Handicap Accessible Properties

Handicap Accessibility
By law, most buildings need to have certain areas that are handicap accessible. While there are some ways to work around this if you have a historical building and such, newer buildings are mandated to have certain accommodations for those who may be wheelchair bound. While it may take a bit of extra work and planning on your end, taking handicap accessibility into consideration can help you immensely down the road.
The first thing that comes to mind when most people say "Handicapped" in regards to accessibility is parking. This should be something at the front of your mind as well if you are planning on modifying your rental property to accommodate those who may be less mobile. Having close parking that is specifically for those who are handicapped is something that you normally need to speak to the town about, however it usually is not a problem. Those who may need the accommodations are always extremely thankful for the proximity parking and this will reflect well on you even from those who don't have the need to use it. This shows that you care about those who you may rent to, regardless of any disability they may life with.
The second thing that you need to think about, and possibly fix, on a property you are meaning to rent out to someone who may be disabled is front door accessibility. While it's wonderful if they have preferred parking, that won't help if there are stairs or ridges that need to be dealt with. Having a ramp put in to allow access to an entrance and exit is always a good idea, however in this case it is essential. Also be careful to make sure there are no lips at the doorways that could cause problems for a wheelchair if someone were to try to bring one across the threshold. Also, they can be trip hazards, so even if you are not thinking of letting it out to someone disabled, perhaps try and take the ridge or bump out to lessen your liability.
There are many more things to be considered and they will be talked about in the next article. For now, think about the properties that you have and if any of these fixes could be made to your buildings. Even if you don't have any disabled residents, perhaps someone who you rent to has family that cannot access the apartment. Again, it can only help you to increase your accessibility.

Finding the Right Tenant

One of the most stressful things about renting out an apartment is, well, renting it. While this may seem like an obvious observation, it is without a doubt the most time consuming part of being a landlord. It can take months to find the right tenant for your location and sometimes outside occurrences can make it even more difficult. For example, many people can only view places on weekends or evenings due to work. If you work odd hours or are often on call due to your profession, this may get in the way of finding a good client and being able to agree on a time to show your wonderful property. At Talley, we never want something like scheduling conflicts to be what stops your perfect tenant from missing out on your rental.
That's why we can help you to organize and run viewings and even open houses. We also help you screen any clients which may want to rent from you, so you always know that the person moving into your property has been properly and thoroughly vetted through us. We run credit checks, background checks, employment verification, minimum income requirements, previous references, and other points which can help to weed out anyone who you may not want on your property.
We believe that this is the most important part of our work. We want to be sure that you are happy with whoever it is that moves into your home. We conduct extensive checks of anyone who applies to move into one of the properties we help with and will be sure that whoever is chosen to move in will live up to their end of the bargain and respect both the lease and you. If, for whatever reason, the tenant doesn't work out, we also are willing to deal with the eviction so you don't have to. This not only saves you from possibly feeling bad, but we know all the legal paths to take to save you the most money and headache while dealing with this unfortunate circumstance.
At Talley, we know how stressful finding someone to fill your rental property can be. That's why we want to help in any way we can. Although the end result will obviously be your call, we can help you get a good feel on who would be the best to live in your rental space.

The Charlotte Housing Market

Charlotte Housing
Whether a potential home owner or investor, you should head on to Charlotte, North Carolina.
Statistical studies of all the interacting institutions and the like in the city aim at giving a detailed overview of certain trends, enabling one to choose a suitable neighborhood for a buyer, or property for an investor.

The trends

Trends in the housing market help understand price indicator movements; valuable bit of information for investors. Charlotte, for instance, has displayed about 3% rise in monthly rent. Sales have also bumped up 1% from one year to the next.
Analysis from Charlotte points to a robust housing scene, though moderately, but at a level that will carry through the rest of the current year. Confidence is fairly high that the positive trend will facilitate consistent growth, which is of course something any real estate investor would love to hear. Sales and appreciation rates are comparable to those to keep the property market afloat for the long haul.
Housing, in comparison to sectors like energy, has enjoyed steady momentum as opposed to the fluctuations being experienced in the latter. The value of homes is finally being taken seriously by buyers.

