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Archive for March, 2017

Top 5 Tax Tips for Real Estate Investors – by Phil Pustejovsky

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Are you maximizing your tax savings in your real estate investing business? Now is a great time for you to make sure you have structured your investing operation properly, so you take full advantage of the tax benefits of being a real estate investor. 

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Legal Q & A – by Richard Beckman, Attorney

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Question 1: I am in the process of renting my single family home in Danville, CA, and I did specify in the ad that “no pets” are allowed. I have two legal questions: 1) A potential applicant called me and told me that she has a “service” dog. Can I legally tell her, over the […]

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Dear Gabby: The Anatomy of a Perfect Property Manager – by “Gabby”

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Dear Gabby: I knew being a property manager isn’t easy, but it’s proving to be a lot harder than I imagined. There are so many responsibilities to balance, but I’m still determined to be the best in the biz. Any tips?  Sincerely,  IWannaBeTheVeryBest

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Five Secrets Your Residents are Hiding – by Jeff Taylor, “Mr. Landlord”

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Show It Occupied! Some landlords prefer to show upcoming vacancies to prospective residents while the current resident is still living there. Others prefer to wait until the property is empty. I personally think it’s better financially (for you and the residents) to get the full cooperation of the current resident and to show properties while […]

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What to Expect in President Trump’s First 100 Days – by Gary D. Halbert

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Many of America’s voters are still stunned that Donald Trump was elected president and that includes some who voted for him but didn’t think he could win. As such, American voters on both sides of the political aisle are scrambling to get a handle on what President Trump will try to get done in the […]

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The Perils of Hiring an Unlicensed Contractor to Work on Your Property – by Sean Makarin, Esq., SPOSFI Business Member

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Many property owners hire unlicensed contractors to work on their rental buildings. Sometimes it works out just fine, but when things go south, as they often do, a nightmare can unfold. By hiring an unlicensed contractor, owners forgo basic legal protections, exposing their property to a loss in value, costly lawsuits, and costly repairs. In […]

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Estate Planning for Apartment Owners in the Trump Era – by Kenneth Ziskin, Attorney

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We are likely, but not assured, to see more tax changes in this administration than we have seen in decades, maybe more than any of us have seen in any other administration during our lifetimes. As I write this, we do not yet know the precise parameters that will result from tax reform after the […]

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7 Tips for Investors to Manage Their Property Managers – by Larry Arth

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Passive real estate investments are great, but it is really important for real estate investors to properly manage their property managers! Everyone knows that we believe in looking forward and seeing all of the possibilities. To focus more on what benefits an investment may offer and how we can make them better.

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Pacific Legal Foundation Defends Property Rights from Coast to Coast!

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The below article was written by Steven Anderson who serves as President and CEO of the Pacific Legal Foundation, joining in 2016. Founded in 1973, PLF litigates cases nationwide to vindicate the rights fundamental to a free society. With nine consecutive U.S. Supreme Court victories and counting, PLF fights on the front lines, ensuring individual […]

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California Politicians Behave Like Confederates – by Jon Coupal, President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

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For fiscal conservatives and free market advocates, the national elections in 2008 and 2012 brought no small measure of disappointment. In its eight-year run, the Obama Administration imposed a host of new taxes – including several as part of the failed “Affordable Care Act” – and, just as egregious, nearly doubling the national debt from […]

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Something to Think About #54 – Uncle Sally’s Nephew, Part 17 – by Klarise Yahya

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If you’ve missed some of the prior articles, basic guidelines on successful investing are in my book “Stairway to Wealth” available at www.LuLu.com.  Continued from Part 16:  Emily saw buildings as other people saw employees. She realized that every investment she owned had to pay its own way. She would work with a troubled building […]

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Revive Your Outdoor Living Area! – by Collin Lee

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Many communal living centers have a crucial problem that many board members and managers never come up with a solution for – A problem that everyone knows will cost the treasury some tens of thousands of dollars for something that doesn’t seem at first like a necessary or urgent investment. The image that a communal […]

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San Diego Apartment Investing Creates Millionaires – by Terry Moore, CCIM

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Thousands of investors who bought and held San Diego County apartments became and remained millionaires. Apartments have proved to be safer than other investments. Fortunes were made and lost in businesses, stocks, precious metals, bonds, industrial and retail investments. If you don’t own apartments, they may not seem glamorous. Yet like the tortoise, they have […]

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Legal Q & A – by Dennis Block, Attorney

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Question One: I have a tenant who just purchased an electric vehicle. She is requiring that I install an electric charging station in the garage. Am I required to do this?

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Why Owning Rentals Is Like Your New Year’s Resolution – by Bill Biko, “The Educated Landlord”

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Here we are [into March already.] Which brings up the question, what are you going to accomplish? Do you goal plan, establish resolutions or just hope for the best and try to dodge and weave your way through it? For some folks, the last option is their method of choice and it serves them best. […]

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Prescriptive Easements v. Adverse Possession – by Dale Alberstone, Esq.

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Hello Everybody.  My discussion this month examines the difference between the acquisition of title to another’s land by adverse possession and acquisition of title to another’s land by a prescriptive easement.  Judging from the numerous letters and telephone calls I have received from AOA members over recent years, it is a troublesome issue to many.  […]

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Ask the Secret Shopper – Curb Appeal – by Joyce Kirby-Bica

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It’s that time of year when drive by traffic can slow down as one gray, rainy day blends into another.  Occasional sun breaks do little to brighten up your community, but rather expose areas with built up dirt and left over dead leaves.  In some neighborhoods dense with apartment buildings, there is nothing to separate […]

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General Legal Tips for Small to Mid-Sized Businesses and Property Owners – by Nate Bernstein, Attorney

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These gems are gained from 23 years of experience in representing business and property owners on the front lines of hard ball commercial litigation practice:

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Legal Q & A – by: Franco Simone, Esq.

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Q: This is my first time renting out my residential unit. The late fee provision in my lease allows me to charge a percentage of the rent or a flat fee. How much can I charge for the late fee?

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Soft-Story Retrofits: The Costs, Concerns and Construction – by Elizabeth Wilson

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California is the golden state that enjoys beautiful weather, gorgeous beaches and a bit of a seismic activity complex.  Californians wake up all too often to read shocking headlines about earthquake swarms, mega-quakes and inevitable devastation.  Given the state’s seismic history and the many scientific studies released over the last three years, it is no […]

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Unfair Trash Collection in Los Angeles! An Open Letter to City Councilperson Paul Koretz from Michael Millman, Esq.

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Dear Councilperson Koretz: We both recall that four years ago there was a “massive” fight over this ordinance and most Councilpersons voted consistent with the recommendation made by the County Federation of Labor.  Approximately 168 small trash haulers were put out of business.  The City was divided into seven territories.  The mega-super-large trash hauling companies […]

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L.A. About to Unleash Trash Monopoly Upon Housing Providers!

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The below article was written by David Hernandez, Lead Proponent, Ballot Initiative to Repeal the Exclusive Trash Franchise.  AOA has endorsed David Hernandez for Mayor of Los Angeles.  Please vote for him when you go to the polls on March 7th. What began in the back rooms of L.A. City Hall between special interest groups […]

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