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Rental Properties in Charlotte

Even in the best of circumstances, renting a house comes with a lot of unknowns. But if you know what to look for and what to avoid when searching for rental properties in Charlotte NC, you’ll be able to find the perfect property for your needs.

Here’s the top 5 things to avoid when renting a house:

Bad Neighborhoods

With rental prices climbing across the country, you might be tempted to rent a house in a less-than-desirable neighborhood to save a few bucks. While making compromises in the rental process should be expected to a certain extent, putting your safety at risk is never worth it.

Do your research on the area you’re interested in, look at things like crime statistics, average income, average mortgage price, etc. to get a good idea of what the area is really like.

Problems with Pests 

You would obviously never rent a house you knew was infested with pests of any kind. Unfortunately, renters get stuck with these unwanted guests without even knowing it in most cases. Don’t be afraid to ask questions before moving in.

Ask if the property has ever had problems with mice, cockroaches, bed begs, fleas, etc., and inspect the house closely for any signs of infestation.

Outdated Appliances 

Before renting a property, take a look at the appliances to ensure they are up-to-date and working properly. Older appliances, such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, and stoves, are much more likely to break down and/or stop working.

Even though the landlord is typically responsible for these type of maintenance costs, it’s still not a problem you want to be dealing with on a regular basis.

Expensive Utilities 

Renting a house can be an extremely smart financial move. However, those savings can quickly be eaten up by unruly utility bills.

Don’t fall for this all-too-common pitfall and contact the utility company beforehand to get an estimate on how much things like electricity and water cost at the property you’re interested in.

An Unavailable Landlord 

Perhaps the most important thing to avoid when looking for rental properties in Charlotte NC is an unreliable or unavailable landlord/property manager.

When first communicating with an owner or property manager, take note of how quickly they return your calls and how helpful they are (or aren’t) when you’re asking questions about the property.


The Right Rental Home in Charlotte NC

Finding the right home out of the abundance of rental homes Charlotte NC can sometimes be an overwhelming task. There are a few things you want to do to prepare yourself for finding a place in the Charlotte area, so your search doesn’t take longer than it has to and you know what home is right for you.

The Single-Family

Many think of a single family home when considering a rental. The pros are the privacy, that many come with a garage and yard, and it’s pretty close to feeling like a homeowner. Gardening, kids playing in the yard, entertaining outside and having things that are typically not an option in other housing, like a swing set or volleyball net. The cons are the price and the higher expense of utilities.

The Apartment

An apartment can come with amenities that are not included in a single family home. The utilities and rent can be less expensive than a house or a townhouse. The cons are usually how the apartment is maintained, difficulty getting deposits back, owning pets and neighbors that are noisy.

Something in the Middle

When searching for a new rental you can have both the pros and cons of a house and apartment. A townhome can be a good split for many renters who have a family. A townhome can be cheaper than a house and have some of the amenities of an apartment. There is more privacy if the townhome has a fenced yard. A townhouse is also a good compromise on the budget.

When looking for rental homes Charlotte NC can be overwhelming if the type of home isn’t considered first. Once you choose the type of home you want to rent, decide on things like the school district, walk score and neighborhood amenities prior to filling out an application.

Be prepared to narrow down what you want to a few places as application fees can accumulate fast when applying to several locations.

Your lease should be well written and state your responsibilities, how to get maintenance, who to call in an emergency or overnight maintenance situation and all of the fees you are expected to pay.

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Why Renters are Turning to Property Management in Droves

Anyone who has rented before knows how frustrating the search for the perfect home can be. You can be as thorough as you like online and then arrive to find out that the home does not look anything like the picture, or the landlord has changed the rent amount or other rules that come with the home.

That is why many renters are turning to property management rental companies for help. A property management rental company is a group of people who specialize in rentals, assisting people who are looking to rent, or are looking to rent out their home.

You do not have to worry about the details when you work with property management rental companies. You just tell the person you are working with what you want, and they will go out and find the perfect home. Many property management companies have thousands of properties to choose from, which makes it easy to help renters get matched up with the right home – and the right landlord.

There are also benefits to renting a property that is managed by property management. Property management rental companies do nothing but manage their properties so when you have a problem; they are always available to help. This help includes maintenance issues, questions about your rental, financial issues and much more. Properties that are managed by professionals at a property management company respond to maintenance requests faster make paying rent easier and have several other benefits.

