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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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Do Your Clients Want to Keep You or Replace You?

Do Your Clients Want to Keep You or Replace You?

Posted on 12. Apr, 2012 by .

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Not to cause undue concern, but are your clients talking to other property managers about what they want and may not be receiving? The only way to answer the question is to get in touch with your clients soon, see how they’re doing and ask them what they want and need.

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How to Manage Your Utility Costs

How to Manage Your Utility Costs

Posted on 11. Apr, 2012 by .

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While newer apartment complexes have separate utility meters for gas and electric, older properties often have a central meter for all utilities, with the end result being units marketed to tenants as ‘utilities included.’ An attractive prospect from a marketing standpoint, the fact remains that including utilities in your tenant’s rent can be a risky policy that may ultimately pay off for tenants while costing your management company thousands of dollars a year in inflated utility costs.

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Will “Uncle Sam” Help Your Clients Buy Rental Properties?

Will “Uncle Sam” Help Your Clients Buy Rental Properties?

Posted on 06. Apr, 2012 by .

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First let’s talk about interest rates. Recently the 30-year and 15-year mortgage rates (which are tied to the benchmark yield on the 10-year US Treasury bond) have begun to creep upward. The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage hovered near historic lows the week of March 12th, making home-buying and refinancing more attractive to those who can qualify.

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Helpful Property Management Maintenance Tips

Helpful Property Management Maintenance Tips

Posted on 03. Apr, 2012 by .

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Of all of the reasons why tenants leave, (other than relocating in another area or buying a house) inadequate maintenance is right at the top. There aren’t many people that would put up with a ceiling leaking for days, or a toilet that won’t work, or a faucet that constantly drips.

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Renting: The New “Great American Dream”

Renting: The New “Great American Dream”

Posted on 27. Mar, 2012 by .

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The old dream for Americans was to save enough money for a down payment on a home that you could own or partly own by qualifying for a mortgage you could pay off over time. My, how times have changed. Many people I speak with still believe in the old dream.

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Importance of Rental Payment History

Importance of Rental Payment History

Posted on 23. Mar, 2012 by .

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Used in conjunction with credit evaluations and traditional screening methods, rental payment history can go a long way toward filling up an apartment community with qualified renters who pay on time.Resident screening companies love data. To determine whether or not a prospect is worthy of renting an apartment, vast databases are scanned for past purchasing behaviors, job histories, on-time and overdue payments and of course, credit history.

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