Congress Votes in Favor for Section 8 Housing and Credit Security Freeze Regulations

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By Becky Bower

UPDATED 11:11am: President Trump has signed S. 2155 into law

On Tuesday the House passed a huge Senate Bill, S. 2155 (commonly referred to as the “Dodd-Frank Reform Bill”). This bill not only impacts regulations for banks, but includes changes for public housing and the big three credit bureaus. Before S. 2155 lands on the President’s desk, take some time to look over some of the following proposed changes.

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Treat Yourself on National Wine Day with Our Infographic

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By Olivia Creighton

If you’ve ever seen the show Parks and Recreation, you’re probably familiar with the concept of treating yourself. Life can get overly busy with trying to find a balance between a work and personal life, and at times we can forgot to take a little time for ourselves. It is never a bad idea to take a day to treat yourself, and what better opportunity than National Wine Day? Celebrated annually on May 25th, this is a great day to set a little time aside and treat yourself to a night of wine and relaxation.

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Should You Enhance Your Rental Property with Smart Security?

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By Olivia Creighton

Technology is always evolving, and it’s an integral part of our daily lives. Phones are glued to our hands, and it seems like everything we do revolves around some sort of screen. Security is no different. As technology progresses, the power to monitor the safety of our homes is put in the palm of our hands. But is smart technology actually safe, or are you just making it easier for people to gain access to your property?

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Avoiding Discriminatory Practices in Your Tenant Screening

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By Olivia Creighton

We hear about discrimination all the time; as much as we would like to pretend that it doesn’t exist, it’s something that plagues the world around us and the rental housing industry is not excluded. Some may think that simply screening applicants remove prejudices from their rental process, but discrimination can still find its way into the tenant screening process. By expanding your knowledge in this area, you can better avoid discriminatory practices in your tenant screening.

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‘Just Cause’ Eviction Law AB 2925 Moving Quickly in California

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By Becky Bower

A bill that would require California property owners and managers to list a “cause” or reason to evict or terminate a tenancy has been progressing at an alarming rate. Despite being introduced in February, AB 2925 is scheduled to be heard on the Assembly Floor sometime this week. We urge you to review AB 2925, and join industry experts like the California Apartment Association and ApplyConnect in opposing it.

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Say Hi to our Parent Company at NAA Apartmentalize 2018

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We’re proud to announce that our parent company, Contemporary Information Corporation (CIC) will be exhibiting at the National Apartment Association’s (NAA) 2018 Apartmentalize conference in San Diego, California. Alongside showcasing their newly released property management software, CICTotal Manager, CIC will be raffling away two kate spade handbags during the conference and hosting a caricature artist at booth #2831 on the second day of the expo, June 15th.

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Not Thinking is Actually Smart Thinking for Property Management

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By Becky Bower

Within the growing $77 billion dollar property management industry, automation is becoming the norm. From text message rent notifications in downtown high-rises to auto-generated lease forms in small suburbs, rental properties across the U.S. are opting out of traditional management practices and migrating to automated, online management.

While we all know that human, personal interaction is necessary for properties to retain long-term tenants, in order to keep up with the housing demand’s upcoming developments, changing your management mindset will allow your properties to succeed. Not thinking is actually smart thinking.

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Top 5 Rental Property Resources for Rent Comps

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By Olivia Creighton

A key factor in filling your vacancies is setting a price point that will entice renters. Set it too high and you’ll scare away applicants, but set it too low and you’ll be cheating yourself out of money your investment could be bringing in. But how do you know what you’re setting a competitive rental price? With these five resources, you can compare your rent price to those around you, and get a better idea of how you fare in your local market.

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How to Know What Rental Owners Really Think About You

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By Olivia Creighton

With the internet, people can and do rate anything and everything. From products to professors, no one is afraid to share their opinion online. This includes a landlord’s opinion on their real estate agent. Rather than seeing a client’s thoughts about your work online, it can be a good idea to take proactive steps to find out what your clients think about their experience working with you. But what methods can you use to obtain this information?

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How to Protect Your Tenants’ and Applicants’ Sensitive Information

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By Olivia Creighton

As a landlord, it’s not surprising that you deal with a lot of personal information. With a plethora of tenant and applicant information in your possession, you can never be too careful with other people’s sensitive information. You require applicants to provide you with this personal data so that you can judge their candidacy for renting your property, but, in doing so you have to protect that information in return. While that might sound like an easy task in theory, there are always little details that can be overlooked and potentially risk access to the data applicants have trusted you with.

So how can you protect the sensitive information you’re charged with safekeeping for applicants and tenants? While there is no foolproof way to safeguard data, there are measures you can take to defend the information in your possession.

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