Sunday, August 23, 2015

Make Your Life Easier

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I decided to start writing a little mini series of short articles on various aspects of technology that can help make your life easier. Lately I’ve been doing things with my company that reduce time and result in more efficient productivity.

I’m going to be honest with you. I would be considered a computer guru in comparison to most of the people in our group. And I am way behind the curve. I am not 100% up to speed with all of the new productivity tools that can be used today. So those of you who aren’t implementing technology in your company should consider trying out a few things that will make your life easy. Just one at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed with it. Step 1 would be a business expense. Get a used iPad and I’m going to explain to you why below.

I bought my property manager / contractor an iPad 2 to start implementing technology to increase our workflow. I chose an iPad 2 because they only cost about $150 on eBay so it didn’t bite the wallet too hard.

I’m going to give you the benefits of having a tablet with you or your property manager at the property you are showing to prospective tenants so you can understand what you can do with technology.

Lets say you had a Section 8 tenant that called you and you told them the key code for the lockbox on your house so they can have a look. They call you back telling you that they like it and you or your property manager do your background check and meet them back at the house to sign the lease and get the first months rent and deposit.

You bring up the app Hello Sign.  This is the best lease signing app that’s out now. I’ve checked them all and most are very expensive. Hello Sign has your lease, property checklist, lead agreement, mold addendum and everything else on it. Your new resident signs and initials everywhere on the iPad lease with their finger and you email it off to the office so it’s there to be printed if you desire. You also send an email of it to the tenants email address if they have one. Later when Section 8 asks you to bring the lease down you also save a lot of time because you already have it signed in electronic form. You can just email it to them.

This lease was from the start an electronic version so down the road if you have to print off one for court you already have it in the computer and don’t have to waste time scanning it or copying it. You can just print it off.

While you were there at the house with the tenant and in salesman or saleswoman mode there were some bad things you had to tell the tenant. And you hate doing that every time because you have been Mr. Nice Guy salesperson all of this time and now you have to lecture these people you don’t even know to make sure that they change the furnace filters, smoke detector batteries, let them know that if they break something they will pay to fix it, that rent will be paid on time or you will sue them, etc. There’s lots of bad stuff you have to tell them to train and condition your new resident on the way things will go down when doing business with you.

So instead of all of that nastiness, you bring up the Rent Talk DVD which is a training video that nicely tells the new tenants all of the bad things that you didn’t like telling them. You tell your tenants that this video is called Rent Talk and the local landlord association suggests using it to remind residents of the responsibilities that the resident has vs the responsibilities of the landlord. It also has some nice things in there that tell a great new program you are offering. Residents get a 10% discount off 1 month of rent after 12 months of living there, 25% after 24 months and 1 FREE month of rent after 36 months. I would give a free month to any of my tenants that stayed for 3 years. These people deserve a reward. You want to treat your best tenants well.

You also use the iPad to take pictures of the unit at the signing of the lease so your new resident knows that you have a record of the properties condition. And you may even record a short video of the resident saying that they are happy with the property and are renting it in it’s as is condition. This helps put the thought in their mind that they can’t legitimately call code enforcement on you for damages that they did or things that weren’t 100% up to speed when they moved in. It also helps prevent them from using dirty unethical tactics to justify the non payment of their rent by telling the judge that you are a slumlord when the truth is that they ran out of money. None of them seem to realize that the judges hear that same thing over and over all day long and they are wise to those scams.

Isn’t it interesting how a tenant can be as happy as can be when they move in but down the road when they run out of money you all of a sudden become a slumlord. I think psychologically it’s because everyone wants to feel good about themselves. People don’t like to think of themselves as dirty scoundrels that rip other people off. So they look around and see a couple things that aren’t in 100% perfect condition and they justify it to themselves that you are a slumlord for letting them live like that and they shouldn’t have to pay rent as a result.

Well I have news for them. On the Karma scale, I win points for that and they lose points. It’s important to live your life and always try to do the right thing and in the end you will be the winner. Never stoop to their level.

Back to the iPad. With your iPad you also take pictures of all of your receipts and put them in an app called Evernote. Then you can just pile all of your receipts unorganized in a box if you feel like keeping them. The IRS has said that it is acceptable to have your receipts in electronic form. And Evernote will organize your receipts in categories of your choosing.

Since you are eliminating paper you better be sure you have a good backup of your computer just in case something happens. So you get Crashplan which is, in my opinion, the best off site backup system around right now. I researched them all and for the buck Crashplan wins. It can be free if you are backing up your office computer to another computer at your house or something. And it costs $60 to backup one computer to the cloud or $150 for a family plan to back up several computers to the cloud. The backups are unlimited and fast. And one more thing, automatic. You just set it up and it backs up everything. Every single thing. Unlike many of them that will only back up videos etc if you go back into the software and find each and every thing that it didn’t backup and configure it so it will. What a pain in the A** that I don’t have time for. I like it easy and Crashplan is easy.

So that’s it for now. More getting you up to speed with landlording business technology later if our members respond that they like this kind of stuff.

Monday, August 10, 2015

This Week Disc 2 - Landlord Training

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Don’t forget and accidentally drive to the wrong place! We are at Jersey Lilly’s across from Lewis Gale Hospital now.

This week we are in disc 2 of Robert Sherman’s guru training session. This is where we start getting into the meat and potatoes of the training.

I was impressed. Robert has some great ideas. I especially liked the idea of creating a list of costs for all common items that a tenant can damage and having them sign with the lease agreeing to those costs. That would prevent a lot of future arguments. 

Some people that didn’t come to the meeting asked me didn’t I get antsy  sitting there listening to the CD the whole time. And the answer is slightly but it was well worth my time. The CD is set up nicely where it has breaks throughout and every time there was a break we had a short discussion which broke it up nicely.

Some valuable information is coming out of this training.

We’ll see you there!

Monday, August 3, 2015

How Come THAT Idiot's Rich And I'm Not!

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Hi Everyone,

We secured a new location for our meetings. They will  now be held at Jersey Lily’s Roadhouse Grill, 1650 Braeburn Dr., Salem, VA 24153. This Jersey Lilly’s is off Electric Rd across from Lewis Gale Hospital.

Message from our President Andy Stowasser regarding the upcoming meeting this Tuesday Aug 4th:

"One thing that everyone has requested over the years is to have a national speaker come speak to us. That is prohibitively expensive and so not reasonable. But what do we really want? Their presence? or their knowledge?

Well since we have a great sound system (once we figured out how to use it) why not employ that?

So next Tuesday what we are going to do is to play a CD on Landlording. I have purchased a CD set from an real estate investor on landlording and it is very good. There are four CD"s and they are about an hour long each. CD one is a bit slow as it is a preview of what is going to be taught, CD's 2 and 3 are great and 4 is again a bit slow. But there is a wealth of information there. He has some of the same principles as Jeffery Taylor (believe he was using them before Mr. Taylor was) So 8/4 is CD 1.

His name is Robert Shemin and he has written several books, the most notable one being "How come THAT Idiot's rich and I am not'.

I have also figured out how to play videos through the laptop and sound system so that will also be an avenue of information going forward.”

So come on out to the meeting this week. Should be a lot of good information.

See you there!

Monday, July 27, 2015

This Week Nothing. We Got Kicked Out

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This week our guest speaker will be no one. Because we have been kicked out by the Brambleton Deli and are struggling to secure another location again. And once we do (I have no idea when that will be) I will do several hours more of work changing where we meet all over the internet. If we were getting paid for all of this bouncing around this could be a real money maker for us. Too bad we’re all volunteers.

We were told last week that we had several members in our group that would not eat and would just get water or nothing. The waitresses told us they only made $282 in total sales the previous week and “Ben” was mad. Amanda asked them if that was our notice and they said no. They said they wouldn’t do that to us and just throw us out with no chance to secure another location. But when Carla talked to Ben he said we’re done effective immediately when she asked if we had a couple weeks to find a place. He wouldn’t have us in there for even one more day. Which was a very nasty, mean spirited thing to do.

That’s pretty bad business I would say. Actually it is pretty shocking. That level of unprofessionalism is something I would expect more from a company like the Water Authority than a private business that has a good reputation… I thought. I guess he didn’t realize that there are 550 members of this group and all of us know and understand how a good professional business who values their customers operates. I will never eat there again there are plenty of other choices in Roanoke.

They clearly weren’t counting all of the alcohol that we drink in the bar afterwards as well. Ohh and I guess Ben didn’t consider the fact that the waitresses wouldn’t give anyone a menu or ask them what they want to eat. I have never been to a place that didn’t ask you what you wanted to eat. That was a first for me.

