A bipartisan group of lawmakers are urging federal regulators to overhaul a mortgage proposal that includes a call for a 20 percent down payment for the “safest mortgages,” saying that it could threaten a full economic recovery “from years to come.”
Back in June 2006, when the housing market peaked, the prospect of a five-year national housing bust seemed unimaginable to most people. And yet here we are, with the latest Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller index showing that prices hit new bear-market lows, falling back to 2002 levels nationally and to 1990s levels in some battered regions.
Historically, renting your home has been considered a relatively simple and low risk undertaking. However, in recent years, this apparently simple task has become progressively more complex and the risks associated with becoming a landlord far greater. While managing your rental is certainly within the abilities of most property owners, the time and effort involved in management may be greater than the cost of hiring a professional property manager.
The professional property manager is conversant with the applicable statutes and regulations relevant to the management of rental property. In addition, the manager will typically perform the following tasks as part of the management service:
- Advertisement of the rental property
- Screening of potential residents
- Preparation and execution of rental agreements
- Disbursal of funds to the property owner
- Collection of rents
- Monthly and year-end accounting
- Coordination of maintenance and repair work
- Periodic property inspections
- Disbursal of deposits in accordance with state law
- Eviction of residents for breach of the rental agreement