Here’s our list of the best services, books, and software we used to grow and run our property management and real estate investment business. Some of the links are affiliate links which may result in our earning commissions and fees.

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Online Lead Generation

  • Carrot – Websites designed to convert traffic ( Real Estate Investors and Agents)
  • Propelio – Lead Generation, Leads Management, Websites for Real Estate Investors

Sign Marketing and Placement

Simple Crew – track and manage the placement of street signs

Property Management Websites


The Titanium Vault hosted by RJ Bates III

YouTube Channels

Real Estate Disruptors – Inspirational interviews with successful real estate entrepreneurs, wholesalers, hard money lenders and more.


Landlording on AutoPilot: A Simple, No-Brainer System for Higher Profits, Less Work and More Fun (Do It All from Your Smartphone or Tablet!) (on Amazon, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc) A down to earth book, written by Mike Butler, a landlord who owned and managed 75 rentals while working full time as a cop. He shares his system and forms. If you have to pick one book on landlording, chose this one.

Every Landlord’s Legal Guide (on Amazon, published by NOLO) – This is the best legal guide for property managers and landlords.

Never Split the Difference – The best book on negotiating anything including real estate. The author Chris Voss is a veteran FBI and former hostage negotiator.

The Energy Bus –  Great book for anyone looking to improve their outlook on life. It will transform you and your team. Must read.

The Road Less Stupid – Don’t pay a stupid tax, read this book.

Full Property Management Software

Appfolio – Cloud-based property management software. Suitable for large property management companies. Read about our personal experience with both Appfolio and Buildium.

Buildium – Cloud-based property management software. Suitable for both landlords and property management companies of any size. Free 14- Day Trial

Cozy. co – Free, designed for investors with a couple of properties. Landlords can screen tenants and advertise their properties online (Zillow is not included). 

RentReadi – Property management software, starting at $9/mo. Landlords can collect rent online, prescreen tenants, send in-app notifications, list units, create reports, and manage maintenance. Live customer support. No minimums, unlimited units. Mobile Apps. 

Self-Showing Applications and Lockboxes

Rently – Self-touring technology, application and lockboxes. Click to read our opinion of Rently after using it for many years.

Showmojo – Self-touring, can be integrated with different lockboxes.

Codebox – This is an affordable alternative. You pay for the lockbox one time plus small monthly payments to keep it active. The application that comes with the lockbox is bare bone but for a small landlord it’s the perfect alternative to Rently and Showmojo.

Master Lock Box – Another alternative to Rently and Showmojo, no monthly payments required, just purchase the lock box. It comes with an app that allows you to change the codes after each visitor, they have to have the app installed as well. To use for self showing without the app installed, you can give a temporary code which is valid for 8 hours.

Property Management Maintenance Support

Abodea – This company has been in business for a long time, founded by a former property manager, it answers maintenance calls for property management companies and real estate investors.

Property Condition Reports

Onsite Pros – Move-in, Move-out, Ongoing rental property condition reports.

WeGoLook – Property Checks

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