This was the process I personally went through each time there. And I was told by several other members they experienced the same. Each meeting I tried to flag them down to bring me a menu. Sometimes that took a while. Then I had difficulty trying to get their attention to order from that menu since they wouldn’t come back even though they knew I wanted to order. I would then get my food which was good. But every single time they wouldn’t bring silverware so I had to try to get their attention again for that. There were also difficulties keeping drinks full.

The waitstaff were nice. They just seemed to be highly inexperienced and weren’t trained to know that when a group is in a room you go to every single person and give them a menu and ask them what they want to eat. And beyond that, trained waitstaff also up-sell people and ask them if they want dessert or if they would like a mixed drink or something.

My point in telling you this is I can understand both sides of the argument. Ben clearly hasn’t done his job training his waitstaff. However I do know that there are some people that come to the meeting and get nothing. There would have been significantly less if they asked everyone what they wanted.

We need to do our end of things which is to eat in the restaurant since they are providing free space for us to meet. We have a couple of options. We can charge significantly more dues to cover the costs to meet in a hotel conference room or something in rows of uncomfortable chairs with no tables, food or drink or we can meet in a restaurant.

We decided to keep the dues down and have our meetings in a restaurant. There is NO restaurant that wants to give us free space to have our meeting without making some money off that space on their food and drinks.

Those of you that just want to get a water or something and prevent the restaurant from earning some money for that space that they give us to pay their rent / mortgage and other expenses don’t need to come to the meetings. Sorry I’m telling you so bluntly but that’s just the way it is. I can tell you for a fact that all of us officers that are doing this free volunteer work every week to keep the group going will quickly lose interest in doing so if we have to continually find a new place to eat due to complaints from the restaurant that there is a large portion of the group that isn’t getting anything. 

So those of you who won’t buy anything, shame on you for making us have to do all of this work to find another place. And Ben the head honcho of the Brambleton Deli, you should consider training your waitstaff properly. It’s not their fault they don’t know what they are doing. It’s yours!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Agressive Collections

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We’ve got a great meeting lined up this week. Our speaker will be the very man who showed me how to correctly fill out my first garnishment. This man’s name is Spanky “The Collector” Macher.

This Armenian gentleman will be showing us how to effectively collect debt by every legal method out there that doesn’t include sending Bobbie Knee Caps or Johnny Knuckles.

Learn the how to procedures of debt collection as well as the pitfalls that you may experience. Learn the law from the creditor’s side of things and strategies the creditor can use to effectively collect debt.

Come on out, it will be a fun meeting!

See Ya Later, Alligator…

Strange QR Code Popping Up All Over Town

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I’ve seen this strange QR Code popping up all over town. Strange because it’s nothing but a giant QR Code. Don’t know what it’s all about but it has some really interesting things in it pertaining to Roanoke City Council at their next meeting stealing property from some people and the sheer magnitude of job loss that we have experienced over the past few years in another article. Use your QR Code reader on your phone. If you don’t have one there is an app called RedLaser which is a great really fast reader. And if you don’t have a smart phone this link is where the QR Code takes you.

http://roanokecitywatch.org/


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Dirty And Potentially Illegal Tricks Roanoke City Government Plays On Unsuspecting People At Tax Sales

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Dirty Tricks People Play For The All Mighty Dollar

The tax sale is Tomorrow Wednesday July 15th at 12PM at the Roanoke City Civic Center. This message is a reminder to those of you novices that don’t know what you’re doing. The city WILL take you for a ride and you need to know and understand that before you bid. Be very careful making a deal with the city because they feel like they are above the law.

Roanoke City has a tax sale of real estate every 8 months to a year. I’ve attended every single one for the past 10 years or so and have purchased a few properties from these sales. I’ve learned allot of lessons over the years and the city has taught me that they can not be trusted and are willing to stoop to low levels that are shocking and most likely illegal.

It is important to expose this corruption within so those who are leading this city have an opportunity to resolve the issues and terminate the city employees who are taking part in this. I am expecting some changes to be made this year regarding disclosure as some people high up in the government ranks were shocked last year when I exposed the scams that were taking place amongst low level government employees. But I can tell you for a fact that they did not terminate any of the employees that were responsible and I could name each one of them.

Below are a few issues that I have personally witnessed or have been a part of. I’m sure there are many more.

Sales Advertised With Guaranteed Clean Titles Are Not Guaranteed Clean:
Roanoke City advertises in their tax sales that they are giving you a property that has a clean title and is free of all claims. I purchased a property back in 2007 that had a serious title problem. Years before the property was sold with the wrong lot information, it was mixed up with the lot next door. Which means the person next door actually is the owner of the property. No title company would insure it therefore no bank loan could be obtained as a result of the title problem and ability for the next door owner to lay claim to the property. I contacted the attorney working for the city at that time and he told me that’s your problem and sent me packing after paying 35K for the property. So lots of money and work for my attorney and we were fortunately able to get a clean title.

Property In SE Roanoke Torn Down Just A Couple Days Before The Sale And The Contracted City Attorney At That Time Contemplated Not Telling Buyers:
Roughly 5 to 7 years ago I was driving around last minute, a couple days before the sale, and saw one of the houses that was advertised for sale being demolished. When I got to the sale there was a photo of the house not demolished. I overheard the same attorney as before with my title problem talking to the guy in front of me. He was telling him that it was demolished but they seriously considered not telling the buyers as they don’t legally have to do so. I was shocked. It’s Unbelievable that anyone would even think about doing that. I’m sure that most people already did their research by driving around and viewing the properties long before I did and when they were looking at it it was there.

City Rezones Property And Hides That The New Owner Will Have To Convert It To Another Use:
Every once and a while the city rezones properties across the city. I think the last time they did it was in 2006. The law is that if a residential property is vacant for at least 2 years than it loses it’s CO and has to revert to a single family house. Almost every house at every tax sale has been sitting vacant for at least 2 years. It takes 2 years of non payment of taxes in order to be able to sell the property to get their tax money.

When a multifamily house is sold at these tax sales and you look online on their GIS you will see that they will leave the property listed as a multifamily even if they are going to force the property to be reverted to a single family due to sitting vacant for too long. Most people do not know these laws. Fortunately I have been doing this stuff for long enough to know what the city will pull on people as they have attempted to do the same thing to me or fellow investors I know.

If the property was rezoned as single family and sat there for 2 years the city will not let you keep it a Multi family. They will force you to get a permit and revert it to a single family house which could bankrupt someone who was not expecting those additional costs and just getting started out in investing. I have seen it time and time again.

There are MANY examples of the city hiding this information at the sale. As a matter of fact, Not a single time have I ever heard the city disclosing this information. Unsuspecting buyers pay big bucks for these properties thinking that they are able to continue operating it as a quad or triplex or duplex and then later find out that they have to dump many more piles of cash into it to bring it to the cities new requirements. Often they don’t have the money to do so and the deceptive practices that the city takes part in end up ruining the rest of their life due to that bad investment.

Take the property at 608 8th St SE that was sold at a tax sale many years ago. And the house is still sitting just as it was. The only difference is now the neighborhood gets to continue to look at that eyesore because the government hoodwinked the buyer who significantly overpaid for the house because he thought he was buying a Quadraplex. I bid on that house but couldn’t justify more than 5K due to the knowledge of the games that the city plays with peoples lives. This poor guy got in a bidding war with other novice investors and ended up sinking 20K into the property before any work was done.

Or look at a couple tax sales ago and the property at 1509 Chapman Avenue. Which appears to be a duplex to the novice however it was rezoned a single family house and will be required to be converted by the novice investor. Wow, wait until they find that out. And guess what. That property is back up for sale again. I wonder if the city gave the poor person their money back.

I’m willing to bet that I would hear some city employees defending their non disclosure of this information while stating that they legally don’t have to. I would find it hard to believe that they legally would not be required to disclose something of such significance. However if they aren’t required to do so they still have moral and ethical behavior that we should be able to count on.

If you are reading this and you agree with what they are doing and are saying in your mind that an inexperienced investor should not be warned  about this as they should have done their due diligence, than you have something very seriously wrong with you. Yes, I am calling you out specifically. You need to get help. You are an evil heartless person and need to go back in your hole. That’s right… I said it!!! The world would be better without people like you.

Now don’t get the impression that there was some big slip-up and the city “forgot” to tell the auctioneer. This happens at EVERY tax sale. And at EVERY tax sale the city pays it’s code enforcement department with tax payer money to be at the sale over in the corner taking notes on who the next owner will be as their attack will follow the new unsuspecting owners purchase. 

