Submitting a Great Rental Application

Property Management ApplicationYou’ve been searching for ages for the perfect rental property to move into. You’ve spent dozens of hours online scrolling through listings. You’ve spent nights and weekends traipsing through property after property. All of a sudden, a beacon of light!  You’ve just found a great property you’d love to have. After every other property you’ve looked at, virtually or in person, this is the one that checks all of the boxes for you. (more…)

Deferring Maintenance

Home Maintenance ImportanceDeferring maintenance can be one of the costliest moves a landlord can make in the long term.  It’s important to stay on top of minor repairs for a variety of reasons.  The most important thing is to stop what is now a small repair from becoming a big, expensive repair.  That loose screw in the storm door can mean the door can be ripped off in heavy winds.  Failure to address that minor leak promptly can mean a ceiling falling down and in conjunction, require mold remediation.  These are real-life examples of how a repair that would have been less than $100 turned into a cost of several hundred dollars.  (more…)

VRLTA: What You Need to Know

VRLTA: What You Need to Know

The Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act was passed in 1974 to streamline certain elements of rental law.  Most people associate VRLTA with being more “tenant friendly”.  While the act does protect tenants in ways common law leases had not previously, there are also many cases where VRTLA makes it easier for landlords to evict tenants.  The act was designed to settle landlord and tenant disputes in a fair and efficient way; favoring neither side. (more…)

Your Home Maintenance Guide for Fall

Man Cleaning Gutters

Fall is here which means it’s time to tackle your chore list for the season. The mild temperatures offer ideal conditions for much of the work that is needed on the exterior of your home.  You’ll be glad you took the time to do it now so when that harsh winter weather sets in, you will have peace of mind that your home is ready for whatever mother nature has up her sleeve.  As a property management company, we thought it prudent to provide notes about which of these chores is typically a tenant responsibility vs. a landlord responsibility.  Always check your lease if you are unsure.

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10 Landlord Tax Deductions to Maximize Rental Profits

Peake Management BlogWhile Benjamin Franklin might have said that “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes,” at Visio Lending we like to take a more positive spin and amend this quote to nothing can be certain except for death and tax deductions. Landlords know all too well about Schedule E for individually owned properties and Form 8825 for properties owned through a partnership. Luckily, if you keep meticulous records of your expenses, every tax season you can take advantage of these ten deductions (which can really add up):
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Six Ways to Appeal to Millennial Renters

Millennial RentersThe millennial generation’s comfort with home ownership is precarious. It’s a generation raised during times of great economic recession and the collapse of the housing market. Having seen how their parents and our nation were affected, they hesitate to jump into home ownership. This means the pool of prospective tenants is highly weighted with millennials. They appreciate the affordability, flexibility, and proximity that renting can offer, but they have high expectations, and it makes sense to appeal to their needs. Here’s how to take advantage…
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"Big Kid" Room Inspiration

Big Kid Room DesignReady to “grow” your little one’s room? Whether you are looking to move from nursery to big kid room or big kid room to bigger kid room, we’ve got your Tuesday inspo!
Take what you like from each and maybe you’ll find something you can really work with in your own update!
Now, if only we could find a way to work some GIANT picture windows into our children’s rooms…

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It’s Almost Farmer’s Market Season!! Here is Your One Stop Guide…

Farmer's Market Time of YearFarmer’s markets are the heart of any community where people come together, once a week, to support local farmers and artisans while filling their bags with quality goods.  You’ll often find live music and laughter filling the air as neighbors bump into each other and vendors provide an experience and quality that the grocery store just can’t compete with.  While some markets are available year round, many will open next month for the season.  Below is a list of opening dates for farmer’s markets in and around Arlington, Fairfax , Prince William and Loudoun Counties.  Mark your calendars!
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Should You Call the Peake Emergency Line or Can That Call Wait Until Morning?

Emergency Line CallsAt Peake Management, our knowledgeable property managers are ready and willing to help with your maintenance concerns (urgent or otherwise) Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.  But what about issues that pop up at 5:02 pm on a Friday?  Luckily, Peake is equipped with an after-hours emergency service line for just that situation!  But…not so fast…the emergency line is for select service calls.
Not sure how to tell if your issue would fall into the “select” service calls category?
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The Best Damn Cornbread Dressing You Ever Did Have

Homemade Thanksgiving CornbreadThanksgiving is tomorrow and if you’re still looking for a way to make a big impact on your guests (or host), TRY THIS RECIPE!!  I grew up eating your standard (and delicious) herb stuffing around The Holidays.  Why mess with a good thing, right?  Wrong!  I was inspired five years ago when my husband and I (who were dating at the time) were invited to bring a dish to his parents’ house for Thanksgiving.  His mother is an amazing cook so I wanted to try something new (to me) that I could impress with.   Being a New Englander, I was unfamiliar with the concept of cornbread dressing and was intrigued when I came across this recipe from Southern Living:
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