Electronic Leases

Electronic lease signing is a fairly new and innovative concept that is becoming very popular. People have the luxury of signing at their own convenience online which makes it easier for us to accommodate people who are relocating from multiple states. Going digital is increasingly expected due to potential tenants busy lifestyles. The majority would prefer the comfort and ease of signing electronically on their own time.
Signing electronically is safe and legally-binding. According to the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, enacted by Congress in year 2000, digital signatures are as legally-binding as written signatures. Here is a small section of the Act; (1) a signature, contract, or other record relating to such transaction may not be denied legal effect, validity, or enforceability solely because it is in electronic form; and (2) a contract relating to such transaction may not be denied legal effect, validity, or enforceability solely because an electronic signature or electronic record was used in its formation.”

There are a few reasons why signing electronically is good for everyone, both tenant and landlord. One reason is the amount of time that is saved. It allows moving transitions to go quicker for every party involved. It is as simple as sending an email to the Tenant which they can review and electronically sign on their own time. Once finished, the Landlord countersigns and in one click of a button both parties are emailed a fully executed rental agreement. Both are able to save a digital copy on their computer and print out as needed. Another good reason is that it allows us to go green and have a clear conscience. Not having to print out paper copies allows us to save more trees and be more eco-friendly. Lastly, it makes a professional impression and establishes confidence in the landlords abilities. We are always looking for more innovative and efficient ways to manage your properties and electronic leases convey just that.

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New Website Has Launched!

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Ernst & Haas is proud to announce that we have just launched our fresh, mobile friendly, new website! The website is full of new features that allows for our users to gain access to information quickly and efficiently. We have also added a self showing property feature that allows prospects to gain access to a property without having to make an appointment with the property supervisor. Our goal was to create a modern, mobile friendly site for both our tenants and clients. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the site. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to make improvements for our tenants, clients and business!

Renters Beware of Online Scams!

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The internet has created instant accessibility for its users but it has also created a new avenue for imposters. This juxtaposition has made the web an effective and yet scary rental market. For that reason, it is essential that renters take proper precautions when searching for rental properties online. Here are a list of red flags renters should be mindful of.

  • Requests to wire funds
  • Unavailability to meet someone in person
  • Long distant landlords
  • Third parties assistance/ guarantees
  • Request for financial information
  • Links to “Free Credit Reports” by a landlord
  • Requests for a code sent to your cell phone via text or phone call
  • Curiously affordable rent prices that do not compare to average rent cost in your area

Furthermore, if you happen to run across any scams for any of our properties please feel free to contact our office.

You can also contact https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/#crnt&panel1-1 if you have fell victim to rental scams or wish to report fraudulent activity online.

 

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Come join us at the 1st annual Beach Streets Uptown event tomorrow!

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June 6th, 2015 – 9:00AM – 4:00PM

Beach Streets Uptown opens streets up for walking, bicycling, and socializing by temporarily closing thoroughfares to automobile traffic. Known more generally as Open Streets events, similar events are now occurring across the world, and are a common way of pursuing innovative strategies to achieve environmental, social, economic, and public health goals. The City of Long Beach, with funding from Metro, will use Beach Streets Uptown to showcase local neighborhoods, businesses, and parks, as well as local transit, health, and recreation options. The route will feature Atlantic Ave., from Wardlow Rd. to Houghton Park, and is an invitation to re imagine how we use our streets.

There are several key ways the City hopes to use Beach Streets as in invitation to think differently about our streets. “Beach Streets” is an invitation to:

  • Consider local transit when getting around. Metro and LB Transit will be great ways to get to the event without having to deal with the stress of driving and parking.
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  • Explore local businesses and services. Try a new restaurant; explore a new retail store; find a business service that suits your needs.
  • Learn about local healthy eating and recreation options via our Health Department and Parks Department.
  • Walk or bike farther than you’ve ever done so before. The event route is free of automobile traffic, and bicycle and pedestrian access to the event will be provided to and from the L.A. River and the Metro Blue Line via temporary separated bike lanes on Wardlow Rd.

In addition come enjoy the petting zoo, farmers market, a heal zone, face painting, a ballon artist, shopping, food and so much more!

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Downtown Long Beach is Experiencing a Renaissance!

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Keeley Smith from the Long Beach Post reports that the Downtown Long Beach Associates have recorded six million tourist for 2014 and $2 billion investments in real estates transactions, forecasting a new renaissance for the city of Long Beach.

The report indicates that 53 percent of Long Beach’s (DTLB) residents are under the age of 35, bike usage has increased over 21 percent and retail, restaurants and professional services account for 75 percent of new businesses in the area for 2014.

“There’s been continued talk about potential in Long Beach. Now we’re moving beyond the talk and getting results. Downtown is truly going through a renaissance” confirms Communications Manager Brian Addison.

Factors for the economic growth include people’s disposable income overall which includes downtown’s residents and visitors. The economy boost definitely includes the city of Long Beach.

Long Beach is also keeping up with the driving change that is taking place downtown and caters to bike cyclist. The 21 percent mentioned earlier are a part of the younger and wealthier residents that average an annual income of $58, 900- 54 percent of whom are male.

With a larger residential population, Addison predicts more disposable income, which will attract more retail, which will then attract more quality downtown.

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41st Annual Grand Prix Weekend

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          The Grand Prix is scheduled to take place this weekend and there is room for everybody! The experience for visitors includes local restaurants, concerts, a Lifestyle Expo, a Family Fun Zone and so much more.

          The Grand Prix  also announced that Bill Patterson is their selected artist who is also the official artist of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. He performs ‘live art’ globally and is commissioned by an array of private clients such as Mazda, Microsoft, and FedEx. His masterpieces range from the race track to music, film and television; including sculptures, web design, original logos, custom etched wine bottles and premium clothing collection.

           Concerts are also scheduled to take place on Friday and Saturday night by a popular Latino band and rock star Vince Neal of Morley Crue.

         The infamous races began when an auto racing fan-turned-travel-agent — Chris Pook — was about to put the city on the international sports map and spark a business, travel and financial renaissance that continues today.

         He got it. With some help from a tough, diminutive Italian-American from Nazareth, PA. Mario Andretti avoided a first-lap, multi-car collision, then went on to outduel F/One stars Jody Scheckter and Niki Lauda to become the first American to win a F/One race in a U.S. Grand Prix.

         “Mario’s victory really changed the whole image of the race,” says Jim Michaelian, now the President and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach and the race’s financial officer in 1978. “We made the New York Times, Sports Illustrated and the race was all over the local and national news. American names have dominated the streets of Long Beach ever since, winning 14 of 28 races.

        On April 19, 2015,  the words “Drivers, start your engines!” will mark the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach’s 41st race!

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Lawn to Garden program

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The Long Beach Water Department is offering home owners an opportunity to beautify their landscape and save water, energy and money. One can earn up to $3.50 for each sq. foot of grass lawn that is removed and converted into a water efficient landscape, which can naturally thrive in our semi-arid coastal region.

The Lawn to Garden website is designed to assist individuals on making the transition easy and possible.

“We live in an arid zone and we plant as if we lived in a rain soak environment. Our gardens are not in harmony with where we live. Water is a precious commodity here. We should deal with it in that way” said one Lawn to Garden participant.

The program is now accepting applications and even offers online classes to help educate participants. In addition, the website provides free design tips for water efficient gardens and even a discussion tab.

Let’s help the city of Long Beach conserve the water it has left!

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