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How Does Property Management Work In Chattanooga.

How Does Property Management Work In Chattanooga What’s up everyone? Alex Smith here from gkhouses Chattanooga  I wanted to do another “Questions Owners Ask.” Today’s …

HOW DOES AN HOA AFFECT RENTING A HOME IN CHATTANOOGA_

How Does An HOA Affect Renting A Home In Chattanooga?

How Does An HOA Affect Renting A Home In Chattanooga? What’s up everybody? Alex Smith here from gkhouses Chattanooga. I wanted to do another Questions …

How Do You Screen A Potential Tenant Chattanooga?

How Do You Screen A Potential Tenant Chattanooga?

How Do You Screen A Potential Tenant? Chattanooga? What’s up, everybody? Alex Smith here from Gkhouses, Chattanooga. Wanted to do another Questions Owners Ask. Today’s …

What Does A Good Tenant Look Like In Chattanooga?

What Does A Good Tenant Look Like In Chattanooga? What’s up, guys? Alex Smith here from gkhouses Chattanooga and  I wanted to do another Questions …

The Best Book On Real Estate

The Best Book On Real Estate I’ve Ever Read

What Is The Best Book On Real Estate You’ve Ever Read? What’s up, everybody? Alex Smith here from gkhouses. I wanted to do a Questions …

How Does Property Management Work In Chattanooga.

How Does Property Management Work In Chattanooga What’s up everyone? Alex Smith here from gkhouses Chattanooga  I wanted to do another “Questions Owners Ask.” Today’s …

How Does An HOA Affect Renting A Home In Chattanooga?

How Does An HOA Affect Renting A Home In Chattanooga? What’s up everybody? Alex Smith here from gkhouses Chattanooga. I wanted to do another Questions …

How Do You Screen A Potential Tenant Chattanooga?

How Do You Screen A Potential Tenant? Chattanooga? What’s up, everybody? Alex Smith here from Gkhouses, Chattanooga. Wanted to do another Questions Owners Ask. Today’s …

What Does A Good Tenant Look Like In Chattanooga?

What Does A Good Tenant Look Like In Chattanooga? What’s up, guys? Alex Smith here from gkhouses Chattanooga and  I wanted to do another Questions …

The Best Book On Real Estate I’ve Ever Read

What Is The Best Book On Real Estate You’ve Ever Read? What’s up, everybody? Alex Smith here from gkhouses. I wanted to do a Questions …

gkhouses Nashville Property Management Pricing

Looking for Nashville Property Management Pricing? Hey, Spencer Sutton here with gkhouses in Nashville. And the question I want to answer is about our Nashville …

Should I Hold A Vacant House For A Prospective Tenant?

How Long Should I Hold My Vacant House For A Prospective Tenant In Chattanooga? What’s up, everybody? Alex Smith here from gkhouses Chattanooga.  I wanted …

Real Estate Investing In Birmingham, AL With Bryan Miles

If you have ever thought about real estate investing in Birmingham, AL, this is the video for you! Spencer: Hey, everybody. Spencer Sutton here, and …

Real Estate Investing In Chattanooga – Things To Avoid

Things To avoid While Getting Into Real Estate Investing In Chattanooga. What’s up everybody? Alex Smith here from gkhouses Chattanooga. This is another edition of …

Our Promise To You

What makes a property manager unique? The promises they make to their customers. Hey, Spencer Sutton with gkhouses. Thank you for filling out the form, …

How To Rent Your House Fast

This Video Will Give You Some Great Tips On How To Rent Your House Fast Hey. Spencer Sutton here with gkhouses, and today I want …

Where Do You Find Tenants In Chattanooga?

If you’re looking where to find tenants in Chattanooga, this short video will give you some ideas. What’s up, everybody? This is another “Questions Owners Ask.” My …

Three Reasons To Use gkhouses For Maintenance

Three Reasons To Use gkhouses For Maintenance. Hello. Spencer Sutton here with gkhouses. And today, I wanna give you three reasons why you should use …

Where To Invest In Chattanooga, Downtown Edition

Ever wondered where to invest in Chattanooga? Join Matthew Whitaker and Alex Smith as they dive into where to invest in Chattanooga, the Downtown edition. …

Where To Invest In Chattanooga TN?

In this video, we explore the different areas of the city and where to invest in Chattanooga, TN based on your goals and risk tolerance. …

How Much Do You Charge For Maintenance In Chattanooga?

How much do you charge for maintenance in Chattanooga? Alex Smith here from gkhouses, Chattanooga, with another edition of Questions Owners Ask. Today’s question is, …

Should I Advertise My Rental Home In Chattanooga Newspapers?

Should I advertise my rental home in Chattanooga newspapers? Alex Smith here from gkhouses Chattanooga, with another edition of “Questions Owners Ask.” Today’s question is …

Where To Invest In Birmingham: Adamsville, Forestdale, Graysville

Where To Invest In Birmingham: Adamsville, Forestdale, and Graysville What’s up, everybody? This is Matthew Whitaker back and I am doing a kind of overview …

Where To Invest In Birmingham Alabama – A General Overview

Where To Invest In Birmingham Alabama – A General Overview What’s up, everybody? Mathew Whitaker here. I am going to knock out a quick video …

What Is Your Property Management Pricing in Fort Collins?

Property Management Pricing in Fort Collins Spencer Sutton here with gkhouses. I’m here to answer your question, “What is your property management pricing in Fort Collins?” This …

What is Your Birmingham Property Management Pricing?

What Is Your Birmingham Property Management Pricing? Spencer Sutton here with gkhouses. And today, I’m going answer the question, “What is your Birmingham property management …

Where to invest in Birmingham: Center Point, Roebuck, Huffman

In today’s video, we are going to learn where to invest in Birmingham. Hey everybody, this is Matthew Whitaker with gkhouses with another episode of …

Property Management Pricing in Little Rock

Property Management Pricing in Little Rock Spencer Sutton here with gkhouses. I’m here to answer your question, “What is your property management pricing in Little …

What Is Your Property Management Pricing in Denver?

Property Management Pricing in Denver Spencer Sutton here with gkhouses. I’m here to answer your question, “What is your property management pricing in Denver?” We …

What Is Your Chattanooga Property Management Pricing?

Watch this video to find out more about our Chattanooga Property Management Pricing. Spencer Sutton here with gkhouses in Chattanooga and I want to talk …

How Much Is Your Pet Fee In Chattanooga And What Does It Cover?

How much is your pet fee in Chattanooga, and what does it cover?  Alex Smith here from gkhouses, Chattanooga, with another edition of Questions Owners …

Do You Allow Dangerous Pet Breeds In Chattanooga?

Do you allow dangerous pet breeds in Chattanooga?  Alex Smith here from gkhouses, Chattanooga, with another edition of “Questions Owners Ask.” Today’s question is “Do …

What Do Property Managers In Chattanooga Do?

What do property managers in Chattanooga do?   Alex Smith here from gkhouses, Chattanooga with another installment of Questions Owners Ask. Today’s question is, “What …

How Often Do You Send Out Owner Statements In Chattanooga?

How often do you send out owner statements in Chattanooga? Alex Smith here from gkhouses in Chattanooga with another edition of Questions Owners Ask. Today’s …

How Much Should I Budget For Maintenance In Chattanooga?

How much should I budget for maintenance in Chattanooga? Alex Smith here from gkhouses, Chattanooga, with another installment of Questions Owners Ask. Today’s question is …

Can I Rent My House Furnished In Chattanooga?

Can I rent my house furnished in Chattanooga? Alex Smith here from the gkhouses office in Chattanooga with another installment of “Questions Owners Ask.”  Today’s …

Should I Require A Security Deposit On My Rental House?

Should I require a security deposit on my rental house? Alex Smith here from gkhouses in Chattanooga with another edition of “Questions Owners Ask.” Today’s question …

What can I charge for my rental house in Chattanooga?

What can I charge for my rental house in Chattanooga? My name is Alex Smith. I’m the team leader for our office here in Chattanooga …

How Many Showings Will It Take To Get An Application On My Rental House In Chattanooga?

