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Archive for March, 2016

Five Secrets of Successful Real Estate Investing – By Vena Jones Cox

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An interesting thing happens when people become successful real estate investors:  like any true convert, they start to want to proselytize. And one of the primary characteristics of any good missionary is the desire to emphasize the good and de-emphasize the downsides of ones’ religion. 

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Inherit a House? How to Rent it Out – By Cliff Hockley

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We manage properties for homeowners with many unique circumstances but inheritance is one of the most common reasons why people choose to rent out a home.  This is the story of a typical case.

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5 Big Mistakes Made by Rental Property Owners – By Wallace S. Gibson

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Just Looking in the Local Newspaper Classifieds for a Rental Rate Prospective tenants have many ways to check comparable rental rates besides the newspaper – local property managers, Realtors or the internet listings.  Property owners renting their own property need to check these sources in addition to the newspaper.  Local Realtors can provide a list […]

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The Housing Shortage Blame Game Continues – By Noni Richen

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Welcome to the New Year.  We said farewell to 2015, which we greeted we optimism.  But along the way, our small businesses continued to be pummeled by successive legislative assaults from our elected officials.  The bright spots came from our show of force and determination at several

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Apartment Security: Criminals Want Housing Too – by Chris E McGoey, CPP, CSP, CAM

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Rental housing crime studies have repeatedly shown that moderate to high-crime problems can usually be traced back to a small percentage of residents. Those causing the crime problems are often the acquaintances, ex-spouses, or boyfriends of a legal resident who decided to move in without your permission.

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Legal Q & A by Richard Beckman, Attorney

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Question 1:     We are purchasing a property in Modesto occupied by tenants. Should we do new leases/month to month agreements with the tenants living there? Is there any time limit that we should be aware of?

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Don’t Trust the Government to Take Care of You – By Dr. David Eifrig, Editor, Retirement Millionaire Daily

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This year… for only the third time in the last 40 years… the government will not be increasing your Social Security payments. It also won’t raise its payments to disabled veterans and federal retirees. Worse… All three of these non-raises have come since 2010. Just take a look at the following chart… Notice a trend?

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Outrage of the Month: No Eviction for Pigeon-Owning Tenant – From the RSA Reporter

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Yet another bizarre decision against a property owner has been issued by the Housing Court [in New York].

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Generational Insight – How to Properly Market Your Property – By Class A Management

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If you ask anyone involved in marketing what the most desirable audience is to market to, and they will most likely say Millennials. That’s because this generation is gigantic (75.3 million – Pew Research), and they are very tapped into marketing and its channels.

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Tax Time Doesn’t Have to Be Taxing – By Katie Poole-Hussa

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Tax time is here again and you should be aware that rental income isn’t the only way to make money when you rent a property. There are many incentives and tax advantages given to rental owners that entitle you to larger profits. Some of these money saving advantages are available monthly, and some of which […]

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Can You Select the “Most” Qualified Applicant? – By Jeffrey Taylor, Mr. Landlord

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In seminars across the country this year, I’ve been making a point of challenging all attendees with a simple Fair Housing quiz.    Q:  If several applicants approached you to rent a home and all chose to go through your application process, who would you select?

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What Can a Buyer Do When the Seller Defaults? – By Dale Alberstone, Esq.

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Hello everybody.  It has been many years since I have written about the remedies available to a buyer when the seller of an apartment building backs out of the transaction or refuses to close the escrow.  So now would be a good time to review and update the rights a buyer has.

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How Debt and Denial are Changing Retirement Lifestyles By Gart Halbert.

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Retiring comfortably has gotten a lot more complicated in recent decades, much of it due to our increasing longevity – a welcome development that is largely out of our control. However, unwelcome developments that are within our control are increasingly contributing to the retirement challenge too, including heavy debt and what appears to be blissful […]

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ATTENTION ALL LANDLORDS – Did You Know….By Patricia A. Harris

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There is a new law that became effective on January 1, 2016 which states that if an owner or an owner’s agent applies any pesticide to a dwelling unit without using a licensed pest control company or operator, the owner must provide a 24 hour notice to the tenant(s) of that dwelling which contains specific, […]

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Letters to the Editor…

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 Dear Dan: Thank you for the great job you all do! Great news to help us try to beat back the far reaching (greedy) arms of government. I am in Northern CA, and have been a member of AOA for years. I provide magazine subscriptions for my managers in FL and OK and they love […]

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7 Qualities of Successful Real Estate Investors – From 1st Choice Lending

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So you’ve thought about investing but aren’t sure if you have what it takes to become successful. No problem. We’ve all been there. That’s why I decided to write the qualities I have observed every successful real estate investor has.

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Are You a Successful Landlord? – By Robert Cain

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How will you know when you are successful? If you believe you are now, how do you know? Most people, landlords included, simply cannot point to a goal and state positively that they have accomplished it. I know that just about every landlord had the plan to be successful when he or she bought the […]

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Something to Think About #42 – Uncle Sally’s Nephew Part 5 – By Klarise Yahya, Commercial Loan Broker – BRE: 00957107 MLO: 249261

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If you’re new to this series, we’ve been discussing some of the things a new investor-in-training should consider before investing. A person can spend money for today’s wants, or she could invest it and thus effectively move today’s purchasing power into the future. That way, she pays today for tomorrow’s living expenses. One way to […]

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Legal Q & A – Notices of Change of Ownership or Management – By Franco Simone, Esq.

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Q: I am a new landlord and I recently found a tenant to rent out my father’s house that I inherited. I am in the process of writing a lease for this tenant. What information do I need to include about myself in the lease or rental agreement?

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Ten Ways to Save Taxes on Your Rental Property – By Innovative Property Solutions

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No landlord would pay more than necessary for utilities or other operating expenses for a rental property. Yet millions of landlords pay more taxes on their rental income than they have to. Why? Rental real estate provides more tax benefits than almost any other investment.

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Convert Those Calls and Rent Your Property – by Christopher Higgins, The Apartment Guy

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Finding the right renter for your home or vacant apartment is not easy, but compare your situation to that of most salespeople and they will tell you you’ve got it easy.  Most of our customers call us.  Most salespeople have to go out and find customers.  Plus, finding a place to live isn’t a casual […]

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How to Limit Turnovers and Maximize Rental Rates – By Petra Marquart

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Professionals, who have been in the multi-housing industry for any length of time, know that working in the apartment industry can be like riding a roller coaster.  As the economy rises, residents often purchase single family homes or move to more luxurious apartments.  But as the economy falls, there are greater numbers of people seeking […]

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Legal Q & A by Dennis Block

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Question One: I received an email from my tenant on a Friday. She believes that there is mold in her unit. I immediately posted a notice on her door that I would be inspecting the premises on Monday at 9 AM. My tenant emailed me back that the premises are not habitable and that she will […]

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