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17
Jan
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Increased Demand for Rental Housing Drives Global Residential Real Estate Investment Trusts

Key profitability ratios such as return on equity and EBITDA margins expected to witness an increase

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Higher interest rates, rising house prices, better employment ratios, and reluctance to own houses due to prior foreclosures, are pushing up the demand for rental housing. This is opening up opportunities for residential real estate investment trusts (REITs) globally. Rent growth and decreasing vacancy rates will further boost the profitability of REITs.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Global Residential REIT Industry, based on a study of 108 REITs, reveals the market earned revenues of $23.23 billion in 2012. Key profitability ratios such as return on equity and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) margins rose in 2012, and this trend is expected to continue.

Fri
17
Jan
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Property Insurance – The Basics on Insuring Your Property

by Leonard Baron

When you own real estate – whether an investment or a personal residence – you should procure the proper type and dollar value of insurance needed for your property. Unfortunately, many people don’t understand the basics of how insurance coverage works, and many individuals just want to spend “as little as possible” on insurance. The trouble comes about when there is an problem, like a fire, slip-n-fall, or lawsuit. If you don’t have the right type of insurance, nor enough coverage, it could end up costing you a lot of money. So let’s go over the basics herein, plus we’ll discuss renter’s insurance basics and tenant liability insurance basics too.

A standard dwelling insurance policy will cover losses on the building, separate structures, personal property, loss of use, liability, and a few other optional coverages. The one’s that are more important to focus upon are:

Wed
15
Jan
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5 Questions with Multifamily Plumbing Expert, Stephen Poff

Rental Housing Journal sat down with Stephen Poff of STOP, Inc. Here’s what Stephen had to say about plumbing for the apartment and rental housing industries.

Rental Housing Journal: What are the 2 or 3 most common plumbing issues you run in to while servicing apartments?

Stephen Poff: The most common issue we encounter servicing apartment complexes would be plugged kitchen sinks. These are problematic because they can cause multiple sinks on a single stack to back-up, and possibly flood out a lower unit. Another very common issue would be main water line breaks between the water meter and the building. Most of the time a plumber is able to make a temporary repair to slow the leak down, or stop it completely. By doing this we can give the apartment manager the 24 hour notice needed to shut down the water and make a final repair.

Fri
10
Jan
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Dupre & Scott Video Report: Whether Map

WHETHER MAP Whether people move or not, and whether they move here or not are important issues for apartment developers and investors. Here is a look at current migration trends that impact housing demand, with some surprises.

Wed
18
Dec
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Four Predictions For 2014

SEATTLE, Dec. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Zillow is making four, bold housing predictions for 2014, and has determined which housing markets will be the hottest this coming year.
2014 Predictions
U.S. home values will increase by 3 percent.
Mortgage rates will reach 5 percent by the end of the year.
It will be easier for borrowers to get a mortgage in 2014.
Homeownership rates will fall to their lowest point in nearly two decades.
2014's Hottest Housing Markets
To determine which markets will be the hottest in 2014, Zillow combined data on unemployment rates, population growth and the Zillow® Home Value Forecast.1 The list is intended to give an early view into housing markets that are likely to experience heavy demand for homes, as well as increasing home values.
2014's Hottest Housing Markets
1.
Salt Lake City
6.
Raleigh, N.C.
2.
Seattle
7.
Jacksonville, Fla.
3.

Tue
17
Dec
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Slow and Steady Growth of U.S. Economy Lays Positive Foundation for Economic Outlook in 2014

Transwestern Releases December Edition of "the BRIEFING"

HOUSTON, Dec. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Neither downgrades, cliffs, tapering defaults or political theater have been able to stop the slow and steady growth of the U.S. economy. Despite this ongoing uncertainty, it's business as usual for Wall Street and Main Street, according to the December edition of "the BRIEFING" report compiled by Transwestern.

A more favorable global economic outlook is also coming into focus as the Eurozone shows its first improvement in unemployment and Japan's outlook is on the rise. This, paired with a U.S. consumer who is now armed with lower debt levels and rising income, stock and home prices, should provide the foundation for continued growth in 2014.

Mon
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Dec
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Tips for Property Managers During the Slow Winter Season

The holidays are here and while they bring a lot of happiness and excitement, they also bring the most dreaded season for landlords and property managers who are trying to fill vacant units. People just don’t like to move between Thanksgiving and the New Year, and who could blame them, but this makes renting property both challenging and stressful. If you have any empty units right now I’m sure you know exactly what I’m talking about. So, here are some of the various strategies used by seasoned property managers to overcome this problem.

Fri
06
Dec
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HFO-TV:Apartment Fire Safety Tips

HFO discusses fire safety with USI VP Ted Stark.

Thu
05
Dec
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Homebuyer Demand Dropped Less Than Expected In November In Latest Redfin Report

Home Tours Down just 7.2% from October, Compared to 11% Last Year

Wed
04
Dec
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D&Z Present What Were You Thinking? Moments: THINK This Holiday Season

D & Z “What Were You Thinking Moments”

Hello Property Management Industry!  So, as 2013 comes to a close and we prepare for a prosperous 2014, the goal should be to minimize those “What Were You Thinking Moments”.

Budgets are complete, the cold weather and holidays are coming.  The office will be filled with deliveries of residents boxes with bows, complaints of appliances not working to prepare the holiday feast, slippery stairways, walkways and residents trying to heat their apartments with space heaters. Then you have New Years Eve and the day after, with remnants of sparklers (Fire Hazard) and recycling, guests sleeping it off at the pool, you know the drill. This is a “What Were You Thinking Moment” waiting to happen!

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