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  • Summer Is The Time for Grillin’!

    I am a huge fan of fire, in its respected place. I love putting various food items over fire regularly and with malice. Beef, pork or fowl (and even fruits or vegetables!) are likely to find their way between my tongs over the wonderful aroma of burning charcoal or propane. Lately I’m experimenting with the various kinds of wood chips to produce different flavors on whatever is over the fire. To...
  • 2013 Doomsday Prep: 5 Things You Need To Know

    As the end of year approaches, we reflect on our accomplishments of the past 12 months and how disorganized we (may) have become in the process of maintaining a property.  Now is a good time to reorganize to ensure that Jan. 1 is an easy, no panic day. Here are five things that can be done to prepare for the end of 2013 (or, if you are a glass half-full type of person, the beginning of 2014): 1....
  • Hiring to Fit a Maintenance Team

    While speaking with a recently hired maintenance supervisor, I was asked an interesting question: How could this man’s current manager hire him after only asking questions such as, “Where do you see yourself in five years, “How do you deal with disagreements,” or, my favorite, “Can you name three things that you are good at and three things that you find challenging?”This maintenance supervisor’s...
  • Is the Property at War with Maintenance?

    Imagine making the commitment to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in a property that you only had a few minutes to observe from the front yard. You write the check, go inside and see what you’re dealing with… Recently I’ve been watching a show on Discovery Channel where investors purchase foreclosed properties without actually knowing what issues the property has. There is no formal...

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