3 Reason Baby Boomers Will Rent vs Buy Renting is becoming a lot more popular these days. But not just among millennials...even the baby boomers are getting in on the action. Watch this video as Matt..

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Insider Rental Tips Every Landlord Needs To Know

Insider Rental Tips Every Landlord Needs To Know In the landlord world, there are a few tips that can help you stay sane and improve your rental house ROI. In this short video, Matthew Whitaker walks..

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My Tenant Is Not Paying Rent…and 5 Other Top Reasons You Should Evict

My Tenant is not Paying Rent . . . and the 5 Other Top Reasons to Evict a Tenant. It is very stressful when you've done all you can do to live up to an agreement you made and the other person seems be..

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Uniform Residential Landlord Tenant Law

5 Things You Didn't Know About the Uniform Residential Landlord Tenant Law I love it when I get a call from someone's attorney. Most people are scared when they call. I actually appreciate it when t..

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How To Stay Safe While Showing Rental Houses

If you own rental property and interact with prospective tenants, you need to know how to stay safe while showing your rental houses. Safety is important. It's important in all aspects of life. We g..

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Top 5 Reasons NOT to Rent Your Home

Seems weird that a guy who spends all his day trying to talk you into renting your home would write about the top 5 reasons NOT to rent your home. You're probably as skeptical as I would be reading t..

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How To Evict The Guest That Doesn’t Belong In Your Rental

Have you ever needed to evict the guest that doesn't belong? There is nothing better than a tenant who pays rent on time and takes care of your home. Sometimes, you move that person in (or who you ex..

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What Does My Landlord Deposit Return Letter Need To Say?

What Does My Landlord Deposit Return Letter Need To Say? There is a lot of stress around the move out process with a tenant - particularly around the landlord deposit return letter. So, what does it ..

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What You Need To Know About Repairs And Maintenance

What you need to know about repair and maintenance Repair and maintenance. This is probably one of the most overlooked expenses when I speak with an investor about a rental portfolio they want to bu..

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My Tenant Is Harassing Me

My Tenant is harassing me! It's one thing to have an annoying tenant...and it's something completely different to have a tenant who is harassing you. It is probably the worst situation to be in, s..

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5 Questions Every Landlord Needs To Ask About Their Rental Property

There are 5 questions every landlord needs to ask about their rental property. Asking these five questions can save you thousands of dollars and whole lotta' heartache! In this video, Matthew Whitake..

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Should I Rent My House In Nashville?

Should I Rent My Home In Nashville? Well, should you? And how can you know for sure? Everyday someone is faced with the decision of whether renting their home in Nashville is a good idea. You may be..

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7 Signs You Have a Nightmare Tenant

7 Signs You Have a Nightmare Tenant Do you have a nightmare tenant living in your rental house? When most people decide to rent their house, they have the best intentions. That's because we want to..

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3 Questions Homeowners Ask Property Managers

What are the 3 questions homeowners ask property managers? In this video, Matthew walks through the most common questions. There's also a transcript below the video. Hey everyone, I'm Matthew Whita..

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5 Traits of a Poor Property Manager

These 5 traits of a poor property manager should make you think twice about letting them manage your rental property. After managing over a thousand properties, renting to over 10,000 tenants, and wo..

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How Much is My Rental Home Worth If I Wanted To Sell

How Much is My Rental Home Worth? Yesterday a family member called me about selling a rental house he owns. He said the home needed some work and he was calling me for some advice. It struck me when ..

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Overcoming Fears of the Leasing Process

One of the benefits of working with gkhouses is our leasing department. We are extremely focused and disciplined in our marketing and screening process. Just last year we rented 421 houses. Caroline..

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How To Work With Section 8

Do you want to know how to work with Section 8? There is a right way...and there's a wrong way! In this post I am interviewing one of our property managers, Wayne McGinnis. The great thing about W..

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How Do I Know if My Landlord is Legit?

How do you know if your landlord is legit? This is a serious issue that you need to resolve before you lease a house. In this video, Matthew Whitaker is going to walk us through three reasons why it'..

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My Tenant is Always Late with Rent – What Should I Do?

