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Fri
27
Mar
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Dupre & Scott Video Report: FORWARD TO THE PAST

Development activity is building more momentum this year. We saw almost 7,800 new units open in the region last year. That’s the biggest production year since 1991. But that record won’t last long. And something else very interesting is happening.

Fri
20
Mar
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Dupre & Scott Video Report: Puget Sound Apartment Sales up 20% Year-over-year

Apartment sales activity in the Puget Sound region is starting off the year impressively. The number of sales in January and February is up 20% from January and February of last year. That’s significant, but that’s nothing. Take a look at this.

Wed
18
Mar
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On-Site (Seattle/Tacoma) RentalHousing Journal March 2015

On-Site Rental Housing Journal is published monthly for apartment owners, multifamily investors, property managers, apartment maintenance staff and other real estate professionals. RHJ is the business journal for the Puget Sound area multifamily and rental housing industry. 4. April Showers, Bring May Flowers... and Moss 5. Commercial Markets Poised for Growth Despite Weaker Global Economy 7. 5 Innovation Killers that Lurk Within Businesses 8. Spring Maintenance Checklist 11. What Tenants Do You Want? 12. National Survey Reveals 2015 Moving Plans for Renters Multifamily Housing Update 4Q14 RED CAPITAL GROUP® Market Overview Seattle, Washington 14. NAR Study: Accelerating Housing Costs Have Renters Feeling the Squeeze 16. NWMFHA Supporting Fair Housing Training 18. Secret Shopper 19. Strong Job Growth Foreshadows Solid Full-Year Economic Growth 22. NWMFHA Maintenance Summit Education Conference and Trade Show Exhibition 25. Inexpensive Ways to Attract Good Residents

Thu
12
Mar
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Dupre & Scott Video Report: THE TRAINOR MAXIM

When Meghan Trainor sings, "I'm all about that bass, no treble," she's speaking directly to apartment investors. Top line performance is important. But what really matters is the bottom line. Let's see how that tune is playing out for investors.

Fri
06
Mar
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Dupre & Scott Video Report: DO YOU REALLY NEED TO PARK?

Are you having trouble finding a parking space these days? Fear not. It will get worse. Gone are the days when developers build in one or two parking spaces for every new apartment unit. Let’s take a look at what’s happening.

Sun
22
Feb
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ASK THE SECRET SHOPPER: FLOATERS

Many apartment communities have staff changes on the weekends. Some property management companies use part-time leasing consultants or “floaters” to fill in on the weekends or to work back and forth between two or more communities. This can be a great partnership and help keep payroll expenses down OR it can cost rentals at your community. It all depends on quality communication, as
the following question will attest:

Q: I was hired to be a “floater” at several different properties. While I love the variety, I really don’t feel like I am an important part of the staff at any of the places where I work. I am not always
kept current on apartment availability or the status of different problems that come up. When I ask questions to try to keep myself informed, many times I am told: “Don’t worry about it. You’re only here on the weekends.” I feel frustrated, but don’t know what I can do.

Sat
21
Feb
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Dupre & Scott Video Report: WHAT HAPPENED WHILE YOU WERE ON VACATION?

Did you get away for an early winter break in January? Well, if you did, here’s what you’ve missed already this year. Based on trends in January, 2015 is shaping up to be a very exciting year in the Puget Sound region apartment market. Let’s take a look.

Sat
21
Feb
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On-Site (Seattle / Puget Sound) Rental Housing Journal - February 2015

RHJ is the business journal for the greater Seattle / Puget Sound Area multifamily and residential property management industry. 3. Afraid to Admit that You Don’t Understand Social Media? 4. 5 Basic Fundamentals for Property Managers and Landlords 7. U.S. Renters Paid $441 Billion in Rent in 2014, Up Nearly $21 Billion Since 2013 8. Make 2015 the Best Year Ever 10. 4 Tips to Survive the Next Stock Market Crash 13. Attracting Families with Amenities Aimed at the Youngest Tenants 16. WMFHA Market Report Pierce-Kitsap-Thurston Rents Up 4.8% in 2014 18. Property Management: 21 Low Cost Renewal Concessions 19. Instant Tenant Screening Reports & FCRA Accuracy Requirement 21. The Coach – Your Voice Carries the Words of 10,000 Leases! 22. Secret Shopper 23. Staying Safe 24. Looking at the Big Picture 26. Dirty Little Secrets of Family Business 27. Vacation Rentals – Make It Simple for Your Guests

Tue
17
Feb
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Dupre & Scott Video Report: NEGOTIATING? THINK “LET IT BLEED”

According to the two finest philosophers of the past 100 years, when you are negotiating to buy an apartment building you have to decide on one of two strategies. The philosophers, Jagger & Richards in their 1968 treatise, “Let it Bleed”, identified the “Get what you want strategy” and suggested an alternate “Get what you need strategy.” Let’s start with the “get what you want” strategy.

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:

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