Recent Articles by Jake Durtschi

20 tips to be a successful landlord in 2015

20 tips to be a successful landlord in 2015

Being a landlord comes with a lot of demands -- creating lease agreements, screening tenants, shelling out eviction notices, following fair housing laws and marketing -- that can easily become overwhelming, especially for first-timers and owners of m...
By Jake Durtschi | Wednesday, August 12, 2015
15 money-saving tips for first-time homebuyers

15 money-saving tips for first-time homebuyers

The door for first-time homebuyers has been shut for years. But, in 2015, that door looks set to crack open. Rents are rising faster than incomes, which is causing many millennials to enter the market and buy. In fact, Zillow predicts millennials wil...
By Jake Durtschi | Monday, June 1, 2015
How to build and evaluate profitable lease renewal programs

How to build and evaluate profitable lease renewal programs

This one change in management process reduced the number of expired leases to almost zero. Our company now maintains an average occupancy rate of 98 percent. Reducing the number of expired leases reduced turnover and vacancy rates by 1-2 percent. Top...
By Jake Durtschi | Thursday, May 21, 2015
11 characteristics of a profitable rental investment: Part 2

11 characteristics of a profitable rental investment: Part 2

Last time, I listed five characteristics that will help you filter out the money pits from the money pots either for yourself as an investor or for a client who is a potential real estate investor ......
By Jake Durtschi | Monday, May 4, 2015
11 characteristics of a profitable rental investment: Part 1

11 characteristics of a profitable rental investment: Part 1

Cash-on-cash. Market comparables. The 70 percent rule. It is easy to fall into "analysis paralysis" with the investor vocabulary. When it comes down to it, there is a shortlist to look at when choosing a good investment. This list begins with an hone...
By Jake Durtschi | Monday, April 27, 2015