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  • The Pros and Cons of Renting to a Resident with Pets

    If you've managed a property long enough, you've surely been asked whether you allow pets, and may have considered accepting pets during times when you've had trouble filling a vacancy, but ultimately came to your senses and declined. A recent FIREPAW (Foundation for Interdisciplinary Research and Education Promoting Animal Welfare) survey found property managers who rent to residents with pets...
  • How Likely Are You To Get Burglarized?

    Certain states in the US are more vulnerable to crime than others, but unless you have easy access to the facts, how do you know whether your property is located in a high risk area? From Alabama to WyomingOverall, there is some good news—figures released by the US Department of Justice and the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports show that between 2000 and 2012, burglaries in the US fell by 8.0 percent...
  • Tears of a Clown

    During a hiking trip through Utah a few years ago, my friends and I went to a diner for lunch. I was hemming and hawing over the pancake options when our waiter arrived at the table. He was just your average server—tall, brown hair, three teardrops tattooed under his right eye. You know, the usual. Deeply distressed that the same man who put three people in the ground would also be delivering my...
  • I Hear It’s Supposed to Rain Tomorrow

    If I had to make a life list of the things I most despise, making small talk would fall just below people leaving uneaten desserts at restaurants and glitter (it never goes away). Consider the conversation required in an elevator. Whether it’s a stranger or my best friend, the second those doors shut and I have to decide whether to look directly at them or speak to them through their reflection...

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