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Archive for February, 2018

Something to Think About #65: Uncle Sally’s Nephew, Part 28 – by Klarise Yahya

Posted on 01. Feb, 2018 by .

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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 LuLu.com.

It was a long weekend and Emily was home, again. She was sprawled on the couch nibbling on peanut-butter cups and sipping pink moscoto from a coffee mug, in a pensive mood. The television was on but she wasn’t watching. [...]

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U.S. Economy is Booming, Rest of World Follows Suit – by Gary D. Halbert

Posted on 01. Feb, 2018 by .

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The U.S. economy continues to gain momentum. After starting the year with a disappointing growth of only 1.2% (annual rate) in the first quarter, the economy accelerated sharply in the second quarter to 3.1% followed by 3.3% in the third quarter. [...]

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4 Tips to Resolve Rental Disputes – by Teresa Billingsley

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I believe both landlords and tenants need to change their mindset and strategy. Successful businesses strategize how to attract their target market and maintain loyal customers. Savvy tenants take seriously the task of finding a home they will be content with long-term. If both parties put more effort into making a viable business match the rental process would go better for all involved.

It is not us against them. There are ways for landlords and tenants to coexist but first they must learn to put their complaints into proper perspective. Below are four areas to consider focusing on and reevaluating before going to war and involving another entity. [...]

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Don’t Let California Become Chicago – by Jon Coupal, President of Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

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Well, it happened again. Homeowners in Chicago now face yet another property tax increase to pay for the city’s mounting pension debt. Local taxpayers have already been slammed with nearly $1.1 billion in property tax increases, primarily for police, fire and teacher pensions. That’s on top of a 29 percent tax on water and sewer bills to save the Municipal Employees pension fund; a 56 percent telephone tax hike in 2014 and another 28.2 percent next year for the Laborers fund. Other “revenue enhancements” include a new garbage collection fee, a bag tax, and increases in water, sewer and city sticker fees, hotel and parking taxes and parking fines. [...]

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Sound the Alarm: A New Front in the War Against Rent Control Opens in Long Beach!

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The below article was written by Joani Weir, Founder, Better Housing for Long Beach.

We’ve seen the dark clouds of the rent control war gathering on the horizon for some time now in Long Beach, and on January 12th the battle for free market housing in California’s seventh largest city finally arrived.

The leadership of the pro-rent control Housing Long Beach organization, close allies of Los Angeles rent control campaigner Larry Gross and his Coalition for Economic Survival (CES), filed a proposed rent control ballot measure with the aim of gathering approximately 27,000 signatures and putting it on the November ballot.  They are known to be well-funded by statewide interests angling for control of the far left wing of the California Democratic Party. [...]

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Legal Q & A – by Dennis Block, Attorney

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Question One: We wish to install security cameras in our apartment complex. Do we need to inform the tenants and get their consent? We are trying to prevent vandalism to our property. [...]

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Letters to the Editor…MORE ON THE TRASH MONOPOLY

Posted on 01. Feb, 2018 by .

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Honorable Mayor Eric Garcetti:

As a San Fernando Valley Boy you have some ideas of the issues we face as a step-child of Los Angeles. What the city council members do affects us also, and the most recent deal to create monopolies for trash haulers has become a travesty.

I understand the desire to reduce trucks on the road, have cleaner vehicles and that did NOT have to be done by creating trash company monopolies. The federal government has laws against monopolies, but apparently that does not apply to city governments. [...]

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Ways to Maximize Your Rentals’ Efficiency – by Mark Browning

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There are tips and tricks you can use to maximize your efficiency and minimize your wasted energy.  Without proper weatherization, you are literally throwing money right out the window.  Here are some helpful weatherization tips that will help you save money throughout the winter months. [...]

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Can I Say No to Pot in My Apartments When it is Legal in my State? – by John Triplett

Posted on 01. Feb, 2018 by .

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California just became the world’s largest legal marijuana market. When pot is legal in a state, what issues does this present to property managers and landlords of rental properties? Property managers are often confused and seeking to better understand how to handle the issues of legal marijuana and medical marijuana when it comes to tenants and rental housing in their states.

Laws are changing all the time in many states, just as California did on January 1, 2018, as voters approve different levels of permission when it comes to marijuana. This leaves property managers trying to figure out what should be in their leases around the issue. [...]

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The Future of Apartment Rent – by Dylan Simon

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Want to know where the highest apartment rental rates are?  Where can you expect the most vibrant commercial real estate development in our region’s future?  You better familiarize yourself with Transit Oriented Development (TOD).

If you have your pulse on commercial real estate development, then you’re familiar with TOD.  The concept is simple – orient real estate development near transit lines allowing residents to access local and regional job centers, amenities and major transit hubs.  The concept is so ubiquitous – it has its own .org – tod.org.  [...]

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