How many showings will it take to get an application on my rental house in Chattanooga? Alex Smith here from gkhouses, Chattanooga, with another installment …

How Many Applications Does It Take For Me To Get An Approved Applicant?

When you own rental property, finding an approved applicant is job #1. Hey everybody. Alex Smith here from the gkhouses office in Chattanooga. Finding that …

I Am A Real Estate Agent – How Much Do I Get Paid To Refer A House To gkhouses?

 If you are a Real Estate Agent and refer a house to gkhouses, we will pay you $555! What’s up, real estate agents? My …

How Much Do You Charge For An Application Fee?

What’s up everybody? Matthew Whitaker here, shooting another video, Questions Owners Ask. Today’s question is how much is your application fee and what does that …

My Tenant Has A Dog Against The Lease – What Should I Do?

We have had owners come to us and ask, ‘My tenant has a dog against the lease …what should I do?’ Hey everybody, it’s Matthew …

My Tenant Won’t Let Me In The Home – What Should I Do?

My tenant won’t let me in the home – What should I do? This is the question we’ll answer in our video today. Hey, everybody. …

My Tenant Is Threatening To Sue Me – What Should I Do?

Have you ever found out that your tenant is threatening to sue you? What’s up, everybody? Matthew Whitaker here, back with another question owners ask. …

When Would gkhouses Not Be A Good Fit As My Property Manager?

If you’re a homeowner considering renting your home, you may be asking “How do I choose a property manager?” Hey everybody. Matthew Whitaker back with …

What If I Don’t Want Pets In My Home?

If you’ve wondered ‘what if I don’t want pets in my rental home?’, this video is for you. Not everyone has pets. And not everyone …

I Want To Rent My Home In Birmingham AL – What Do I Need To Know?

As you can imagine, we get this question a lot, ‘I want to rent my home in Birmingham AL – What do I need to …

I Am A Broker Starting A Property Management Company What Should I Know Before Starting?

Have you ever thought about starting a property management company? What’s up, everybody. My name is Matthew Whitaker. And this is going out to my …

Benefits Of A Property Manager

What are the benefits of a property manager other than the normal things, like collecting rent? What’s up, everybody? Matthew Whitaker here with another “Questions …

I Am A Real Estate Agent – How Do I Show One Of Your Homes?

We love to hear when an agent showing a gkhouses house has been paid a commission! It means they were able to show the home …

Where Should I Market My Home For Rent?

If you’re considering renting out your house, you have likely thought, ‘Where should I market my home for rent?’ Hey everybody. Matthew Whitaker here with …

Should I Allow My Tenant To Move In Without Paying A Deposit?

People always ask us, ‘Should I allow my tenant to move without paying a deposit?’ I’ll give an answer to that question today. What’s up, …

My Property Manager Is No Longer Sending Me Rent What Should I Do?

If your property manager is no longer sending you rent, this video is for you. Hey, everybody. Matthew Whitaker here with another “Questions Owners Ask.” …

What’s The Best Book On Real Estate Investing?

What’s up, everybody? Matthew Whitaker here with another “Questions Owners Ask.” Today’s question is, “What is the best book that you’ve ever read on real …

How Much Work Can gkhouses Do On My Rental Home Before They Call Me?

Hey, everybody. Matthew Whitaker here. Today I’m doing “Questions Owners Ask.” And I’m talking about our maintenance limit. In other words, how much can we …

How Long Do I Have To Get A Tenant Back Their Security Deposit in Birmingham, AL?

We receive a lot of questions about tenant security deposits in Birmingham. The main one is about how long a landlord has before it should …

How Long Should I Own A Rental House?

What’s up, everybody? Matthew Whitaker here, I’m in the car traveling. And I’m with Grey [SP] who challenged me to do a video a day. …

I Can’t Rent My House – What Should I Do?

“I can’t rent my house, what should I do?” is a question we hear a lot. Hey everybody. It’s Matthew Whittaker back with another “Questions …

Is Alabama A Tenant Friendly State Or A Landlord Friendly State?

What’s up, everybody. Matthew Whitaker here with another “Questions Owners Ask.” Sorry I got this backlight here making my face a little bit dark. But …

My Tenant Has Cars In The Front Yard – What Should I Do?

We hear many owners complain about tenant problems. In this video, Matthew will discuss one of the tenant problems we have heard from concerned owners. …

What Do I Do If My Tenant Bounces A Check To Me?

Hey everybody. Matthew Whitaker here with another “Questions Owners Ask.” Today’s question is my tenant just bounced a check to me, what should I do? …

What Do I Do If A Tenant Leaves Owing Me Money?

Hey everybody. Matthew Whitaker back here with another Questions Owners Ask. Today’s question is, what do I do if a tenant leaves owing me a …

What Happens If The Tenant Breaks Something – How Do I Charge For Repairs?

What’s up everybody? Matthew Whitaker here back with another “Question Owners Ask.” Today’s question is about tenant repairs. What happens if your tenant breaks your …

What Makes A Property Manager Unique?

What makes a property manager unique? What’s up, everybody? Matthew Whitaker here and I wanted to shoot a video on my ride home. This is …

What Is The Biggest Danger Of Renting And Managing My Own Home?

Some people who are considering a property manager think, “What is the danger of renting and managing my own home?” In this video, Matthew Whitaker …

What Types Of Houses Should I Invest In?

A lot of new investors call our office and ask ‘What Types Of Houses Should I Invest In?’ Hey everybody. Matthew Whitaker back with another …

Where Should I Look If I Want To Flip Houses In Birmingham AL?

We meet a lot of investors who want to flip houses in Birmingham, AL. In this video, Matthew Whitaker will walk through the best places …

When Do You Send Out Owner Statements For My Rental Home?

What’s up, everybody? Matthew Whitaker here doing another “Questions Owners Ask.” Today’s question is, “When do you send out owner statements?” So we actually send …

Can You Lease My Home And Let Me Manage It?

From time to time we have owners call us and ask, ‘Can you lease my home and let me manage it?’ Great question! In today’s …

My House Is Leased But Nobody Is Living There

Hey, everybody, Matthew Whitaker here, shooting another Questions Owners Ask. Today’s question is, “What if I have a tenant under a lease, but they’re not …

What Industry Drives Rental Houses In Birmingham AL?

What’s up everybody? I’m going to do a video, tell you on questions owners ask. What industry is Birmingham, Alabama mostly made of? In other …

How Does An HOA Affect Renting My Home?

Hey everybody, Matthew Whitaker here doing another version of “Questions Owners Ask” Today’s question is how does an HOA affect ruining my home? The first …

How Do I Fire My Previous Property Manager?

If you’re wondering how you change property managers, this article will walk you through the steps you need to take. Hey, it’s Matthew Whitaker here …

How Do I Sell My Rental House?

Hey everybody. Matthew Whitaker here. I’m doing a video on “How Do I Sell My Rental House?” This is under the “Question Owners Asked” video …

How Do Tenants Pay You Rent?

What’s up everybody. Matthew Whitaker again with “Questions Owners Ask.” Today’s question is, how do tenants pay you rent? So there’s really three ways that …

I Just Got A Threatening Letter From A Tenants Attorney What Should I Do?

Hey everybody. Matthew Whitaker here. I’m doing another “Questions Owners Ask.” Today’s question is, “I just got a threatening letter from a tenant’s attorney, what …

How Much Does It Cost To Evict A Tenant In Birmingham Alabama?

Hey everybody. Matthew Whitaker here doing “Questions Owners Ask.” Today’s question is, “How much does it cost to evict a tenant in Birmingham, Alabama?” The …

If I Buy A House Can You Renovate It For Me?

What’s up, everybody? Matthew Whitaker here. I wanted to do another video. This video is called “If I Buy a House, Can You Renovate it …

Property Manager Reviews In Birmingham AL

What’s up everybody? I’m looking a little homeless here. Got my beard on. It’s Sunday afternoon, so, obviously, I hadn’t shaved in a few days. …

How do i find a handyman for my rental home?

do I find Matthew Whitaker, back again here talking to you Questions Owners Ask. This question is, where do I find a good handyman to …

How do I rent my condo?

