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Managing Your Property to Maximize Your Return On Investment

The impact of the housing market’s recent ups and downs has demonstrated beyond a doubt how linked the American economy is to the American real estate market. Every change in the market, whether a rise or a dip, is an opportunity if you know to properly capitalize on it. Whether you are new to the business of owning and managing real estate or just looking to expand your already strong holdings, taking the right steps during the current market’s great opportunities can help you build a sure foundation for your business for years to come.

As anyone who has invested in real estate in recent years can tell you, the market’s volatility has led to many new policies and regulations. This impacts not only the purchase of property but also the long term management of both the property and the reporting of income resulting from the property. In order to keep up with the evolving regulations regarding your property, it is wise to identify the best property management software for you.

property management softwareSelecting your online property management program will come down to what sort of productivity assistance you’re looking for out of your property management software. Some property owners are looking for a rental property program that will work in essence like a spreadsheet. With this sort of program, you gather and plug in all of the data, and in essence it keeps that information current and in one place so you can easily manage info across multiple properties. Using property management software in this way does not come close to capitalizing on the many benefits the right software application can bring to your workflow.

A good property mgmt program can do much, much more for your management of your property holdings than just collect data. For starters, it is very simple to set your system to give you reminders of when payments are coming in, when maintenance is needed, when leases are coming up for renewal or replacement. Helpful as those reminders may be, they do not come close to giving you the full benefits of a good property management application.

You can also use your software for property management expense tracking, and an in-depth analysis of what properties are yielding the best profitability to help identify weak points in your management processes. There are countless ways a proper utilization of property management software can help you not only understand but improve your property workflow. Finding the right software for the job is definitely a sound investment for any property holder.

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Bankruptcy Across the Country

All over the country, the economic situation isn’t looking too great. For you especially, it seems. You’re afraid you’re going to have to declare bankruptcy soon, but you don’t even know what that entails. You feel lost and \stressed out, and you’re worried you’re going to lose it all. You don’t have to go through bankruptcy alone, though; I don’t mean support groups, although it wouldn’t hurt to attend some. No, I mean finding the best bankruptcy lawyer you can afford.

Surely you’re asking yourself, “How much does a bankruptcy lawyer cost?” After all, money is tight, and you can afford to be blowing it all on legal fees when you need to feed, clothe, and house yourself. That all depends on where you are and what you’re looking for in a bankruptcy lawyer. Is this a mere consultant, or are you going to need this lawyer for the duration of your bankruptcy?

A Minneapolis bankruptcy lawyer can have quite different rates from a Miami bankruptcy lawyer, a Philadelphia bankruptcy lawyer, or a Los Angeles bankruptcy lawyer. For the most part, though, all those lawyers perform the same functions. Bankruptcy law is, after all, a mostly federal matter, though each state has their own rules and regulations regarding the declaration of bankruptcy. It’s best if you get a lawyer who is familiar with the local ins and outs of your court system and the people who work there. Familiarity with judge is a great asset in any court case.

Your lawyer can do more than navigate the courts for you, they can help you to understand how your bankruptcy will affect each aspect of your life and finances. You may think that you know what’s going to happen to your once you declare bankruptcy, but the fact is that the process is full of so many caveats and considerations that its easy to forget or overlook something terribly vital and end up paying for it down the line. You can avoid this fate if you get a competent lawyer willing to work with you every step of the way.

As you can see, affordability doesn’t really enter into it if you’re trying to declare bankruptcy. You absolutely need a lawyer, without whom you will be lost, alone, and quickly chewed up and spat out by the legal system. The courts have no patience for someone with a lawyer, after all.

Go Big or Go Home

In the grand old state of Texas bidding at the Dallas auctions is better than ever. Whether you are looking to buy or sell property, antiques, storage units, or livestock, there are auctions in Dallas to meet your needs. Auctions of varying forms have been around for centuries. The typical auction is the “English auction” in which the item being sold ascends in price based on the bids being placed, whoever is the highest bidder, wins the item.

Storage Wars

From the popularity of reality shows based around auctions of storage units, has blossomed a new market in Dallas. Auction of storage units was a common occurrence that has now turned into a bidding/treasure hunting craze. These auctions take place when the tenant of a storage unit fails to pay their rent for a particular period of time. As per their agreement with the storage unit company, once they have failed to pay, the contents of the unit become the property of the storage company and they are auctioned off as a lot. Treasure and curiosity seekers have taken to bidding on these units hoping to “win big,” and the thrill of the unknown – much like a Vegas casino – pushes the price of ordinary looking box filled units sky high at these auctions. Austin, TX to El Paso, San Antonio and back again, these auctions are everywhere.