My Tenant Is Always Late with Rent...What Should I Do? So you have a tenant that keeps paying rent late? You may have a really big problem or you may have a really great tenant! This article will ex..

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How To Make Sure Your Tenant Moves In Happy [VIDEO]

Walking through your rental property just prior to a tenant moving in is critical. We have discovered that setting the relationship off on the right foot will determine how a tenant views you as a lan..

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Self Management vs Property Management

Self Management vs. Property Manager - How do you know when it is time to fire yourself? The title of this article makes me chuckle because of all the times I've wanted to quit managing properties an..

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What Do I Need For My Rental Application?

Hey everybody, a question we get a lot is what do I need for my rental application? We filmed a short video to share a short video, tell you what you need before you fill out an application. First..

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A Tenant’s Guide To Protecting Your Rent Payment

As a Birmingham and Nashville property management company, we see and process thousands and thousands of rent payments each year. And for most of us - tenant or homeowner - our rental or mortgage p..

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My Tenant Has a Dog Against The Lease

What do you do if your tenant has a dog living in your house against the lease? Many of our owners don't mind allowing pets and we have a special pet deposit for them in our lease. But it's ok if ..

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Consider This a Warning…Clean Your Gutters

We sent an email to all of our owners a couple of months ago urging them to either send us out to clean their gutters or hire someone else to make sure that job is done before serious damage can occur..

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How Do I Evict My Tenant?

Sometimes tenants need to be evicted. It doesn't mean they're bad people or that they are intentionally taking advantage of you, the homeowner. But unfortunately, it's sometimes necessary. In this v..

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How To Collect Rent From Your Tenants

We get asked "How do you collect rent from tenants?" all the time from homeowners who are considering gkhouses.com as their Birmingham or Nashville Property managers. Collecting rent from tenants i..

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What Happens When A Section 8 Tenant Wants To Move?

I had the opportunity to spend some time in the field with two of our property managers (Wayne McGinnis and Mark Byers) as they performed a Section 8 Move Out Inspection. This happens when a Section ..

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Property Manager Interview – Duke Dodson

Recently, Spencer and I sat down with Duke Dodson of Dodson Property Management in Richmond, Virginia to discuss a few issues property managers and landlords deal with on a day to day basis. Duke's..

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What Happens When a Tenant Moves Out?

  What happens when a tenant moves out of a gkhouses.com rental house? Once notice has been given, we will send a property manager over to the house to complete a move out walk through. This r..

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What To Do When Your Tenant Breaks Their Lease

  My Tenant is Breaking the Lease and they don't seem to care about it. You've done everything you can to make them happy. Even completing work orders that didn't need to be completed just to ..

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Where To Buy Rental Properties in Birmingham, AL (VIDEO part 5 of 5)

  Over the past couple of weeks we've walked through some of the best areas to buy rental houses in Birmingham. Today we conclude this 5 Part Video Series with a look at Pleasant Grove and Huey..

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Where To Buy Rental Properties In Birmingham, AL (VIDEO part 4 of 5)

As a property manager in Birmingham, AL we help all kinds of owners in their search for the right rental house. In this video Matthew and I are going to share about one of the most popular areas for ..

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Tenant Screening: The Benefit of a Disciplined Approach

Tenant Screening: The Benefits of a Disciplined Approach Tenant screening is THE most important step in the process of occupying a rental property. We can't emphasis this enough with owners. A compl..

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Safety Tips – Hot Water Heaters and Your Tenants

I had the opportunity to be out in the field with Wayne McGinnis the other day and as we were talking through a rental house I noticed that he was examining the hot water heater. I asked him to expla..

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Where To Buy Rental Properties In Birmingham, AL (VIDEO part 3 of 5)

Today we're talking about southern Jefferson County and norther Shelby County as a tremendous rental opportunity for the right investor. We'll highlight which areas are popular, the kinds of houses y..

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Should You Rent Your House? Here’s The Answer

Should you rent your house? The simple answer? It depends… That may surprise you coming from a property management company. But it shouldn't. We manage property for homeowners who probably wis..

