Useful Web Sites for Landlords and Property Managers
2014 Property Management Software Reviews
Industry Expert Michael Quinn and the Reviews.com research team compiled a list of 70 property management software and then selected 8 leading products to review based on 110 property management features.
Belaire Property Management
Belaire Property Management is a Massachusetts based Property Management agency focused on customer service. We specializing in the property management of single-family homes, small to mid-sized rental property and rental communities, and smaller commercial rental property.
This private, members-only site provides you with access to our Landlord Resource Center that includes; Landlord Training Articles, Community Forums, Books, How-to- Guides, Q & A, Maintenance, Collection Services, Landlord Tenant Law, Landlord Attorney Directory, Landlord Legal Forms.
The Nationwide Tenant Background Check is a robust 7-year criminal database search covering 43 states and the District of Columbia, including courthouse verification of all potential records associated with the subject.
The Bed Bug Reports web site was created to provide information on reporting bed bug incidents at hotels and apartments. Visit the web site to find out all the information you will need about the background of bed bugs and how to check your sleeping area for bed bugs. Thinking about traveling soon? Check out the state by state data base of bedbug reports before you even book your hotel destination. Have you had a bad bedbug experience? You can post bed bug reports onto the site to help warn other travelers of bedbug “hot spots” to avoid before they get bitten in the – well, you know where.
Ginny’s Helping Hand, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the everyday living needs of the less fortunate.
How You Can Help:
1. Become a volunteer with whatever time you can spare.
2. Become a member of our fund-raising committee.
3. Sponsor a fund-raising event in your neighborhood, school or place of work.
4. Make a tax deductible cash contribution to help offset operating expenses.
5. Organize a food drive for the food pantry.
6. Organize a new toy drive for Secret Santa.
7. Adopt a family or a child for Christmas.
8. Bring a new toy or packages of batteries to Ginny’s.
The Institute For Environmental Education
Whether you’re a large organization or an individual entering the environmental workforce, IEE is your complete training resource. With more than two decades of experience, IEE trains over 5,000 students per year for our clientele including governmental agencies, hospitals, schools, branches of the armed services, businesses and non-profit groups.
The National Association of Residential Property Managers is an association designed for real estate professionals who know first-hand the unique challenges of managing single-family and small residential properties. NARPM® offers an effective, professional learning environment for owners of property management companies, property managers and their office staff.
Our Mission is to support the professional and ethical practices of rental home management through networking, education, and designation.
Restaurant.com serves as the community matchmaker, introducing great restaurants to great people. It is also a great way to show tenant appreciation for your great tenants and practice tenant retention policies. From appetizers to dessert, from wine to dinner, Restaurant.com helps restaurant owners promote the new and unique aspects of their restaurants while providing diners with great value in a fun, new and cost effective way. Your favorite restaurant is in your neighborhood – maybe you just don’t know it yet. Restaurant.com is here to help.
So what exactly is a postlet? Every postlet is a dedicated, search-optimized landing page and a unique URL. You can use it in your marketing campaigns and share it on various web sites including Facebook. Postlets also come in ten stylish themes complete with integrated maps and other nifty tools. You essentially get several classified ads when you use Postlets. You build your ad just once, we automatically submit your listing to several classified search engines to maximize your reach across the web. IT’S FREE! That’s right, you get all this for the low, low price of zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada.
Looking for ways to promote your property management business or enhance tenant retention? Established in 1973, Peachtree Business Products serves over 100,000 customers per year. We provide the highest quality products at the lowest prices with fast, expert service. Whether manufactured and printed in-house, or brought to you through our superior purchasing power – Peachtree saves you up to 50% over other suppliers.
Be prepared for the unexpected. Not only can you get a quote for your rental property, auto, or home – but there is a tab on the home page navigation for “Renters Insurance”. Although our insurance policies protect our property, they do not cover the contents and personal belongings of our tenants. We strongly urge our renters to take out a policy to protect their personal property inside the apartment. The Esurance.com web site is easy to use. Just plug in the zip code and see instant quotes from local providers. Have your renters just fill out the simple form and receive their quote to their email address.
“Massachusetts Law Reform Institute” (MLRI) is a non-profit legal services organization committed to promoting social and economic justice through advocacy, education and legal action. Our strategies advance systemic reforms that help hundreds of thousands of low-income people attain basic human needs and protect their rights with justice and dignity. MLRI provides numerous materials on laws and programs affecting low-income individuals and families.
