Do you use criminal records in your tenant selection process?

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If so, you’ll want to read this.   “All levels of government should adopt requirements making it clear [that housing] cannot be denied to those with a criminal justice history, unless there is a legitimate public safety reason for doing so.” -Deborah De Santis, President and CEO of CSH (Corporation for Supportive Housing)   In […]

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Nevada Property Managers – Consent to Act

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This topic seems to come up very frequently, in my Nevada classes. “When should I present the Consent to Act form?”   Although there are varying opinions on this subject, I’ll share mine. And, should your view differ, please don’t hesitate to comment on this post. Sharing information and opinions is a vital component of our […]

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Additional Insured vs. Additional Interest

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This is a subject near and dear to my heart, as I’ve been chasing insurance companies for the better part of the last two weeks, struggling to get proper evidence of coverage for my owner/clients’ properties. What continues to surprise me, is the fact that the insurance companies often play as though they don’t understand what we want.  […]

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Marketing Property Management Services

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If you’ve been in this business for a while, you’ve probably noticed how competitive property management has become! It seems that everyone is a Property Manager! It’s a much bigger challenge than it used to be, to attract and keep a good client base. A solid marketing campaign, consistently applied, will set you apart from […]

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Owner: “Why Can’t I Talk to My Own Tenant?”

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  A common frustration among property managers all over the country is the difficulty posed when owner/clients start communicating directly with their tenants. From the owner’s perspective, it’s difficult for them to understand why this would be a problem. After all, it’s their rental property! The tenants are their tenants, right?   “Just because I […]

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Growing a Property Management Business

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I had to chuckle this morning, when I read an article talking about how easy it is to expand your real estate business by adding property management services.  Easy, huh? I beg to differ.   Although it’s certainly true, the steady income of property management activity is enticing, setting up and running a property management operation […]

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Clearing the Confusion: Trust Accounts in Nevada

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Within the last week, I have had no fewer than 4 Nevada Property Managers ask me the same question.   “How do we maintain a contingency fund for our owners, if the Trust Account has to be zeroed out every month?”   It seems there may be some misinformation floating around out there. Let’s clear […]

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Announcing: Truckee Meadows Property Management

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It gives me tremendous pleasure to announce the opening of my new company, Truckee Meadows Property Management, a division of Cook & Company, Ltd., specializing in property management of single family homes in the Sparks, Spanish Springs, and Reno areas. 

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Questions from Property Managers – Part 2

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Last week, my blog addressed a few of the more common questions raised by Nevada Property Managers. This week, I’ll address a couple of questions received from a California landlord, as they pertain to managing residential rental property throughout the USA.   Screening Tenants I am a landlord renting out a single detached home in […]

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