• Mortgage Applications Fall 2% As Buyers Are Slow ...
    In: Latest News
    Mortgage applications fall 2% as buyers are slow to start spring shopping season

    Demand is high for housing today, but that strength is not yet showing up in the mortgage market. Seasonally adjusted mortgage application volume fell 2 percent for the week ending Feb. 17, compared to the previous week. Total volume is now down almost 21 percent compared to a year ago, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. Lackluster refinancing largely drove the weakness in applications. That part of the mortgage business began dropping off a cliff when interest rates jumped, right after the presidential election. Refinance volume fell 1 percent last week to its lowest level of 2017 and is now down 40 percent compared to the same week one year ago. The refinance share of...Read more >

  • Are Reits Right For Your Retirement Portfolio?
    In: Real Estate Investing

    Real estate is often viewed as an effective way to hedge against market volatility. In a 2016 Bankrate survey, 25 percent of U.S. investors chose real estate over...

  • Supply Of Affordable Housing Expected To Shrink
    In: Latest News

    The American Dream may be in shorter supply. A growing number of Americans now find it increasingly difficult to achieve the dream of owning a home. Simply put,...

  • Renting Out Your Home? 9 Expenses You Can ...
    In: Landlord Quick Tips

    Home sharing through sites like Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway are becoming more and more popular. My family jumped on the Airbnb hosting train recently, and we made a tidy...

  • Nearly Half Of Minority Homebuyers In A 2016 ...
    In: Property Management

    Among 2,000 people who bought or tried to buy a home last year, 569 identified themselves as Latina/Latino, East or South Asian American, African American, Arab American...

  • Urgent Update: New Bed Bug Laws Apply To ...
    In: Latest News
    URGENT UPDATE: New Bed Bug Laws Apply to ALL California Landlords

    I have litigated breach of implied warranty of habitability cases before, and they aren't fun - ugly photos, grainy videos, angry tenants, frustrated landlords, pricey expert witnesses, bored judges, and the list goes on. Here is a summary of some of the new bed bug laws that went into effect in California in January 2017. The subject of "bed bugs" sure isn't pleasant, but I think being in full compliance with these laws will help you in the long run stay out of court and keep the rent money flowing.   Due to an upsurge in tenant filed "bed bug" litigation, the legislature has responded with the following new statutory amendments to bed bug laws: Civil Code §1942.5 was amended in...Read more >

  • Writing Descriptive Listings: A How-to Guide For Property ...
    In: Landlord Quick Tips

    You have an amazing apartment available. Or maybe you're psyched to sell a home or condo. Listing a property online or in the classifieds is sure to draw some level of...

  • Managing Property Management
    In: Landlord Quick Tips

    Property management is broken down into three main categories; facility management, investment management and tenant management.  If you own and manage your own...

  • Winter Property Maintenance Tips
    In: Landlord Quick Tips,Property Management

    Winter home maintenance protects your investment property from the season's harsh demands. A little preventative maintenance each year goes a long way toward...

  • A Guide To Keeping Student Residents Safe During ...
    In: Landlord Quick Tips

    As property managers, it's important to take care of your residents, especially during the winter season. Winter means frequent storms and colder weather (depending on...