Squatting Laws in Missouri – An Overview

Squatting Laws in Missouri – An Overview

Do you know how to protect your investment property from squatters? As a property owner, it’s important that you understand squatter’s rights otherwise you could find yourself in lengthy and costly legal battles. In this piece, you’ll learn about Missouri’s laws...
Best Areas to Invest in St. Louis

Best Areas to Invest in St. Louis

Are you looking to invest in St. Louis, MO real estate? St. Louis has a low inventory in housing making the rental demand shoot upwards. With more than half of its population identified as renters, investors can expect excellent returns on their St. Louis rental...
Missouri Security Deposit Laws

Missouri Security Deposit Laws

No statute in Missouri compels landlords to ask for a security deposit from their tenants. Nonetheless, most, if not all, landlords require it, and for good reasons! Naturally, tenants will become responsible for certain bills once they sign the lease agreement and...
How to Safely Rent to Friends and Family

How to Safely Rent to Friends and Family

So you have a rental property, and you’ve got a friend or family member wanting to rent it from you. Sounds perfect, right? You’ll know who is living in your property, so they’ll take better care of it and pay rent on time. Peace of mind for sure! Sometimes, it really...
How Much Do Property Managers Cost?

How Much Do Property Managers Cost?

What Do You Charge? Of course, you want to know what your potential new property manager is going to charge.  And that’s a question I usually get asked when I first start talking to a potential new client.  However, before you ask what they charge, first find out what...
How to Get Your Rental Property Rented Fast

How to Get Your Rental Property Rented Fast

You know that vacancy is the biggest expense of owning a rental property, right? So, it would make sense that you would want to get your property rented as quickly as possible.  Today, I am outlining 5 easy steps to getting your rental property leased quickly. Price...
Why We Approve Tenants for Our Owners

Why We Approve Tenants for Our Owners

One question I get quite often from potential clients is why they don’t get to approve applications on their rental property.  Why can’t I see the credit report and decide if the applicant is a good fit for my property?  Why don’t I have the final say?   There’s...
What Does a Property Management Company Do?

What Does a Property Management Company Do?

Hiring a property management company means a property owner feels safe in the knowledge that their property is well taken care of. It is also the most reliable way to get trustworthy and dependable tenants who pay their monthly rent on time and cause no damages. But a...
Top Tips for a First-time Landlord

Top Tips for a First-time Landlord

Hiring a property management company to handle the process of screening tenants and keeping the property in top shape is a wise step for any property owner. What should a first-time landlord know? With a property management company, property owners take the risk off...
Should You Allow Pets at Your Rental Property?

Should You Allow Pets at Your Rental Property?

When I am first onboarding a new property to manage, one of the conversations that I have with the owner of the property is if they will allow pets.  My answer is always the same – YES! The most important reason that I advise allowing pets is that it heavily...
How to Spot Fake Paycheck Stubs

How to Spot Fake Paycheck Stubs

When someone applies to move into one of your rental properties, it is imperative to conduct a thorough, detailed screening.  This is the most important task in the entire leasing process, as a simple mishap could end up leaving you with bad tenants. Do you know how...
How to Spot a Fake Landlord Reference

How to Spot a Fake Landlord Reference

As a landlord, it’s important to conduct a full screening on any applicants, and a huge part of that screening process is getting a rental reference from current and past landlords.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve caught prospective tenants having their friend...
How to Avoid Security Deposit Disputes

How to Avoid Security Deposit Disputes

When you rent a property, it’s standard to collect a security deposit.  The purpose of the deposit is to have funds to withhold for tenant-caused damages, and also unpaid rents.  What ends up creating a lot of havoc is when the tenant expects their full security...
10 Things To Do In St. Louis In The Winter

10 Things To Do In St. Louis In The Winter

Baby, it’s cold outside!  The holidays are over, the days are short and the temps are low.  There’s still plenty to do in the St. Louis area, though! Check out our list of 10 indoor things to do in St. Louis. City Museum.  There’s something here for everyone!  Even...
Taxes: Repairs vs Improvements