What’s up, everybody? Matthew Whitaker here with another “Questions Owners Ask.” Today’s question is, how do I rent my condo?  So, this is a question …

My tenant is destroying my house what should i do?

What’s up, everybody?  Matthew Whitaker here. Gonna do a quick video. I’m in Chicago attending a conference and I wanted to cover the question, my …

How much do you charge for maintenance?

Hey everybody. Matthew Whitaker here. Gonna catch up with you again, Questions Owners Ask. Today’s question is, how much do you charge for maintenance? So, …

What does a good tenant look like?

Hey everybody. Matthew Whitaker here. I’m gonna do another installment of Questions Owners Ask. Today’s question is, how do I know what a good tenant …

Can I leave a room or basement off limits to the tenant to store my stuff?

What’s up everybody. Matthew Whitaker here. I wanted to shoot a video, about a question I got received recently regarding rental houses and the question this …

What are the different types of property managers?

Today’s question is, “What are the types of property managers that are out there?” So there’s a bunch of different types and classifications of property …

How Much Should My Home Rent For? Use This Four Step Process

Today’s question in Questions Owners Ask is,  “How much should my home rent for?” So let’s look at some things that determine that. Local Knowledge …

What Do Property Managers Do?

Before you hire a property manager, you need to have a clear answer to the question, ‘What Do Property Managers Do?’ The question I’m going …

Can I rent my home if it has a swimming pool?

Hey, everybody. I’m doing “Questions Owners Ask, and today’s question is, “I have a swimming pool in my backyard. Can I still rent my house?” …

What Are The Average Property Management Fees?

Not all fees are created equal…so what are the average property management fees? Hey. What’s up, everybody? This is Matthew Whitaker here. I’m back with …

What do you do to screen a tenant?

Hey, everybody. Matthew Whitaker here. I’m shooting another video called questions that owners ask. As you can see, the sun’s setting on me, and I’m …

If I am a real estate agent, why would I work with gkhouses?

Hey there. Matthew Whitaker here. Another segment of “Questions Owners Ask.” Today I’m talking about real estate agents. So, “If I’m a real estate agent, …

Common real estate investing mistake – quitting your day job

What’s up, everybody? Matthew Whitaker here.It’s late at night, and I just wanted to shoot a quick video. This video is called “Why I Would …

How long does it take to evict a tenant in Birmingham Al?

What’s up, everybody? This is Matthew Whitaker, and this is questions owners ask. Today’s question is, “How long does it take to evict a tenant …

How Do I Build A Portfolio Of Rental Homes?

If you’re a relatively new investor, you might ask “How do I build a portfolio of rental houses?” We’ll answer that question in this short …

I am a real estate agent, how much do i make for referring you a house to rent?

What’s up, real estate agents? Matthew Whitaker here. Wanted to give you a heads up about something I’m really excited about. We’re trying to improve …

May I pick the tenant that goes into my home?

What’s up, everybody? Matthew Whittaker here. Short video on questions owners ask. So, the question I’m doing right now is, “Can I pick the tenant …

What is it like to work for gkhouses?

What’s up, everybody? Matthew Whitaker here. I’m traveling today. I’m doing a video for all our prospective team members. Super excited about it. What you …

Where should I market my home for rent?

What’s up, everybody? Matthew Whitaker here. I’m shooting another “Questions Owners Ask,” and today’s question is, “Where should I market my home for rent?” Babe, …

Why is it important to have local property management?

Hey, everybody. Matthew Whitaker here. I’m doing “Questions Owners Ask”. Today’s question is, “Why is it important to have local property management?” So, why is …

My tenant isn’t paying rent what do I do?

Hey everybody. This is Matthew Whitaker here. I’m looking at myself, and I’m realizing that I look a little bit like a vagabond. Please forgive …

Should I allow pets in my rental home?

Hey, everybody, Matthew Whitaker here and I’m doing “Questions Owners Ask,” and I’ve got Eddie here to help me. And the question, Eddie, yeah, the …

What Do I Need To Do To Rent My Home?

If you have thought ‘I might like to rent my home’ then you know it brings with it a lot of questions. In this video, …

Can you rent my house with furniture in it?

What’s up, everybody? Matthew Whitaker here, and I’m doing another installment of “Questions Owners Ask.” Let’s jump right into it. The question today is, “Can …

How do you handle maintenance issues on nights weekends and holidays?

Hey, everybody. Matthew Whitaker here, and I’m doing another “Questions Owners Ask,” and I’m at the lake, and it brought up a question that I …

3 Things To Consider Before Buying Birmingham Rental Property

I want to give you three things to consider before you buy in, what some people call, high return areas of Birmingham.  And typically …

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Buy Birmingham Rental Houses

I’ve thought of at least 5 reasons are you shouldn’t buy Birmingham rental houses? And in this video, I walk through each of them one …

Birmingham Real Estate Investing Advice

Have you ever wanted some free advice on Birmingham real estate investing? Then you have come to the right place. This short video is the …

What Does ‘Shoe Dog’ Have To Do With Real Estate Investing?

What does Shoe Dog have to do with real estate investing? What’s up, everybody? Matthew Whitaker here with gkhouses shooting another video about property management, …

What Every Birmingham Real Estate Investor Needs To Thrive

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3 Tips To Rent Your Nashville House Fast

Want to rent your Nashville house fast? Unfortunately, there is no silver bullet when it’s time to rent your Nashville house. And to highlight the …

Nashville Property Management vs Self Management

You may be trying to decide between self-management or using a Nashville Property Management company for your rental house. I’m glad you found this article …

The Chattanooga Property Management Contract – What You Need To Know

A Chattanooga property management contract will cover many issues from fees to liability to pets and termination. Most of the owners who get in touch …

What Does A Little Rock Property Manager Do?

What does a Little Rock property manager do? Good question…it depends! The ‘it depends’ answer may not satisfy your curiosity, so we will walk you …

Your Guide To Hiring A Property Manager In Nashville

Are you considering hiring a property manager in Nashville? In this guide to hiring a property manager in Nashville, we’ll discuss issues that you need …

Chattanooga Property Manager Fees And Pricing

Are you interested in learning more about Chattanooga Property Management Fees and Pricing? Renting property can be a good source of income for many people, …

Little Rock Property Manager – How To Choose The Best One For You

Little Rock Property Manager – How To Choose The Best One For You Many people find owning property to be a satisfying and efficient way to …

2017 Birmingham Real Estate Market Review

The numbers for the Birmingham Real Estate market are in and they are fascinating! If you can believe it, the real estate sales market in Birmingham, …

The Blueprint Podcast Teaser

I was fortunate enough to get to be on David Lamb’s, The Blueprint Podcast.  Check out this teaser for it he just posted.  The show …

Alabama home sales continue to climb

Alabama has continued to enjoy growth in its home sales market.  It is up almost 8% over November of last year.  This is great for …

Shoe Dog

I recently finished reading the book, Shoe Dog, by Phil Knight the founder of Nike.  For anyone who loves entrepreneurship and the idea of growing …

Bill Passes Placing Responsibility of Garbage on Tenant in Jefferson County

While the focus has been mostly on Donald Trump, our newly elected President, one amendment passed in Jefferson County, Alabama that affects landlords and tenants. …

The Seasonality of Leasing a Home in Birmingham, Alabama

Are you leasing a home in Birmingham, Alabama? You will want to know the best months of the year to find a tenant for your …

Ode to Wayne McGinnis

Thanks Wayne, we are going to miss you. No, Wayne didn’t die everyone.  He is headed off to pursue his passion of construction with Doster …

How Much Should I Budget for Home Repairs Every Year?

If You’re Wondering How Much To Budget For Rental Home Repairs Every Year, This Blog Is For You! If it doesn’t make dollars, it doesn’t …

Are You an Entrepreneur Bean Counter?

