Category Archives: Real Estate Investment


How to Determine Rents and Manage Rent Increases

Posted on June 24, 2019 in Pricing, Property Management, Real Estate Investment
Your rental property is a business! This may not be the most profound statement you have heard all day, but it is nevertheless critical to your success as a residential rental property owner. And that means you must be vigilant to manage your business in the pursuit of cash-on-cash return plus increased asset value of your investment. As a business, your “inventory” is floor space. You sell it via rent ...Read More

Real Estate Investors: Market Uncertainty Can Bring Considerable Opportunity

Posted on May 17, 2019 in Real Estate Investment
Note: Savvy SFR Investors Go Where the Competition Ain’t! Our March and April articles this year, focused on my perspective of The 3 R’s of the Economy: Recession, Recovery, Recession.  In my view, we are approaching the end of the peak economic cycle we’ve enjoyed for nearly a decade. That said, I freely admit that my crystal ball is as cloudy as the next guy’s as to when to predict ...Read More

Six Costly & Common Landlord Mistakes

Posted on March 22, 2019 in Real Estate Investment
As a landlord, seasoned, inexperienced or otherwise, there’s a lot of responsibility on your shoulders, both personally and financially. Entrusting your home to tenants can be daunting. Making sure they make you thousands of dollars and not cost you thousands is another challenge. Therefore, it’s extremely important to be informed about the costly mistakes commonly made by landlords and how you can avoid them. In a hurry? Here are the ...Read More

Residential Rental Investors

Posted on February 20, 2019 in Property Management, Real Estate Investment
Realtors as Matchmakers … Property Managers as Partners As a residential rental investor, or someone interested in becoming one, you will have periodic needs to buy or sell properties. Additionally, investment units need management and maintenance. These functions are not mutually exclusive. Both need to be performed effectively and at a reasonable cost. Enter the two players that make that happen … realtors and property managers. It is valuable to ...Read More

Mortgage Rates On The Rise

Posted on October 23, 2018 in Investing Forecast, Real Estate Investment
Winners & Losers: Single Family Landlords and/or Renters? It’s no secret … single-family residential mortgages are on the upswing. As a matter of fact, according to YCHARTS the benchmark US 30 Year Mortgage Rate is at 4.90% 3.85% last year. Now put that in perspective.  It costs 25% more to borrow money right now compared to the same time last year! So what’s the upshot of this turn of events? ...Read More


Posted on May 9, 2018 in Real Estate Investment
     A strong case is made that the best investment property for beginners as well as seasoned investors is a residential, single-family rental (SFR). Single-family homes tend to attract longer-term renters and typically superior tenants who pay their rent on time and take better care of the property. Additionally, turnover is typically lower than with apartments, landlords don’t have common-area maintenance costs and the asset’s value has meaningful upside ...Read More

Successful Single Family Rental Investing

Posted on April 24, 2018 in Real Estate Investment
Remember … You are the Seller … Tenants are the Buyers (First in a Series of Two Articles) You learned the Golden Rule as a youngster and were urged to live by it … “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Good words to live by! But if you are, or intend to become, a landlord, consider an upgrade to the Platinum Rule … “Do unto ...Read More

2018 … The Year of Promise for Landlords

Posted on January 26, 2018 in Real Estate Investment
Employment & Wages Are Up … Taxes Are Down Plus a Brand New, Major Tax Break for Residential Rental Investors All good news for Virginia residential rental investors! At the beginning of each of the last three years, with the help of my crystal ball, I clearly and accurately predicted that … “There is nearly a perfect storm climate for rental property investors … one which may not prove repeatable ...Read More

Should You Flip or Hold Residential Rental Properties? (Part 2)

Posted on December 15, 2017 in Real Estate Investment
SHOULD I FLIP … OR SHOULD I HOLD Residential Rental Properties … That Is! Second in a Series of 2 Articles As CEO of KRS Holdings - a rental property management firm serving investors in Central Virginia - I have both personal and professional experience in two residential real estate investment strategies – “house flipping” and “buy and hold”. There is a place for each to be considered by residential ...Read More

Kitchen & Bath Upgrades

Posted on December 3, 2017 in Real Estate Investment
KITCHEN, BATH & TENANT PREFERRED UPGRADES Consider Your Investment vs. ROI Residential rental investors … be sure to put emotion in the back seat when you plan upgrades to your investment property. Your rental property is an investment, not your residence, and should not be afforded the same rigorous standards that you likely apply to your own home.   The reality is that tenants view the rental unit as temporary ...Read More