Welcome to the Rental Income Podcast Resources Page, which contains a list of the best tools and services I recommend for building and optimizing your rental business.
I have tested or used EVERY resource on this page. Many of them are absolutely VITAL to the success of my rentals and will have HUGE impacts on yours as well.
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Renter payment issues are a landlord’s number one worry when leasing to new tenants. Before you have an applicant sign, you should screen with SmartMove. SmartMove can give you more confidence to avoid non-payment situations. It gives you immediate access to online screening tools that deliver critical reports about your applicant, including credit history, criminal background, self-reported income level, and eviction information – all within minutes. (You can get 25% off if you use Code: Rental25)
RentalHero was designed for landlords to easily track income and expenses online. It’s really simple to input your rental income and expenses. It makes tax time really simple. You can easily run a report to give to your CPA, and you are done. (They are currently offering a free 30-day trial, with no credit card required.)
It’s always a good idea to have a credit card handy for an emergency or to pay for an unexpected repair on a rental property. There are several cards that offer an intro 0% APR on purchases. This is the most complete list that I have found.
RentFax is a tool that estimates the amount a property will rent for using real-time rent and tenancy data. The report also gives a grade for the neighborhood by factoring demographics, neighborhood economics, schools, crime, and other location-based factors. If you are buying properties out of town, or you aren’t 100% sure about the neighborhood, you can easily run a free RentFax report to get the information you need. It’s also a great idea to run a new report at every turnover, to make sure you are getting the maximum rent.
DealCheck is an app that makes it really easy to analyze potential rental properties. You can easily import data from public records and produce detailed financial projections in seconds. They have a free version and a paid version. You can get 25% off the paid version with promo code RENTAL25.
REI Guard provides insurance for real estate investors. I have found most of the big, big brand name insurance companies don’t always understand the needs of investors. REI Guard only works with investors for rental properties, flips, and vacant properties. They have very reasonable rates, and really good customer service. I have been really happy with their service.
RocketLawyer is my goto source for any legal docs I need. They have every form that a landlord could need including leases for all 50 states, eviction notices, and rental applications. You can also speak to an attorney if you have a legal question. All of their forms are super easy to customize. I love them!
Rentometer is a great free tool to get a rent estimate for a property. You just enter the property address and some basic info and rent-o-meter will give you an estimate for what a property will rent for.
Ridge Lending specializes in making mortgages for rental properties. Owner Caeli Ridge is an investor herself and will spend time with you to make sure that you get the best rates and have the best financing in place for your situation.
Buildium makes managing your rentals a breeze. Their online portal allows you to manage maintenance requests, accept online payments, and store leases online.
Setting up and maintaining an LLC can be tricky. My Company Works makes it really simple. You just give them your information and they take care of all of the paperwork and send you all the documents that you need.
Over the last few years, it has gotten easier to invest in real estate with crowdfunding. The way EquityMultiple works, is they pool money from lots of investors and invest in bigger real estate deals. EquityMultiple has a team of people that vet deals, and they make only the best deals available to their investors. This is a great way to diversify yourself into different asset classes and markets.