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Why is rent going up in an apartment complex with multiple units sitting unrented?

They are likely approaching a known busy new-tenant season. It's not uncommon to see rent and housing prices increase as the summer approaches as there are many families who move during that time. ...
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How much more than my mortgage should I charge for rent?

I am sorry to say, you are asking the wrong question. If I own a rental that I bought with cash, I have zero mortgage. The guy I sell it to uses a hard money lender (charging a high rate) and finances ...
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Why does it seem the best way to make a living is to invest in real estate?

I think this might be an instance of "survivor bias" in that you only tend to hear from the people who were successful at it and made a lot of money off of it. Conversely you don't hear as much from ...
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Unexpected large rent payments, by moneygram, for my apartment, not by me

I think your best course of action in this scenario is to act as though you don't have a credit on your account. Keep making your payments as you normally would. I would notify the management that you ...
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How much more than my mortgage should I charge for rent?

The rent will be determined by: the rent being charged on similar houses near you. Your costs have no bearing, at all, on the price you will get.
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Why invest in becoming a landlord?

why does it make sense financially to buy property and become a landlord? Because then your investment generates cash instead of just sitting idle. All taxes, fees and repairs aside it would take ...
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Charging the company I work for to rent from myself

Your biggest problem is that this may be seen as a conflict of interest - in other words there is potential for you to make decisions about company money that benefit you, rather than the company. ...
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Why does it seem the best way to make a living is to invest in real estate?

What is the truth about this? Pretty much no truth. At 48 years old, I received an offer for a job where I was paid far more than any other employment I had previously. I chose it over two other ...
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Should tenants pay for repairs if it's their fault?

As a landlord, I would always prefer for you to call me whenever there is an issue. It is possible they might tell you to handle yourself, but they need to be in on the decision. Botched repairs can ...
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Why does it seem the best way to make a living is to invest in real estate?

Several other good answers that get into the details, but I think there are a few obvious things that need to be said here: Real estate isn't a risk-free golden ticket - investing in real estate ...
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Letting Agent proposes relative to rent my house

I agree with your instinct, and I think in your shoes I'd make it an "either / or". In other words, say to the letting agent "I am happy to rent the house to your family member, but on ...
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Tenant wants to pay rent with EFT

Yes, it is safe, we have been doing it for years. We prefer our tenants to make their rent payments in this manner. In fact, we prefer that they set up an automatic payment for the rent, either ...
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When leasing/renting out an owned property, is there a standard ratio between monthly rent and the mortgage?

No. The starting point is what other rentals are going for in the area. Supply and demand dictates a fair starting price. From there, you can adjust up/down for the fact that you know this person. (...
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Tenant wants to pay rent with EFT

I'd consider this offer. Keep in mind, any time you write a check, there's the information he's asking for. If it makes you feel comfortable, use the small balance account, or set up a 4th one you'...
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My tenant wants to pay rent through their company: Should this raise a red flag?

I disagree with the other respondents. If your tenant is an individual, renting in their individual capacity, there is no reason they need your SSN. They will not be sending a 1099 to you. If your ...
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Why does it seem the best way to make a living is to invest in real estate?

The sales pitch: A few decades ago, I had a friend that was starting out in real estate investing. He explained his reasoning like this: Buy a starter home. Get a decent house/condo with the best ...
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Unexpected large rent payments, by moneygram, for my apartment, not by me

If this is a scam, here's what I'd expect to have happen: Someone will contact you and say "Oh my goodness! I accidentally applied three months of rent to your apartment instead of mine by physical ...
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Should I move out from my current apartment before the contract ends to save more money?

In the United States the security deposit is to cover damages you make to the apartment or common areas. It is not to allow you to skip out of the contract. Frequently you are responsible for finding ...
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What's the catch in investing in real estate for rent?

Several, actually: Maintenance costs. As landlord, you are liable for maintaining the basic systems of the dwelling - structure, electrical, plumbing, HVAC. On top of that, you typically also have to ...
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How to best invest 90,000 EUR with zero knowledge in investing?

You stated several things in your question that you are afraid of - you are afraid of investing in something you can't "see", afraid that you're buying the rental too high, afraid that you'll be stuck ...
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Should tenants pay for repairs if it's their fault?

This is typically spelled out in the lease. Our leases say that tenant must call us (the landlords) if something needs to be repaired. tenants are responsible for the costs associated with damage ...
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How much income am I getting by renting my house?

Does it make sense for me to keep the house Are you willing to be a landlord for $91 a month? What happens if your house goes unrented for 3 months? 6 months? How will you pay its mortgage? In my ...
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Long Distance Landlording

The main work that a property management company does is finding you a tenant. After that, they may provide handyman services at a decent rate, but for the most part they'll just be making the same ...
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Do I owe a finders fee to my tenant's broker if they didn't bring me the referral?

I am a real estate agent. The issue is not yours, it's between the two agents. The agent with her hand out might have an agreement with your possible tenant, but she did not arrange the deal. Say ...
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Tenant wants to pay rent with EFT

It's safe. You give people those numbers every time you write a check. If a check is forged, and doesn't have your signature on it, the bank has to return the money to you; they get it back from the ...
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Better to rent condo to daughter or put her on title?

Obviously you have done well financially in order to be able to purchase a condo for cash, presumably, without risk of your other obligations. To put things in perspective, we are probably talking ...
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Is it possible to sell a rental property WHILE tenants are living there?

Yes you can sell the property while it is being rented. The new owner has to honor the current lease agreements. Expect to provide copies of the leases to the potential buyer so they can review the ...
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Why are residential investment properties owned by non-professional investors and not large corporations?

Because the returns are not good. One of the big drivers in Australia is "negative gearing": if your investment loses money you can offset losses against your tax on other income. Institutional ...
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What's the catch in investing in real estate for rent?

There are those who are knowledgable in real estate who offer rules of thumb: Don't pay more that 50X the rent for the house. Here, $972 x 50 is $48600. Assume half the rent goes to expenses. So from ...
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Should I sell a 2nd home, or rent it out?

So here are some of the risks of renting a property: The renters damage the home or leave it in disrepair You can't find a good renter and the house goes unrented for several months The housing ...
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