Regarding the passive versus active income, Phil followed up with a question upon which I would really like an answer, if you know.Here is Phil's question: "But back to OP's question. Clearly, if she uses the management company to do everything, she's not actively participating. But how about her other scenario; is that active enough? I've never been clear on this."My question was.....if I get a management company to only screen tenants and collect the rents, while I actively manage the property otherwise, would it be active or passive income? I have my own vendors whom I prefer. When I rented the house previously, I could call whatever vendor and they appeared "johnny on the spot" in less than 12 hours to perform the repair, and I would either give them my credit card or immediately write them a check.We hae some management companies here in Columbia, who add a markup to the repairman's invoice, pocketing the difference. I will not go for that, and I trust the people I have dealt with in the past. These are companies and individuals with whom my late parents also transacted business, and I value their reputations, service and quality of work.Donna
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