Blog Posts in Category: Residents

08/06/2020

Maintenance vs. Emergency: Curbing Mold Growth During Summer

Maintenance vs. Emergency: Curbing Mold Growth During Summer

div.a { font-size: 16px; letter-spacing: .5px; line-height: 2; } div.b { font-size: large; } div.c { font-size: 150%; } Martin Grube, FEMA - 44263 - Mold Remediation Awareness, marked as public domain, more details on Wikimedia Commons Overview: During the humid summer months, mold can be an unwanted guest. Taking the steps to prevent mold before it can grow out of control is essential. We’re already partway through the summer, but there are things we can do and change to protect our home from mold damage. Stopping mold before it starts, or even in its beginning stages, before it has the chance to grow, will help prevent a greater problem down the road.
Some mold can also be identified by smell. In general, the smell of mold is unpleasant and smells like something is moist in the room. Some people compare it to the smell of wet socks, or rotten wood or paper. When mold eats, grows, and multiplies, it releases Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds (MVOC). There are many of these compounds, or chemicals, that are released as mold grows, but some of the most common have smells that are pungent and musty. Their scent is also described as earthy or meaty, likened to the smell following rain. Others have an acetone-like, or camphor-like odor, with some described as herbaceous, nutty, or fatty. Another MVOC releases an alcohol fermentation smell.   more...

07/14/2020

Renters were particularly optimistic about home buying, according to the latest Fannie Mae survey

Renters were particularly optimistic about home buying, according to the latest Fannie Mae survey

After diving to nearly the lowest level in its history in April, an index measuring consumer viewpoint in the housing market bounced back significantly in June. Mortgage applications to purchase a home rose 5% for the week and were a remarkable 33% higher than a year ago. Renters were particularly optimistic about home buying, and it shows.
Home price gains continue to accelerate, so low mortgage rates are giving buyers much-needed help. The share of consumers who think it’s a great time to buy a home increased from 52% to 61% month to month, according to the Fannie Mae survey, while fewer Americans believe it was the wrong time to buy. Renters drove much of that improvement.   more...

06/05/2020

4 Tips for DIY Spring Pest Control

4 Tips for DIY Spring Pest Control

Like clockwork each spring, pests will find a way to sneak in through the tiniest of cracks and crevices in your home, and you'll try your best to fight them off. Fortunately, taking just a few proactive steps before summer arrives can limit the number of bugs and rodents that come inside. Here are four tips to make your home a bug-free zone this spring and summer:
1. Fix Leaks and remove any standing water: Residents should notify property management of any roof leaks or other exterior leakage as soon as possible. Bugs enjoy the water, and any water sources close to your home will attract pests. Standing water in lawn furniture, plant containers, and toys can become a breeding source for mosquitoes and harmful micro-organisms. While carpenter ants and termites can tunnel through moist wood much like rodents and other animals.   more...

05/29/2020

10 Very Common Rental Property Repairs

10 Very Common Rental  Property Repairs

As a Property Owner, one of your most significant responsibilities is to keep up the property and repair things when they break. Although this can be high-priced and stressful if you budget and successfully plan for maintenance, you will have funds saved to handle these issues. Repairs tend to scare new landlords, but most maintenance issues are typically simple to repair. Even though you will rarely foresee when these issues happen, you can predict that they certainly will.
1. Appliances Not Working Appliances have a lot of moving parts, and as such, tend to break down fairly often. Although the landlord can fix some issues, many problems will require a professional appliance repair representative. Unless a new appliance is needed, the typical cost to fix is between $50 and $100 per hour, and most repairs take about an hour. Used appliance stores exist in almost every town, and especially in the case of stoves, can be just as good as new.   more...

04/24/2020

Richmond Council Rejects Suspending Rent and Mortgage payments

Richmond Council Rejects Suspending Rent and Mortgage payments

Richmond City Council on Tuesday dismissed an emergency request that would suspend all rent and mortgage payments in Richmond for the span of the COVID-19 shelter-in-place precautions. Alternatively, the city councilmembers cast a vote for protections like the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors announced before Tuesday. The Board of Supervisors passed an emergency law applying to every one of the 19 cities and unincorporated regions, Supervisor John Gioia said in an update.
The law, as indicated by the Supervisor, restricts evictions for default for private and business occupants affected physically or economically by the COVID-19 pandemic; bans "no-fault" evictions "except to protect the health and safety of the owner or another tenant, or to allow the owner or their immediate family to move into the residential unit"; temporarily freezes rent increases, despite the fact that state law keeps the freeze from applying to single-family homes or living arrangements worked inside the most recent 15 years; gives residents affected by the pandemic a 120-day grace period to take care of rent, and cancels late charges for unpaid rent for affected occupants. These principles apply through May 31, except if reached out by the Board of Supervisors. Despite the County ordinance, which can be read in full here, a city can revise and include restrictions protecting renters if it chooses.   more...

