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27
Aug
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The Landlord Times - On-Site - August 2013

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Tue
27
Aug
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Dupre & Scott Video Report: Who’s Eating Your Pie and Why?

Apartment expenses seem to go up every year. At least investors take that for a given. And history proves them right. Expenses have doubled in the past 20 years in spite of investor efforts to control costs. Let's take a look at what has happened to expenses and what impact they have on bottom-line performance.

Tue
27
Aug
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Shoptalk August 2013

In strong rental markets, many leasing employees are faced with the wonderful challenge of being 100% leased. Some apartments are being rented “sight unseen,” and perhaps there are only a few days in any given month where vacant apartments are available to look at before the new residents move in. For communities that have rented and done away with their model apartments, many leasing consultants are now in situations where they have nothing to show, even if they have unrented notices. The following question expresses this dilemma and the leasing consultant’s frustration:

Tue
27
Aug
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Dupre & Scott Video Report: Apartment Marketing As An Unbreachable Moat For Your Business

Dupre & Scott talk about apartment marketing and branding in the weekly video report entitled "How to Build a Moat". Does your property management company company have a marketing materplan?

Overview: Warren Buffet says, “In business, I look for economic castles protected by unbreachable moats.” So, how should apartment investors allocate their advertising and marketing budget this year to build their own unbreachable moat? Here are some ideas. We think that if you implement 60% of them you will have built your own unbreachable moat.

 

Thu
15
Aug
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The Landlord Times - On-Site - August 2013

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Fri
09
Aug
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Rental Housing Managers Can Recycle Electronics for Free!

As a rental housing manager you probably get “stuck” occasionally with old PC’s, computer monitors or TVs from former tenants. You may have paid to recycle them in the past or maybe you have dumped them in the trash (hopefully only if it is legal to do so in your area).
There is a better option. Recycle them – for free.
You can save money and do the right thing by recycling TVs, computers and monitors in Washington and Oregon through state regulated “E-Cycling” programs.
The E-Cycle Washington program and the Oregon E-Cycles program provide free recycling for electronics including any abandoned TVs, computers and monitors that rental housing managers may have to deal with. Here are links to each program’s website including how to find free drop-off locations in your area:

Mon
29
Jul
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Washington State: The Landis Bomb.

THE LANDIS BOMB Part 1 of 2 In October of 2012 Washington State landlords were, in this attorney’s humble opinion, kicked in the teeth by the Division 1 Washington Court of Appeals. This very unwelcome dental work came in the form of the Landis case. For those interested, that is Landis & Landis Construction, LLC, an Oregon limited liability company vs Nicola Nation d/b/a Nation Management, 286 P.3d 979 (Wash.App Div. 1 2012). While this case is new enough that its impact has not yet been fleshed out in subsequent courts, it seems likely that this case will accomplish four unfortunate things from the landlord perspective and one from the tenants view. First, this case seems likely to mean that a tenant can both unilaterally cancel a rental contract without any notice to the landlord based on habitability claims.

Sun
07
Jul
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Dupre & Scott Video Report: Honey, I Shrunk The Apartment

HONEY, I SHRUNK THE APARTMENT

Apartments are getting smaller again. The average unit size increased
dramatically in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. But developers are modifying design
ideas from the 1920s and 1950s to make smaller apartments work once again.
Costs to consumers as well as developers may be driving this trend. But
other factors are at work right now to make this trend work better than it
ever did.

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