Posted on: March 07, 2012 by total
Landscaping is important. In the property management business spring is when we set up for the summer pool season. Winter is the time to think about the spring growing season and how to best address grounds maintenance. Addressing landscaping, ground cover, plantings and soils seems like such a simple question. At the very least it takes pre-planning to assure fixed price contracts in advance of service. If a plant scientist were to survey the grounds of your income property assets their report would say some like: there are 55 “species” of plants and three invasive varietals that are negatively impacting sustainability. And your comment would be; “I only want my property to look good- neat and clean with green grass and pretty flowers. What’s all this talk about invasive species!”. Like farmers, property management requires having a well rounded skill set. Alas, we must rely on our subject matter experts to get us through the necessary gory details. For example, using the wrong seed in shady areas can be a flat out waste of money. The use of plants that require high maintenance should be avoided when a suitable substitute with lower carry costs is appropriate. Factor in water conservation. Some plants truly drink like elephants. The importance of ground cover in landscaping really comes into play when the conversation includes any word similar to soils erosion or basement leaks. When it comes to soil conservation, preservation and removing or re-directing run off we want ground cover to be our friend. This requires planning.
Posted on: February 20, 2012 by total
ShareThis Want to show tenants how you rate as a landlord? The online landlord rating service CheckYourLandlord.com is now offering landlords the opportunity to show off their low-risk ratings. The new “Certified Property Verification Seal” from CheckYourLandlord.com provides renters with assurance that a rental property–and its owners have been independently investigated, reducing risks for both tenants and property managers
Posted on: February 16, 2012 by total
There is no way to avoid it. If you are in any way involved with income property management then sometime during your career path you and the assets under your management will be impacted by crime. Sometimes, violent crime. I am not exactly sure why crime is such a big seller on television. There are more Cops and Robber shows than ever. Perhaps it is because even a single act of crime impacts so many lives. When crime comes to your doorstep it is usually unexpected and seldom perpetrated by in-place residents. People forget that criminals have cars too. They are mobile
Posted on: January 31, 2012 by total
New HUD regulations that may affect leasing policies will go into effect in 30 days. HUD announced that the new regulations are intended to ensure that HUD’s core housing programs are open to all eligible persons, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity