It's Fall Y'all

Talley Properties
Now that we are officially into the season of fall, a lot of things start to wind down. While a lot of times this does include people looking for new rental properties, that doesn't mean that those who have rented from you should be ignored as well. As the weather turns cooler, a lot of things become important and need to be attended to. Of course everything is dependent on what has been agreed upon in the lease, but sometimes things need to be thought of and dealt with in a timely manner.
With the coming of autumn, we are all enchanted with the changing colors of leaves and the vibrancy that comes with it. Unfortunately, the leaves also fall and can leave a yard covered. Many different real estate sources, including the appraisal institute, state very clearly that having a yard that is unkempt can cost a seller vast amounts of money in the perceived value of the property. Although it can help to set the mood of the season by leaving the fallen leaves on the ground, many people may find it unsightly and possibly even complain depending on how your town handles neighbor disputes. In some towns, you can even be reported for having a yard that is not kept up to certain standards so be sure to read up on what the laws are in your specific area.
Very often, if you are renting out a house the tenants are asked to keep the area neat and tidy. If, however, you are in charge of an apartment building, it is often left to the landlord to deal with the cleanup just like the snow removal would be in winter. Of course, this isn't always the case but it would be a good idea to explain all of this in any lease you put out.
Autumn is normally a lovely time of the year and begins an important time in some religions. As beautiful as it can be, there are also many times that work is needed outside. Whether you garden or simply want to keep the lawns neat, it doesn't end when the weather turns colder and the grass stops growing. Thankfully, at least, it's a bit cooler so heat stroke and heat exhaustion isn't a large concern like it has been this past summer. Remember, if you are trying to rent out an area, simple things like raking the leaves may leave a better impression on any possible clients.

Opening up New Facility in Boone

Talley Properties
Charlotte—Talley Properties Inc.,a property management firm serving the Charlotte area real estate market has announced the opening of a property management office in Boone. The expansion allows service capabilities extending to Blowing Rock, Banner Elk, Linville, Valley Crusis, West Jefferson, Jefferson and Beech Mountain. Both property owners and tenants in Watauga, Avery and Ashe Counties will now have access to the full range of property management offered by Talley Properties.
Michael Fink, who has been with Talley for over 10 years, will be serving as manager
of the Boone office. According to Tony Moore, Operations Manager, Michael and
his wife Andrea Miller Fink both grew up in the Boone area. "She is moving back
home to join her family's law firm. The move is a perfect opportunity for us to expand into
a community where Michael has such strong roots." He continued, "while we're primarily focused on residential and commercial property management, this Talley Properties office will expand into real estate sales, including investment properties."
Prior to his position at Talley Properties, Fink was in property management at JRA. A graduate of Wake Technical College, he is a member of the Association of Realtors and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. A native of West Jefferson, Fink now resides in Boone with his wife Andrea. They have one daughter, Ava. In addressing his position with Talley, Fink noted "It's our mission to do the job right... the first time. We owe that to everyone who comes to Talley for any aspect of property management. I'm looking forward to bring that dedication and service back home to the High Country!"
Michael Fink
With Talley Properties, property owners have complete access to their accounts online. Talley's state-of-the art property management software provides 24 hour access as well as full electronic transaction and reporting. In addition, tenants can access online property applications, payment options and accounting reports, even schedule property viewings both online and by phone, 24 /7.
Talley Properties has specialized in midrange to high end residential and commercial property management since 1980. Their mission is to provide full service management to a diverse group of investors. With the goal to achieve long-term relationships with their investors, they pride themselves on the ability to be on call 24-hours a day, and provide quick, efficient same day service. Visit Talley Properties at or call 704-332-2206 (Charlotte area) 828-278-4976 (High Country).

