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Going Green: The Essential Landlord’s Guide

When looking at today’s trends among landlords, there is one that is really making an impact in a number of ways, from the design, materials, and concepts being used to create rental units. The push for green buildings has never before been as strong as it is today. Landlords have quickly come to the realization that these green buildings carry less overhead in terms of bills, and it’s also a huge selling feature for tenants who are specifically looking for energy-efficient buildings.

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If you’re a landlord who is looking into going green and aren’t sure where to start, here is an essential guide on all things green.

Choose a Building that Was Built with an Energy Efficient Design

It starts with the building itself, as there are now more and more energy efficient designs being used, especially in the bigger cities across the nation.

Take, for example, … Read More

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To Rent a House or Buy a House? That Is the Question

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Owning a home has long been the cornerstone of the American dream, but for many people, achieving that dream has been delayed indefinitely. In fact, according to the Pew Research Center, the percentage of households that rent their primary residence is the highest it’s been since 1965. While the number of households in the country has increased by 7.6 million between 2006 and 2016, the number of heads of households who owned their homes has largely remained unchanged.

There are a variety of reasons for this stagnation, including rising home prices, fear of another market crash and the burden of student loans. However, even in spite of these commonly held reservations, the vast majority of renters surveyed said that they hope to buy a home at some point, and well over half said that the rent because of their current financial situation, not because they want to.

When it … Read More