The Northern Virginia Agent’s Guide to Easy Leases: 10 Rules for Simplifying Rental Showings

May 12, 2016 by David Norod

Call 1st or appointment only? Wait for callback or show the property? Help!

Agents, we’ve heard you. Here’s your 5-minute guide to simplifying rental property showings--courtesy of WJD, the Northern Virginia property management firm with more than 30 years' experience in residential rentals and leasing.

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Have a Client Who Needs Property Management? We Want to Treat You to Dinner!

April 15, 2016 by David Norod

Agents, our client referral program for agents is already the best in Northern Virginia. We offer up to a 30% referral commission* for any property management opportunities you send our way that result in a minimum 12-month lease. We've just decided to make our agent incentives even better. Here’s how we're "sweetening the deal" with gift certificates to local restaurants.

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How Do Property Managers Get Good Contractors?

December 04, 2015 by Jennifer Li

A big part of what property managers do for homeowners is fixing stuff. Therefore, it’s very important for us to insure that qualified contractors are hired. Who is responsible for hiring the contractor, and what’s the process for doing it? Check out this video from our Northern Virginia Landlords 101 series to learn our pointers.

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How Property Managers Help Homeowners at Tax Time

December 03, 2015 by Jennifer Li

Most landlords know that expenses related to leasing their property are tax-deductible. Yet most don’t do the recordkeeping that would allow them to maximize their deductions. Therefore, the tax benefits of working with a professional property manager can be substantial. Not only is the property manager’s fee tax-deductible--but an important part of their job is to keep records of all deductible expenses. Check out this video from our Northern Virginia Landlords 101 series to learn our pointers. 

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How to Keep Tenants From Damaging Your Home

December 01, 2015 by David Norod

If you’re thinking of renting out your home, you probably have a bunch of concerns. In our experience, one of the biggest worries our Northern Virginia property management clients have is this one: "How do we make sure the tenants don’t destroy our place?"

Check out this video from our Northern Virginia Landlords 101 series to learn our pointers.

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How to Get the Best Rent For Your Northern Virginia Home

November 30, 2015 by David Norod

Are you wondering how a professional property manager prices rent for a home in Northern Virginia? Well, the mystery is over. We recorded a video blog to answer this question, since so many homeowners have asked whether rental pricing recommendations come from data or guesswork. Our reply? A mix of both--with data informing some educated guesses as to the most competitive price to establish.

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18 Ways To Help Ensure You Get Your Security Deposit Back

November 28, 2015 by David Norod

When everything is ready and a tenant can get 100 percent of that deposit back, it’s a big win for everyone. We want to see every tenant get their full security deposit back--and it’s important to note that WJD has no financial incentive to withhold any part of tenants’ deposit money.

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Forging Relationships, Fostering Ownership

November 24, 2015 by Maureen Hannan

 An Interview with Northern Virginia Realtor® Dimitar Dimitrov 

 “The problem with real estate,” Robert Kiyosaki wrote, “is that it's local. You have to understand the local market.” Realtors in Northern Virginia understand the truth of Kiyosaki’s observation better than anyone. After all, “local” here is not a zip code analysis. Agents in Arlington, Fairfax, Alexandria, and Loudoun must wield facts and data about myriad subdivisions, condo complexes, and planned communities.  And they spend countless hours applying that knowledge to their clients’ needs. Thanks to the knowledge and client service area agents offer, WJD can concentrate on what we do best: Property management. 

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Should I Manage My Own Rental Property?

October 06, 2015 by Maryann Welsh

Self-Management: The Big Picture

Should you go the DIY property management route? The answer to that question depends on many factors--from your experience as a landlord to your relationships with contractors and knowledge of Fair Housing laws. Perhaps a better way of phrasing the question is, “Would managing my own rental property be the best financial decision?

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Flat-Rate Property Management: The Pros and Cons for Homeowners

October 02, 2015 by Maryann Welsh

So you’re going to be out of town for the next few years, and you’ve decided that instead of selling your Northern Virginia home, you’d like to put it on the market for rent. You’ve already decided that professional property management is a strategic cost in which you’re willing to invest (for reasons including peace-of-mind, tenant screening, marketing, maintenance, etc.); and you’re on the lookout for a property management firm.

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