“MassLegalHelp.org” is where Massachusetts Tenants are turning to get educated about their rights and legal strategies as renters in private housing. Are you in compliance? Not a bad idea to get the “play book” tenants are using when they are planning to bring their landlord to court. You may also purchase Legal Tactics from Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education by calling 1-800-966-6253.
Celebrating its 5th fantastic year in 2009, the great blend of delectable food, music and fun attracts 600 people to the Courtyard at Marriott Fitchburg every Wednesday the week before Thanksgiving for the “event of the year”! This year, MOC’s “Taste of North Central” will be held on Wednesday, November, 18th at the Courtyard by Marriott located conveniently on Route 31 in Fitchburg from 5:30 to 8:30 PM.
The SCOTT® Common Sense Community is the sensible place to read articles, get tips and share your solutions for life’s everyday challenges. Join thousands of members across the country and exchange real-life Common Sense wisdom for saving time and money, cleaning and organizing your home, staying healthy and handling everything your busy life throws at you.
The Fitchburg Police rely on information provided by the citizens of Fitchburg. By taking pride and ownership in your community, you can improve the city in which you live. Help us improve the quality of life in your neighborhood by providing us information about any issue that affects your neighborhood that we can help with.
You can remain anonymous, but the more information you provide, the more likely it is we can address your concern. By providing your contact information, you enable us to contact you for follow up information. Thank you for sharing information with us.
E-Renter provides a wide-range of comprehensive tenant screening reports, including credit information, criminal records, and other public records information. We offer several convenient packages of reports, as well as the individual reports described below. You can trust E-Renter to provide thorough comprehensive background and credit reporting, guide you through the process, and answer all questions quickly and easily.
From the makers of HGTV and Food Network, DIY Network is the go-to destination for rip-up, knock-out home improvement television. DIY Network’s programs and experts answer the most sought-after questions and offer creative projects for do-it-yourself enthusiasts. The site features broadband video channels including home improvement, crafts, automotive, gardening, and woodworking along with step-by-step instructions totaling more than 20,000 projects online.
The Massachusetts Rental Housing Association (MRHA) is a statewide organization which helps landlords through education, networking and influencing the legislation. The MRHA is an umbrella organization consisting of over 20 independent affiliate associations around the state.
The Landlord Protection Agency welcomes you to the art of landlord protection through safe, effective, profitable property management. What’s The LPA about? We prepare you with an arsenal of specialized landlord tools, lease agreement, rental application, key rental forms, plus powerful nitty gritty landlord knowledge for your protection! Learn How to Eliminate Tenant Problems! We offer a wealth of landlord experience, and many valuable resources and services including: * Free Landlord Forms (Downloadable)
* Essential Landlord Forms (Downloadable)
* Landlord Q&A – Available in RSS 2.0 XML FEED * Report Tenants to Credit Bureaus
* Landlord Tenant Law
This month’s web site comes from the National Center for Healthy Housing. The National Association of Realtors is hosting additional free webinars on the RRP rule for REALTORs and property managers. I had the opportunity to attend an informative webex seminar about the new EPA regulations coming on line and was able to post a recording of that call as well as the PPT presentation on our webs site on the Legislation Page.The key for the mom and pop owner is to work with a trusted contractor or supervisor and make them responsible. The training starts in May so get them into the training after then. EPA starts certifying firms in October but you do not need to actually comply until April 22, 2010. The other thing you may want to consider is getting a lead inspection sooner rather than later. Right now, the lead inspectors are looking for work and may give you a good price, especially if you are not in a rush. As it gets closer, I am assuming the bigger accounts will make it tougher to find.
Getting ready for taxes? Forming a new entity? Anderson Business Advisors (“ABA”) provides creative asset protection strategies that do not involve off-shore or overly aggressive plans targeted as abusive by the Internal Revenue Service. We help our clients protect their assets and reduce taxes through various business entities tailored to the client’s situation. Check them out online.
Our Father’s House, Inc. is the web site of the charity we have sponsored this holiday season. Get involved! Our Father’s House, Inc., is a private, non-sectarian agency providing shelter and related services to homeless men and women. Rooted in Judeo-Christian values emphasizing the dignity of the individual, its programs encourage and assist each guest to become self-sufficient.
