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5 Helpful Tips for First-Time Landlords

Congratulations! You’ve decided to rent out your property. You’re probably..

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Squatters Rights in California

Squatters can be a landlord’s worst fear. In a state like California, the..

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3 Things That Are Affecting the San Diego Rental Market Right Now

2020 has been a roller coaster of a year for many of us. Covid-19 has put..

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5 Costly Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Rental Property

Selling your home can be an exciting journey, but it’s also a very complex..

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Why You Shouldn’t List Your Home While You Have Tenants

Many landlords and investors alike want to list their home on the rental..

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What to Consider Before Raising the Rent During COVID-19

In recent months, the nation has experienced a change unlike anything we..

Dave Pleman
The Best & Worst Pizza in Pacific Beach, San Diego

Second only to the best taco shop, this is possibly the most debated..

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8 Things Investors Should Avoid When Using a Property Manager

Hiring a property manager can be a great thing for you and your property. It..

Steve Welty
How Has COVID-19 Affected the San Diego Real Estate Market?

The real estate market has experienced some changes as a result of COVID-19...

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5 Tips to Make Working at Home More Productive

Many of us have recently transitioned to the work-from-home lifestyle. This..

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Tenant Resources for Rental Assistance During COVID-19

With Coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading rapidly across the country, we know..

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Top Reasons Owners Fire Their Property Managers

Hiring a property manager can be a great thing for your property. It allows..

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Tips for Preventive Maintenance Walkthroughs for Your Rental Property

When you rent out your property, you want to make sure that it’s being taken..

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How to Write a Great Rental Listing

Getting your property rented quickly is crucial to securing good tenants and..

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How to Think Like an Investor

If you’re an accidental landlord, it might be hard to view yourself as a..

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Tips for Tenants: How to Take Care of Your Rental

Being a great tenant is beneficial for both you and your landlord. Taking..

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Houses vs. Condos: What Are the Pros & Cons?

So you’ve decided to purchase your first property. The first decision you’ll..

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How to Set the Best Rental Price for Your Property

Setting the best price for your rental property is crucial to getting your..

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5 California Laws for 2020 That All Landlords Need to Know

With all the new laws going into effect this year, it can be a challenge to..

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8 Restaurants in San Diego, CA That Are Perfect for Your Next Date

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! It’s time to start thinking about..

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5 California Laws for 2020 That Affect Your Rental Property

There are a lot of new laws going into effect this year that affect rental..

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AB 1482: Rent Control and Just Cause Eviction in California

2019 brought about a big change for California renters and property owners...

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Fun Holiday Activities in San Diego, CA

It’s officially December, which means it’s now socially acceptable to..

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5 Home Improvements That Aren't Worth the Money

Home improvements are always a hot topic with property owners. There are..

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Is Real Estate Investing Right for You?

People often assume that investing in real estate is a one-way ticket to..

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Fall Activities to do in San Diego

While we might still be experiencing 80 degree weather, it’s officially fall..

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Pros and Cons of Rent Control

The subject of rent control has become increasingly popular over the last..

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Tips for an Easy Property Turnover

Getting your home ready for a new tenant is very important. It affects how..

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How to Maintain a Good Relationship With Your Tenants

Getting a good tenant is one of the primary goals for many landlords. When..

Steve Welty
A New Playbook for Today’s Best Leaders: A Conversation with David Cuthbert of Wine to Water

I spoke with the CEO of Wine to Water, David Cuthbert about the evolution of..

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Should Your Accessory Dwelling Unit Be a Short-Term or Long-Term Rental?

Deciding to rent your accessory dwelling unit is a great decision. For..

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The Best Breweries in San Diego, CA

As one of the country’s top cities for craft breweries, San Diego has plenty..

Steve Welty
The Seven Philosophies of Good Life Property Management

Today I want to share with you the philosophies of Good Life. I had my team..

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Financing Options for Accessory Dwelling Units

If you’re considering building an accessory dwelling unit on your property,..

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Best Coffee Shops in San Diego, CA

San Diego has countless great coffee shops to choose from. From North Park..

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Are Accessory Dwelling Units Worth the Cost?

Accessory dwelling units, also coined granny flats, are becoming more..

