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We've named our blog after the most joyful room in the house, because that's the feeling which best describes living in a Belong home. We'll be sharing tips, trends and stories from our community that capture the many ways in which we're making long-term renting a new way of life. One where all people Belong.

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A young couple are looking over paperwork with moving boxes in the background. Sometimes residents need to terminate their rental lease agreement early, find out how to manage a break-lease for your rental home.

Aug 9, 2022

How to Manage an Early Lease Termination

Find out how to manage a break-lease without losing rental income on your home.

Property Management

Written By

Belong on Aug 9, 2022

An image of a female hand with a pen, laptop and calculator, ready to complete a cap rate formula. Capitalization rates compare and estimate the future ROI of real estate investment properties.

Aug 7, 2022

Capitalization Rate: What It Is and How To Calculate It

Understand how capitalization rates (or cap rates) are calculated to identify the best methods for assessing a potential rental property investment.

Real Estate Investing

Written By

Belong on Aug 7, 2022

A photo of a single-family home for sale. If you're considering a real estate investment, find out what you need both an asset manager and property manager to maximize income and returns.

Aug 3, 2022

Asset Management vs Property Management (and Why You Really Need Both)

Property management and asset management play distinct roles in real estate. Find out how successful real estate investors use both to maximize their returns.

Real Estate Investing

Written By

Belong on Aug 3, 2022

A young man with a hand drill secures window shutters as part of annual home maintenance on a rental home.

Aug 2, 2022

How to Predict a Property’s Annual Cost of Maintenance

Predicting the annual cost of home maintenance on your rental property will allow you to plan for expenses and ensure that there are fewer surprises in store.

Property Management

Written By

Belong on Aug 2, 2022

An overhead shot of someone completing a tax return, including working out the tax rates on rental income in the US

Aug 1, 2022

Tax Rates on Rental Income: What You Need to Know

There are both federal and state taxes related to real estate rental income. Learn more about tax rates on rental income in the US for rental property owners.

Real Estate Investing

Written By

Belong on Aug 1, 2022

A photo of a run-down REO foreclosure property, which with careful consideration and the right repairs, can make a good real estate investment

Jul 31, 2022

What is an REO Foreclosure?

Understand how to purchase an REO foreclosure property and what makes them different from other real estate investment opportunities. 

Real Estate Investing

Written By

Belong on Jul 31, 2022

A man carries a clipboard to conduct a home inspection for a rental property

Jul 27, 2022

Rental Inspections: Why You Need Them and What To Do With The Results

This Q&A on rental inspections for your home shows how to manage routine inspections of rental properties and how they can protect your real estate investment.

Property Management

Written By

Belong on Jul 27, 2022

A photo of a school bus in the streets of Miami, Florida. Find out the best school districts in Miami to own rental property.

Jul 26, 2022

Best Miami School Districts To Own Rental Property

Before investing in a rental property in Miami, consider the schools in each neighborhood. Find out the best Miami school districts to own a rental property.


Written By

Belong on Jul 26, 2022

A well presented kitchen - an attractive feature in a rental investment property

Jul 24, 2022

Buying an investment property? Here’s what to look for

Looking for an investment property is different from a home you’ll live in. Know what to look for

Real Estate Investing

Written By

Belong on Jul 24, 2022