6 Tips to Help You Rent an Apartment

If you are looking for a cheap and beautiful apartment, you need to work on your deal-finding and negotiation skills. Before you go ahead and negotiate, make sure you know what you need. Given below are 6 tips that may help you rent the right apartment.

#1: Use an apartment locator

First of all, you need to consider a few important features before you look for an apartment in your area. You can check out an apartment locator as well. There are many websites that can serve this purpose. This tool can help you find the right place for you.

#2: Consider your needs

You want an apartment that can meet your needs, not those of your friend’s. Make sure the place is located in the type of neighborhood you like. It should have all of your desired features.

#3: Call a local Locator

You can also contact a local apartment locator for help. In the same way, you can also use a phone book.

It’s a good idea to make a call to at least 2 providers to ask about rental neighborhoods and communities. Make sure you let them know about the features you are after.

Since the locators work for commission, they will try their level best to find you the property you need.

#4: Call a Community

Make sure you pay a visit to the property before you make the decision. It’s even better if you make a call to ask for a quote. Once you are in the apartment, the agent may impress you with the features of the property. On the phone, you will just get numbers. What you need to do is compare the numbers you get with the figures you found online.

#5: Visit the apartment

Although virtual tours can help you make the final decision, you shouldn’t rely on them alone. You can find these tour videos on websites, and this can give you some idea of the features of the property. However, it’s important to keep in mind that visiting the house in person is a must. You just can’t rely 100% on the virtual tours. To get a better feel, you still need to walk around your neighborhood.

#6: Review the features

Make sure you review the features you want in the house. Actually, you should remove the features that are on the bottom of your priority list. This will help you have you choose from a broader list of properties that may have the features you want. You should make adjustments to your list based on the short list of features. Finally, you should make the renting decision after weighing the features and the price you are willing to pay.

The Takeaway

So, these are a few things that you should keep in mind when looking for an apartment to rent. Keep in mind that you will get what you pay for but keeping a few basic things in mind can go a long way.

How to Start Your Own Mobile Tool Rental Service Business

You can start your own business renting out your tools, as a mobile service. You can reach more customers, if you are willing to travel! You can start from as little as one rental item, and ad things to your list, as you get them! You could make more money, if you offer to let them rent it, for longer periods of time. You can have a more special, and personalized service, where you come over to the customer’s home, and show them how to use the equipment, and pick it back up from them later, when they are done.

You could offer all kinds of rental items. Just drive around, and just about every town, has a rental store around it. You can see some of the things they rent out, like paint sprayers, stump grinders, and items like that. You could expand into party rentals, like cotton candy, popcorn, and snow cone machines. You could offer lots of party items. You could include on your flier, that you offer personal service, and helpful tips.

You could send out business cards and fliers, to local real estate agents, landscapers, and nurseries, that you have mobile tools for rent. These are the people, that usually have either clients working on their homes, or landscapers that come across certain jobs, they could do, but they might not have every tool to do it with, and now they know, they can get it from you, and you can get more customers that way!

You could use a trailer that you pull behind your car or truck, and start small, and buy things you would like to rent out, and have fun with it! You could advertise to car lots, for all your party items, like the popcorn machine, cotton candy, hot dog, fun jump, and so on, because they will want a lot of your items, when they are doing sales, and other businesses as well!

Tips On Property Investment

Property investment is a major decision that can either see you reap rich rewards or lose out on a lot of money. We read how seasoned investors are rewarded with handsome returns and, naturally, would like to get a piece of the pie. But, property investment is not as easy as how the pros make it so it’s important to know how to choose properties and protect yourself against debt burden.

• Don’t go over your budget. You may be tempted to invest in property that’s sure to bring in money but unless you can afford it, leave it for later. First-timers, in their eagerness, tend to overspend on property whose value they know little of. The only way to learn the difference between a good and bad investment is to study the real estate market. How it fluctuates, factors influencing its state and so on.

• What type of property are you interested in investing? There’s residential, land, commercial and industrial property and under them you have single-family houses, apartments, restaurants, sites for factories etc. It’s a long list and you want property that provides income.

A point to remember is that property which brings in money in one area may not in another. For example, single-family houses located near industrial areas may not see many takers because families aren’t warm to the idea of living near polluting plants.

Then again, if a factory is providing plenty of employment opportunities to people living in an area, the place could see the housing market see a rise as people flock to seek employment. What this means is that every area is different and learning real estate trends in those areas is important.