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What to Do When Your Rental is Put Up for Sale

As a tenant, it’s easy to forget that at any time, your home could be put up..

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Three Ideas That Changed My Life

I wanted to give you 3 ideas that changed my life for the positive in hopes..

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Is Making Money Killing Your Business?

To listen to the full podcast episode, click here.

While I wish I could say..

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Common Questions About Section 8 in San Diego

While many people have heard the term “Section 8,” many landlords and..

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What to Consider When Investing in Multifamily Real Estate

Investing in a multifamily property, such as a duplex or an apartment..

Dave Pleman
The Best & Worst California Burritos in Pacific Beach, San Diego

If San Diego is the California Burrito Capital of the World, I am fairly..

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Pros & Cons of Investing in a Multifamily Property

If you’ve been an investor in the rental market for a while, you might be..

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Everything You Should Know About Accessory Dwelling Units in San Diego, CA

The cost of building a home in San Diego has been rapidly increasing over..

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The Best Speakeasies in San Diego

San Diego may be known for its sunshine and beaches, but it’s about to be..

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Tips to Get Your Rental Property Ready for Summer

San Diego is known for its perfect summers. While other California cities..

Dave Pleman
The Best and Worst California Burritos in Clairemont, San Diego

San Diego is well known for many things: the great weather, beautiful..

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Selling a Tenant-Occupied Property

At some point, you may decide that after a few years of renting your home,..

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How the Franchise Tax Board Affects Your Rental Property

In the state of California, property management companies are required to..

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5 Things to Replace Before Renting Your Home

When you’re about to rent your property out (particularly for the first..

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How the San Diego Just Cause Eviction Ordinance Affects Your Property

 

In 2004, the City of San Diego adopted the just cause eviction ordinance,..

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Is Rent Control Coming to San Diego?

With San Diego being one of the most expensive cities in the US, the subject..

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Tips for Raising Your Tenant's Rent

Raising your tenant’s rent can be a tricky subject. You want to maximize..

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Is Property Management Worth it?

If you're a rental property owner, chances are that at some point you've..

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Rental Property Repairs: Owner vs. Tenant Responsibilities

If you’re a first-time landlord, you may be unsure of what type of repairs..

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5 San Diego Restaurants to Check Out for Valentine's Day

San Diego is a beautiful city with an abundance of unique restaurants and..

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Section 8 & Rental Assistance: How They Affect Your San Diego Rental Property

This past August, the San Diego City Council issued a new ruling that..

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Best Beach Neighborhoods in San Diego

San Diego is home to many different beaches, resulting in a plethora of..

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Service Animals & Emotional Support Animals: What Landlords Need to Know

When screening your tenants, you may run across an applicant who notes they..

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5 Great Neighborhoods in San Diego, CA

San Diego is a big city that has everything from relaxing beach towns to..

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Home Warranties for Landlords: What You Need to Know

People hear the phrase “home warranty” and assume that they should..

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Different Accounting Styles Used in Property Management

Property management companies typically use one of two types of accounting..

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Holiday Home Safety Tips

For many, the holidays are a great time of year. Endless celebrations,..

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What You Should Consider Before Renewing Your Tenant's Lease

Property owners often have many questions about lease renewals. When should..

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Problems with Befriending Your Tenant

Whether you are managing your own properties or working with a property..

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How to Cancel Your Property Management Contract

There may come a time when you’re working with a property management company..

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Asked & Answered: How We Screen Tenants

Here at Good Life, we get questions daily about what makes a good applicant..

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How to Identify Pet Damage in Your Rental Property

If you own a rental property and allow pets, you probably have encountered..

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Common Lease Violations and How to Prevent Them

Everyone hopes that they’ll have great tenants when they rent out their..

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Investing in Escondido: What You Need to Know

If you’re looking to invest in a San Diego Rental Property, you might be..

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Responsibilities of a Property Management Company

If you’ve been managing your own rental property, you might not be entirely..

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What to Look Out For in a Property Management Contract

When you’re getting ready to sign a contract with a property management..

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5 Things Every Property Management Company Should Have

Hiring a property manager can be a challenging process. There are likely..

