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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Which is better, a term lease or a month-to-month lease?
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I am sometimes asked this question by property owners who have been told that month-to-month leases are somehow better than term leases.  But before we discuss which is better, let me define what each is so we are on the same page.  A term lease is actually just what it sounds like.  It is a lease for a specified period of ...

Sunday, September 7, 2014

If you don’t know what a service animal is, it could cost you big time!
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If you don’t know the difference between a pet and a service animal, you could get yourself in a lot of trouble by mistakenly violating fair housing laws.  The most common violation by landlords is to charge a pet deposit for what the law determines to be a service animal.  By law, a service animal is not a pet, so a tenan...

Monday, August 25, 2014

Scorpions, Spiders and Ants, Oh My!
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Because of the continuing above average heat in Tucson this year, insects have been very active.  Although the higher temperatures lead to warmer pool temperatures that many of us enjoy, they also lead to increased populations of many insects, including the aforementioned pests.  Insects are cold-blooded.  This means that t...

Thursday, August 7, 2014

What 5 things cost landlords the most money?
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In my experience, some of the things that cost landlords the most money may not be very obvious to a lot of people.  That’s the reason why I wanted to share some my thoughts with you here.  Although there are many things to think about when it comes to rental properties, these are a few things that will hopefully get your ...

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Tucson houses rent for a median of $1,100 in the first half of 2014
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I recently evaluated the Tucson residential rental market from January 2014 through June 2014 using Tucson Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service (MLS) statistics.  Although not all rentals are captured in the MLS, it is fair to say that the data captured is a representative sample.    Single Family Homes Using t...

Sunday, July 6, 2014

HOA Bill Signed – A Positive Result for Landlords
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The following is an excerpt from The Capitol Insider, an Arizona Association of Realtors (AAR) publication, written by Nicole La Slavic, AAR Vice President of Government Affairs.  This new legislation will go into effect July 24th, 2014.   Over the course of the last year, the Arizona Association of REALTORS® (AAR) continued...

Friday, June 20, 2014

How does mold grow in the desert?
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The following is an article from one of my favorite contractors, Commercial Cleaning and Restoration. They are a carpet cleaning and restoration company here in Tucson, AZ.  You can visit their website at or call them at 520-297-4736. There is a common misconception that because we are in the des...

Friday, June 6, 2014

Carbon Monoxide - The Silent Killer
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The following is an article from one of my NARPM® friends, Scott Abernathy, MPM®, RMP®.  Scott owns Reliant Realty, LLC in Murfreesboro, TN.  You can check him out at  I thought his piece on carbon monoxide was great, so I’m sharing it with you here.  I hope you enjoy it and take he...

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

7 Tips to Selling a Tenant Occupied House
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Selling a tenant occupied house can prove to be quite challenging.  In general, I do not recommend that a house be sold with a tenant in it.  However, there are some unique circumstances where it must be done.  But if you’re absolutely convinced that you must sell your house with a tenant in it and you cannot be convi...

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

5 Tips to Keep Water Out of Your Rental Property!
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The fresh smell of rain, there’s nothing like it here in Tucson.   As we inch closer to the monsoon season, you may be looking forward to the lightning shows, cooler weather and downpours that freshen the summer air.  But unless you take a few precautionary measures to make sure your rental property is ready, your o...

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