Online Applications


Three Screening Tips to Avoid an Eviction

by Megan Booe

Posted on 2019-10-15 20:17:01

One of the best ways to avoid an eviction later on in a lease agreement is to ensure you are thoroughly screening tenants before signing a lease. If a tenant gives off red flags during the screening process, they are likely not an ideal candidate for the unit. There are three things that are important to look for when screening a tenant that is applying to live in your unit before approving their application: their character, their rental history, and their financial qualifications. As a landlord you should require references on an application in order to get a better understanding of who a tenant is. Rental history refers to where your tenant previously lived and often includes previous addresses, landlord contact information, length of te


Is Keyless Entry Right for You?

by Siobhan Cerney

Posted on 2019-10-07 10:17:01

Keyless door entry is rising in popularity for landlords and tenants alike. This means better security and no physical key present (so no door locking or copying issues). The tenants can manage their own access and receive information on who enters the premises. There are even some systems that use a retinal scan so that keys or a code are not even necessary!

Keyless entry systems are extremely convenient since they don’t require an additional key to a keychain. So, if you’re in a hurry, you can use the keypad instead of using a key. This also comes in handy because there are also options to enter using your fingerprint (added security too). There is no reason to worry if the power goes out or if the batteries die for the entry sys


Do-It-Yourself Landlords

by Mary Anne Ragragio

Posted on 2019-10-04 09:17:01

If you are thinking to become a DIY Landlord, you need to have the necessary tool and system to support you because this is not an easy task.

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Reducing Vacancies

by Remy Lacanaria

Posted on 2019-08-23 20:17:01

Reducing the possibilities of vacancies.

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Establishing Rental Standards

by Mary Anne Ragragio

Posted on 2019-08-17 20:17:01

Every landlord may have slightly different qualifying standards, and that is fine, as long as the standards do not violate any laws. Here are some examples you can consider.

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Marketing your Rental Property

by Cierylene Piernes

Posted on 2019-08-06 20:17:01

Marketing your properties is all about exposure, the more exposure you get, the more applications you will receive and more application you receive, the more strict you can be when screening applicants, and it will allow you to get a higher quality tenant.

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Documenting Wear and Tear vs Damage

by Remy Lacanaria

Posted on 2019-07-14 20:17:02

Knowing and documenting wear and tear against damages will let landlords know who is going to be responsible for damages that has been done to a property.

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Landlording, Then and Now

by Remy Lacanaria

Posted on 2019-07-12 20:17:01

See the difference of landlording back then and now.

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Considerations When Running a Virtual Property Management Business

by Mary Anne Ragragio

Posted on 2019-07-11 20:17:01

Renting a physical office can cost a lot of money due to it's operating cost. And having a virtual property management office can eliminate most of the physical office expenses can possibly spend. Here are some things that you can save when you have virtual property management.

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Reasons Why Landlords Screen Tenant Applicants

by Mary Anne Ragragio

Posted on 2019-07-06 16:54:22

Here we will share some reason why landlords screen potential tenants and the steps most landlords normally do.

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Things to Remember When Renting to Elderly Tenants

by Mary Anne Ragragio

Posted on 2019-06-18 12:04:05

Renting to elderly tenants can be a good decision. They are mature and more responsible when it comes to paying their rent.

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The Advantage of Cloud-based Property Management Software

by Mary Anne Ragragio

Posted on 2019-05-09 08:37:23

When your data is stored in the cloud, it will be stored in a big secured server. And data is accessible as long as there is an internet connection. Cloud system is so broad and provides so many services. And it offers a lot of advantage to users.


Everything online, and heres why

by Kyra Rollins

Posted on 2018-01-04 10:34:28

Smart Housing offers everything online Online rent payments, online resident application, online background and credit checks, free property rental websites


Advice from Other Landlords

by Andrea West

Posted on 2017-11-27 15:17:39

Whether they plan this or not, conversations with landlords and property managers tend to leak out advice about managing properties.


Characteristics of a long-term renter

by Kyra Rollins

Posted on 2017-10-03 08:35:20

I have gathered a small amount of information to help you recognize that valuable long-term tenant. Landlords, feast your eyes on this brief explanation of a tenant that stays long-term!

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Smart Housing's Online Applications

by Andrea West

Posted on 2017-09-11 12:19:32

An overview of some of the features you will love about Smart Housing’s Smart Applications.

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Illegal Roommates

by Andrea West

Posted on 2017-09-07 10:11:55

We’re talking about roommates we bring in to share rent, unbeknownst to the property owner.


Rejecting an Applicant

by Andrea West

Posted on 2017-08-10 10:38:15

Accepted or not, all rental applicants need to know what your decision was.

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Fair Housing Made Simple

by Andrea West

Posted on 2017-07-31 10:48:41

Here, we are going to explain what the Fair Housing Act is, what parts of it apply to renting out housing, and how this affects landlords.