City Has Detailed Knowledge Of Serious Problems With A Property And Hide This Knowledge From Buyers:
Another property went up for sale at the past tax sale that had a huge fire in it a few years back. The city condemned the property after the fire and boarded it up. This property was 819 Campbell. The only reason I know that it burned is I own a property behind it. You can’t easily tell from the outside that this property was destroyed. I am being told that this year they will disclose information regarding fire damaged properties. I wonder if they will disclose which properties that are multifamily that they are going to force to be turned into a single family. Or any of the other dirty things they have up their sleeve.

I bid on this fire damaged property because I specialize in extensive rehabs. However I was only willing to bid at most $3,000 as it would take a substantial amount of money to rehabilitate it. Most people couldn’t do it.

Even though there were a number of the code enforcement staff and management in the building, they all decided to deceptively hide the fact that they condemned this building due to a bad electrical fire in the basement. I have been told by an unnamed city employee that they have, in their possession, a file on this property that includes all of the pictures of the damage etc but were unwilling to disclose it. It’s the law that things like this are disclosed by Realtors and knowledge of something like this and not disclosing it is FRAUD.

I have been told through the grapevine that in most cases they will not allow someone to back out of money owed to the treasury department but will make exceptions when friends of the city are involved. In this case the unsuspecting bidder of this property backed out which leaves the city offering the property to the backup bidder which was me.

So I contacted the auctioneer to purchase the property. But in doing so found that the new attorney used by the city who is responsible for the tax sales has a “friend” that he was trying to give the property to and they are not interested anymore in selling it to the backup bidder which is standard procedure. NICE, again this kind of corruption these days should be expected from our local government. The end result is the property didn’t sell as this message went out last year and we ended up exposing what was happening. There was a day and time where you could count on and trust in what government does but I’m very sorry to say that that is a time that has come and gone…

You may be saying… Dallas, if you have the knowledge of this, why don’t you stand up at the tax sale and warn people. Well, my answer is that I did. Both me and Dan tried to tell the auctioneer, city employees and other buyers at the sale that the city was advertising an incorrect higher Tax Assessed value of every property but we were quickly shut down as the auctioneer referenced his communication with the city attorney regarding people speaking up at the sale. He then restated that they are correct tax assessed values. The reality is that they were last years higher tax assessed values and no representation of todays assessed value.

So what do we do about it? Actually I don’t know the answer to that. That’s why I’m writing about it. It can serve as education to novice and moderate investors.

Monday, June 29, 2015

This Week We’re Talking About The National Landlord Convention And Some Interesting Things We Learned

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About a month ago several of us went to the Mr. Landlord national convention. There were about 300 landlords there. There were speakers for 3 days starting around 8am and lasting with round table events every night until about 10pm. Lots of great information!

This meeting the special guest speakers will be yours truly and Spanky Macher. If Carla, David and Carole are at the meeting they will help out as well. I haven’t talked to them to confirm yet.

It’s going to be a relaxed presentation. None of us have the time to prepare anything so we will be winging it as usual. I took a couple pages of notes and will go over what I found interesting. Even after doing this stuff for so many years I ended up learning some great ideas and I have a plan in place for tightening up my property management and being more selective with my tenants based on a few more criteria we will talk about.

We will also talk about things that landlords on a national basis are doing such as getting rid of rent grace periods etc. and the reasons why. Why to have a crime free addendum and what it is. Why to get all of your tenants email addresses. Ideas for getting more ancillary income out of your rentals. Nevada LLC’s and why not to have them. Which state is good. Things to do to change a neighborhood for the better. Customer loyalty programs and how to tell if your prospective tenant has drama in their lives. As well as a long list of websites that can help you operate your business.

If you learn anything that you want to remember you should bring a pen and piece of paper. We have no handouts. Either the pen and paper or you can type what you want to remember into your phone notes.

So come on out. I can guarantee you will learn a few things at this meeting that you will benefit from.

Remember we have a new location. See below. All of those that don’t read these emails, I guess we’ll see you next time when you get it figured out.

New Meeting Location

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At the last meeting we said to read your email. That was to not be rude and talk about how bad it has been for us in Franks while we were in there.

Since we have been there we have had many complaints from our membership about the food. I can say mine was good but I got the exact same salad every meeting.

We also were promised by the manager that the wifi worked well before we took the place. We have known from the start that it didn’t and are extremely limited to what types of meetings we can have as a result. She has been unresponsive in getting that problem resolves. The speaker last night called before he came to confirm that they had wifi. She told him it did and it worked well. He told me he would have brought a personal hotspot if he knew that that wasn’t the case. He was embarrassed having to keep stopping his presentation time and time again. Must have been difficult for him but he managed to get through it.

We also have had the issue of extreme heat in the restaurant for the past month. If you recall it was kept extremely cold as well during the winter  They were aware of that issue from the start but didn’t do anything about it. The last 2 weeks were particularly bad. We have several older members of our group that can’t go anymore due to that level of extreme heat with no fans causing them health issues. We are rapidly losing membership as a result of the restaurant and have to make an emergency change.

I’m not trash talking all of the Franks. Like I said I personally have had great food there. However there clearly are some management issues at this particular one. The lack of response to our issues helps define that.

Our new summer / early fall location will be the Brambleton Deli. Our member Carla Bream set it up for us. There is good wifi and their AC works. The only issue we have there is it will work well for the summer / early fall but it’s about the same size as Franks so it isn’t a long term solution. Our late fall, winter and spring numbers are too high to be able to accommodate a room of that size. The owner is OK with that.

We have our location as Franks all over the internet. I will get started working on changing that. It will take time because it’s literally all over the place. If you notice something I haven’t changed please go ahead and submit the change to the website / newspaper or other publications.

The address of the new location is:
Brambleton Deli
3655  Brambleton Ave., Roanoke, VA 24018

Same time, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

They also have a full bar which is something that several of our members missed from both Shakers and El Rodeo.

Monday, June 22, 2015

This Week At REI Speed Networking With A Moderated Group Discussion Afterwards

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It’s been a very long time since we did any form of group networking in REI. We are an educational business group and our members have a lot to offer that you may not be aware of. I know most of the people in our group but not all. And I know what most of our members have to offer from various conversations I have had with them.

There is another source of making or saving money that our group isn’t taking advantage of which requires networking. Some of the REI groups are set up specifically for that purpose only. They don’t usually last very long from what I’ve found though as a result of that being the sole purpose.

Did you know that our member Jerry Everett was a builder and can rebuild one of your rentals if you had a fire? He can handle the really big jobs. And Jerry has a lot of rentals out in the Salem area so you have questions out that way he’s your man. 

Did you know Robert Young owns a towing company and he can tow abandoned cars away from your property to be held in impound at no cost to you? Your tenants have to pay him to get it. And that he is an expert in commercial real estate and eminent domain issues.

Did you know that John King owns a company that can do any kind of repairs on your mower, weed eater, etc or sell you a new one? And that he also has a hauling company that can bring you dirt, gravel, mulch or whatever you need. Including spreading it.

Did you know that Taz owns a finish carpentry business and can custom build cabinets for you for less than Lowes? He has done several specialty wood working related things for me over the years that my guys weren’t capable of doing. He also did the cabinets for the REI flip that several of us did together.

That is just a very small example of benefits that you can take advantage of by being a member of REI of Virginia. Some people say it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Ever heard that saying? Once we have the new website up we will have a page that members can log into to get peoples contact info with a little short bit of information on what they have to offer. It will be hidden behind a login so your info won’t be available to tenants or anyone just going to the website.

This upcoming meeting will make or save you money within the next year. Could be a lot. It all depends on you. To take full advantage of this meeting bring a bunch of business cards.

Now this isn’t the time to just say what you have to offer. It is also the time to tell REI of Virginia members what you need from them to build your business if you are currently growing it. Is it that you need a connection for a good low cost plumber or you need a source of good wholesale deals?

Everyone gets 90 seconds to talk. If you talk a little less that is fine. I know some people are shy. A little more is fine too. This isn’t to stress you out. It’s so everyone gets to know everyone. I contact people in our group all of the time for this or that. There’s a huge benefit that many people are missing due to not knowing each-other and this will help solve that.

The president of TRIG which is the real estate investor group down in the Tidewater Virginia area told me about it while we were having some drinks after the Landlord Convention. And she said it was extremely beneficial for their group.

Come on out. This will be a fun meeting!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Senator John Edwards at REI of Virginia This Week

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Hi Everyone,

This week I’m pleased to announce our guest speaker will be incumbent democrat Senator John Edwards who is running against republican Nancy Dye who we had at our meeting and Commonwealth Attorney Don Caldwell who is a democrat running as an independent.

People are questioning what Don Caldwell’s motivations are and if what he was doing was to intentionally weaken Edwards.

