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Having The Courage Of Your Convictions As A Property Manager

Having The Courage Of Your Convictions As A Property Manager

Posted on 29. May, 2013 by .

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We just finished celebrating Memorial Day. It’s helpful for me to remember that’s the day when Americans honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. I want to pay my deepest respect to their memory and to their loved ones. Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official, very significant federal holiday in 1971.

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Spruce Up Your Properties For The Big Moving Season

Spruce Up Your Properties For The Big Moving Season

Posted on 22. May, 2013 by .

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As we all know it won’t be long until school is out and summer arrives. That is traditionally the beginning of the time that owners and renters are more likely to move to new locations. It’s also the time when the vacancy rate can fluctuate and the turnover rate increases.

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The Secrets Of Successful Property Management

The Secrets Of Successful Property Management

Posted on 21. May, 2013 by .

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Now that’s a title that should make all property managers very curious. Actually it’s the title of a webinar that was offered on Thursday May 9, 2013 and can be listened to at this link. These free webinars and podcasts should be a regular part of a property managers’ month.

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Facebook Graph Search: A Great Opportunity For Property Managers (eBook)

Facebook Graph Search: A Great Opportunity For Property Managers (eBook)

Posted on 20. May, 2013 by .

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Facebook recently released an exciting new feature called Graph Search. The social search feature makes it easier for your property Facebook page to be discovered by people who want to learn more about your property management business.

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What Do You Bring To The Table?

What Do You Bring To The Table?

Posted on 15. May, 2013 by .

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If you’re just starting your own property management business, it’s important to identify what you bring to the table. Is it your expert customer service? Affordable fees? Years of property management experience? Whether you’re planning on managing multi-family units, rental homes, or commercial properties, the skills and experience you can identify and later offer potential customers plays a large part in building and retaining your customer base.

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Keys To A Successful Website: A Checklist For Property Managers (eBook)

Keys To A Successful Website: A Checklist For Property Managers (eBook)

Posted on 13. May, 2013 by .

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One of the primary tools many property managers use to deliver information to current and future residents is their website. In this complimentary eBook, we share over 30 important criteria for your website that will help you create a professional, efficient and profitable marketing tool for your business.

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When Screening Applicants Remember The Fair Credit Reporting Act

When Screening Applicants Remember The Fair Credit Reporting Act

Posted on 10. May, 2013 by .

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Property Managers know how important it is to prevent problems with residents through careful screening procedures. The old saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is as important in today’s society as ever. That’s why experienced property managers don’t cut corners when screening applicants.

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How To Cultivate New Clients In “The Garden Of Property Management”

How To Cultivate New Clients In “The Garden Of Property Management”

Posted on 09. May, 2013 by .

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Seldom has there been a better time to cultivate and “plant the seeds” for new clients for your property management business. The need for rental, single-family housing has never been greater, and the financial climate is most advantageous, so let’s get started!

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Five Steps To A Successful Property Management Blog (eBook)

Five Steps To A Successful Property Management Blog (eBook)

Posted on 08. May, 2013 by .

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A recent study revealed that business blogging leads to 55% more visitors to your website. In this complimentary eBook, we worked with a blogging expert to provide you with five easy steps that lead to an effective blogging strategy for your property management business.

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Landlord Recovery Of Attorney’s Fees In California

Landlord Recovery Of Attorney’s Fees In California

Posted on 07. May, 2013 by .

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The general rule in California is that each party bears its own attorney’s fees. There are exceptions to this general rule. One exception exists when a contract contains an attorney’s fee clause. If a contract provides that the prevailing party will recover its attorney’s fees and costs, generally that provision is enforceable, assuming that the matter is litigated to judgment.

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Avoiding Craigslist Scams

Avoiding Craigslist Scams

Posted on 03. May, 2013 by .

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Despite the warnings that are prevalent around the country, potential renters, property owners and managers continue to be scammed by Craigslist. These scams have evolved as the criminals have become more devious. Today, both renters and property managers are the frequent victims of these scams.

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Property Management Benchmark Survey Partnership With Software Advice

Property Management Benchmark Survey Partnership With Software Advice

Posted on 30. Apr, 2013 by .

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AppFolio has partnered with Austin-based Software Advice to sponsor a property management benchmark survey. The purpose of the survey is to identify common property management challenges and find out what additional things property management professionals are seeking in products.

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Why Property Owners Should Consider Micro-Apartments

Why Property Owners Should Consider Micro-Apartments

Posted on 25. Apr, 2013 by .

