Monthly Archives: February 2011

Tips For Renting Your Carolina Real Estate

for rentWould you make a good landlord? The job description doesn’t fit everyone. You may want to check out some tips for making your role as a landlord successful before you decide invest in Carolina real estate.

There is a lot of talk about investing in real estate or renting out your real estate now due to the state of the housing market. Some people are looking into the opportunity to snatch up investment properties while housing prices and interest rates are low. Others need to move in order to follow a job, but they’re current mortgages are underwater. Rather than selling at a loss, they’re opting to hold on to the property and rent it out for a time.

The Equifax Personal Finance Blog has tips for you to remember before you make the leap into renting property. Real estate expert Ilyce Glink’s article, “Real Estate Investing: How to Be a Good Landlord,” offers the benefit of her own experiences renting out properties. She also gives a summary of suggestions offered by Robert Shemin, author of Secrets of a Millionaire Real Estate Investor.

  • Don’t expect to become friends with your tenants. Keep it a business relationship because friends may expect more leeway or special treatment – perhaps being late on the rent payment or requesting extras for the home.
  • Be very clear about expectations and policies.
  • Use your current good tenants to help find your next good tenants by enlisting their help.
  • Always run a credit check on potential renters.

And what does your perspective tenant’s car have to do with anything? You’ll have to follow the link to the Equifax Personal Finance Blog to find out!

Conditions for Investing in Carolina Real Estate May Be Optimal NOW

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Equifax Personal Finance Blog is reporting positive news in the lending environment, so maybe things are changing on the economic front. Plus, interest rates on home mortgages just moved up slightly. It may very well be that investors who want to take advantage of the sluggish market should act NOW before the cost to invest increases.

Getting started with your real estate investment business is as easy as using your personal accounts and keeping careful records of expenditures that you put toward your investment property. Then, if you find out you like it and conditions are still good, you can look at ways to formalize your business.

The Equifax article, “

Setting Up Your Real Estate Investing Business,” offers suggestions from co-founder and 20-year investor Andy Heller. He says to start your business by talking with your accountant about your goals. He or she can then advise you on setting up the type of legal entity that will work best in your situation. Many investors, he says, choose an easy-to-start LLC.

After completing the paperwork for your business, contact the IRS to get an Employee Identification Number, or EIN. Take this number to the bank, where someone specializing in working with new business should be able to get you started with the right types of accounts. You may need to shop around to find the best fit for you.

Heller offers more tips at the

Equifax Personal Finance Blog, so check them out. The Blog also offers a way to ask questions of the experts online or to contact Heller directly. If you’re serious about this, you’d better act now before rates see another increase!