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June 2014 Blog Posts (35)

Keep Your Home Safe This Summer



Summer is the warmest season of the year, occurring between spring and autumn. With temperatures up and school out, homeowners and renters just want to have vacation and enjoy summer -- which sometimes means taking the risk to leave your home for a while. Although they do lock their doors, but are you sure your home will be safe?


"Safety starts and ends at home," says Rebecca Smith, a spokeswoman for Master Lock. "There's no better time to…


Added by James Loftis on June 30, 2014 at 8:27am — No Comments


Zoning according to Investopedia refers to the municipal laws or local government laws which dictate the use of real properties in some areas. Zoning laws therefore tend to limit the commercial uses of the land area in order to prevent manufacturing business and other kinds of businesses which could begin in residential neighborhoods.…

Added by Pam Maglione on June 27, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Wisconsin May 2014 Housing Statistics

The Wisconsin housing statistics are in for May of 2014. Here is an excerpt from what the Wisconsin Realtors® Association (WRA) had to say:



Added by Michael Collins, CDPE, SFR on June 27, 2014 at 10:10am — No Comments

Tree Owner Responsibility


One of the best ways to avoid problems with neighbors over your trees is to know your rights and responsibilities as tree-keeper.


In general, the landowner where tree grows will be the respondent to take care and maintain well to prevent injury, death or damage to a neighbor’s property. 


If landowners or tree owner has the actual knowledge of the defective condition of a tree and no action was taken is liable for any damages, injury or death…


Added by James Loftis on June 27, 2014 at 8:23am — No Comments

Avoid Fire Hazards


Human negligence sometimes causes fire that may result to injury, property damages or even death. Fire safety measures must always perform in every home and building unit.


In order to avoid fire hazards, tenants should:



  • Don’t put burning materials in garbage bins like cigarette butts; make sure it’s not still smouldering. And not to throw flammable liquids cans in interior garbage bins or chutes. There’s a garbage bins or…

Added by James Loftis on June 26, 2014 at 6:10am — No Comments

Tips for Security in Rental Home and Unit

Always protect yourself, your neighbors, and your home.




  • Do not let anyone into your rental home or unit to block that you don't know or report suspicious people standing or walking around the building to your landlord or police.
  • If someone calls and you don't know them, give a call and inform to your landlord and keep the number who called you for evidence.
  • Always locked your front and back door, even when you are…

Added by James Loftis on June 25, 2014 at 5:43pm — No Comments

2.9% Contraction, Worries Economist of Double Dip Recession. Home Values May Start Falling

2.9% Contraction, Worries Economist of Double Dip Recession

Per the US Commerce Department on Wednesday 6/25/2014, the US economy contracted at 2.9%, which was much greater than predicted. To put this in perspective, our economy hasn’t contracted this much since 1st quarter in 2009, when our economy had shrunk a little more than 4.5%.

In light of this news, economist are scrambling to place blame and figure out what happened. Some of the proposed culprits…


Added by Jesus (Jesse) Gonzalez on June 25, 2014 at 8:53am — 1 Comment

Deductions from Tenancy Deposits

Deductions from Tenancy Deposits


Remember, landlord should not make any deductions from your tenancy deposit just because of a sort personal problem between landlord and tenant. Landlords can only claim or can deduct if they have financial loss that they have actually suffered.



Reasonable deductions from a tenancy deposit:

The tenancy deposit is money that belongs to tenant and should be returned back unless your landlord can show…


Added by James Loftis on June 24, 2014 at 3:14pm — 1 Comment

How to Handle Dirty Tenants

 How to Handle Dirty Tenants


Dirty tenants can be landlord’s problems. And due to unclean living conditions, it can cause growth of pest, like bugs and rodents and can cause health hazards and worst it can bring down the property value. Ultimately it make very difficult to re-rent.


If your property already smells like a trash, then as a landlord have to take action immediately. Mandate your tenant in a polite way to clean up.  But if not, kick…


Added by James Loftis on June 20, 2014 at 4:19pm — 1 Comment

How To Keep Your Rental Unit


How To Keep Your Rental Unit


Always remember, it is important to avoid conflicts with your landlord.  As a tenant follows what is written in the lease agreement and do what is tenants right, as well as landlord will do what is his right.


  • Be sure that you pay your rent on time. The landlord / property manager can start to charge for late payment. Or if tenant failed to pay the rent, the landlord can issue an eviction notice for…

Added by James Loftis on June 19, 2014 at 9:48am — No Comments

Hard Working and Trustworthy - Client Testimonial

Rock Realty Client Testimonials

"Michael Collins did the impossible he SOLD my house! When I put my house for sale everything that could go wrong did but Michael never gave up and did everything he could to sell my house. I recommend Michael Collins if your looking for a real estate agent! He is hard working and trustworthy!"

