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How to Check for Evictions and Why You Should | SmartMove

How to Check for Evictions and Why You Should

Evictions are time-consuming and costly for landlords. Find out what you can do to prevent evictions and how to review a tenant’s rental history.
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Property Management Advice from the Pros

Property Management Advice from the Pros

SmartMove interviewed 15 property managers who offer advice for new landlords on avoiding mistakes, screening tenants, and finding investment property.
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The Anatomy of a Millennial Renter

The Anatomy of a Millennial Renter

Infographic examines millennial characteristics and rental housing trends. Lifestyle and values, housing types, and life milestones are shaping choices.
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5 Reasons Why Online Rent Payment is More Convenient for Landlords and Tenants

5 Reasons Why Online Rent Payment is More Convenient for Landlords and Tenants

Have you implemented online rent pay? Read 5 reasons why landlords should adopt online rent payment to make their business more efficient.
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Landlord Survey: Optimism In Renting Your Property

Landlord Survey: Optimism In Renting Your Property

TransUnion survey of landlords summarizes attitudes, technology use, rental property trends, and their outlook for the rental housing market.
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The Anatomy of a Baby Boomer Renter

The Anatomy of a Baby Boomer Renter

Infographic examines baby boomer characteristics and rental housing trends. Lifestyle and values, housing types, and life milestones are shaping choices.
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How To Attract and Keep Today’s Renter

How To Attract and Keep Today’s Renter

Explore TransUnion’s infographic on how to attract tenants, understand what they are looking for in a rental property, and what you can do to retain them.
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64 Essential Online Landlord Resources

64 Essential Online Landlord Resources

Using the right resources can mean the difference between profit or loss. Read 64 resources from property management to tenant screening to taxes & more!
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5 Tools Landlords Need To Find Quality Tenants

How To Perform A Rental Property Inspection

As a landlord, performing property inspections is an important part of your job. Even if you have a great tenant, routine inspections can help prevent big problems down the road.
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5 Tools Landlords Need To Find Quality Tenants

5 Tools Landlords Need To Find Quality Tenants

5 landlord tools to fill vacancies faster & find quality renters. Tools cover promoting your unit to screening renters to setting competitive rent.
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Rental Property Investment Trends in 2017

Rental Property Investment Trends in 2017

TransUnion reviews rental property investment markets in the U.S. and explores recent trends and drivers behind their growth.
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50 Industry Experts Every Landlord Should Follow On Twitter | SmartMove

50 Industry Experts Every Landlord Should Follow On Twitter

Landlords can stay abreast of the latest rental property market trends, breaking news and property owner tips by following these 50 industry experts.
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How To Determine Fair Market Rent | SmartMove

How To Determine Fair Market Rent

Find out what goes into determining the going rate for rents in your area to balance maximzing your profit and avoiding long vacancies.
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How to Setup A Property Management Business For Success | SmartMove

How to Set Up Your Property Management Business For Success

Tips on how to setup your property management business. Productivity tools, regulatory concerns and using expert advice are essential.
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Tenant Screening Cost-Benefit Analysis [Infographic] | SmartMove

Tenant Screening: A Cost-Benefit Analysis

TransUnion examines cost of tenant screening vs. potential cost of rental hazards. $35 screening fee could save $3,500 in eviction costs.
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26 Renting Statistics That Every Landlord Needs To Know

26 Renting Statistics That Every Landlord Needs To Know

Landlords need to know the rental market, rent prices, tenants & more. Our infographic showcases 26 rental stats to help you stay ahead of the game.
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 The Amenities and Upgrades Every Tenant Wants

Top Rental Property Amenities & Features Tenants Want

If you’re looking to charge top dollar for your rental and attract premium tenants, consider adding these amenities and features into your property.
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15 Tax Deductions Landlords Could Use in April

15 Tax Deductions Landlords Could Use in April

Minimize your tax bill by taking these 15 potential tax advantages to owning rental property into consideration as you prepare your return.
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How to Raise Rent Without Complaints

How to Raise Rent Without Complaints

Landlords need a solid communication plan and have the facts when raising rent at lease renewal. Read our 4-step guide to raise rent... with no tenant complaints.
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4 Important Ways Today’s Renters Have Changed In 2017

4 Important Ways Today’s Renters Have Changed In 2017

Renter credit-worthiness, demographics and age, income levels, and housing preference are shifting. Find out why it matters for landlords.
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5 Ways Landlords Can Maximize Their Rental Income

5 Ways Landlords Can Maximize Their Rental Income

Read our 5 easy tips to boost your rental profits from picking better tenants to charging for storage to lowering your energy bill with solar panels.
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5 Ways to Keep Your Best Tenants from Leaving

5 Ways to Keep Your Best Tenants from Leaving

5 easy-to-follow tips on how to keep your good tenants happy, maintain a good relationship and prevent them from leaving your rental property.
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How to Qualify and Deny Rental Applicants the Right Way

How to Qualify and Deny Rental Applicants the Right Way

Make your tenant screening process more consistent with our list of 7 reasons to qualify applicants and 5 reasons to reject those who aren't a fit.
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The True Cost of An Eviction