Taxes: Repairs vs Improvements

With tax time quickly approaching, it’s important to understand certain aspects of deductions when it comes to your rental property.  Did you know that there’s a major difference in repairs vs improvements when it comes to taxes and the IRS. The IRS considers repairs...
Tax Benefits for Rental Properties

Tax Benefits for Rental Properties

As a landlord, you have plenty of great tax benefits that you should be taking advantage of.  As always, speak to your accountant regarding the details of deductions, but here are a few major advantages you should be aware of. 1. Interest Probably the largest tax...
Landlord Mistake #4 – Being Too Soft

Landlord Mistake #4 – Being Too Soft

Many of the properties we manage come from landlords who tried at some point to manage the property on their own.  Many self-managing landlords fail because this is something they do on the side and are not super familiar with. There’s nothing wrong with this, and no...
Landlord Mistake #3 Lack of Knowledge of the Law

Landlord Mistake #3 Lack of Knowledge of the Law

One huge mistake we see landlords making every day is their lack of knowledge of the state and local law.  Sure, just about anything you want to know can be found with a quick Google search, but how does one sift through all that information and know what’s legal in...
Rental Market Trends in St. Charles, Missouri

Rental Market Trends in St. Charles, Missouri

Investing in real estate requires large amounts of money. This means that it is vital to properly prepare prior to making the investment to ensure that it is as profitable as possible. Understanding the rental market in the area can help to provide you with valuable...
Landlord Mistake #2 Not Checking on the Property

Landlord Mistake #2 Not Checking on the Property

Nobody likes to deal with property maintenance – it’s costly, time-consuming, and can get frustrating.  But, it’s all a part of owning an investment property, and if you don’t have a property management company overseeing this for you, then it’s something that you...
Landlord Mistake #1 Lack of Tenant Screening

Landlord Mistake #1 Lack of Tenant Screening

If there is one thing we tell every single landlord that we encounter, it is this:  Whether you use us or another reputable property management company, hire someone to conduct your tenant screening.  Protect your investment by investing the money in a good screening...
The Price is Right Live is Coming to St. Charles!

The Price is Right Live is Coming to St. Charles!

Mark your calendars for October 24, because Price is Right Live is coming to the St. Charles Family Area!  Now’s the chance for you to play classic games just like on TV’s most popular game show….Plinko, Cliffangers, and don’t forget about the Big Wheel and the...
Fun Family Things to Do in St. Louis

Fun Family Things to Do in St. Louis

It can be difficult to find fun family activities to enjoy with your kids. There is a plethora of fun, family-friendly activities in the St. Louis area. Understanding the activities in the area can help you to recommend nearby activities to your potential and existing...
Cottleville Haunted Trail

Cottleville Haunted Trail

It’s that time of the year again!  Cottleville Firefighters Outreach will be holding the 10th Annual Haunted Trail.  The event will take place in Legacy Park over two Saturdays,, October 12th and October 19th from 8pm-11:40pm. The horror movie A Quiet Place will be at...

Fall Events in St louis

The weather is cooling off, and fall is in the air!  Bring on the bonfires, hoodies, hayrides, and festivals!  From the Great Forest Park Balloon Race and Glow, to Oktoberfest and Fright Fest, St. Louis has a ton of can’t miss activities coming up. St. Charles...
Sip and Savor Annual Taste Event

Sip and Savor Annual Taste Event

Sip and Savor Annual Taste Event Here’s a can’t-miss event!!  The Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce is holding the 21st Annual Sip & Savor event on Thursday, September 5, 2019.  The event will be held at 370 Lakeside Park, and will go from 5pm-8pm....
Festival of The Little Hills

Festival of The Little Hills

The St. Charles Festival of the Little Hills is just around the corner!  It starts Friday, August 14 at 4pm and ends Sunday, August 18 at 5pm. The festival celebrates the area’s rich history and honors the settlement now known as St. Charles, Missouri. Over 300...