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Archive for September, 2012

Smoking and Tobacco Regulations for San Jose and Union City Provided – by Offices of City Clerks

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UNION CITY
The City of Union City promotes a healthy living environment and protects non-smokers from exposure to secondhand smoke where they live, work, and play. In November 2010, the City Council restricted smoking in rental complex units, unenclosed common areas, and outdoor dining spaces.  Key requirements are as follows: [...]

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Your Real Estate Agent: Secret Weapon or Liability? – By Christian Losness (Northern California)

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There are over 160,000 licensed real estate agents in California. When it comes to investment real estate, specifically apartments, the number of qualified agents drops dramatically. In the Bay Area, there are about 75 agents who specialize in apartments. Of those 75 agents, only about half of them conduct regular transactions. [...]

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Shoptalk Service Evaluations Qualifying Prospective Renters – By Joyce Kirby

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Qualifying prospective renters can seem especially challenging when you must establish their eligibility to rent based upon income.  While it is necessary to determine if callers and visitors can qualify to rent at your community, coming right out and asking someone for their annual income can be perceived as an invasion of privacy.  (Would you like a total stranger to ask:  How much money do YOU make?). [...]

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Connecting Your Community with Wi-Fi – By Timothy Phillips

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As a property manager, you are a business, and tenants are your customers! Although the term isn’t commonly used, the meaning is true. Your job, of course, is to keep your customers happy so they don’t move out. You have other customers too, of course “ the property owner “ and although there is sometimes a push and pull between the needs of the two, the end goals are really aligned: happy tenants who stay! [...]

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From Bad to Worse – By Jon Coupal

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In Sacramento, the appalling consequences of one party rule have become manifest.
Last summer, I wrote about one party rule in the Legislature and pointed out the similarities with the early days of Fascist Italy, where the party gained control of the Italian Parliament through intimidation. I concluded, Today in Sacramento, to impose one political party’s policies using undemocratic procedures, black-shirted goons are not needed to guard the doors of the Capitol Building. The thugs are inside the chambers casting the votes. [...]

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MRLANDLORD.COM Tips on Management WHAT TENANTS SHOULD BRING WHEN SEEING YOUR PROPERTY – By Jeffrey Taylor

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Once you’ve decided how you’re going to show your rental, you need to make sure the prospect meets you there with as much of their needed information as possible. You don’t want to make unnecessary trips showing the property if you can help it, and having all needed paperwork and information required by you at the time of the showing will go a long way toward preventing these extra trips. [...]

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Nine Easy Fall Maintenance Projects – By Barbara Winfield

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Caulk Windows
Be sure to caulk around windows and doorframes to prevent heat from escaping.  Caulking and sealing openings is one of the least expensive maintenance jobs.  Openings in the structure can cause water to get in which results in cracks and mold build up. [...]

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Indiana Woman Imprisoned in Fair Housing Race Case – By Joe Becker, Fair Housing Council of Oregon

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Any form of illegal housing discrimination is wrong and unacceptable but stories that involve threats and intimidation don’t often make the news. Following is a story from the
Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper which Brandon A. Perry authored an article entitled Threats and intimidation, July 28, 2011. [...]

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How to Cut Maintenance Costs by 25% on Rental Properties – By Doug Smith

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This article is reprinted here with permission from Creative Real Estate Online at http://www.creonline.com

Current market conditions have made investing in long-term rental property more appealing than ever. If you buy a few rental properties and self-manage them, you’ll have several duties (in addition to cashing checks). One of the biggest is trying to keep your maintenance costs as low as possible.
The best way to keep maintenance costs low, often over 25% lower, is to visit your rental properties on a regular basis to make sure your tenants are taking proper care of them. But what do you actually do when you visit? Well, lots of things!  Let’s get started¦ [...]

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Some of the Worst Mistakes Small Property Owners Can Make – By the Small Property Owners Association, Cambridge, Mass.

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Owning rental property can be a rewarding part-time or full-time business for many families.  ‘s a traditional way many American families have gotten ahead.  We recommend it.  We enjoy it.  But watch out “ if you don’t avoid the pitfalls, you can have some bad nightmares.  What you don’t know can hurt you.  Here are some of the worst mistakes a small property owner can make. [...]

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