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Thinking of Listing Your Rental on Airbnb? Here’s What You Need to Know

In less than a decade, Airbnb has grown its home-sharing platform to more than 65,000 cities and 191 countries. Other platforms, like HomeAway and VRBO, have created additional competition in the short-term rental marketplace.

On one hand, short-term rentals can be highly lucrative. For instance, a landlord in the Greater Boston area who collects $2,100 per month in rent may be able to charge $210 per night on Airbnb instead. In this scenario, an apartment would only need to be rented for 10 days per month to break even. Any rentals above and beyond that would be additional income in the landlord’s pocket.


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Smart Home Solutions for Your Apartment

Smart Home Solutions for Your Apartment

You may have heard a lot about Smart Home design lately, but assumed it didn’t have anything to do with you. After all, if you’re a renter, you can’t very well replace appliances, HVAC systems, or water heaters with their smarter, more energy efficient counterparts.


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What Should a Landlord do after a Boston Blizzard

What Should a Landlord do after a Boston Blizzard?

We survived our first snowfall of the 2017-18 winter, but the current cold snap – and predictable New England weather patterns – indicate that more snow is coming. If you are anxious about how to keep yourself and your tenants safe when the next storm hits, check out this step-by-step guide to what a landlord should do after a blizzard in Boston.


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How to Create a Home Office in Your Small Space

How to Create a Home Office in Your Small Space

Space-saving solutions for your home office

Working from home is so popular right now, and, according to the latest studies, can actually make you more productive than working in a traditional office environment.


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fire in apartment

Fire at Your Rental Property? Here’s What to Do

There have been a number of high-profile fires across the country lately. The wildfires in California are partially to blame. By some estimates, there could be upwards of $65 billion in property damage by the time all is said and done.


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Making Guests Feel At-Home This Holiday Season

Making Guests Feel At-Home This Holiday Season

Make everything a little merrier for your friends and family

This time of year, we’re all hosting parties, holiday gatherings, and overnight guests. That means lots of fond memories in the making, but it can also mean frayed nerves and frustration as everyone–both guests and hosts–can feel out of their element. In addition, when schedules and routines change, it can make everyone a bit grumpy.

Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to make sure your guests feel at home, while also doing yourself the favor of making your hosting duties a little easier. Here are some tips and tricks that are sure to keep you all in the holiday spirit.


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Defining Spaces in Your Studio Apartment

Defining Spaces in Your Studio Apartment

Turning that big empty box into a well-defined home.

If you love the cool industrial look of many studio apartments, or if a studio apartment is the right price to get you into your favorite neighborhood, you already know some of their advantages and drawbacks. While studios are often affordable and convenient, they can also be difficult to decorate because of the lack of multiple walls, and can tend to feel like one big bedroom or a hotel room rather than an apartment.


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Rentals for Boston’s Chilly Winter Weather

10 Steps to Prep Your Rentals for Boston’s Chilly Winter Weather

We’ve been pretty lucky so far this year. Temps have only dipped below freezing on a handful of occasions. But anyone who’s lived in Boston for more than a year knows the mild weather won’t last. It’s only a matter of time before subzero temps take hold of the region.


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Managing Package Deliveries this Holiday

Landlord Advice: 5 Tips for Managing Package Deliveries this Holiday

The final numbers are in: Americans spent a record-breaking $6.59 billion on Cyber Monday, a 16.8% increase over the year before. There’s no doubt about it, more people are shopping online than ever before. By some estimates, more than 25% of people receive at least four packages each month – a number we suspect spikes during the holiday season.


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Villa Maintenance

A Landlord’s Guide to End of Season Late Fall and Winter Maintenance

With Thanksgiving in the rear-view mirror, it’s time for landlords and property managers to get serious about fall and winter maintenance. Cold, wet weather can take its toll on a property. It’s important to be proactive because repair costs can mount quickly!

Here are a few fall maintenance tips that will give landlords peace of mind in the months ahead.


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