• When calculating a budget, don’t factor in only the cost of the property. There are taxes to be paid which can significantly change your budget and you don’t want to find yourself unable to pay off loans.

• Even experienced investors rely on professionals like property managers to give them the best value of their property. They go one further by also educating clients about property law, rights of the landlord and the tenant.

You may be the owner but this doesn’t mean you have to take care of maintenance issues. The job can be managed by the property manager.

To avoid conflicts with tenants, always use the property manager as the middleman and under no circumstances, visit the property without giving a head’s up to the tenant. You could be violating the terms of the lease agreement.

• Before purchasing property, check its conditions especially the roofing system, flooring, plumbing and heating. Dilapidated property may be available for a very cheap price but if you’ll have to spend a lot on renovation, you’ll be better off looking for something else.

Assessing a piece of property requires professional help which can be availed from building inspectors. Likewise, renovation work requires full knowledge of construction, plumbing and other trades that only a licensed and experienced tradesman can carry out.

• It’s usually necessary to perform some renovation work even on buildings which are far from dilapidated. Areas to focus on are bathrooms and kitchens as these are the first places a buyer will check.

• Always think of the long term before investing in property. Unlike shares, you can’t sell property in parts so wrong investment choices will cost you. Once you learn the basics, you should have no trouble buying and renting/selling real estate for a profit.

Commercial Real Estate Agent Prospecting Facts and Strategies

When you work as a commercial real estate agent or broker, it is essential that you develop and implement a prospecting program to generate new business leads. It is a personal process and it is not something that you can or should delegate.

I am amused sometimes when I hear that an agent has paid considerable money to a marketing company to ‘cold call’ their entire sales territory or market segment looking for leads and prospects to serve. Delegating the prospecting process to a marketing company or another ‘unskilled person’ is a waste of time and money. Commercial real estate is an industry built around personal relationships and trust; a marketing company or employed canvasser cannot offer that level of communication or service.

So why would a real estate agent employ such a ‘marketing firm’ to make prospecting calls? The answer in most cases is glaringly obvious; the agent doesn’t have the skill or the discipline for the prospecting process to be successful.

If you want to win the new business, then you will need to do it yourself. Yes, it takes time to get results and you will need to develop some new skills, but discipline will help you get to the results that you are seeking.

One thing should be said here; commercial real estate brokerage is tremendously rewarding for the sales people that can work hard and to a system or plan. Looking for leads and opportunities is part of the process or game. It’s a personal thing and it can’t be delegated.

Here are some way’s to find new business, better property listings, and good clients:

  • Redundant Properties – Some properties will move to a level of redundancy due to age, deterioration, change of zoning, or lack of tenants. When this happens it is time to move to the next phase of the property ‘lifecycle’. A good real estate agent can see the signs early and work closely with a property owner as they start to deal with the issue of investment change.
  • Vacant Land – As a city expands or suburbs change, vacant land will be rezoned for new development. Keep ahead of this opportunity by monitoring the planning and development applications at your local planning approvals office. Get copies of the public minutes of the planning committee meetings.
  • Old Listings – Some listings don’t sell or lease at the first attempt. What you can do here is withdraw the property from the market today and then revisit the property marketing effort a few months later in another and perhaps different marketing approach. Refreshing a listing is a valuable business process.
  • Open Listings – The best way to sell or lease a property is through an exclusive listing process. Open listings are very much a process of luck; most open listings stay on the market for a very long time and on average are far less successful when compared to the dedicated marketing efforts of an exclusive listing. Revisit old open listings to see if they can be optimised for a fresh marketing effort.
  • Larger Businesses – Local businesses are involved in property either as tenants or as owner occupiers. Business owners will need help with property from time to time. The best way to tap into that opportunity is through direct and ongoing contact. Cold call every business in your town or city and speak to them regularly about property needs and changes.
  • Surrounding Other Listings – When a competing agent puts a property on the market, you can use that listing as a reason to talk to all adjacent and nearby business and property owners. One property listing can be the catalyst to talk to others to see if they would like to compete or do something themselves.
  • Street Canvass – On a street by street basis, systematically move through your sales territory and research all property owners. Eventually you will create a good list of owners for your database. Ongoing contact will allow you to build valuable client relationships and the levels of trust that help grow commissions and listings.
  • Cold Calling – The telephone remains the most effective business tool that we have. Direct calls handled in a professional way will help you reach out to new people. Selectively researching the property owners and business people in your area will support the cold calling process.

A simple list like this will give you an abundance of property leads and opportunities. The secret to making things work for you is in doing it yourself.