July 3, 2013 rummy

When you are Returning the Security Deposit DO wait until the tenant has moved completely out before returning any deposit money. DON’T have a “walkthrough” with the tenant before moveout to determine the condition of the rental. Tenants like to do this to reassure themselves that they will get all their security deposit back. Instead of calling it a “walk-through”, I like to call it the “AMBUSH” because that’s really how it is when you are put on the spot. The tenant is still in possession of the rental and is insisting on getting the full deposit back. DO Obtain…

June 4, 2013 rummy

-Paying bills on time will improve my credit score – While it is definitely a good start, it is not the only thing that needs to be done. Since 35% of your score is based on your payments being on time, it is essential but it will only continue to raise your credit score slowly over time. Remember that if payment history only accounts for 35%, there is still 65% of your score that has nothing to do with missing payments. -Cancelling credit cards that you haven’t used in a while will increase your credit score – Cancelling unused credit…

May 7, 2013 rummy

1. “We can have my wife sign the lease. Her credit is OK.” 2. “Why do you need our credit reports? That doesn’t tell you what good people we are.” 3. “We’re moving because our landlord is a jerk.” 4. “You won’t need a security deposit with us. We’ll take good care of your home.” 5. “I’m an attorney and more than qualified to rent your house. By the way, I found 3 illegal questions in your rental application.” 6. “Wait till you see the place when we’re done with it. You won’t recognize it.” 7. “What is your policy…

April 26, 2013 rummy

Avoid The Easy Life AT ALL COSTS   There has never yet been a man in our history who led a life of ease whose name is worth remembering. – Theodore Roosevelt Never in history has the easy life led to a great life. Not in one case has something great come without tribulation, struggle, or failure. Instead of fearing struggle, strain, and tribulation, you should embrace it; nay, seek itat every opportunity, and incorporate it into your life daily. It’s in struggle that you experience growth. It’s in conquering obstacles that you experience life. A Case Against the Easy Life Ease isn’t living, it’s dying….

April 23, 2013 rummy

Over the last several years, most homeowners selling their home did not have to compete with a new construction project around the block. As the market is recovering, more and more builders are jumping back in. As an example, the National Association of Realtors revealed, relative to last year, year-to-date new home sales are up 19%. These ‘shiny’ new homes will again become competition as they can be an attractive alternative to many of today’s home purchasers. Here are the numbers regarding new construction about to come to market from the Census Bureau: BUILDING PERMITS Single-family authorizations in February were…