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Attract and Retain Quality Residents

Convincing quality tenants to move into your property instead of a competitor’s isn’t always an easy task.

To do that, you have to send the message that renters will benefit more by moving into your community than they will somewhere else. Many property managers can compete by offering competitive rental prices or by building upon the advantages of a desirable location.

However, you can’t always compete on price, location, or other traditional benefits. You also may not have the budget to offer high-priced amenities that can draw in renters. In this case, you might have to get creative in order to stand out from your competitors.

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1. Incentivize with Cash Back for Good Renters

Tenants who constantly pay their rent late or damage property end up costing you money. Instead of just punishing renters who violate the terms of their lease, why not reward your best renters? Some property managers have begun to offer a cash-back deal. Typically, they offer about two percent of all rent paid if tenants pay on time for six months and pass a property inspection.

For instance, a renter who pays $1,000 a month could qualify for a check for $120 at the end of the term you set. Alternatively, you might just offer to shave that amount off of the next month’s rent. This kind of incentive can help you save money and give your best renters a reason to stick around.

2. Offer a Workspace for Renters Who Work From Home

According to the New York Times, 43 percent of surveyed employed Americans said they spent at least some time working remotely. Although there are benefits to working remotely, a downside is the increased amount of time you spend cooped up in your home with minimal face-to-face social interaction. Imagine how valuable a workspace outside of their apartment would be to renters working from home?

Perhaps you have a lobby that isn’t very utilized or an outdated rec room that isn’t used. Think about turning the room into a shared workspace. To get started, free WiFi is key to making it easy for residents to seamlessly go from their apartment to this work hub with their devices. And since remote employees rely on their smartphones and laptops, there’s no need to worry about installing additional phones or landlines. Get the workspace furnished with a few tables and chairs, perhaps a couch and coffee table for those who like to relax with their laptops to work. Before you know it you’ll have a communal place for renters to step outside of their home and get work done. If the space becomes highly utilized by your remote working residents, think about adding a coffee maker or water cooler to improve it even more.

  1. Community Gardens and Rooftop Farms

Consider setting aside minimal funding for a community garden that your renters can share. If you don’t have extra land to spare, you could also consider installing rooftop gardens. You might need to invest in the initial startup costs but then you can encourage your residents to form a local gardening club to handle the rest of the details.

Community gardens can help renters form a committed community of residents, too. They might enjoy gardening and are sure to enjoy the fresh produce they grow. They also might enjoy donating part of their produce to a local food bank or selling it to other residents for money for supplies for the next year. Either way, you can certainly promote this healthy activity on your social pages to help you attract more renters.

 

All my best,

Teresa


Picket Fence Properties, located in Windsor, CO is Northern Colorado’s Top Notch Property Management company helping owners with their rentals, income/investment properties and vacancies in Northern Colorado. Are you a owner of a home for rent or that you’d like us to manage? We help you have the perfect tenants in NoCO. Are you looking for somewhere to rent in Greeley, Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington, Eaton, Evans, Windsor, Frederick, Firestone? Look no further, we have all your real estate and rental needs covered. Check out website for vacancies today.

 

Valentine’s Day 2019

Today I spent a few minutes online looking for some cute Valentine’s Day ideas for myself and wanted to share for those in your household too.

I was looking for some cute DIY valentine’s that you could do for your special someone or for some special clients in your life.

Cellophane bag candy grams

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These are perfect for gifting to your friends or your sweetheart. Your message can say anything from I love having you as a client to you make my heart pop. Have fun with this simple, easy way to say I am grateful for you.

 

This might be one of my favorite ones: Hot Sauce!

A simple bottle of hot sauce repurposed to make someone feel super special.

Some saying might include: Hey hot stuff,  You are one hot commodity, or I know you are one hot client to have, thank you for allowing me to be your vendor of choice.

 

Forgot to buy a card for your Valentine?

Skip the mad dash to the store to find a card and print one of these four chic gold foil cards to give this Valentine’s Day from Yellow Bliss Road.

 

Everyone loves flowers.

Why not make yours look a little different than everyone else’s? Your recipients will feel your extra tender loving care, I am sure of it. You can learn how to do this very easily.

 

Beautifully wrap fresh flowers for your Valentine with these modern Valentine’s Day printable flower wraps from A Bubble Life.

 

No matter how you celebrate, I hope your 2019 Valentine’s Day is wonderful regardless of if you have a sweetie to share it with or not.

