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Friday, September 6, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

5 Steps to Secure Your Home During a Hurricane

While one hurricane has passed us by so far this year, that doesn't mean we won't get hit with another. Here are 5 things you can do to prepare your home before the next storm.

First, let's talk about what a hurricane rating means. Hurricanes are categorized on a scale of 1 to 5 based on the wind speed. While each hurricane brings in a lot of rain, the wind is the cause of a lot of damage as well. The wind speeds are the following:



Category 1 - 74-95 mph
Category 2 - 95-100 mph
Category 3 - 111-129 mph
Category 4 - 130-156 mph
Category 5 - above 157 mph


The high wind speeds are like a freight train coming at your house. Take these steps before the next hurricane or major tropical storm hits.

Document Your Belongings

Take pictures of your items for insurance purposes both in and outside the home. Save these to a cloud-based system such as Apple or Google Photos so that you can access even if your computers are damaged. 

Take Care of Your Roof

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Saturday, August 31, 2019   /   by Charlotte Rose

How to NOT sell your House!

Disclaimer:  All examples used in this are fictional.
Any resemblance to you is coincidental. The purpose of this is to inform not insult!


1) Leave the lawn, after all its the house they are buying.  No need to pick up all those little presents Fido has been leaving you all over the yard either.
2) Paint your walls in bright, vivid colors and patterns. After all everyone loves a red and purple room with green dots!
3) Leave out your dirty movies and magazines. No one will see them, its the house they are looking at.
4) What odors?  My house doesn't stink.  So what if I smoke cigars and Fido has an accident every now and then.
5) Leave dirty dishes in the sink and counter tops.  I was in a hurry!
6) No need to fix that hole in the wall where your little ones threw that ball.  After all they only broke the ceiling fan and left a 4 inch hole.  Anyone with kids will understand.
7) No need to fix that leak under the kitchen sink.  As long ...

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Friday, August 30, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

The Case for Going Solar

We live in the Sunshine State, should we take advantage of the "free" energy it provides? 



Overall Cost

Of course, having solar panels installed, and enough of them to provide sufficient electricity to your home has a large upfront cost. Granted, some of those costs could be deferred with a home improvement loan. 

From Yahoo Finance, estimates from EnergySage in 2019, "the price per watt ranges from $2.67 to $3.43, and the cost of solar panels in a 6-kilowatt system (the average size nationally) runs from $11,214 to $14,406 after the solar tax credit. The average household will recoup the cost of their system in just over seven years." Tax Credits are slated to be phased out by 2022, so now might be the time to start gathering quotes. As with any tax incentive, these could change.

Additionally, go with domestic made solar panels to avoid any imposed tariffs on imports. 

As a starting point, use the EnergySage Solar Calculator. It uses satellite imagery ...

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Friday, August 23, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

Commercial Property Management - Do you Need one?

In terms of property management, commercial versus property managers are often similar in terms of designing lease agreements, maintenance requests, finding tenants, etc. It does differ however in the day to day requests from commercial resident s and the details in those lease agreements and types of tenants.

The question is if you have a commercial property to rent, do you need a property manager?





Location

Ideally, when it comes to a property management company, you want a manager that's in the location. When it comes to a commercial property, location familiarity and evaluating rent per square foot as compared to other building in the area is important. A property manager that's in a different city will not be familiar with the ever-changing landscape, especially when it comes to commercial buildings. You want someone who can do frequent drive-bys to ensure not only is your building maintained, but to evaluate if rents need to increase based on surrounding improveme ...

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