Quick and Easy Ways for Rental Property Landlords to be a Step Ahead

Quick and Easy Ways
Many things can be done to help prevent future problems for both you and your tenants. If you are the landlord of a rental property, you want to present yourself as the best person that can be rented from. Although there is no way you can think of everything, there are some simple things that you can do to make your tenant feel at ease and that can help prevent trouble for both parties.
One of the first things you can do is so simple, many renters forget it: install and check smoke detectors. While the building you are renting should already have smoke detectors put up, not all of them do. Make sure that you put smoke detectors though the building according to your local fire department's suggestions. If the building already has smoke detectors in it, make sure to test them every month. Batteries should be replaced every six months, or as needed. If you have new tenants moving in, replace the batteries and test the detectors before they settle down in the building. This is a quick, easy, and inexpensive way of showing that you care for their well being.
Another simple thing that you can do is to supply a couple of fire extinguishers for your rental property. Although these are a little more expensive than other items on this list, they will still only run you an average of $40 to $50 which, in the long run, is a small price to pay for assurance that your tenants are safe. Simply check to make sure the pressure gauge is in the green and there are no breaks or cracks in the hose to be sure that it is still functional.
Another thing that you can do before a tenant moves in is purchase and install a carbon monoxide detector. Although carbon monoxide is less common, it still accounts for an average of 430 unintentional deaths in America every year. Since carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless, it is likely to go unnoticed unless there is a detector in the building. They cost around $20 to $25 on average and can (and have) save lives.
All in all, keeping your tenants safe just takes a little bit of pre-planning. Although it is a tad bit more work for you, they will be extremely grateful if one of these steps happens to help save their lives.

How to Ease a Renters Move-in Process

People move for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes they want to leave where they were, sometimes their job requires them to move, and sometimes something drives them either away from or to a certain location. Either way, people need to have a place to live. Everyone wants to have a sound structure to stay in to remain safe, even if they know nothing else of the area which they have just moved in to. Home makes us feel safe and secure when nothing else around us gives us comfort. Sometimes, those who invest in properties and rent them out are lucky enough to help people find that sense of security in a brand new and potentially scary place.
If you know your new tenant is a newcomer to the area, it couldn't hurt to try to get to know them. We all know that not everyone is friendly and not everyone wants to accept help, but what would it cost you to attempt to ease their way? There is a lot to learn about any location, and certainly one as large and diverse as Charlotte NC has many hidden gems and quirks alike everyone needs to learn. Something that can help those moving in are numbers of take-out or delivery food places nearby for the first few days. You can also explain how the weather typically is at that specific time of year- it may seem boring, but sometimes knowing what to expect from nature can help ease someone's anxiety of moving to a brand new area. Another thing that may be of use is a list of local emergency numbers. Although we know 911 is the big one, perhaps a list of the police department's number, the fire department's number, and the numbers of some plumbers or electricians that you trust would be helpful to someone who knows nothing of the area. If something is not an emergency but still requires an authority, it is much easier to look at a pre-made list than trying to look up the information online or finding a phone book in case there is no internet hooked up.
Other things you can do to help ease someone's move is explain or show them where important things like the DMV, town hall, the post office, and the local library are. There are a lot of things you need to do when you move and if you don't know where anything is, this can be a lot harder. If you at least show your tenant the library, they can normally access the web for free and find an answer to any other questions they may have.
Truthfully, it doesn't cost us anything to attempt to be human to each other. Sometimes it doesn't work, but sometimes it means the world to the person you're talking to. If you try to make someone's transition a little easier, there's no saying what good can come of it. Who knows, maybe you'll make a wonderful friend for the rest of your time there.

Property Management as it Pertains to the Housing Industry

Property Management as it Pertains to the Housing Industry
It’s probably that unwavering voice in your head that went “common! Do it! Purchase that property. Right now is the perfect time! Hold it for now! Hold it a little bit longer, now, sell it out! ” Thanks to listening to that voice, you successfully managed to emerge as a property investor!

Wow! You actually made it! Feels super awesome right? Well, we at Talley Properties share the same sentiments. We focus on making property investors grow richer even their sleep. Thrilled already?

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Juggling through your careers, family, and a dozen other life responsibilities can get overwhelming. Your property investments should not add to the pressure. With Talley Properties, all you need to do is seat back and watch your property investments flourish. It is Just like watching grass growing or wet paint drying! Definitely a must experience!

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Disaster Can Strike in Any Way at Any Time

Disaster Can Strike - Property Management
No one likes to think about when tragedy may strike. It’s understandable, we prefer to think about good things and, after all, what good can worrying about everything bad that can happen do? Well, unfortunately as a property owner it is something that you need to at least entertain. Disaster can strike in any way at any time. While it does not do to dwell on these possibilities day in and day out, it is still something that should be given a thought every now and then.

            One of the first things you can do to help reduce the risk of severe disaster ruining your business is see what kind of natural issues the area may have. A quick look online for something like “Charlotte NC weather trends” or “Charlotte NC flooding issues” can give you a good idea rather quickly what nature has in store for you and your business. If your property is in a flood zone or in an area which is prone to high winds, look into different options for insurance. North Carolina has taken a beating from quite a few hurricanes, for example, and that is something that you might want to look into in regards to what you get covered. Many insurance companies don’t include hurricane coverage automatically and so you may need to look into a different or additional package if this is a concern of yours.