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What Is an Application Even For?

by Andrea West

Posted on 2017-07-24 12:05:13

Have you ever considered why you are asking your applicants for this information in the first place?



by Andrea West

Posted on 2017-07-10 12:58:17

There are a lot of factors that property managers have to take into account when accepting new residents.


List Your Rental Criteria

by Andrea West

Posted on 2017-07-03 12:51:13

It is to your advantage to have a list of criteria, stick with it, and not keep it a secret.

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Applicant without a Credit Score

by Andrea West

Posted on 2017-06-26 12:56:45

Some people don’t have a credit score because they’ve never used credit. Others are young and just getting started with their credit score. What do you do?


The Secret Ingredient

by Andrea West

Posted on 2017-06-08 11:53:28

What is the secret ingredient to great property management? The answer to this question would be largely beneficial.


First Come Applications, Then Come Screenings

by Andrea West

Posted on 2017-05-22 12:58:09

Applications allow you to obtain information about potential residents to determine if they will be a good fit for your property. A background check and screening verifies the truth of this information and calculates it for you.


On the Calendar 2017

by Andrea West

Posted on 2017-04-06 09:19:03

There’s a lot to look forward to this year so we’re not complaining!


The Flow of Property Management

by Andrea West

Posted on 2017-02-21 13:13:55

When you think about it, property management has a nice flow to it...


A Look Back on 2016

by Andrea West

Posted on 2017-01-02 15:14:36

Here’s a summary of our highlights here at Smart Housing


Intro to the Smart Housing Suite

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-12-07 09:38:46

The Smart Housing Platform contains multiple products targeted to help make the lives of property managers easier.

American Dream of Landlords

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-12-02 12:06:13

It seems that we have found other ways to work hard and gain upward mobility and renting may fit those ideas better than home ownership does.


Lessons from 'Fresh off the Boat'

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-11-15 09:30:45

Jessica decides renting is a lucrative way to earn more income. As the episode continues, the mistakes she makes as a landlord continue to grow.

The Lies They May Tell

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-10-31 14:30:08

Law is about the discovery of the rules of just conduct and are created to preserve freedom and moral agency. The process of screening applicants and the points on a standard rent agreement are no different.


Sorting Through Applicants

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-10-20 08:34:53

The rental application process is not a sprint race. It may feel like it sometimes because you want to make sure your units are filled without any gaps. But treat it like a sprint and you’re more likely to have problems later.

Be Ready to Fill out Applications

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-10-18 08:23:01

In various situations we have to provide a lot of information that’s listed in a number of different sources. Applying for an apartment is one of those situations.


More Than a Credit Score

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-10-10 12:48:30

The Smart Score may seem like a simple number, but there is more to it than meets the eye. It is a combination of different metrics that are useful in finding a good resident.

Applications 2.0

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-08-29 14:40:00

Enterprise users can now use our updated Applications product - Application 2.0. Take a look at our new design and new features.

Smart Housing Updates and Changes

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-07-18 08:23:02

Better late than never, we’re here to tell you the Smart Housing year-end review for 2015. There was a lot of growth and a few additions made to the family.

Playing the Detective

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-05-31 08:57:29

A bad tenant just moved out and you want to make sure you don’t get another one like them ever again. This time you’ve decided to go all out and interview applicants along with ordering a background check on them. How in the world do you interview potential residents?

The 5 W's of Rental Applications

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-05-09 13:07:13

Rental applications are the opening tool to weed out the residents you don't want from the residents you do want.

10 Millennial Renter Expectations

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-03-07 09:17:03

Millennials are the new generation in the rental market. Here is a list of expectations millennials have when looking for a place to live.

Millennial Generation Rental Trends

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-02-25 14:48:46

The trends of millennials who rent are different from past generations. For one, millennials are renting to a later stage in life...

6 Steps to Find the Right Property Management Software

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-02-09 14:11:31

Each option for property management software has its pros and cons. Follow these simple steps of six things you need to consider when looking to use property management software.

Smart Housing's Rental Criteria Recommendations

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-02-09 14:08:57

It's important to establish rental criteria guidelines before you rent out your property to others. Maximum occupancy, credit history, employment requirements, among other criteria are all important aspects to consider as you make these decisions.

How to Find the Best Property Management Software

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-02-09 14:08:07

Do your research in order to find property management software that is suitable for your individual needs. It's important to know the reliability, quality, product review, price, and options available before selecting property management software that will save you time and help you manage your property more effectively.

Smart Housing - Property Management Platform

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-02-04 14:12:06

Online property management software is the most effective software that can be used by a landlord with several leasing properties. Software offers a wide array of benefits to its users. This will make the transaction for property management easy to access and handle. When you have the best online property management software you can assure that it offers 100% accuracy, ease of use, accessibility from any location, and real-time information that you need as long as there is an internet connection.