Being a landlord is not for the faint-hearted. It’s a tricky business: people are emotional about their homes, whether they are the owner entrusting their home to a renter, or the lessee deciding on a place to live for any amount of time. After managing a duplex rental property on our own, we turned to Avenue One 7-8 years ago to give us much needed help. Right away, Julie and Tracy added value, handling all of the tenant change-over maintenance and raising the rent to reflect the current market, handing the marketing and then showing and screening potential tenants. They were clearly the experts, and handled everything very efficiently. Over the years, there have been a couple of not-so-great tenants, some damage, some rather painful maintenance costs on the aging 1950’s building’s structure. But this is what being a landlord is about, too. There will be times when the market favors tenants more than the landlords, and vice versa. But with Avenue One, the overall experience over time has been positive–and easy on us. It’s important to us to be good landlords, not just collecting checks but making sure the property is reasonably maintained, safe and comfortable for our tenants. Avenue One shares that philosophy, and hopefully tenants have a good experience on the other side. Everyone wins.
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