5 Easy Steps to Lowering Your Rent During Lease Renewal

Don’t you hate when the lease renewal for your rental agreement comes in the mail? It almost certainly brings an increase in rent. And who wants to spend more money on housing? I was a property manager in my past life and I’ve mailed out tons of renewal letters and had tons of renewal conversations. I know from experience that no renewal rate is set in stone. There’s always some room...

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Sleep Number vs. Personal Comfort: A Comparison

Let’s say you and your sleep partner both have very different ideas about what makes a comfortable bed. Perhaps your partner wants a very firm bed, while you prefer a super-soft mattress, or maybe it’s the other way around. Maybe you’ve tried to compromise only to find yourselves sleeping on a mattress that satisfies neither of you. What’s a couple to do? Well, you could continue sleeping on...

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What to Do With Your Big Unwanted Items

It’s autumn, which means it’s the perfect time to start cleaning out your house in preparation for the holidays. Before you try to cram your closets full of gifts, you need to rid them of the unused and unwanted junk taking up space, and before you can entertain dozens of friends and family members, you need to replace your old, broken down appliances and replace them with their shiny, new versions. While...

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Understanding home insurance

With two properties, one of which is a rental, Brian and I have to deal with a lot of insurance.  It’s kind of a pain, but a necessary pain.  There was a point in my life where I had ZERO insurance – as a student and a renter just a few years ago, I didn’t see the need for the extra cost of insurance on an already lean budget. Well, an apartment fire and loss of my apartment sure...

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