 

All my best,

 

Teresa


Picket Fence Properties, located in Windsor, CO is Northern Colorado’s Top Notch Property Management company helping owners with their rentals, income/investment properties and vacancies in Northern Colorado. Are you a owner of a home for rent or that you’d like us to manage? We help you have the perfect tenants in NoCO. Are you looking for somewhere to rent in Greeley, Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington, Eaton, Evans, Windsor, Frederick, Firestone? Look no further, we have all your real estate and rental needs covered. Check out website for vacancies today.

 

The Paint Forecast 2019

The paint manufacturers have released their 2019 color forecasts, and we couldn’t be more excited about their color predictions for the year to come!

Neutrals take a warm spin this year, leaving cold shades of gray behind.

Moody blue, brown, and burgundy paint colors are on the rise, as well as grounding shades of black.

If you’re looking for the perfect paint color, you will find beautiful inspiration from these forecasted colors.

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“Moody” might not be what you want to hear when it comes to weather forecasts and the stock market, but when it comes to picking a paint color, the moodier the better!

Rich, dark, and complex colors like chestnut brown, deep burgundy, and charcoal blue are considered moody because of their velvety appearance and complex undertones. This provides layers of rich depth that we don’t always see with traditional colors.

These rich colors are a great way to make a dramatic statement on cabinetry or accent walls, and in small bathrooms for a den-like appearance.

Paint manufacturers take a close look at all aspects of society, including fashion trends, architecture and global influences, as they form their yearly color forecasts.

Even our increased use of smartphones and devices is a factor that color experts note can play a role in the paint colors we gravitate towards.

Serene colors reminiscent of the sky, nature, and the ocean are gaining popularity with consumers. This is a way to balance and relax our overstimulated eyes at the end of the day. Look to muted blues, greens, grays, and browns for a calm nature affect.

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So no matter if you are seeking moody blue or muted nature, these are some of the hot paints in 2019!

 

All my best,

Teresa

Picket Fence Properties, located in Windsor, CO is Northern Colorado’s Top Notch Property Management company helping owners with their rentals, income/investment properties and vacancies in Northern Colorado. Are you a owner of a home for rent or that you’d like us to manage? We help you have the perfect tenants in NoCO. Are you looking for somewhere to rent in Greeley, Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington, Eaton, Evans, Windsor, Frederick, Firestone? Look no further, we have all your real estate and rental needs covered. Check out website for vacancies today.

 

How To Differentiate Your Property

In the real estate market, it can be touch to get an edge on the competition. One of the best says you can differentiate your property from another is through amenity offerings. It the extra “bang for your buck” that tenants are seeking out today. Not only that, but it gives current tenants a reason to stay.

The great part of this for property owners is that you are full control of what the amenities are.

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Some of the obvious amenities are:

  • star appliances
  • wood flooring
  • tile flooring in bathroom
  • smart lighting
  • smart toilets
  • voice activated systems like Alexa or Google home
  • systems that let your tenants submit maintenance requests and pay rent easily online or via voice command
  • outdoor space
  • quality grill
  • updated kitchen counters
  • keypad entries on the garage

Most people when asked what they are looking for when it comes to picking a place to live, want to LOVE how it feels. Coming home from a long day’s work or from a business trip is appealing when it is somewhere you love to come home to.

Do your best as a property manager to communicate with your tenant. Check on them, mail them updates, and let them know you are available if they need you. If you don’t have time to do that, perhaps hiring a property management company is a good avenue for you to consider. After all, that is what we do. We do routine inspections to ensure the tenant is taking care of your property, that rent is paid online, that all service or maintenance requests are kept up to date and that your tenant will be the perfect person to take care of your space for years to come.

All my best,

Teresa


Picket Fence Properties, located in Windsor, CO is Northern Colorado’s Top Notch Property Management company helping owners with their rentals, income/investment properties and vacancies in Northern Colorado. Are you a owner of a home for rent or that you’d like us to manage? We help you have the perfect tenants in NoCO. Are you looking for somewhere to rent in Greeley, Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington, Eaton, Evans, Windsor, Frederick, Firestone? Look no further, we have all your real estate and rental needs covered. Check out website for vacancies today.

 

 

 

Need An Easy Meal For Your Household?

Short on time? This healthy dinner recipe and easy meal is tasty and nutritious and can be cooked in one pan, keeping the work to a minimum and making cleanup a snap.

Poached Salmon with Swiss Chard

Protein-packed and antioxidant rich salmond finds a home with vitamin-packed Swiss chard in our delicious one-dish dinner. The high-quality seafood and our homemade honey-Dijon vinaigrette give this easy meal an indulgent taste.

