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RECENT BLOG POSTS
‘Tis the season to return security deposits and while many DIY landlords cringe at the thought of their departing residents not agreeing with their depo$it return, professional property managers have “tips” for doing it RIGHT. NUMBER 1:  Whether your business is an LLC or a corporation, name your...
08/22/2014
Life continues to be a challenge for many passive-aggressive rental prospects new to the area's rental market.   A rental prospect contacted me this AM with questions that were easily answered on the property listings on my web site AND wanted my assurances that there had been no CATS at the prop...
07/22/2014
YES! Schools are IMPORTANT!   Although they rarely mention SCHOOLS in the "reality" real estate shows, the REALITY is that they are really important.   In our area, a new townhouse project started about 5 years ago was going to feed elementary and middle school children to a highly ranked county ...
07/21/2014
Rental prospects who have become familar with Zillow are now advising me that the rental rates on my homes for lease are TOO HIGH (NEVER that they are too low).   Although they should know that these Zestimates are rarely indicative of the actual RENTAL value of the property, they want to use it ...
07/21/2014
While reading Mary B. Gallagher's book about her being Jacqueline Kennedy's private secretary, I learned something that I had know known before...that JFK and JBK built a home together in VA during his 3 short years as president.   While they owned a home in the Kennedy compound in MA and they wh...
07/13/2014
I have local property management friends who are taking on UNsold listing for property management as the homeowners leave the area.   They think nothing of taking the MLS property description and using it in their web advertising for the property FOR RENT.   In my experience, I have never had a r...
07/04/2014
At  last, both of my cars have bluetooth....now that I have my latest "dog car", both of my cars have bluetooth so that each car can now be "paired" with my cel phone....YEAH! In addition to being HANDS-FREE, the phone system in my cars (both Lexus) actually extends the range of my cel phone cove...
06/28/2014
This article from the Contra Costa Times (SF Bay Area of CA) shows the CONTINUAL perception that Landlords are RICH.   CA Landlord Drives Mercedes to Collect Rent$   The second paragraph points out that the Marin County (very RICH) retired architect drives to his Port Richmond (very POOR) rental ...
06/26/2014
I’m on my SECOND adventure in AC condensate lines this summer.   Tenant wants RECONSIDERATION of $ervice Call   My first episode happened when my tenant’s DOG food ended up in the townhouse condensate line because of a MOUSE.   My current episode is the HOA notifying my property owner that his co...
06/25/2014
  Each year at move-out time, some of my departing residents demonstrate why I need to refine my check-out cleaning instructions annually.   Although I provide the names of my PREFERRED service providers for house cleaning, carpet cleaning and yard work, every year some residents what to color ou...
06/24/2014
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