However, property management rental companies do not just make sense for renters; they are also the perfect solution for someone who wants to rent out their home. As an independent landlord, your time is precious and spending all your time collecting rent, doing maintenance or answering questions and showing rental properties can keep you busy all day long. A property manager is a perfect solution because they will take care of many of those things for you, leaving you time for more important tasks.

The bottom line is that property management rental companies simply make sense, no matter if you are interested in renting a home or other property, or are looking to rent out an existing property. A property manager is a great way to save you time and money.

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Top 3 Tips for Finding the Perfect Neighborhood in Charlotte

Charlotte is that quintessential Southern place that offers big city amenities with a small, southern town feel. Residents here enjoy a strong job market, warm climate, and a low cost of living… all of which undoubtedly have contributed to Charlotte making the most recent list of top 10 fastest growing cities in the country.

That said, finding that perfect neighborhood niche for your family in this booming city can sometimes be a challenge. If you are looking to rent or to purchase a rental building, residential management companies can help you find the perfect building and neighborhood fit for you. You should likewise keep the following tips in mind during your home research:

  1. Take a stroll around your prospective block. You can’t judge a neighborhood until you walked a mile of its streets. This is the best way of determining the cleanliness and overall friendliness of a given neighborhood. It will also give you a good idea of nearby cafes, restaurants, corner stores, parks, bars, and other amenities. For example, a quick walk around Charlotte’s NoDa or North Davidson neighborhood will show you some of the eclectic art galleries and bustling live music venues that makes this a top living choice for recent college grads. For best effects, be sure to go a few different days of the week.
  2. Do some research into the safety of a neighborhood. Whether you are working with Charlotte residential management companies to rent a home or to purchase a home for rent, getting a place in a safe neighborhood is key. While Charlotte is overall a safe city, there are some pockets of crime (like any big city). Go to the local police department or otherwise do some research into neighborhood crime statistics. You’ll want to look both at the amount and type of crimes as well as consider whether there is an increasing or decreasing trend. 
  3. Check out the local schools. This is important for those people renting with kids as well as for buyers who want to keep resale value in mind. Homes near good schools, whether it is kindergarten or college, will always be in high demand. 

For more information about Charlotte’s many charming neighborhoods and help in selecting the right home in the right neighborhood, contact us today. Our team of skilled realtors will help find out your needs and future plans to guide you toward your ideal next property.


How to Make Small Rooms Feel Larger: Quality Property Management Advice

Whether you’re renting a trendy tiny house or a studio apartment, or you have a large home with some small rooms, these tips are for you! Interior designers, home stagers and quality property management firms use small-house decorating secrets to visually enlarge living space that’s a little too cozy. Today, we’re sharing some expert advice.

Expand Your Space Without Knocking Down Walls

Remodeling is expensive, inconvenient and sometimes impossible. Here’s what to do instead! Try these tips for living large in a small area:

• Use neutral or lighter tones: Quality property managers recommend neutral or light paint colors, including cream, bone, beige, pale yellow, bright white, gray or light charcoal for walls and/or ceilings. Choosing lighter-color furniture creates a fresh, clean look that feels open and airy. Stuck with a dark couch? Brighten with light, colorful throw pillows. Tone-on-tone is modern, so try lighter tones next to slightly darker shades of the same basic hue.
• Mirrors work magic: You can add a “window” or double your room size without doing construction. Mirrors can reflect great views from an opposite or adjacent window, while pulling extra light into the room or brightening a forgotten, dark corner.
• Be generous with breathing space: Leave lots of floor space (and wall space) empty, between furniture pieces or wall-art. This suggests extravagance—there’s no lack of space here! Many designers feel that hardwood or attractive tiled floors make rooms look larger. Large furniture is ok—but clean lines are preferred. Ideally, use one larger piece per room and coordinate other, smaller furnishings with it.
• Multi-purpose does the trick: Purchase nesting side tables for extra table space and tuck away when not needed. Find an ottoman that works as a coffee table, with hidden storage inside.
• Create built-ins: Sometimes only vintage homes have built-ins, so if necessary–create your own. Purchase corner china cabinets or ordinary bookshelves. Paint the same color as the wall, or one shade darker/lighter. Enjoy the custom made appearance that looks like an architectural feature.
• Choose pendant(s) or wall sconces: Light up your room without using valuable tabletop and floor space. Or opt for floor/table lamps with a small footprint.