Makes 4 servings

Prep time: 15 minutes

Tip: For perfectly flaky fish, try poaching it in your slow cooker.

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Ingredients

Non stick cooking spray

1 ¼ pounds of fresh skinless salmon fillets

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard

2 Tablespoons honey

1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar

1 teaspoon dried dill

⅓ cup chopped onion (small)

⅓ cup reduced sodium chicken broth

2 pounds Swiss chard or kale, stemmed and cut into 1-inch pieces.

Directions:

Coat a 3 ½ or 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray; set aside. Rinse salmon; pat dry with paper towels. Arrange salmon in the prepared cooker, tucking under any thin edges. Sprinkle salmon with garlic.

In a small bowl, stir together mustard, honey, vinegar, and dill. Transfer 2 tablespoons of the mixture to another small bowl; stir in onion and broth. Drizzle broth mixture over salmon. Reserve the remaining mustard mixture until ready to serve.

Cover and cook on low heat setting for 3 hours or on high-heat setting for 1 ½ hours. If using low-heat setting, add Swiss chard for the last 30 minutes, stirring once halfway through cooking. If using high-heat setting, add chard for the last 15 minutes, stirring once halfway through cooking.

Carefully transfer the salmon to a serving platter. Stir reserved mustard mixture into chard mixture; spoon onto platter with salmon. Drizzle with any remaining mixture in slow cooker.

Nutrition Information

Per serving: 294 kcal , 9 g fat (1 g sat. fat , 4 g polyunsaturated fat , 3 g monounsaturated fat ), 78 mg chol. , 762 mg sodium , 19 g carb. , 4 g fiber , 12 g sugar , 33 g pro.

 

Enjoy this easy meal so you can spend more time in your house with those you love most.

 

All my best,

Teresa


Picket Fence Properties, located in Windsor, CO is Northern Colorado’s Top Notch Property Management company helping owners with their rentals, income/investment properties and vacancies in Northern Colorado. Are you a owner of a home for rent or that you’d like us to manage? We help you have the perfect tenants in NoCO. Are you looking for somewhere to rent in Greeley, Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington, Eaton, Evans, Windsor, Frederick, Firestone? Look no further, we have all your real estate and rental needs covered. Check out website for vacancies today.

Often Home Renovations Make Your Property Desirable

One of the things I work with property owners on is doing home renovations so that tenants will LOVE living in their home. Who doesn’t love living in a beautiful home? Having a dream kitchen?

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One of the things that draws people most though is curb appeal. They want to live in a place that makes them feel good to come home to.

Here are five exterior renovations that will help you get the best return on your investment.

Garage door

You’ll spend about $3500 to install a new garage door but it gives it a brand new look and feel.

 

Stone work

Siding is popular but here in Colorado, stone work is hot right now. It gives your home character and high payback if the home is ever sold.

 

Wood deck

Inviting outdoor areas are popular. Especially when it is nice weather still in December, January and February here in Colorado. You might spend $10,000 but this is something people are looking for.

 

Kitchen remodel

You don’t have to go crazy here. You might just change a few things. Some suggestions are install new or paint cabinets, hardware, a new energy efficient stove, combination refrigerator/freezer, laminate countertops and easy to clean flooring.

 

Siding

A $15,072 investment to replace old warped or cracked siding with new can help sell your home. You will get around 65 percent of that back here in Colorado and almost 77 percent nationwide.

For the full report, visit remodeling.hw.net/cost-vs-value/2018/key-trends-in-the-2018-cost-vs-value-report.

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Have fun with your exterior renovations!

All my best,

 

Teresa


Picket Fence Properties, located in Windsor, CO is Northern Colorado’s Top Notch Property Management company helping owners with their rentals, income/investment properties and vacancies in Northern Colorado. Are you a owner of a home for rent or that you’d like us to manage? We help you have the perfect tenants in NoCO. Are you looking for somewhere to rent in Greeley, Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington, Eaton, Evans, Windsor, Frederick, Firestone? Look no further, we have all your real estate and rental needs covered. Check out website for vacancies today.

 

Tinsel and the Christmas Spider

Do you know about this Christmas tale? A spider is not something I am usually looking for on my Christmas tree…until now. It is Only 11 more days until Christmas morning!

Tinsel and The Legend of the Christmas Spider

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Tinsel was created in Germany. Tinsel was originally made from thin strips of beaten silver. But when plastic/man made tinsel was invented, it became very popular as it was much cheaper than real silver. Also, it was lighter to go on the tree!

