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Archive for May, 2015

Some S.F. Supervisors Never Give Up On Promoting Bad Legislation – By Deborah Lopez, SPOSFI Business Member

Posted on 01. May, 2015 by .

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When it comes to punishing property owners and giving tenants more rights over property they rent but don’t own, no one tries harder than Supervisor David Campos. In fact, Mr. Campos has a habit of bringing back legally flawed legislation in new forms, hoping that something will stick. In each case, proposals he’s put forward, and [...]

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Student Loan Debt Affects Real Estate Investments in a Big Way – By Clifford A. Hockley

Posted on 01. May, 2015 by .

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Sally did everything right. She was accepted into her first choice college and received a first rate education to pursue her dream career. She filled out the student loan applications like everyone told her to; after all, she couldn’t afford the $90,000 degree without it. When she graduated, she started out entry level in her chosen field, making near minimum wage which just covered her rent (with three roommates) and living expenses. She deferred payment on her student loans for two years but after watching the interest inflate her debt up to $170,000 she had to move back in with her parents to concentrate on paying it off before it got any worse.  [...]

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10 Ways to Get a Lease Renewal – By Class A Management

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The lease renewal is a coveted thing to a property owner or manager. Securing it with a loyal tenant is something we strive for, and rightfully so. After all, the price of attracting and retaining new tenants is exponentially more expensive than efforts needed to retain new ones. [...]

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10 Tips to Effectively Market Your Rental on Craigslist – By Mannix Marketing

Posted on 01. May, 2015 by .

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It’s not very often that powerful marketing tools are offered to the masses for free.  Whether you are looking to sell a vehicle, real estate or furniture or offer cleaning or childcare services, Craigslist is an extremely valuable marketing platform that should be included in your digital marketing campaign. [...]

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Things You Should Know About Your Plumbing (Myths, Legends and Advice) – By Bruce Davis

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Plumbing seems simple enough, but it can often be a mystery to the inexperienced consumer.  I’ve compiled a sort list of common myths, legends and sage advice.  Hopefully, they can assist you the next time you run into a plumbing problem or help you to avoid one altogether. [...]

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Five Things Landlords Want from Vendors – By Teresa Billingsley

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Doing repairs on rental properties and interacting with tenants adds a whole new component to maintenance. Vendors who recognize the intricate skill and experience required to get the job done are an asset to rental property owners. If you master these five areas and consistently perform them well you will make yourself more marketable. [...]

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Solar Water Heating Rebates Increased Even More! – By Ted Bavin

Posted on 01. May, 2015 by .

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The economics of solar water heating just got a huge shot in the arm!  While the payback for apartment systems was already a reasonable three to six years, rebate reservations were not moving fast enough for the California Energy Commission.  Therefore, they increased the rebate by 39% (29% for low income housing), effectively lowering the complete payback to only two to five years.  [...]

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California Comeback or Continuing Crisis? – By Jon Coupal

Posted on 01. May, 2015 by .

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As the California Legislature reconvenes, Californians will hear two decidedly different messages from both politicians and political pundits about the “state of the state.”  Governor Brown will surely tout the “California comeback” and argue that the state is in much better fiscal health than just a couple of years ago.  On the other hand, [...]

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IRS Changes for Capitalization Rates – By Robert Hall & Associates

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The tax code is ever-changing, and for all landlords, 2015 has proven to be one of the most difficult and downright thorny years to date. The IRS implemented Form 3115, Application for Change in Accounting Method, on January 1st, 2014, which sent property owners into a tailspin and the phones at every accounting firm ringing. [...]

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Housing Inspectors Seek Legal Action Against Landlords! – By Emily Green

Posted on 01. May, 2015 by .

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Housing inspectors are seeking legal action against the owners of three apartment buildings in the Mission District [of San Francisco] for blocking fire escapes and having alarm systems that don’t work. [...]

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