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Mon
26
Feb
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5 Questions House Flippers Must Ask A Potential Real Estate Agent

5 Questions House Flippers Must Ask A Potential Real Estate Agent

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While there are many ways to purchase a potential flip property, Fixters almost always recommends that beginning flippers work with a real estate agent. It is typically the fastest way to get your hands on a good property and something you can act on now.

With a real estate agent, you can learn from their expertise and work with someone who is familiar with your desired property location and market. Additionally, you add to your house flipping business team and develop a relationship that can bring big rewards in the future.

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with my friend and Colorado-based real estate agent, Jennifer Morrissette with HomeSmart Realty Group. I got her insight on the top questions house flippers need to ask a real estate agent BEFORE working with them."

Tue
20
Feb
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Two Portland Landlords Resign From Rental Services Commission

Two Portland Landlords Resign From Rental Services Commission

Two Portland landlords have resigned from the Rental Services Commission in protest after Mayor Ted Wheeler flip-flopped on his position about small landlords and Portland’s relocation ordinance, according to reports.

Wheeler now wants to remove the current exemption for small landlords who own only one property. The relocation ordinance requires landlords to pay moving expenses if they evict a tenant for no-cause or increase rent more than 10 percent.

Mon
12
Feb
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Property Management Cyberattack Risks Overlooked, Underestimated

Property Management Cyberattack Risks Overlooked, Underestimated

The Grace Hill training tip of the week focuses on the issue of property management cyberattack which is often overlooked and underestimated.

By Ellen Clark

Due to lack of federal oversight and regulation, property management companies’ cybersecurity programs may be relatively less developed and less sophisticated than in other industries.

This could make them a more attractive target for cybercriminals looking for an easy way to steal personal data.

We hear a lot in the news about data being exposed or stolen by cyberattacks in healthcare, banking and retail industries. But we tend to hear less about such attacks in the property management industry, even though they have happened before and will likely happen again.

 As a result, the risk of cyberattacks in the property management industry may be overlooked and underestimated.

Tue
06
Feb
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Multifamily Managers And Marijuana: Caught In A Pot Crossfire

Multifamily Managers And Marijuana: Caught In A Pot Crossfire

The Grace Hill training tip of the week focuses on the issue of marijuana and multifamily property managers and owners. Editor’s Note: “Grace Hill worked with our attorneys at Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd on this piece. We are grateful for their insights and expertise in navigating this tricky topic!”

By Ellen Clark

Multifamily property managers are often caught in a pot crossfire between state and federal laws when it comes to marijuana use in apartments, especially in states where marijuana use is legal.

Tue
23
Jan
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Have You Reviewed Your Criminal Background Checks Policy Lately?

Have You Reviewed Your Criminal Background Checks Policy Lately?

The Grace Hill training tip of the week focuses on your criminal background checks policy and whether you are using it correctly.

By Ellen Clark

A federal lawsuit in New York is challenging a landlord’s blanket ban on leasing to people with criminal backgrounds. The federal government has advised landlords against such bans, saying they could violate fair housing laws, but the practice persists.

Tue
16
Jan
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Do You Know How To Respond To a Sexual Harassment Complaint?

Do You Know How To Respond To a Sexual Harassment Complaint?

The Grace Hill training tip of the week focuses on The Fair Housing Act and how to respond to a sexual harassment complaint.

By Ellen Clark

HUD aggressively pursues violations of The Fair Housing Act (FHA) involving harassment in housing and complaints often name property managers directly, so do you know how to respond and stay on top of the situation?

 

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Remember courts have consistently recognized sexual harassment as a form of discrimination that violates the FHA.

In addition to individual property managers directly, the complaint may name the corporate entity or owner associated with the complainant’s housing.

Fri
12
Jan
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Can I Say "No Pot In My Apartments" When It’s Legal In My State?

Can I say no pot in my apartments when it is legal in my state?

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? This was Rental Housing Journal readers' top story in 2017

By John Triplett

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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.

Tue
09
Jan
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Liberty Rent Guarantee Partners With GreenPath Financial Wellness

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Liberty Rent Guarantee, a cosigner for potential residents of multifamily properties who have less-than-perfect credit, is proud to announce that it is partnering with GreenPath, Inc., a non-profit, financial wellness organization that has been empowering people to lead financially healthy lives since 1961.

“I’m very proud, in this season of giving, that Liberty Rent Guarantee was able to launch its latest initiative for tenants with less-than-perfect credit,” said Liberty Rent Guarantee CEO Bubba Grimsley.

 “It has always been part of our mission to reduce the risk in the multifamily rental space. Now, we take it a step further by partnering with GreenPath. Our strategic alliance with GreenPath will allow all of our residents the availability of live, online, and web-based assistance in all of their financial endeavors.”  

Tue
02
Jan
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How Apartment Rules To Protect Children Could Be Discrimination

How Apartment Rules To Protect Children Could Be Discrimination

The Grace Hill training tip of the week focuses on how rules you think could protect children, could actually open up landlords and property managers to charges of discrimination.

By Ellen Clark

Normally, when you think of familial status discrimination, you likely think of things like refusing to rent to families with children, charging families with young children higher deposits, or steering them to certain buildings.

But what about rules or policies that are intended to protect children?

Could these be discriminatory?

 A story from a condominium complex in Fremont, California brings to light the issue around policies or rules that are intended to protect children, but actually could subject the property management to discrimination charges.

Tue
19
Dec
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Language Proficiency Is Issue HUD Is Watching Closely

language proficiency is issue HUD is watching closely

The Grace Hill training tip of the week focuses on limited English language proficiency and a recent discrimination complaint regarding preferential treatment of English-speaking, white housing applicants compared to Spanish-speaking Latino applicants.

By Ellen Clark

It is important to make sure all employees understand the connection between language proficiency and federally protected classes, because the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is watching this area.

Recently, the Greenfield Housing Authority settled a discrimination complaint with HUD regarding preferential treatment of English-speaking, white housing applicants compared to Spanish-speaking Latino applicants.

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