Where to buy and/or invest

No two buyers are alike. Unless of course they are a couple but still, it's a stretch. There is no definition of the perfect neighborhood to live in, only several common requirements cut across the board: secure environments, and good schools for parents to take their children. It is of course easier for property owners or potential buyers to make use of property management firms.
Charlotte boasts the services of Talley Properties, a pioneer property manager in the city. Talley Properties has specialized in midrange to high end residential and commercial property management. Their interactive website gives the available listings, a listings locator and rentals locator for available houses, with detailed photographs of the various premises.
Home prices are still on the rise
Charlotte has seen over 40 consecutive months of rising prices of homes. That alone should serve as a welcome sign for investors. Charlotte consistency is also seen in its increases, moderately at a time, showing that the upward trend will continue.
The good news is however not an assurance that prices cannot go down. Charlotte enjoys reasonable pricing and is not in any market bubble. Risk only arises with the possibility of reduced rate of purchasing by big institutions but other markets have survived the impact of similar occurrences.

Talley properties for Charlotte

So are you looking to invest in Charlotte? Talley Properties, Inc. has got you covered.
Talley Properties takes pride in performance. Their focus is on excellence in service and reflects commitment to a long-term relationship with all clients, as is shown by their over 30 years in the market. Large and small projects alike, clients are assured exceptional, dependable service.

Toward that end, they service clients for the long term. they work hard and produce results to enhance client investment. And while they realize that results are important, they understand that every client deserves the utmost in personal service.

Flipping Homes...Not as Easy as it Seems

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Flipping houses is a phenomenon which has started to slowly take over home care networks. Different channels or magazines which specialize in home care or renovation have begun to give more notice to the idea of flipping. It is not a new concept, however it is becoming increasingly more popular. Flipping a house is when you buy an older, run down, or possibly foreclosed house and renovate it using your own money (or investors' money if you are more lucky) for a profit.
While it may sound easy, there are many things which you need to have a rather good knowledge of to complete this effectively. First, you need to have knowledge of construction. This may seem obvious, but many places have been left worse off than they were originally because someone bit off more than they could chew. You need to be able to identify supporting walls so you can maintain the structural integrity of a building versus a wall which is simply cosmetic.
You also need to be able to realize when something is simply a cosmetic issue or if it is a sign of something more dangerous. Mold for instance may be cosmetic, but could be an indicator of a leaky pipe or roof. If you see something which looks like a crack, it could be the paint or it could be bad construction. These are things you need to be able to tell rather quickly before sinking more money into a house's repair than you'll get back in the return.
On top of these things, you would also need a good electrician and plumber whom you could work with and trust. These are two points in house flipping which cannot be skimped on. Codes change constantly and you as the owner will be held liable if something is wrong with either. While it is true that you can go after whoever wronged you, at the end of the day it will be your reputation which is tarnished.
Flipping larger buildings, while obviously on a much larger and more expensive scale, is really the same idea. It has been shown to have the possibility to be very lucrative and if done correctly, can continue to turn you a profit many years down the road.
If you are interesting in beginning to flip houses or buildings, do your research first. You are going to want to be sure that it is something you think you can handle and maybe reach out to others who flip already to get an insider look. It is another way to vary your abilities, and will make you seem extremely well rounded if you can show you are successful in doing this as well.