Are you tired of simply counting the money and reporting the information to the decision makers? Do you want to be a decision maker at …

Why WHO We Hire Should Affect WHO You Hire (Post #3 – Our Leadership Development Program)

This is my third and final post on the WHO of our business.  In my previous posts, I’ve discussed our hiring process and and also …

Why WHO We Hire Should Affect WHO You Hire (Post #2 – Teaching the Talent)

In my last blog I gave you some insight into how we find talent.  Much like finding the right tenant takes tons of time and …

Halloween Party Day 2016

I’m a pretty competitive person. After our team building afternoon, I realized we have a lot of competitive people. Today we spent the afternoon eating …

Why WHO We Hire Should Affect WHO You Hire (Post #1 – How We Interview)

I don’t really want you to pick us as your property manager because we are cheaper than other property managers.  While our prices are competitive …

ACRE and Continuing Education for Property Managers in Birmingham

As a property manager in Birmingham, Alabama, I’ve struggled with finding great places to receive continuing education. Most courses taught in and around this area …

Birmingham Home Sales Market Hot

The Birmingham home sales market continued its hot streak through the end of the summer months. Posting a year over year high of 27% over …

Your Property Manager is Charging You a Percentage of the Monthly Rent? That is so 1990

The real estate game is changing quickly. Much like the internet has changed many industries, real estate is undergoing a change to a “new normal” …

Building a Property Management Team

There are no loan wolf successful people. One of my favorite quotes from John Maxwell is his response to people who say they are “self …

What Is A 7 Day Eviction Notice In Alabama?

  We have become experts at the Birmingham eviction process. It is an unfortunate part of the rental business. Nobody wants to have to evict …

What Makes A Property Manager Unique?

  What Makes A Property Manager Unique? We Believe gkhouses Is Unique For Three Reasons. What makes us unique? This is the question every property …

Proud To Be Named To Inc Magazine’s 2016 List Of Fastest Growing Companies

There is not a lot of recognition in the residential property management business. There is, however, a tremendous amount of hard work involved in managing …

Why Owning 10 Rental Houses Is Better Than One

So you want to own rental houses? Birmingham, Alabama is a hot market if you want to own rental houses. It has so many benefits …

3 Reasons To Think Small When Choosing A Property Manager

  Are you choosing a property manager to manage your rental home? We want to let you know when you should use a small manager …

5 Reasons Renting Your Home Makes Sense

Does Renting Your Home Makes Sense? Most of our articles are biased. However, I have written on the opposite idea of why you WOULDN’T rent …

3 Ways to Avoid Being Sued When Renting Your Home

We know you want to Avoid Being Sued When Renting Your Home! I recently wrote an article entitled, the 3 adjectives for leasing your home …

Spring Scavenger Hunt

Culture is a big deal here at gkhouses. We believe the success of our company is closely aligned with the health and spread of that …

The 3 Adjectives Of Leasing Your Home

Are you interested in leasing your home? This article explores the three adjectives of leasing your home. My mom was an English teacher for almost …

How Much Does a Property Manager Charge?

Before hiring a property manager, many think, “How much does a property manager charge?” One of the three most common questions we get from a …

Calling All Future Leaders

Calling All Future Leaders We’re looking for individuals who want to be a part of something significant over the next 10 years. Could that you? …

Calling a Specific Bean Counter – We Want YOU!

Calling A Specific Bean Counter – We Want YOU! Are you tired of simply counting the money and reporting the information to the decision makers? …

The 3 Questions You Need To Ask A Property Manager Before You Hire Them

The 3 Questions You Need To Ask A Property Manager….BEFORE You Hire Them! Before you hire a property manager, you should know that trust and …

How Much Notice Do You Have To Give Your Landlord?

How Much Notice Do You Have To Give Your Landlord? Serving your landlord notice is the first step in your move out process. Knowing how …

4 Things That Change When You Rent Your House

4 Things That Are Going To Change When You Rent Your House 4 Things That Are Going To Change When You Rent Your Home   …

Results of the 2016 Owner Survey

Results of the 2016 Owner Survey Each year we send a survey to all of our owners so that we can learn what we’re doing …

3 Reasons Baby Boomers Will Rent vs Buy

3 Reason Baby Boomers Will Rent vs Buy Renting is becoming a lot more popular these days. But not just among millennials…even the baby boomers …

Insider Rental Tips Every Landlord Needs To Know

Insider Rental Tips Every Landlord Needs To Know In the landlord world, there are a few tips that can help you stay sane and improve …

My Tenant Is Not Paying Rent…and 5 Other Top Reasons You Should Evict

My Tenant is not Paying Rent . . . and the 5 Other Top Reasons to Evict a Tenant. It is very stressful when you’ve …

5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Uniform Residential Landlord Tenant Law

5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Uniform Residential Landlord Tenant Law I love it when I get a call from someone’s attorney. Most people …

How To Stay Safe While Showing Rental Houses

If you own rental property and interact with prospective tenants, you need to know how to stay safe while showing your rental houses. Safety is …

Top 5 Reasons NOT to Rent Your Home

  It seems weird that a guy who spends all his day trying to talk you into renting your home would write about the top …

How To Evict The Guest That Doesn’t Belong In Your Rental

Have you ever needed to evict the guest that doesn’t belong? There is nothing better than a tenant who pays rent on time and takes …

What Does My Landlord Deposit Return Letter Need To Say?

What Does My Landlord Deposit Return Letter Need To Say? There is a lot of stress around the move out process with a tenant – …

What You Need To Know About Repairs And Maintenance

  There is a lot to understand about repairs and maintenance for your rental house. In this article, we will help you better understand the …

My Tenant Is Harassing Me

My Tenant is harassing me! It’s one thing to have an annoying tenant…and it’s something completely different to have a tenant who is harassing you. …

5 Questions Every Landlord Needs To Ask About Their Rental Property

There are 5 questions a landlord needs to ask about their rental property. There may be many other questions, but these are the first five …

Should I Rent My House In Nashville?

Should I Rent My Home In Nashville? Well, should you? And how can you know for sure? Every day someone is faced with the decision …

7 Signs You Have a Nightmare Tenant

7 Signs You Have a Nightmare Tenant Do you have a nightmare tenant living in your rental house? When most people decide to rent their …

3 Questions Homeowners Ask Property Managers

What are the 3 questions homeowners ask property managers? In this video, Matthew walks through the most common questions we hear from new clients. Three …

5 Traits of a Poor Property Manager

These 5 traits of a poor property manager should make you think twice about letting them manage your rental property. After managing over a thousand …

How Much is My Rental Home Worth If I Wanted To Sell

How Much is My Rental Home Worth? Yesterday a family member called me about selling a rental house he owns. He said the home needed …

Overcoming Fears of the Leasing Process

One of the benefits of working with gkhouses is our leasing department. We are extremely focused and disciplined in our marketing and screening process. Just …

How To Work With Section 8

  Do you want to know how to work with Section 8? There is a right way…and there’s a wrong way! In this post I …

How Do I Know if My Landlord is Legit?

How do you know if your landlord is legit? This is a serious issue that you need to resolve before you lease a house. In …

My Tenant Is Late with Rent – What Should I Do?

An Unfortunate Reality For Millions Of Landlords. When You Realize, “My Tenant Is Late with Rent.” So What Should You Do? What should you do …

Watch Our Move-in Inspection Video

Walking through your rental property just prior to a tenant moving in is critical. In this move-in inspection video, you will see just how a …

Self Management vs Property Management

Self Management vs. Property Manager – How do you know when it is time to fire yourself? At a certain point in a landlord’s life, …

What Do I Need For My Rental Application?

Hey everybody, a question we get a lot is what do I need for my rental application? We filmed a short video to share a …

A Tenant’s Guide To Protecting Your Rent Payment

As a Birmingham and Nashville property management company, we see and process thousands and thousands of rent payments each year. And for most of us …

My Tenant Has a Dog Against The Lease

What do you do if your tenant has a dog against the lease? This is a common issue. You state on your application that you …

Consider This a Warning…Clean Your Gutters

We sent an email to all of our owners a couple of months ago urging them to either send us out to clean their gutters …

How Do I Evict My Tenant?

