Good Times Santa Cruz: Buying is Still Cheaper Than Renting

Every month, Suzy Rodoni-Silverberg writes a column for the Good Times Santa Cruz, sharing important information about real estate and property management for those living, renting, and buying in the greater Santa Cruz Area. This month, Suzy explores the renting vs. buying topic. Do you have a real estate or property management question that you’d… Continue Reading

Why We Love Capitola Year Round

It’s no mystery that we’re big fans of Capitola Village and the surrounding neighborhoods. We recently shared our top 5 reasons for loving the Jewel Box neighborhood. One thing that makes Capitola unique is that it is an incredibly seasonal city, providing visitors and residents with two very different types of experiences during the year. CAPITOLA… Continue Reading

5 Reasons We Love the Jewel Box in Capitola

Why is Capitola’s Jewel Box one of Santa Cruz County’s most desired neighborhoods? We are going to give you our top five reasons in our first edition of our new monthly blog featuring neighborhoods in the 831. Capitola and the Jewel Box are a natural place to start as the Real Estate Eight Three One… Continue Reading

How to Handle Repairs for your Santa Cruz Rental Property

Today we are talking about how to handle repairs and maintenance on your rental property in Santa Cruz. Property maintenance is very important for your rental home, and not just because it reduces your liability. It’s also important to keep your investment in good shape. You have a lot of money invested in your rental… Continue Reading

Who is Responsible, Landlord or Tenant?

Properly maintaining is an important part of rental property ownership. Not just because it is the property owner’s responsibility, it reduces owner liability, and helps to maintain the value of the investment. However, there are times when the tenant could be responsible and that can be a difficult situation for the property owner to address… Continue Reading

Tips For Good Landlord Tenant Relations

Many believe that once a tenant moves into a property all that is required is to “collect the rents”.  As a property manager I often hear this but know it is far from reality. Tenancy starts before the tenant moves in, progresses while the tenant resides in the property, and continues after the tenant moves… Continue Reading

The Topic of Mold

Mold has been around for a long time. Literally as long as there have been living organisms. Therefore, it may seem strange that it has become such an important and potentially dangerous issue. However, mention the possibility of the existence of mold to any reputable Property Manager, it gains immediate and urgent attention. What constitutes… Continue Reading

Rental Properties and Lead Based Paint

Lead based paint has been an important issue since March 6th, 1996, when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) & Housing & Urban Development (HUD) released regulations on the Residential Lead Based Paint Hazard Control Act. Property Managers and Landlords nationwide have worked to comply with the law. Additionally, the Lead-Based Paint Pre-Renovation Education Rule was… Continue Reading

Pets and Your Property: Deciding on Pets

Most Landlords are not open to the idea of renting to tenants with pets. To be honest, this is understandable because I have seen situations where tenants have allowed their pets to cause considerable damage. When faced with the issue of pets, property managers and/or landlords need to use a logical approach. Saying “NO” to… Continue Reading

Landlords DO Have Rights

It often seems that a property owner does not have any rights and that tenants call the shots, the courts only rule in favor of the tenant, and the attorneys end up with all the money. Just look at the multi million dollar lawsuits that have happened regarding mold, lead-based paint, Fair Housing, and more.… Continue Reading

Are you a knowledgeable Landlord Understanding Landlord/Tenant Law

How would you rate your knowledge as a landlord. Being a landlord is more than just collecting rents. Understanding landlord/tenant law is the best protection for a landlord other than hiring a professional property manager. Test your knowledge of landlord/tenant law by answering these questions then look at the answers below to see how you… Continue Reading

Adding an Investment Property to Your Portfolio

With today’s rising rents, lower interest rates and property values, buying an investment property may be a good addition to your financial portfolio. Before you make the decision to purchase you should consider the following: Check with your CPA or financial planner: Current tax laws favor investors. Depreciation and principal reduction can build wealth over… Continue Reading

A Credit Report is Not Enough

Many people think tenant screening means only obtaining a current credit report. Credit information is important and in today’s rental market, they contain more details than ever before. There are continual changes to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, FCRA, because landlords, employers, and businesses consider credit ratings a valuable resource. Then why is a credit… Continue Reading

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