Money talks, and when it does, we listen, so we’ve all, undoubtedly, heard the sound of circulating cash. As the dollar moves between buyer and seller, an anticipatory “Cha…” sets the buck in motion, while a conclusive “…Ching” finalizes the exchange. “Cha-Ching!” – the chime of money in motion and growing prosperity. However, once the drowning noise of collection agencies disrupt the harmonious flow of currency, our stagnating money supply leaves only a melancholy echo from better days, leaving us as we are today… asking: where is the money? How ’bout a philosophical approach…

If a dollar falls in the woods, but no one is around to spend it, does it make a sound?

NO!

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Mortgage Finance Act of 2011 – legislation submitted by Sen. Johnny Isakson with little chance of passing congressional scrutiny; the act is, unfortunately, an example of political showmanship, appealing to public opinion on a critical policy issue. Furthermore, the Act clutters the congressional to-do list, regarding housing reform.

Make waves and the voters will take notice?

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As short-term political motivation sullies the sanctity of central banking, presumptuous open market meddling, unrestrained by the boundaries of logic, makes a ticking time bomb of Federal Funds. It’s time we meditate on circumstance, accounting for the rational and the hardly so. Let’s see: inflation without spending? A stagnant, yet expanded money supply? At what point did capitalism become so irrational? What brought life to our economic paradox? The distant thunder of a self-imposed inflationary storm demands anticipation; it will not subside with neglect, and survival is a blessing left only for the aware, but it is the keen that will thrive. Stay informed, and stay ahead.

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Today we field a great question from one of our RentPosters in California. It’s a great opportunity to discuss the ins and outs of condo investments, the current real estate market, and the future of the U.S. economy. Read closely, you will not want to miss this one, as we review the economic forecast for the coming decade.

“J” from California writes:

Tony,  I am a very conservative investor, but elected to retire early at 48, about 3 years ago, and put a majority of my portfolio into real estate rentals.  I own 4 homes in Ohio and 1 (and a quarter) in California.  With the down market, they are likely worth about 1.1 or 1.2 million right now.  I also have about 300k in mutual funds and 50k or so of cash.  I own all of them out right…

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In a statement released May, 2011 by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Rosie Rios, Treasurer, formally ended the use of paper checks for Social Security and federal benefit payments.

ONE HUNDRED TWENTY MILLION DOLLARS!

The simple change keeps $120,000,000 in taxpayer pockets, saving “more than 1 billion [taxpayer dollars]” over the next ten years. The electronic payment solution implemented by the U.S. government commands the attention of all U.S. businesses still using valuable time, effort, and money processing checks. Now what about Property Management?

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Are your management fees appropriate? Here are some tips for effectively setting management fees. Make your property management company findable to the uprising in new property investors; check it out here. Here are some things property owners consider when choosing a property management company Tenant marketing and retention, both critical to effective property management. Understand […]

Some evening reads to keep property managers and property investors in the know on what’s shakin’ in the world of income property. As tenants go virtual so must property managers and landlords; take a look at the future offices of property managers. Check out the debate in New York State regarding a potential cap on […]

Barbara Corcoran, tells her tale, explaining how she turned a one-woman Real Estate company into $4 billion dollar juggernaut. Check out her personalized, charismatic depiction of Real Estate from the mouth of a shark in the marketplace. Enjoy!

Tenants, Managers, and Owners: We’d like you to share your RentPost experience with the world. Software advice will display your RentPost thoughts to all interested eyes. See what others are saying, and make a comment yourself. Don’t hold back, and be honest. We love our users, and work tirelessly every day of the week to […]

Hey there RentPost-ers, it’s time to check out our Online Property Management Software on Thumbtack. There, you’ll see our full company profile, filled with pictures, videos, and updates to keep both users, future users, and readers in touch with new developments. It’s a great place to get an all-at-once feel for RentPost, and to learn about related services in the industry. We hope you take the time to check it out, and drop by from time-to-time to see what’s going on.

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Renters, in reading the following, you will learn how to decide if Renters Insurance is for you, calculate the amount of liability coverage needed, asses the probability of property loss (while valuing your possessions), estimate a deductible, and put it all together to discover exactly what you should look for in purchasing renters insurance.

Repeat readers will observe a review in some material explained in a previous article: “Renters Insurance: Rip Off or Rewarding?” That reading is supplemented now with attention to deductibles and deeper liability assessment explained in this article. For more on how to value your possessions, reference the article mentioned above. Otherwise, let’s get started.

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Two years ago, a couple of long shots from Athens, GA joined with the common goal of creating and promoting what the real estate market, on its own, has not produced.   An online property management software? Well those already exist right? Sure, they exist, but is sheer existence good enough? It’s time tenants actually use the software, as tenants are the key to fruitful software, and an effective tool for property management organization. We wrote about it quite some time ago. Take a gander: Property Management Software: What’s the Problem?. It’s not just talk and writing anymore; the RentPost team has steadfastly remained dedicated to filling the void(s) in the rental world with a comprehensive software solution. Now that RentPost software is nearing its public release, we found it fitting to go back in time and re-visit some of the principles on which RentPost was founded. It’s the RentPost throwback links; enjoy…

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Not many newbie real estate agents, but here’s a few tips to those going for it never-the-less: 6 Steps to Becoming a Real Estate Agent . It might help for you veterans to revisit your roots. Speaking of you veteran agents, it seems that there are a few ways to keep business moving during a recession. […]

Stop worrying about whether your security deposit will be returned at lease end. No need to feel powerless, subject to the whim of king landlord. Here are some great tips and pieces of knowledge to help YOU take control, and take back what is rightfully yours.

