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Housters 3.0 Release

The 3.0 release of Housters is now up on http://housters.com and will make it to the Google Play Store and iOS App Store in the upcoming days.

I’m excited to announce that the ability to collect rent from tenants is back in Housters! We’ve teamed up with Dwolla to provide a safe and secure way for tenants to pay rent to their landlords while still keeping the transfer fees low.

Simply go to the Collect Rent screen, follow the prompts to setup a Dwolla account, pick a tenant, and send them an invite. A new account will be setup for your tenant and an email sent to them with instructions. They then will be able to login to the website or mobile apps, follow the prompts to setup their Dwolla account and send their rent payment. The rent payment will be transferred into your Dwolla account, which you can then transfer on to your bank account. The cool thing is that a transaction for the rent payment will automatically be added into your Housters account, updating the tenant’s unpaid rent status.

The rent payment transfer is free to the landlord, a small transfer fee of $2 is paid by the tenant.

**Website Release Notes:**

– Ability for landlord to request rent from tenants
– Tenants can now pay rent through Housters
– Added new tenant notes field
– Added both title and description of transactions to reports
– Bug fixes

**Mobile App Release Notes:**

– Ability for landlord to request rent from tenants
– Tenants can now pay rent through Housters
– Added new tenant notes field
– Bug fixes

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Housters 2.9 Release

The 2.9 release of Housters is now up on http://housters.com and will make it to the Google Play Store and iOS App Store in the upcoming days.

As always, this release was all about fulfilling customer requests. The double-entry accounting and bank statement reconciliation features that were pushed to the website last release are now in the mobile apps. The ability to invite tenants to Housters so that they can login and view their rent status and submit service/repair requests has been added to the mobile apps as well.

Lastly, many users have been asking for the ability to manage their real estate contacts within Housters. This is now in both the website and mobile apps, as well as the ability to assign your to-do list tasks to contacts and invite them to login to Housters and view/update those tasks.

**Website Release Notes:**

– Manage real estate contacts
– Assign to-do list tasks to contacts
– Invite contacts to login to Housters and view/update to-do list tasks assigned to them
– Added rent due date for tenants
– Financial summaries for this month and last month added
– Display date range of transaction list
– Added report date range options such as this year, last year, etc…
– Support for non-repeating leases
– Improved international support
– Bug fixes

**Mobile App Release Notes:**

– Added double-entry accounting support
– Ability to perform bank account statement reconciliations
– Invite tenants to login to Housters to view rent status and add service/repair requests
– Manage real estate contacts
– Assign to-do list tasks to contacts
– Invite contacts to login to Housters and view/update to-do list tasks assigned to them
– Added rent due date for tenants
– Financial summaries for this month and last month added
– Support for non-repeating leases
– Bug fixes

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Housters 2.8 Release

Housters 2.8 has been released on http://housters.com and will make its way to the Android and iOS mobile apps in the upcoming week.

This release introduces big changes to how we do accounting. When adding transactions the old way, you would simply pick a type (rent payment, repairs, etc…), enter the amount, enter some other details and then save. This approach is fine for many and is still the default way to add transactions in Housters, however it’s lacking in that it doesn’t allow the user to input where the money is coming from or going to.

On the Account > Preferences page we’ve now added a new option called “Double-Entry Accounting”. After enabling this preference, adding transactions allows you to input all of the individual debit and credit lines that make up a transaction. For example, adding a rent payment would debit a certain bank account asset and credit the income – rent payment account. This means that ANY transaction can now be added into Housters, where it’s for receiving money (income), sending money (an expense), or transferring money from one account to another. On the transaction list we now display each debit and credit line, as each transaction really is a combination of debits and credits.

We’ve also added the ability to customize your transaction types. From the new Manage Transaction Types page you can add new types and categorize them as income, expenses, assets, liabilities, etc… For those who are going to leverage the double-entry mode, you can add your actual rental bank accounts as assets and your rental credit cards as liabilities.

This naturally leads us to bank statement reconciliations. Now that you can specify for each transaction which account the money came from or went to, we’ve added a new Reconciliation page that allows you to enter an account, date range, starting balance and ending balance (which you will copy from your bank statement). You can then go through and check off the boxes of each transaction and ensure that the ending balance in Housters matches the ending balance on your bank statement. If it doesn’t then you’ve missed adding at least one transaction into Housters. Once it does match, you can then post the reconciliation, which will save it. Next month, you can go back to the Reconciliation page, it’ll automatically set the date range to the month after the last post, and set the starting balance to the ending balance from the last post.

That’s about it, feel free to drop us an email if you have any questions on the new functionality. A big thanks goes out to one of our users, Chris, who is an accountant and guided us through how to implement these new features in a way that would adhere to accounting rules. This release wouldn’t have happened without Chris!

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Housters 2.5 Release

I’m excited to announce the release of version 2.5 of the Housters mobile app, property management for the next generation of landlords.

What’s new:
– Browse older transactions automatically as you move down the list
– View big photos by tapping on thumbnails
– Improve sizing of layouts and fonts for tablets
– New default images for transactions, to-do’s, properties, and tenants
– View to-do status updates
– Send text messages to tenants
– Be able to close your account (and reactivate it)
– Fixed – photos taken in portrait view save in landscape view
– Fixed – some documents don’t open in viewer
– Other bug fixes

Check it out and let us know what you think!

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/housters-property-management/id697883452?fbclid=IwAR22d-qAz-fducDvl4ifoVNJ-OhK14kpDAq1gpRhK8EY_rYHqUki2bi_4kk

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tothsolutions.housters&fbclid=IwAR2Gb2ZVvyV5WrZ4aCqn6EX2VW27WsRT_Lc1V44PBUHmkvaUGByUpiq7IYE

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Housters 2.4 Release

The Housters website has been updated to release 2.4. With this release comes many features that users asked for, such as improved transaction imports, sending rent receipts back to tenants, and being able to associate documents to properties and tenants.

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Housters 2.0.5 Release

Just released v2.0.5 to Android and iOS! We enhanced tenants, transactions, and internationalized dates and currencies. Plus we fixed some bugs, and enhanced app performance!

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Housters 2.0 Release

Housters Mobile 2.0 released! Now you can create, edit, and delete everything, just like you can on the website! That means all your transactions, properties, tenants, and to-dos can be maintained from wherever you are. And just like the website, it’s completely free! Check out our blog to learn more, and get links to the app.