Showings Availability

Published by Matthew Talamini in on Friday, January 18th, 2019

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Showings Availability

Default Availability Settings

Setting your availability makes it easier for Leads to schedule a showing. When they request a showing, the times you’ve specified will be displayed as available. Also, you have the option to set up automatic approval, so that you’ll no longer need to explicitly accept a showing appointment made during an available time slot.

To change your default showings availability settings, first click the main settings dropdown in the upper right, then select Showings.

NowRenting: Navigate to Showings Settings

The central view of the Showings page is a calendar that displays scheduled showings for all your Leads and Listings. To access the availability menu, click the clock icon in the upper right.

NowRenting: Showings Availability Window

  • Day Of Week, From & To: Use these fields to specify a day of the week and a range of time within that day.
  • Repeats weekly: If you want the same time period to be available each week, check this box.
  • Approval: Choosing Set Appointments will automatically accept requests for appointments within this time block. Take Requests requires that you manually approve appointments as usual.
  • Max. Showings: Specify the maximum number of showings to accept during this time period.
  • Make sure to click Save to preserve any changes to an entry.

NowRenting: Add a Showings Availability Entry

Individual Listing Showings Availability

The same settings are available for individual Listings. Just navigate to the Listing’s details page and click the Showings pill, then the clock icon in the upper right.

Any availability entries specified for individual Listings override the default showings availability settings.

What Millennials Look for in Rental Properties

Published by Guest Contributor in on Monday, January 7th, 2019

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What Millennials Look for in Rental Properties

With more than 80 million members in the United States, the millennial generation is easily one of the largest portions of the rental market. And according to some studies, many millennials plan to continue renting late into life.

The rental market can be competitive for both tenants and landlords. But the good news is that millennials tend to look for just a few key things in a potential rental. Check out this list of necessities to help make your property more desirable.


As the old saying goes, the top 3 most important factors that attract potential tenants and buyers

  • Location
  • Location
  • Location

For many millennials, the allure of nearby bars, restaurants, shopping, and other entertainment options can be worth a higher cost. This is the result of the increasing popularity of the desire to sacrifice in order to increase overall quality of life.

Of course, as a generation that prides itself on loving the environment, proximity to parks, trails, and other public open spaces are another drawing factor for millennials. Living in an area lush with greenery or natural habitat can coax even the most adamant city dwellers to their pioneer roots.


As wages remain stagnant and living costs continue to skyrocket, many millennials look for ways to save on their living costs. This could means a heavier focus on lowering commuting costs.

Similar to their desire for a more cultural location, many tenants look for rental properties close to public transportation. They may also look for properties close to major business centers to cut back on commuting by car.


Another key factor that millennials search for in a rental property are included amenities. In an age of convenience, little perks can be a make-or-break for those choosing between two seemingly identical properties.

Some of the top amenities tenants look for in rental properties include:

  • Free Wifi
  • On-site or in-unit laundry
  • Security
  • Access to compost and recycling
  • Covered parking for large cars
  • Storage unit

Millennials like things to be easy and streamlined. The more landlords can include in rental properties, the more likely tenants will find the property appealing.

Pets Allowed

It’s nearly impossible to find affordable, pet-friendly rental units in large cities. Nearly 73% of all millennials own a pet and struggle to find housing. And with an increasing attitude of “I work hard so my pet can have a better life,” more and more millennials are forced to buy homes to accommodate pets.

For tenants interested in capturing this portion of the rental market, consider setting up a half-refundable pet deposit for families with furry members. Also consider allowing a wider array of pet types – many rental properties do not allow certain animal breeds, such as terriers and chows, which forces pet owner to find much more expensive home options.

If you are looking to fill your rental property, be sure to check out NowRenting. This rental management software takes the pain out of finding, screening, signing, and managing tenants with a streamlined, affordable process. Sign up for a 7-day trial today.

How to Manage Your Lead Assignment Roster

Published by Matthew Talamini in on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

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How to Manage Your Lead Assignment Roster

NowRenting’s Lead Assignment Roster lets you set up automatic lead assignment. Your team will have leads assigned to them automatically, as they come in. If you haven’t given your team user accounts on NowRenting yet, see here for instructions.

To access the Lead Assignment Roster, click Leads in the top navigation bar, and then Assignment Roster in the dropdown menu.