Michelle M. (Madison, WI 53704)

Rock Realty Seller Client…


Added by Michael Collins, CDPE, SFR on June 19, 2014 at 8:18am — No Comments

For Dog Owners: How to Prevent Injuries to Your Family and Neighbor

 For Dog Owners: How to Prevent Injuries to Your Family and Neighbors


Don't think that because your dog is gentle, old, or small, it can't cause an injury. Any dog can hurt someone. Even the owner can hurt from their own pet. And majority of dog bites victim is the family or friends. Normally docile dogs will bite when they are frightened or when they are protecting their puppies, owners, or sometimes food.


The best way to avoid liability is to prevent…


Added by James Loftis on June 18, 2014 at 9:21am — No Comments

Tips How To Make Sure Getting My Rental Deposit Back When I Move Out

 Tips How To Make Sure Getting My Rental Deposit Back When I Move Out


  • Usually, landlord will ask for a deposit fee together with the first month payment; so make to sure ask for a receipt when the deposit is delivered. The receipt should state and spell our correctly it is for a rental deposit and completely detailed together with correct amount.


  • Put a note of any damages already there when you move in. It's best if the…

Added by James Loftis on June 17, 2014 at 6:54pm — No Comments

Are homeowners and renters can take action against cigarette-smoking neighbors?

There are Laws for smoking or non-smoking in public places but if the smoke air get into your private area like home, condo unit or apartment from your neighbor's cigarette and bothered you; you may find a way to take immediate action.


Find out if the rental agreement contains a no-smoking clause. If it does, then the smoker tenant is violating the lease agreement and you may be able to convince the landlord to take an action and tell the smoker to stop smoking in the area or…


Added by James Loftis on June 16, 2014 at 3:35pm — No Comments

What Is PMI (Property Mortgage Insurance) and What Kind of Buyers Need To Have It?

Are you not sure how much of a down payment to put down on a home? You would need to consider that the figure will need to be at least 20 percent, if you want to avoid paying any Property Mortgage Insurance (PMI). This insurance covers all home buyers that have not deposited at least 20% as a down-payment on the value of their new home…

Added by Pam Maglione on June 13, 2014 at 12:21pm — No Comments

5 Star Force membership and September conference

I'm looking at expanding my clientele and this seems to be a conference that has many of the big players there:

» PNC Bank

» Fannie Mae

» Freddie Mac

» Select Portfolio Services

» Own America

» BLB Resources

» Cityside Asset Management

» SunTrust

» Green River Capital

» iServe


» Lender Processing Services

» Matt Martin Real Estate Management


» Phoenix Asset Management

» Wingspan Portfolio…


Added by Karl Kutzner on June 13, 2014 at 10:05am — 5 Comments

Tenant Smoking Issues




Tenant Smoking Issues


Smoking in apartments unit is a problem. Many damages or accidents may happen if the tenant continues to smoke. Smokers ruin paint; stink up the halls and usually it can cause fires. It we have a choice between a smoker and a non smoker we’ll go with the non-smoker. The…


Added by James Loftis on June 13, 2014 at 9:11am — No Comments

What to do if your neighbors are littering his cigarette butts?

What to do if your neighbors are littering his cigarette butts?

We can anticipate finding some cigarette butts if our neighbors are smokers. Usually it may happen in rental units like apartment or condo. But of course littering is not good.

Some cigarette butts came from those smokers who tossed out cigarette out of car windows, littered in the sidewalks, and left behind any doorways. Cigarette butts are one most abundant type of litter found in our roadways and one of the… Continue

Added by James Loftis on June 12, 2014 at 11:11pm — 1 Comment

Alternative Mortgage Program - Better Than Rent-To-Own

Looking for a Rent-to-Own, Lease-Option or Land Contract in Wisconsin? We may have the perfect option for you! It's called the Alternative Mortgage Program. Please read the details below and visit the link for further information.

Alternative Mortgage Program

As you can see, this…


Added by Michael Collins, CDPE, SFR on June 12, 2014 at 11:08am — 1 Comment

Ways to Prevent Tenants from Smoking in the Rental Property

Ways to Prevent Tenants from Smoking in the Rental Property


As a Landlord, it’s difficult to convince a smoker tenant from not smoking inside the rental property; so the best solution is to talk and tackle the problem may arise in the future if tenant continue to smoke in renting time period.


For best solution find a tenant that doesn’t smoke,…


Added by James Loftis on June 11, 2014 at 9:48pm — No Comments

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