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  1. One last thing... make sure it's set up so that you never have to speak to the renter, ever. If the tenant/guest gets your info somehow, they will never call the management company again and will just call you... no matter what time of day it is.
  2. The company I run in Florida handles a little under 500 properties with long-term tenants/leases, and about 300 short-term rentals for vacation stays. As mentioned above, finding/qualifying the right Property Management Company can mean the all the difference in the world. At a minimum, MINIMUM, your management company should be providing detailed inspections with photos and comments. What type of home is it? Is it in a highly desirable tourist area? Is it furnished or empty? Do you ever use the home yourself for vacations/travel? What sort of cash flow do you need to have coming in to manage your expenses? A lot of owners make the mistake of thinking their home is worth $X/month, when the market is dictating that it's worth $Y/month. Is there a Homeowner's Association? If so, what sort of rental regulations/restrictions do they have? What city/county is it in? Often times, differing municipalities will have overlapping restrictions on what you can do. I could trim 20% of our staff if it wasn't for HOAs around here... What timeline do you see yourself owning the home? What work is needed to get the property ready for a rental? Paint, flooring, appliances, etc What sort of vendors/tradesmen do you work with personally in the area? Is the management company willing to use your vendor first before their own maintenance team or other vendors? What is your ultimate end-game goal for the home? Remind yourself that whatever management company you choose you are ultimately asking them to manage (depending on personal circumstances) probably your single biggest asset outside of your primary residence. You should be looking for someone that you feel you can trust with managing what is more or less a large, illiquid investment. If you have other questions, I'd be happy to answer.
  3. Stand by ignorance of statistics relative to every other player, go right ahead.
  4. Jesus this level of revisionist history is uphauling for this forum. My typo is intended to match the level of thought that went into your post.
  5. Sure, overblown. A guy who went to like 90% of the Finals over a decade, was a much better defender than KD during those years, and scored at a similar efficiency. I know we all have recency bias watching Lebron slow down the last few years, but to act like he wasn't far and away the best player in the league for a decade is disingenuous to the level of basketball that was being played.
  6. Strong disagree. There's almost not a single metric during those years that would support that claim either. Was KD arguably the best scorer in the league for that stretch? Highly debatable... these years were prime Steph years Was KD the best rebounder? Passer? Defender? All-around player? No, no, no and no Did KD have the smoothest shooting stroke of potentially anyone that's ever picked up a basketball? Likely so As much as it hurts to say, take any team KD has been on, insert Lebron on the team instead, and that team's ceiling is higher. It may not be fashionable on this board to admit that, but we all know it's true. That's what happens when you're compared to either the 1A or 1B GOAT of your sport, and let's not pretend like anyone else in the modern NBA has come even close to Jordan or Lebron level of dominance.
  7. I do handle the entirety of our 300+ vacation rental homes in SWFL... what can I help answer?
  8. Oh god Billy and the gold story... now THAT was a TOS classic
  9. Update after having the car for almost two months... I really, really love how it drives. It's fun, plenty of power, and sleek. I get compliments on it daily since they're so rare around these parts. The infotainment definitely leaves a bit to be desired, but no regrets at all on the purchase.
  10. Just because I made a bad decision six years ago doesn't change the fact that her campaign was AWFUL. Also, Bernie did get screwed, and she was given the debate questions in advance. Hilary did herself zero favors during that election cycle. As I said, in hindsight, her emails, while not a great judgment on her part, not even close to the overblown level it got to at that point in time.
  11. In hindsight, I consider myself in 2016 (late 20s, educated male) the typical voter who didn't follow politics much, just knew of the headlines I would see periodically. I grew up in a DEEP red household in Texas, but still didn't understand politics all that much. All I knew was that my family had always voted republican, and from what I saw on the news/online, Hilary seemed like a terrible person who had been handed everything (I remember she was given debate questions in advance, the Dems basically railroading Bernie and her winning the nomination, and yes... the reopening of the FBI investigation seemed like a much bigger deal at the time than it does now in hindsight). Trump offered something different (whether it be good or bad, it was at least going to be different), and as I said, I assumed that the checks and balances on executive power would actually function... not just be entirely ignored. What should be more surprising, and concerning to the GOP, is that since 2016, I've been fortunate enough to have big changes in my career for the better. Despite making considerably more than I was back then, I've continued to move further and further away from their platform, to the point where I cannot see myself voting R at any point in the future. My wife, nor my son in all likelihood, will ever vote that way either. I don't see how anyone can fault someone for admitting they were wrong in the past and learned from that mistake. Hell, the country and world as a whole would be a damn near utopia if that's how everyone was. Sadly, too many of us double and triple-down on these poor prior decisions simply because they are afraid of admitting they made a mistake.
