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Property Managers, Here’s How to Increase Your Income

Property Managers, Here’s How to Increase Your Income

Posted on 28. Oct, 2014 by .

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Like the line from the infamous movie Jerry Maguire, property managers work hard to be able to say “Show me the money!” It doesn’t matter if you’re a Tom Cruise fan for these words to resonate. When I consult with property managers about growing their income I begin with the question, “Have you discussed this […]

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Do Green Property Managers Attract More Considerate Residents?

Do Green Property Managers Attract More Considerate Residents?

Posted on 16. Oct, 2014 by .

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Just because it may not be as “cool” today to take your property management business in a “green” direction doesn’t mean it’s not rewarding. Besides the personal satisfaction there are advantages. As part of its Healthy Homes Program, the federal government’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) launched in 1999 its Healthy Homes Initiative […]

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Renters May Temporarily Turn into Buyers as Incentives Arise

Renters May Temporarily Turn into Buyers as Incentives Arise

Posted on 09. Oct, 2014 by .

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It may feel like 2006 all over again when it comes to the housing market.  Gimmicks and giveaways are creeping into the market because homes aren’t selling like builders had hoped. Back in 2006, just before the crash of 2008, no-document mortgages greased the way to the top of that housing bubble. Today it’s freebies […]

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Residential Housing for Renters Expands as Property Managers Wonder

Residential Housing for Renters Expands as Property Managers Wonder

Posted on 07. Oct, 2014 by .

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The number of multi-family rental housing complexes being built around the nation keeps on growing month after month. The implications for the property management business are somewhat ambiguous. No doubt there’s been a steady decline in the number of homeowners since the financial crisis of 2008. This has translated to a substantial increase of renters […]

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Four Low Cost Ways to Improve the Properties You Manage

Four Low Cost Ways to Improve the Properties You Manage

Posted on 01. Oct, 2014 by .

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Residents are on the prowl again looking for the most attractive rental units for their money. At the same time there is a growing group of former homeowners who are back in the rental market. The monthly rent these groups are willing to pay will partially depend on the condition of the rental properties. If […]

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Four More Ways to Quickly Fill Your Vacancies

Four More Ways to Quickly Fill Your Vacancies

Posted on 19. Sep, 2014 by .

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Marketing tools to turn vacancies into occupancies are worth a fortune. Like the technologies offered by Appfolio, there are many common sense methods to focus on your area’s target market. Each one of the following suggestions is not only intended to help you zoom in on new ways to attract a stream of potential tenants. […]

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Refreshing Suggestions from a Seasoned Property Manager

Refreshing Suggestions from a Seasoned Property Manager

Posted on 03. Sep, 2014 by .

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As the summer season slides to a close it’s good to remember that our work should be enjoyable. If our demanding profession begins to wear us down it’s probably time to do something about it. Recently I touched basis with a colleague who’s been in the property management business for over 40 years. I won’t […]

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Property Managers Put Clients on “Bubble Alert” for Fiscal Planning

Property Managers Put Clients on “Bubble Alert” for Fiscal Planning

Posted on 28. Aug, 2014 by .

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The U.S. economy has come a long way from the frightening fiscal collapse that happened at the end of the Bush administration in 2008. The Obama administration inherited the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The Federal Reserve has been managing America’s monetary policies since 1913. Once former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke saw the […]

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Property Managers Can Offer Clients a Piece of Crowd-funding Action

Property Managers Can Offer Clients a Piece of Crowd-funding Action

Posted on 19. Aug, 2014 by .

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Don’t let the lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer lull your property management business to sleep. Wake it up with timely communiqués that you send to your clients and potential clients. For example, why not ignite their imaginations with information about equity-based crowd-funding that specializes in real estate investment opportunities. I recently interviewed the co-founder […]

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Fed Chair Says a Mouthful to Property Owners and Managers

Fed Chair Says a Mouthful to Property Owners and Managers

Posted on 17. Jul, 2014 by .

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On Tuesday July 15 Fed Chair Janet Yellen said more than Congress and most managers were anticipating. Her carefully prepared comments are a big insight into how those who control America’s monetary policies are thinking. According to a report by USA Today Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen told Congress the economy is improving but still […]

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How Property Managers Can Increase Their Earnings in Today’s Economy

How Property Managers Can Increase Their Earnings in Today’s Economy

Posted on 15. Jul, 2014 by .

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Property managers work hard for their money. Everybody talks about increases in the cost-of-living and rents rising, but how about the people who make rentals available? Yes, I’m referring to your clients the owners, and you, the liaisons between the residents and the “landlords”.  When’s the last time your clients called and said, “You deserve […]

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Get Yelp for Your Property Management Business

Get Yelp for Your Property Management Business

Posted on 08. Jul, 2014 by .

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Too many property managers aren’t aware of the free tools offered by a familiar online company. You’ve heard of Yelp, but did you know that 132 million people use it monthly for buying decisions? The most recent data suggests there are over 57 million reviews on Yelp. More importantly 82% of Yelp users go there […]

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Knowing the Limits on Collection Practices for Property Managers

Knowing the Limits on Collection Practices for Property Managers

Posted on 20. Jun, 2014 by .

