Best Ways For Renters To Save Money

by Administrator 26. February 2018 13:47

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How To Attract Quality Tenants

by Administrator 16. February 2018 14:32

Any property owner who aims to maximize profits from their rental property would know that the best way to do so is by attracting high quality tenants. Tenants are usually keen on finding a property that looks visually appealing, is at a good location and is appropriately priced. Here are some pro-approved tips for attracting quality tenants.

1. Determine Your Target Market
In order to attract the right kind of tenants, it is important to be very clear on what your target market is. Are you looking for a family, student, an elderly couple, animal lover etc.? Prepare your property according to your target audience after considering what would appeal them. This way, you will attract tenants who are likely to stay longer.

2. An Impressive Listing

Prospective tenants usually check out internet listings when looking for a rental property. So creating an impressive listing is crucial in helping you get quality tenants. When writing a listing for your property, make sure it is descriptive and informative but at the same time concise and to the point. Pay special attention to the headline. It should be captivating. Also ensure that details of how to get in touch with you are clearly mentioned.

3. High Quality Pictures
Tap into the power of visuals to attract great tenants. Do this by representing your property in the listings with the help of beautiful high quality photos. Take close-up shots of the special spots such as an attractive entryway, flowers on the sidewalk, a swimming pool, a local library nearby etc. The pictures should be targeted towards the audience you are interested in.

4. Online Reputation
There are high chances that potential tenants will look for online reviews before shortlisting a rental property of their choice. A positive online image is likely to catch their attention faster. Request previous tenants to write positive reviews about your property. Always work towards providing your tenants with positive experiences in future as well to keep the goodwill going.

5. Conduct Regular Maintenance
Regularly maintaining rental property keeps it impressive at all times. Invest in some landscaping and cleaning services from time to time. With regular upkeep, there are fewer chances of things breaking down in the long term, thus saving your time and energy. It also helps while conducting a showing as you don’t have to stress about thoroughly cleaning and staging it. You are always prepared for an impromptu showing.

6. Thorough Screening
Screening tenants gives property owners important insights about their background, credibility and income. It becomes easier to judge whether the prospective tenant will be worthwhile or not. Try contacting previous landlords and references to know more about the tenants.

7. Provide Add-Ons
Add-ons are a sure way of making your property more desirable. Examples of add-ons are built-in wardrobes, air conditioning system, dishwashers, heating etc. Add-ons are high yielding long term investments.

8. Effective Communication
Communication plays a pivotal role in attracting quality tenants. Tenants prefer property owners who are approachable. Being able to answer their queries helps them visualize themselves in that place. More knowledge about the place will surely increase their interest in staying there.

We, at John Reider Properties offer a myriad of real estate services. For more information, visit 455 E. Central Texas Expwy, Suite 101, Harker Heights, TX 76548 or call at (254) 699 – 8300.

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by Administrator 29. January 2018 06:30

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by Administrator 23. January 2018 07:17

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by Administrator 27. October 2017 10:20

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by Administrator 26. September 2017 07:53

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Tips To Click Better Photos For Your Rental Listings

by Administrator 13. September 2017 08:54

Once you have written the perfect description of your rental home on the listing website, it is time to shift your focus on uploading the best possible photographs. Well-clicked pictures are more likely to attract prospective tenants who nowadays look up on the listing websites before actually making an effort to visit the property. Here are some useful tips that can help you click better photos for your rental listings:

  • Have The Right Equipment: It is not necessary to invest in a hi-end camera for photographing your home. Even your cell phone camera will work well if it offers picture clarity and flash option. Always make sure to clean the camera lens before taking pictures as nobody likes blurred photos.
  • Have Adequate Lighting: Have natural lighting in your home as it brings out some of the best pictures. Open all the curtains and blinds and shoot your pictures during the day to take advantage of natural light. Turn on all the lights in your rental property and use camera flash, if required.
  • Use The Correct Angle: You need to have a complete view of the room of which you are planning to take pictures. Ensure that your camera is placed at the right angle to capture optimum photographs. Don’t shoot from an extremely low angle and always use the wide angle carefully, particularly when you are taking the pictures of your kitchen.
  • Get Various Perspectives: You cannot highlight all the good features of individual rooms in a single picture. Every prospective tenant has his own liking and disliking that needs to be catered to. For instance, a certain tenant might like the idea of a chandelier in the living room, while the other would be enticed by the fireplace. Therefore, always take pictures from different perspectives to highlight individual features in all the rooms.
  • Consider The Mirrors: While clicking pictures, you need to ensure that the camera flash is not showing up in the mirrors. Not taking care of this aspect can completely ruin your photographs. Always position yourself at an angle where you are not in front of the mirror. You can also adjust the direction of the flash so as to avoid seeing its flare across the mirror.
  • Arrange The Furniture Well: A well-furnished home will produce the best images that can be put online on the rental listing websites. Arrange the furniture in an attractive manner and also shoot from different perspectives. Make the rooms look inviting by creating open spaces. Do not overcrowd your home with too many furniture items as it gives a congested appearance in the photographs.

To rent your home in Harker Heights, contact the agent John Reider Properties. For more information, you can call us at (254) 699 – 8300.

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Essential Home Renting Tips

by Administrator 22. August 2017 10:45

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Renting Out A Furnished Property

by Administrator 18. August 2017 10:54

As a landlord, buying all the furniture for your rental property might seem like a major expenditure but you need to think about the pros and cons before deciding if you want to spend money on it. Although there is no specific rule that you need to provide a fully-furnished property to the tenant, it is up to you if you want this additional feature. Below is a list of certain advantages and disadvantages associated with renting out a furnished property. You can decide according to what suits you the best.


  • Access to a larger market: When you have a furnished rental home, you can cater to a large chunk of the market that comprises of corporate companies. These companies pay more but you have to ensure that your property is in optimum condition to attract such customers.
  • Useful if you want to move back: In the future, if you intend to return to your rental property, you will not have to spend money on furniture if the property already has all the essential items. You will eventually save on storage and transport costs as well.
  • Tax benefit: Having a furnished rental property allows you to deduct a certain amount of the cost of goods from your tax liability. This means you can save money on tax and add to your financial savings.
  • Quick renting: Nowadays, more and more tenants are on the lookout for furnished properties. Therefore, providing this feature can get your home on rent at a quicker pace. This will reduce the vacancy period and your home will not keep on lying in the rental market for a longer period of time.


  • Damage to the furniture: A furnished property is prone to wear and tear and potential damage caused by tenants during their stay. You will have to incur the cost of buying and maintaining sofas, beds and wardrobes etc.
  • Ensure legal compliance: All the furniture and furnishing items installed in your rental home must meet all the fire and safety regulations. You have to ensure this even before you give your property on rent. A small mistake on your part can prove to be costly as the tenant can sue you in case of any untoward accident.
  • Property can look untidy: Potential tenants might get put off by a rental property that has a lot of furniture. Also, they cannot customize the furniture according to their requirements which might be a negative point when it comes to finalizing the rental deal.

Rent out your furnished or unfurnished home in Harker Heights, TX with John Reider Properties. For more information, call our agents at (254) 699 – 8300.

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Common Landlord Mistakes

by Administrator 29. July 2017 08:29

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