            Another thing you can do is, as a landlord, make it mandatory that any tenant you rent to have renters insurance. Although a renter may groan and gripe about it to begin with, things can happen which would make them wish they had the insurance to begin with. Sometimes, things happen which are beyond anyone’s control. These can include fire, busted pipes, and any number of other problems you can have with a house or building. Explain this to your prospective client and generally they will realize that you are only trying to help. Thankfully, this can also help you in the long run as well, as you will not be liable to help the tenant replace anything out of your own pocket. Always be upfront with people about problems the area may have, it can only do you good.

            Insurance is the first step to making sure that you stay safe. Although it may not stop the disaster from occurring, it can certainly stop an additional problem once the damage is evaluated.

Preventing Unwanted Guests and Break ins

Summer is a dangerous time. I don't mean just water park accidents or injured limbs, I mean for property owners. The two months that are most common for break-ins are July and August, and most occur during the day. Although the normal thought is that burglars strike at night, most people breaking and entering will do so during the day so they have less of a chance of running into someone while they are committing a crime. Although this is an unfortunate truth, there are approximately four burglaries a minute. What can you do to help your rental property avoid being a target or hit for a break-in?
1. Make sure the windows and doors are locked to the best of your ability. Although you may not have full control over this if your space is currently rented, do your best as a well-meaning landlord to remind your tenant that break-ins can happen anywhere. About 30 percent of burglars will enter areas through an open door, window, or other accessible area instead of resorting to force. Also, if your entry points are older, look to have them replaced. If the doors are older and wooden, find a way to put in new solid doors, either wood or metal. About 33 percent of burglars enter a residence though the front door, as they are normally rather easy to kick or bust in. Single pane glass is similar, and will cost more to heat and cool during the more extreme temperature months as well. Simple maintenance can help prevent an attack.
2. Look into a security system. Although expensive, security systems are well worth the cost. Not only do they give your renter peace of mind, but they also show that you care enough about your property and them to spend the money to keep everything safe. According to the FBI, the average loss during a burglary is worth around $2,200. This is above the amount a simple security system costs, and once coupled with the fact that it is than 13 percent of victims receive their property back, it almost begins to pay for itself. A quick web search of security companies in Charlotte NC will bring you all the information you will need.
3. Keep your building well lit. Burglary is a crime. Naturally, light is counter-intuitive for criminals and so having a well-lit exterior will help to deter crime from happening in and around your rental property.
These tips are not fool-proof and they will not stop 100 percent of burglaries, however they are a good starting place for those who want to protect their buildings. Always look into what you can do to make yourself and your clients safer.

The Stressors of Rental Property and How to Deal with Them

Renting a property out can be worrying, especially if you are not nearby. Although it can be refreshing to not live in the same building as your tenants if you own an apartment building, it comes with its own stressors. For example, what if there is an emergency while you are away? What if someone can't seem to get in contact with you? What happens when everything breaks at once and you're not in the building? There are a few things you can do to lessen this stress, so take a deep breath and relax- everything has a solution.
One of the first things to think about deals with issues every house or building has: plumbing problems. While many can be simple fixes, sometimes they need a little more attention than your tenant- or you- can give it. While this is possible, try different routes first. Check that your tenant has a plunger in case the toilet or sink becomes a little backed up. If they don't, it's always a good idea to keep a cheap spare in a storage closet. Another good thing to keep on hand is a disposable, single use snake. Although they are not long, they can definitely be useful for small clogs that are shallow in the pipes. Also, you should keep a tool box with these things which are used only for the apartment or building just in case you forget something there. This way you won't lose all your tools and hardware for good. If a problem proves to be beyond your abilities to fix, make sure to supply your tenant with the number of a good plumber that you trust just in case you can't get back in time to make the call or if it's an emergency.
Another major issue buildings often have deal with electrical faults. The electricity in a building can be finicky, especially if the wiring is older. While every building has its own quirks that residents need to learn, even the most up to date homes can have issues which are beyond human control. One option that you can take is the purchase of a generator to keep some power running to the building in the case of an outage. Even if it only provides emergency power to a couple of outlets, this is always a good idea, especially if you live or rent in an area that is prone to severe weather.
While no one expects you to be an all-around handy man, there are some things you can do to help ease both your and your tenants stay in the building. These may turn expensive, but they will not go unappreciated and will certainly pay for themselves eventually in the long run.

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