Repairing Damaged Walls in Your Charleston Rental Property

February 24, 2015 by Albert Fontenot One of the most common damage-repair chores that you might have to do when a tenant moves out of your Charleston rental property is to fix the holes that they negligently (or purposefully) put in the walls. It’s almost like it doesn’t really matter how good or bad of a […]

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Landlord 101: the Positives and Negatives of the Charleston Section 8 Program

February 19, 2015 by Albert Fontenot Now that you have a better idea about how the program works, it’s time to discuss the positives and negatives of The Charleston Section 8 Program, specifically as it applies to your life and career as an independent landlord. Every night, about 4000 households in Charleston – approximately 9.2% […]

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Landlord 101: Understanding the Section 8 Program in Charleston

February 17, 2015 by Albert Fontenot If you are new to the South Carolina real estate investment market or if you have just never seriously considered working with the federal government when it comes to your unit (s), you may wonder what the Section 8 program in Charleston is all about. Most likely, if you […]

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Should You Flip Your Rental Property in Charleston?

By Albert Fontenot February 12, 2015 If you own rental property in Charleston, at some point you will ask yourself if you want to continue the stressful life of an independent landlord or if it is time to try to sell the home for a (hopefully) tidy profit.  To answer this question, you have to […]

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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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