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The Seven Deadly Social Engineering Vices

The Seven Deadly Social Engineering Vices | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it
This article describes a scale of seven errors people make that makes them vulnerable to social engineering.
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This is a great article on how those hackers and scammers lure us into their web. Intrigue, curiosity & gullibility all play a role. Have you ever had someone play on your heart strings?  Keep these tips in mind the next time someone tries to get you to help them  out...  you may just be getting scammed!

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Feds shut down 'financial hub of the cyber-crime world'

Feds shut down 'financial hub of the cyber-crime world' | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it
Liberty Reserve was the financial glue that held together a massive worldwide network of cybercriminals, but the network that enabled $6 billion to change hands has been ripped apart, U.S.
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For anyone who has ever been a victim of a cyber crime, from ID theft to hacking this is a great victory, albeit short-lived I'm sure. I hope they start shutting down as many of these money laundry firms as possible. I just cannot fathom how only an email was required to open an account. While the article states that LIberty Reserve will probably come back and other shady firms will most likely pick up the slack, lets hope it cripples the cyberthieves for a while...

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Why Landlords Should Insist on Renters Insurance

Why Landlords Should Insist on Renters Insurance | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it
Landlords have many issues to consider as they manage their property portfolio, and the entire process can become extremely overwhelming over time.
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This is a great article that helps outline the benefits to having Renters Insurance. Whether you are a renter looking to protect your property or a landlord making sure there are no gray areas in coverage, check out all the tips included here. One I like to use is - if a renter leaves toys on the front porch or sidewalk and the UPS delivers a package, trips, falls & injures himself, the renters insurance would cover the accident since it was their property left out that caused the fall. Do you have any tips or stories to share on the subject?

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Hoarding Officially Recognized as Mental Disorder in May 2013

Hoarding Officially Recognized as Mental Disorder in May 2013 | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it
When it officially stamps hoarding as a disorder in May, the American Psychiatric Association will confirm what property management companies and Fair Housing experts have already known: Hoarding is a mental disorder and a protected class.
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Thanks to the Reality TV shows such as Hoarders, hoarding is coming out and it is being realized that many more people are affected than you would ever have thought. I agree that hoarding is a mental issue and people who are having a problem with safety and cleanliness of their rental really should read these GREAT tips on how to best keep their investment and income safe.

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For Renters, Housing Costs Up, Incomes Down | Multi-Housing News Online

The cost burden of renting continues to increase for a large share of U.S. households, according to the latest Center for Housing Policy’s Housing Landscape report.
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WOW... 25% of households spend over half of their income on housing. With the rule of thumb for landlords to have a renter with 3 times the rental amount for income this is just a huge number of renters out there struggling to make ends meet. When you spend over 1/3 of your income on housing alone, it doesn't leave much for food or utilities... Do you have income requirements when you list a rental?

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10 Best States for Retirees (They Might Surprise You!)

10 Best States for Retirees (They Might Surprise You!) | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it
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What?!?  Tennessee is the best place to retire right now?  You betcha!  Take a look at where else it is economical to live on a fixed income with a nice climate - Maybe it's time to relocate ;)

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The Top 3 Apartment Lead Sources Used by Renters

The Top 3 Apartment Lead Sources Used by Renters | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it
Apartment marketing managers pretty much know that if you don’t know where your leads are coming from, you won’t know where to allocate your marketing dollars.
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Are you a do-it-yourself landlord? Even if  you're just looking to sell an item anymore, the tried and true newspaper is no longer the big dog out there. As GenY and Millenials emerge into the marketplace in stronger force, online marketing is the #1 source for their research and how you as a seller will reach them best. Check out the other two sources in this great article...

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Top 10 Tips for Renters : ENERGY STAR

Top 10 Tips for Renters : ENERGY STAR | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it
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Even with today's forecast of somewhere between 76 and 80 degrees (depending on which source you use) the WARM weather is right around the corner. This is a great article with cost saving tips for all over your home whether you own or rent. Check out #7 about using your drapes/window coverings to your benefit...

