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Amelia McGee
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Grace Gudenkauf

Self-Managing Landlord

Save time and money with this refreshing guide to managing your own properties—perfect for investor-landlords who want to keep it simple.

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  • A map of state-by-state landlord-tenant laws 
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    Estoppel agreement sample, SOP templates, quick quides for utilities and insurance policies, and more!
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"If you're an investor who struggles with digging yourself out of the day-to-day of property management, this is the book for you... It's time to start treating our rental portfolios like the businesses they are, and The Self Managing Landlord is your guide to doing so." —Rachel Richards, Best-selling author of Money Honey

As you start and build your real estate investing portfolio, one of the biggest challenges is managing your properties. The learning curve for landlords can be intimidating at best and disastrous at worst—so how do you optimize your business, avoid pitfalls, and set yourself up for profitable and ethical success?

In The Self-Managing Landlord, discover the secrets of efficient property management, tenant screening and onboarding, and scaling your business—and create lasting wealth through real estate so you can finally break free from the 9-to-5 grind. With 55 self-managed units combined, Amelia McGee and Grace Gudenkauf both understand the challenges and opportunities of being a DIY landlord. You'll learn from their hands-on experience so you can say goodbye to frustrating property management companies and hello to efficient, money-saving self-management.

  • Find Great Tenants: Attract and screen trustworthy tenants to safeguard your investments.

  • Operate Ethically: Navigate landlord-tenant laws and understand your legal responsibilities.

  • Maximize Profits: Optimize rent pricing, expense management, and cash flow for success.

  • Manage Effortlessly: Streamline tasks and maintenance, handle challenging situations smoothly, and build productive landlord-tenant relationships to make your life as a landlord a breeze.

  • Optimize Taxes: Save money with savvy strategies and deductions.

  • Scale Your Portfolio: Build a long-term real estate strategy to step out of the self-managing business.

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  • We're confident in the quality of our books. If you're not satisfied with your purchase, you can return your book for a full refund within 30 days.
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Karen O. (Durham, NC)
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Still reading the book, but so far the information is vety valuable. I hope to switch over to self-management in the next year and this book has given me a great starting point.

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Olivia U. (Centreville, VA)
Incredible deep dive for beginners OR experienced landlords

Grace & Amelia did an INCREDIBLE job breaking down how to actually run your rentals like a business. It never occurred to me that I am the CEO of my rental portfolio. Now I’m creating SOPs and systemizing thanks to this read. I also like that it’s broken up into 4 sections so if you feel you’ve mastered the “rental essentials” you can skip that and focus on the systems. Amazing book!

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M.H. (Cleveland, OH)
Do it right the first time!!

Whether you’re a seasoned investor or just getting started, do yourself a favor and order this book now. Grace & Amelia have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to self managing their properties THE RIGHT WAY. I wish I had this when I bought my first rental!!

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J. (Pottsville, PA)
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This book goes above and beyond the expectations I had for it. Super insightful as to how to start from the very beginning so you are set up for success with your portfolio! Would recommend to ANYONE at any point in their investing because of all the insightful tips and tricks given when managing your rental portfolio!

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Lidia G. (Downey, CA)
Great Book

“The self managing landlord” is a fantastic resource for anyone looking to self manage their rental properties. The book offers practical advice and guidance on how to manage your properties effectively from finding and screening tenants and handling maintenance and repairs.

About the Authors

Amelia McGee is a full-time real estate investor who self-manages a portfolio of over 35 doors consisting of long-term, medium-term, and short-term rental properties. Since beginning her investment journey, she's utilized multiple strategies to attain financial freedom through real estate, including private money borrowing, private money lending, flipping, BRRRR, creative financing, and partnerships. Amelia is also passionate about encouraging other women to begin investing in real estate and co-owns the business WIIRE (Women Invest in Real Estate) with Grace Gudenkauf. Together they host real estate retreats for women, have created multiple real estate investing courses, and have a weekly podcast. 

Grace Gudenkauf quit her engineering job in 2021 to go all-in on real estate, and she's now a full-time investor who owns and self-manages 20+ units in eastern Iowa. Grace has since relocated to Tucson, Arizona, and she leverages a small in-house team to expand her investing from a distance. Her expertise lies in BRRRRs, medium-term rentals, and creative financing. Her passion lies with Women Invest in Real Estate (WIIRE), a community she co-founded that hosts retreats, podcasts, and other resources.