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  2. When you hear the words “rental property” what comes to mind? Is it a duplex? A fourplex? The truth is whatever comes to mind you aren’t wrong. In today's market what it looks like to be a rental property isn’t as cut and dry as you might expect. Join us as we talk about the joys and challenges that you can expect with each different type of property. You will hear testimonials from local landlords who own A, B, and C type properties and the different challenges they have had to overcome. Whether you are already an investment owner, or you are planning to become one in the future please join us as we discuss the right rental for every landlord. RSVP at:
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    Have you guys tried this? Like I travel a lot and one of the most interesting things is living in different styles of houses with different designs and its just amazing! Check this out, this is one of my favorite places to rent whenever I'm in KC, hbu what's your favorite place to rent?
  5. About 10 years ago I created the concept of using A, B, C classifications for rentals...and for the landlords in the residential world. It was already being done for several years in the commercial world. So this article was supportive of some of my thoughts..... (Well Brad and I know each other and are in forums together, so practically friends now) So I thought I would post the words and link for our debate in the forum. In the property management industry managing single family and multi family homes, we have classifications for Landlords that is never put on paper and probably never talked about. This has probably never been published before, so here goes something new.... If you are a Landlord, you may want to read this and see what classification YOU would fall into. If the description fits you - wear it. If you are subjective about your dealings with your Property Manager, it could help foster a better relationship between you and your property manager getting you better service. Class "A" Landlord: Hires a Property Manager and is glad to pay their fees understanding that they provide a valuable service assisting them in growing an asset. Appreciates their systems, procedures, tools, and level of separation they provide from their tenants. They understand their job is often difficult being the punching bag for both sides of a management transaction that can last for years. Allows them the flexibility to make tough decisions in a pinch on their behalf. (Spending $505 dollars for an AC repair in July when their spending limit is $500) Understands that the Property Manager is not responsible for everything that goes on with the home - to include the weather and the marketplace. Is easy to get in touch with and responds well to phone calls, emails, and even texts. Realizes that by having a property manager and paying $20/hour (example) - it allows them to find bigger deals and more investments making $2,000/hour for their time. These folks are full time, possibly part time investors that have enough capital to back up their investments and truly understand that what they put out in management fees is far outweighed by appreciation and tax breaks. Simple depreciation is a monster and is often overlooked by a lesser class landlord. Class "B" Landlord: Reluctantly hires a Property Manager after some minor effort to shop for the cheapest property manager they can find. Second guesses all repair items and laments about not having any money to cover large repairs. Often classified as "Reluctant Landlords" for never planning on having a rental home, but being thrust into the realm of owning one by an unexpected relocation. Wants two bids for every job in the effort to save $20.00 - not caring if the tenant goes without AC or hot water for several days. Does not understand basic accounting and needs constant explanation for what the income / expense statement means. Is difficult to reach often not responding same day for urgent matters. These folks are often reluctant landlords, first time landlords, and intermediate landlords away for a year or two then moving back into their home. Class "C" Landlord: Grudgingly hires a Property Manager because their CPA told them to do so. Shops high and low for the cheapest property manager in town - then asks them for a discount because they are an "investor"..... with their two homes. Is abusive to the property management staff requiring constant communication and taking the attitude "Don't you know who I am?". Introduces themselves to the tenant behind the Property Managers back - telling the tenant they can call them anytime if the Property Manager does not immediately answer their every need. (This creates a Mommy / Daddy issue. The PM says "NO - You can't pay your rent late this month"....then the tenant runs to the Landlord telling them the PM said "We are evicting you AND taking away your birthday") Wants three bids for EVERY repair - no matter the inconvenience to the tenant - no matter the headache to the property manager...all with the effort to save $5.00. (Sounds dramatic - but this is true!!! - seen it many times before!) Blames the Property Manager for wind, hail, storms, tornadoes, winter storms, freezing pipes, foundation movement, dead grass, etc... Essentially, nothing is ever beyond anyone's control - it's always the PM's fault. This is a deeper reflection of that type of person never taking accountability for anything. Wants to sue everybody for....everything. Tenant did not water the grass last week, can we hire an attorney and sue them? You did not answer the phone on a Saturday, if you don't call me back and I will seek vengeance on you with my attorney! Leaves negative reviews on line about a property manager. Hides behind Google and Yelp to feel better about their cyber bullying. If the landlord truly had a real issue - almost all property management companies are governed by several entities to include the state. Threatening to leave a negative review if you don't get your way is blackmail and extortion. Same tactic the mafia has used for years....no different. If the Landlord has a real issue with the property manager - point 7 above may be needed. Leaving negative reviews on public forums is not productive for anyone. Is impossible to reach via phone / email. Then they respond at 10:00PM on a Saturday and is upset no one is available to speak with them at the time they finally call back. Will not reduce asking price in rent. If a home is vacant - with good marketing photos (and video) - and is being advertised fully.....here is a hint: IT'S THE ASKING PRICE! There are two things that rent homes - Price and Condition....and Price can make up for everything. The Landlord not willing to reduce their asking price at any cost is a flat out moron. If you want to do the math - assume your property rents for $1,000 a month. But, you aren't getting it. What do you lose every month that the home is not rented? That's right - $1,000. What do you lose every month if the home rents for $950? Well done - $50 / month or $600 a year. Which would you choose? Wants to do their own repairs. We have seen time and time again owners taking 6 months to do their own make ready repairs spending several thousand dollars MORE to do it and losing 4-5 months in possible rent. I have seen the total swing to be $10,000 with several investors....all one can do is shake their heads at them. These folks are often first time investors, overly dramatic reluctant landlords, emotionally attached to their homes and in often cases have a "I'm smarter and better than anyone else in the entire universe and I can do it all" attitude. Ask yourself - which type of Landlord are you? Link: https://www.biggerpockets.com/forums/52/topics/402958-investors---are-you-a-c-class-landlord
  6. https://www.alaskapublic.org/2019/04/01/the-housing-continuum-building-a-vibrant-community-part-2/ The time to listen to this is worth it to help better understand Alaska's real estate market.
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    Regal North Commercial is real estate boutique located in Anchorage, Alaska specializing in Business Relocation, Sales, and Leasing as well as Residential Homes for the business minded homeowners. Our mission is to provide comprehensive hands on service to businesses, investors and individuals to enhance our local business climate.Our team is built on a unique approach to commercial real estate sales & leasing that provides specialized service, specific to a business or an individual investor's goals. A simple, yet proven process that considers relevant market trends and influences shaping our local, regional, and global markets as it pertains to selecting your next location, making a new investment, or planning key milestones for your business or investment portfolio. Regal North also provides full service business brokerage service including asset evaluation (real estate, business, or mine), buying or selling a business, M&A, and access to capital sources. Regal North Homes is a division of Regal North that provides a sophisticated approach to your residential transaction, as often our clients are investors and business owners. Consider the largest purchase of your life like a business to optimize the results of your decisions. We can help! Take advantage (since all advice is free) ! :)

