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Renting Units Can Be Challenging… Here’s a Good Way to Think About It.

Renting Units Can Be Challenging… Here’s a Good Way to Think About It.

I've experienced challenges in this area as many of our readers probably have at one time or another.  This piece is a good reminder of the right way to fill up units. Jan 04 2011 GONE FISHING: using the right bait for your apartment prospect Posted by: Jim Baumgartner on Jan 4, 2011 21:36 Tagged in: Apartment Marketing , Apartment [...]

Existing Home Sales Are in The Tank for the Long Term

Existing Home Sales Are in The Tank for the Long Term

This CNBC Article from December 16 demonstrates the size of the issue and hints at the tenancity the problem exhibits. Negative Home Equity Is Worse Than You Think Published: Wednesday, 15 Dec 2010 | 1:12 PM ET Text Size By: Diana Olick CNBC Real Estate Reporter Digg // Buzz // // Facebook Twitter [...]

Rental Turnover Costs

Rental Turnover Costs

The following blog from multifamily insiders is really good food for thought.  I think readers should consider the context of some of the costs.  For example, leasing agent costs are easy to assume as costs you would endure whether the resident moved out or not.  But is that true?  If you chose the right property in the right location, you may [...]

Where to Go to Find Cash

Did you know that 4 of 10 people around you in these United States are potentially a source of private debt for your real estate venture plans?  Are you too shy to ask?  Or are you just not adequately armed for the task.  The fact is you can prepare easily to make your investing plans reality by tapping this area for capital sources.  How do [...]

Mental Perspective Matters

Mental Perspective Matters

I was at Dan DeRosa presentation on real estate investing this past weekend.  One of his common themes was the importance of your mental position developing investments, closing deals, completing successful exits.  Dan probably stated 4 or 5 times that investors can "smell" fear.  Perhaps not as often, but just as important he underscored [...]

Associated Press Article Says Home Prices Headed Downward

Associated Press Article Says Home Prices Headed Downward

Home prices to take hit next year By: Alan Zibel and Janna Herron The Associated Press September 29, 2010 Home prices rose in July for the fourth straight month, but many cities are bracing for declines in the year ahead. (Amy Sancetta/AP) Don't take the latest snapshot of U.S. home prices too [...]

Existing home sales bounce back in August

Existing home sales accelerated a month ago.  Signs continue to mount that the  crisis is over but the pain is not. NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Existing home sales bounced back in August after plunging nearly 30% in the previous month. Sales of previously-owned homes rose 7.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.13 million units [...]

A Surprising Idea to Improve Customer Service…

A Surprising Idea to Improve Customer Service…

Here is a great idea to provide value add customer service and improve your property. The Thermal Leak Detector - Newsweek. 4 of 5 Thermal leak detector Typical cost: $50 Annual energy savings: $220 Pays for itself within: 5 monthsWonder why your heating bills are high even though you've done everything you can think of to [...]

5 Things To Do NOW to Deter Crime From Your Apartment Community

Daisy Nguyen offers some good advice at Multifamily Insiders to protect your property and your residents. Crime is an issue in any apartment community. Because apartments communities are denser populations, your apartment complex can be appealing to criminals - in a short amount of time, over a short distance of space, they have access to a [...]

Apartment Default Rates Improve Passing Commercial for Performance

Apartments March Ahead The nation’s apartment sector appears to be recovering faster than other segments, in a sort of “first in, first out” play on the recession. In the second quarter, the multifamily mortgage default rate declined by 47 basis points, from 4.63% to 4.16%, falling below the commercial default rate for the first time [...]

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