To set up automatic Lead assignment, first you have to add users to the roster. Do this by clicking Add Users.

You’ll see a window with a list of your users. Select the ones you want to add to the roster and click the Add Member button. If you don’t see the user you’re looking for, you can type their name into the search bar at the top of the window.

Using the Lead Assignment Roster

  • Use the Assign Leads Automatically toggle to turn automatic Lead assignment on and off.
  • Click and Drag a user’s row to change their order in the roster.
  • The control in the Share column allows you to set how many Leads a user will receive during each round.
  • The minus icon lets you remove a user from the roster.

The user highest on the list will get the first new Lead that comes in. They’ll get as many new Leads as the number in the Share column, and then the next new Lead will go to the next on the roster.

For example: In the screenshot shown above, Henry will get the first new Lead, then Mark, then Mark, and then Henry again, and so on. Mark gets two Leads in a row because his Share number is set to 2.

(Note: Leads that are manually created using the Add Lead button on the Leads page are always assigned to the user who created them, regardless of whether that user is in the roster or not.)

Avoid Serious Misunderstandings With Houses For Rent By Owner

Published by Matthew Talamini in on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

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Avoid Serious Misunderstandings With Houses For Rent By Owner

There are many advantages to houses for rent by owner, but there can be a lot of issues and serious misunderstandings when an agreement is not in writing. It is not all about paying somebody else’s mortgage or throwing money away. You do have a responsibility to ensure that the lease agreement is in place and that you make regular payments.

Explore the new neighborhood and make good use of the opportunity to save money on a monthly basis. Advantages of renting a house by owner include:

  • One can live in a better neighborhood. Some houses for rent by owners include water, and you can save money.
  • You are not responsible for maintenance. Plumbing, elimination of termites and paint can be expensive. You save all these costs by renting.
  • One can experience a lot of unforeseen costs when owning a home. Large repairs such as a leaking roof can cost one a lot of money.
  • Pools cost money to maintain. There are great public pools available, and all one has to pay is the membership.
  • When you have to change location, renting makes moving much easier.
  • If for some reason, you can no longer afford the more expensive rental, you can give notice and move to a cheaper rental.

Rental Agreements

There are lease clauses that are legal, but turn out to be very unfair. Courts have the power to change any lease provisions if the tenant can show it is unjust to one party. If you are planning on renting, it is advisable to seek legal advice to help you understand all the terms and clauses of the agreement. There are important factors in a rental agreement:

  • When is the monthly rent due and the amount of the rent? If it is not stated in the agreement, the law requires rent to be paid on the first day of the month/week;
  • Most leases provide a three or five-day grace period for rent payments. The contract should state what the charges for late payments are;
  • Utilities and appliances: Who is responsible for the utilities?
  • Are pets allowed?

Illegal Lease Provisions

Once you are ready to sign the lease agreement, take note that there are clauses that are against the law:

  • A clause that allows the landlord to change the property’s locks and deny the tenant access to the property if there is outstanding rent;
  • A clause stating that the tenant does not get a refund of a deposit or prepaid rent;
  • A provision stating that the tenant cannot defend himself or herself in court if the landlord should file a lawsuit against the tenant for damages or seeks to evict the tenant;
  • A provision that says a late fee of more than ten percent of the monthly rent is required;
  • A clause that permits the landlord to hold the tenant’s personal property after an eviction;
  • A provision that states the tenant must give up the right to take the landlord to court.

Serious Misunderstandings

There can be a lot of issues and serious misunderstandings when an agreement with houses for rent by owner is not in writing. A rental can be given to a tenant on a month to the month basis. The tenant can insist on a six-month term, and the landlord agrees. If these agreements are not in writing it can be very difficult to prove in court that the term was six months. Oral agreements are often enforceable, but agreements such as where the landlord accepts to make repairs to the property, should be in writing.

Things Can Go Wrong Even Before You Move In

You have signed a written agreement to rent, and you have paid the deposit. What if you lost your job and cannot afford to rent the home? The landlords have the right to retain the deposit. The landlord may also be entitled to some rent or other damages for having to advertise the apartment.

What if you have signed the agreement, and you are not able to move in on the consented upon date as the home is not ready? In this case, you can give written notice to the landlord to terminate the rental agreement. You are entitled to the return of all prepaid rent and deposits.

