From getting financing, to managing tenants, we take a deep dive into the best softwares and landlord solutions for end to end property management.
Running a rental property, being a landlord, comes with a variety of responsibilities. From securing deals to managing maintenance requests from tenants and a dozen tasks in between. Thankfully, there are several outstanding tools and information sources designed to make a landlord’s life easier, and perhaps more importantly to ensure the success of their business venture.
In this article, we take a look at each of the key steps, from becoming a property owner to a successful property manager and outline some of the essential landlord solutions and tools needed for a complete end to end property management system.
Your journey as a landlord begins with finding and financing your perfect property. In this article, we are only addressing long term investment properties as supposed to those looking for loans for the brrrr method.
If you acquire the right property for the right price with the right financing it could become cashflow positive relatively quickly. However, getting a cheap mortgage for an investment property is harder than getting one for your owner-occupied home. This is because lenders charge more for investment properties – working on the assumption that they are assuming more risk.
Despite this, traditional banks and mortgage lenders do typically offer pretty reasonable interest rates.
There are several ways you might go about getting financing for your investment properties. But in general, you will want to ensure that whichever lender you go to will offer you the best possible rates.
For our UK users, we have integrated with Habito a digital mortgage brokers who are revolutionizing the mortgage industry in the UK – think Lemonade, but edgier and for mortgages. For our US users sadly there is no comparable solution.
Instead, we’ve collected a few of the top comparison sites that you might want to visit to check if your mortgage rates are the best they could be.
A few final things to consider when thinking about your rental property mortgage:
We mentioned above the importance of finding the right property or the right price. But what does that actually mean and how will you know?
We explore the investor’s formula identifying the good opportunities from the bad in our blog, Key Figures for Evaluating an Investment Property.
Essentially you want to consider the following 4 things:
You can also use software from the likes of DealCheck, which is a software that allows you to quickly and efficiently run the numbers on potential deals.
Other websites to gain key information are places like Zillow where you can compare house prices as well as average rental amounts in particular areas.
You need to set a fair rental price if you want to attract great tenants. However, there is a fine line to tread. Charge too little though and you may struggle to make your property cash flow positive. Thankfully there are solutions for landlords such as software like Rentomoter or Rent Zestimates by Zillow.
Rentometer can help you quickly and accurately estimate the rental price.
Once you’ve secured an awesome deal the next thing is to find that perfect tenant to occupy the property so you can start generating some cash flow. When you are looking for great tenants it’s important to understand what makes a good tenant.
We’ve written up an extensive tenant screening guide which you can download for free here.
Essentially, you want tenants that can and will pay rent on time, in full, and importantly, respect your property as if it were their own. To determine this, as part of your tenant screening process we always advise landlords to run a comprehensive tenant screening report. This can be done through our app at no cost to the landlord.
Learn more about tenant screening with the Landlord Studio app →
Once, you’ve bought the property you need to make sure you have all the relevant legal documentation that landlords need.
A few key landlord documents include but aren’t limited to:
Read our full article on the essential legal documents for landlords.
You can produce your own customized and state-specific legal documents with Rocket Lawyer.