September 05, 2006
Martin Waugh credits some of the exposure to his “Liquid Sculpture” site (Scroll to bottom): “The traffic level had been about 30 visits a day; then I got listed on two weblogs about eight weeks ago. Suddenly, the number of visits jumped to 3000 the next day. The day after that, I got 20,000 visits. In the past two months I’ve had half a million people visit my site. The first weblog to pick me up was growabrain. The second was boingboing. There’s a site out there that measures what links are the most popular on weblogs, and for a couple of days I was number one…”
Real Estate Tomato: “Grow-A-Brain is more BoingBoing than strict real estate reporting... but I can't get enough, whatever it is”
The first entry on Wikipedia linking to Grow-a-brain
Found at Tom McMahon’s Virtual Painter
"New Sites to Peruse" from Cuidado
11,418 points Ego surfing
Day of the blog at Tecniart
From Jeff Eaton
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Oh my, to get a mention on your excellent blog....what an honour!
Posted by: Cuidado at Sep 6, 2006 4:15:37 AM
Tips for Being a Successful Landlord
In today’s apartment rental market there are several things that are “must do’s” for becoming a successful landlord. The reason you’re playing the real estate rental game is to have the check in your mailbox on the first of the month, right? Here are a few tips that can help you to achieve this with as little aggravation and frustration possible.
First and foremost is finding the right tenant to rent your apartment, house or other rental. This is the most important ingredient in the recipe. Checking the prospective tenant’s credit history to make sure they are paying their bills is one of the best ways you can screen. A tenant that pays their bills on time most likely will send you their rent on time. Establish a clear system on collecting rent, handling complaints from the tenant and how you will contact them if you need to gain access to the apartment.
Secondly, get all the important terms of the tenancy in writing. You have the option to have a basic rental agreement or draw up a formal lease. Whichever you decide, the important thing is to document the terms that you and the tenant agreed to. Clarify who is paying the utilities, the rental price and any other agreements made between you and your tenant.
It’s a good idea to stay on top of the repair and maintenance needs of your property. When you are notified of something that is broken or not working, repair it as soon as possible to prevent further damages. You may also lawfully enable the tenant to withhold rent, sue for injuries caused by defective conditions or move out without notice.
On a similar topic make sure you are carrying enough property and liability insurance to cover yourself in any situation. A well designed insurance program can protect your rental property from losses caused by everything from fire and storms to burglary, vandalism, and personal injury lawsuits.
I hope that this has been helpful to you. Just remember, as long as you follow these simple tips you will be on your way to a happy and fulfilling landlord future. Best of luck!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Eric Goldstein, associated with www.AllSpacses.com which Conveniently Connects All People with All Spaces in All Places, has been dedicated to the real estate rental market for over 8 years. He has assisted over 25,000 landlords with their renting needs. Any questions about renting apartments, houses or other rentals feel free to visit www.AllSpaces.com or email him at Eric@AllSpaces.com.
Posted by: Jamie at Sep 6, 2006 1:45:00 PM
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