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Where To Buy Rental Houses In Birmingham, AL (VIDEO part 2 of 5)

Here is Matthew explaining why the Forestdale/Adamsville area is one of the best areas to buy rental property in Birmingham. If you're not following us on Periscope, go ahead and download the app. We..

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Should I Buy This Rental House? Episode 001

Should I Buy This Rental House? This is a question we get a lot at gkhouses. And that's OK considering we manage over 1,100 houses and we started as investors ourselves. Back in 2003 to 2004 we wer..

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Choose Your Property Manager Before You Choose Your House

So you're interested in renting a home? Finding the right home to rent can be a daunting task. School systems, bedrooms, bathrooms...the right combo is hard to find. When you find the perfect house..

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Where To Buy Rental Houses In Birmingham, AL (VIDEO part 1 of 5)

So...where should you buy rental houses in Birmingham?   We receive calls from investors all the time asking about different areas of Birmingham. They're trying to figure out exactly where they ..

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Celebrate The Tenant (VIDEO)

In this week's Periscope broadcast, we discuss our 2016 initiative called 'Celebrate the Tenant' and the positive impact we expect to see with our tenants and our owners. Watch the video and share you..

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My Tenants Trashed My House, What Do I Do Next?

My Tenants Trashed my House, what do I do Next? "How do people live this way?" you think as you show up at your rental home to do a move out walk through; or worse, to let a worker into the home and ..

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The 5 Most Common Questions Owners Ask Us

At gkhouses we have the pleasure of working with two types of owners: Homeowners who want to rent their personal house Investors who either have or are building a portfolio of rental houses Bi..

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Year End Message

We wanted to take some time just to say 'Thank You' for a great 2015. We understand that in the world of rental real estate not everything goes according to plan. Things break and need to be fixe..

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Warning: These Rookie Mistakes Can Cost You Bigtime [VIDEO]

If you've invested in real estate long enough you've probably made some mistakes that cost money. Real money. Or heard the horror stories that circulate on the web. I've made several of those mist..

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What Do You Pay a Property Manager For?

What do you pay a property manager for? I think that's a fair question. This post is meant to help you solve the property management vs. self management debate. I've heard that from 50% to 80% of al..

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How to Keep a Tenant 20 Years (part 2)

We're going to conclude our post on ‘How to Keep a Tenant 20 Years' with the final 4 points our friend Robert Locke shared with me in Atlanta. As way of review, the first four were: 1. Buy the rig..

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How To Keep a Tenant 20 Years

In the Real Estate Investor world there's a lot of noise. It seems that everywhere I look on social media or coming through my inbox is THE BEST way to find/buy/flip a house and make a quick buck. I..

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Why Don’t You Answer The Phone?

The number one complaint . . . by a longshot . . . we get from our tenants and people who are interested in our homes is, "Why don't you answer the phone?". If you read our reviews, people who scor..

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The Single Biggest Factor To Your Landlording Success…and What To Do About It

Becoming a successful landlord involves a great many things. Everything from buying the right house at the right price, to putting the right finishes in the home when you get it ready for a renter t..

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How Much Should I Charge For Rent?

Marketing your home for lease starts with a comprehensive look at the market to understand what your home will lease to a well-qualified tenant. If you choose too low a market rate, you end up not ma..

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The Best Property Managers in Birmingham

We've been managing homes for well over ten years in the Birmingham area and currently manage over 1,000 homes for others. We meet with hundreds of people every year and many more read our blog articl..

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3 Reason Millennials Choose to Rent over Buy

3 Reasons Millennials Choose to Rent over Buy Renting homes is here to stay and not just a phase our country is going through. As Millennials enter the job market and become the largest group of peopl..

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Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring A Property Manager

Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring A Property Manager Hiring a property manager can be a stressful situation for a homeowner. That is why we came up with 27 questions you should ask before hiri..

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Four Advantages of a Large Property Manager

When we started this business we had a big dream of driving around Birmingham and seeing gkhouses.com signs all over the place. We thought the more signs we could get in yards, the more tenants and ow..

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Turnkey Investors Visit Birmingham

Birmingham is one of the nation's top spots for cash flow investors. In Birmingham you can buy a solid rental house for $50,000 and rent it out for $700 to $800 per month. Our economy is strong thanks..

