Some real estate agents help their clients purchase properties and rent them out to tenants. The property can be any type: single-family homes, multifamily residential buildings, retail locations, office buildings, and mixed-use properties. The work of a real estate professional in these situations varies; they may help investors find the right property, explain cash flow and profit potential, negotiate the deal, or manage the property, among other duties. Some real estate professionals work the other side of the transaction, helping businesses and individuals find, rent, or lease the right property for their needs. Also, brokers and agents may find investing their own funds in real estate to be a good wealth-building or retirement strategy.

Rental Properties Topics


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Tips for Landlords

  1. Screen potential tenants using a written rental application
  2. Document the important facts of the agreement with a written lease
  3. Establish a fair system of setting, collecting, holding, and returning security deposits
  4. Stay on top of maintenance and make repairs when requested
  5. Provide secure premises
  6. Provide adequate notice before entering the rental space
  7. Disclose environmental hazards
  8. Choose and supervise your property manager carefully
  9. Purchase liability and other property insurance
  10. Try to resolve disputes with your tenants without lawyers and lawsuits

Source: Top Ten Tips for Landlords (NOLO, 2021)

Relief for Tenants and Landlords Alike (Commercial Connections, Apr. 3, 2021)

Coronavirus: Housing Providers FAQs (National Association of REALTORS®, Apr. 2, 2021)

CDC Extends Eviction Moratorium Until June 30 (CNN, Mar. 29, 2021)

Landlords Struggling to Stay Afloat See Lifeline In COVID-19 Relief For Renters (NPR, Mar. 17, 2021)

Landlord Tenant Law (American Apartment Owners Association, Mar. 13, 2021)

Federal Judge Rules Landlords Do Not Have to Provide Free Housing (Rental Housing Journal, Mar. 11, 2021)

Half of Renters Not Caught Up on Rent Live in One-family Homes and 2-to-4 Unit Properties (Economists’ Outlook, Feb. 23, 2021)

How Much to Charge for Rent in 2021: A Landlord’s Guide (BiggerPockets, Feb. 18, 2021)

31 Tax Deductions Often Overlooked by Landlords (Mynd Management, Jan. 26, 2021)

Investing in Multi-Family Property

What to Know About Financing a Multiunit Home (NextAdvisor, Mar. 31, 2021)

Apartment Investment Environment Improves in Q4 (Yield PRO, Mar. 31, 2021)

Betting on Urban Multifamily Housing (Multi-Housing News, Mar. 19, 2021)

Will Multifamily Investments Continue to Show Strong Performance? (D Magazine, Mar. 17, 2021)

Where the Apartment Market Stands One Year After COVID (GlobeSt.com, Mar. 11, 2021)

These 25 Markets Are Adding the Most Multifamily Units (Millionacres, Feb. 28, 2021)

The Impending Distressed-Multifamily Wave: How Big and How Far? (Multi-Housing News, Feb. 26, 2021)

Residential Multifamily Sector Fundamentals and Opportunities (Seeking Alpha, Feb. 10, 2021)

Top 10 Multifamily Financing Trends for 2021 (Multi-Housing News, Feb. 4, 2021)

U.S. Multifamily Figures Q4 2020 (CBRE, Feb. 2021)

Property Management

Navigating the Post-COVID-19 Multifamily Housing Market (Multifamily Executive, Mar. 17, 2021)

How to Make A Virtual Tour Video to Engage with Residents (Multifamily Insiders, Mar. 2, 2021)

Get Ready for Radical Disruption (Yield PRO, Feb. 26, 2021)

2020 a Year of Innovation for Multifamily Operators (Multifamily Executive, Feb. 10, 2021)

How to Grow Your Property Management Business with Content Marketing (NuWire Investor, Feb. 2, 2021)

Implementing Safety, Sustainability into Building Operations: Q&A (Commercial Property Executive, Jan. 25, 2021)

Pandemic Puts Outdoor Amenities, Middle Markets into Multifamily Spotlight (REBusiness Online, Jan. 5, 2021)

Multifamily Innovation Watch: The Programming + Property Management Revolution (CBRE, Dec. 2020)

Coronavirus Guidance for Property Managers (National Apartment Association, Aug. 12, 2020)

Useful Websites

Marketing and Leasing: Multifamily Properties (Realtor.org). — NAR’s education matrix.

Multi-Housing News — Provides current news and statistics about the multi-housing industry.

National Apartment Association — A trade association for the apartment housing industry.

National Association of Residential Property Managers® — A trade association for residential property managers.

National Multi Housing Council — Provides a forum for insight, advocacy and action for members and the community.

Property Manager — Sells property management software, and shares perspectives and best practices to help manage your property management business.

Books, eBooks & Other Resources


The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

The Complete Guide to Buying and Selling Apartment Buildings (eBook)

The Complete Guide to Real Estate Finance for Investment Properties: How to Analyze and Single-Family, Multifamily, or Commercial Property (eBook)

Complete Landlord and Property Managers Legal Survival Kit (Kindle, Audiobook, eBook)

The Complete Real Estate Encyclopedia (eBook)

Every Landlord's Legal Guide (eBook)

Happy About Apartment Management: 30 Years of Expert Tips and Advice on Multifamily Property Management (eBook)

Insiders Tips to Operating a Successful Property Management Company (eBook)

Multi-Family Millions: How Anyone Can Reposition Apartments for Big Profits (eBook)

Opportunities in Property Management Careers (eBook)

Property Management Kit for Dummies® (eBook)

Property Manager, Community Manager, Real Estate Manager - How to Land a Top-Paying Job: Your Complete Guide to Opportunities, Resumes and Cover Letters, Interviews, Salaries, Promotions, What to Expect From Recruiters and More! (eBook)

Rich Dad's Advisors®: The ABC's of Property Management (Kindle, Audiobook, eBook)

Streetwise Landlording & Property Management (Kindle, Audiobook, eBook)

What Every Landlord Needs to Know: Time and Money-Saving Solutions to Your Most Annoying Problems (eBook)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Member Support. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Member Support at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

Principles of Real Estate Management (Chicago, IL: Institute of Real Estate Management, 2011) HD 1394 In7rm

The CompleteLandlord.com Ultimate Real Estate Investing Handbook (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2009) HD 1382.5 L49

Buy It, Rent It, Profit! : Make Money as a Landlord in Any Real Estate Market (New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2009) HD 1394 C39

7 Secrets to Successful Apartment Leasing: Find Quality Renters, Fill Vacancies, and Maximize Your Rental Income (Chicago, IL: McGraw-Hill, 2006) HD 1384 C91

Every Landlord's Legal Guide (Chicago, IL: Nolo, 2006) HD 1394 St4e

Complete Guide to Buying and Selling Apartment Buildings (Chicago, IL: John Wiley & Sons, 2005) HD 1377 B46

Practical Apartment Management (Chicago, IL: Institute of Real Estate Management, 2005) HD 1394 In7pr Ed. 5

The New No-Nonsense Landlord: Building Wealth with Rental Properties (New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2003) HD 1394 J76

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