Sometimes tenants need to be evicted. If you start typing in Google, “how do I evict my tenant?” you know it’s a bad sign. It …

How To Collect Rent From Your Tenants

We get asked “How do you collect rent from tenants?” all the time from homeowners who are considering gkhouses as their Birmingham, Nashville, Chattanooga, or …

What Happens When A Section 8 Tenant Wants To Move?

If you are new to the Section 8 program, you may be wondering ‘What happens when a Section 8 tenant wants to move?’ I had …

Property Manager Interview – Duke Dodson

Recently, Spencer and I sat down with Duke Dodson of Dodson Property Management in Richmond, Virginia to discuss a few issues property managers and landlords …

What Happens When a Tenant Moves Out?

  What happens when a tenant moves out of a gkhouses.com rental house? Once notice has been given, we will send a property manager over …

What To Do When Your Tenant Breaks Their Lease

  My Tenant is Breaking the Lease and they don’t seem to care about it. You’ve done everything you can to make them happy. Even …

Where To Buy Rental Properties in Birmingham, AL (VIDEO part 5 of 5)

In this video, we will dive into part five of our series Where To Buy Rental Properties In Birmingham, Alabama. Over the past couple of …

Where To Buy Rental Properties In Birmingham, AL (VIDEO part 4 of 5)

Where To Buy Rental Properties In Birmingham, AL (VIDEO part 4 of 5) As a property manager in Birmingham, AL we help all kinds of …

How To Screen Potential Tenants: The Benefit of a Disciplined Approach

If you’re wondering how to screen potential tenants, this article is for you! Tenant Screening: The Benefits of a Disciplined Approach Tenant screening is THE …

Safety Tips – Hot Water Heaters and Your Tenants

I had the opportunity to be out in the field with Wayne McGinnis the other day and as we were talking through a rental house …

Where To Buy Rental Properties In Birmingham, AL (VIDEO part 3 of 5)

Watch video three in our video series Where To Buy Rental Properties In Birmingham AL. Spencer Sutton and Matthew Whitaker here to walk you through …

Should You Rent Your House? Here’s The Answer

Should you rent your house? The simple answer? It depends… That may surprise you coming from a property management company. But it shouldn’t. We manage …

Should I Buy This Rental House? Episode 001

Should I Buy This Rental House? This is a question we get a lot at gkhouses. And that’s OK considering we manage over 1,100 houses …

Where To Buy Rental Houses In Birmingham, AL (VIDEO part 2 of 5)

Watch Video Five In Our Where To Buy Rental Houses In Birmingham, AL Series   Here is Matthew explaining why the Forestdale/Adamsville area is one …

Where To Buy Rental Houses In Birmingham, AL (VIDEO part 1 of 5)

In this video, we are going to discuss where to buy rental houses in Birmingham, AL. We receive calls from investors all the time asking …

Choose Your Property Manager Before You Choose Your House

So you’re interested in renting a home? Finding the right home to rent can be a daunting task. School systems, bedrooms, bathrooms…the right combo is …

Celebrate The Tenant (VIDEO)

In this week’s Periscope broadcast, we discuss our 2016 initiative called ‘Celebrate the Tenant’ and the positive impact we expect to see with our tenants …

My Tenants Trashed My House, What Do I Do Next?

My Tenants Trashed my House, what do I do Next? “How do people live this way?” you think as you show up at your rental …

The 5 Most Common Questions Owners Ask Us

You might be searching the web to find questions to ask a property manager. We get it, you should ask a lot of questions! In …

Year End Message

We wanted to take some time just to say ‘Thank You’ for a great 2015. We understand that in the world of rental real estate …

Birmingham Alabama Real Estate Investing Mistakes [VIDEO]

Birmingham, Alabama Real Estate Investing Mistakes In this article, we will share our Birmingham, Alabama real estate investing mistakes with you so that you don’t …

What Do You Pay a Property Manager For?

What do you pay a property manager for? I think that’s a fair question. This post is meant to help you solve the property management …

How to Keep a Tenant 20 Years (part 2)

If you want to maximize profits, focus on figuring out how to keep a tenant 20 years! We’re going to conclude our post on ‘How …

How To Keep a Tenant 20 Years

If you’re an aspiring rental real estate mogul, then you will need to know how to keep a tenant for 20 years! In the Real …

Why Don’t You Answer The Phone?

The number one complaint . . . by a longshot . . . we get from our tenants and people who are interested in our …

The Single Biggest Factor To Your Landlording Success…and What To Do About It

Becoming a successful landlord involves a great many things. Everything from buying the right house at the right price, to putting the right finishes in …

How Much Should I Charge For Rent?

In this article we are going to answer the common question, “How Much Should I Charge For Rent?” Marketing your home for lease starts with …

The Best Property Managers in Birmingham

We want to share who we believe to be the best property managers in Birmingham. We’ve been managing homes for well over ten years in …

3 Reason Millennials Choose to Rent over Buy

3 Reasons Millennials Choose to Rent over Buy Renting homes is here to stay and not just a phase our country is going through. As …

Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring A Property Manager

Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring A Property Manager Hiring a property manager can be a stressful situation for a homeowner. That is why we …

Why You Should Choose A Large Property Manager

There are advantages to having a small sized property manager. In this article, we will discuss why you should choose a large property manager. When …

Turnkey Real Estate In Birmingham

We speak with a lot of investors who are interested in turnkey real estate in Birmingham. Birmingham is one of the nation’s top spots for …

Don’t Miss These 5 Turnkey Mistakes

We were on the phone the other day with an investor from California who asked for our advice in analyzing a few wholesale deals he …

Movoto.com Names Birmingham as ‘Best City in America’ | Birmingham Real Estate

As Birmingham real estate pros, we’re naturally pretty high on the Magic City metro area as a great place to live. That’s why we’re so …

Previewing ACREcon 2015 | Birmingham Real Estate

The Birmingham real estate market has been humming along nicely over the past year, and has done an admirable job of recovering after the doldrums …

Avoiding a Property Management Horror Story

Halloween has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean we’re free of horror stories – especially the property management variety. Most property owners without the …

Birmingham Is a Top Market for Renters – and Owners | Birmingham Real Estate

Does Birmingham have one of the better markets in the country for renters? According to a report from the Birmingham Business Journal, that very well …

Exploring Birmingham Real Estate Statistics for November 2014

Birmingham real estate is on track to finish 2014 strong, judging by the latest report from the Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE). ACRE’s monthly …

Tenants and Owners, Prepare Your Home for the Winter | Property Management

As property management pros, we’re accustomed to helping our owners and tenants in any way we can. One way to help is to assist our …

Three Reasons to Hire an Alabama Property Manager

If you own a rental property in the state of Alabama, you have a lot on your shoulders – even if you just own one …

Reviewing Birmingham’s Vacancy Rate for 2014 | Property Management

In property management, one of the most important stats to track is vacancy rate. Vacancy rate, simply put, is the percentage of all units that …

Things Tenants Try to Hide from Background Checks | Property Management Advice

Screening for the right tenant is an important part of property management. After all, you want responsible tenants who will do two things: Live peacefully …

Taking a Look at Birmingham Real Estate for September 2014

Last month, in our ongoing effort to cover Birmingham real estate, we covered real estate statistics from this summer. Since then, the Alabama Center for …

Property Management Versus Self-Management: Which Is Better?

