The “Landlord” Lone Ranger

Know your State Sanitary Code, Building Code and Tenant/Landlord Laws in your local market. I see it happen all of the time in our local Northern Worcester County Landlord Association. I call them Lone Rangers. Some would-be-hopefully-landlord reads a book or attends a weekend seminar. They have stars in their eyes with visions of grandeur. The see the big picture as a full-color dream laid out before them of riches and fortune because they are going to buy their first property and strike it rich as Real Estate Investors. They put down their down payment, get the financing, get the keys, then sit back and wait for those rental checks to[…]

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Your Personal Time Machine for Real Estate Professionals

Using your smart device as a professional personal assistant. How do you keep on schedule and make the most of your time? The Jetsons had their faithful robot maid “Rosie”, to keep their household in order. Michael Knight had his supped up sports car, “Kit” to feed him inside information and strategies to help solve mysteries and get the bad guys. Even Will Robinson had his faithful “Robot” warning him to keep out of trouble with his glaring, “Warning, Warning, Danger Will Robinson” to keep him safe from harm. So what can we do today this side of science fiction to best utilize our time and efforts to make the[…]

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A Property Manager’s Tale

THE BELAIRE STORY Once Upon a Time … In 2001 Brian started buying residential rental investment properties and apartment buildings in emerging markets along the commuter corridor path of Route 2 in Massachusetts. For the next 15 years his company increased their property holdings to number 60+ units over 17 buildings including properties in Athol, Gardner, and Fitchburg Massachusetts as well as a high-end single-family rental home in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and he was also  a partner in a 230 unit complex in Green Tree Texas, and an interest in international commercial properties in Korea. Every Day … Brian would conduct the normal day-to-day business operations of renting, renovating, and managing the[…]

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Spring Apartment Rental Market is on the Move

Tulips and flower beds are sprouting forth to reveal their radiant treasures. Frogs and peepers are singing their night songs at dusk. Buds are sprouting, colors are peeking out of the ground and tints of purple and pink are appearing on the branches from a long winter hibernation. Nature is on the move turning a new leaf refreshed in the commencement of spring – and so are renters. Its renter season once again.  If you haven’t noticed yet, we will be experiencing a rush of renters and applicants looking to be on the move to find a new apartment to call their home. School is out by mid June and[…]

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Calling All Property Managers!

Does your property manager answer the phone when you call? Nothing is more frustrating than when you need a fast answer and can’t get through to your property manager. You have entrusted one of your greatest real estate assets to your property manager worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. At the very least, you expect your property manager to be accountable when you call and pick up and answer their phone. In the real world, customer service can be a challenge today even getting a cup of coffee at the local coffee shop. Poor service reflects on poor training and poor management. You absolutely do not want to be suffering from poor customer[…]

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Lights, Camera, Landlords!?!

On Wednesday April 20th Brenda Coveno-Watson of the Northern Worcester County Landlord Association and Brian Lucier of Belaire Property Management (Brian is also the NWCLA President) were interviewed on FATV, Fitchburg Access Television by Discussing Fitchburg Now talk show host Sam Squailia.   We hope you enjoy this clip and finding out more about joining our landlord association online at the Northern Worcester County Landlord Association, checking out our NWCLA Facebook Group Page, stopping by or at our association web site at http://www.nwcla.com/ for more information. Do you have any ideas on this topic you could share to help our online community? Please chime in to share a comment or review.  […]

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No More Fueling Around with Bad Renters

The Setting The following story is true. This story has a background to it that is critical to the events as they unfolded on that cold March night. In 2006 Massachusetts passed legislation to make CO detectors mandatory in ALL residential buildings. The law was named after Nicole Garofalo, a young 7-year old girl who had died from CO poisoning. It happened when the snow piled up so high in the back yard that it blocked the ventilation from the basement from the heating system. The fumes backed up inside the building and the results were fatal for young Nicole. “Nicole’s Law” code states that every floor of the dwelling shall[…]

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