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Archive for December, 2012

Quitclaim and Grant Deeds – By Dale Alberstone, Esq.

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Hello everybody.  My discussion this month about deeds will brief you on an important point of law about which most lawyers, as well as many real estate attorneys, are misinformed.  The issue is, “Immediately prior to the moment a seller delivers a Grant Deed to a buyer for a parcel of real property, does the […]

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Three Easy Ways to Know Thy Apartment Competitor © – by Ernest F. Oriente, The Coach

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“Did you hear what our competitor is doing?”  This question has caused many property management professionals to freeze in their tracks.  What about you?  Does your leasing team know what your neighboring apartment communities are doing?  And if a future resident was to ask them, “give me 10 unique reasons why I should lease an […]

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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Property Owners – By Lauren Boston

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It’s hard enough to budget the correct amount of money for Christmas gifts, let alone for an entire operating year in the multifamily housing industry. While it may not be a major crisis if the Justin Bieber poster you promised your daughter for her bedroom wall is five percent more expensive than you anticipated, it […]

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Why Should You Use Guest Cards for Prospective Tenants? – By Joyce Kirby

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Whether you have several vacancies and upcoming notices to lease or you are down that last “net to rent”, you must still qualify your prospects in order to ultimately secure the rental.  How you remember and record the needs and preferences of your callers and visitors is just as important as obtaining the information in […]

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QE3 QED: How the Latest Round of Quantitative Easing May Affect the Apartment Industry – By Patrick Simons

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Predicting how the recent quantitative easing announcement (“QE3”) from the Federal Reserve (the “Fed”) will affect your business is a complex undertaking.  But, if we focus on just a few economic indicators, it’s QED (quite easily done).

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10 Ways to “Turn-off” Potential Renters – By Rebecca Rosario

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As individuals, we all have our own little pet peeves.  What may turn off one prospect may not bother another.  As apartment professionals, we cannot afford to turn off a single customer, and image is everything. Keeping our communities neat and clean is not only easy to do, it is generally an inexpensive way to […]

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As a Landlord, What Are You Doing Differently to Survive? – by Violet Wilson

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Times are a-changing.  Individuals are losing jobs and struggling to make rents.  Consider the following to keep your rentals occupied. Broaden Qualifications Broaden the scope of what is deemed passable on a credit report.  A past medical problem or loss of job can ruin credit.  Have they paid promptly in the last two years?  Did […]

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HJTA Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Fire Tax and Guess Who Wants to Raise Your Taxes? – By Jon Coupal

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Sacramento – Recently, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association filed a class action lawsuit to provide relief to nearly one million California property owners who received bills from the State for a new “fire prevention fee” which the lawsuit claims is illegal.

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Obamacare Capital Gains Tax Income Starts January 1, 2013! – By Peter S. Muffoletto, C.P.A.

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and education Reconciliation Act of 2010, otherwise as it has become known as Obamacare imposes a 3.8% Medicare contribution tax on all net investment income of higher-income individuals as of January 1, 2013

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Lisa’s Laws of Landlording – What Every Owner Should Know – By Lisa Moren-Bromma

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This article is reprinted here with permission from Creative Real Estate Online at http://www.creonline.com Recently, I made a presentation to a group of real estate investors on the subject of landlording. Specifically, how to determine if your marketplace is one for holding real estate, the pros and cons of being your own property manager, as […]

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