What to Do About the Recent Equifax Security Breach


By Kass Rose September 14, 2017 0 Comments


REGARDING THE RECENTLY REPORTED EQUIFAX SECURITY BREACH As many of you are likely aware, it’s been recently reported that Equifax suffered a security breach from mid-May through July that has compromised the personal identifying information of as many as 143 million or more consumers in the United States, UK, and even Canada. Because names, addresses, social security numbers, birthdates and even driver license numbers were accessed by the perpetrators, many consumers are in obvious panic… Read More


Why Thinking Small Is Key to Entrepreneurial Success


By Kass Rose August 12, 2017 0 Comments


As an entrepreneur, you probably have a gift for big-picture thinking. You can set goals and plot a general path to achieving them, and you know how to shift course when challenges and obstacles inevitably pop up along the way. But, to be successful, you have to take a step back from big-picture thinking and cultivate the ability to think small. Being able to make small improvements to the way you approach problems or tasks… Read More


NWMLS News Release for July 2017 Statistics


By Kass Rose August 10, 2017 0 Comments


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                       August 7, 2017   Summer doldrums for home sales “not happening” around Western Washington   KIRKLAND, Washington (Aug. 7, 2017) – New figures from Northwest Multiple Listing Service indicate home sales and prices, like July’s temperatures, sizzled. Prices area-wide rose slightly more than 9 percent from a year ago, but several counties near job centers saw larger price increases, including King County where the median price jumped 18.6 percent.  … Read More


4 Tenant Screening Factors More Accurate Than Credit Scores


By Kass Rose July 31, 2017 0 Comments


These days, landlords and property managers are often content to assess a potential tenant based only on that person’s income and credit score. It’s a practice that has led to far too many bad deals for landlords, and it needs to stop.   Credit scores vary from one credit bureau to the next. An applicant could have a score of 720 on TransUnion and 668 on Experian. These companies have different ways of calculating scores,… Read More


Renters: You Need to See What the Landlord Sees When Evaluating You


By Kass Rose July 20, 2017 0 Comments


Remember the suggestion to avoid making judgments before walking a mile in another’s shoes? Renters should keep this adage in mind by putting themselves in landlords’ soles. Yet most don’t, and they pay the price for not having a better perspective on how the process really works.   Their reasons are understandable; it can be tough to endlessly put in applications, only to get rejected.   For instance, a Millennial couple in… Read More


Planning Your Next Move? Don’t Overthink It.


By Kass Rose June 29, 2017 0 Comments


These days, far too many landlords and property managers are falling victim to tenants who don’t pay their rent on time (or sometimes at all), don’t report property damage, and don’t treat their landlord or rental property with the respect that they should. That’s why we recently published an article giving landlords and property managers four tips for finding the perfect tenant.  … Read More


Guide to Payments, Billing & Utility Management


By Kass Rose June 15, 2017 0 Comments


2016 Market Survey Results by PayLease The results are in! Discover what 1,300 property management firms and HOAs said about their methods for accepting resident payments, recouping and managing utility costs, and paying vendors. This white paper shares the results of our survey and provides insights on some surprising trends. You’ll learn: How many companies accept online rent/HOA payments and what payment types they offer? How many companies bill residents for… Read More


NWMLS News Release for May 2017 Statistics


By Kass Rose June 8, 2017 0 Comments


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                           June 6, 2017     Brokers suggest improving inventory may mean “season of opportunity” for weary house hunters   KIRKLAND, Washington (June 6, 2017) – Would-be buyers who have been shut out of the real estate market should test the “real estate waters” during the summer months suggests one industry leader.   “Summer might provide some competitive relief for weary buyers,” said Gary O’Leyar, owner of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Signature… Read More


Asbestos and House Flipping


By Kass Rose May 27, 2017 0 Comments


Attention: Property Owners and real estate investors who “flip” houses and other properties Learn how to prevent asbestos from becoming a serious health risk to contractors and others hired to make property improvements.   Other Hazard bulletins and alerts can be found at: Keep asbestos pitfalls from plaguing your real estate investments by… Read More


Step Six: Cash is King. Money TALKS.


By Kass Rose May 25, 2017 0 Comments


So what does it mean that Cash is King? Have you heard this before?   Simply put, it means that people who are ready to put their money where their mouth is tend to beat out the next guy.   It reminds me of the auto business. Let’s say you are working at a car dealership and you have 2 customers on the same car. One has to ask his wife… Read More