Can I Sell…

 Just about anything you can think to buy or sell is available at an auction. Dallas auctioneers may specialize in a certain type of auction like antiques or collectibles, and if you have these items for sale it is good to know that you have an experienced auctioneer. The buyers and sellers of these auctions often get to know each other and the auction turns into a strange sort of get-together or social gathering between people with similar interests. A common example of this would be that of wine auctions. Houston to El Paso, statewide wine collectors would bring their bottles for auction, and give aficionados of the beverage the chance to collect and buy vintages unavailable in the standard retail market. Even governments and corporations use auctions when bidding on contracts or services. The typical auction employed by these organizations uses the opposite bidding theory. The sellers put out multiple bids on their contracts and services and the lowest bid wins. No matter what the auction you are interested or the item you may have to sell, participation in these events gives an adrenaline rush that is beyond description. Going once, going twice – sold!

Promote Promotionals to a Prized Position in the Office

Your office is, in a word, bland. Boring. Heart-achingly mundane. What else can you do? You’ve thrown crazy parties only to have a few people show up, drink the drinks and eat the nachos, and then leave. You’ve sent several memos about having hip music piped in through the speakers, but they were all ignored in favor of the Corgi chain letters that make regular rounds through the interoffice email system. Even your attempt to get a casual Friday instituted was met with disdain; your co-workers, it seems, are immaculate professionals.

Fortunately, there’s an easy way to liven up the office and to do so cheaply. You don’t have to buy new CDs, or spend your hard-earned cash on food and drinks, or even get a snappy outfit for Casual insert-day-of-week-here-day. Just call up a few local businesses and add a splash of color to your office with promotional office supplies.

What could be more exciting than promotional wall calendars? Why, big daddy promotional business calendars and their miniaturized little sisters, promotional pocket calendars. Imagine a little kitten telling you to hang in there not just on your cubicle wall, but also on your desk under your keyboard, and in your pocket whenever you go digging for loose change.

2013-05-24_2037Of course, wherever there are calendars, there must be promotional calendar magnets. How else are you going to inform anyone and everyone who enters the break room what month it currently is in a colorful and humorous fashion? A way that also informs them of the phone number for the nearest mani-pedi. Now that’s a month everyone can get behind. These dogs, as they say, are barking.

Speaking of the break room, have you ever noticed that all the best things about the office come from the break room? And by all the best things, I mean soda. Whatever your high fructose corn poison, soda is what keeps you alive and vaguely human-shaped as the work day grinds on, and what better way to honor your soda than promotional can coolers. That way, you can stays cold! Your soda, that is. Of course.

Promotional can koozies are, of course, a hallowed tradition for the cold soda enthusiast. Unfortunately, you can’t drink on the job, but with a sufficiently large koozie, nobody will know that’s a soda, and you can develop a reputation as the party animal of the office, willing to break rules for a good time. That, or everyone will believe you are an inveterate alcoholic who needs professional help. Either way, mission accomplished.

New Life at the Office

Ugh, your cubicle is terrible, your office is a joke, and you hate spending time there almost as much as people hate going there. Are you doomed to work forever in this soulless husk of an office, slowly whiling away what remains of your dull and pointless life in this gray box of emotionless nothing?

No! What, its all too easy to add color, life, and vigor to your otherwise horrific work day. It’s as easy as hopping online and finding great ways to produce your own custom-designed clothing and office supplies. This is a fantastic way to bring your personality to bear on your office, replacing the day-in day-out of your business life with a wacky new adventure!

It starts with your desk. Get yourself some custom-printed mouse pads, say, a few provocative pictures, some favorite film or music-related images, whatever floats your boat. Custom mouse pad printing is surprisingly affordable, even for high-quality jobs. You can move on to getting a promotional USB memory drive, something that everyone can see every time you jam it into their ports.

Then there’s your clothing, which is what people are going to notice the most. When you’ve got the right clothing on, everyone pays attention; when that clothing screaming messages at them, everyone pays even more attention to you. Which is the point, right? Right!

So start with promotional hats. A person’s examination of you starts with the head, and a custom vizor that hits them with whatever 2013-05-24_2010messages you want to get across is a great way to say “Hello!” without ever having to go through the trouble of an actual greeting. Custom-printed hats and vizors are a classic form of colorful, personality-driven clothing that will give you the reputation you deserve.

