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Blog Post Vacancy Update

Vacancy Update

The 4th quarter vacancy survey from the Southwest Idaho Chapter of NARPM was just released.  The results are about what was expected for this time of year.  The winter time is always slowed for rentals and therefor rents tend to slightly decrease in order to get units f...
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Blog Post Emotional Support Animal or Pet?

Emotional Support Animal or Pet?

What is an emotional support animal? Are they trained? Who gets one, and who decides that? If you have been in property management in the last few years, you have probably asked yourself at least one of those questions while witnessing the surge in rental applicants stating that ...
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Blog Post Landlords Beware: A Rise in Fraudulent Applications

Landlords Beware: A Rise in Fraudulent Applications

Landlords Beware: A Rise in Fraudulent ApplicationsIn 2018 it was reported that more than 80% of property managers surveyed have fallen victim to tenant fraud. Many of these cases of fraud were not exposed until after the tenant had moved into the rental property and proven to be...
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Blog Post Google Reviews!

Google Reviews!

Property Management: Google Review            We are far too aware of how our Google Rating affects our property management business. With the PM stigma among tenants, the search engine optimization game feels almost impossible to win. However, ...
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Blog Post Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite!

Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite!

As Boise’s population has boomed in the last decade, so have our area’s pest issues. One type of pest that we have encountered more frequently as a property management company is bed bugs. Bed bugs can be an embarrassing and uncomfortable topic, but it is important to...
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Blog Post Parking Enforcement - The Good, The Bad, and The Boot

Parking Enforcement - The Good, The Bad, and The Boot

One of the most important amenities to many tenants is adequate parking at the apartment complex they are renting from. Many value having their parking lot enforced to keep unwanted visitors from parking in their spot. Hiring a vendor for this enforcement can help alleviate ...
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Blog Post Is the Growth of Technology Contributing to the Diminishing Profits and Return on Relationships in the PM Industry?

Is the Growth of Technology Contributing to the Diminishing Profits and Return on Relationships in t...

First Rate Property Management posted a blog back in October including a summary on theState of the Property Management Industryreport that was published by Buildium and the National Association of Residential Managers.  This report was full of useful information, but we fou...
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Blog Post City Council Discussion - Capping Rental Application Fees

City Council Discussion - Capping Rental Application Fees

As an owner, tenant, or landlord, it is important to be informed on the latest proposed cap on rental application fees and how it will affect you. Councilwoman, Lisa Sanchez, has proposed an ordinance to cap rental application fees at $30. On October 29th, 2019 the people of the ...
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Blog Post SW Idaho NARPM 3rd Quarter Vacancy Report

SW Idaho NARPM 3rd Quarter Vacancy Report

                The 3rd quarter Narpm vacancy survey is out and it shows that vacancy dropped quite a bit from the 2nd quarter but that is to be expected. It is the time of year when things slow down for the rental industry. The vacancy for...
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Blog Post 2019 State of the Property Management Industry Report

2019 State of the Property Management Industry Report

Mid October, a group of us from FRPM attended the National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM) Convention held in Phoenix.  One of the sessions I attended was the 2019 State of the Property Management Industry Report.  This report was a collaborative ef...
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