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.

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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41st Annual Grand Prix Weekend

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   Contributed by GPLB

Photo by Bill Patterson

          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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Long Beach Will Gain Back Most Jobs Lost in the Recession!

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 Contributed by Samantha Mehlinger

Long Beach Business Journal     

Commercial and real estate developers are developing new construction to meet high demands.

“It seems as though we have one of the lowest vacancy rates of any place in the country,” says chief economist Robert Kleinhenz from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation. He is in charge of the regional market which includes Los Angeles, Long Beach and South Bay. In Lee & Associates most recent market reports  show that high demands and tight supply are increasing sales prices and lease rates.

Kleinhenz noted that the vacancy rate in LA County are low while job counts are improving and new house holds develop. He predicts Long Beach will gain most of the jobs lost in the recession by the middle of this year and subsequently their will be a higher demand to purchase homes. In addition, this year will be the first year for former owners who lost their homes in the recession to have their credit records cleared,  which may cause a rise of former homeowners to enter the market.

The good thing is that it appears that the city of Long Beach is stable enough to withstand financial crisis.

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Easter Basket Drive

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Ernst & Haas Management loves to be involved in the community. We believe in giving back to the same community that has fostered our business. It is delightful to give and serve others that are our neighbors and friends. That is why we choose to be involved by not just providing homes for individuals, but also by participating in local non profits that feel the same way we do. The Long Beach Rescue Mission has opened its doors to thousands of men, women and children for over 3 decades.  LBRM is dedicated  to helping individuals overcome the homeless cycle, achieve long term goals and make a world of difference in today’s society.

For that reason, Ernst & Haas Management is proud to announce its 5th annual partnership in LBRM’s Easter Basket Drive. Our team will be donating 8 baskets for 4 boys and 4 girls that will consist of candy, storybooks, Bibles, coloring books, Easter eggs, toys, etc. We look forward to including those children that are often forgotten.

If you would like to help, please visit http://lbrm.org/.

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