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.
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.)
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.
Zillow Rental Manager is a great free tool to get a rent estimate for a property. You just enter the property address and some basic info and Zillow will give you an estimate for what a property will rent for. This is a great starting point when you are trying to figure out how to price a rental.
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.
PetScreening.com is a service that screens your tenant’s pets. They will verify if an animal is actually a legitimate service animal and will give you a report with pet-specific information, such as breed, pictures, weight, and vaccination records, and behaviors. It’s free for landlords. Applicants pay a small fee for the service.
AskRic is an easy way to search for and analyze potential deals. You can calculate all the important metrics for rentals, including estimated expenses, your mortgage payment, and your cash flow. If you find something that looks interesting, you can send your agent a calendar invite or start an offer right on the app.
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.
TenantCloud is my goto source for any forms I may need. They have tenant applications, state-specific leases that you can easily customize, you can set up ACH payments so that your tenants can pay rent online. They also have a marketplace where you can find local contractors when you need work done on a property. It’s free to get started, and they do have paid plans that are just a few dollars a month.
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