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Archive for February, 2016

OSHBOT…How many jobs will be lost? – By Albert Sukoff

Posted on 01. Feb, 2016 by .

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When you have minute, go to your browser and Google OSHBOT and check out the video.  OSHBOT is a robot about four feet tall which was developed by Orchard Supply Hardware (now a subsidiary of Lowes).  It is already deployed at its Silicon Valley store.  You can ask verbally where in the store a specific […]

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Legal Q & A – By Richard Beckman, Attorney

Posted on 01. Feb, 2016 by .

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Question 1:     I am being sued by a tenant for the return of the portion of her security deposit that was deducted for repairs and cleaning cost. The tenant lived in the unit for 18 months. She was charged for 25% of the cost to paint the 3-bedroom 2-bath unit and carpet sanitizing. Also, […]

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BREAKING NEWS: IRS Announces Imminent Limitations on Use of Discounts to Save Estate Taxes! – By Attorney Kenneth Ziskin

Posted on 01. Jul, 2015 by .

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In mid-May, 2015, a senior Treasury Department Estate and Gift Tax attorney announced that the government will soon issue regulations that will limit, or even eliminate, the ability to use “discounts” to save estate taxes for your family.  She projected that the IRS would adopt (or propose) these new regulations before the end of September, […]

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Executing the Move-In Inspection and Dealing With Move-Outs – By Lori Hammond

Posted on 01. Jul, 2015 by .

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The completion of a move-in inspection is a document with serious legal ramifications. Without a complete and executed move-in inspection form, management has no documentation to show the condition of the apartment at the time of move in.  An executed document shows the resident accepted the condition of the apartment with whatever notated findings.  There […]

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Something to Think About #34 – Negative Interest Rates – By Klarise Yahya, Commercial Loan Broker – BRE: 00957107 – MLO: 249261

Posted on 01. Jul, 2015 by .

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For a variety of reasons, widespread negative interest rates probably won’t happen in America, at least in the near future. Below zero interest rates are hugely stimulative and wouldn’t be appropriate when government figures indicate growth over the last 12 months is somewhere above zero, depending on who is

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Inexpensive Ways to Attract Good Residents- By Marc Courtenay

Posted on 01. Jul, 2015 by .

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In the world of investing there’s an old adage:  “Money goes where it’s treated best”.  The same could be said for the best residents.

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10 Tips on Being a Successful Landlord – By AllBusiness.com

Posted on 01. Jul, 2015 by .

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One key to being a successful landlord is taking the time to pick the best tenants and keeping the rental property maintained. If you do not have the time to keep up a property on your own, or if you own several rental properties, you can quickly become overwhelmed. The ten tips provided below are […]

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Tenant’s Guest Sues Landlord for $920,000 Over Trip and Fall! – By Kevin Knight

Posted on 01. Jul, 2015 by .

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 This article will examine a trip and fall on stairs that caused potentially catastrophic injuries and medical expenses for the Plaintiff and possibly for the landlord.

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Fed Chair Janet Yellen Warns of “Secular Stagnation” – By Gary D. Halbert

Posted on 01. Jul, 2015 by .

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In her speech on March 27 at the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco, Ms. Yellen repeated her usual points about the Fed needing to begin normalizing the Fed Funds rate this year. She noted that the economy continues to recover; however, she did acknowledge that growth in the first quarter slowed somewhat, mainly due […]

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How to Write Off Practically Anything – By Karla Dennis

Posted on 01. Apr, 2015 by .

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When it comes to tax deductions, there are a few schools of thoughts. There are the people who want to write off everything, whether it’s legal or not, and figure the cost of an IRS audit won’t be that bad. Or else they think they can’t ever get caught. They are invisible, or so they […]

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Overlooking These Landlord Laws Can Cost You Money! – By Patricia A. Harris

Posted on 01. Aug, 2014 by .

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DURING THE APPLICATION PROCESS  Give Applicant a Screening Fee Receipt When you accept a screening fee from a prospective tenant, you must provide them with a receipt for those monies.  You may either

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