I’m not sure what Mr. Caldwell’s intentions are. I spoke with him a few months ago regarding a few robberies of my office where the city botched the court case and only charged the criminals for burglary of my brothers office and not mine and he told me at that time the rumors were true and he was thinking about running. 

Senator Edwards has helped REI of Virginia far more than any other politician including the currently elected republicans. None of them have gone to bat for us more than he has. He has been the key man in Richmond who has fought for us to end the ability for the Water Authority to bill a landlord for a tenants unpaid water bill. It’s been a tough fight and Senator Edwards has been there every single year for us from the start.

Come on out and we’ll hear from Senator Edwards about where we currently stand with the Water Authority issue and what plans he has for the future for our area.

See you there!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Tough Times Ahead. Prepare Yourself To Profit Off The New State Of The World And Our Coming Economic Conditions.

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REI Members,

I thought I would write a little something to show you what I’m seeing happening in the World. I’ll throw a few facts down for you and you can decide if the end result is what I see as our future. Have a look on the internet and you will see that all of what I’m about to tell you is true.

You can prosper tremendously from future economic conditions if you are prepared for them before they happen. Certain industries have dramatic gains during war or during deep recessions. Other industries fail. History repeats itself and you can determine how to position your portfolio if you research what has happened in the past.

A series of events:

We have now confirmed that the Chinese hacked into US government computers and stole the personal data of millions of Federal employees. And it wasn’t just some Chinese hackers. It was the Chinese Government!

Just a couple weeks ago we were flying a spy plane 15,000 feet over this new island in the middle of the ocean that the Chinese are building. They are building it in 300 feet deep water!!!. No one has ever done that. We are trying to find out why they are doing it. We think it is because a quarter of all global shipping has to go through that area which is rich in natural resources. China would have a cut off switch for the World at their finger tips by securing this location. A lack of natural resources means limited ability to manufacture products. Limited ability to manufacture products can mean limited ability to re-supply for war.

The Chinese government caught us doing the flyovers and they sent a message repeating over and over telling us to not fly across their territory. To not make this terrible mistake. To please go back. Our position is that they cannot control the waters in the middle of the ocean because the ocean belongs to everyone, not them.

Also, the Chinese for the past 10 years have been building the largest Navy that the World has ever seen. Doing so with all of the money we are giving them for being one of the few countries willing to implement what we consider to be human rights abuses on their own people, including their children.  They work these poor people to the bone to get products cheaply to the United States and the rest of the World. And they have been artificially devaluing their currency, the Chinese Yuan, so the cost of goods remains low preventing other countries from competing with them on a manufacturing basis.

Putin of Russia said yesterday that Russia is not planning on attacking the United States along with a statement that they have gone a long way into developing of some equipment that will destroy our missile defense technology. So why would they do that if they weren’t planning on shooting missiles at us?

Also, remember back in late March 2015 when there were 1,500 special ops who were doing a multi state training program in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas and Utah? And the news was saying that they were skeptical of what they were doing down there. They suspected that the U.S. was preparing for future Marshall Law on the people.

Well, I did some research and found out the real reason. I found an article in the Moscow Times. On March 13th a Russian general said that Russia was offended that the US Congress in February voted to give military equipment to the Ukraine so they could protect themselves from Russia. And that Russia was going to send modern military weapons to Mexico and infiltrate them across the boarder into those specific states where there are already gorilla groups that will take those states back and make them a part of Mexico again. He said that those states have amnesty as a result of us buying them from Mexico during the Mexican American War for 5 million dollars. And that Russia will help force those states to break back off of the United States. This news was something that the White House decided not to let the American Citizens know about.

So that is why in Late March we sent the 1,500 special ops down there for training. And after the general said that, in early April, Russia warned the U.S. to not drive a UN convoy across the boarder of the Ukraine and Russia and in doing so we would be declaring war. He continued to say why does this UN still exist in the first place if the Cold War was supposedly over. So Obama decided that we should continue as planned and have our convoy along the border.

How about this? There has recently been all of this talk about becoming buddy buddy with Cuba. To open up our trade with them. And people have been saying that Obama is an idiot for wanting to team up with Castro who to this day is continuing human rights abuses.

The reason why our government is talking about becoming friends with Cuba at this precise moment is because Cuba will be used as a landing strip / refueling zone for Russia and China if we break out in a full scale war. Cuba is very close and is the perfect place for something like this to transpire. They need a place like Cuba on their side because otherwise they would have to do a landing on one of our beaches and take the beach like we did in on the well known D-Day, the Battle of Normandy. The D in D-Day stood for Designated Day although it should have stood for Dead Day. It was a blood bath for the American military. Castro knows why everyone is trying to buddy up to him. He understands that he is essentially like a swing vote in the game of Survivor.

About a month ago a photo came out showing Putin of Russia, the President of the Chinese government Xi Jinping, Venezuelan president Nicholas Maduro, Castro of Cuba, and several muslim Sunni country heads all together displaying their friendship. That photo helps lay out who will be on who’s side in the upcoming WWIII. The Sunni’s used to all be our friends. Saudi Arabia is Sunni in leadership although their people are Shia. From what I understand, the Sunni’s are the wealthy muslims and Shia are the poor. Obama traded alliances and teamed up with the Shia countries in the Middle East. We are now no longer allies with the Sunni’s.

WWIII is right around the corner. We are firmly in the first few years of posturing before the war. This war will be much different than previous wars. Americans are so used to us taking our war to their country. This war will be both on their soil and ours. They will take a beach like we did in Normandy after using Cuba as a starting point. And they will then use their new position to start spreading their line of control. Further and further into the U.S. Chinese and Russian tanks will be driving down our roads and they will be bombing from our sky.

China alone has 1.3 Billion people. Yes million with a B. We only have 300 million. If every American was a far superior and exceptional fighter every American could kill 2 Chinese. Just a small dent in their population and every American could be completely exterminated.

This isn’t the movies. The good guy doesn’t always win in the end. This is scary stuff. You can call it alarmist but there are some things that have been happening in global politics that are scary recently. Teams are being formed. Who’s on Who’s side.

Interesting things are happening right now for those of you who are keeping abreast of global politics.

Regarding economics, the United States will have another recession next year. We have a recession on average every 6 to 7 years. From what I understand we are already there. To compound that, over 700,000 Baby Boomers will hit 70 years old in 2016. They will be the first wave required to sell a portion of their retirement stock every year. The following year another 700,000 will turn 70 and they will start to sell off their stock doubling the amount of people required to sell each year. The problem will compound upon itself year after year. Let alone next year is a presidential election year which always is particularly hard on Wall Street.

It is expected by experts that the United States will have another housing crisis starting somewhere within 2016 - 2017. So there will be some great opportunities for good buys for those who are in it for the long haul and want to buy at the bottom. Once you hear the pain on the news and the ignorant media saying don’t buy real estate you need to start buying. When the market gets to a point where everyone is saying Buy, Buy, Buy you already missed the boat.

Big interesting things happening in the World right now. We are in a stock market bubble, a government bubble and on the edge of a potentially devastating war. A little research on how various industries perform during historical similar economic conditions will make you a very wealthy investor. Those who are positioned wrong can lose all of their wealth. Fortunes will be gained while fortunes will be lost.

Fortunately those who are reading this email are interested in a particular investment that fares very well as a hedge against extreme economic conditions. A good “Cash Flowing” buy and hold strategy with a strong debt to income ratio will make an investor wealthy in both good times and bad.

And that is why I’m such a strong proponent of having a large portion of low income property in your diversified portfolio.

The End…. For Now.

Mold, Asbestos and old Heating Oil Tank Spills at REI This Week

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Hello Everyone,

This week our guest speaker will be Carroll Hale, of an environmental based company called Green Earth Naturally LLC.

Carroll will be with us to talk about some of the nasty little conditions you can inherit with a house you purchase. Including things like Mold, Asbestos and leaking Underground Petroleum Tanks.

Getting unbelievable deals on properties typically is associated with dealing with some nasty problems that most people are scared of. Come on out to the meeting to get educated on these potential types of opportunities so you can fully understand the scope of the problems and know how much it will cost you to take care of it. After all you have to know the cost of taking care of an issue like this before submitting your bid so you can subtract it plus a large premium for dealing with the problem from your offer.

I can tell you from past meetings, there is a huge opportunity in purchasing properties that have contaminated ground with oil spills. No one wants these types of properties. A portion of a penny of every gallon of gas that is sold goes into a Virginia fund called VPSTF. And this fund pays for these types of cleanups.

We had a cleanup on the REI flip that we did together a couple years ago and the guy we used waived the $500 deductible. It was a good win / win for all.

