The reasons for screening an applicant for your apartment are obvious—you want the best tenants possible so you don't have to worry about the state of your apartment. But what are some of the questions or talking points you should ask during the screening process? Here are three that can help you weed out the good tenants from those to avoid like cockroaches.
Can I run a background check?
Selling a house isn't as cut-and-dry as it used to be. Real estate listings are plentiful, but they are not all sold the same way.
1. MLS: Traditionally, a homeowner lists a house with a licensed Realtor who, in turn, places the home's information on the Multiple Listing Service. The MLS is a computerized database of all the homes for sale in the area. Any licensed Realtor can access the information for buying clients.
You love your hometown, but your professional career requires leaving the locale for months or years at a time. What can you do with the home while you spend the next two years working on the oil rigs in North Dakota or teaching scuba diving in Thailand? Why not rent out the house and hire a property management service to handle landlord duties? Do not, however, take a total hands-off approach just because a property management firm is at the helm.
Do you need to stage your home without a lot of cash at hand? Most real estate agents will suggest home staging, at least on a minimal level: it can greatly enhance the general attractiveness of your home, even if it's a fixer upper. But many people selling their home aren't able to spend a lot out-of-pocket. They can, however, use these simple tricks for an inexpensive solution.
1. Take Out Furniture
So, you've found the perfect home, and you can't wait to move in. You've been approved for your home loan and have already started daydreaming about where you're going to put your furniture. Only one thing stands in the way of you and the home of your dreams -- the inspection.
Many people fall in love with houses and ignore issues that are pointed out by home inspectors with the intention of taking care of them themselves.