7 Steps to Prepare Your Rental for Airbnb

You’ve heard about all the hype surrounding Airbnb & VRBO and you’re ready to get in on the market. It might seem like an easy decision – throw some clean sheets on the bed, take a few pictures, write up a quick description, and post a listing, right? The reality of converting any property to…

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Why You Need Renters Insurance

As a renter, it is often assumed that you are protected by the landlord’s insurance policy; however, just because your landlord has coverage doesn’t mean that you do as well. In many cases, your landlord’s policy only covers damage to the actual dwelling. In order to protect your possessions in case of loss from fire,…

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New Year’s Plan for Landlords – Best Practices for a Successful 2018

A new year brings new goals. To start the year off right, we want to be sure that 2018 is successful for landlords throughout Maine’s rental community. As your trusted Greater Portland leasing expert it is our mission to provide you with the resources you need every step of the way, so we’ve compiled a…

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Winterizing Your Tenants

By mid-November, most property owners have done all the necessary prepping for the cold winter weather; but, if you own or manage rental property, have you also ‘Winterized’ Your Tenants? Let’s be honest, even those of who have lived in the colder and snowy regions for most of our lives, there is always an adjustment…

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14 Safety Tips for Rental Property Owners & Tenants

If you’re a landlord who lives in and/or manages rental property in Portland or elsewhere in Southern Maine, keep yourself and your tenants safe by following these 14 safety guidelines. FIRST is Compliance; Make sure your rental property meets basic life safety and Portland Maine building code requirements. For properties not in Portland, ME, this information…

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Preparing for a Rental Inspection

A Tenants Guide for Preparing for An Inspection of Your Rental Rental Inspections can stress out a first timer easily. Many first time tenants are uncertain about their expectations from rental inspections. 35% of residents in the US live in rented property and go through a rental inspection. If you are a first timer, this…

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Understanding Types of Leases and Rental Agreements

Signing a lease is a big deal. It defines where you will live for a certain time period, either until you figure out your finances to get a house of your own or move onto greener pastures. For such a big step, it is important to define what kind of agreement you will have with…

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Why Consider Hiring a Property Manager?

If you own rental property, it’s a great investment – but it can present some real challenges, too. That’s especially true if your’re new to owning income property.  And even if you’re a longtime landlord, you’re in a more difficult environment than ever before, as you navigate through the maze of today’s rental market. You’re…

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Vetting Prospective Tenants

To protect yourself and your investment, you’ve got to make sure your potential tenants are likely to pay their rent on time and preserve your property. Sounds simple – but sometimes property owners skip some important steps that can help avoid bigger headaches later. Of course, you’re going to require applications, proof of income and…

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