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April is ‘Fair Housing Month,’ for good reason | DeadlineNews.Com | Real Estate News

April is ‘Fair Housing Month,’ for good reason | DeadlineNews.Com | Real Estate News | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it
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April is over 1/2 way gone! Have you done anything to update your fair housing policies? Remember, the laws for fair housing and many other aspects of your rental investment are in a state of constant change. ...'this year, HUD introduced a fair housing app, the “Housing Discrimination Complaint App” to use the latest technology to address an old problem.' Those who feel they have been discriminated against have a much less burden of proof than the one who the complaint is lodged against. Now is a great time to review what you have in force.

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Rent Sense: Tax Codes Will Always Favor Rental Owners

Rent Sense: Tax Codes Will Always Favor Rental Owners By Neil Fjellestad and Chris De Marco FBS Property Management   Independent rental owners of homes, individual condos and apartment buildings are generally considered engaged in a trade or...
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The biggest reason rental investment owners are dissatisfied is due to the fact that they do not treat their investment as a business. However, there are some GREAT reasons to become a rental property investor. Check out this article to find some super tips on managing your investment wisely.

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Broker to pay $39K fair housing violation

WASHINGTON – April 17, 2013 – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a $90,000 Conciliation Agreement with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and the seller of a ho...
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Here is a perfect example of why you must use the same requirements for EVERY interested party when it comes to housing. Make special rules and you may just find yourself in the same boat...

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Why your neighbors hate you | DeadlineNews.Com | Real Estate News

Why your neighbors hate you | DeadlineNews.Com | Real Estate News | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it
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9 Reasons your neighbors may dislike you -

 

As a long time renter, I can actually say that I've dealt with item #1 - Loud Neighbors/Noise issues and yes, it was my top reason for disliking my neighbors!  Do you agree with these?  Have any to add that they missed? 

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What's America's Most Common Job (and Why Does it Pay So Little)?

What's America's Most Common Job (and Why Does it Pay So Little)? | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it
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Are you amongst the crowd of commoners who make little to no money but help make up the bulk of the workforce?  Surprisingly, even I don't charge my clients as much as an Administrative Assistant averages. Maybe it's time to up those rates ;)

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David Allen's curator insight, April 12, 2013 5:26 PM

Here are more more reasons to support and advocate for housing affordability.

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When Hoarding Morphs Into a Safety Hazard

When Hoarding Morphs Into a Safety Hazard | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it
With 3 to 5 percent of Americans suffering from hoarding, local officials are trying to address the multidimensional aspects of the behavior and reduce its threat to others.
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As a landlord, one of your worst nightmare cleanups may be a tenant who has become a hoarder. As more and more light is shed on this horrible disorder, help seems to be slowly coming on line to help those in need. This is a great article that highlights some of the efforts to assist those with the hoarding disease and ways for them to seek assistance they may not otherwise have access to. Before you use the old school tools at hand, see if there isn't a way to help out your resident. Check with some of the local agencies to see if there is away to get them some much needed help...

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Landlord insurance for problem tenants

Landlord insurance for problem tenants | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it
News: Landlord insurance for problem tenants | insurance, rent, tenants, landlord, tenant, guarantee, usually, offered, problem, starts
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Did you know... there is insurance available now to guarantee your rental income?  I've been seeing the ads for almost 2 years now and there are just a handful of companies offering this 'Rent Guarantee Insurance". But, at $250/yr. - just a little over $20/mo you could save  yourself a ton of income headache...  Read the article for more information. Would you consider something like this to protect your investment income? Do you see any negatives?

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LandLady Katie: Curb Appeal: It's More Than Just Another Pretty Face | Property Management | Multifamily | Real Estate Investing

LandLady Katie: Curb Appeal: It's More Than Just Another Pretty Face | Property Management | Multifamily | Real Estate Investing | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it
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Curb appeal - Every home has one to some degree. This article is great for anyone and I encourage you to take a look at your own home to see if  you can apply any of these tips. All the items are included in our local Crime Free Housing Program as check list items to take care of. So, whether you are looking to spruce up your own residence, or have investment properties, lets see if we can bump up your curb appeal a notch or two ;)  Do you have any other tips?

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6 Interior Design Styles for Perfect Home Lighting and Decor

6 Interior Design Styles for Perfect Home Lighting and Decor | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it
Most of us have a preferred home design style, but not all of us can afford an interior decorator. It can be difficult to know if the lighting and décor we’re selecting for our house will fit with the existing furnishings.

Via Sundaybell
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Have you been thinking about some affordable ways to spice up your home?  Check out these tips on how to make changes without changing your furnishings!