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Don’t Miss These 5 Turnkey Mistakes

We were on the phone the other day with an investor from California who asked for our advice in analyzing a few wholesale deals he had been offered here in Birmingham, Alabama.It seems like we have th..

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Movoto.com Names Birmingham as ‘Best City in America’ | Birmingham Real Estate

As Birmingham real estate pros, we're naturally pretty high on the Magic City metro area as a great place to live. That's why we're so happy to help people find new real estate opportunities in Birmi..

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Previewing ACREcon 2015 | Birmingham Real Estate

The Birmingham real estate market has been humming along nicely over the past year, and has done an admirable job of recovering after the doldrums of the bear market and recession. Highlighting the c..

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Avoiding a Property Management Horror Story

Halloween has come and gone, but that doesn't mean we're free of horror stories – especially the property management variety. Most property owners without the help of a professional property manage..

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Birmingham Is a Top Market for Renters – and Owners | Birmingham Real Estate

Does Birmingham have one of the better markets in the country for renters? According to a report from the Birmingham Business Journal, that very well may be the case. As discussed in the story, a re..

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Exploring Birmingham Real Estate Statistics for November 2014

Birmingham real estate is on track to finish 2014 strong, judging by the latest report from the Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE). ACRE's monthly report for November was released on the 21st, an..

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Tenants and Owners, Prepare Your Home for the Winter | Property Management

As property management pros, we're accustomed to helping our owners and tenants in any way we can. One way to help is to assist our customers with winter-proofing their properties – and making sure ..

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Three Reasons to Hire an Alabama Property Manager

If you own a rental property in the state of Alabama, you have a lot on your shoulders – even if you just own one property. (The burden goes exponentially up for every additional property you own.) ..

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Reviewing Birmingham’s Vacancy Rate for 2014 | Property Management

In property management, one of the most important stats to track is vacancy rate. Vacancy rate, simply put, is the percentage of all units that are unoccupied at any given time. This exact percentage ..

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Things Tenants Try to Hide from Background Checks | Property Management Advice

Screening for the right tenant is an important part of property management. After all, you want responsible tenants who will do two things: Live peacefully in your unit without damaging anything; andP..

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Taking a Look at Birmingham Real Estate for September 2014

Last month, in our ongoing effort to cover Birmingham real estate, we covered real estate statistics from this summer. Since then, the Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE) has released updated statis..

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Property Management Versus Self-Management: Which Is Better?

Property owners and investors all face the same dilemma whenever they purchase a home: should we manage the property ourselves, or should we hire professional property management? We are property mana..

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Should You Remodel Your Rental? | Property Management

In property management, attracting the right type of tenant is vital. This means being competitive with your listing, marketing your property properly, and – naturally – making your rental unit st..

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What Drives Property Values? | Property Management Blog

When it comes to property management and real estate investing, you want to make sure you have a sound investment. We recently talked about how you can determine if a particular property will make a g..

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How to Determine if Your Investment is a Good One | Property Management Blog

At gkhouses.com, we succeed when our property owners succeed. Our approach to property management is simple: we want our owners to have the best chance at success with their properties through agile a..

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Young Adults Prefer to Rent | Property Management Blog

The real estate market today is marked by several prominent trends that impact everyone from homeowners to tenants and property owners/investors. One trend is a steady increase in home value. Another ..

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Inexpensive Upgrades to Improve a Home | Property Management Blog

In property management, part of the job is about attracting the right types of tenants to the right types of homes. If you own a rental property, you want it to be occupied with good tenants. In today..

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Three More Home Remodeling Tips | Alabama Rental Managers

Everyone wants a better home. Even if you don't live in it, and just rent it out as a single-family rental, you want it to be the best it can possibly be. After all, better homes attract higher rents ..

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Taking a Look at Birmingham Real Estate Statistics

As we get deeper into the fall season, it's good to take a deeper look at real estate statistics that give us insight about the market's various trends. Earlier, we covered Alabama real estate statist..

