- Series: Landlording
- Paperback: 486 pages
- Publisher: Express; 9th edition (February 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0932956254
- ISBN-13: 978-0932956255
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 75 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Landlording: A Handymanual for Scrupulous Landlords and Landladies Who Do It Themselves Paperback – February 1, 2004
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You are dealing with two people with opposing interests.As the author states landlords provide an essential service, but people view them as greedy evil people. I was at a party some years ago and a mortgage broker came up to me and said you are in a tough business. I agreed, but I responded with "that is why I have a job".
The author mentions property managers vs DIY. I always suggest to new investors to manage in the beginning to learn what it like. I never sell property management. Burned out investors come to me after awhile.
If you are going to do DIY management read my complete review on my site..
I will comment on a couple other things. Leasing vs month to month. I take exception with the author. However, my attorney agrees with the author. They say do month to month. I have found that quality tenants demand a lease. They want some security that they are settled for awhile. They usually have furniture and baggage. Month to month tenancy is hard on the rental and whoever is managing. It attracts transient type tenants with little baggage.
One subject that he mentioned briefly was maintenance. This is a major category that needs prime attention. The rental is being used and is experiencing wear and tear. you will experience emergencies for maintenance service.My suggestion, weather you manage yourself or use a property manager should include a home warranty program. They are on call 7/24 and can handle small and large problems. What about a water heater failure, heater failure, major appliance failure, etc. Are you prepared to address these issues usually at the most inconvenient times? Are you prepared for the sticker shock for replacing a HVAC unit which needs replacing now? I recommend a provider that we use and I have for my own home. AHS American Home Shield. You can read my review at expert-landlord-resources.com and by clicking on our General Store.
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His advice is practical for someone who wants to do a good job managing and investing in properties.
It's a good read, from someone who has a sense of humor, sharing what he learned doing his job.