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Your Charleston Rental Property and Mold, Part Two – Clean Up

by Albert Fontenot February 10, 2015 In the last entry, I gave you some information about your Charleston rental property and mold – specifically, what “toxic mold” is, what causes it, and the hazards that it produces, both for the health of your tenants and for your exposure to civil liability. Hopefully, when you inspect […]

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Your Charleston Rental Property and Mold, Part 1

by Albert Fontenot February 5, 2015 For the most part, winter is over here in South Carolina. Within just a few short weeks, spring will be here, and it will be time to start inspecting your Charleston rental property (or properties) for any damage or problems that occurred during the cold weather. One issue that […]

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Flooring Choices for Charleston Landlords

by Albert Fontenot February 3, 2015 Replacing the flooring in your rental property/properties is one of the most common expenses faced by every landlord in Charleston. Because of the wear and tear, damage, stains, and everyday abuse heaped upon floors by tenants, many landlords find it necessary to replace part of or all of the […]

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How to Compete as an Independent Charleston Landlord

  January 31, 2015 By Albert Fontenot “Charleston has been a great owner’s market in the last several years, and those times are nearing an end. This new supply of apartments will have an impact on the ability of pricing of our products, and it’s a typical supply-and-demand thing.” ~Mike Schwarz, partner at Woodfield Investments, […]

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Renting to College Students in Charleston SC

by Albert Fontenot January 28, 2015   In the city of Charleston, owners of investment property are enjoying a unique and profitable opportunity. Rising home prices mean better economic opportunities in the form of greater equity, higher rents, and potentially huge profits if the house is ever sold. The housing situation with the area’s college […]

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Top 10 Mistakes Made by Inexperienced Charleston Landlords, Part 2

by Albert Fontenot January 23, 2015 In this continuation, I’m discussing the most common mistakes made by rookie landlords here in Charleston. Even if you are an “old-school” landlord who is been doing this for years, all you may find some information that makes your life that much easier. Not Keeping Written Records You may […]

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Top 10 Mistakes Made by Inexperienced Charleston Landlords, Part 1

by Albert Fontenot January 21, 2015 “Is there anyone so wise as to learn from the mistakes of others?” ~ Voltaire If you want to be a landlord in Charleston, South Carolina, there is no better teacher than experience. Unfortunately, the learning curve in this business is very expensive, and mistakes mean missed money-making opportunities. […]

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Why You Should Invest in Rental Properties in Charleston, South Carolina

by Albert Fontenot January 15, 2015 “Over the past 14 years, rents have grown at twice the pace of income, due to weak income growth, burgeoning rental demand, and insufficient growth in the supply of rental housing. (In 2015), we expect rents to rise even faster than home values, meaning that another increase in total […]

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The Top 10 Things Landlords Wish Tenants Knew

by Albert Fontenot January 14, 2015 Like any other business, being a landlord is all about relationships. Sure, you became a landlord because you thought it was an easy way to make money (go ahead and laugh), but what you found out is that to be profitable at all, you have to nurture the various […]

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The Charleston Build, Remodel, & Landscape Expo

by Albert Fontenot January 10, 2015 One of the biggest challenges you face as an independent landlord is keeping up with the latest trends and innovations in the home improvement and maintenance industry. Like it or not, if you are going to “do-it-yourself”, it behooves you to be aware of what everyone else is doing […]

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