Buildium allows you to track leases and screen tenants, but only a business entity can collect rent.
Cost: Min. $25/month + fees. $99 setup fee.
A simple ACH rent collection system. Money is auto-debited from the tenant’s account.
Cost: $14.95/month for one debit. Each additional debit is $2.
Rentec allows you to collect rent, track leases, and pay owners their share of the rent.
Cost: Min. $15/month + $2 transaction fee.
RentPost is trying to simplify all aspects of the business. It’s primarily designed for professionals.
Cost: Min. $29/month to collect rent. $50 setup fee + $1 transaction fee.
Legal Forms & Leases
Nolo’s leasing agreement forms are state-specific, written by expert attorneys at Nolo for everyday landlords.
U.S. Legal Forms is the original and premier website for legal forms. They have State Specific Rental Leases and Forms.
They have an AMAZING “Lease Builder Wizard” that walks you through creating a lease for your State.
Not only does LegalZoom have an army of lawyers to help you set up your business, but they also have some pretty sweet lease templates.
Our ever-expanding library of tried and true manuals for independent landlords, these guides are meant to help you get started quickly.
From move-in to move-out, this book covers a wide range of issues, including fair housing, repairs, sublets, and tenant screening.
For new rental property owners who are first-time landlords. This is a great beginner’s guide to landlording.
This is one of my favorite landlording books because it takes a realistic approach to building passive income.
Find out what you need to know about fair housing compliance in plain English.
Advertising & Marketing
Craigslist is my go-to listing agent – and it’s free! If your property is near a major city, try this first.
This free resource allows to you to create professional looking Craigslist ads and then syndicate them to a dozen other sites.
Use YouTube to host videos of your property, and link to it from your ads. Using videos will attract more applicants.
An niche listing site for rentals near military sites.
An excellent listing site for short-term or weekly rentals.
The parent company of VRBO, with similar/identical properties, except that it is a better user experience
List your home by the day, week or month. AirBnB has a huge following short-term renters.
Very affordable printed material with a quick turn-around time. They make it easy to print lawn signs, flyers, and business cards.
Not only is Craigslist (CL) great for finding tenants, it also can be used to analyze market rent rates. I’ve found that the prices for comparable rental units on CL are more accurate than complex industry calculators.
Search all MLS real estate listings. Tour homes and make offers with the help of local Redfin real estate agents.
An online residential real estate site for home buyers, sellers, renters and real estate professionals. It lists properties for sale and rent and has some nice tools for finding properties or researching market rent rates.
One of the differentiators that Realtor.com has over other similar sites is their tight integration with on-the-ground licensed Realtors who can help you buy or sell your next property.
Not only does Zillow have for sale listings, but they also show you for sale by owner (FSBO) homes, foreclosures, new construction, and rentals. Using their tools, you can research the full cost of homeownership and potentially find a discounted property.
Income property analysis made easy. This online software allows you to analyze the hidden factors of a property.
RentFax bridges the gap between data and decisions. With simple inputs, industry leading data and analytics, we provide unbiased reports to guide your residential real estate investment options.
Analyze your real estate investments using this Excel-based spreadsheet analysis model.
Forms, letters, and services to help you collect from your deadbeat tenant. They also report to the 3 Major Credit Bureaus, which provides incentive for your tenant to pay!
Allstate insures all my rental props. Their “Umbrella” policies even cover things like tenant court judgements. Learn More.
Farmers offers an insurance plan that meets the real-world expectations of landlords today.
Pick a Pro that’s right for you. When the job is finished, pay through Redbeacon.
Instantly book experienced and vetted handymen with guaranteed next-day availability.
A useful and empowering blog that teaches creative ways to DIY.
HMS has the ONLY home warranty program designed specifically for landlords. Between $0 deductibles and FULL replacement coverage, they meet the unique needs of a landlord like no other company.
I’ve been a customer of AHS twice and they have always delivered within the terms of the contract. However, the deductibles are high and coverage is low considering the high price tag.
Old Republic is affordable, but it typically has a high deductible. They did replace a washer/dryer unit for me, which I was pleased about, but then dropped me from the policy because I actually used it. In the end, I received more than I paid out.
The only reputable review company (in my opinion). They don’t allow anonymous reviews and verify everything.
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