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One of the challenges in the management of rental properties involves collecting from residents behind on rent payment. Knowing the laws which govern the methods used for collection is a vital first step. We can debate how far we’d push the envelope to make sure the rent is collected, but the key to avoiding legal […]

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Being a “Remarkable” Property Manager

Being a “Remarkable” Property Manager

Posted on 19. Jun, 2014 by .

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Whether you’re following your passion or just trying to be successful at what you do for a living, it always counts to be in that esteemed group we call “outstanding”. There is more research surfacing that gives practical guidance on the characteristics of those who flourish and those who flounder. It’s not just motivation that […]

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Property Managers Share Secrets for Filling Vacancies

Property Managers Share Secrets for Filling Vacancies

Posted on 13. Jun, 2014 by .

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The responses to my last article on filling vacancies fielded excellent suggestions from property managers. This kind of feedback offers ideas that are working now! Of course the ideas I shared in my series “50 Ways to Fill Your Vacancies” work well in today’s market. Yet those from our readers are personal favorites, innovative and […]

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3 Ways to Help Your Residents Pay on Time

3 Ways to Help Your Residents Pay on Time

Posted on 03. Jun, 2014 by .

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Other than filling vacancies, there are few topics more important for Property Managers than how to make sure your residents pay their rent on time and securely. From a behavioral vantage point, there are several effective ways to empower residents to pay their rent or lease payment on time, month after month. Here are three […]

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Mortgage Rates Falling as U.S. Consumer Sentiment Drops and Housing Starts Rise

Mortgage Rates Falling as U.S. Consumer Sentiment Drops and Housing Starts Rise

Posted on 20. May, 2014 by .

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On Friday May 16 the economic numbers turned Goldilocks-style “not to cold and not too hot”, and property managers need to be on top of these developments. First of all, the interest rate on the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury bond dropped to 2.5% from 2.7% in just one week’s time. That’s a 7.4% plunge, and […]

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Latest Home Building and Housing Affordability Numbers Look Good for Rentals

Posted on 13. May, 2014 by .

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The most recent housing market index is beginning to show some cracks in the mortar. Confidence in the home building sector has deteriorated lately, according to the results of an industry survey released on Tuesday Feb. 18th. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) said its housing market index (HMI) slipped to 46 in February […]

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Property Managers and Residential Housing Owners Need Protection

Property Managers and Residential Housing Owners Need Protection

Posted on 15. Apr, 2014 by .

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With a title like this you may think I’m about to encourage you get a bodyguard or a permit-to-carry. While neither of those ideas are bad ones, I’m talking about reviewing your personal and business insurance. I’m also encouraging you to know your legal liabilities and your rights. Concerning insurance, this is a good time […]

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Rent Checks Stolen from Property Manager’s Lockbox

Posted on 08. Apr, 2014 by .

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Don’t let what happened to a property management company in Las Vegas, Nevada happen to you. The company had set up a convenient lock box so residents could drop off their checks after hours. The worst case scenario unfolded on a hot summer’s evening in July when thieves who had noticed the drop box of […]

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Three More Ways to Fill Those Vacancies

Three More Ways to Fill Those Vacancies

Posted on 01. Apr, 2014 by .

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Here are three ideas from my upcoming article series titled “50 Ways to Fill Your Vacancies”. Like you, I’m fired up about the idea of having as many marketing tools as possible to manage properties effectively. As a property owner and/or manager, you may already have many successful ways to quickly fill your vacancies with […]

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The Anatomy of Your Business and How to Reinvigorate It

The Anatomy of Your Business and How to Reinvigorate It

Posted on 25. Mar, 2014 by .

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As your business evolves and grows your role as a property manager needs to be crystal clear to you, your clients and the residents you serve. Notice I listed “you” first. If you don’t fully grasp all the various roles that you’re playing in your business, how you prioritize your time and what is falling […]

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The Mortgage Market Is About To Get Smaller

The Mortgage Market Is About To Get Smaller

Posted on 27. Feb, 2014 by .

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As 2014 begins a bureau created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), will set new rules concerning mortgages. Lenders will be required to verify and inspect borrowers’ financial records. The rules discourage lenders from allowing borrowers to carry total debt payments totaling more than 43 percent of the person’s annual income.

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It’s Tough To Afford To Be A Renter These Days

It’s Tough To Afford To Be A Renter These Days

Posted on 17. Feb, 2014 by .

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Housing affordability isn’t looking too promising as 2014 begins. If you listen to the National Association of Realtors the opportunity to be a homeowner hasn’t been this affordable in a long time. If you review Figure 2 below you’ll get the impression that American housing is now extremely affordable and the typical household can easily make the monthly mortgage payment on a home. Thanks to historically low interest-rates, fixed rate mortgages have become more affordable for some American families and many analysts expect that this cheap credit will fuel another housing boom.

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