Monday, December 30, 2013

toilet bombs - an idea for those ultra handy owners.

Green and easy and cheaper than store bought.

Would you make these and give them to your tenants?

http://www.savvysugar.com/Unclogging-Toilet-Bombs-32903823



... toilet bombs that are made from eco-friendly ingredients. With a little patience, things should be running smoothly in no time. Using the degreasing wonders of dish soap, the helpful disks also help clean your toilet while busting through tough clogs.
Keep reading for the directions.

What You'll Need

2 cups baking soda
1/4 cup Epsom salts
8 to 9 tablespoons liquid dish detergent
Muffin tin
Muffin liners

Directions:
These helpful disks are so easy to make and come together in minutes. The patience part is waiting for them to dry overnight! Mix together the baking soda and Epsom salts in a mixing bowl, stirring to break up any clumps. Baking soda naturally attacks buildup, while Epsom salts dissolve and help break up clogs.
Now slowly add the dish soap one tablespoon at a time. Stir while adding until the mixture resembles wet sand.
Fill your muffin tin with liners. You can use paper or silicone, but silicone liners make it really easy to pop the finished bombs out. Press the mixture into the muffin tin, packing tightly. Let it dry overnight.
Carefully release the bombs from the molds and store in a sealable container. The next time your toilet is clogged, place a bomb in your commode and cover with 4 cups hot water. Let sit for a couple of hours or overnight, and try flushing. Things should be moving smoothly!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

How to Screen Tenants

This is a good overview for new Property Owners




Of course I recommend hiring me to manage the building and take all the stress away.  I've been doing this for years and have seen many tenants that hide issues.  Reading the reports is a tricky thing as well. Being responsible for all that private data and having locked file systems and shredder etc. etc.

Personal Privacy of the applicants is the business person's responsibility too!  And we have to ask for that stuff.  But please be careful with it.  Email me if you want info on that new side of the information age and privacy protection steps we as landlords need to be prepared to take.

Good luck Renting.

Good luck finding Good Tenants.

Sincerely,

Keith Lambert
310-437-0677

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Taxes on your Capital Gains is on the line. Go Vote.


Please do not vote for Obama for the next 4 years.

While I do not agree with all the parts of any one party stance or party platform.  I do truly see major problems with continuing down the path our current White House is heading.

Most policy is done in the Capital building.  That houses the Congress and House of Representatives.  BUT that is the Republican and Democrat party controlled playground.  There many bills that are going to affect various parts of our lives are debated and voted on and modified and many "log rolling" trades of influence takes place.

But in the White House the influencers are the selections and pressing opinions of the president.  
Our current president is making some decisions that I do not like.  Stopping the pipeline that would bring oil into the USA from Canada for example.  I think it’s a big mistake.  We must reduce gas prices or our economy will keep sputtering! 

One problem that many do not see fully yet is the huge cost of Obama Care taxes.  This is starting at 3.8 % of all capital gains in just a few weeks come Jan 1 2013.  That is an extra % off of all your Real Estate and Stock sales from now on!  A big chunk!  Nation Wide!  That is huge.  I got a tiny refund check from my insurance company.  I'll pay $60,000 to $70,000 extra tax on the sale of my house or apartment building to pay for that measly $50 dollar refund check.  And my health insurance premium with up by over $500 per year.  Not OK. 

Then the news that CNN and other news outlets falsified the news re. the attacks on our consulate.  And that they are making bad decisions that lead to more military deaths.  Please tell me this is not so?

You be the judge.

Review this for the Military position:

And research the News falsified...

I'm not interested in false Propaganda. 

I am very much interested in the removal of a White House that is not leading to a place of prosperity or safety or security.

Please see this movie and THINK about what you want going forward.
The Obama Movie 2016:  
 http://vimeo.com/52265686
It is long but for those who want to know what the “Political Chops” our sitting president brings to the white house you will appreciate the full treatment of the topic of what the man has associated himself with and how he sees the world.  What is the benefit of his special view?   I’m not in alignment but YOU need to find your own view.  So watch the full show.

Then there is this very cool video...  A 13 year old kid does a report card for review of the record...  http://youtu.be/prmGb1o3dcQ   It is cute and really to the point on the key issues in this election.  The short one to watch. 

I'm for Energy Independence.  AND reducing the price of gas.