04/24/2020

Is It Safe To House Hunt During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

Is It Safe To House Hunt During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

While risk is an individual choice, the real estate industry is adjusting to give access to home buying securely during the coronavirus pandemic. You would now be able to do numerous things at a safe social distance, or even remotely with regards to purchasing a home that you might not have considered doing previously.
Here are on the whole the courses face to face checkpoints to purchasing a home have changed to guard you during the coronavirus pandemic:   more...

04/08/2020

The Masketeers for Covid-19 Outbreak Relief

The Masketeers for Covid-19 Outbreak Relief

Dear Friends & Fellow Citizens: We are a group of individuals with resources and connections in Asia for Mask and PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) supplies. This campaign is to help fund the purchase of these vital supplies and deliver to those service providers in the most urgent need during this pandemic outbreak. We are ordering masks and PPE as we speak, and fundraising on the backend to help multiply our purchases by way of large quantity discounts.
We are contacting all hospitals and clinics in the hot spots initially to understand their situation for supplies and will prioritize based on the needs accordingly.   more...

04/01/2020

A Moratoria on Evictions Is Now In Effect

A Moratoria on Evictions Is Now In Effect

div.a { text-indent: 50px; } This week, several cities, the County of Alameda, and the State of California enacted moratoria on evictions for nonpayment of rent. Below you will find summaries of each ordinance relevant to your location:
State of California: Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order banning the enforcement of eviction orders for renters affected by COVID-19 through May 31, 2020. The order prohibits landlords from evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent and prohibits enforcement of evictions by law enforcement or courts. It also requires tenants to declare in writing, no more than seven days after the rent comes due, that the tenant cannot pay all or part of their rent due to COVID-19.   more...

03/06/2020

According to Designers, These 6 Items Should Always Be In Your Home!

According to Designers, These 6 Items Should Always Be In Your Home!

We've all had that one household item that was passed on or given away. But what about the items we know to be worth hanging on to for generations? Think staples that can stand the trial of time, nostalgic finds, or even flea market treasures you can't stand to leave behind. Today we'll be listing the stylistic layout pieces worth staying with, regardless of a remodel, a distant move or spring cleaning cleanse from a number of trusted home decor specialists. This is what you shouldn't leave behind at any point in the near future.
Anything That Truly Speaks to You   more...

01/16/2020

Style the Perfect Guest Bedroom with These 10 Decor Tips

Style the Perfect Guest Bedroom with These 10 Decor Tips

Decorating the Perfect Guest Room One of the many pleasures of home decorating is welcoming your friends, family, and loved ones into your home to experience it. If you're someone who loves to host (or even if you're not!), creating the ideal guest sanctuary is key to ensuring an unforgettable stay for your family and friends.
The best guest rooms are uncluttered, comfortable and feel a little like home. But it is also a place to explore decor options, put your own personal touch, and make your guests feel like they're staying somewhere that is intentional, welcoming, and well-planned. Whether you add a bold wallpaper or you're seeking ways to create the ideal guest room oasis, we've formed our favorite guest room decor tips.   more...

01/09/2020

5 Home Design Trends That Are Taking Over 2020

5 Home Design Trends That Are Taking Over 2020

Good news for those who want to get a head start on their home decor remodeling plans: Home remodeling site Houzz, a database where millions of home decor enthusiasts and interior designing experts share decorating concepts, recently created a summary of home design patterns ready to find their way into your home this year.
Formal Dining Rooms Regardless of whether it's an easygoing weeknight dinner or a Saturday evening gathering, meals nowadays will be shared over casual arrangements, often within or near the kitchen. Houzz anticipates that residents should treat their dining areas like the stunning spaces they should be, with eye-catching hues, designs, bold light fixtures and fine art that probably won't fit somewhere else inside the style of the home. Colorful Kitchens In the kitchen, an all-white color palette has ruled since the beginning of time. They're timeless, typical, modern, clean, and compliments almost any decor style. In any case, residents just might be seeking a change in 2020. As indicated by Houzz, while white cabinets remain a preference to remodelers (with 40% of redesigning property owners installing them), there's a greater uptick in those seeking more choices. Houzz recognizes delicate shades of light grays and blues, as a substitute on-the-rise for the all-white kitchen. Another choice for the individuals who can't leave behind their white cupboards? Try small touches of wood, which can be presented through open racking, ledges, drawers, and pull-outs.   more...