The True Cost Of An Eviction

Evictions are expensive, averaging $3,500 and can balloon to $10,000. TransUnion's infographic that breaks out all costs from legal fees to lost rent.
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The Top 5 Tenant Screening Mistakes You Can’t Afford To Make

The Top 5 Tenant Screening Mistakes You Can’t Afford To Make

Choosing the wrong tenant can drain your rental profits. Learn these 5 costly mistakes, and how to avoid them, to make more informed leasing decisions.
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Benefits of Owning Rental Property: 6 Reasons Why You Should Invest

Benefits of Owning Rental Property: 6 Reasons Why You Should Invest

More Americans choose to rent now & investors can capitalize by owning rental property. Learn 6 financial perks & other benefits to becoming a landlord.
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How To Reduce Vacancies: 4 Ways To Rent Out Your Property Quickly

How To Reduce Vacancies: 4 Ways To Rent Out Your Property Quickly

Get 4 great strategies to reduce rental property vacancy, without skipping tenant screening, meeting the tenant in person and checking their references.
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5 Big Risks Of Owning Rental Property That Every Landlord Should Know

5 Big Risks Of Owning Rental Property That Every Landlord Should Know

Owning rental property can be profitable. But all investments carry risk. Know top risks of rental property investing, and what to do to overcome them.
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6 Rental Statistics Every Landlord Needs To Know Today

6 Rental Statistics Every Landlord Needs To Know Today

Six statistics landlords need to know about local & national trends for decisions on real estate purchases, rent pricing, tenant screening and more!
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7 Tenant Screening Warning Signs That Aren’t So Obvious

7 Tenant Screening Warning Signs That Aren’t So Obvious

Good tenant screening should include a credit check, eviction history and background report. But there are less obvious aspects to evaluate.
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5 Biggest Mistakes Landlords Make That Can Kill Profit

5 Biggest Mistakes Landlords Make That Can Kill Profit

Owning rental property can earn a good return on your investment. Be sure to avoid these 5 mistakes that can eat into your rental profits.
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State Of The U.S. Rental Market in 2016

State Of The U.S. Rental Market in 2016

Infographic on the state of U.S. rental market. Many switched to rent housing. Homeownership rates, rental prices, renter demographic trends.
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Top 10 Best Tenant Screening Articles 2016

Top 10 Best Tenant Screening Articles 2016

Curated selection of our most popular articles on tenant screening. Screening guides, Industry Research, Top benefits, Biggest mistakes to avoid & more.
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7 Tenant Screening Warning Signs That Aren’t So Obvious

What It Really Means to Conduct a Tenant Criminal Background Check

Nearly 1 in 5 people screened by SmartMove in 2015 had a criminal hit on their record. Find out what is involved to conduct a tenant background check.
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9 Ways To Maximize Profit On Your Rental Property

9 Ways To Maximize Profit On Your Rental Property

Small, everyday landlord actions can help your bottom line. From screening tenants to changing air filters, follow these 9 tips to boost rental profits.
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7 Stress-Free Tips for Finding and Renting Out Your First Rental Property

7 Stress-Free Tips for Finding and Renting Out Your First Rental Property

Thinking about becoming a property owner? Read our simple tips prior to buying and renting out a property to get the most out of your new investment.
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4 Reasons Landlords Might Reject an Applicant with Good Credit History

4 Reasons Landlords Might Reject an Applicant with Good Credit History

Applicants with good credit scores may not be suitable for your rental property. Find out what else to look for during your tenant screening.
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6 Questions to Ask When Screening Tenants

6 Questions to Ask When Screening Tenants

Thorough tenant screening is vital to find great tenants. Read six “must-ask” questions you should ask applicants to determine suitability as a renter.
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How landlords can avoid renter payment problems

7 Steps to Reducing Payment Problems with Tenants

A TransUnion survey revealed renter payment problems are landlord’s biggest concern. Find out what you can do to reduce payment problems in 7 easy steps.
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How landlords can avoid renter payment problems

4 Things to Check Before Disqualifying an Applicant with a Low Credit Score

A low credit score may not disqualify your applicant. Get the story behind the credit score. Review current income, rental history, etc..
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Top 5 Reasons Landlords Should Thoroughly Screen Tenants | SmartMove

The 5 Most Important Reasons to Screen Rental Applicants

Don't put your rental income at risk! Read top 5 reasons why landlords should conduct credit, criminal & eviction tenant screening check on applicants.
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Top 4 Tenant Screening Factors As Revealed By Landlords | SmartMove

Landlords Reveal the 4 Most Important Tenant Screening Factors

TransUnion SmartMove recently surveyed 4,000 landlords. Results confirm 4 major tenant screening factors as top screening concerns.
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The Beginner’s Guide To Owning Rental Property

Beginner's Guide To Owning Rental Property

Infographic highlights aspects beginner landlords should consider when buying property, remodeling to maximize profit, and screening renters.
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11 Things Tenants Look For In A Property

