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How Can Landlords Manage Their Properties Efficiently?

This is an article submitted by a guest author. Not all views expressed are those of AmeriFirst Home Mortgage or its employees.  Owning rental properties can produce a nice income, but the work to sustain them can easily become overwhelming if you are the landlord. You are only one person trying to keep your buildings maintained and your tenants happy. Here are four ways to manage your properties more efficiently as a landlord.

Rent Spikes? Yikes!

In the first quarter of this year alone, the housing market saw as much as a 10% increase in rent rates as recorded by single-family households; according to Wally Charnoff at RentRange.

Buying Your First Home? What You Need to Know About the Biggest Investment You Will Ever Make

For most people, one of the biggest goals in their life is to be a homeowner. Owning a home is a big step, and it may take years for many people to accomplish it. It may seem intimidating, but if you know more about the process, it doesn’t have to be. Here are some things you should know about buying your first home.

YOLO - So Get a Mortgage and Buy a Home [humor]

YOLO (feat. Adam Levine & Kendrick Lamar) The popular Lonely Island crew figures since you only live once, you may as well live very carefully. Like ... paranoid-careful. While avoiding children or getting rid of your furniture may take YOLO a bit far ... there is one point in the song we did find helpful.

Rent VS. Buy

Owning a home is serious business. And it's not for everyone. Making the decision whether to keep renting or take the plunge and buy takes careful consideration. What factors should you look at when making your decision? Let's take an honest look at the rent vs. buy debate when it comes to your living arrangements.  

Hang on to Your Deposit: 8 Rental-Friendly Design Fixes

If you’ve read any reports about millennials’ housing habits over the past few years, you’ve probably seen one common generalization: if they’re not staying at their parents’ homes, millennials are mostly staying in “rent” mode, putting off owning a property for longer than any previous generation has. And the thing about renting is that it’s supposed to be temporary. Eventually, you move out, and when that happens, the landlord will likely expect everything to be as it was on your first day. Of course, since millennials have a particular lifestyle preference, it’s natural for them to want to put in some decorative touches during their stay.  Maybe you’re not a millennial, but you don’t have to be a member of Generation Y to know that the struggle is real. Reinventing your rental is a unique challenge of creativity. You have to make your space speak for you without making any permanent changes. With that said, read this renters’ guide to redecorating your space and you may get some much-needed inspiration. 

Take Back Date Night. Move Out of Mom's House.

So your date moves to your house where you poor wine, turn on music and settle in to get to know your date a little better. Sounds perfect, until mom shows up and steals your mojo. Next thing you know she's telling stories about how cute you were as a kid. Even the Jedi mind trick can't get her to go away. You could avoid this Renters Nightmare by getting your own house. After all, you're 35 years old. It's time to move out of mom's house and get into your first home.

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