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For the longest time, property developers have had a “the sky’s the limit” mentality when it comes to building new rental properties to keep up with America’s rapidly increasing population. That mindset is beginning to change now with the emergence of micro-apartments.

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Spring Is Finally Here

Spring Is Finally Here

Posted on 23. Apr, 2013 by .

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Spring is finally here. If you’re in a cold climate, it’s likely you haven’t spent much time outside. But once the snow melts and the ground is visible again, you’ll likely spot some areas that have become weathered from the elements. With the last freeze likely over, now is the time to get outside and take a good long look at your properties.

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Rising Rents Are Hot But Facts Show They’re Cooling Down

Rising Rents Are Hot But Facts Show They’re Cooling Down

Posted on 19. Apr, 2013 by .

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Single family housing rents rose once again in the first quarter of 2013. Yet signs are beginning to reveal themselves that the seemingly endless months of rising rents may be coming to an end. The reasons are numerous but the biggest is a marked increase in the supply of rental units.

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Embrace Apartment Rating Sites

Embrace Apartment Rating Sites

Posted on 11. Apr, 2013 by .

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For years now, restaurants and other service providers have used Yelp as their local review site. They’ve learned how to not just take the good reviews with the bad reviews, but also figure out how to manage those bad reviews so that people will still trust them and try them out.

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Housing Rebound Continues Unabated With New Home Sales Soaring

Housing Rebound Continues Unabated With New Home Sales Soaring

Posted on 05. Apr, 2013 by .

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Believe it or not the housing industry is making a stellar comeback. After a collapse in residential construction during The Great Recession which began in 2008, new home construction is leading the housing recovery. The Commerce Department reported on March 19, 2013 that housing starts rose in February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 917,000.

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Why Property Managers Should Use Google+

Why Property Managers Should Use Google+

Posted on 01. Apr, 2013 by .

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Yes, I heard your collective sigh of frustration when you read that title. Yes, I know that every day seems to bring another form of Internet marketing that you just “have to” be using. But trust me when I say that this one is different. Who hasn’t heard of Google by now? Probably even people living under rocks have used Google to find out exactly what type of rock that is overhead.

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Love Thy Neighbor (Infographic)

Love Thy Neighbor (Infographic)

Posted on 28. Mar, 2013 by .

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According to the State of the American Neighborhood survey by Nextdoor, a third of Americans don’t know their neighbors by name. Does knowing your neighbors create a safer home environment?

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Always Get It In Writing And In The Lease

Always Get It In Writing And In The Lease

Posted on 26. Mar, 2013 by .

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Sometimes the owners of rental properties are too trusting for their own good. You, as the property manager, undoubtedly know what I’m referring to. But that’s why the owner hires you to begin with. They don’t want to have to deal directly with the resident-tenant, right? For this article I wanted to share a true story that demonstrates why it’s imperative to protect your clients from situations where the resident says something like, “We don’t need it in writing. I have great references and my word is as good as any document.”

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Do You Appreciate Your Tenants?

Do You Appreciate Your Tenants?

Posted on 21. Mar, 2013 by .

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As property managers, we’re all aware of the multitude of issues that frequently arise with unreliable tenants. Late rental payments, disturbing the peace, illegal activity, and a general disregard for the property are all problems that typically arise in the property management industry.

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How to Survive an Audit

How to Survive an Audit

Posted on 19. Mar, 2013 by .

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They’re the words that strike fear in most of us. “You’re being audited.” First, don’t panic. Many IRS audits are simple requests for information that you can provide by mail. Providing the information requested on a timely basis typically satisfies the IRS.

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Developers Help Buyers Qualify and Home Sales Soar

Developers Help Buyers Qualify and Home Sales Soar

Posted on 13. Mar, 2013 by .

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The home-buying market is on fire, especially for newly built houses. New home sales surged almost 29% in January compared to January 2012. This is the highest annual sales rate in four years according to figures released by the Commerce Department on Tuesday, Feb. 26th. Existing home sales also rose in January 2013 by 9.1%. Ironically, even though new houses (new construction) cost buyers approximately 37% more for the same square footage as previously owned houses, it’s the new homes that are selling at the hottest pace.

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Processing Security Deposits Part II

Processing Security Deposits Part II

Posted on 06. Mar, 2013 by .

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You’ve done your homework. The condition of every unit or home you rent is carefully documented, with pictures to support your findings. The tenant lease clearly states what your tenant is responsible for, and they have read and agreed to the responsibilities listed. Your tenant signed off on the list, and any subsequent problems found during the walk-through were addressed and noted on both copies of the move-in sheet.

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