Posted on 30. Oct, 2013 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
Admittedly, Halloween is one of my favorite days. While serving as the gateway to the upcoming holiday season, Halloween is a day when we can let our inner child out to play. Ghosts, goblins, witches (my personal favorite) and vampires are found everywhere you look. What a great way to spend the day.
Posted on 28. Oct, 2013 by Jamie Sternberg.
While email use is common and is growing faster than “snail mail”, the California legislature does not generally recognize email as a valid delivery method for most formal communications provided by California residential landlords to tenants . California law requires other delivery methods for most formal California residential landlord communications.
Posted on 24. Oct, 2013 by Tara Armbruster.
At the 2013 NARPM Convention in San Diego, we sponsored visual note taking. Graphic Recorder, Stephanie Crowley, captured the content of the presentations in real time with amazing illustrations and text.
Posted on 21. Oct, 2013 by Leonard Baron.
In the real estate game, when we are talking rental properties, one of the most important things that will help you earn more money is long term tenants. The longer the tenant stays, the lower the number of unit turnovers you will have. Turnovers cost money! So as owners, we should do everything possible to keep our tenants – and yes, occasionally there is a bad one we might unfortunately have to “fire” and let vacate! So, let’s talk about a few ways to help the cause!
Posted on 15. Oct, 2013 by Jennifer St. James.
All across the country, a disturbing trend for property management has emerged. What was once a perfectly safe method of rent payment has now become a target for criminals. Are you still asking tenants to deposit their rent checks into a dropbox? Are you thinking it’s a safe option, because you have security cameras?
Posted on 10. Oct, 2013 by Marc Courtenay.
As I’ve anticipated for weeks the Federal Reserve said on September 18th that it would continue buying bonds at an $85 billion monthly pace for the time being. The Fed is concerned that a sharp rise in borrowing costs in recent months could hurt the housing market as well as the rest of the economy.
Posted on 04. Oct, 2013 by Leonard Baron.
When one wants to value property, like an apartment building, to get a feel for what it is worth, there are two different commercially recognized valuation approaches that are used. The first one is the comparable market approach analysis (CMA), which is used both for single unit residences and multi-unit properties. The second valuation approach is called the Capitalization Rate Valuation, or “Cap Rate” and it is used primarily for income producing multi-unit and other commercial properties.
Posted on 30. Sep, 2013 by Sara Thompson.
You already know that you, as a landlord, have a legal obligation to provide your tenants with a safe and secure property. This can usually be accomplished by making sure that every door and window has a working lock, and there is adequate lighting around the exterior. However, even if your property is safe and secure if the neighborhood is sketchy potential tenants will continue to avoid it.
Posted on 27. Sep, 2013 by Bryan Ives.
On September 17th with our co-hosts Grace Hill, we hosted an informative webinar titled ‘Hot Technology Trends,’ featuring Nat Kunes, Director of Product Management at AppFolio. Nat discussed which hot technology trends are emerging in the property management market and how you can leverage them to grow your business.
Posted on 25. Sep, 2013 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
The number one job of the property manager is to lease. Whether it’s a unit in a multi-family complex or a single family home; the success of the property manager lies in large part in how quickly and how effectively they lease empty space. Today, there are more leasing tools available to property managers than ever before.
Posted on 23. Sep, 2013 by Marc Courtenay.
Are you ready for a shocking statistic? The latest psychological data and anecdotal evidence is that a large percentage (some studies show it’s over 50%) of the general public in the U.S. is willing to tell lies. Sometimes people call them “white lies”, others rationalize them as “half truths”, but a lie is a lie. Depending on which organization or school of psychology I’ve contacted, I’ve learned that somewhere between 10 and 15% of the population in America are classified as sociopaths.
Posted on 16. Sep, 2013 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
Yes, technically it’s still summer, but we all know that Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer. While many regions of the U.S. will see warm temperatures well past Labor Day, it’s never too early to start preparing your properties for cooler temperatures. Getting a jump on seasonal preparations will also reduce the likelihood of being caught unprepared by an early winter storm.
Posted on 12. Sep, 2013 by Tara Armbruster.
