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Tue
16
Sep
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Are you Proactive or Reactive?

Are you Proactive or Reactive?
Jerry L’Ecuyer & Frankie Alvarez

There are only two ways to handle maintenance at a property:
From the Webster Dictionary:

Proactive: Acting in anticipation of future problems,
needs or changes.

Reactive: Done in response to a problem or
situation: reacting to problems when they
occur instead of doing something to
prevent them.

Tue
16
Sep
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23 Property Management Tips For Mastering E-mail

by Ernest F. Oriente, The Coach {Article #220…since 1995}

According to a recent survey by Matrix Information, three billion people around the globe have access to Internet-based services and E-mail. In addition, this report expects electronic commerce to grow from $3.2 trillion in 2013 to $6.2 trillion by the year 2015. Is your property management company ready for these exploding communication and marketing trends? Is your leasing team ready to handle the E-mail just sent by 15 new prospects relocating from Paris or Moscow? Read the tips in this article and learn how easy it is to master E-mail and profit from it…it’s just a few keystrokes away!

Tue
16
Sep
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NADINE GREEN: PREFERRED EMPLOYER INCENTIVES, A FAIR HOUSING CAUTION

By Jo Becker, Education/Outreach Specialist, Fair Housing Council of Oregon

Depending on market conditions, housing providers can get quite creative in incentives offered, certainly in the rental market but also in the sales environment. Following is an article by Nadeen Green, an attorney that speaks to this issue from a fair housing perspective. Ms. Green has spoken on fair housing topics to residential rental audiences across the country since the Fair Housing Amendments Act’s inception in 1989.

If you have a question about your rights or responsibilities under federal, state, and local fair housing laws, please call our Hotline at 800/424-3247.

Hello Nadeen,
Short-time reader of your Fair Housing Blog on ForRent.com, and I must say I’ve learned a lot from you! The most important, I think, is “check with your local attorney/local laws.”

Tue
16
Sep
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RHJ Asks… Kevin Holliday

Rental Housing Journal recently had a brief opportunity to get some great advice from Arizona rental housing expert, Attorney Kevin W. Holliday of Hull, Holliday, & Holliday, PLC.

Q: As an Arizona landlord tenant attorney, if you were to give three pieces of advice to landlords and property managers, what would they be?

Tue
16
Sep
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Owning & Operating Rental Property

I am fortunate, as the president of the American Rental Property Owners and Landlords Association – ARPOLA, to speak with members from all over the country. Usually a member will call or email with a specific inquiry or problem. We are pleased to be able to help. If we do our job right, we take the opportunity to discuss other aspects of owning and operating rental property. Virtually every time, we hit on an issue that needs attention by the owner or property manager.

Tue
16
Sep
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Campus-Style WiFi systems: The Amenity for Today

Apartment residents have long held in high regard such amenities as a fitness center, a patio, a washer/dryer and a pool, but now of equal importance as those features is having high-speed community-wide Internet service.
Having high-speed community-wide Internet service is now among the most desired amenities according to a 2013 survey by the National Multi Housing Council. More than 70 percent of respondents said that it was important or very important.
Easy enough, right? Practically every restaurant and coffee shop you visit has wireless Internet service. Most libraries have it. Many college campuses do too. If the corner Starbucks (and mid-block Starbucks and other corner Starbucks) can pull this off, surely you can too. Is it as simple as expanding the WiFi you already have running in your business center or around the pool area?
It’s not.

Thu
04
Sep
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How the Internet of Things will Simplify & Increase Profits in the Rental Housing Industry

The future of the rental property market is not distant. It is here, and it is unlike anything we’ve ever seen. The Internet of Things (IoT), or the connectivity of smart devices that share data with the outside world, is paving this exciting future. From smart thermostats to smart door locks, these new inventions are gaining ground and excitement rapidly. In this article, we will share a vision of the future using smart devices within the rental property market.

As with any change there are those that will disagree with or fear the new direction in the property management process. Our goal is to prove that these new technologies should not be feared, but embraced for their potential of earning extra profit as well as simplifying the management of properties.  To show this, we will describe a day in the life of an IoT property including the property owner, leasing agents, tenants, and maintenance personnel.

Mon
25
Aug
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REIS Reports Video: National Apartment Trends Q2 2014

Apartment Market Trends Watch our latest video installment for the most recent trends in the Apartment market. Reis VP of Economics and Research, Dr. Victor Calanog, summarizes recent trends in rent, vacancy, construction, absorption and more. Video Highlights The national vacancy rate remained unchanged at 4.1% during Q2. Net absorption topped 35,000 units while roughly 34,000 new units came online. Asking and effective rents rose by 0.8% and 0.9% during the quarter.

Sat
16
Aug
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Mind Your Business – Tia’s Tips for better rental management: Damages, Depreciation, and Normal Wear & Tear

By Tia Politi, ROA Board Member, Rental Owner, Lead Property Manager at Acorn Property Management

Assessing charges to a tenant’s deposit is fraught with peril for many landlords. What are damages? How do you calculate depreciated damages? What is normal wear & tear? These questions are common to our business as landlords and I hope that the following will help guide you in assessing fair and reasonable charges you are owed, without ending up losing a court battle because you assessed improper charges.

Sat
16
Aug
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ASK THE SECRET SHOPPER: August 2014

Everyone knows you only get one chance to make a first impression. What you communicate from the curb, carries over into the office environment and beyond. Paying attention to professional office attire is important year round, but especially during the warmer summer months. When the weather is hot and everyone is trying to keep cool and comfortable, some employees may be presenting more than just their apartments! This can be a distraction to co-workers and residents, and disrupt the sales process. Here is a topic of concern based on the question below:

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