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Mortgage Lenders Under-the-Gun to Reduce Fees and Paperwork

Mortgage Lenders Under-the-Gun to Reduce Fees and Paperwork

Posted on 09. Aug, 2012 by .

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is a name you might not have heard of but they wield a good amount of influence and authority in the world of mortgage lending. That’s because they are an official part of the U.S. government and their site is an official government web site.

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Best Practices for Creating an Effective Property Management Website (eBook)

Best Practices for Creating an Effective Property Management Website (eBook)

Posted on 05. Aug, 2012 by .

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When creating a website for your property management business it’s important to keep in mind that sometimes less is more.

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Go Paperless: The Benefits of a Paperless Property Management Office (eBook)

Go Paperless: The Benefits of a Paperless Property Management Office (eBook)

Posted on 04. Aug, 2012 by .

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We work with many property managers that are constantly looking for ways to reduce their dependence on paper in order save money, time and the environment.

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Facebook for Property Managers: How-To Guide (eBook)

Facebook for Property Managers: How-To Guide (eBook)

Posted on 03. Aug, 2012 by .

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Facebook is a fantastic opportunity to not only connect with current and prospective residents, but the ability to enhance your property management business.

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The State of the Nation’s Housing 2012

The State of the Nation’s Housing 2012

Posted on 01. Aug, 2012 by .

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There is plenty of good news in this exhaustive report. Home sales have risen, home prices have fallen, and so far the number of vacant rental units (supply) has kept up with the demand. If you’re a rental property owner this report is sure to please in many ways.

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Property Managers are Information Managers Too

Property Managers are Information Managers Too

Posted on 26. Jul, 2012 by .

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As with all of life’s responsibilities there are only so many hours a day in the lives of property managers and owners. Yet all of us are bombarded with email, text messages and loads of social media opportunities like Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Energy Efficient Window Shades and Blinds

Energy Efficient Window Shades and Blinds

Posted on 23. Jul, 2012 by .

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While it’s important for renters to practice energy conservation in their apartment homes, there are numerous things that property managers can do in order to conserve energy on a larger scale. Remember, window coverings, while decorative, also provide an important function, serving as a barrier to outside heat in the summer, while keeping heat inside during the winter.

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Play the HARP Program and Benefit Like the Big Banks

Play the HARP Program and Benefit Like the Big Banks

Posted on 19. Jul, 2012 by .

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If there’s one tool that Property Managers and Owners need to have in their toolkit it’s an understanding of how to understand the credit and financial programs available today. For instance, if you don’t realize how badly your local Chase or Wells Fargo bank would like your business, you’re missing out on some free money, incentives and being treated like a V.I.P.

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Smart Thermostats

Smart Thermostats

Posted on 17. Jul, 2012 by .

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Right now, a large swath of the country is engulfed in a heat wave. You can bet that no one is overly concerned about conserving energy: they just want to stay cool. This same heat wave is causing millions of people to run their air conditioners 24-7, resulting in a large increase in energy consumption, and increasing the risk of brown-outs across the country.

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Is the Housing Market Poised for Recovery?

Is the Housing Market Poised for Recovery?

Posted on 10. Jul, 2012 by .

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According to Standard & Poor’s, home prices actually improved from year-ago levels in seven (7) metropolitan areas. Phoenix, Minneapolis, Charlotte, North Carolina, Denver, Detroit [after falling off a cliff] and Dallas, Texas all saw improvement from March 2011. Phoenix went up 6.1% and the other six areas inched higher by 1.5% to 3.3%.

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Low-Income Housing Tax Credit: What is it and How to Pass Inspections?

Low-Income Housing Tax Credit: What is it and How to Pass Inspections?

Posted on 02. Jul, 2012 by .

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One of the fastest growing segments of the rental housing market is low-income, affordable housing. Since the Tax Reform Act of 1986 there have been government-sponsored tax incentives for the utilization of private equity in the development of low-income rental housing designed for Americans who qualify as low-income.

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Signage for California Multi-Family Rental Property

Signage for California Multi-Family Rental Property

Posted on 27. Jun, 2012 by .

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There are several signs that California multi-family rental property owners and managers should consider posting, depending on the characteristics of the property.

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Smart Controllers to Reduce Utility Usage

Smart Controllers to Reduce Utility Usage

Posted on 19. Jun, 2012 by .