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  9. Sasha White Russian March 24 at 8:02 PM When running a background check what can I disqualify someone for?? Simple arrest ? Or does it have to be a federal arrest? I’m just wondering if it’s not someone I am exactly comfortable with I’m looking for a way out. If they have Alaska Housing do I have to take Alaska Housing? Or can I deny on just that I don’t want to sign up with that program?
  10. Dev Dharm Khalsa March 25 at 3:33 PM When refunding security deposit, what do I need to send if I am deducting expenses for necessary repairs? Is a written justification sufficient or do I need to send an itemized list with evidence? Also, is the 14 days for returning security deposit actually the number of days in which the tenant receives the check or the number of days by which the certified letter is sent? Thanks in advance!
  11. Olga Persinger March 25 at 7:45 PM What are the risks of renting someone with a pitbull/Rottweiler/etc (any more aggressive breeds)? Do you need to have anything in the lease to protect yourself?
  12. Kelli Cobb White 18 hrs When a tenant asks a landlord for a “professional mold test” and the inspectors are 4 days out and test results are 7 days out, what does a landlord offer the tenant......stay at a hotel at landlord cost? What options does a landlord have within landlord tenant law?
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  14. HUD created a guideline sheet on applications with criminal background

     

    This is a document produced by Office of general counsel guidance on the application of fair housing act standards to the use of criminal records by providers of housing and real estate-related transactions.

     

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  15. Hey everyone! A local teacher is hosting a class on asset protection geared towards landlord. Come check it out 5 shortcomings of a corporation 2 best states to incorporate 6 critical components of an effective Asset Protection plan 3 critical differences between a Family Limited Partnership(FLP) and an LLC 5 disastrous mistakes in setting up FLPs and LLCs 4 strategies to avoid capital gains tax 3 strategies to avoid probate and inheritance tax 5 critical elements in setting up a trust and much more https://www.alaskatraining.com/AssetProtectionClasses/3HourAssetProtectionClass/tabid/221/Default.aspx
  16. 1) Either allow some way to do online payment so they can keep paying. Now if it is for collections, that deals with the courts and asking them permission. 2) Tow company actually is your friend!! They know the answers. Or you could go to DMV and say abandon car and wait the time limit to collect the title and sell it. 1) Either allow some way to do online payment so they can keep paying. Now if it is for collections, that deals with the courts and asking them permission. 2) Tow company actually is your friend!! They know the answers. Or you could go to DMV and say abandon car and wait the time limit to collect the title and sell it.
  17. 1) what is the best way to collect money from a tenant who has left but still owes rent? 2) what is the best way to handle an abandoned vehicle on premises? can this vehicle be levied if tenant owes money? If so what is the process for this?
  18. How often do you perform inspections? Quarterly Yearly 6 months When something happens
  19. @Erik Fitzgerald. He sent me a picture to post for him.
  20. @Diamondjanitorial has done some cleaning projects for me and done a great job.
  21. Hey there! @Erik Fitzgerald is great if he isnt to busy...another person is @irena Mashova....or @Diamondjanitorial !!
  22. I've been talking a lot about this concept and Jay also said in in similar words but with a story as to why one should not assume.

  23. I think it is more difficult to learn as you get older. But....I now can build SAAS in our new system.

  24. Saw someone post this question in September, but no response. Would like any suggestion for a cleaner in Anchorage that goes above and beyond. Thanks for help.
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