See you at the meeting!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

This Week Tom Roe…

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This week our special guest speaker, Republican Tom Roe, who is running against Democrat Steve McGraw for the Roanoke County Circuit Court Clerk.

Tom has been endorsed by Bob Goodlatte, Morgan Griffith, Greg Habeeb, Ralph Smith and many others. Tom is currently an attorney for the firm Spigle, Role, Massey & Clay and has been practicing law in the Roanoke Valley for 30 years.

The Clerk of Court is responsible for recording deeds and other real estate related documents, issuing marriage licenses, processing divorces and name changes, handling criminal, probate and estate matters and maintaining court records and other records as provided by law.

Last week the landscaping company was a no show so we talked about that very cool landlord master key deadbolt and discussed other topics such as how to profit from the 2016 expected housing crisis and stock market crash, etc. This week we will also have a group forum where we will talk about various subjects in the remaining time. I don’t expect it to be long with Mr. Roe so the majority of the time will be a forum. Bring your questions.

Come on out for a fun educational evening with like minded people.

We’ll see you there!

Monday, May 18, 2015

This Week Landscape Design

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This week we will have the people from WDR Land Designs at our meeting. They will be there to talk about landscape design on your personal property or to create curb appeal for your flips or to increase the rental value of your property.

We’ll see you there!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

NOT FOR YOU! You have been voted to pay for it…

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We need your help!

A couple weeks ago I put a message out to this group of 550 people that we really need help from the members and need you to show up at a city council meeting in support of us attempting to persuade the city council to not give themselves and the city employees another 4 million dollar raise by increasing taxes on the citizens.

Guess how many people showed up at the meeting? Out of 550 people that were asked for help…. 3 showed. Me and Roger who were asking and our buddy and former REI CEO Dan Cullather. THAT’S IT!

This will be the final meeting. The city council has increased the size of government in almost every area and they are giving themselves another huge raise. They just finished giving every single city employee a big raise. Now another. In a time where regular people aren’t getting raises. They are lucky if they even have a job. I don’t see this unlimited amount of wealth out there that the City Council can tap into whenever they want.

At the last meeting, the city council was under the impression that us 3 guys that keep complaining about everything aren’t an adequate representation of what the citizens want. There were several plants that they had there that were literally begging for higher taxes because they love this city and what they have done for it. 2 of them were begging to put all of the tax burden on small business. The council decided that there are more people that want taxes higher than want them to remain the same or drop.

It sure would be nice to be able to speak to the council and look into the crowd and ask how many people agree with what we’re saying. And a wave of people all stand up.

You don’t even have to talk. I understand that most people don’t like talking in front of groups of people. Or talking while they are currently being broadcast to a television show that is recorded. But Dan, Roger and myself aren’t shy. We will stick up for what’s best for investors in Roanoke. But we really do need a little support to look like we aren’t the only people who care.

I have been requested by several members in our organization to send out a reminder of the upcoming city council meeting that we need your help at. So here it is.

The meeting will be held at 2pm at the city council chambers. The last one was at 7pm so everyone easily could go. This one is at 2pm.

You know where the Roanoke City court house is? If you were standing in the road looking at the front door it’s the building to the right. That is the municipal building. You walk in the front door of that building and on the right is the Treasurer, in front of you is the Real Estate Tax office, And to the left is the Real Estate Valuation office with a set of elevators right next to it. Take that elevator up to the top 4th floor and you are at the city council chambers. It starts at 2pm, and if for some chance you wanted to say a few words you need to get there at least 15 minutes early to sign up to talk. If you change your mind and don’t want to you can always say I pass.

We hope to see you there!





Dallas.

Ronald Reagan Quote

"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." - Ronald Reagan

A Knock It Out Of The Park Meeting This Week At REI

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Hello everyone,

We have a great meeting lined up for this Tuesday. We’re going to start off the meeting with a few minutes to Republican Harry Griego who is running in a primary against Republican incumbent house member Chris Head. We always invite both parties if one would like to speak so I will be sending a message to Chris to see if he want’s to come out and give a few minutes as well.

After that we’re doing something we never have done before. We’re going to have a meeting on tenant applications. I’m sure some very informative conversation will come out of this meeting. Please send a copy of your application to Andy Stowasser at hastow@aol.com. What Andy is going to do is set up our varied applications on the new REI computer so we will be able to see them on the presentation screen.

This will allow everyone to see what information is important to other investors in deciding on a resident. Mine for example I call a garnishment application. I don’t personally care if a tenant smokes in my low income apartments or if they have pets. I see that as an additional revenue source. So I created mine so I can fit 3 people on 1 front and back printed sheet of paper. And it is primarily focused on obtaining information to determine income and garnishment possibilities.

I also wanted to make it clear that there will be an application fee and they will not get it back if we decide that they don’t qualify. And if they want to know why they are required to send a written notice to me requesting an answer.

Good stuff people! This is the kind of meeting that ends up drawing out some really interesting information.

We’ll see you there!

BTW, If you haven’t paid dues yet please do so. We really need to work on getting some funds together so we can start doing things. We need at least 60K to do something like getting involved with flipping properties of which we can hire our own members as contractors for the job. Or we can do training programs for fellow landlords on various aspects of rehab very similar to what Andy is doing right now with his personal flip he’s doing.

We are all volunteers and no one is getting paid anything. Dues are only $100. Not much to ask considering the massive amount of volunteer hours we put in to try to keep this thing going. If any of us decided ww have had enough of it the group could very easily and quickly dissipate and at that point landlords and investors are back on their own without this great resource there for you when you need it. You can bring your dues to the meeting OR the dues payment address is:

REI of Virginia
3959 Electric Rd Suite 110
Roanoke, VA 24018

Thank You!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Money For You!!!

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This week we will have the most interesting topic of all. Money For You...

One of our favorite speakers, Jamie Bailey, will be talking about investor loans. Loans to grow your business and buy more property.

As you know, real estate investing is all about wisely leveraging other peoples money to make yourself wealthy over time. And in order to obtain financing, the deal has to be profitable for both you and those who you borrow from.

Jamie will be talking about conventional and investment financing and will answer all of your questions on what the banks like to see for investors and what currently can and can’t be done.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Infinite Banking Strategy!!!

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Hello Everyone,

Kraig Strom spoke at our meeting on March 31st and the feedback we received was great.  He showed us some real world examples of how cash value life insurance can turbo charge the returns on most any investment, especially real estate!

Several people had questions about the how the cost of renovations affected overall returns.  Kraig prepared a short recap video that covers the highlights of his talk and more detail on the renovation question. 

Watch the video- Click Here è Infinite Banking Recap Video ç

Kraig sent two supporting documents as well.
1.      The Attached real Estate Analysis Template can be used to take advantage of Kraig’s offer to analyze real estate deals for our members.  If you would like to know how much better your next deal could be, fill out the property details and email it back to him at kraig@wealthycastle.com.
2.      REI Virginia Banking 101 is a recap of how banks make money.  Think the bank keeps the spread between account rates and loan rates?  Think again.  Find out how banks can make 900% returns on every deal.









Roanoke UPS Store Want’s To Collect Your Rent For You!

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A couple years ago I changed my rent collection system. Rather than driving around and physically collecting rent, tenants were required to either put their rent in my mailbox or mail it to my mailbox. That worked well for a while however I did have a few episodes of drama in my front yard from tenants who decided that they wanted to get a little froggy with me when I was evicting them. It’s not good to have that kind of stuff taking place at your home where you’re supposed to be able to relax.

I later moved out in the hollar to Roanoke County and decided at that point the only people who will know where my address is are my friends. I got a PO Box in Elliston for my tenants to send their rent to and changed my Tax Address with Roanoke City to the PO Box so if they want to send me their monthly love letters they can send them there.

That has worked out OK but there is one problem. My tenants would rather spend $2.00 in gas driving to physically drop off rent rather than the 40 something cents it costs to mail it. Several of my tenants are last minute kind of people. They used to hustle out there to my house and put it in my mailbox on the 5th right before they got the late fee.

So that clearly doesn’t work with a PO Box in Elliston and no where to drop rent off anymore. And I refuse to get back into the situation where they drop it off at my house or the situation where I’m running down tenants every day at the first of the month trying to get paid. That was irritating and a major waste of my time. Also is a terrible idea when you’re trying to set up good “systems” that make your life easy and make you more productive.

To top it off, we now are experiencing problems with the government mailing system in Roanoke which makes this problem much worse. If a tenant bought a mail order at the post office, the same one your PO Box is in, the government decided that they are going to send it to Greensboro NC first to be sorted and then back here to Roanoke to that PO Box that they were standing 5 feet away from. And the total time for this Greensboro trip of your money is from 3 to 5 days.