You can move on from there to get promotional shirts and ties, promotional wristbands, promotional jackets, even promotional tattoos if the mood takes you. The people who get inked up for promotions never regret it for a second, that’s for sure. Your entire office, meanwhile, can be covered in all kinds of custom-designed, custom-printed office supplies of your own make. Everyone will be impressed at the many waves of creativity unleashed by that special brain of yours!

Or, you could just keep your life the way it is, dull and gray and full of nothing, neither sound nor fury, neither substance nor meaning. Most people choose that route, but then, most people aren’t brave enough to cover themselves in custom-printed, promotional clothing. Are you?

Catering Coast to Coast

From weddings to wakes, whenever you have a gathering of people, the foremost thing that pops into peoples mind is simple, food. Good food can make any occasion better. People are more comfortable when they are eating. As it’s something that everyone has to do, it allows better connections to be formed, bonds to be made, and can make even the most stressful situations calm and easier to manage. Even serving light and simple fair can make your guests to feel more comfortable and allow them to enjoy themselves and your event all the more.

When it comes to the east coast some of the most recognized caterers can be found in Miami Florida. As Miami has some of the most acclaimed colleges in the country, it’s a small wonder that caterers Miami has to offer are some of the best. Whatever your function may be, before you set foot in the kitchen, consider using a catering service. Miami and the people attending will thank you.

As you continue the journey westward in search of the perfect provider of foodstuffs it wouldn’t be right if you didn’t make a stop in the windy city of Chicago. Here, a wide array of culinary delights meets. Offering your guests a variety of sundry goodies to choose from will only serve to make the event stand out in their mind even more. For a host, there is no higher compliment. When it comes time to cater, Chicago has a lot to offer.

Further west you’ll reach the warm, dry, dusty reaches of Phoenix Arizona. Given the geographical location, a wider variety of flavors and spices can come together, giving your party the perfect kick to cater Phoenix events. Many bigger restaurants throughout the country offer catering, Phoenix Arizona is no exception. Now you can bring that authentic southwestern flare to your gathering by calling your favorite catering service in Phoenix Arizona.

No matter where you find yourself in the country or what you’re even or function may happen to be, food will still be the critical element. Finding food to fit the theme may not be the easiest task, but always worth the effort. If it’s a possibility, some venues offer their own catering service which can make the planning process quick and simple. The key to remember is that no matter why people are gathering or where they gather at, having something to serve them can make the difference between an alright event and a pleasantly memorable occasion.

Protect Your Business and Your Employees

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Your business is your baby, its your life, its what you’ve spent the past few years building and shaping and transforming into something you can be proud of. When you hire new employees, you’re essentially putting your business in their hands. You have to be able to trust them to do their best, just as you do every day. But what if they’re hiding something that could bring your business down?


Drugs are a terrible affliction for many, and can sometimes lead to trouble in their daily working lives as well. That’s why many business employ Department of Transportation drug testing procedures in a pre-employment screen as part of a pre-employment screening test. Furthermore, those same businesses make sure that a pre-employment background screening separates any serious convicts or otherwise dangerous individuals from more desirable employees.


Alcohol and drug testing has increasingly become the standard for both hiring procedures as well as continued employment. Employees at many businesses can expect to be randomly subjected to a drug test, DOT-style. This is not longer seen as an invasion of privacy or a symptom of paranoia on their bosses’ part, but rather a reasonable safety precaution that most employers take. In fact, depending on the kind of work you do, it can be very dangerous not to subject your employees to alcohol and drug testing on the job.


If your employees operate heavy machinery or otherwise take their lives and/or the lives of others into their hands on a regular basis, you want to make certain that they are not inebriated. They may very well end the lives they’re responsible for if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. You, as the employer ultimately responsible for what goes on in the workplace, then become legally liable if you haven’t taken adequate precautions to prevent just that kind of disaster from occurring.


Obviously, its not your fault if an employee decides to abuse drugs or alcohol, especially while on the job. However, it is part of your job to make sure that your employees have a safe work environment in which to excel. If they have to worry that someone is going to run into them with a forklift, include weird phrases in everything they write, or some other disaster, its rather hard for your employees to give their best.


Don’t be afraid to implement drug and alcohol testing procedures at your workplace. You’re not being invasive or immoral, you’re being cautious and looking out for the safety and well-being of your employees. They’ll thank you in the long run.