The Small Property Owners Association: The group that fights to protect small landlords & their rights in Massachusetts. Known as SPOA, we are the largest rental property owner association in Massachusetts and the only one that represents small property owners exclusively.
A must have website for everyone: With gas prices headed towards $4.00 per gallon this is a must have site to check prices before heading to the pump.
The Better Business Bureau: Getting three quotes for any repairs is a good idea. Checking out those businesses you may want to hire at BBB.org online, or even joining yourself, is a GREAT IDEA. Better to find out who has been written up before you sign the contract.
The home of real estate investing offers the best real estate investment education, networking and tools online: This is an awesome real estate site loaded with blogs and forums on every aspect of real estate investing. Sign up now will it is still free and contact me to be added to the NWCLA group that I have created for us as a forum at this web site.
We don’t think landlords should pay rent, for people who don’t pay their rent. We lawfully charge defendants (tenants) to store their own goods for the entire statutory limit. All Required Permits, Insurance and Licenses. Call Mass. Department of Public Safety at 617-727-3200 for confirmation.
There are a lot of things you can do to stay warm without burning through a lot of cash this winter. Put NationalGrid’s efficiency programs to work to save energy and money. Simply go to the web site above, enter your zip code, select category, and click ‘go’ to find programs and incentives available in your region.
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Discount Subscriptions for well known magazines.
Thanks to NWCLA member Ken B for this great web site link submission. As a Landlord Program Member, you’ll still get a 3% DISCOUNT on every purchase AND will still have the opportunity to receive a 10% DISCOUNT on select ‘Volume Purchases’!
This site is a must have in your landlord online toolbox. Just type in your county of interest and RentSlicer.com pops up the average going rents in your area for Studio, 1BR, 2 BR, 3BR, and 4+ BR apts. The hybrid map feature from Google and is a bonus to seeing the neighborhood and surrounding area from the comfort of your office chair.
The link above will get you a PDF form that you can fill out and request a basic CORI report for $35.00. The web site to visit to find the form is http://www.mass.gov/. Here you can use the SEARCH function by typing in the keywords: CORI Forms and Applications.
This site was discussed at our last meeting with Attorney David R. Rocheford who presented information about Short Sales. This site is the next best thing to driving into Boston every week to get the freshest foreclosure and pre-foreclosure notices. Just keep an eye on the dates. The longer a property is on the site, the less accurate the data is.
Exceptional screening solutions since 1980. For more than 25 years, National Tenant Network has been focused on a single goal: to help property owners and managers make the best leasing decisions possible. As the nation’s oldest and largest national resident screening service, NTN has successfully screened more than 15 million applicants. Our in-depth knowledge of resident screening and landlord/tenant challenges helps us deliver exceptional end-to-end resident screening solutions.
Welcome to the Mrs. FIXIT “FIXIT Yourself” Easy Home Repair web site! Mrs. FIXIT offers more than easy home repair advice. You’ll find easy and practical solutions to your everyday household projects. From cleaning tips to gardening tips to household pests, Mrs. FIXIT has the answer for you!
You probably know all about Zillow.com for RE appraisals, but we found even more reasons to Zillow. Besides getting comps for home values and being able to zoom down on your market using Google Earth’s powerful search features, did you know that you can now buy and sell your real estate deals on Zillow.com? Browse by to see more of what Zillow.com can do.
Answers to numerous questions on a variety of subjects.
Type in your home address or a family members’ address. The web site will bring up a map of your neighborhood with small colored boxes on it. The small House icon represents your address; the colored boxes represent sex offenders in your area. Click on the colored boxes and it will bring up the offender’s photograph and the exact address, names and employers. Click ALL AROUND, you will be amazed at the information you get!
Great discounts on home supplies, it’s Grossman’s just down on Rte #12, Worcester, worth the drive down for the savings, check out their website, a must see.
Here is a great web site www.ubidtobuy.com It’s an on line auction that folks can find all kinds of great things for their properties as well as personally.
Detect, Defect & Defend against Identy Theft
All kind of tests, to name just a few: Classical IQ, Career Advancement, Self Esteem, Emotional IQ, Communication skills….. 100’s of tests….HAVE FUN, its free
Where to go for just about anything in the City of Fitchburg.
Great website for comparison shopping
Compare prices before shopping