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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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3 Minute Quiz: Discover Hidden Ways You May Be Wasting Money

3 Minute Quiz: Discover Hidden Ways You May Be Wasting Money

Posted on 03. Apr, 2014 by .

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Do you know where your property management business is wasting money? Take this 3-minute quiz and instantly uncover new and hidden ways to save money and increase profits in your business. More savings in your business today means more money to invest in growing your business tomorrow!      

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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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New Poll Of Millennials Gives New Meaning To The American Dream

New Poll Of Millennials Gives New Meaning To The American Dream

Posted on 18. Mar, 2014 by .

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A new poll of Millennials puts travel and self-employment at the top of what they consider the American Dream. Putting these values far higher than generations before them. More surprising numbers show Millennials identify the dream of homeownership at a far lower rate than Gen X and Baby Boomers. This from the latest MassMutual third biennial […]

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Your Path to a Successful Property Management Website

Your Path to a Successful Property Management Website

Posted on 12. Mar, 2014 by .

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In today’s world, your online presence is the face of your company. Most of the time it’s the first thing prospective owners and residents will see before initial contact is made. First impressions are key to engaging users. With technology advancing rapidly and Internet users expectations ever-increasing, knowing where to start and how to optimize […]

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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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Why You Shouldn’t Use Excel As Accounting Software

Why You Shouldn’t Use Excel As Accounting Software

Posted on 19. Feb, 2014 by .

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First, let me confess that I love Excel. Having used Excel for years, I’m fully aware of its strengths, and will continue to use it to create spreadsheets, graphs, and tables. But for some unknown reason, there is a small group of property managers that continue to extol the benefits of using Excel as their primary accounting software.

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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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Use Google Local Search To Grow Your Property Management Business

Use Google Local Search To Grow Your Property Management Business

Posted on 29. Jan, 2014 by .

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Google+ is an Internet marketing tool that you can use to grow your property management business. If you’ve never used it before, think of it as an updated and digital re-creation of the yellow pages. It provides the same service to a local business by providing a category and a specific location for what you do and where you are. When your property management business is on Google+, anyone searching for a company like yours in your area will be able to find you.

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Top 10 Metros With Highest Occupancy Rates

Top 10 Metros With Highest Occupancy Rates

Posted on 29. Jan, 2014 by .

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A recent report by Dallas based-research firm Axiometrics lists the top 10 metros with the highest occupancy rates. According to the report, three metro areas in Florida have occupancies greater than 95 percent.

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Property Ownership and Property Management Outlook 2014

Property Ownership and Property Management Outlook 2014

Posted on 17. Jan, 2014 by .

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The year 2013 will go down in the record books as a good year for both owners and managers of residential income properties. As I wrote recently in an article titled, It’s Tough to Afford to be a Renter These Days, “Housing affordability doesn’t look 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’re looking to sell a home, 2014 may be a good year though probably not as good as 2013. But if you’re looking to buy, 2014 will likely be a better year than 2013.

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Zillow Partners With AOL Real Estate

Zillow Partners With AOL Real Estate

Posted on 17. Jan, 2014 by .

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Zillow, Inc. has partnered with AOL Real Estate and is now powering the site’s home shopping experience. Zillow is now the exclusive provider of for-sale and for-rent listings to four of the top real estate websites in the country.

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Security Deposits – Part 1

Security Deposits – Part 1

Posted on 06. Jan, 2014 by .

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Did you know that a recent industry survey determined that 1 in 4 renters do not receive their security deposit back after vacating a rental unit? Though reasons varied, one statistic in the survey clearly stood out – nearly 36 percent of renters claimed that they never received a reason why their deposit was withheld. Their deposit simply wasn’t returned – an act that is illegal in almost every state.

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Lead Based Paint Hazards in California Residential Rental Property

Lead Based Paint Hazards in California Residential Rental Property

Posted on 20. Dec, 2013 by .

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The federal Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act applies to residential property built before 1978. It imposes the following duties on owners.

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Will the Home Sales Spree Soon Leave Owners Holding the Bag?

Will the Home Sales Spree Soon Leave Owners Holding the Bag?

Posted on 16. Dec, 2013 by .

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Has the housing market begun to plummet due to rising interest rates? Are rental housing values about to crash? Those who read my articles know I’m frequently asking the questions that rental property owners and managers should also be asking. The answers are vitally important during these uncertain economic times. As of November 27, 2013 the yield on the 10 year Treasury bond sits at 2.74%. This is the benchmark interest rate impacting home mortgage rates, and it’s been stuck around this level for months.

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Rents Rising At Alarming Rate

Rents Rising At Alarming Rate

Posted on 13. Dec, 2013 by .

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Since the housing crash in 2008, 4.6 million homes were lost to foreclosure causing the majority of those homeowners to become renters, according to CoreLogic. According to Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, there are now 43 million renter households. That’s 35 percent of all U.S. households, the highest rate in more than a decade for all age groups and 4 million more renters than there were in 2007.

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How To Prepare For A Winter Storm

How To Prepare For A Winter Storm

Posted on 02. Dec, 2013 by .

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With one winter storm already recorded in the books; there’s no doubt that it’s getting cold. Today in the desert southwest it’s a balmy 27 degrees. Even a sub-tropical paradise is no longer immune to the effects of a winter storm. In a typical season, winter storms can wreak havoc, causing billions of dollars in damages.

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Permits To Build Apartments Hits 5-Year High

Permits To Build Apartments Hits 5-Year High

Posted on 02. Dec, 2013 by .

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U.S. developers received approval in October to build apartments at the fastest pace in five years which could lead to economic growth. According to the Commerce Department, permits to build houses and apartments were approved at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.034 million.

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Property Insurance – The Basics on Insuring Your Property

Property Insurance – The Basics on Insuring Your Property

Posted on 21. Nov, 2013 by .

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When you own real estate – whether an investment or a personal residence – you should procure the proper type and dollar value of insurance needed for your property. Unfortunately, many people don’t understand the basics of how insurance coverage works, and many individuals just want to spend “as little as possible” on insurance. The trouble comes about when there is an problem, like a fire, slip-n-fall, or lawsuit. If you don’t have the right type of insurance, nor enough coverage, it could end up costing you a lot of money. So let’s go over the basics herein, plus we’ll discuss renter’s insurance basics and tenant liability insurance basics too.

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U.S. Multifamily Sales Jump in Third Quarter

U.S. Multifamily Sales Jump in Third Quarter

Posted on 19. Nov, 2013 by .

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Sales volumes for U.S. multifamily properties rose 47 percent and reached $25 billion in the third quarter, according to Jones Lang LaSalle.

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The Rise Of A New Class Of Renters Is A Property Manager’s Dream

The Rise Of A New Class Of Renters Is A Property Manager’s Dream

Posted on 18. Nov, 2013 by .

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If you’re a potential buyer or a former owner, you’re darned if you try to own and darned if you’re currently an owner. Unless you own a rental home or a multi-family residential income property, the days of buying a house and expecting the price to automatically rise with demand aren’t here yet.

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The Top 10 Apartment Resident Complaints

The Top 10 Apartment Resident Complaints

Posted on 13. Nov, 2013 by .

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When experiencing an uptick in vacancies, most property managers ask themselves what could be causing their resident to leave. Without asking former tenants directly (or waiting for a bad review) how can you discover the reason for their discontent?

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