What to Look for When Signing Your First Lease

Whether you’re living solo for the first time or prepping for an apartment or home rental with your new roommates, your first lease is an important milestone. And you’re in good company. In 2016, over 36% of the US population rented a home or apartment, the highest percentage since 1965. It’s definitely a booming market,…

Are You Overspending on Rent?

How much is too much to spend on rent? That amount is different for everyone, but the percentage of income that should be relegated to rent is pretty standard. “Chances are if you are renting you are spending too much of your income on your monthly housing expense,” according to mortgage expert Kevin Pierce from…

How to Attract Renters Using Smart Tech

If you own or manage a rental property, you probably know how hard finding the perfect tenants can be. Attracting the right people to your space is key, and smart tech can help you grab their interest and show yourself to be a prepared and mindful landlord. Make your space feel modern and updated Fully…

The New District of Columbia TOPA Law

The District’s 30-year-old Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act, or TOPA, is designed to prevent tenants from being kicked out by landlords planning to sell their properties. It gives renters an opportunity to buy the properties, at least the right of first refusal. In July, the D.C. Council revised the law – exempting most single-family homes,…