Property Management Software
Simple, end-to-end rental management software for landlords and property managers.
Cost: $0 (It’s FREE)
A simple ACH rent collection system. Money is auto-debited from the tenant’s account.
Cost: $14.95/month for one debit. Each add’l debit is $2.
Rentec allows you to collect rent, track leases, and pay owners their share of the rent.
Cost: Min. $15/month + $2 transaction fee.
RentPost is trying to simplify all aspects of the business. It’s primarily designed for professionals.
Cost: Min. $29/month to collect rent. $50 setup fee + $1 transaction fee.
Buildium allows you to track leases and screen tenants, but only a business entity can collect rent.
Cost: Min. $40/month + fees. $99 setup fee.
Get a clear summary of every applicant’s credit score, debt, payment history, county and national criminal history, eviction records and more.
Cost: Free for Landlords, Renters pay $24.99 each ($39.99 for both)
Legal Forms, Leases and Advice
Nolo’s leasing agreement forms are state-specific, written by expert attorneys at Nolo for everyday landlords.
Cost: $34.95/annual lease subscription
Get the legal help you need, at a fixed price. No hidden fees or long-term commitment.
Get 10% off with our promo code: COZY10
Cost: Legal advice for as little as $39
Not only does LegalZoom have an army of lawyers to help you set up your business, but they also have some pretty sweet lease templates.
Cost: Starting at $29 for a lease package
U.S. Legal Forms is the original and premier website for legal forms. They have State Specific Rental Leases and Forms.
Cost: $18.95 for a lease, $49.95/lease package
They have an AMAZING “Lease Builder Wizard” that walks you through creating a lease for your State.
Cost: Subscription, $29.95/month or $74.95/year
With a simple, clean form building, each document at LegalNature includes state-specific laws to ensure compliance with your state’s local requirements.
Cost: Starting at $39/mo after a free trial
Amidst state-specific legal forms, Rocket Lawyer provides legal advice, and incorporation services for landlords.
Cost: Membership, $39.95/month
Our ever-expanding library of tried and true manuals for independent landlords, these guides are meant to help you get started quickly.
From move-in to move-out, this book covers a wide range of issues, including fair housing, repairs, sublets, and tenant screening.
For new rental property owners who are first-time landlords. This is a great beginner’s guide to landlording.
This is one of my favorite landlording books because it takes a realistic approach to building passive income.
Find out what you need to know about fair housing compliance in plain English.
Go past the hype and dives into real life strategies that investors across the world are using to invest in real estate using creativity – instead of their own cash.
This book will help you find additional source of ancillary income opportunities and generate more income from your existing rental properties.
HappyCo (formerly Happy Inspector) is one of the best rental inspections tools on the market, however its hefty $50/month price tags makes in too expensive for most independent landlords.
Cost: Min. $30/month
zInspector originally started out as photo management software for property managers but has grown into a powerful move-out inspection tool. It’s completely free to use with 5 properties or less.
Cost: Free, up to 5 properties
My all-time favorite electronic signature tool, HelloSign integrates with your Google account and is incredibly easy to use.
Cost: Free, up to 3 signatures/month
CudaSign is a wonderfully simple tool that making lease signings a breeze. I think they do a great job of offering premium features without making the process too complicated.
Cost: $1/month, paid annually
Docusign is one of the original electronic signing tools. It has a list of features a mile long and can be used by landlords and lawyers alike.
Cost: Min. $10/month
Advertising & Marketing
Craigslist is my go-to listing agent – and it’s free! If your property is near a major city, try this first.
This free resource allows to you to create professional looking Craigslist ads and then syndicate them to a dozen other sites.
Use YouTube to host videos of your property, and link to it from your ads. Using videos will attract more applicants.
An niche listing site for rentals near military sites.
An excellent listing site for short-term or weekly rentals.
The parent company of VRBO, with similar/identical properties, except that it is a better user experience
List your home by the day, week or month. AirBnB has a huge following short-term renters.
Very affordable printed material with a quick turn-around time. They make it easy to print lawn signs, flyers, and business cards.
Not only is Craigslist (CL) great for finding tenants, it also can be used to analyze market rent rates. I’ve found that the prices for comparable rental units on CL are more accurate than complex industry calculators.
One of the differentiators that Realtor.com has over other similar sites is their tight integration with on-the-ground licensed Realtors who can help you buy or sell your next property.
Search all MLS real estate listings. Tour homes and make offers with the help of local Redfin real estate agents.
Not only does Zillow have for sale listings, but they also show you for sale by owner (FSBO) homes, foreclosures, new construction, and rentals. Using their tools, you can research the full cost of homeownership and potentially find a discounted property.
An online residential real estate site for home buyers, sellers, renters and real estate professionals. It lists properties for sale and rent and has some nice tools for finding properties or researching market rent rates.
An easy to use web-based tool to help you manage and track your real estate investments. Property Tracker lets you run initial performance projections and track critical data like income, expenses, ROI, mortgages, insurance, and much more.
A mobile real estate investment analysis tool. Analyze properties while on the go, then email a professional PDF report to anyone.
Income property analysis made easy. This online software allows you to analyze the hidden factors of a property.
RentFax bridges the gap between data and decisions. With simple inputs, industry leading data and analytics, we provide unbiased reports to guide your residential real estate investment options.
Analyze your real estate investments using this Excel-based spreadsheet analysis model.
Debt Prevention & Collection
Delinquency management service that automates the legal procedures associated with late rent, including demand notices, court filings, and evictions.
Forms, letters, and services to help you collect from your deadbeat tenant. They also report to the 3 Major Credit Bureaus, which provides incentive for your tenant to pay!
Taxes & Insurance
With a robust, data-driven appeal technology, TurboAppeal will file a property tax appeal for you. Plus, the fee is only a portion of your savings – it’s a win-win!
Allstate insures all my rental props. Their “Umbrella” policies even cover things like tenant court judgements. Learn More.
Farmers offers an insurance plan that meets the real-world expectations of landlords today.
Repairs & Cleaning
Instantly book experienced and vetted handymen and home cleaners with guaranteed next-day availability.
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Save money on materials, paint, appliances and more. CBG also provides resources for real estate investors looking for insurance and lending.
TaskEasy allows customers to buy exterior maintenance services online, like lawn mowing, snow removal, and pool cleaning.
Talk to a high quality local pro in minutes, and schedule an estimate for repair, replacement, or any other renovation needs.
Pick a Pro that’s right for you. When the job is finished, pay through Redbeacon.
FilterEasy is the most convenient way to ensure tenants are regularly changing the filters at your property. We delivery the exact filters your property needs on the schedule you choose, all for a cost that’s less than the store.
A useful and empowering blog that teaches creative ways to DIY.
HMS has the ONLY home warranty program designed specifically for landlords. Between $0 deductibles and FULL replacement coverage, they meet the unique needs of a landlord like no other company.
I’ve been a customer of AHS twice and they have always delivered within the terms of the contract. However, the deductibles are high and coverage is low considering the high price tag.
Old Republic is affordable, but it typically has a high deductible. They did replace a washer/dryer unit for me, which I was pleased about, but then dropped me from the policy because I actually used it. In the end, I received more than I paid out.
The only reputable review company (in my opinion). They don’t allow anonymous reviews and verify everything.
The largest review website on the planet. Yelp accepts reviews for restaurant to plumbers. However, the reviews are not verified, so take it with a grain of salt.
You can research a business or file a complaint against a contractor. Use with caution because there is no validation to the accreditation. Any business can become accredited by paying an annual fee.