3 to 5 doesn’t work when a tenant is behind on their rent and trying to make an immediate payment to you. Or when you need to know if they paid because of an upcoming court date the same or next day. Saying they mailed it doesn’t fly. That leaves a great opportunity for a lie.

Our member Carla Bream found what looks to be a great solution. Scott at the Electric Rd UPS Store will be coming to our meeting to talk about the landlord services they offer. At the UPS Store you get a physical address. You know how some people won’t send something to a PO Box…

Your tenants can go get their money order or bring their check down to the UPS Store and they will accept your rent payment for you and will put it in your box. At that point they send you a text message or email when new mail is put in the box. Or you can call them to ask them if there is a payment in your box. No other carrier would spend their time doing that for you.

They will even sign for any packages that you have delivered there by any carrier. What a pain it is when I buy something off Ebay and the seller requires delivery confirmation. I will never be at my house during the time that they could deliver it so I have to call around and get them to hold it at some location so I can go sign and get it days after I could have had it.

This sounds like a pretty good solution to the problem. Tenants have what some of them want, a place to drop off rent. And those that like to mail rent can do that as well. 

Come on out to the meeting to get all of the details on how it works.

See you there!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Roanoke City Demands More Of Your Money

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Just as the Federal Government took their hand out of our pockets for the April 15th income tax deadline, Roanoke City decided that they aren’t getting enough and want a higher share of your money as well. They apparently have the Greed Bug and are having a hard time shaking it. The next upcoming council election will put an end to that as their new proposal will effect every citizen in the city.

This evening at 7:00 pm Roanoke City is holding a meeting to discuss the various new forms of taxes that they want to make the citizens and business owners in the city pay.

They would like to see an increase in several different areas at once and allow themselves room for further future taxation as well.

The proposed taxes are a new 7 dollar tax per trash can. A landlord that has a 100 units would pay an additional $700 per month to the city for this new tax alone. We already have the highest property taxes in Western Virginia which used to be OK because it included trash pickup.

They are also interested in increasing everyones motor vehicle taxes and an increase in the meals tax again. They feel it is important to continue their growth and are not interested in any form of budget cuts. Let me make this clear, Budget Cuts are not on the table this evening for discussion although I’m sure that there will be several people that will bring it up.

The meeting again is at 7:00 pm. If you want to say a few words then show up early so you can sign up to speak. It’s in the city council chambers which is on the 4th floor of the municipal building that is to the right of the city court house. It’s real important that you come to this meeting regardless of wether you talk or not. If you show you don’t care it makes it so much easier for the next tax increase.

I know I don’t work hard all day long to turn around and give it all up to the government. Tenants will be the ultimate victim of these continual tax increases. Rents raised substantially as a result of the rain tax and this trash can tax will have much more of a dramatic impact considering the fact that it’s their trash and few landlords would be willing to pay for someone else’s trash. 

It’s time to sharpen the pencil and make some budget cuts. Trust me, they won’t have to sharpen it much. I was on the City Budget Committee and most of you would be shocked at the sheer amount of wasteful spending Roanoke City does with your money.

Monday, April 20, 2015

An Appraisers Insight This Week At REI

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This week our special guest speaker will be REI member and friend Richard Varney. Richard is a real estate appraiser and he’s going to give us his insight on the housing market in Roanoke.

What price ranges in the market are too crowded with an over supply of houses?

The importance of knowing the final after repair value (ARV) before you buy a house to flip.

Great info… Be There Or Be Square…

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sherwin Williams At REI This Week

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This week our special guest speaker will be Andrew Rutledge who is the rep for Sherwin Williams.

REI of Virginia currently has discounts on paint from Lowe’s, Home Depot and Sherwin Williams.

Your discount from Home Depot paint is 20% off if you use the phone number 540-293-2335. Lowe’s lost a lot of paint business as a result of our substantial discount offered by Home Depot. They then agreed to match the Home Depot discount but I have heard mixed results from our membership. It doesn’t seem like all of the employees in the paint departments in the various Lowe’s know about our discount match.

I am now hearing that Sherwin Williams is going to be selling their products in Lowe’s. We already have a Community Buying Group discount through Sherwin Williams but to be honest with you it’s a little complicated. There are various amounts off depending on the product. Some up to 40% off but some much less. And I’ve been told that percentage off fluctuates on a regular basis. So it is a little complicated and I’m hoping that Andrew can clear it up so we understand.

One thing that’s real important to know about is paint in our line of work. That is one of the things that we have to continuously do so overall we spend a lot of money on it in comparison to other repairs.

It’s real important to use a paint that covers in 1 coat due to the added labor costs of having to paint a place twice to get adequate coverage. Painting twice is much more expensive than a few more dollars per gallon. Also, certain colors of paint cover better than others. I always use a satin bone white which is a very light kaki color due to it’s superior color coverage compared to many other colors. It covers much better than the bright china white we use on the trim or the flat white for the ceilings.

Sherwin Williams has some great paint and often scores high on Consumer Reports studies of paint coverage vs price comparison. As does some of the Behr higher line products. The last couple years Valspar has missed the boat by a little over Behr and Sherwin Williams premium lines. I’m not sure what the latest 2015 paint coverage stats show from Consumer Reports or if they have done them yet.

Come on out to hear what Andrew has to say about their Sherwin Williams paints and why to use them. And an explanation of our discounts and what’s going on with Lowe’s.

See you there!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Roanoke City Refuses To Get Off The Gravy Train

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Property taxes have remained relatively high over the years since the recession. Depending on where in the city, property values have dropped  20 - 50 % while the city has kept the property tax rates the same.

The city was reprimanded by the state and forced to comply with state regulations which lead them to slowly lower the tax assessed values of a great deal of the city. Property taxes were never lowered anywhere near where they should have been but the slight tax decrease has lead to a situation where the city government is underfunded and can’t continue to pay for their ever increasing expansion.

Roanoke City then put the feelers out to see how the citizens felt about an increased property tax rate so the local government could still get all of the money they that they want. They see the citizens as a pool of never ending wealth that they can tap into any time they desire.

The response to their test was extremely negative. After all Roanoke City already has the highest property taxes in this part of Virginia.  They found that the people were not in favor of increasing the property tax rate.

So now the city has decided that they are going to take serious consideration to imposing a new fee requiring trash pickup to be paid for by each house. Trash pickup will no longer be included in your property taxes. This decision follows the recent rain tax that the city imposed on it’s citizens. Which was proceeded by the meals tax a few years ago.

City Manager Chris Morrill is suggesting a $60 to $84 dollar per year charge per big blue container. I hope you don’t have any multifamily houses with several trash cans. This will give the city millions more to continue their expansion. One of many other unintended results of their actions will be increases in low income housing rents which further exacerbates the homeless issues that Roanoke City is dealing with.

They are also considering raising the meals tax again and or adding an additional motor vehicle license tax. The city council is still kicking it around but all of the city councilmen and women are planning for an increase in several different areas of taxation. But want to do it incrementally so they can leave room to raise all of them again in the future for continued expansion.

They are having a public hearing on it on April 23rd but won’t have a vote on it until May. It’s important to them to do this to the citizens slowly, allowing time for you to adjust to these additional taxes before hiking them up continually throughout the future as needed.

There is a point in time where the citizens will stand up and say NO. Is Roanoke City there yet? Or do the citizens feel hopeless like they can’t do anything about it anyway so they will just go along with anything that is planned for them by the great leaders?

There are many ways to gradually decrease the size of government that don’t include firing or laying off a single government employee. The city government has ballooned to such a tremendous size that there are continually loads of jobs being refilled after employees retire or change positions. These open positions don’t have to be refilled. The currant local administration does not like this method of decreasing government as they currently have no intentions of slowing down.

Have a look below at the currant list of positions for hire by the city. How many of them would you notice was not refilled? Is it absolutely necessary to hire another Code Enforcer and Building Inspector? 21 on staff isn’t enough? I see they now have money from the new rain tax for a Stormwater Engineer. a Stormwater Cost Technician, a Stormwater Water Quality Administrator and several Stormwater Maintenance Technicians. More workers for the Human Services entitlement programs, etc, etc, etc…


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Automation Coordinator [1493] Human Services
Salary: $36,935/YR. Close Date: 4/20/2015
Plans, coordinates and facilitates the utilization of automated equipment and systems for the City of Roanoke Department of Human/Social Services.  Coordinates with other agencies to gain access to computer files, programs or software. Trains departmental staff in use of software applications and specific equipment needed by various staff units. Coordinates and schedules the implementation of additional hardware and software, working with state and city technical support staff and networking engineers. Troubleshoots to determine causes of problems and resolution. Maintains inventories of computer equipment. Performs new user security setup, including user account creation and assignment of security permissions.  Associate's degree or equivalent from two-year college or technical school with major course work in computer science, business or related field; one to three years related experience and/or training in automated systems; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Requires a valid appropriate driver's permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia. A+ Certification and Network+ Certification, or equivalent, preferred, but not required.