11 Things Tenants Look For In A Property

Increase your chances of finding great tenants by offering features like outdoor space, security, parking, etc.. To help your rental stand out.
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The Top 11 Benefits of Online Tenant Screening

How To Be A Great Landlord From A Renter’s Perspective

Get landlord tips on how to maintain a good relationship with tenants in order to reduce your stress and maximize your return.
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The Top 11 Benefits of Online Tenant Screening

The Top 11 Benefits of Online Tenant Screening

Learn about the top benefits of online tenant screening to include convenience, full reports in minutes, maintain compliance, ID verification, and more!
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How to Screen a Tenant

How to Screen a Tenant

Infographic shows 5 major steps you need to consider when screening potential tenants. Great resource for seasoned or new property owners.
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9 Must-Know Tips for First Time Landlords

9 Must-Know Tips for First Time Landlords

Being a new landlord can be tough. We will guide you with finding and screening tenants, creating a rental agreement, collecting rent, etc..
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3 Ways To Check A Rental Applicant’s Credit

3 Ways To Check A Rental Applicant’s Credit

Evaluating an applicant’s credit is an important part of the tenant screening process. Find out 3 ways you can access an applicant's credit history.
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True Cost of Eviction

The True Cost of an Eviction

Try to avoid an expensive and time-consuming eviction process with good tenant screening upfront. Learn about all-in costs to evict a problem tenant.
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Tenant Screening Quick Guide

Quick Guide to Tenant Screening

Picking a great tenant is important to your rental property success. This quick guide outlines important tenant screening tips to consider.
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Top Mistakes New Landlords Make When Picking Tenants | SmartMove

Top Mistakes New Landlords Make When Picking Tenants

Learn about top mistakes new landlords make when selecting tenants and how to avoid those pitfalls from Real Estate investor, Mark Ferguson.
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How to Read a Credit Report for Landlord Tenant Screening

How to Read a Credit Report for Landlord Tenant Screening 

Examine the five components of a TransUnion credit report and how Landlords can use this data to make an informed decision about a potential tenant.
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How to find good tenants

How To Find Good Tenants For Your Rental Property

Finding good tenants can be stressful for landlords. There are important things you need to do to attract the best tenants.
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ResidentScore vs. Typical Credit Score

SmartMove’s ResidentScore vs. a typical credit score: which is better?

ResidentScore is designed specifically for rental screening to provide a more accurate assessment of tenant risk than a typical credit score.
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The 4 most Common Types of Landlords

4 Common Types of Landlords TransUnion Research

Infographic highlights TransUnion research on US landlords that identified 4 types of landlords prevalent in the US and their defining characteristics.
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Attitudes Towards Landlords

TransUnion Research on Landlord Characteristics

Infographic highlights TransUnion qualitative and quantitative research on landlord characteristics - renting stats, motivation to be a landlord and more.
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Criminal Report

HUD'S New Guidance For Criminal and Background Screening

HUD guidance encourages landlords to review specifics of applicant criminal history during tenant screening process. Find out what it means for you.
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Todays Renter Characteristics

TransUnion Research On Renter Characteristics

Infographic highlights TransUnion qualitative and quantitative research on renter characteristics - average credit score, why choose to rent and more.
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The Five Most Common Types of Renters

5 Most Common Types of Renters [INFOGRAPHIC]

Infographic highlights TransUnion research on US renters that identified 5 types of renters prevalent in the US and their defining characteristics.
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7 Warning Signs To Look For On Tenant Screening Reports

What information on a tenant screening report should really concern a landlord? Check out these 7 red flags to pay attention to when reviewing reports.
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4 Ways to Streamline Your Landlord Activities with a Mobile-first Approach

4 Ways to Streamline Your Landlord Activities with a Mobile-first Approach

You can streamline landlord your tasks and stay organized by leveraging your mobile phone with our 4 easy tips. Learn more now.
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The Five Most Common Types of Renters

Top 7 Ways SmartMove Is Convenient For Property Owners

Find out how SmartMove tenant screening provides convenience for property owners. All online, no memberships, fast report delivery and more!
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Renter Credit Risk

Renter Credit Risk Improves as Rental Prices Rise, Study Finds

Rental prices across the U.S. increased 4% in 2013, and credit risk of residents in those properties improved, according to TransUnion Study.
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Non-Payment is Top Landlord Concern, TransUnion Study Finds

Non-Payment is Top Landlord Concern, TransUnion Study Finds

The #1 concern among independent landlords is non-payment of rent according to a recent TransUnion Study. Read the whole list of top concerns.
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SmartMove website improvements

Improvements to SmartMove Website Provide Cutting-Edge Tenant Screening to Independent Landlords

SmartMove launched a series of enhancements that improve user experience. Rebuilt application process, more intuitive navigation, enhanced email notifications, and more.
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Little to No Understanding

Americans Have “Little to No Understanding” of Credit Scoring According to TransUnion Study; May Negatively Impact Renters Applying for a Property

Nearly three-quarters of Americans do not understand how credit scoring works or that there are many types of credit scoring models on the market.
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