Posted on 21. Aug, 2012 by Marc Courtenay.
Whether property managers and their clients will continue to see vacancies drop and rent prices go higher will be partly dependent on how easy it is for people to buy instead of rent. The big U.S. banks are reporting an improving number of applications for mortgages as the housing market searches for a bottom and interest rates hit new all-time lows.
Posted on 17. Aug, 2012 by Bryan Ives.
Many property managers we work with want to know how to best manage their online reputation. We worked with Charity Hisle from Socially Engaged Marketing to create an eBook that provides some helpful tips for property managers.
Posted on 17. Aug, 2012 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
With the housing market still struggling to return to pre-2008, the rental market has seen significant increases in the number of people renting homes versus trying to buy again. Perhaps they were burnt by the drop in housing prices, perhaps they lost a home during the downturn.
Posted on 09. Aug, 2012 by Marc Courtenay.
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.
Posted on 05. Aug, 2012 by Bryan Ives.
When creating a website for your property management business it’s important to keep in mind that sometimes less is more.
Posted on 04. Aug, 2012 by Bryan Ives.
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.
Posted on 03. Aug, 2012 by Bryan Ives.
Facebook is a fantastic opportunity to not only connect with current and prospective residents, but the ability to enhance your property management business.
Posted on 01. Aug, 2012 by Marc Courtenay.
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.
Posted on 26. Jul, 2012 by Marc Courtenay.
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.
Posted on 23. Jul, 2012 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
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.
Posted on 19. Jul, 2012 by Marc Courtenay.
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.
Posted on 17. Jul, 2012 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
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.
Posted on 10. Jul, 2012 by Marc Courtenay.
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%.
Posted on 02. Jul, 2012 by Marc Courtenay.
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.
Posted on 27. Jun, 2012 by Leslie Mason.
There are several signs that California multi-family rental property owners and managers should consider posting, depending on the characteristics of the property.
Posted on 19. Jun, 2012 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
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.
Posted on 18. Jun, 2012 by Bryan Ives.
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.
Posted on 07. Jun, 2012 by Bryan Ives.
In this February 16th webinar video recording, Patty Morgan-Seager (Marketing Expert) shares time saving tips that every property manager can use.
Posted on 01. Jun, 2012 by Marc Courtenay.
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.
Posted on 22. May, 2012 by Marc Courtenay.
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.
Posted on 18. May, 2012 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
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.
Posted on 11. May, 2012 by Marc Courtenay.
“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?
Posted on 08. May, 2012 by Marc Courtenay.
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.
Posted on 02. May, 2012 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
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.