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Fri
03
Apr
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SCREENING WITHOUT SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS: THERE ARE OPTIONS!

FHCO often receives questions from both housing consumers and housing providers about tenant screening for applicants who do not have a Social Security number (SSN). With President Obama’s immigration action, approximately 4 million U.S. residents who are currently undocumented will have the opportunity to apply for work permits and SSNs. The campaign around Measure 88 (the “driver card” measure) also brought discussions of immigration in Oregon to the forefront last this fall.

Whatever your personal political position is on these recent events, the fact remains that many Oregon housing seekers do not have an SSN, and many will still not even when the President’s programs are activated. The fact is that the Fair Housing Act and Oregon anti-discrimination law apply to everyone present in the US, regardless of immigration status.

Fri
13
Mar
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Rental Housing Journal - Metro (Portland) March 2015

Metro RHJ is the monthly business journal for the multifamily and rental housing property management industry in the Portland, Oregon Metro area. 3. Strong Job Growth Foreshadows Solid Full-Year Economic Growth Vender Spotlight: NoAppFee.com 5. April Showers, Bring May Flowers... and Moss 6. President’s Message: The Word on the Street 8. Screening Without Social Security Numbers: There are Options! 9. Seeking Customer Loyalty? Build Good Business Relationships 10. PAROA – Mind Your Business – Navigating Section 8 Forms and Processes 11. 5 Innovation Killers that Lurk Within Businesses 12. Strong Job Growth Foreshadows Solid Full-Year Economic Growth 14. National Survey Reveals 2015 Moving Plans For Renters 15. Property Management: 16. SECRET SHOPPER Q&A 17. Commercial Markets Poised for Growth Despite Weaker Global Economy 18. New Residential Water Heater Efficiency Standards 19. Spring Maintenance Checklist 20. Inexpensive Ways to Attract Good Residents

Fri
13
Mar
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Rental Housing Journal - Valley (Eugene, Albany, Corvallis, Salem) March 2015

Valley RHJ is the monthly business journal for multifamily investors, property managers, landlords, apartment owners and other real estate professionals in Oregon's Willamette Valley. 1. New Residential Water Heater Efficiency Standards 1 After Four Years of Elevated Construction, Vacancy Will Finally Rise in Portland 1. Screening Without Social Security Numbers: There are Options! 3. Spring Maintenance Checklist 4. Seeking Customer Loyalty? Build Good Business Relationships 6. Secret Shopper Q&A

Wed
04
Mar
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Vendor Spotlight: NoAppFee.com - Portland Housing Counselor Creates ‘Matching Service’ for Renters and Landlords

Tyrone Poole stood in line, waiting for admittance to a Portland, Oregon homeless shelter. He looked around and wondered, “What in the world am I doing here?”

How he got there was a series of odd events. How he got out, and rebuilt his career, is a great American success story.

From Constructing to Firefighting

From his earliest days, Tyrone says, he was an energetic worker. His mom – an artist who created blueprints for a large building firm – helped him get a good construction job right out of high school.

“Soon I was making $17 an hour, much more than some of my friends who made minimum wage,” Tyrone says. “My next step was to train to be a mechanic, who made $20 an hour." 

“One of my friends had a relative who worked as a firefighter, and really loved it. He encouraged me to take the entrance tests. I got admitted to the fire academy. But, something terrible happened during my training.”

Sun
22
Feb
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Seeking customer loyalty? Build good business relationships.

Seeking customer loyalty? Build good business relationships.

Property management professionals operate within an industry based upon the delivery of sound and consistent customer service. We believe that when most effective, good customer service results in profitability and client retention. As such, we are constantly striving to deliver top-level customer service through our systems and practices. Ultimately we trust that this will lead to customer satisfaction. But is customer satisfaction enough to propagate long-term business growth and sustainability? Recent studies indicate that satisfaction alone will not lead to the ultimate goal: customer loyalty.

Tue
17
Feb
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Landlady Katie: Spring Maintenance Checklist

In spring, focus on freshening up your rental property and protecting the dwelling against the season's strong winds and rains. Use this time of the year to thoroughly clean and care for the home's interior.

Outdoor Tasks:

__Clean gutters and downspouts.
__Inspect roof and chimney for cracks and damage.
__Wash the exterior of all windows.
__Install missing screens on windows and doors. Repair as needed.
__Fertilize the lawn.
__Check decks for loose boards, railings, or stairs.
__Professionally service heating and cooling units.
__Check the foundation for cracking as well as for insect damage.
__Remove foundation vent covers and spigot covers.

Indoor Tasks:

Mon
16
Feb
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Rental Housing Journal - Metro ( Portland ) February 2015

Metro Rental Housing Journal is published monthly for apartment owners, real estate investors, property managers and other multifamily and real estate professionals in the Portland, Oregon Metro area. RHJ is the business journal for the multihousing and residential property management industry.

2. Instant Tenant Screening Reports & FCRA Accuracy Requirement 3. Afraid to Admit that You Don’t Understand Social Media? 5. 5 Basic Fundamentals For Property Managers and Landlords 6. RHA Oregon Looking Forward to a New Year! 8. Good Client Relationships Focus on the Basics! 9. Assistance Animals 101 11. 4 Tips to Survive the Next Stock Market Crash 14. Dirty Little Secrets of Family Business 16. Secret Shopper 17. Your Voice Carries the Words of 10,000 Leases

Mon
16
Feb
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Rental Housing Jounral - Valley (Eugene, Albany, Corvallis, Salem) February 2015

RHJ is the business journal for the multifamily and residential property management industry in the Willamette Valley. 1. 10 Things That Make the Difference Between Habitable and Uninhabitable Dwelling 2. 4 Tips to Survive the Next Stock Market Crash 4. Good Client Relationships Focus on the Basics! 6. Secret Shopper 7. Your Voice Carries The Words of 10,000 Leases

 
Tue
10
Feb
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New Residential Water Heater Efficiency Standards Coming April 2015

On April 16, 2015, all residential water heaters manufactured for sale in the United States will be required to meet new efficiency standards as the third phase of a nationwide energy conservation effort takes effect.

Sun
08
Feb
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Winter Worries: Roofs & Mold

It’s that lovely time of year -- rain, heavy winds, sleet, and snow are heading our way! Are your properties Winter ready?

Moss, debris, and overflowing gutters can cause leaks, flooding, and frustration for both the landlord and the tenant. I encourage you to be proactive this year and have the inspections done now, prior to an emergency. Even just a visual inspection can help. Look to see if anything looks out of place; missing shingles, roof debris, overhanging tree limbs (and dogs) can all pose potential problems in the winter. Ongoing preventative maintenance will save you time and money, and increase your roof life.

Emergency repairs are just that, an urgent call to your vendor for service. As you might imagine, you won’t be the only client calling, and even if it’s a vendor you consistently use, they will need to deal with every request as quickly as possible.

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