Tenants and Their Pets

Many first time or even older tenants often ask many questions. One of the questions which is asked often is, "Does this place allow pets?". Animals are a huge part of our society and pets are increasingly being used as more than a simple companion. New tenants often want the company that a pet will provide and many older tenants either do not wish to part with an animal who has been with them for quite a while or requires the help of a service pet. While there are laws against excluding service animals from different areas, many elderly and even younger people in increasing numbers, find comfort in having a pet which can help with a vast number of different issues. These can include physical disabilities such as seizures or diabetes, or it can help with mental illness such as anxiety or depression. Many autistic members of society also use animals to help them if there is an issue which causes them to be uncomfortable, as it gives them something tangible to hold to.
There are, of course, pros and cons to allowing animals in your establishment. One of the largest concerns is if the animal tends to make a mess. The cleaning bill once your tenant vacates the area could be massive if the animal and owner were both unclean. It almost no longer matters if your flooring is hard wood or carpet, as both can be soiled to the point where they need to be replaced and, if the issue continues long enough, it may begin to effect the structural integrity of the building. This also brings up an issue of neighbors who may be able to smell any mess which the animal makes. This is also true for outside your building. If a tenant has a dog or other animal which uses the bathroom outside, and the owner does not clean up after their animal, many people coming to see your apartments will be quickly put off by the look and smell of the area. After all, if it appears that you don't care about how the outside of your building looks, how much better could the inside be?
Another concern is allergies. If someone in the building is highly allergic, this could present a problem for you, as you are expected to create a place where all of your residents have a safe and secure area to live. This is especially true if someone with a bad allergy moves into the apartment after the original tenant and the area wasn't able to be correctly or thoroughly cleaned.
Other areas for concern include noise. If a tenant has a noisy dog, cat, bird, or other animal which continually presents a problem, neighbors may be rather quick to complain or take to social media and other areas to express their discontent. This will present multiple issues for you in the future, as many people make a point to check reviews of areas which have been posted by real people before pursuing a meeting with the person in charge. If there are many negative reviews due to one person's loud or obnoxious pet, this can lose you a countless amount of customers.
Despite all of these concerns, there are many reasons why allowing pets is a good business move. As previously stated, many people of all ages and backgrounds adore pets. After all, a simple trip online shows America's obsession with cat videos and dog pictures. This is, naturally, representative of the country's love for our four-legged, furry, or feathered counterparts.
Allowing pets would obviously increase your customer base. Many people will refuse to live in a place which does not allow pets. People either have a deep connection to their pets, need their pets to provide services to them, to simply have no one else to care for. Perhaps the person has no one else who cares for them, and they cannot face the prospect of losing that connection with another living creature. Whatever the reason for wanting a pet, Americans are well known for spoiling them. This includes in their living environment. The ASPCA estimates that 37-47% of households own a dog and 30-37% have a cat. They believe that there are 70-80 million dogs have been adopted and 74-96 million cats have homes as well. Clearly, that is a large customer group you would be cutting out if pets were not allowed.
Another reason for allowing pets would be to boost the friendly atmosphere of your building. People associate animals with happiness, as owning a pet has been shown to boost your health, both physically and mentally. A place which openly accepts animals seems more open to all people and more accepting of those who may be of a different walk of life. Those who are minorities for any reason may feel more calm walking into an area which holds their arms open to those which come with pets.
Recently, many places have been experimenting with therapy animal rooms or days. Work places, colleges, even hospitals and nursing homes have been allowing therapy animals to come in and mingle with the people who spend their time there. In almost every situation, the location has been pleasantly surprised by how much productivity and positive emotions have risen. It helps people remain happy, which is a good thing no matter where you are.
Naturally, the decision rests with you. You know what will be best for your building and what you want your business to stand for. The idea of having pets allowed is also not a binary option. It is not necessarily yes or no. You may choose, for instance, to allow certain kinds of animals. You may choose to only allow service animals. You may even choose to allow animals under a certain weight or of a certain species. The options are plentiful and none should be ignored. Once you have decided which you believe to be the best, advertise to those who would fit best in your community. Those who move in will always thank you in the long run.

