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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Renters are proposing a tenant bill of rights in Kansas City. Now, landlords are pushing back. An ordinance being considered by the special committee on housing would protect tenants from discrimination against criminal history, rental history and source of income. “We need the ability to make sure the person we put…


FALLBROOK – Photo spreads in home design magazines can be awe-inspiring. Quite often homeowners wish they could lift the looks right off the pages of magazines and transform their own homes into picture-perfect retreats. It takes an eye for design to pull a room together – even with inspiration – and make it both functional…


Given that opportunity zone (OZ) development is my firm’s core business, I am constantly reading and educating myself about how this young industry continues to evolve. I subscribe to all of the available blogs that cover the space and try to absorb as much as I can every week in order to learn more about…


Low-income tenants are the losers when landlords are continually ignored by localities, governments and politicians. “Do you accept vouchers from the township?” “Do you take Section 8?” “Are you income-based?” These are questions that have plagued property managers for years. Contrary to the stereotype, landlords, owners and property managers don’t want to say no to…


Los Angeles will cushion the blow of rent hikes for some tenants facing big increases, under a new program approved Wednesday at City Hall. The Emergency Renters Relief program is meant to help tenants who are facing “exorbitant” hikes before California implements a new law capping rent increases. Under the program, L.A. will provide payments for up…


Consider the massive size of real estate lending. The Fed’s latest report shows mortgage debt topping $9 trillion. When including mortgages from businesses, it tops $15 trillion. Over 10 million homes and commercial properties sell each year. Equally staggering is how much data exists on the borrowers. Lending is big business and big data, and while banks are harnessing…


A few months ago, I was in the incredibly fortunate position of receiving a call from my real estate agent. He’d found a unit about to go on the market that would make, he thought, a strong investment. After weighing a number of options, I ultimately decided to purchase a different rental property in Boston….


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New laws meant to limit rent increases in rent-subsidized apartments might be having adverse affects. Some landlords say now they simply don’t have the money to renovate certain apartments, instead keeping them vacant or in poor shape, CBS2’s Lisa Rozner reported. Rozner saw one apartment in the Bronx on Monday that was…


Keeping onsite associates in the fold is a challenge for many apartment communities, regardless of the economy. The jobs are demanding and can be quite stressful. The National Apartment Association has said the average multifamily property has an employee turnover rate of 32 percent. This challenge has intensified in recent years as a booming labor…


There it is again — another discussion about rent control in the news. Just what is it and what are the varied interests competing or defending in this arena? A textbook definition would go something like this: Rent control is a system of regulations administered by a public authority that limits any rise in rental rates…

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