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Mesa Properties Blog

The Dangers of Marketing Your Rental Property Online

These days, it is common knowledge that the best way to market your rental property is online.  Gone are the days of having to call your local newspaper to list your property for rent.  The Internet has once again disrupted another industry and changed the way we do business.  Various listing sites and Craigslist have become the go to destinations for prospective tenants looking for a place to rent.

However, with new technology comes new challenges and threats that landlords need to be aware of and guard against.  The most common threat often comes from people sitting in some internet cafe on another continent, trying to make a quick buck at your expense. The scam usually goes like this:

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How to Price Your Rental Property

Knowing where to start when it comes to managing your own rental property is the hardest part.  Breaking the process down into a series of steps is the easiest way to stay organized and stress free while managing your investment.  In case you missed it, check out our 9 Steps to Help You Manage Your Rental Property Without a Property Manager.  Once your property is “rent ready,” you need to determine how much to charge for your rental property.  With online sites like Zillow providing their “Rent Zestimate,” it’s a fairly straightforward process to determine the market value of your rental property.   

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9 Tips To Help Get Your Property Ready To Rent

Managing your own rental property can be a rich and rewarding experience.  It can also be a stressful and intimidating venture!  Knowing where to get started can help you manage your rental property like a pro.

Residential rental property can range from a single family residence on a nice quiet cul-de-sac to a multi-unit complex with on-site management and maintenance in a downtown urban setting.  Regardless of the type of property you own, your most important variable (after location) is the condition and quality of your rental property.  

Yes, curb appeal does matter, even if the property is occupied by a renter.  It matters to both the prospective tenant and the local community in the immediate area.   A real estate investor who understands this will be willing to invest the money needed to maximize the potential rent and attract the best possible long term tenant.  A good tenant is defined as one who takes care of the property and pays the rent in full, on time, every month.  

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My Property Manager Screwed Up My 1099

So you have rental property managed by a professional property management company and in comparing your 1099-MISC to your 12-Month Cash Flow report, you notice the total income on the Cash Flow Report does not match the 1099-Misc.  Has your property manager made a mistake?

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3 New California Real Estate Laws for 2018

Real estate laws are continually changing in California and the new year brought some important changes.  Here are 3 new California laws that directly affect landlords in 2018.

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6 Reasons You Should Make Your Rental Property a Smart Home

Why would I want to spend a dime upgrading my rental home with smart features?  
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What Are Professional Property Management Fees in Upland, CA?


One of the most common questions that a homeowner will ask a property manager is: what are the fees? We’re talking about the cost of property management when you hire a professional company.
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When is a 1-Star Review on Yelp a Good Thing?

For many people, Yelp is the go-to online review site for finding a great restaurant or the hottest bar in town. Increasingly, it is also used to find good doctors, lawyers or home service providers.

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What's the Best Time of Year to Buy a House?

Renting out a property can be a great way to make extra money. However, the process of buying a second property and finding tenants can be difficult and confusing. Here are some tips for what time of year you should buy a property and how to navigate through the process of renting a house.

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How Property Managers Can Help Tenants Celebrate the Holidays

The holiday season is a great time to foster relationships with your tenants and to promote strong relationships throughout your housing community. When deciding on decorations and holiday events, consider the demographics of the people living in your properties. Since the holiday season causes almost everyone to feel stressed, this is one of the best times of year to give your tenants a hand and show that you care about them.

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How to Start Investing in Real Estate

Investing in Real Estate

In short, real estate itself is property. That property can consist of land, buildings, and homes. When people engage in real estate, they’re dealing with the investment of that property. Many times the goal of investing in real estate is to make a profit. By investing in properties and then renting out to tenants or selling the property, you can get a return on the investment. Below, we've provided some insight into how to start investing in real estate.

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