Property owners and investors all face the same dilemma whenever they purchase a home: should we manage the property ourselves, or should we hire professional …

Should You Remodel Your Rental? | Property Management

In property management, attracting the right type of tenant is vital. This means being competitive with your listing, marketing your property properly, and – naturally …

What Drives Property Values? | Property Management Blog

When it comes to property management and real estate investing, you want to make sure you have a sound investment. We recently talked about how …

How to Determine if Your Investment is a Good One | Property Management Blog

At gkhouses.com, we succeed when our property owners succeed. Our approach to property management is simple: we want our owners to have the best chance …

Young Adults Prefer to Rent | Property Management Blog

The real estate market today is marked by several prominent trends that impact everyone from homeowners to tenants and property owners/investors. One trend is a …

Inexpensive Upgrades to Improve a Home | Property Management Blog

In property management, part of the job is about attracting the right types of tenants to the right types of homes. If you own a …

Three More Home Remodeling Tips | Alabama Rental Managers

Everyone wants a better home. Even if you don’t live in it, and just rent it out as a single-family rental, you want it to …

Taking a Look at Birmingham Real Estate Statistics

As we get deeper into the fall season, it’s good to take a deeper look at real estate statistics that give us insight about the …

More Reasons to Hire Professional Property Management

Earlier this year – in March, in fact – we posted a blog titled “Three Reasons to Hire Professional Property Management”. In that post, we …

How Location Impacts Your Rental Property | Property Management Blog

Earlier, we talked about four things that you need to watch for when you are buying a rental property in Birmingham. As property management pros, …

Making Home Maintenance Easier for Owners| Property Management Blog

One thing that property owners and investors usually hate to think about, but is a necessity anyways, is home maintenance. Home maintenance can be a …

Examining the August Alabama Real Estate Report | Property Management

As property management pros, keeping an eye on the state’s real estate market – particularly its health in a few key indicators – is a …

It’s Fall – Are Your Properties Ready? | Property Management Blog

Fall is officially here. Summer has come and gone, and with the new season, we can expect cooler weather – and challenges for our home …

Making Home Maintenance Easier for Owners| Property Management Blog

One thing that property owners and investors usually hate to think about, but is a necessity anyways, is home maintenance. Home maintenance can be a …

How Location Impacts Your Rental Property | Property Management Blog

Earlier, we talked about four things that you need to watch for when you are buying a rental property in Birmingham. As property management pros, …

Tenant Eviction in Birmingham

http://youtu.be/f0rLToOrEy8 Our topic today is tenant eviction, and our focus is specifically on evicting in Birmingham and Jefferson County, Alabama. Evicting a tenant is a …

How You Should Vet Your Tenants | Property Management Blog

In property management, there should be a good fit between a tenant and a landlord, to ensure that everything goes smoothly. After all, it’s a …

Look for Higher Rents Through 2014 and Into 2015 | Property Management Blog

As property management pros, we keep a close eye on rental rates in the area, to give our clients a better idea of what the …

4 Things to Watch Out For When Buying a Birmingham Rental Property (One Will Surprise You)

Today we are sharing 4 things that you want to watch out for when you’re choosing a rental property in Birmingham to buy as an …

Selecting the Best Property Management Company for Your Properties

If you have a rental property, you need property management specialists to help. The benefits of property management are numerous, from providing in-house maintenance to …

3 Questions to Ask your Birmingham Property Manager

Today I’m going to share with you the three questions that are absolutely essential to ask your prospective Birmingham property manager. 1. The first question …

Home Sales Continue to Rise in July | Property Management Blog

Earlier, we talked about how home sales rose in the month of June in Alabama. This is in an ongoing attempt to gauge the local …

Housing Affordability Drops Across the Nation | Property Management Blog

As property management professionals, we keep track of the real estate market, even though we deal primarily in rental homes. We follow the market because …

2014 Birmingham Rental Market Forecast

I want to give you a brief 2014 rental market preview. First, I believe that rental rates are going to only rise moderately. I don’t …

Making Your Rental Home More Appealing | Property Management Blog

Turning a home into a rental property is exciting. As property management specialists, we help countless clients and property owners turn their homes into rentals, …

Why Choose a Birmingham Property Manager with In-House Maintenance

http://youtu.be/-Q-bYQSPFnI Why is it important for a property management company to have an in-house maintenance staff? You should ask about maintenance and repairs every time …

Birmingham Named Most Exciting City in Alabama

As professional Alabama property managers, we like to keep up with the local scene – and not just the real estate scene. Part of our …

When Should I Get a New Property Management Company?

Many of us have been fired at one point or the other in our lives. It’s never pleasant, and sometimes it’s unfair, but it has …

Home Sales Rise in Alabama Real Estate Market for June 2014

There have been two major trends in Alabama real estate over the past year: rising prices and falling sales and inventory. Both of these trends …

Positive Cash Flow for Birmingham Investment Properties

Today, we’re going to talk about cash-flowing rental property in Birmingham, Alabama. There are four attributes of cash-flowing rental properties in this area, and if …

What Makes for a Good Rental Market?

There’s no doubt that today, across the nation, rental markets are dominating. Returns are higher than they’ve been in a while, and vacancy rates are …

Is the Birmingham Real Estate Market Weak?

We like to keep track of the Birmingham real estate market, so it was with a fair degree of surprise that we read an article …

How to Choose a Property Management Company in Birmingham

Today we are talking about what you should be looking for when you are choosing a property manager in Birmingham, Alabama. There are three specific …

A Home Inspection Guide for Property Owners: The Interior | Property Management Blog

Earlier, we covered what you should look for when inspecting your home’s exterior. Keeping a home up to par is important in property management. After …

Why Hire a Local Property Manager in Birmingham

We commonly receive the question of, “Why should I hire a professional property manager to handle my residential rental property?” With today’s blog, we would …

gkhouses.com’s Matthew Whitaker Named to ACRE Leadership Council

We’re proud to announce that our very own Matthew Whitaker was named to the Leadership Council of the Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE). ACRE, …

Three Tips for a Better Renting Experience

As professional Alabama rental managers, we work with clients and tenants to create the best renting experiences possible. After all, a productive relationship between a …

Dealing With Rental Property Challenges | Property Management

If you own a home that you’d like to turn into a rental property, sooner or later you’ll run into challenges and obstacles. These challenges …

Home Prices Continue to Rise for Birmingham Real Estate | Professional Alabama Property Managers

As professional Alabama property managers, we like to keep dibs on local real estate. So, it was with interest that we read a report from …

How a Property Management Company Saves Landlords Time

If you’re a landlord, you probably have your hands full with your properties. Taking care of rental properties and tenants is often a full-time job, …

Latest Real Estate Stats Show Improvement in Birmingham Market

As professional property managers, we like to keep track of the local real estate market. Why? Our owner clients are heavily invested in Birmingham-area real …

A Home Inspection Guide for Property Owners: The Exterior

Keeping a home in proper shape can be tough. Home maintenance is one of those things that is never finished, and with all the things …

Top Activities to Do in Birmingham in the Summer | Property Management Blog

As professional property management specialists, we know great real estate is about great locations. We like to stay intimately connected with the areas that we …

Five Things to Look For When Touring a Rental Property | Professional Alabama Rental Managers

Are you in the market for a rental property? Whether you’re looking for a condo, a single-family home, a townhouse, or an apartment, there are …

Real Estate Trend: More Americans Deciding to Pass on Homeownership

The age-old debate about whether you should rent or buy is one that has been a part of the real estate market ever since the …

Three High-Value Upgrades for your Rental Home | Property Management

If you have a rental property, you may be like some of our professional property management clients: you want to rent your property while it …

The National Real Estate Market Continued to Improve in April

As professional property managers, we like to keep track of the real estate market, not just in Birmingham and Alabama but across the nation. Our …

Home Prices Rise Again in Birmingham | Professional Alabama Rental Managers Blog

The latest stats are in, and according to reports, home prices have risen yet again in Birmingham. According to the Alabama Center for Real Estate …

Best Investment Neighborhoods in Birmingham

In this video I want to tell you about one of my favorite places to invest in Birmingham. It’s the area that includes Center Point, …

3 Questions You Should Always Ask Tenants | Professional Alabama Rental Managers Blog

Do you own rental properties? If so, you know, first-hand, the challenge of finding qualified tenants whom you can trust to live in your properties. …

Where to Buy Investment Property in Birmingham

Where to Buy Investment Property In Birmingham In this short video, I want to handle a question that I am asked by almost everyone who …

Homebuilder Survey Suggests New Trends for Rental Homes

As professional Alabama rental managers, we like to keep ahead of the latest trends in real estate and home construction. Homebuilding in particular is telling …

Why People Are Renting Versus Buying Today

As professional Alabama rental managers, we are in the business of managing rental properties and helping place tenants. Over the past few years, we’ve definitely …