If you are unsure of whether you are responsible for the slight damages -You’re Probably Not! Here’s one that might surprise you: you are not responsible for repairing worn, reasonably dirty or slightly spotted carpet. Also, not responsible for dents in wall from where the doorknob might bump into the wall. More on that too – this link will guide you on what you are responsible for as a tenant: www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/chart-29017.html

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Few felt the financially tragic effects of our economic collapse in a way similar to commission-based real estate agents. Many aim to endure the economic storm with hopes of brighter days to come; however, if agents ignore the market shifts, the sun may never shine again. Changes are many and all of different origin, some direct and others indirect; regardless, time to assess what has happened, forecasting what is to come. In doing so, agents will understand the new dynamics, increasing the ability to flourish in the new real estate climate.

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Recently, our congress successfully passed new legislation, courageously recomposing century-old U.S. financial rules. It seems our buddies in D.C. have acquired great economic know-how, unseating 80 years of financial thought in a single, 24-hour session. The method of attack dealt with added regulation in derivative trading, and more specifically – Credit Default Swaps. Today, I will explain CDS’s, their influence on U.S. real estate, and how this new legislation will drastically affect everyone from the mighty real estate investor to the common renter. So, get involved and find out how this revolution to financial rules will affect both your personal and professional world

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It seems tenant farming’s primordial residue has stained modern day renting with a peculiar interpersonal and professional environment, considering landlords stand mightily above ye obsequious tenants. Even more interesting, few seem to recognize the relationship is, well, backwards. Wonder what I’m talkin’ ’bout? Typically, tenants commission other individuals or companies to provide a rental service (housing), yet tenants yield to the demands of the person or company that is paid to serve. In other words, the “servant” out ranks the employer. Usually, contracted service providers submit to the will of the man with the moolah, yet rental relationships have inverted from the professional, capitalist norm, allowing king landlord to act as s/he pleases, regardless of how those actions affect the tenant. Enough hyperbole; what’s the rest of the story, and how can power be balanced?

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I yearned for the exoneration of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but my voice, amongst many others, apparently has fallen by the wayside. I concede that stockholder concerns should, in this case, play second fiddle to the task of fueling America’s mortgage engine, but I still see this as a governmental maneuver to guise lethargy […]

The trend is to leave all fingers pointed to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two government sponsored companies who repurchase and are in control of nearly 90% of the mortgages in our country. In essence, they are the driving forces behind mortgage lending in this county. However, to blame mortgage repurchasers is a very superficial approach, and shows a very superficial understanding of the economic factors influencing lending and banking. Here’s the true story, and this tale starts in September, 2001, focusing on the actions of the less-than-capitalist aspect of our supposedly capitalist economy.

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Online Property Management Software isn’t new, but it could be revolutionary; however, the revolution seemingly has a limited ability to revolve. Here’s what I mean: something has truncated online property management software’s ability to assimilate all parties to a rental agreement in the cloud, but who’s been left out? The answer is…Tenants! Sure, most software provide a cutting edge way to observe and access information regarding your company’s properties under management, regardless of your geographic obstacles, but most only provide a limited conduit of activity for tenants – those most pertinent to rent and its associated processes. All you software providers who’ve only accommodated for property managers: keep on dancin’ ‘till you learn how to tango, ‘cause it takes two. Tenants, put on your boogie shoes, ‘cause you’re the missing piece to this fiesta. Let’s party.

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For years, the Capitalization Rate of an income property has been the standard by which properties are analyzed and valued. However, the hypotheticals accompanying Cap Rates leave the door open for misguided investment; such misdirection may only enhance the bitter flavor of real estate succotash. Let’s be thorough because to do so will build a divide between the successful and the bellyachers. Now, how have Cap Rates served as masks of profitability? How can investing be more appropriately assessed? Let’s get started.

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An often pondered, yet rarely considered device that may or may not be a good idea – Renters Insurance is surely a phenomena once uttered in your presence. All too often, it is regarded as if applicable to all or none, with no middle ground. “Renters insurance is a good idea”… or “renters insurance is a rip off;” heard either one?? Thought so. Oh, how generalities plague market demand. Anyhow, RentPost will take an unusual approach, showing how to determine if renters insurance is a good or bad idea for YOU….specifically.

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Hello all, today is a day for the tenants… RentPost has, for quite some time now, been developing a software to resolve many of the issues that have come between tenants and landlords. A number of which have been discussed in great detail on this blog. During this process, we have interviewed many tenants, landlords, property managers, and real estate investors to really understand the issues still plaguing the world of rent. Now, we are addressing the online, tenant community in pursuit of answers to further benefit the ways we are able to assist in Simplfying Rent.

Please take one minute to answer the following questions, and let your voice be heard! Click on the link below.

RentPost Tenant Questions

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In contrast to the previous posting, I aim today not to end with a “to be continued”, but to leave you with conclusiveness. In this manner, I may reconcile you – the readers – in an effort to navigate through the perils of the relationship with your rent counterpart, as you inevitably must have – be you landlord or paying inhabitant. I will concede that it could be a most fitting conclusion to the aforementioned ellipses to reiterate the common complaints of the landlord/property manager while expressing my opinions regarding the best methods to to resolve said matters. Tenants, pay attention, as you must face these issues appropriately…here’s how.

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