“Coffee, Tea, or Me – ending up feeling not so special”

Looking forward to the BIG day: My youngest son Brian and his wife Stacy were married April 27th, 2019 nestled in the beautiful, rolling, romantic, panoramic hills deep in the heart of wine country, Southern California. It was a day we had anticipated since he was a small boy and it was finally here. Preparations had been made for family to arrive in California to attend the wedding from different parts of the country converging in sunny California to celebrate the festivities with family and friends. There were four different venues we were delighted to partake in and carefully had planned out each day months in advance. There was dinner[…]

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“It’s Just a Joint! I am not hurting anyone!” Or so you may think.

The Setting: Once upon a time, in 2016 the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission passed the state law for Chapter 334 of the Acts of 2016, The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act legalizing recreational marijuana under certain conditions and situations. Everyone voted it in with a wide margin. But hardly anyone actually read the law to see what it said for what it did and didn’t allow under the statue. In the law, under SECTION 5. “The General Laws” being hereby amended by inserting after chapter 94F the following chapter: CHAPTER 94G – REGULATION OF THE USE AND DISTRIBUTION OF MARIJUANA NOT MEDICALLY PRESCRIBED; Section 2. Limitations: (d) Property.; there was[…]

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Top 10 Tips: Guerrilla Tenant Screening Tips for Landlords

A Property Manager’s Field Guide to Successful Tenant Screening Policies & Procedures “Tenant Screening by far has to be the most important responsibility of landlords to avoid ending up in housing court.” – Chief Justice Timothy B. Sullivan It has been said by many landlords and other rental and real estate professionals, much wiser than I, that the primary function of a successful rental business is the process of an effective system to screen for good residents. Having the wrong resident in your property can be the beginning of a downward spiral that can be hard to recover from financially, and take too much time to reposition the property to[…]

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Real Estate Networking for Newbies

YOUR ELEVATOR PITCH: This is the start of the relationship and the first impression. A good elevator pitch will be short, sweet, and to the point. They call it an elevator pitch because it shouldn’t take that long to explain what you do. It should be simple enough that a child can understand it, and short enough to finish before you reach your floor destination in the elevator. They keys basic to the pitch are WHO you are, WHY you are like them (this may change depending on your audience), WHAT you can do for them, and HOW they can take action. NETWORKING COMMENTARY: Me, me, me is dull, dull,[…]

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Top 50 Property Management Software Product Evaluation Questions

We are undergoing the painstaking process of find the right program for a property management software to best suit the needs of our residents, landlord clients, and of course, the Belaire Property Management staff members. We have been scouring through the online reviews, watching tons of YouTube videos to see what is out there, and comparing as many features as we can to try to find the right fit. We are happy with the systems we currently have in place, but we know down the road to hit our potential growth goals, we need to make changes now to create a smooth transition to where we want to be. We[…]

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How the “SEOTA Marketing” process is used to Customize the Property Operations for your Investment Property

Every property, resident, owner, and Property Management Company is different. Each one has their unique characteristics and special qualities that set them apart from one another. It is obvious that properties are different. The same car driven by different drivers will perform differently over time. The same is true with buildings. The care and preventive maintenance performed will only extend the life and performance of the property. And just like there are different types cars, BMW, KIA, and Rolls Royce, the same holds true with property types. Usually, the different types of properties will attract a specific type of resident also. Once a property manager understands the complexion of the[…]

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Requirements of the Property Management Business

Whether you find yourself looking for an apartment to call your home, or looking for a property management company to take over the management of your assets; there are key features you should be looking for from both sides of the aisle. You want to make sure they have the processes and procedures in place to upkeep the property for your family while you live there as well as the same processes and procedures to keep your property running at peak performance. It is not too surprising that a property management company that is taking care of the day-to-day operations also has their eye on the ball for the long-term[…]

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