Why Choose gkhouses.com?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4Y3zN1aepw Today, I am going to tell you why you should use GKHouses.com to manage your single family house. First of all, gkhouses.com is the …

Alabama Real Estate Confidence Index Increases in March

In some respects, real estate is all about confidence. Sellers have to have confidence that their home will sell, and for something close to their …

Property Management Advice: Incorporating Technology into Your Rental Home

If you own rental homes in Alabama, you want to make them as attractive and appealing as you can to your potential tenants, especially for …

Own a Rental? Two Ways Professional Property Managers Can Help

Owning a rental unit is one of the best ways to capitalize on the real estate recovery. Home prices are still well below their pre-recession …

Taking a Look at Birmingham Real Estate Statistics – March 2014

As we move into the thick of spring, it’s time to take a look at the monthly real estate statistics for the Birmingham area market, …

Carpet or Hardwood? Advice from Professional Property Managers

What should the people who rent your home walk on? That is one question many homeowners and potential landlords don’t think to ask at the …

Three Home Remodeling Tips from Professional Alabama Rental Managers

If you’re a homeowner, a bit of home remodeling may be in your future. Maybe you want to add to existing space, or maybe you …

What’s Happening with Birmingham Real Estate? April Edition

When it comes to news, Birmingham real estate is making plenty of waves. There is a lot of activity going on across the greater Birmingham …

Watch These Trouble Spots for Your Home – Tips from Professional Alabama Rental Managers

We all want our homes to stay in the best shape possible. As tenants, you want to live in homes that are in tip-top shape. …

Should I Put Appliances in a Rental House in Birmingham, AL?

When moving into a rental house in Birmingham, AL, we all want to customize our homes as much as possible. For many people, that means …

Three Key Tips for Tenants from Professional Alabama Rental Managers

As professional Alabama rental managers, we have served countless tenants and owners alike who depend on us for our expertise in managing rental properties. For …

How to Better Market Your Rental Properties – Tips from Professional Alabama Rental Managers

The rental market in Alabama continues to heat up, and as professional Alabama rental managers, we know how important it is to follow trends and …

Taking a Look at February Stats for Birmingham Real Estate

Birmingham real estate has started the year in a strong way, even if the cold weather had more than few things to say about it. …

Three Reasons to Hire Professional Property Management

If you are in real estate and own a portfolio of homes – or if you just have a single-family home that will be vacant …

The New Flood Insurance Bill Passes Congress, Is Signed Into Law

We spoke previously about how Birmingham renters and homeowners could see lower flood insurance premiums as the result of an effort to overturn key parts …

Lightbox – Rent Range

We’re proud to announce that we’ve been awarded a 2013 Visitors’ Choice Award from All Property Management, one of the foremost property management websites in …

gkhouses Awarded the All Property Management Visitors’ Choice Award for 2013!

We’re proud to announce that we’ve been awarded a 2013 Visitors’ Choice Award from All Property Management, one of the foremost property management websites in …

Birmingham Renters and Homeowners Could See Lower Flood Insurance Premiums

If a bill currently in Congress makes its way through to President Obama, homeowners in Birmingham could see some relief when it comes to flood …

Should You Rent or Buy? Tips from Professional Alabama Rental Managers

As professional Alabama rental managers, we may seem like we are biased when it comes to whether or not people should rent or buy homes. …

Cold Weather Helps Drive Down Birmingham Real Estate Sales

Anyone who has been in Birmingham for the past month knows that the weather has been less than kind. Between two major bouts of snow …

Decisions, Decisions: To Buy or To Rent?

The age-old question of whether to rent or buy continues in today’s housing market, giving each individual or couple considering a purchase a reason to …

Super Spring Maintenance for Your Home: Tips from Professional Alabama Rental Managers

Believe it or not, despite the rounds of snow we’ve experienced, spring is almost here. Now is the time to assess the state of your …

Birmingham Real Estate Continues to Heat Up

We’ve reported lately how Birmingham real estate has been heating up, and commented on how the city’s real estate scene is drawing attention across the …

Is the Rental Market About to Explode? Property Management Blog

The real estate market as a whole is heating up, and it seems like with each month, progress is made. Could that progress be reaching …

Rent a House in Birmingham, AL with These Two Secret Tips

As we move toward the end of winter and approach the beginning of spring, the time to rent a house in Birmingham, AL draws near …

What You Need to Know about Renter’s Insurance– Tips from Professional Alabama Rental Managers

As professional Alabama rental managers, we at gkhouses.com are in the business of helping not just our owners, but our tenants. That means helping them …

Making Your Home Freeze-Proof: Tips from Professional Alabama Rental Managers

It seems like the winter is almost over, but after enduring a blistering-cold December and January – where temps dropped at times into the single …

Birmingham Real Estate in the News: City in Top 10 Hottest Housing Markets

We’ve seen an upsurge in Birmingham real estate over the past few years, particularly in 2013, marked by more interest in single-family homes for purchase …

How to Protect Your Deposit – Advice from Professional Alabama Rental Managers

We’ve all been there before. Upon leaving our rental home, we are shocked to find that our rental deposit is a lot smaller than it …

Could New Mortgage Rules Ultimately Hurt Homeownership?

On January 10, new mortgage rules proposed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) went into effect. These new rules – the “qualified mortgage” and …

Reviewing the Latest Birmingham Real Estate Stats for Property Management

The new year is upon us, and although we are still recovering in real estate, things are looking up. In fact, even though we are …

How Renters Can Save Money When the Weather Turns Cold

Birmingham renters just endured a few days last week of bitter cold that is normally reserved for our cousins up north. As temperatures plummeted into …

What Will Real Estate and Property Management Look Like in 2014?

2013 has come and gone, and we are now into 2014, just seven years removed from the worst housing crash in American history. Since then, …

3 More Tips for Those Looking to Rent a House in Birmingham, AL

This past summer, we published a blog titled “3 Tips for Those Looking to Rent.” In this piece, we gave you three great pieces of …

Investment Trends from Ireland: Single-Family Homes

Investing in single-family homes has seen an increase in recent years. This trend has been observed in consumers from Ireland, as more and more Irish …

gkhouses.com Attends Birmingham Landlord Meeting for Section 8 Property Management

Section 8 property management is a big part of the Birmingham real estate market. For that reason – and to better serve our residents – …

Home Sales and Median Sales Price Both up for Birmingham Real Estate

The latest figures from the Greater Alabama MLS suggest that Birmingham real estate is continuing to improve – putting the area’s market in a great …

How Rental Market Growth Will Stay Strong

The rental market across the United States has been strong over the past seven years. As home prices plummeted, foreclosures rose, and mortgages became harder …

Real Estate Reform Bills Postponed in Congress – For Now

Real estate investors who have been following legislation in Congress were probably worried by a few proposals floating around that called for serious changes to …

Homes in Alabama Remain Affordable for Third Quarter 2013

Affordability is one of the key factors behind how successful a real estate market is and will be. According to recent reports, homes in Alabama …

Could More Investment Come to Birmingham After Jefferson County Bankruptcy Ends?

The Jefferson County bankruptcy debacle has been a huge black eye for the area and the state as a whole for the past few years, …

Three Crucial Reasons You Need Property Management in Birmingham, AL

Some people think the hardest part about running a successful real estate venture is finding and buying the right property. While that’s important, the hardest …

More Holiday Cheer for Birmingham Real Estate

Good news for the Birmingham real estate market is still rolling in through the year-end. Not only were total home sales up 12% year-to-year in …

Tips to Attract Families to Your Rental Property

It may be the American dream to own your own home but, when home values can barely keep up with inflation, the dream is out …

Home Sales for Birmingham Increase by 12%

More good news for the Birmingham area real estate market: the number of homes sold in the Birmingham metro saw a bump of 12% in …

What Birmingham Real Estate Trends Can We Expect in 2014?

It’s getting close to the end of the year, and before we know it, Christmas will have come and gone and the ball will drop …

Alabama Real Estate Recovering: Where Does Birmingham Real Estate Rank?

