Posts by Becky Bower

Do You Have an I.T. Disaster Recovery Plan?

When it comes to protecting your business from disasters, the first thing that comes to mind is natural disasters. Maybe it’s the overload of end-of-the-world movies or 5th grade emergency preparedness programs, but when creating a disaster recovery plan, technological catastrophes are often overlooked. Meanwhile the actions we take in our everyday lives revolve around multiple forms of technology, often unprotected and susceptible to criminal activity. Safeguarding yourself from technological threats and planning out how you’ll recover from one is imperative.

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Three Halloween Tips for Property Managers

As you’ve walked around your community, you might have noticed the October spirit in the air. One of your residents has pumpkins outside their door, another has decked out their patio with spooky ghosts and goblins, and the seasonal pumpkin-flavoring has taken over everyone’s fridges. Halloween is on the way. Settle into the festive spirit by deepening your relationship with your community and following these few tips for a fun and safe Halloween.
Create a Safe Halloween Environment for Residents

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Keep a High NOI with Perfect Tenants

Everyone dreams of the perfect tenant; the type of tenants who pay their rent on time, don’t cause any damages, follow even the smallest of rules, and end up staying in your property for years. They’re the type of tenants that look at your property and instantly feel like its home. It’s that HGTV happy ending that we all crave with keeps our net operating income high.

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Online Rental Applications at No Cost Coming Soon to ApplyConnect

UPDATE: Click Here The read about the NOW AVAILABLE online rental application from ApplyConnect!
ApplyConnect isn’t going to stop doling out the updates yet, and this next one is going to be a big one! Very soon ApplyConnect landlords and real estate agents will be able to incorporate the online rental application to their prospective tenants’ background check invitation, and best of all it is free to ApplyConnect users.
The free rental application itself has all the fundamental elements in a sleek online form. This even includes convenient spaces for the applicant to explain rental factors, from previous hardships to the breed of their furry friends.

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Myths and Facts about Eviction Records

Evictions are an occupational hazard. To say the least, the word is cringe-worthy alone. Despite that sentiment, on the other hand, eviction records are notoriously useful.
Previously we myth busted criminal records and now we’re doing the same thing with eviction records. Test your knowledge by reading below and see if you can spot something new. You might be surprised.
MYTH: A SSN is needed to find eviction records.
Fact: CIC matches on name and the defendant’s address.  When a landlord files an unlawful detainer the SSN is rarely included, thus that is not used directly.

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Are Applicants Giving You Fraudulent Paystubs?

Creating fraudulent documents has become easier as technology has improved. With just a computer, printer, scanner and Photoshop software, fabricating fake paystubs can be done at home. Even online paystub services like stubsamples.com and speedystub.com generate paystubs based on the information put in by the user for an inexpensive fee.
While these services might seem like a good idea to applicants who are independent contractors, business owners, students and entrepreneurs (where providing income information for rental and credit applications is very difficult), those outside services are extremely relaxed on their requirements for accuracy. Paystub companies depend on the honesty of the person buying the income document and, while honest applicants do exist, no 3rd party verification is conducted.

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Myths and Facts about Criminal Records

You’ve gotten your potential tenant’s background check and stop mid-way to look it over. As you quickly glance at the clock in the corner of your desktop, you figure you can push lunch-time back just a few more minutes to get this taken care of. You absentmindedly gulp down your lukewarm coffee as your eyes skim the remainder of the report, mentally weighing whether to approve or deny this applicant. But as you see the criminal hits, you immediately question this applicant. If this has happened to you, you’re not the only one.
While criminal records may seem pretty straight-forward, there are a lot of common myths. From questions about “how far back can I check?”, “does this cover every jurisdiction?” to “should I automatically deny someone with a felony?” test your knowledge.  Here are some common myths about criminal records.

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How to Properly (and Legally) Destroy Documents

With the recent news that the Chinese government has breached the data of possibly 4 million federal employees, as well as the overwhelming amount of cyber-attacks committed in the past three years, it’s obvious that protecting your online data is imperative. But what about physical documents, like applications and lease agreements?
It’s safe to assume that you probably don’t have Indiana Jones’ level of security, but it’s not a bad idea to check that your physical security measures are as solid as the giant boulder that chased Indie’.

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Managing Your Online Reputation

Reviews can Make or Break Your Business
With the digital age and the vast amount of online shopping options, many consumers rely on the aid of reviews. However, this doesn’t end with the consumer’s Amazon shopping cart, the reliance on reviews stretches out to the rental market. By using websites like Apartmentratings.com and Yelp!, potential renters are able to view honest opinions from current and previous tenants. Even apartment finding sites and social media pages like Apartments.com and Facebook allow your tenants to post reviews, and in turn decide to rent based on what they find.
Before you start fretting, remembering the potential purchases you’ve abandoned because of bad reviews, know that you can turn this to your advantage. With these tips, you’ll be able to enhance your reputation online and bring potential renters straight to your leasing office in no time.

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Help a New Tenant with this Utility Checklist

Moving is difficult. There are rentals to tour and applications to be completed, boxes to pack, and furniture to transport. And when that’s all said and done, when the lease has been signed and the boxes have been moved in, exhausted renters are left to deal with the utilities. While figuring out who provides the electricity or the internet is painless when moving a few blocks away, for renters who move from one city to another or from one state to another state, this process is stressful.

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