Before a renter actually goes out and looks at apartment complexes, she browses online to find locations that she might like. Social media has created an opportunity to win over prospective renters before they even visit your complex’s website. But just mentioning your available units is not enough, especially if you’re managing a large property. You need to get creative.
Posted on 09. Sep, 2013 by Alex Osen.
At Fourandhalf, we spend a lot of time talking to our clients about property management marketing techniques. However, even the best marketing strategies will fall short if a property manager isn’t able to close leads. Without a lead management system, your marketing efforts, social media presence, your pay per click programs and your business networking will simply be a way of spending money instead of making it.
Posted on 28. Aug, 2013 by Ted Kimball.
Personal service should generally be attempted before resorting to substituted service or posting and mailing. If the notice is posted, California law requires that it be placed in a conspicuous place on the property. The main entrance door for the property is likely the most “conspicuous place” on the property. To avoid privacy issues, it is also recommended that the notice be turned facing the door, with all four corners taped to the door securely and the words “from management” written on the outside.
Posted on 26. Aug, 2013 by Sara Hinds.
Have you noticed fewer tenants wanting to pay rent in ways other than good old checks or direct withdrawal? You’re not alone, and it’s not just a trend in your area. The fact is, adults in more than 24 million U.S. households — one in five — are “un-banked,” with no bank account, or “under-banked,” with adults conducting some or all of their financial transactions outside of the mainstream banking system.
Posted on 21. Aug, 2013 by Leonard Baron.
People frequently purchase investment real estate with the belief that they will save some money on their income taxes as a result of their property ownership. And this could be true, but in many cases real estate provides an owner with virtually no tax savings at all. In this article we’ll talk about rental properties and how you can figure out, with your tax advisor, if your real estate ownership will assist you to reduce your annual tax bill.
Posted on 19. Aug, 2013 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
Completing a leasing agreement with your tenants is the single most important task that you will undertake. While completing a lease has likely become second nature to most property management professionals, you may want to take a little extra time and think about everything that needs to be in that lease; before it’s presented to your future tenants.
Posted on 16. Aug, 2013 by Tara Armbruster.
Across the country, the “rental rush” is starting to set in, and for the first time since the housing market bubble busted in 2008, home prices are at the highest ever. The housing prices are having an unintended effect on the rental market, which has led to a growth spark within the property management industry as a whole.
Posted on 13. Aug, 2013 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
Your landscaping is immaculate on your property. Your office and your staff offices are clutter free and welcoming. The chairs and sofas in your clubhouse are comfortable and stain free. Perhaps a batch of fresh-baked cookies sits in the reception area. Everything is in its place – right?
Posted on 08. Aug, 2013 by Leonard Baron.
When you make a big purchase, or an investment, buy a car, sign up for healthcare, etc. you do you “homework” to hopefully make a sensible decision that gives you good value for the money you are spending. When you buy real estate, which is likely to be the most expensive, most complex, and riskiest purchase you will ever make, there is an extraordinary amount of due diligence that you should do to reduce your risk and make a smart decision.
Posted on 07. Aug, 2013 by Tara Armbruster.
Property managers have had a long time to figure out how to keep tenants happy. But with the advent of online reviews, it’s now necessary to make sure that tenants aren’t just happy, but that they share their enthusiasm for a particular apartment complex online.
Posted on 01. Aug, 2013 by Stephen Modafferi.
This article is an overview of specific provisions of the Mobilehome Residency Law related to fair housing issues. State and federal fair housing laws may supersede or modify the MRL. Mobilehome park owners and managers faced with potential fair housing law issues should seek input from legal counsel familiar with state and federal fair housing law and the California Mobilehome Residency Law.
Posted on 30. Jul, 2013 by Marc Courtenay.
Recently I was perusing one of the online realtor association sites. There was a page lamenting that homes above a particular low price range weren’t selling. Alarming titles like “Shock Treatment May Dial in Price Reductions” suggest that home prices are often priced too high when put on the market. Is the next phase of the housing recovery lower prices? Perhaps so, depending on the area of the country and the number of foreclosed homes that are entering the supply of houses for sale.