Investors looking to Alabama for potentially lucrative options have several opportunities available, according to stats and figures from multiple sources released throughout the year. The …

Outside Investors Continue to Pour Money into Birmingham, AL Real Estate

Investors have been interested in Birmingham, AL real estate for years now, ever since those from outside the state began discovering the potential of the …

Three Tips to Save on Utilities This Winter

Winter is coming, and with a new season comes new threats to your bank account in the form of expensive utilities. You won’t spend as …

Birmingham Real Estate Stats for September 2013

The Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE) releases stats on a monthly basis for Alabama and key areas within the state, including Birmingham. These real …

Why Aren’t the Big Homebuyers Coming to Birmingham Alabama?

Perhaps you’ve heard of the huge private equity groups that are snatching up homes across America hundreds at a time. Being in the industry, I’ve …

Location Matters in Real Estate – Especially for Birmingham Property Management

Virtually anyone today knows that in real estate, location is king. A home may be perfect, but if it is too far away from work, …

Three Tips for Buying Renters Insurance in Birmingham, AL

If you rent, you should protect yourself and your belongings by taking out insurance. Like a homeowner purchases homeowners insurance, you should have renters insurance …

The IRS Throws Rental Property Owners a Bone

Owners of rental properties have had a hard time translating the guidance sent out by the IRS regarding deductions for property repairs, improvements and renovations …

Avoid This Real Estate Scam: Your Home as a Fake Rental

As property management professionals, we are appalled at attempts to defraud people of their hard-earned money.property management Unfortunately, in real estate, there are many opportunities …

Watch Out For a New – and Illegal – Property Management Problem

Foreclosure abuses have been in the news so often over the past few years that Americans have almost become jaded at the lengths banks and …

Want a ‘Hidden Gem’ Real Estate Market? Try Shelby County

There are many factors that go into a prime real estate market that is ideal for investors and homebuyers alike. Some of these factors are …

The Importance of Hiring a Moving Company – and How to Get the Best for You

As anyone who has ever moved anywhere knows, moving can easily be a very stressful and frustrating event. We’ve all been in the position of …

Looking for Affordable Rentals? Birmingham Is the Place

One of the most common factors in renting a house anywhere to many tenants is price. Housing can be expensive and typically takes up at …

Mortgage Rates Steady, But What About Next Week?

The latest reports indicate that mortgage rates across the country are holding fairly steady at 4.57% – near the highest level (4.58%) we’ve seen in …

Birmingham Real Estate Update: A Big Investment and Rising Prices

The Birmingham real estate market in the past week saw two pieces of good news that speaks well for the future of real estate in …

Want to Flip Houses In Birmingham? It’s Not as Easy as It Looks

Are you looking to flip houses in Birmingham? Take it from us, it’s not as easy as it seems. Flipping houses is something that television …

Birmingham Real Estate Update: Home Prices Rise

The housing market is hit or miss across the country as a whole, but in Birmingham at least, it seems to be a hit so …

Are You Making the Most of Your Rental Property Opportunities This Fall?

September is the final month of perhaps the most active season of the year when it comes to rental properties. During the summer, property rental …

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Your Landlord about These Three Things

Renting a house can be an exciting experience that results in a great place to live in a great location with the amenities and facilities …

Looking for a Rental Home – Ask the Right Questions

When you are searching for a rental home, it is important that you ask yourself the right questions and make sure that you pick a …

How Do You Know It Is Time To Hire A Property Manager?

Doing it on your own can be fun…until it’s not. How do you know when it is time to hire a property manager? When it …

Birmingham Home Sales Are Up 24%

Recently, the Alabama Center of Real Estate (ACRE) announced that home sales are up 8.3% for the state; however, what are the specific numbers for …

Alabama Cities Listed as “Most Affordable Homes”

In the current real estate market, homebuyers and investors alike are looking for discount properties, which are becoming harder to find. Over the last few …

Decline in Home Affordability

Since the real estate market crash, housing affordability has been at an all-time high due to the low home prices and high number of distressed …

Alabama Home Sales Up 8.3%

When gauging real estate market progress, one of the best indicators for strides toward recovery involves examining area home sales. Recently, the Alabama Center for …

A Look at Real Estate Market Trends

If you are a real estate market investor, then you understand the importance of remaining up-to-date on housing market trends both nationally and within your …

The Real Estate Market Crash’s Effect on Rent vs. Buy

Since the real estate market crash, people have been skeptical about buying a home. Home prices throughout much of the country are starting to rise. …

Are You Sure You Want to be a Landlord?

Investing in real estate can be a very fun and lucrative business, especially if you are patient. Typically, investors will buy properties for one of …

Investors Search for Income Properties as Rent Increases

When the real estate market crashed, many investors turned to purchasing discount homes and turning them into rental properties for the steady stream of income. …

The Birmingham Real Estate Market and Vacant Properties

When the real estate market crashed and people started to lose their homes and commercial properties to foreclosure, the number of vacant properties started to …

5 Tips for Birmingham AL Real Estate Investing

We want to give you 5 Tips For Birmingham Real Estate Investing that can save you serious money. Are you an investor with an interest …

Buying or Renting: Location Matters

If you are looking for a new place to call home via buying or renting, or if you are an investor seeking an excellent investment …

Residential Plans in the Birmingham Area

Birmingham is a beautiful city that has attracted businesses and families to the area for years. From amazing places to work to entertainment for all …

Buying, Renting, or Investing: Increase Your Credit Score

When it comes to financing real estate or renting a home (Birmingham, AL or beyond), it is pertinent that you have a good credit score …

Birmingham Real Estate: Decline in Foreclosures

When looking at local real estate markets, observing the foreclosure rate can be telling. For example, when foreclosure activity and the number of distressed properties …

Tips for Finding Birmingham Rental Homes

Are you looking for Birmingham rental homes and tips to help you find the best properties to meet your needs? If so, you have come …

Birmingham Real Estate: June Update

When it comes to Birmingham, AL real estate, it is essential for everyone from investors and potential homebuyers to current residents to remain up-to-date on …

Birmingham Investors: Is Now the Time to Sell?

If you are like most investors that have purchased distressed properties, such as foreclosures, over the last few years while these homes could be obtained …

Real Estate Investing: Do You Want to Be a Landlord?

When it comes to real estate investing, especially in the current real estate market, house flipping is not always your best option. In fact, many …

Hiring a Property Manager? Ask the Right Questions

When hiring a property manager or property management company to manage your rental properties, it is essential that you find a property manager that you …

Birmingham: A Thriving City with Exceptional Taste

Back in the 1960s, when Birmingham was at the center of the Civil Rights movement (and not in a good way), nobody would have projected …

The Investors Dream: Rising Home Prices with Record Low Mortgage Rates

The current real estate market is an investor’s dream – home prices are rising and are expected to continue to increase for the near term …

Birmingham, AL Home Sales Are Up

If you are looking for investment opportunities in Birmingham, AL then it is important that you remain up-to-date on the status of the local real …

Planning to Sell in 2013? Look into a Starker Exchange

If you are a real estate investor, then you more than likely plan to do some buying or selling of investment properties this year. However, …

Tenant Selection Matters: Finding Ideal Tenants

If you are a property owner, then you more than likely have an abundance of stories of bad tenants. You know what I am talking …

Now is the Perfect Time for Investing in Rentals

If you are an investor who has been waiting for the perfect opportunity to invest in Birmingham rental properties, then your time has come! The …

Should You Buy or Rent a House in Birmingham AL?

If you are like most people in the current real estate market, you are more than likely trying to choose if it is best for …

Renting a Home: Tips for Tenants

If you are looking to rent a house in Birmingham, AL (or anywhere else for that matter), there are some essential tips that you should …

Positive Outlook for Alabama’s Real Estate Market

Over the last few years, the Alabama real estate market has essentially been in the same boat as other real estate markets across the country. …

Why You Should Hire a Property Manager

The real estate market over the last few years has been marked with a high number of discount properties. As a result, many investors have …

Being “cheap” is the new cool for Millennials when it comes to owning or renting a home.

“Cheap” has apparently become a new way of life. It is even a “cool” way of life. More and more landlords are targeting the generation …