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More Reasons to Hire Professional Property Management

Earlier this year – in March, in fact – we posted a blog titled "Three Reasons to Hire Professional Property Management". In that post, we covered three reasons why you should hire property manage..

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How Location Impacts Your Rental Property | Property Management Blog

Earlier, we talked about four things that you need to watch for when you are buying a rental property in Birmingham. As property management pros, we're used to advising clients on what makes for great..

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Making Home Maintenance Easier for Owners| Property Management Blog

One thing that property owners and investors usually hate to think about, but is a necessity anyways, is home maintenance. Home maintenance can be a chore, especially if you own multiple properties. T..

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It’s Fall – Are Your Properties Ready? | Property Management Blog

Fall is officially here. Summer has come and gone, and with the new season, we can expect cooler weather – and challenges for our home maintenance. Here are some steps you can take to get your prope..

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Examining the August Alabama Real Estate Report | Property Management

As property management pros, keeping an eye on the state's real estate market – particularly its health in a few key indicators – is a part of our role in helping advise our owner clients on the m..

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Making Home Maintenance Easier for Owners| Property Management Blog

One thing that property owners and investors usually hate to think about, but is a necessity anyways, is home maintenance. Home maintenance can be a chore, especially if you own multiple properties. T..

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Tenant Eviction in Birmingham

http://youtu.be/f0rLToOrEy8 Our topic today is tenant eviction, and our focus is specifically on evicting in Birmingham and Jefferson County, Alabama. Evicting a tenant is a process and before you rea..

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How Location Impacts Your Rental Property | Property Management Blog

Earlier, we talked about four things that you need to watch for when you are buying a rental property in Birmingham. As property management pros, we're used to advising clients on what makes for great..

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How You Should Vet Your Tenants | Property Management Blog

In property management, there should be a good fit between a tenant and a landlord, to ensure that everything goes smoothly. After all, it's a two-way street; the tenant needs a landlord that will pro..

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Look for Higher Rents Through 2014 and Into 2015 | Property Management Blog

As property management pros, we keep a close eye on rental rates in the area, to give our clients a better idea of what the market is demanding for rents so they can adjust their rates accordingly and..

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4 Things to Watch Out For When Buying a Birmingham Rental Property (One Will Surprise You)

Today we are sharing 4 things that you want to watch out for when you're choosing a rental property in Birmingham to buy as an investment. One of these things might surprise you. Location Always take ..

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Selecting the Best Property Management Company for Your Properties

If you have a rental property, you need property management specialists to help. The benefits of property management are numerous, from providing in-house maintenance to dealing with tenants and ensur..

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Home Sales Continue to Rise in July | Property Management Blog

Earlier, we talked about how home sales rose in the month of June in Alabama. This is in an ongoing attempt to gauge the local real estate market and take note of trends that our clients can use. Acco..

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3 Questions to Ask your Birmingham Property Manager

Today I'm going to share with you the three questions that are absolutely essential to ask your prospective Birmingham property manager. 1. The first question I would ask is, "What are your screening ..

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Housing Affordability Drops Across the Nation | Property Management Blog

As property management professionals, we keep track of the real estate market, even though we deal primarily in rental homes. We follow the market because what happens with buying and selling impacts ..

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2014 Birmingham Rental Market Forecast

I want to give you a brief 2014 rental market preview. First, I believe that rental rates are going to only rise moderately. I don't think that across the entire landscape of the Birmingham and Hoover..

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Making Your Rental Home More Appealing | Property Management Blog

Turning a home into a rental property is exciting. As property management specialists, we help countless clients and property owners turn their homes into rentals, and give them the tools they need to..

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Why Choose a Birmingham Property Manager with In-House Maintenance

http://youtu.be/-Q-bYQSPFnI Why is it important for a property management company to have an in-house maintenance staff? You should ask about maintenance and repairs every time you talk to a property ..

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Birmingham Named Most Exciting City in Alabama

As professional Alabama property managers, we like to keep up with the local scene – and not just the real estate scene. Part of our job is understanding local communities and keeping in touch with ..

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When Should I Get a New Property Management Company?

Many of us have been fired at one point or the other in our lives. It's never pleasant, and sometimes it's unfair, but it has to be done. The same goes for your current property management company. ..

