Posted on 29. Jun, 2011 by Jennifer Marcus Newton.
My neighbor Sage comes to mind when I think about an ideal tenant. First off, she’s reliable, responsible and stable. She’s lived in her apartment for nearly seven years. She treats her rented space with the utmost respect — just as if it were her own. She organizes efforts to clean up litter, create street art and plant flowers. I figure that her landlord certainly must know a thing or two about enticing high-quality, socially responsible tenants.
Posted on 19. Oct, 2010 by Jennifer Marcus Newton.
A few months ago, I met – quite by chance – an eco-broker. According to her business card, this was no ordinary eco-broker. She was Minnesota’s first eco-broker. And she happened to be representing a friend of mine who found himself in a pickle. A property he’d had on the market for a few years was finally getting serious interest from potential buyers.
Posted on 26. Aug, 2010 by Kimberly Madrigal.
According to my friends out there who manage single-family rentals, vacancies are high, rents are dropping and it’s tough to find qualified applicants. Gaining an advantage in this atmosphere is more important than ever and going green may be just what the doctor ordered.
Posted on 19. Aug, 2010 by Jennifer Marcus Newton.
I recently had an uncomfortable, albeit necessary conversation with a landlord who owns a property on my block. This face-to-face meeting followed a rocky year with one of her tenants—the kind of neighbor no one wants to live near: Yelling in the street at all hours of the night, an unkempt yard complete with garbage bags that languished in the front yard for weeks on end, and serving as headquarters for increasingly badly behaved teenagers with hobbies that included drug dealing. Needless to say, neighbors were not happy.
Posted on 07. Jul, 2010 by Carrie Fjeld.
One of the many benefits that can come from volunteering to be in neighborhood events is free publicity. Community programs can be one of the most beneficial and cost-effective ways to advertise, mainly because they are usually publicized in some manner—television, newspaper, etc.
Posted on 18. Jun, 2010 by Kimberly Madrigal.
Housing and demographic trends indicate that families are getting smaller, more single people are seeking housing and people are doubling up out of necessity. Given the current glut of housing across the country and the continuing economic difficulties, what more can rental home managers do to fill vacancies?
Posted on 18. Mar, 2010 by Jennifer Marcus Newton.
Environmentally conscious folks tend to bring certain values to all areas of their lives—particularly their living spaces. Greenies aren’t perfect, but they are generally more mindful of their impact on resources regardless of whether they pay for access and use (gas for heating, for example) or own the mechanism to create heat (i.e., a furnace).