Budget/Business Analyst [1795] Technology
Salary: $45,919/YR. Close Date: 4/15/2015
Performs work focused on analyzing business processes and proposing how to re-engineer and automate those processes most effectively utilizing a wide variety of technology solutions to maximize quality of service and cost effectiveness.  Understands project methodology and project management concepts.  Ability to understand database design and application development.  Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university in data processing; three to five years related experience and/or training in a technology-based organization or any equivalent combination of education and experience.  Experience as a project leader is a plus.

Camp Counselor - Youth Development [10728-10739] Parks & Recreation
Salary: $8.98/HR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs related paraprofessional work as a Day Camp Supervisor for school age children (K-5th grade). Supervision over day campers and volunteers. Responsible for assisting in planning, implementing, and evaluating day camps. Provides assistance, guidance, and encouragement to individual campers during all camp programs and activities. Follows all city policies and program guidelines for day camp staff and participants. Keeps program areas safe, clean, and in good repair. Implements the risk management plan to protect partipants and staff. Any combination of education and experience equivalent to one (1) year of college with emphasis on recreation program planning and implementation. Have or willing to obtain certification in Standard First Aid and CPR. Should have some experience in a day care, day camp, or after school program environment. Summer program only (June - August) and will work approximately 30 hours per week.

Camp Supervisor - Youth Development [10740-10745] Parks & Recreation
Salary: $10.00/HR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs related paraprofessional work as a Day Camp Supervisor for school age children (K-5th grade). Supervision over day camp counselors, day campers and volunteers. Responsible for assisting in planning, implementing, and evaluating day camps. Responsible for maintaining accurate enrollment records and collecting enrollment payments. Assists in the recruitment and training of day camp counselors. Provides assistance, guidance, and encouragement to individual campers during all camp programs and activities. Follows all city policies ad program guidelines for day camp staff and participants. Keeps program areas safe, clean, and in good repair. Implements the risk management plan to protect participants and staff. Any combination of education and experience equivalent to two (2) years of college with emphasis on recreation program planning and impementation. Proven experience in using and teaching staff appropriate safety considerations, understanding participant expectations, and discipline in a day camp setting. Have or willing to obtain certification in Standard First Aid and CPR  Possession of valid appropriate driver's permit issued by Commonwealth of Virginia. Should have significant experience in a day care, day camp, or after school program environment. Summer program only (June - August) and will work approximately 30 hours per week.

Civil Engineer I [10711] Stormwater
Salary: $45,919 - $73,471/YR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs work in the planning, scheduling, survey, design construction, inspection and maintenance of a variety of projects; provide engineering services for contract management, construction projects, building use reassignment evaluations, and system maintenance. 
Prepares designs, plans, specifications and cost estimates for assigned projects in areas of
professional land survey, design, drafting, erosion and sediment control and storm water management design.  Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia Registration board for Architects and Engineers with a major in civil engineering or related field; one year professional experience and/or training in engineering work and project management preferred; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Recognition as an Engineer-in-training in the Commonwealth of Virginia preferred.

Codes Compliance Inspector I [10357] Neighborhood Services
Salary: $14.88/HR. Close Date: 4/15/2015
Inspects for building maintenance of existing structures, Rental Certificate of Compliance program, zoning compliance, the enforcement of inoperable motor vehicles, weeds, trash and graffiti ordinances and violations.  Canvasses City building maintenance, zoning, inoperable motor vehicle, weed and trash, and graffiti violations.  Issues Certificates of Compliance through the Rental Inspection Program.  Receives, evaluates and investigates complaints involving zoning violations. Prepares monthly reports on zoning inspections. Summons violators and testifies in court. High School diploma or general education degree (GED); three to five years related experience and/or training in the building construction and appraisal of residential and complex commercial/industrial properties; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Must possess a valid appropriate driver's permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Must obtain Virginia Certification as a Building Maintenance Inspector issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development within 12 months of employment.  Bilingual, Spanish/English speakers encouraged to apply.

Combination Inspector II [0022] Planning;Building and Development
Salary: $36,935/YR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Reviews building plans and inspects all new construction, additions and alterations of buildings and structures including one & two family dwellings and commercial sites for compliance with all City and State codes and ordinances.  Investigates appeals and conducts field inspections to examine special problems and specific complaints. Examines plans, specifications and materials; makes inspection of building, mechanical, plumbing and electrical system for compliance with current code requirements.  Associate's degree or equivalent from two-year college or technical school with major course work in plumbing, mechanical electrical systems or related field; three to five years related experience and/or training in the installations, repair, maintenance or inspection of building, plumbing/mechanical and electrical systems; 4 years related experience in general building construction; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Virginia Certification as Combination Inspector 1& 2 Family Dwelling and Combination Inspector General in building, plumbing, mechanical and electrical issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.  Possession of a valid appropriate drivers permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Construction Cost Technician [10710] Stormwater
Salary: $30,946/YR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs work in the preparation and maintenance of construction cost reports, contracts and change orders. Initiates and coordinates construction contracts, bonds, escrow agreements, consultant agreements, change orders and amendments.  Maintains miscellaneous documents as required for review by project managers and City Engineer.  Prepares and reviews project manuals to ensure appropriate documents are included prior to publications.   Associate's degree or equivalent from two-year college or technical school with courses in cost accounting, engineering or related field; one to three years related experience and/or training in cost accounting related to engineering and/or construction work; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Deputy Sheriff [N/A] Sheriff
Salary: $33,126/YR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs protective service work in the Roanoke City Jail.  Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school.  Possession of a valid driver's permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Vision requirements are 20/30 in the better eye corrected, 20/40 in the worse eye corrected.  Worse than 20/60 uncorrected, must correct with corrective lenses to 20/30 or greater in the better eye; or to 20/40 or greater in the worse eye.  Disqualified if uncorrected vision is 20/200 or greater in both eyes.  Must successfully complete a thorough background investigation and physical examination.  Must live within fifty (50) road miles of the Sheriff's Office.  Minimum age to apply is 21 years old.  APPLICANT MUST SUBMIT TO A DRUG SCREENING TEST AND POLYGRAPH.   Shift work including weekends and holidays.  Bilingual, Spanish/English speakers encouraged to apply.

Emergency Medical Technician - Basic [T299] Fire-EMS
Salary: $11.77/HR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs responsible technical and human support work providing medical care to patients using basic life support (BLS) and stabilization procedures at the accident or illness scene and during transport to medical facilities.  Not to exceed 40 hours per pay period. General knowledge of the methods, materials, practices
and techniques and equipment required for emergency medical treatment in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Possession of an appropriate valid vehicle operators license issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Current valid Emergency Medical Technician certification issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Possession of a valid basic life support provider certificate for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).  Successful applicants must maintain current EMT-B card and CPR card while in employment with the City of Roanoke.

Firefighter/EMT [#Not Applicable] Fire-EMS
Salary: $35,445/YR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs technical work providing fire suppression and human health emergency medical services, normally assigned to a 24-hour shift;   Duties are performed under emergency conditions and frequently involve considerable personal hazard. Responds to fire alarms and emergency medical calls. High school diploma or general education degree (GED); Associate degree with courses in fire science, emergency health sciences or related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Possession of a valid appropriate drivers license issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  MUST BE 21 YEARS OLD and submit to a drug screening test. Must possess or obtain EMT certification within twelve (12) month probationary period.  Must possess and maintain required certifications appropriate to duty assignment within the Fire/EMS department.  Bilingual, Spanish/English speakers encouraged to apply.


HAT Case Aide [9345] Human Services
Salary: $10.64/HR. Close Date: 4/13/2015
Performs human support work in providing a variety of services for agency clients.  Transports homeless individuals and families to job interviews, clinic, doctor, couseling, vocational, recreational, etc.  Assists with street outreach and answers phones when necessary. Supplies information about agency and/or community resources and facilities to neighborhood residents.  Provides supportive services to clients residing in homeless shelters.  Greets clients, instructs groups and /or individuals in homemaking and/or parenting skills as needed.  Verifies data, assists clients in making arrangements for various services.  Assists HAT Case Managers in determining client needs, monitors case progress and maintains dictation of activities.  Requires High School diploma or general education degree (GED); experience and/or training in the human services field; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Possession of a valid appropriate driver's permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Work 20 hours per week with no benefits.Work Monday - Friday 8:00am - 12:00noon.

