Homes my clients rented

Homes my clients rented

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Meaningful Amenities : Smoke-Free Apartments

The momentum in South Florida for smoke free apartments burned out. It was a buzzing topic that gained popularity in mid 2005 and seemed to have had the ears of local industry leadership. But in the fog of the condo boom there were more pressing issues to address, leaving the potential for smoke free apartments to newly formed condo boards.

Three years later. . . and boy how times have changed, property managers in South Florida are performing awe inspiring maneuvers to keep the influx of mortgage refugee residents happy and ultimately retained, but only the most meaningful amenities will make the difference.

According to a survey about smoke-free apartments conducted by the California Apartment Association it may be an issue important enough to spark renewed interest in South Florida.

The Survey Results:

• 69% of renters favored regulations requiring
all apartment buildings to offer
non-smoking sections, where all the
apartments, patios, and balconies
in that section were non-smoking.

• 39% of renters would prefer to live in a
building where smoking is not
allowed anywhere.

• 46% of renters experience secondhand smoke
drifting into their own apartment.

• 70% of survey respondents believed
a tenant should be evicted for
repeated violations of smoking prohibitions
in a lease

Thursday, April 17, 2008

1st For Rent ,Then Foreclosed, Finally Forced Out!

The shock is over, when reading or hearing about renters getting the surprise of their lives in the form of a foreclosure notice. A recent Daily Business Review article indicates that this scenario is becoming more common in South Florida multifamily industry. A Hialeah single mom is the subject in the story published earlier this week that describes her struggle to find a new place to rent as she is forced out of what was typically a safe bet for renters.

Her landlord like so many other smaller investors, collected rent while defaulting on his mortgage -creating a devastating dilemma for the residents.
Click here for the full story

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Blackberry Friendly

I love emails that are Blackberry friendly, polite, brief and to the point. I've heard too many stories from colleagues that are incensed by emails rivaling a novel. At a recent SEFAA breakfast a manager complained "You just keep scrolling until your thumb is soar". I hear ya girl.

My advice -
1. Judge the source before you get suckered into a scrollathon. If its not your boss, maintenance supervisor, etc. let it wait until you get to your desktop.

2. Build a text message network-let your vendors know that text messaging works for you. People are accustomed to space limitations in text messages and have little choice but to keep their message short and sweet!

Here's a few tricks to help train your Blackberry

A Blackberry can be a girls best friend, especially if looks like this one.
Kimora Lee Simmons -Fabulous custom Blacberry .