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Archive for August, 2014

Uncle Sam Seizes Children’s Tax Refunds to Pay Parents’ Debts – By Gary Halbert

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Let’s kick this discussion off with a recent real-world example. In April, with no notice, theUSgovernment intercepted Mary Grice’s tax refunds from both the IRS and the state ofMaryland. Grice had no idea that Uncle Sam had seized her tax refunds until [...]

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Something to Think About #23 – Managing the Portfolio: Part 2 – By Klarise Yahya, Commercial Loan Broker, BRE: 00957107 MLO: 249261

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Every activity has its own set of fundamental questions. Oddly perhaps, it seems almost like the more consequential the activity the fewer the questions. For example, in commerce there are four  questions: (1) What am I going to get? (2) When am I going to get it? (3) What’s it going to cost me? and (4) When do I [...]

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Legal Q & A Repair and Deduct Remedy – by Franco Simone, Esq.

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Q: My tenant called me when I was on vacation and complained that a screen was broken and in need of repair.  I told the tenant I would address the issue when I returned from my vacation.  My tenant decided not to [...]

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Legal Q & A – by Richard Beckman, Attorney

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Question 1: I have a Duplex in Oakland. What is the best way to deal with roommates/sub leasing? [...]

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Legal Q & A – by Dennis Block, Attorney

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Question One: I own a rental unit inCulver City. My tenant’s one-year lease will expire on August 31, 2014.  He has not been the best tenant and I would like him to vacate. Do I serve a 30 or a 60-day notice in this situation? [...]

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Red Light Camera Ticket: Gotcha! – By Dale Alberstone, Esq.

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Hello everybody.  It is rare that the California Supreme Court issues a decision addressing ordinary traffic laws, such as stopping at a red light.  However, on June 5, 2014, the high Court did just that.  It determined that red light cameras mounted adjacent to traffic signals are [...]

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Court Decision on Earthquake Liability is of “Profound Importance” to California Landlords – By Gideon Kramer, SPOSFI News Editor

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In our September 2013 issue, Southern California attorney Lee Kanon Alpert wrote about the 1994 Northridge Earthquake and the lessons he learned from that devastating experience, in particular with regard to a residential rental property owner’s potential legal exposure in the event of a major temblor. [...]

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Can Your Rental Center Walls Sell? © – by Ernest F. Oriente, The Coach

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If first impressions are formed by a new resident within 10-12 seconds of meeting those on your leasing teams, what impressions do the walls in your office make?  Can your walls sell?  Can your walls motivate and inspire you and your leasing teams?  You bet they can!  This article will show you three easy steps to make [...]

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Are You Leaving Money on the Table? – By Cliff Hockley, CCIM

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Most real estate investors tend to operate their properties with a simple rule in mind – If money appears in their checking account by the end of the month, their property is healthy.  As long as they see the same amount every month, they’re happy.

However [...]

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Minimum Wages and Earth Warming – By John Allison of the Cato Institute

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The anti-productive-work mindset of Progressives is stunning.  They celebrate the fact that Obamacare creates an incentive for millions of individuals not to work.  They admit the minimum wage increase they have proposed will eliminate 500,000 to [...]

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