Wednesday, October 22, 2014

3 Things You Should Know Before Renting Your House



So, you've purchased an investment house or duplex, or you're thinking of renting out your own home. Either way, you should know these 3 things before advertising your property for rent:

1. Will you accept Section 8 Vouchers?  Section 8 Vouchers are also known as Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV). When you sign a lease with a renter who has a Section 8 Voucher, the government will pay part, or all, of the rent -- directly to you. In order to accept a Section 8 Voucher, your property must pass an inspection. In most States, the inspection will be conducted after you find a renter interested in your property. Section 8 is a Federal program administered by the States. Contact your local State Housing Finance Agency for more information.

2. How much will your monthly rent be? Start by researching the rent for comparable houses in your area. Go to one of these main rental websites, enter your property address and look for houses with the same number of bedrooms within a 2-5 mile radius:
3.  How will you advertise?  First takes lots of photos of the interior and exterior. Take your photos on a sunny day if possible. Sunshine and blue skies will make your photos pop. Set your camera to "Video" and walk through the house. Upload your video to YouTube and save the link. Now that you know your asking rent, and you have your photos ready, you are ready to post your ads. Most renters search online so you definitely want to post to craigslist and as many other rental websites as you can. You can create a free account at RentLinx and we'll post your ads to dozens of websites for you. It's easy. Just go to www.RentLinx.com, input your property address, your email address and click on "List for Free".

Questions? Contact us at support@RentLinx.com or 800-510-5469







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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

4 Powerful (but Little Known) RentLinx Tips!

Have you used these really cool (but somewhat hard to find) RentLinx features?

1. Send Renters your Property Details: You can quickly send interested renters all of the details about your available properties by sending them your Renter Portal link. Select 'Manage Properties' on the menu, scroll down and copy the link under 'Your Renter Portal'. Paste this link into emails, tweets or your Facebook page!


2. Where are your ads?: You can see a list of all of the websites RentLinx is placing your ads on by selecting a property from your 'Manage Properties' page. On the right side of your screen, you'll see a list under 'Where is my property listed?'.
  •   Click on a Live now! link to go directly to your ad on each website. Direct links to some websites aren't available yet, but we're working on it!
  •   Copy and paste this list and send it to anyone interested in knowing how many websites you are advertising on.



3. Share Your Leads: Do you ever want to save or email your leads? You can, and it's easy! Just select 'Review Leads' on the menu, enter your Search criteria and click on the 'DownLoad' tab. RentLinx will pull a copy of your leads and put them into an Excel spreadsheet for you.


4. Spot Trends: Are you getting more - or less - leads than you did a year ago? You can quickly spot trends by viewing your Leads Chart. Select 'Review Leads' on the menu and then click on the 'Chart View' tab. By changing your Search criteria at the top of the page, you can look at trends for a specific property, time frame or website.

Questions? We're always here to help!
  • Email us at Support@RentLinx.com
  • Call us at 800-510-5469





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Friday, September 12, 2014

It's "Fun Feature Friday"!














It's Fun Feature Friday at RentLinx! Our very smart and talented software developers are competing to see who can create, code, test and implement the best new RentLinx Feature -- all in one day. The winner gets a cash prize, and the title "Coding King".

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Congratulations Forrest! Forrest created the winning Fun Feature: "Promote This Property". You'll see it the next time you log into RentLInx!








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Thursday, September 04, 2014

NEW: Your Renter Brochure

You can now send renters a snappy brochure for your available rentals. It's easy. Just log into RentLinx, select a property and click on Post to Social Media link: craigslist. Scroll down and you'll see your new brochure. To share your new brochure, click on the 'Copy Link' or 'Download Brochure' buttons.

For example:























Every time you update your RentLinx account, we automatically update your brochure!

Want to see your new Renter Brochure?  Log in now!

Don't have a RentLinx account?  Create one now!







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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fresh is better!







Renters prefer fresh ads. Is your rental ad up to date? Log in now!
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

How to fight back against scammers listing your properties!

So, you've heard that your property is being advertised by a scammer for a much lower rent. What can you do?

The Bad News: There is no way to stop a scammer from copying one of your online ads and posting it with a lower rent and their own contact information. Of course, the scammers do this because they are trying to cheat an innocent renter out of their security deposit.

The Good News: You can fight back! Take these simple steps:
1. Set up a Google alert at: http://www.google.com/alerts. Put your property address in the 'Search Query' box.




2. Google will email you when they find your property address on the Internet. Of course, some of the alerts will be for your legitimate ads. Just check for any ads with a lower rent.

3. When you find a scammer ad, go to the scammer ad and flag it as fraudulent. The website will remove it.

Scammers are looking for easy prey. By fighting back, you won't stop them completely, but at least you'll block their efforts to scam renters using your property information. And, you'll stop the confusion of renters seeing your property at a lower rent.

Good luck!

                                              
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Let it go to voice mail. No big deal, right?


RentLinx studied over 30,000 phone calls from renters and uncovered some shocking statistics. Only 51% of calls were answered by a person, another 19% of the callers were greeted by an automated system that allowed them to navigate to a person. 30% of renters were not able to talk with someone – anyone – during business hours – while responding to a paid ad.

Overall, only 10% of incoming phone calls resulted in the caller agreeing to a property tour. Guess what improves the odds of getting the renter onsite?
1. Talking to the caller! Yep, just talking with the caller resulted in a tour appointment about 20% of the time.
2. Answer the phone! When a person answered the phone (instead of an automated response system), the odds of getting an agreement to tour the property increased to 24%.
3. Invite them to tour! Yes, just ask! Inviting the caller to come and view the property resulted in a 83% rate of onsite tours appointments! Ask, ask, ask!
The proof is in the numbers. It is a big deal if you let your calls go to voice mail because 83% of them wont leave you a message. And, most will never call back or email you either. The combination of answering the phone and inviting the caller to come in for a tour increases your odds of getting the renter onsite from 10% to 83%. Thats huge.

                                                   
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Friday, July 25, 2014

Share Your Properties on Facebook & Twitter

Introducing 'Post to Social Media' Sharing Buttons

We're excited to introduce the new 'Post to Social Media' sharing buttons. You can now share your available rental properties on social media with the click of a button. Just log in to your RentLinx account and you will see the new 'Post to Social Media' buttons in the same row as your property information. Click on 'facebook' or 'twitter' and you will be redirected to confirm your post!

                                                                        

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