I'm not for the perpetration of the Demo vs Repub status quo.  The same old stuff from the same old stuff shirts.  Voting for Obama only because he is on the Democrat ticket is too simplistic. WE the People (Us) need to think more deeply.  What does this election mean on the topics that really affect us.  Maybe we all need to think about more than just the two party system.  What would that mean?  I think it would mean we voted "For" something.

Are you really a Libertarian?

Are you really a Peace and Freedom?

Are you more aligned to Green Party?

Do you know the actual platform of the Democrats?

Or the full platform of the Republican Party?


No one person is able to be "For" all the items in any group's platform.  But you can have a sway in what one person is going to carry our nation forward in the White House for the next 4 years.  Please vote wisely.

IMHO

Keith Lambert

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Today's Real Estate - Going Up or is it still Down...

... That is the question. You and I both know you can not expect real estate to always be going up. But why expect it to always be going down once it turns south?

We know it is Real Estate that is the basis of most significant wealth in the US of A. I've seen multiple cycles. I've seen interest rates as high as 18% in the 1980's. Never have I seen interest rates this low.

Nice article at DSNews about the report just released yesterday (Tuesday 2-21-2012) The Economics are changing for the better. Lending to 82% LTV. More loans being made? This is really great news. Normalcy is coming back to Real Estate.


So this imply's we are at the beginning of the rebound.

It most likely is the type of info to really look hard at if you want to buy at the start of the upswing in real estate values. Call me to review your goals. I am sure we can find a property that can enrich you and give you financial security.

Income or rental properties. Not just the one single family home purchase. You need an income producing portfolio of real estate to protect you and secure your financial future.

This is where I can help.

Sincerely,

Keith Lambert

Your Real Estate expert.
Happy to help in Anything RE related.


All Real Estate is Local. Deal with someone who knows the local market

Monday, January 09, 2012

Venice Beach lodging - Fun and Cool.

OKay if you are coming to the Los Angeles area to search for a new place you need a short term rental... Or say you are a business transfer and want a week of good housing while you search for a long term apartment but do not want a boring hotel.

THEN the answer is the Venice Suites or Venice Breeze Suites.

You can find all the info on www.BestOfTheBoardwalk.com

Really cool to look out your windows and check out the serf on the beach. WiFi for the guests. And Venice Suites does include parking. A big deal in beach towns up and down the coast. Ask if parking is included. Many of the other places will say No.

Stay at the best. Right on Venice Beach for the views and fun hip feel.

IMHO. These are the best.

Keith

PS the new Google Offices are a little way away in Venice on Main Street.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Holiday in the City

I think this is the best Holiday Card for this season.

Hopping you all had a nice holiday filled with family and love. Now as we look at the new year we turn to 20 12 with aspirations for a very profitable year.

I think the new year is going to be very good.

Enjoy...

Snow Globe Los Angeles from All Cut Up Films on Vimeo.


Nice! Right?

Keith

Friday, November 18, 2011

Los Angeles Multi-Family Property Owners defended in the Court

Very good news recently. Our properties are defended by the courts from the LA Housing Department.

http://www.fairhousingcoalition.com/?p=343

So the various inspections and many various citations and harassment are hopefully coming to a stop!

This will reduce the likelihood of the harsh REAP situation that costs the owner thousands and makes legal trouble for many. Some have even lost their property!

This is a bombshell ruling! Since that time tens of thousands of properties have been placed into REAP due to supposed building code infractions cited by non-authorized LAHD inspectors. Hundreds of Millions of Dollars have been confiscated from Landlords since December 1, 1999 because of matters relating to building code violations once again cited by non-authorized LAHD inspectors.
See the link for more information. And a Thank You to Superior Court Judge Jaffe for this ruling helping to protect Housing Providers from the LAHD in its heavy handedness.

Most small businessmen (and businesswomen) who have apartment buildings (multifamily dwellings of all sizes) have been terrorized by the next city or county inspector to knock on our door.

Excess fees and taxes and petty inspections loaded with fines are killing our bottom lines.

We must band together with groups like ACTION (in Santa Monica) and AAGLA (in Los Angeles) or other associations to protect ourselves from big government abuses. they are the few who can fight the fight with/for/together so we do not get overwhelmed.

Sincerely

Keith Lambert