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What style works best for you?

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How to Clean a Hoarder's House

How to Clean a Hoarder's House | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it
A guest post by Sara Thompson, Gresham Sanitary Service, Gresham, OregonYou have probably seen these homes on TV, or maybe you’ve seen them in person.
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Do you have a renter that is a hoarder or do you know someone who is? Here are some great tips to get your property back under control and keep yourself from a liability issue such as fire or sanitation.

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How to Identify and Avoid Rental Scams - Property Management Pages

How to Identify and Avoid Rental Scams - Property Management Pages | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it
Renters today are at increased risk of fraudulent activity. This post will assist renters identify the red flags that suggest advertisement, owner or property…
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This is a great article for anyone looking to buy online - even if it is to house hunt...   Make sure also that if you are selling something  you keep your eye on the other listings that pop up to make sure no on is scamming your listing!   I see instances of all of these in our little locale of Walla Walla, WA all the time...   Be aware and you'll keep your information safe...

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Appeal of Renting Versus Owning is Changing

Appeal of Renting Versus Owning is Changing | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it
A new study finds that renting is becoming more appealing and a balanced housing policy is supported.
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Another article on how rental housing is helping the Housing future. '45 percent of current owners can see themselves renting at some point in the future' - That is a huge number of current home owners who think at some point they will become renters...

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Green is Sprouting Up Everywhere | 5 Practical Ideas to Green Up your Bottom Line

Green is Sprouting Up Everywhere | 5 Practical Ideas to Green Up your Bottom Line | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it
By: Nick Frantz It seems that everyone is taking steps to go a little green. So what’s it mean for property managers? Is it worth your time and effort to promote a green agenda? For individuals, go...
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In honor of yesterday being Earth Day, here is a nice article on easy ways to be more 'green'. For those with investment property and who are thinking of some updates, #3 - ask your utility company - may be a good option. Many local companies offer ways to assist in the cost of updating insulation, furnaces and more...

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Is your real estate agent really working for you? | DeadlineNews.Com | Real Estate News

Is your real estate agent really working for you? | DeadlineNews.Com | Real Estate News | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it
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Whether it's real estate or rentals, if you're finding yourself sending multiple messages in varied formats to reach the person you need to speak with, they probably are not looking out for YOUR best interest. Make sure you test out some of these tips if  you're in the market for some assistance. Wonderful tips... You could even evolve it for about any services field.

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GEICO | Are You Monitoring Your Credit & Protecting Your Identity?

GEICO | Are You Monitoring Your Credit & Protecting Your Identity? | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it
How do you ensure that your credit reports are accurate and stay accurate? Take the first step and sign up for Identity Theft Protection through GEICO and Europ Assistance USA.
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While this article is of course an advertisement for credit protection services, the first two paragraphs will apply to everyone. Remember, you are entitled to a free copy of your credit report each year and you can obtain it FREE at www.annualcreditreport.com Start taking that extra step to protect your credit information and keep it accurate today!

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The 21 Germiest Places You're Not Cleaning

The 21 Germiest Places You're Not Cleaning | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it
It's easy to avoid obviously dirty objects. But what about those that secretly house icky bacteria? Here are 21 everyday objects that probably need a deep clean right about now.
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We all have our daily, weekly, monthly and occasional list if items to clean in our homes. Check out this great article that touches on the Germiest places that you may not be cleaning ;)

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Richard W J Brown's curator insight, April 18, 2013 4:08 AM

Yuck! Not exactly a hot residential property investor topic but some of the tips could prove useful at home, in tenant turnaround situations or in furnished / serviced lets for example.

 

As a by the way, I did hear that white vinegar and orange juice are great natural cleaning agents - off to fill the bath with it now after reading this...

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HUD Compliance: Fair Housing Complaints Should be Taken Seriously

HUD Compliance: Fair Housing Complaints Should be Taken Seriously | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it
Last year, the Department of Housing and Urban Development received about 12,000 formal complaints alleging violations of the Fair Housing Act.
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As the article mentions - there is not much of a burden of proof required to place a complaint for discrimination. Also not too surprising is that the top 2 issues I see locally are included on the top 3 list... #1 not making an accomodation for a disability, including service/companion pets and #3 making a statement about family status - usually '2-4 persons only', 'adult only', 'no children' - in properties not exempt from children.

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