Archive for March, 2012

Rent Sense: How Important is the Physical Condition? By Neil Fjellestad & Chris De Marco FBS Property Management Physical condition of a rental property can tell a lot about the owner’s general management philosophy. A well-maintained property tends to indicate a conscientious property manager and a financially responsible owner. •    A rental home that is […]

Partnership builds Success for FBS

Posted: 28th March 2012 by Melissa in Uncategorized

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Rent Sense: Property Improvements Can Add Value By Neil Fjellestad & Chris De Marco FBS Property Management Now could be a good time to improve your property in order to preserve its condition overall, enhance its rental value and/or upgrade the appraisal for generating better mortgage terms. Higher demands are being made by renters for […]

Crime and Safety- Research before you move

Posted: 14th March 2012 by Melissa in Uncategorized
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Both renters and rental owners often ask how they can see crime activity near their home. Can a resident be alerted when something bad happens in the neighborhood or at the local school(s)? How can this information be provided without violating privacy and fair housing laws? Several programs exist to monitor crime activity and to […]

Ms. Management

Posted: 12th March 2012 by Melissa in Ms. Management
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Ms. Management Q and A By Carol Levey I was recently asked by a community manager that I had trained as a leasing specialist years ago to spend some time in the leasing office to review whether “best practices” were being utilized on the phone and in person. I was asked about my observations that […]

Rent Sense: Responsible Rental Property Ownership Requires a Pro-Active Approach By Neil Fjellestad and Chris DeMarco FBS Property Management Owners that manage their own rentals are certainly concerned about protecting their property value, increasing their equity and preserving cash flow. Unfortunately, Owners are often unaware or unable to establish and follow professional management routines required […]

Rent Sense: Protect Your Security Deposit

Posted: 5th March 2012 by Melissa in Rent Sense
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Rent Sense: Protect Your Security Deposit By Neil Fjellestad and Chris De Marco FBS Property Management Though it is often not included in the rental advertisement, you can expect to pay a security deposit over and above the monthly rent. This is normally required before move-in and can be as low as a few hundred […]

KTS Q & A

Posted: 2nd March 2012 by Melissa in Legal Questions
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Kimball,Tirey & St.John LLP Questions & Answers Ted Kimball, Esq. March, 2012 1. Question: What is the procedure when a death occurs in an apartment? Answer: When the tenant dies, the lease is terminated if month-to-month, otherwise the estate of the deceased is liable for rent up to the date the lease expires or the […]