How Luxury Vinyl Tile Will Influence Your Flooring Decisions – By Dan Cochrane

Commonly, Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) refers to vinyl flooring that is designed to imitate the appearance of various types of stone or tile. Vinyl Plank Flooring imitates hardwood flooring.  As such, they’re manufactured in square tiles or planks and are offered by most flooring manufacturers. For the sake of simplicity, we’ll refer to both styles…

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How to Protect Your Tenants and Buildings from Bedbugs – By Top Dog Pest Control

More About Bedbugs Bed bug infestations have undergone resurgence and can be found in the finest hotel and living accommodations. Due to changes in pesticides and an increase in travel, transportation of infested items such as, luggage, furniture, and bedding, we can’t stop the spread of these bugs. The detection of this blood-sucking bug is…

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No- Cost Energy Program Can Improve Your Bottom Line: Energy Smart Program Extended through December 2012 – By Lorna Leigh Ross

Recession or no recession, apartment owners and managers, like you, are continually looking for ways to reduce costs and improve profit margins. Probably the easiest costs to reduce are those you feel you have some control over, typically the variable expenses. These include items like maintenance, security, and utilities, which are the costs that tend…

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Tenant Screening : A Landlord’s Guide to Serenity – By Stephen C. Duringer, Esq.

Proper tenant screening is one of the most important things that you can do to preserve and protect your investment.  Additionally, weeding out the ne’er do wells before they become your problem tenants will certainly provide peace, tranquility and balance in your personal life.  This article will provide you with the knowledge and tools necessary…

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Making Lemonade – Why Now is the Sweetest Time to Invest in Real Estate – By Breanna Olaveson

The following is written for the individual who wants to invest and might be looking for that first rental property which may even be a single family home. In today’s market, it’s not hard to find a few lemons.  The United States finished 2010 with a 9.4 percent national unemployment rate.  Americans’ personal finances have…

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Don’t Just Show Your Apartments “ SELL Them! 19 Great Tips for an Open House – By Jeffrey Taylor

In a competitive environment, the way you “sell the value” of your properties, not just “show” your properties, is critical. I often get asked by landlords who are frustrated, “Why can’t I get it rented?” The landlords believe their properties are in excellent condition, they even include WOW factors. But yet, they show their rental…

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IRS on Warpath Against Real Estate Investors – By Philip Panitz, Tax Attorney

The IRS is on the warpath against real estate investors.  Perfect.  You’ve taken money out of the failing stock market, or prudently decided to put it in real estate before the stock market even sniffed apocalypse.  You have your rental properties in Los Angeles County, or your rental homes leased out in South Orange County. …

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