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Keep Warm And Safe This Winter

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in Property Management | 0 comments

Keep Warm And Safe This Winter

December, January and February are the deadliest months for home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). And, heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires and home fire deaths. That’s why it’s important for you and your loved ones to take extra precautions during the winter. Thinking of buying a space heater? The NFPA recommends that you make sure it carries the mark of an independent testing laboratory. Install it according to the manufacturer’s instructions or have it professionally...

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Beyond Repair – How Maintenance Improves Home Value

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Property Management | 0 comments

Beyond Repair – How Maintenance Improves Home Value

Whether your property is an investment vehicle or ‘home-sweet-home’, as a property owner your ultimate desire is for your property value to increase over time.  In order to maximize your property value, repairs and maintenance are key. “Repairs and maintenance” is often used as a general term for any work that is required at a property, but it can actually be broken down into categories. The first category is emergency repair work, which occurs as a reactive response when something goes wrong.  An example would be a blocked pipe or a...

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Local Farmers’ Markets Benefit Communities

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Property Management | 0 comments

Local Farmers’ Markets Benefit Communities

Our community is fortunate to have a local farmers’ market. If you haven’t shopped there before, consider the many advantages of patronizing our local merchants. Visiting the local farmers’ market has certainly become an anticipated weekly event at our home. Farmers’ markets have gained popularity in the last few years as more and more consumers have come to enjoy the very fresh, locally grown produce, baked goods, juices, eggs, dairy products, poultry and meats they offer. Farmers’ markets provide other benefits as well—to...

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Buyer Beware: Home Inspections

Posted by on Nov 26, 2015 in Property Management | 0 comments

Buyer Beware: Home Inspections

A home is typically the most expensive purchase a person will ever make. Because of this, as much as you may like that property you recently found, it’s critical to get it inspected before finalizing the deal. An inspection gives you an idea of the home’s physical condition, including the plumbing and electrical systems, the roof, attic space, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, foundation, basement, tank and structural components.   A home inspection addresses what needs to be repaired now and what might need to be repaired in...

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7 Tips to Choosing the Right Contractor

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Property Management | 0 comments

7 Tips to Choosing the Right Contractor

As a property manager I rely on a team of contractors daily. Finding plumbers, electricians, painters, masons, landscapers, pool technicians or air conditioning servicemen who will perform quality work at a reasonable price can be a daunting task. The following tips can help you avoid unscrupulous, disorganized or inexperienced contractors who may deliver broken promises, bad work and blown budgets rather than professional results. Word of Mouth: One of the best ways to begin your search for a contractor is to get recommendations. There are a...

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Condominium Collaboration in Hurricane Season

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in Property Management | 0 comments

Condominium Collaboration in Hurricane Season

The condominium board members, homeowners and tenants of the island’s many condominium developments are aware of the unique elements of condominium living. Even hurricane preparedness takes on a different meaning at condominium developments as the entire condominium community must partner together to ensure success. “Emergency preparedness is a team sport”, according to Eric Whitaker, a public health and emergency preparedness expert. In the interest of helping your condominium community during hurricane season here are some preparation...

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The ‘America’s Cup’ Standard – Does Your Bermuda Real Estate Make The Cut?

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Property Management | 0 comments

The ‘America’s Cup’ Standard – Does Your Bermuda Real Estate Make The Cut?

Bermuda’s excitement over the announcement that the island will host the America’s Cup in 2017 has been palpable. A celebratory atmosphere has spread island-wide since the official announcement on December 2, 2014. Bermuda eagerly welcomed the famed competition’s trophy, the Auld Mug, in all its gleaming, shining glory. The jovial mood will quickly turn to determined industry as the island prepares itself for the momentous event and the streams of visitors it will bring to our shores. Demand for quality accommodation for visiting teams,...

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The Ultimate Tool for Your Condo Development

Posted by on Sep 6, 2014 in Property Management | 0 comments

The Ultimate Tool for Your Condo Development

I’m often asked why a condo development needs a professional property manager. After all, isn’t the role merely to call a plumber when a pipe bursts? If only it were that simple! The truth is there’s a lot more to managing a condo development effectively than you may realize. A professional property manager is much like a Swiss Army Knife, comprising a variety of useful tools and skills in one package! It’s much more than standard property management; it’s also about governance, accounting, communication, mediation, forward planning...

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The Laws of the Game: Avoiding Your Condo’s Red Card

Posted by on Jun 23, 2014 in Property Management | 0 comments

The Laws of the Game: Avoiding Your Condo’s Red Card

World Cup fever is underway from the color and drama of the opening ceremony, the roar of the fanatical fans and the much hoped for sweet taste of victory for your favorite team! As a fan, one of the greatest frustrations is a game where a player exhibits poor sportsmanship (ahem – Suarez?!) or simply breaks FIFA’s ‘Laws of the Game’. Play is halted, spectators protest and the matter corrected (hopefully fairly!) so that play can resume. Every player must adhere to the rules to enhance enjoyment for the supporters and success for...

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Masterkey’s Spring into Summer Tips

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Property Management | 0 comments

Masterkey’s Spring into Summer Tips

Two weeks into Spring and I’m already thinking about Summer.  The professional property manager always plans ahead!  Check out ‘Masterkey’s Spring into Summer Tips’ to prepare your property for the season ahead!       Service your air-conditioning system before the first hot day comes around. Apply a ‘weed-and-feed’ to your lawn to combat those weeds and prep your lawn for the heavy growth season of summer Clean winter grime from your windows with a water/vinegar/rubbing...

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