There are also folk stories about how tinsel was created – by The Christmas Spider!

These tales seem to have started in Eastern Germany or Ukraine but are also told in parts of Finland and Scandinavia. The stories are now also popular in other countries too.

All the versions of the story involve a poor family who is so poor, they can’t decorate a Tree for Christmas (in some versions the tree grew from a pine cone in their house, in others the family have bought a tree into the house).

When the children sleep on Christmas Eve a spider covers the tree in cobwebs. Then on Christmas morning the cobwebs are magically turned into silver and gold strands which decorate the tree!

Some versions say that it’s the light of the sun which changed the cobwebs into silver and gold but other versions say it’s St Nicholas / Santa Claus / Father Christmas which made the magic happen.

In parts of Germany, Poland, and Ukraine it’s meant to be good luck to find a spider or a spider’s web on your Christmas Tree.

Spider’s web Christmas Tree decorations are also popular in Ukraine. They are called ‘pavuchky’ (which means ‘little spider’) and the decorations are normally made of paper and silver wire. You might even put an artificial spider’s web on your tree!

All my best,

Teresa


Picket Fence Properties, located in Windsor, CO is Northern Colorado’s Top Notch Property Management company helping owners with their rentals, income/investment properties and vacancies in Northern Colorado. Are you a owner of a home for rent or that you’d like us to manage? We help you have the perfect tenants in NoCO. Are you looking for somewhere to rent in Greeley, Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington, Eaton, Evans, Windsor, Frederick, Firestone? Look no further, we have all your real estate and rental needs covered. Check out website for vacancies today.

 

Home Technology: Is It Fad or a Fit?

We have all seen technology that has come and go.

Generally, new technology (for the most part) seems like a good idea.  Here are some technology wins and whims for you to review.

Today you can tell Google Home, or Amazon’s virtual voice assistant to obey verbal commands. Google’s Nest Cam can let you know what is happening  in your home or turn on ambient lighting. Talk about setting the mood.

But with cool new technology comes an array of drawbacks, both financially and in terms of demands on wi-fi systems.

Some smart technology products sound like a great invention but turn out to be much less useful in reality. For example, Quirky’s “Egg Minder” and “Wink” app informed users how many eggs were left on an egg tray and which would expire first. Think of that, eggs just sitting there waiting to be boiled, poached or scrambled. The idea never caught on, and the company closed, filed for bankruptcy and disappeared. Now people just have cool looking egg trays.

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I just read an article in Realtor Magazine that was talk about a smart-phone controlled robot chef. “Moley Robotics’ smartphone-controlled robot chef has hands fitted with 24 motors and 129 sensors to prep food. But commercial interior designer Mary Cook, founder of Mary Cook Associates in Chicago, is skeptical of the product’s reach. “It seems far-fetched at this time,” she says, adding that its skills are limited. It can’t yet grocery shop, set out ingredients, or prepare much more than crab bisque”

Yet kitchen design guru Mick De Giulio of De Giulio Kitchen Design in Winnetka, Ill., thinks another reason kitchen tech might not catch on is that many homeowners still enjoy the cooking process, since it involves “making things with our hands, which is primal and therapeutic.” He says that possibly down the road “wild concepts” like a cooking robot may be popular, but it’s hard to predict what will land. “I think of Steve Jobs’ quote, ‘Our job is to figure out what they’re going to want before they do.’”

Before you buy a new piece of technology for your home consider these three things:

  1. Is it convenient.
  2. Does it save energy.
  3. Does it make you more safe.

Those are the things that seem to stick when it comes to technology that stays in the home.

Comment below what technology you love in your home that has made life easier.

All my best,

 

Teresa


Picket Fence Properties, located in Windsor, CO is Northern Colorado’s Top Notch Property Management company helping owners with their rentals, income/investment properties and vacancies in Northern Colorado. Are you a owner of a home for rent or that you’d like us to manage? We help you have the perfect tenants in NoCO. Are you looking for somewhere to rent in Greeley, Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington, Eaton, Evans, Windsor, Frederick, Firestone? Look no further, we have all your real estate and rental needs covered. Check out website for vacancies today.

 

 

 

4 Easy Low-Cost Christmas Crafts

Keep holiday spending under control with these innovative and easy Christmas crafts that spread holiday cheer. We have tons of Christmas projects for you to try, including holiday door decorations and festive table toppers — all available on a budget!