If you’re renting out a smaller home or apartment as a landlord, or living in one as a renter, try our tips for small room style! For more expert advice, contact TR Lawing, Charlotte’s leaders in quality property management. Call us today!

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Road Construction on East 7th Street

Effective this Wednesday, May 17, and continuing for 6 weeks, Hawthorne Lane will becompletely closed between E. 5th Street and E. 7th Street.

Effective “before Memorial Day”, the entire intersection of E. 7th Street & Hawthorne Lane will be closed “for several weeks” according to the City of Charlotte.

As soon as the E. 7th Street/Hawthorne Lane intersection reopens (approximately July 1), demolition of the Hawthorne Lane bridge will begin and continue for 18 months … until January 2019.

While access to all local businesses & residences will be maintained at all times, work on the streetcar project will make it difficult for our prospects, residents, staff and vendors.

Please plan before traveling to our main office and our staff will do our best to keep all residents, potential customers, vendors and owners updated on any changes during road construction.

Thank you for your patience.



Realtors® Care Day

Realtors® from T. R. Lawing Realty have sponsored Realtors® Care Day every year since it was founded some 9  years ago.  In fact, Joe Rempson helped found the annual Charlotte area event that brings together hundreds of area Realtors®.

Thank you to everyone who painted, raked, hammered and worked on RCD homes during this year’s event.

For more information about Realtors® Care Day, click the link below to see Charlotte area Realtors® in action and towards the end you may even catch a glimpse of Propery Manager, David Kennedy hard at work.

Realtors Care Day 2017

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It only takes one storm to change your life and community.

Although hurricane season does not official begin for another 30 days, this is a good time to talk with your family about hurricane preparedness.

  • Determine your risk  …  Wind?   Water?   Loss of electricity?
  • Develop an evacuation plan
  • Assemble disaster supplies
  • Perform an insurance check-up, i.e., call your insurance agent & talk about homeowners insurance, repair vs replace, car, boat, etc


Tips for Maintaining a Good Relationship With Your Property Management Company

It is important to remember the following tips for maintaining a good relationship with your property management company. If you have hired them to protect your investment and assume the responsibility of taking care of the needs of your tenants, there are several things you must do to fulfill your end of the bargain.

Pay Your Fees on Time

Pay your property management fees on time and in full as they are incurred. Your fees are agreed upon when you sign your contract, as well as when they are due on a monthly or bi-monthly basis. If you have a question about your invoice, ask questions as soon as you get it. Don’twait until it is due.

Let Them Do Their Job

If you hire a property company to work for you, let them do their job. They are professional managers for a reason and understand how things work with the contracts and property maintenance schedules. If you have concerns, talk to the management team, but allow them to do their job. That’s what you pay them for.

Take Their Advice Into Consideration

When it comes to problems or issues with the property, listen to your manager’s advice. They are in the business of managing properties and understand how to professionally handle many difficult situations. Even though it is up to you to make the final decision, take their advice into consideration. It will save you time and money in the long run.

The above tips for maintaining a good relationship with your property management company will pay off in the long run, allowing you the benefit of profiting from your properties without the day to day headache of being a manager.



There are 2 federal laws that contain very serious & expensive penalties for property management if there is not 100% compliance.

Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act

Adverse Action Letters are required if:

  • Adverse action (i.e., denial) is taken based on whole or in part on information in a consumer report
  • Adverse action is taken on a completed rental application
  • Adverse action is taken on an incomplete rental application
  • Adverse action is taken if a counteroffer is made for credit and the applicant does not accept the counteroffer.

We never release credit reports to anyone, including the applicant or his/her spouse

  • Only Resolve Partners can release credit reports.
  • Refer all such requests/inquiries to Resolve Partners

Federal Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazards Action

For all dwellings built before 1978:

  • An EPA-approved information packet must be provided prior to signing a lease
  • Disclosure of any known information about lead-based paint prior to signing a lease.

There are no exceptions to these federal laws and the burden of proof rests with the property manager.  We at T. R. Lawing Realty work very diligently when dealing with rental applications, credit reports and/or dwellings built before 1978.

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