How to Show Off your Model Apartment

Model Apartment
If you own an apartment building, you may be able to keep one unit as a model to show to any prospective buyers. If so, there are multiple ways that you can set up the apartment to show to people that could work for your benefit. Here are a couple of ideas for you to keep the model apartment open to show.
1. Blank Space. No, I'm not talking about the pop song. I'm talking about having a completely empty apartment space to rent out so that anyone who comes to see the rental property can see the full extent of the dimensions available in the space. Some people prefer having an open area, a blank canvas if you will, to see when they first go to see an apartment. Unless you are fully furnishing the area, many people like to be able to picture where they will put their own possessions. Naturally, it would be a good idea to include any appliances that come with the apartment, but otherwise having an empty area may not be the worst idea for you.
2. Fully Furnished. Yes, this goes completely against the previous idea, but another option for you is to have your model apartment completely furnished with a nice touch of home look. Some people lack the vision to see how a place will look when they move everything of theirs in, and if you furnish the model apartment you can show the best layout to have the largest amount of room open. Instead of having a bed in the direct middle of the bedroom, try pushing it against another wall to show how much room there can be left over.
3. Mirrors and Windows. Windows are always a good selling point to apartments. They let in natural light and offer a view of the outside world. Unfortunately, not every apartment is above ground and so windows may be in short supply. If this is the case, try installing a few mirrors in smaller rooms, as they tend to help areas look larger and also help to brighten up rooms by reflecting the light back in.
Having the luxury of a model apartment is a double edged sword. You will have to get a feel for the area and what works the best in regards to setups for you. Once you get that idea, however, you will likely be able to sell those apartments like hot cakes!

Accounting Services and Talley Properties

Accounting Services
Math is considered a nasty four letter word by many of us in America. Some people are simply not wired to understand math the way others are. Generally, those who are not good at math are gifted in other subjects such like language and history or music, but unfortunately math is a critical skill that is needed to succeed in many areas. Rental property management is no exception. What happens when you want to rent out part of your house or your vacation home when you don't feel confident in your math skills?
Here at Talley, we understand how frustrating it can be to want to do something but have something holding you back. This is part of the reason we started our business: to help you with yours. We want to help you reach your full potential, and trust us, there is nothing wrong with wanting some help.
Even if your math skills are exquisite, perhaps you simply don't have the time to devote to dealing with all of the paperwork and calculations yourself. Everyone leads busy lives. Between work, family, and everything else that goes on sometimes you just can't seem to find enough hours in the day while still keeping yourself healthy. This is what we want to help you with and we gladly will.
Our accounting services include collecting the monthly rent from tenants, keeping spreadsheets, and any other documents you as the client may find necessary. These can include having monthly statements, keeping a ledger, and many other things. One of the best things for you is the knowledge that we will keep your rental properties and your financial documents correct and legal as we comply with IRS regulations with no exceptions. These laws and rules can change often and can be difficult to keep up with while trying to lead your normal daily life. We are dedicated to making sure that you are kept safe from even simple mistakes.
Here at Talley, we want you to be happy. We want to make sure that you are not stressed about any rentals which you may let out. Our goal is to keep everyone happy, from our clients to yours. There are many things that can go wrong, but with Talley you can rest assured that any financial information or gain will be safe so you can sleep easy.

Talley Properties and 24 Hour Emergency Care

Emergency Care
All too often, things go wrong. It always seems to go wrong at the worst possible time and often feels like everything goes wrong at once. While some people believe that it is coincidence, others believe that it may be a karmic response. Others still may blame astrological occurrences such as mercury retrograde. Whether you believe it to be some larger power or simply how things work, the fact of the matter is nothing ever works forever. Things will always go wrong no matter what we try to do to stop it. Sometimes we thankfully have warning, and other times it happens at the drop of a hat. Unfortunately this can be the source of endless headaches and can leave you confused, frustrated, and sometimes feeling at your wits end.
This is where we like to come in. Here at Talley, we offer many different services. One of the ones which we are most proud of is our property services. We work with people who work and respond quickly and have very reasonable prices for their services. While we more than understand if you would prefer to go with someone who you are well acquainted with, if you are not friends with any tradespeople, we can once again step in to help.
One of the best things about our property services is the fact that we can provide 24-hour emergency care and maintenance to your tenants. We understand that emergencies can occur at any time and aren't always respectful of commonly observed business hours. We will always send someone to repair the problem as soon as possible and we will take the panic away from both the tenant and yourself.
Another thing that we can help provide is regular maintenance for your rental property such as plumbing and electrical work. We understand that many people say they can do this work, however we want to make sure that you are legally covered and using someone who is licensed and insured. As previously stated, you never know when an emergency can occur.
We also can help contact people who will help to get your rental property into move-in condition. This includes painters, cleaners, and others who can get your apartment looking its best. After all, the better looking the space is, the more willing to move in people will be!

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