Pinecone Ornaments

Take a stroll through the neighborhood and collect a few fall pinecones and pine needles. Arrange this free foliage in glass ornaments, bowls, and hurricane vases for a fragrant and festive look. Match the display to your other holiday decorations by adding a few colored ornaments or tinsel to the mix.

Budget project price: $2

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Paper Christmas Tree Display

Transform holiday scrapbook paper into a jolly display when you use this easy to cut and fold template. For a custom Christmas countdown calendar, print and attach numbers to a series of 25 paper trees and display them along a mantel. Fill the trees with candy for a charming party favor.

Budget project price: $3

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Glitter Ornaments

Adorn basic ornaments with glitter. For simple designs, use a paintbrush to apply glue directly to the ornament, and then sprinkle with glitter. If you want to try a more detailed design and aren’t comfortable applying glue by hand, punch a snowflake, Christmas tree, or other shape out of cardstock using a holiday-theme paper punch. Apply glue to the punch-out and stamp it on the ornament. Finish with glitter. Tip: Sprinkle glitter over a tray for easier clean up.

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Felt-Wrapped Wreath

Wrap a foam wreath frame with strips of felt in varying widths and colors. To create the berries, cut a long, thin strip of red felt with pinking shears and roll it into a circle. Secure with fabric glue, and attach to leaves cut from green felt. For a more traditional look, skip the orange and turquoise strips.

Budget project price: $7

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All my best to you and yours this holiday season. Have a merry time together.

Helping you make your house a home,

Teresa


Picket Fence Properties, located in Windsor, CO is Northern Colorado’s Top Notch Property Management company helping owners with their rentals, income/investment properties and vacancies in Northern Colorado. Are you a owner of a home for rent or that you’d like us to manage? We help you have the perfect tenants in NoCO. Are you looking for somewhere to rent in Greeley, Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington, Eaton, Evans, Windsor, Frederick, Firestone? Look no further, we have all your real estate and rental needs covered. Check out website for vacancies today.

Black Friday – Up and At ‘Em?

The retail frenzy known as Black Friday is now an integral part of many family Thanksgiving traditions. From looking at the ads days prior, to getting up in the middle of the night to spending money on things you “can’t live without”.  All of this has become part of the norm. We understand you have to have those things that make your house feel like a home! 

But how did Black Friday start?

This is a great question. I had to consult http://history.com for the answer to that. It wasn’t as cheery and uplifting or festive as I thought it would be.

History.com says:

The term “Black Friday” was applied not to holiday shopping but to financial crisis. Specifically, the crash of the U.S. gold market on September 24, 1869.

As the story goes, two notoriously ruthless Wall Street financiers, Jay Gould and Jim Fisk, worked together to buy up as much as they could of the nation’s gold, hoping to drive the price sky-high and sell it for astonishing profits.

On that Friday in September, the conspiracy finally unraveled, sending the stock market into free-fall and bankrupting everyone from Wall Street barons to farmers.

This isn’t what you have heard?

The most common story behind the post-Thanksgiving shopping-related Black Friday tradition links it to retailers. After an entire year of operating at a loss (“in the red”) stores would supposedly earn a profit (“went into the black”) on the day after Thanksgiving, because holiday shoppers blew so much money on discounted merchandise.

Though it’s true that retail companies used to record losses in red and profits in black when doing their accounting, this version of Black Friday’s origin is the officially sanctioned—but inaccurate—story behind the tradition.

Here is a Visual History of Black Friday: From Financial Crash to Today’s Shopping Mania

1924 – The first Macy’s Day Parade

Today the parade is held on Thanksgiving Day this wasn’t always the case. The very first Macy’s Parade on November 27, 1924 was advertised as a “Christmas Parade” with the arrival of Santa Claus signaling the official start of the holiday shopping season.

The original parade, promoted a full-page advertisements as a “marathon of mirth”, including live animals from the Central Park Zoo. In 1927, the live animals were replaced by giant balloon animals.

Black Friday

Today, Black Friday looks like this:

Black Friday

Not only do we have Black Friday but Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday now too.

 

Do you get up and go out on Black Friday? I’d love to hear what your family traditions are.

 

All my best,

Teresa


Picket Fence Properties, located in Windsor, CO is Northern Colorado’s Top Notch Property Management company helping owners with their rentals, income/investment properties and vacancies in Northern Colorado. Are you a owner of a home for rent or that you’d like us to manage? We help you have the perfect tenants in NoCO. Are you looking for somewhere to rent in Greeley, Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington, Eaton, Evans, Windsor, Frederick, Firestone? Look no further, we have all your real estate and rental needs covered. Check out website for vacancies today.

 

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