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If you think these restrictions force you to choose between dry, burnt landscaping and expensive penalties, you haven’t looked at the newest irrigation systems available. We’ve all seen the systems of the past; rain pouring down while the sprinkler system continues to pump water onto saturated land, resulting in a large amount of water waste.

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Fair Housing: What’s New For 2012 (Webinar Recap)

Fair Housing: What’s New For 2012 (Webinar Recap)

Posted on 18. Jun, 2012 by .

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In this April 19th webinar, Nadeen Green, Senior Counsel with For Rent Media Solutions, shared her insight on what’s ahead in the Fair Housing industry.

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Time Management Tips For Today’s Busy Property Manager  (Feb. 16 Webinar Recap)

Time Management Tips For Today’s Busy Property Manager (Feb. 16 Webinar Recap)

Posted on 07. Jun, 2012 by .

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In this February 16th webinar video recording, Patty Morgan-Seager (Marketing Expert) shares time saving tips that every property manager can use.

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The New Profile of the 21st Century House Renter

The New Profile of the 21st Century House Renter

Posted on 01. Jun, 2012 by .

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Hundreds of thousands of families across the nation have been faced with the unseemly choice of giving their house back to the lenders or experiencing the dread of foreclosure. More evidence is mounting that less than half of the foreclosures and REO houses have hit the market yet.

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The Potential for a Powerful Recovery in Housing Market Foiled Again

The Potential for a Powerful Recovery in Housing Market Foiled Again

Posted on 22. May, 2012 by .

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Most of us have heard the proclamations and the headlines emphatically stating “Housing Prices Have Bottomed.” Depending on your region, that may seem correct. Yet there’s an insidious impasse that may capsize this nascent, fragile housing recovery. I’ve been out there looking for houses to buy and potentially rent out for income.

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Staffing Ideas for Property Managers

Staffing Ideas for Property Managers

Posted on 18. May, 2012 by .

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Tight rental markets and the resultant smaller budgets have caused many property managers to become creative when it comes to office staffing issues. And while the rental market has grown stronger in recent months, those same managers are finding more creative ways to assign work duties to existing staff members.

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The Wisdom of Being a Consistent Communicator

The Wisdom of Being a Consistent Communicator

Posted on 11. May, 2012 by .

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“When you have 400 units to manage like I do, you can’t afford to be shy about using email to keep in touch with my residents [tenants].” These words of experience came during an extensive interview I recently conducted with a veteran property manager. She also uses email (with an automatic acknowledgment of receipt) with her owners if at all possible. What is she telling her owner-clients?

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What to Remember When Dealing with Abandoned Units

What to Remember When Dealing with Abandoned Units

Posted on 08. May, 2012 by .

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In a recent article I mentioned how I interviewed a very experienced property manager. I asked her about some of the challenges she faces, including the topic mentioned in the title of this article. It’s really unpleasant to learn that a resident has suddenly disappeared without giving proper notice.

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New Ways to Handle Security Deposits

New Ways to Handle Security Deposits

Posted on 02. May, 2012 by .

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One of the most contentious aspects for both property managers and tenants is the handling of a security deposit. Designed as a way to protect property managers and owners against possible damages, security deposits are not designed to be used as last month’s rent, and the majority of rental leases state that up front.

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Prejudgment Claims: What Are They and When Should They Be Used?

Prejudgment Claims: What Are They and When Should They Be Used?

Posted on 26. Apr, 2012 by .

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When an unlawful detainer lawsuit is filed in California, every adult residing in a property has the right to be heard in court. This is true even if the person is not a named resident, is not an authorized occupant, and even if the person is unknown to the landlord.

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How Property Managers Can Manage Their Online Reputation

How Property Managers Can Manage Their Online Reputation

Posted on 24. Apr, 2012 by .

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If you’re like most properties, you’ll have a mixed bag of results, ranging from gushing compliments from satisfied residents, to wild ranting from the tenant you evicted last month. Both current and former tenants can easily post unflattering remarks on various websites, and even Facebook pages.

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Helpful Tips from a Veteran Property Manager

Helpful Tips from a Veteran Property Manager

Posted on 18. Apr, 2012 by .

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If experience is the best teacher, then I recently had the privilege of interviewing one of experience’s most ardent students. She’s been remodeling old rental units, filling vacancies, pleasing both owners and residents for over 40 years. She and her late husband once managed over 1,200 residential rental units in Southern California.

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