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Should Your Rental Properties Be Furnished or Unfurnished?

Rental properties come in all shapes and sizes. As property managers and landlords, we’re always trying to keep a potential tenant’s tastes in mind. What kind of rental style has the most appeal? What do tenants need to feel at home? What do you need to add or remove...

How to Make a New Tenant Feel Welcome

Property managers and landlords have a tough gig. With so many different personalities and preferences, tenant relationships are continually being tested. In many cases, it gets to a point where a landlord treats the relationship as a mere business transaction. We're...

Long-Term Rentals vs. Short-Term: Settling the Debate

In a post-Airbnb world, everyone and their cousin thinks managing rental properties is an easy way to make money. People often gloss over how much time and effort it actually takes to plan their real estate investments.   What’s the big deal, right? You buy a couple...

When Do I Replace the Appliances in My Rental Property?

What do tenants look for when searching through listings for houses and apartments for rent? There are, of course, many factors, but a big selling point is well-maintained up-to-date appliances. We don’t mean getting smart appliances for the home, but good, up-to-date...

Why Property Managers & Landlords Need to See Proof of Income

It’s every landlord’s worst nightmare, a tenant who can’t pay their rent. You go through application after application, select an “ideal” tenant, but when rent is due, there’s no money to be had.   So how can property managers and landlords avoid a scenario like this?...

Four Sure-Fire Ways to Update Your Rental Property

An outdated rental property is a tough sell to potential tenants. This is a hot market with lots of apartments and houses for rent, but that doesn’t mean your property will automatically fill itself. If you haven't updated your investment property in years, you may...

Moving Across Canada? Here’s How to Do It

If you've ever moved, you know how time-consuming, energy-consuming, and straight-up costly it can be. So what if you're moving across Canada, or across any country for that matter? Whether you're moving for school, a job, or family, the task is daunting but not...

Den, Living Room, Family Room — Are They All the Same?

Searching for a new apartment or home to rent can be a slog, and understanding the terminology is tough. So, when someone says a studio or one-bedroom plus den, what does that even mean? Is a den the same as a living room? Where does a family room fit in all of this?...

Ugly Carpet in Your Rental? Here’s How to Deal with It

We all have deal-breakers when searching for a new home to rent. It could be basement suites (who doesn't love natural light, after all), no oven, tiny bathrooms or a lack of closet space. But one thing most people will agree they don't want to see is carpet. While...

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