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Jessica Hickok is a REALTOR® Broker and Property Manager/Landlord with Dizmang Properties, Inc. (www.getpaul.com) in Springfield, Missouri where she and her business partner manage over 200 single-family homes. She is the Co-Founder of the web site www.landlordredlist.com and blogs about property management projects on her personal site at www.jessicahickok.com and via Twitter as @SugarCube.

Stories by Jessica Hickok

Renter's rights

Protect Yourself as a Renter

Currently, the rental market is very favorable for tenants who are looking to lease property.  There is a plethora of […]

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6 Tips to Negotiating Your Lease Agreement

The time to negotiate your lease agreement is not when you are sitting down at the table with the landlord […]

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What To Do If You're Facing Eviction

Unfortunately, during this real estate downturn, many people have found themselves in places they never expected to end up — […]

Choosing roomates

Renting? Tips on Choosing Your Roommates Wisely

When it comes to renting a place to live, tenants often find it easy to team up with a friend […]

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Playing Tug O' War Over Repairs Between Landlord and Tenant

It can be extremely frustrating to tenants when the landlord has taken their sweet time to make a simple repair […]

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Why Landlords Charge High Security Deposits

There are several reasons why a landlord charges more for a security deposit.

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Property Managers and Landlords: Buckle Down for Year-End

It’s never too soon to start preparing for the year-end work that needs to be done as a landlord and […]

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Understanding the Role of the Property Manager

Understanding a property manager’s role is key for better relations between everyone in a rental property.

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Reasons to Friend (or Not) Your Tenants on Social Media Networks

Sometimes when you are a landlord, it can be hard to “turn off” your work and not let the line […]

Why Renter’s Insurance is Important

Often, tenants have a false sense of security thinking that they will automatically be covered if something were to happen to the home that they are renting.

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Get It Right By Getting It In Writing

It is a wise move to get everything in writing — agreements and otherwise.

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Be The Chosen One: Tips To Make Your Rental Application Stand Out

The rental market can be brutal, especially when a hot property that is well priced comes available.

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