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Top 3 Water Damage Contractors in San Diego

There are many water damage contractors to choose from in San Diego and it..

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Tips for Getting the Best Tenant for Your Rental Property

When you rent out your property, you want to attract tenants that will take..

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Pros & Cons of Self-Showings: What There is To Know About Lockboxes

When you’re renting out a property, scheduling times to meet with..

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Renting vs. Selling Your Home: Everything You Need to Know

If you’re a property owner or are thinking of moving, you’ve probably..

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The Best Property Management Companies in Escondido

When it comes to finding the right property manager, you want someone that..

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5 Life-Changing Tips for Becoming a Better Landlord

In this day and age, it can be difficult to be a good landlord when so many..

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4 Common Reasons Your Property Isn't Renting

 

So you’ve put your house on the market for rent. Weeks have gone by and..

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Problems with Managing Your Own Property

If you’ve recently decided to rent out your property, you might be wondering..

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Pros and Cons of Hiring a Property Management Company

Deciding to hire a property manager can be a challenging process. Maybe..

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5 Essential Questions to Ask a Property Manager
So you’ve decided to hire a property manager.

Whether it’s because you no..

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How Much Does Property Management Cost?

If you’ve decided that you’re in need of a property management company, your..

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Property Management vs. Self Management vs. Leasing Only: 5 Tips for Choosing

Renting out a property can be an overwhelming task for many people,..

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The Best Property Management Companies in North County, San Diego

When it comes to finding the right property manager, you want someone that..

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Best Property Management Companies in Central San Diego

When it comes to finding the right property manager, you want someone that..

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8 Cost-Effective Upgrades to Help Your Home Rent Faster

 

 

If you’re considering renting your property, you might take a look..

Steve Welty
Rent vs. Sell Analysis: What to Consider Before Making a Decision

There are qualitative and quantitative factors you need to consider when..

Steve Welty
What to Look Out for During a Preventative Maintenance Walkthrough of Your Rental Property

San Diego landlords are often asking me about what they should look for..

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7 Common Ways to Hold Title to Real Estate in San Diego, CA

Should I put my house in a trust or LLC? This is a question we hear a lot..

Steve Welty
Should I Buy a Home Warranty for My Investment Property in San Diego, CA?

 

When you buy a house for your personal residence, obtaining a home..

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Emotional Support Animal Laws: Regulations on Allowing Service Animals in San Diego Rental Properties

DISCLAIMER: Please check with your attorney regarding all matters..

Steve Welty
Should I Rent My San Diego Property Furnished or Unfurnished?

A very common question we get from owners moving out of their primary..

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How Changes to Credit Reporting May Boost Your Score! San Diego Landlord Education

Credit bureaus are implementing some changes that can affect landlords in..

Dave Pleman
What To Do If a Tenant Destroys Your Rental Property

What do you do if a tenant destroys your property? This is a common..

Steve Welty
When is the Best Time to Rent Out Your Property?

In San Diego, the best time to rent out a house is April through September...

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Landlord Insurance and Why You Need It For Your San Diego Rental Property

Landlord insurance is different from homeowner’s insurance. If you live in..

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How to Evict a Tenant from Your Rental Property

 

 

The most common reason to evict a tenant from your San Diego rental..

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What Will Your San Diego Property Rent for and Cost You? San Diego Landlord Advice

San Diego investors are often asking what they can earn and what they will..

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How to Handle Maintenance Repairs on Your Rental Property Like a Pro

There are a few easy steps to follow for successful maintenance on your San..

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5 Tenant Screening Tips to Help You Find the Best Tenant for Your San Diego Rental Property

When you’re looking for tenants for your San Diego rental property, you..

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Why You Shouldn't Show Your Rental Property While It's Tenant-Occupied

There’s a belief by some in the landlord community that once a tenant gives..

Steve Welty
Should I Allow Pets in My San Diego Rental Property? Professional Property Manager Explains

The decision about whether or not to allow pets in your San Diego rental..

Steve Welty
How to Get Your San Diego Property Rent Ready

What type of repairs will your San Diego investment property need to be..

Steve Welty
San Diego Property Management Fees Explained by an Expert Property Manager

Management fees are a common concern of owners when they are looking for ..

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