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How a Las Vegas Property Manager Sets a Water Clock for your Rental Home

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Today, the Blackbird Realty blog is at the S & J Landscaping Water Clock Training Facility to learn how to program your water clock. Las Vegas has four seasons a year which require your water clock to be changed. This is a big headache for most local property managers because none of your tenants are going to know how to change a wa...



Water Heater Maintenance

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
The largest expense most property owners have when it comes to plumbing is the water heater. It can cost between $800 and $1,000 to replace a water heater; and in many cases the warranty for a new water heater is only about six years. Sometimes, they don't last six years. Gary from Rakeman Plumbing is telling me there is a sacrifici...



Upgrades in Rental Properties

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Today, we are talking about good versus bad upgrades in rental properties. This is a question that we get quite often from our owners who want to modify their homes for a new tenant. One area of potential upgrades is your flooring. When you are considering tile versus wood laminate, we recommend a tile product rather than man-made wood ...



How to Handle Security Deposits

Thursday, January 23, 2014
Today we're talking about security deposits. Security deposits are important because the one thing that can get a real estate broker or an owner who manages his own property in trouble is the improper handling of the security deposit. The most important thing to know is that it's not your money. You cannot spend the security deposit fro...



Managers must use Contractors

Thursday, November 14, 2013
Contractors - Too Expensive To Use I get a lot of questions, comments and often instructions from clients about this and I thought it would make a great blog article. Contractors are not all created equal in the eyes of the State.  Anyone can go to the municipality    and get a business license and as far as...



Las Vegas Property Management How-To: Who Pays the Utilities?

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
When it comes to renting out your property, there is always a negotiation when it comes to who will pay the utilities in the home. Usually, it is the tenant who uses them, so the tenant should pay for them. The owner is often expected to pay any HOA dues that apply. Some landlords pay some or all of the utilities and that can be tricky ...



Problems Collecting Rent from Your Las Vegas Rental Property?

Thursday, May 2, 2013
Nevada is one of the states that actually favor the landlord when it comes to rent collection. While the tenant always has rights, the state has a summary eviction process, which is helpful to landlords and property owners when a tenant needs to be evicted. You are allowed to serve a 5 Day Notice to try and get the tenant to pay rent if...



Las Vegas Property Management: Rates and Fees Explained

Thursday, April 25, 2013
Today we are going to try and explain all those fees that go along with property management. We will focus on the property management fee, the leasing commission or the lease up fee and the lease renewal fee. These are all fairly standard in the property management industry. Property Management Fee As a property owner, you have to rem...



Las Vegas Rental Market Forecast for 2013 by a Local Property Manager

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
What we are seeing in the Las Vegas rental market for 2013 is that resale homes are scarce and hard to buy for renters and first time homebuyers. This is due to the number of investors who are buying up the foreclosures and short sale properties on the market. These investors are quick to negotiate and able to pay in cash in order to in...



Las Vegas Property Management How To: Tenant Screening Process

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
When you are selecting the tenants that will live in your property, you want to make sure you are making a choice that is good for the long term. Tenant Screening is vitally important in order to protect yourself and your property. There are three particular things to keep in mind. Criminal background checks. Make sure your tenants...



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