• Homes Sell The Fastest In These Markets
    In: Property Management
    Homes sell the fastest in these markets

    Homes are still selling like crazy in northern California. In San Francisco, the hottest market in the country, 26% of homes were still for sale in August after being on the market for two months, according to a report from Trulia. The next fastest was Oakland, with 31% of homes still available after two months, followed by San Jose, with 34%. Tight inventory and rising home prices have created a seller's market where multiple offers and bidding wars are common. "There's nothing to indicate a buyer's market is coming any time soon," said Ralph McLaughlin, a housing economist at Trulia. But the pace of home sales is starting to slow in some California cities, according to Trulia. For...Read more >

  • Pet Owners 'pay Slightly More Rent And Tend ...
    In: Latest News

    A property manager's best friend in a low-yield market could be a tenant with a dog. First National Real Estate chief executive Ray Ellis said accepting pet owners with...

  • Retrofits Help Multifamily Facilities Save Water
    In: Latest News

    Multifamily apartment buildings in California could be much more water efficient, according to a new study that shows retrofits provide substantial savings compared to...

  • Renters Largely Satisfied To Remain That Way
    In: Latest News

    It appears that people who are currently renting their homes are not necessarily merely home buyers in waiting as conventional wisdom has held. Freddie Mac said its...

  • Renters Rejoice! This Company Is Testing "smart" Apartments
    In: Latest News

    Smart apartments could lead to bigger rents. Homeowners are increasingly forking over the money to buy Internet connected gadgets like "smart" door locks that they...

  • Red Flags In That Vacation-rental Request? Trust Your ...
    In: Marketing Vacant Units
    Red flags in that vacation-rental request? Trust your gut

    If you get a vacation rental request from an Oregonian with a Texas business address and Illinois driver's license whose check is mailed to you from Ohio, you, um, might want to think twice about doing business with him. Oh, and by the way, that check will likely be for more than the rental amount. Just cash the check and send him the difference. And, hey, keep some for yourself for your time. A North Kitsap real estate agent — we’re not disclosing her name because she is a plaintiff in a protection order in another state — isn’t the first person to get caught in David Sisico’s tangled web. Ah, and what a tangled web it is. Type “David Sisico” in an Internet search engine,...Read more >

  • America's Most And Least Expensive College Towns
    In: Latest News

    For a great place to live, should you go back to school? American college towns are uniquely appealing places to live, and we don't just mean for the kids. What can you...

  • Renters Of Single-family Homes More Likely To Buy: ...
    In: Latest News

    Those who rent single-family properties could be more likely to buy than their multifamily counterparts, according to research from Freddie Mac. Fifty-three percent...

  • Smoke-free Policies Benefit Apartment Dwellers, Owners
    In: Latest News

    Adopting a smoke-free policy can improve the living environment for apartment dwellers while reducing maintenance costs, according to a survey of multi-unit housing...

  • Bed Bugs Are On The Rise: What Should ...
    In: Latest News

    Few animals, even among insects, are as reviled by people as are bed bugs, more formally known as Cimex lectularius. And according to a news release from the...