Take Charge of Your Property

Simple tips to reduce costs, increase ROI and protect your buildings. - Written by John Caronna - Posted May 18, 2016

Take Charge of Your Property

Whether you are a new rental property owner, or you want to improve your property management skills, here are several basic yet vitally important areas to focus on. From organizing your paperwork, to looking at ways to increase your current income, and getting the most out of an upcoming vacancy, all these areas are equally important for your rental business. Paperwork From Previous Owner If you are in the process of acquiring a new property, be sure to obtain the following items from the previous owner: all leases (if the property is in...

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It’s a Great Time to Buy & Sell

Real estate experts haven’t seen such a strong market since the 1980’s - Written by John Caronna - Posted Dec 8, 2015

It’s a Great Time to Buy & Sell

It is a great time to buy an investment property in the East Bay, and at the same time, it is also a great time to sell. All of us who live in the Bay Area know that rents have been on the upsurge for the last 12 months. A quick search of Craigslist rentals is an eye opening experience, as renters are paying in excess of $2,100-$2,600 for a two bedroom in many areas of Oakland, Berkeley, Walnut Creek and Pleasanton. In very desirable areas, such as Piedmont, Lafayette or Moraga, rents are even higher. I just helped clients rent an...

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Seller Beware

Why selling your property off-market is not in your best interest. - Written by JOHN CARONNA - Posted Dec 8, 2015

Seller Beware

If you are considering selling your multi-unit property, how you start your relationship with your real estate agent has a tremendous impact on the final results. As a multifamily property owner in the East Bay, I receive postcards and letters in the mail touting the expertise of real estate agents. As a real estate agent myself, specializing in multifamily properties, I also send out postcards with information to owners when I sell a property in their area. In the past year, I have noticed a trend with regards to the information on the...

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Eliminating the “Yuck Factor” in Composting

Solutions to help tenants transport food scraps and reduce unwanted odors - Written by Karen Stern - Posted Nov 10, 2015

Eliminating the “Yuck Factor” in Composting

Do your residents complain that food scraps recycling is messy or stinky? It doesn’t have to be. Oakland residents have been setting aside food scraps for weekly composting collection since 2005. Here are a few tips from the field to help you and your residents create a successful compost collection program at your building. Paper is the first line of defense against odors. It is a compostable and absorbent material that can help to reduce odor in the kitchen pail or green cart. Many paper products are readily available in the home for reuse...

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Cleaner & Greener

Oakland's New Waste Services Arriving July 1 - Written by Sean Maher & Karen Stern - Posted May 15, 2015

Cleaner & Greener

An exciting new package of Zero Waste services is launching in Oakland on July 1, 2015, including a new food scraps collection program for apartments and condos. This program will provide a green compost cart at all multifamily properties with five units or more to collect residents’ food scraps, food-soiled paper and plant debris. It is one of many initiatives under the City’s new Zero Waste program, which tailors trash, recycle and compost collection services to reduce material sent to our landfills. Thousands of Oakland residents at 480...

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