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Seattle Loses More than 11,000 Units in a Year

How does a city manage to lose 11,521 rental units in a year? When you look at the city of Seattle, you understand how. The latest issue of Current, the publication of the Rental Housing Association of Washington suggests it … Continue reading

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As the Economy’s Wheels Wobble, Economists Speak Gleefully About How Great Everything Is

By Robert L. Cain, Copyright 2022 Cain Publications, Inc. Retail sales beat inflation for the fourth straight month the Commerce Department reported in April. The gleeful report is wishing thinking at best, misleads at worse and misinforms at worst. Sure … Continue reading

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Pitfalls and Promise: Alternative Financing

By Robert L. Cain, Copyright 2022, Cain Publications, Inc. “There’s a sucker born every minute,” PT Barnum didn’t say it, and we might be suckers for believing that he did say it. Ryo Mac wrote, “It seems that everyone believes … Continue reading

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Gig Workers and Applicant Screening

By Robert L. Cain, Copyright 2022, Cain Publications, Inc. Fraught with possibilities for fraud is information on the rental application of a gig worker, especially one type of gig worker. With their inability to provide much credible information, it can … Continue reading

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Amy Got Rejected and Andy Got Accepted: the Dangers of Sloppy Applicant Screening

By Robert L. Cain, Copyright 2022 Cain Publications, Inc. Amy got rejected. The screener took one look at her Facebook page and said “no way.” Her page displayed a video of a wild party complete with trashing an apartment, people … Continue reading

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They Won’t Move Out!

By Robert L. Cain, Copyright 2022, Cain Publications, Inc. We have had problems with my tenants’ refusal/difficulty vacating the rental unit after the lease term has expired. We have told them well in advance that we will not be renewing … Continue reading

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Americans Are Saving Money? Well, Some of Them, But Others Have No Money to Save

By Robert L. Cain, Copyright 2022 Cain Publications, Inc. Americans are “hoarding money,” reported the Wall Street Journal January 13. “Worried about their health, their jobs and the prospect of a deep recession,” they socked away money and “amassed record … Continue reading

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Financial Disaster Looms with the End of Student Loan Forbearance and the End of the Child Tax Credit.

By Robert L. Cain, Copyright 2022 Cain Publications, Inc. PROPERTY NEWS SERVICE Financial disaster looms reports Susan Tampor in a Dec. 22, 2021 article in the Detroit Free Press. Two senators and  a representative in a Dec. 8 letter to … Continue reading

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I Never Thought of That!

By Robert L. Cain, Copyright 2021 Cain Publications, Inc. PROPERTY NEWS SERVICE Smart and experienced investors plan thoroughly.  Because they have been doing it for so long and so successfully, they have a list, possibly just in their heads, of … Continue reading

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Success or Fluff in the Rental Business

How you create goals makes all the difference By Robert L. Cain, Copyright 2021 Cain Publications, Inc. PROPERTY NEWS SERVICE How will you know when you are successful? If you believe you are now, how do you know?  Most people, … Continue reading

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