12/19/2019

Behind downtown Oakland's Office and Housing Boom

Behind downtown Oakland's Office and Housing Boom

Downtown Oakland’s development has been long coming, but the 2008 recession delivered a critical blow to the proposed plan. Freezing practically all development in Oakland until around 2015, as high priced rents were driving the residents and organizations out of San Francisco eastbound.
Now, a flood of relocation from San Francisco alongside nearby business development has made Oakland one of the most sizzling neighborhood economies in the nation. Extra office ventures totaling in excess of 4 million square feet, or space for 20,000 additional workers, are under development or scheduled in Downtown Oakland, which presently has around 80,000 total jobs.   more...

12/04/2019

7 Home Security tips to prevent burglaries

7 Home Security tips to prevent burglaries

Every 18 seconds another preventable break-in will occur in the United States, totaling to over 200 break-ins within an hour. The average monthly cost for home security monitoring services is $30/month ($360/year). Monitoring prices can be as low as $9.99/month ($120/year) for basic monitoring, and upwards of $100/month ($1,200 annually) for more premium services with complex devices. Even though implementing proper home security can become expensive, there are small steps you can take to improve home security and genuine feelings of serenity before leaving your home. Lock your door and windows This appears to be a conspicuous tip, yet 30 percent of thieves report breaking into a home through an opened window or entryway. Life gets occupied and we hurry to work, school, and activities. Take a couple of moments before you leave to check the entryways and as of late opened windows on the primary level. In the event that you'll forget to, stick a note in your entryway to remind yourself before exiting. Additionally, do not forget to close your blinds and curtains. Prior to entering a home, a robber needs to realize what they're going to take. A planned home break-in's duration typically lasts between 6-12 minutes, therefore burglars will investigate a home's valuables through windows before the break-in.
Train your dog Appropriately prepared pooches are Effective at hindering home invaders. While they are able to defend themselves by biting, their loud barking can cause intruders to panic and caution somebody of the bulgar's presence.   more...

12/03/2019

On the Move: Decisions Seniors Face When Downsizing

On the Move: Decisions Seniors Face When Downsizing

A large house with a sizeable yard and a white picket fence used to be the American dream. Even if you love your house, however, all that space can eventually become difficult to maintain. Especially as we age, many people tire of maintenance and upkeep. Modern seniors want to spend their retirement years living life to the fullest, not cleaning and repairing their property.
Downsizing, or relocating into a smaller and more easily managed home is an ideal option for many seniors. Of course, there’s a lot to consider when planning your move. For instance, you’ll need to determine what to do with your current home. Here are some ideas.   more...

11/26/2019

6 Effective Ways to Prevent Package Theft

6 Effective Ways to Prevent Package Theft

If your packages keep getting stolen or lost, it is high time you take some measures to stop package theft. Here are the top 6 ways proven useful to secure package delivery.
1. Use Smart Package Lockers or Convenience Store To avoid your Amazon package being stolen from your front porch, use an Amazon Locker. Amazon allows you to pick up your delivery in Amazon Locker in selected locations across the country with a unique code, which you can punch into the machine to retrieve your package (See How to find an Amazon Locker near you). Amazon lockers will be the safest and convenient place to secure your Amazon package. If your community does not have an Amazon Locker, and you are a frequent online shopper, use The UPS Store. You can also check the availability of lockers in nearby convenience stores, Kiosks or buy your own digital locker like BoxLock to prevent package theft or share a locker with your neighbors or friends. 2. Have Packages Delivered to Your Workplace/Office We have heard residents complaints about package thieves or bad neighbors sneaking around the street and looting drop-off deliveries, irresponsible mailman or carriers leaving packages on the front door without even knocking or ringing the door, pre-signing your delivery without your consent, or delaying home delivery by sending notifications too early. One of the best ways to stop package theft is to have your package delivered to your office or friends' houses that you trust, leaving no opportunities for the porch pirates. 3. Require Signature on Delivery to Stop Package Theft Many customers grumble about delivery man signing the unauthorized packages and leaving them wide open on the porch or doorstep, making them desirable for package snatcher. To prevent your package from being stolen off the front porch, side door, back porch, or garage area, ask for a Signature Delivery. If your package is delivered by UPS/DHL/FedEx, consult your sender and require a delivery confirmation signature. Signature-required delivery should be strictly followed by couriers. Did you know? If your package that demands delivery by YOUR signature was left unattended, or even worse, lost, because they didn't follow the protocol, delivery companies are liable to legal actions and you are entitled to a full refund or replacement.   more...

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