  12. I voted for Trump in 2016. I was much younger and more naive (i.e. stupid) than I am now, BUT, in my defense, I understood our government to have many systems of checks and balances where he couldn't really do anything too bad. I was not a Hilary fan at all, had she just somewhat tried to be more likable... wow what a different place this world would be now. HOWEVER, it did not take me long at all to realize the error in my judgment, and those systems that were designed to protect any one person from trying to nosedive the country into the ground completely, 100% failed. I did not foresee that the two parties would become so polarized, that 1,000 things that Trump did over the next four years would have immediately disqualified anyone else from public office in our past. A tan suit used to be the worst thing a president could do... now he could openly brag about sexual assault, sleep with a porn star while his wife was pregnant (and then pay her off and get caught), and the GOP said... nothing. Crickets. No big deal, as long as their brand was behind the resolute desk. This doesn't even begin to go into the repulsiveness of what the GOP has become since 2016 in and of itself. A party of bigotry, hatred, and zero policy advancement other than "If the democrats like it, then we must hate it and vote against it". At this point, imagining voting for anything Republican only makes me chuckle to myself. Also, because of the absolute horridness of the GOP platform in the last six years, I am MUCH more active in discussing policy and politics with friends and family, and vote in local elections as well as midterms.
  13. I posted earlier this summer about purchasing a Kia EV6. LOVED the car, drove great, great range, great charge speed. Audio would cut out unexpectedly after a few weeks, and then after a couple months I had zero audio. Dealership "fixed" it and gave it back and it didn't even make noises for safety features like blind-spot assist/etc. Two months it sat at the dealership as they checked every wire connection and replaced the amp twice. Still nothing. Called me one morning "Hey, looks like we got it, sound is working fine. We're going to take it for a test drive during lunch and make sure the fix holds" A few hours later.... "Ya, it cut out again. We'll contact KIA and see what they want us to test next." So we ended up contacting Kia Consumer Affairs (Who I will say, despite the frustration at driving a POS rental instead of my brand new EV, did a tremendous job at trying to rectify the situation, working directly with the dealership to provide updates). Eventually, KIA offered to buy the car back as a Lemon. I scoured forums/reddit/etc, and couldn't find a single other consumer that had this issue. Many had amps go out, but replacing the amp was an easy fix. Sad... but they were unable to provide any sort of timeline estimate on when they would have it fixed. The next step they were going to try was to replace the entire wiring harness on the car, however a delivery date for a new wiring harness wasn't available, as they have zero supply. We are getting every dime we spent on the car, down payment/taxes/interest/loan payments/every dime. Unfortunately, supply issues are still abysmal, even down here in FL. I would have happily purchased another EV6 had I been able to find one. Instead, I took advantage of the used car market declining drastically in the recent months, and jumped on a steal of a price for a slightly used Jaguar I-Pace, another EV. Fits the wall charger in the garage, has the range I need, etc. Also... my goodness the interior quality of the car. Outside of the infotainment being a little lacking, the polish on the rest of the car is superb. Also, the exterior looks amazing as well (in my opinion). Bright side of the story - Even though KIA is purchasing the car back from us, guess who still gets to keep the Federal Tax Credit? THIS GUY.
  14. What I don't understand, is that my iPhone has more of my personal data and history than I probably can remember myself. It also is unable to be unlocked by the FBI without Apple's help. How in the world, in 2022, am I not able to vote through my phone using some sort of federal app?
  15. I work in property management, and we’re based in SWFL. We had many homes in our portfolio on sanibel. Have nothing but aerial shots to go on for now. I’ve been to our office on the island numerous times, this is all surreal. Staff that have had their homes destroyed, we have lodged in some of our other rentals. One staff members last message to her mother was that she and the kids were getting into the attic because the water was so high. She’s ok now. We are also undergoing the painstaking task of checking every home for power and running water, as well as damage, so we know which are habitable to relocate families to. Then there are homes of ours we can’t even get to because of flooding and debris blocking roadways. My staff is running on fumes but we are essentially a microcosm of the humanitarian crisis down here, and families are depending on us. I told my wife last night that yesterday was the hardest day in my professional life, and today wasn’t much easier.
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