If you do not wish to terminate the agreement, you may demand that the landlord make the rental unit available immediately. You can bring this action to court, and you can ask for damages as well as for possession in the lawsuit. Damages can include alternative housing, storage for your possessions and costs for searching for another rental.

Strange Landlords

When you consider houses for rent by owner, keep in mind that there can be strange people out there. Some landlords can insist on cash. Make sure you keep all the receipts. A landlord can promise to make repairs, but never turns up for making those repairs or the landlord can be unavailable when needed for an emergency such as a leaking water pipe.

You can run into difficult landlords. It is advisable that you put the dispute you have with the landlord in writing and take pictures of what is broken. Where the landlord promised to fix it by a certain date and time, document this conversation in writing. Send a copy of this letter by certified mail with a follow-up letter describing your conversation you had with the landlord. You can file a complaint at the Fair Housing Act if your landlord is not keeping up the promises.

Purchasing a Property versus Renting

An adjunct professor in personal finance at the University of California at Berkeley, found that “100 percent of the time it was better to rent, rather to own.” He added that he knew he is taking a constraint point of view to conventional wisdom.

Greg McBride, a senior analyst, said that “Home ownership is a store of wealth. The promise of home ownership is that over the long haul, it can result into a rebate of many or perhaps all of your costs, unlike rent, which does not give you any rebate.” Mr. McBride said there is no sense in buying a home if it is going to deplete your emergency or retirement savings.

A new academic article in Real Estate Economics used data from 1979 to 2009 and demonstrated that renting was the superior investment for most of the past 30 years. The article found that unless someone possesses the cash necessary to buy a residence, he or she will be renting one way or another.

The article states: “The choice is between renting the property directly or rent the capital necessary to buy the property. The amount of capital to be rented is a function of house prices, while the bulk of a mortgage payment is in interest, which is the rental payment on this capital.

After 2 years, the typical 30-year amortizing mortgage balance has been reduced by less than 3%. This means that a household that took out a $300,000 mortgage with a 5% interest rate to buy a home has only reduced its mortgage balance by $8,600 after two years despite spending nearly $39,000 in total over this period.”

There are many advantages to houses for rent by owner. It remains your responsibility to ensure that the lease agreement is in place in order to avoid issues and serious misunderstandings and that you make regular payments in a timely manner.

Get Ahead of the Game With NowRenting Today

Published by Matthew Talamini in on Monday, November 20th, 2017

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Get Ahead of the Game With NowRenting Today

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Why Millennials are Choosing to Rent Properties

Published by Matthew Talamini in on Monday, November 6th, 2017

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Why Millennials are Choosing to Rent Properties

The American Dream has always been defined as having a good job, making enough money to support your family, and ultimately buying a home. But, times have changed. As economies, people, culture, and generations change, so has the American Dream. Specifically, the part about buying a house. While of course everyone dreams of owning their own home one day, it is simply a not realistic dream for Millennials. The desire is still there, but times have changed too much. Millennials are now opting to rent properties instead of choosing to buy houses.

Why is this? Well, to start, Millennials are known for choosing convenience and flexibility over commitment. In a time of constant jobs changes and the seeking new opportunities, it does not make sense to commit to buying a house which will ultimately tie one down to a specific spot. They favor the ability to pick up and go whenever the opportunity arises. Millennials are a generation of convenience. It is simply more convenient for them to rent a property instead of buy a house.
Continuing on the topic of convenience, Millennials are embracing the constantly changing rental living experience rather than the monotonous home-owner life. Renting a property offers a completely different living experience than what someone would have owning a house. Renting allows for people to experience different environments, different structural layouts, and different communities. This opens people up to a wide array of living arrangements and communities that they would not have been exposed to before. Also, considering the wide array of living experiences and places this Millennial has experienced, if they ever do decide to own a home, they already have a pretty good idea of what they’d like to have instead of buying a house only to discover it’s not quite what you were expecting.
Lastly, cost is a huge part of why Millennials are choosing to rent properties instead of buy houses. Millennials are the first generation to be entering their adult lives in copious amounts of student loan debt. This delays their ability to be financially stable enough to afford to buy a house. Millennials are also obtaining jobs with lower starting base salaries. This combined with high student loan debt makes it incredibly difficult to even think about owning a home. Also, when one owns a home, they are responsible for all of the amenities, taxes, and maintenance, which is expensive. When one is a renter, they don’t have to worry nearly as much about these costs.