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Positive Cash Flow for Birmingham Investment Properties

Today, we're going to talk about cash-flowing rental property in Birmingham, Alabama. There are four attributes of cash-flowing rental properties in this area, and if you can manage to do these things..

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Home Sales Rise in Alabama Real Estate Market for June 2014

There have been two major trends in Alabama real estate over the past year: rising prices and falling sales and inventory. Both of these trends are related to each other, so it is no surprise to see t..

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What Makes for a Good Rental Market?

There's no doubt that today, across the nation, rental markets are dominating. Returns are higher than they've been in a while, and vacancy rates are down considerably. A lot of would-be homeowners ..

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Is the Birmingham Real Estate Market Weak?

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Alabama Cities Listed as “Most Affordable Homes”

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Alabama Home Sales Up 8.3%

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When the real estate market crashed and people started to lose their homes and commercial properties to foreclosure, the number of vacant properties started to escalate – even in Birmingham. When bu..

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Birmingham Real Estate: Decline in Foreclosures

When looking at local real estate markets, observing the foreclosure rate can be telling. For example, when foreclosure activity and the number of distressed properties on the market are high, home pr..

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Back in the 1960s, when Birmingham was at the center of the Civil Rights movement (and not in a good way), nobody would have projected that the city would be where it is today – thriving. The city h..

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If you are a property owner, then you more than likely have an abundance of stories of bad tenants. You know what I am talking about—tenants who fail to pay their rent on time, intentionally damage ..

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Is a Professional Property Manager Right for You? – ReatlyTimes Article

This recent RealtyTimes article explores questions homeowners should ask themself when decidiing if they want to rent their home in Birmingham. The article needs little introduction. Click link below ..

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The iPad and the Property Manager

This article speaks to the efficiencies created when a team of managers uses a tablet computer (such as the iPad) to complete tasks. Golden Key has been using iPads for the last two years. Everyone on..

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Should you rent or should you buy a home in Birmingham?

Thinking of making the plunge to purchase a home? Many renters are torn between renting and buying their own home. If you are considering making this tough decision, check out this article from Realty..

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USA Today Money asks the question, “Are rentals the new American Dream?”

Today's real estate market has lead to a new quality of renter. See this article from USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/housing/story/2012-06-05/are-home-rentals-the-new-american-dream/..

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“Hairline cracks in the dam” of pending foreclosures could help investors buy more property soon.

Today the BBJ reported that foreclosures are down for the 1Q of 2012. However, investors need not worry, because they are also reporting the expected pent up inventory of foreclosed homes to be releas..

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How does the section 8 process work?

I get a lot of questions from my clients regarding this process. Here is a quick rundown of the steps involved in getting a home approved for Section 8 after the lease is signed. Sign Lease and Reques..

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How does the section 8 process work?

I get a lot of questions from my clients regarding this process. Here is a quick rundown of the steps involved in getting a home approved for Section 8 after the lease is signed. Sign Lease and Reques..

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“Tenants expect a manicured property, a tamed yard, fresh paint and an overall neat presentation.”

Hey owners! Check out this realtytimes.com article on the importance of curb appeal. As the market heats up we are begging our Golden Key Owners to help separate Golden Key managed properties from all..

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Birmingham Ranks #77 in Best 100 U.S. Markets to Invest in Rental Property

According to HomeVestors of America and Local Monitor, Inc., our Birmingahm real estate market ranks 77th among places to purchase a single family home for rental. If you'd like to peruse the full lis..

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Sophisticated Investors are Chasing Single Family Homes

Check out this article I just read on Bloomberg. I think the article is well worth the read if you are considering investing in single family homes. Here is a link to the article: http://www.bloomberg..

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What does Warren Buffett say about buying single family homes?

Perhaps America's most prolific investor, Warren Buffett, believes now is the time to invest in single family homes. See what he said in this CNBC article . . . http://www.cnbc.com/id/46538421...

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Why we do what we do. . .

I just received the following email from a young lady that moved into one of our homes:Good afternoon. I just wanted to say thank you again. Me and my daughters love the house!! I appreciate you for t..

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