Intake Worker - Grant-Funded [10716] Human Services
Salary: $33,126/YR. Close Date: 4/13/2015
Under the direction of the Human Services Administrator, this position will be responsible for interviewing clients who present for shelter services by operating Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) and other databases, performing data entry, searches and retrieval, obtaining client identification, determining shelter history, returning clients to official shelters.  The Intake Worker may perform shelter assignment requests and Housing Barriers Assessments as needed, check records for accuracy of information and for conformity with established program protocols; prepare travel assistance requests for clients diverted to viable housing options; prepare manifests for client transports when needed; ensure case records are compiled, reconcile and file as per department standards, and assist in preparing and arranging and organizing reception area for services and activities.  This position will also be required to maintain telephone coverage by answering phone calls in a timely manner and providing accurate information to callers. Ideal candidate will possess excellent communication skills; computer and data entry skills and the ability to interact respectfully with diverse populations. Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university with major work in sociology or related field; one to three years related experience and/or training in social services work; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Possession of a valid appropriate drivers license issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Landscape Gardener [0134] Parks & Recreation
Salary: $22,938/YR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs skilled landscape and turf maintenance including planting, pruning, fertilizing, mulching, watering and spraying a wide variety of flowers, bulbs, hanging baskets, shrubs, trees, ground covers, perennials, ornamental grasses and other types of plant material as well as mowing, weed-eating, edging, leaf mulching, aerating, fertilizing, and seeding turf and lawn areas.  Installs and renovates landscapes and turf.  Assists in transplanting/propagating seedlings, cuttings, slips and plants in a greenhouse and/or field beds, including preparing soil as directed by supervisor.  Keeps parks, greenways and green spaces clean by removing fallen limbs, debris and trash.  Must have some knowledge of the operation of a wide variety of mowers, industry specific power equipment and vehicles.  Ability to skillfully operate and do routine daily service and maintenance on this equipment is preferred.  Must be able to learn to operate other equipment such as front-end loader, forklift, bobcat and tractor.  Must have the ability to perform word processing, record keeping and report preparation on a computer and effectively use basic office equipment including computers, calculators, copiers, cell phones and mobile radios.  Operates heavy and light equipment for snow/ice removal.  High school diploma or general education degree (GED), or related experience and/or training in horticulture, landscape maintenance or a related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Post high school and/or vocational training in horticulture or landscape maintenance preferred.  Must have minimum of a valid class B Commercial Learner’s Permit License with tanker endorsement and be able to obtain a Registered Technician Spraying License and the Fertilizer Applicator Certification within 6 months.

Lead HVAC Technician [1174] Facilities Management
Salary: $33,126-$53,002/YR. depending on experience. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs skilled technical work in the maintenance, repair, replacement, and installation of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, controls and distribution systems.  Provides technical assistance with the design of HVAC systems including installations and modifications to existing systems; and, assists in training other technicians and staff in preventative maintenance of HVAC systems.  May supervise an assigned work crew.  High school diploma or general education degree (GED) with five or more years of progressively responsible experience working with complex HVAC systems and equipment including chillers, boilers, package units, VAV systems (direct digital, pneumatic and automated control systems).  Must have (6G) pipe welding certification, heavy rigging, pipe and steel fabrication experience.  Experience with sheet metal fabrication is a plus.  Must possess a Master Certification in Rigging or obtain within 12 months of employment.  Possession of a valid appropriate driver’s permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Will be required to complete a written examination and a hands-on assignment.  May be required to wear some type of respiratory protection in the performance of their duties.

Maintenance Technician I [1328] Transportation
Salary: $22,938/YR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs skilled landscape maintenance in the City Rights-of-Way including mowing, weed-eating, edging, planting, weeding, leaf mulching, aerating, fertilizing and seeding.  Must have knowledge of and ability to skillfully operate and do routine daily service on a wide variety of mowers and equipment, including zero turn, walk-behind and push mowers, weed-eaters, edgers and blowers.  Performs semi-skilled landscape maintenance, including pesticide spraying, minor tree and shrub pruning, brush removal, mulching and other landscape maintenance duties.  Must have the ability to perform word processing, record keeping and report preparation on a computer and effectively use basic office equipment including computers, calculators, copiers, cell phones and mobile radios.  Operates heavy and light equipment for snow removal.  Must have a minimum of a valid Class B Commercial Learner's Permit and be able to obtain a full CDL license within 6 months.  Must be able to obtain a Registered Technician Pesticide License and a Fertilizer Applicator Certification within 12 months.  High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and one to three years related experience and/or training in horticulture or landscape maintenance, one to three years related experience and/or training in the operation of medium to heavy motorized equipment and the performance of heavy manual labor; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Maintenance Technician II [0901] Facilities Management
Salary: $25,343/YR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Repairs, maintains, troubleshoots, and installs commercial plumbing systems including HVAC piping systems, rainwater recovery, swimming pools and decorative fountains.  Will assist supervisor with layout sketches, material lists and time estimates.  Prefer proficient backhoe operator for installation & repair of light utility piping, ability to fit steel pipe systems and assist welder/ fabricator.  Must posess Journeyman level Plumbing License or ability to obtain within 12 months of employment. Backflow Certification preferred. High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and one to three years experience and/or training in the trades area assigned; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Possession of a valid appropriate driver's permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia. May be required to wear some type of respiratory protection in the performance of their duties.

Maintenance Technician II [0995] Stormwater
Salary: $25,343/YR Close Date: Open Until Filled  [Re-Advertisement]
Operates street sweeper, backhoe, heavy front-end loader and large motor grader in leveling ground surfaces and street/construction repair.  Services and makes minor repairs and adjustments on equipment.  Operates heavy and light equipment in snow removal and assists with special events, and other emergency tasks, including some nights and weekends, as needed.  Operates dump truck, including automatic and manual transmission.  Position hours are 11:00 pm-7:30am-Mon.-Sat. Maintains accurate log sheets, checklists, and pre-trip sheets.   Class B CDL with Tanker requirements are required within 6 months of hire.     High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and two to three years related experience and/or training in trades area assigned; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Maintenance Technician III [1258] Facilities Management
Salary: $28,003/YR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Primary responsibility will be to frame walls, install drywall, install ceramic tile, install carpet, pour and finish concrete, install windows, install doors, install blinds, install siding, and have the ability to construct and repair office furniture on all city owned buildings.  The applicant must have the ability to read blue prints.  The applicant must participate in the work of a crew engaged in a variety of maintenance and construction activities.  Discuss job requirements and receives detailed instructions from supervisor.  High school diploma or general education degree (GED) is required and three to five years experience and/or training in the trade’s area is preferred.  The applicant must possess a valid appropriate driver's permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.   Depending on area of assignment, may require possession of a valid appropriate Class A, B or C commercial driver's license. May be required to wear some type of respiratory protection in the performance of their duties.

Maintenance Technician III [1259] Facilities Management
Salary: $28,003-$44,806/YR. depending on experience. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Repairs, maintains, and installs wiring, motors, transformers, generators, lighting, appliances, circuits, wiring and other electrical system equipment and components in compliance with electrical codes, standards and regulations.  Operates a variety of electrical testing equipment in locating and determining types of electrical malfunctions.  Studies plans, drawings, specifications, and work orders to determine work requirement and sequence of repairs and/or installations.  Repairs and maintains high voltage systems.  Working conditions include restricted movement, dirty environment, hazardous materials, lifting and carrying heavy objects. Requires a minimum of a journeyman level electrician license, knowledge of applicable electrical codes, standards, and regulations.  HVAC knowledge is a plus. May be required to wear some type of respiratory protection in the performance of their duties.

Maintenance Worker I - Seasonal [10309] Transportation
Salary: $9.10/HR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs routine landscape maintenance tasks within the City of Roanoke's right of ways.  Operates a variety of mowing equipment, edgers, string trimmers, leaf blowers and other small power equipment.  Work is accomplished under the direction of Maintenance Technicians.  High school diploma or general education degree (GED); one to three months related experience and/or training in landscape maintenance and performance of heavy manual work is desirable; or equivalent combination of education and experience.    Work 40 hours per week from April - November.

Maintenance Worker II - Seasonal Mowing [10749 - 10756] Parks & Recreation
Salary: $10.00/HR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
 Performs unskilled manual work in the completion of maintenance tasks on park properties and greenways. Typical tasks include mowing/trimming grass, cleaning shelters and restrooms, trash removal, weeding, general landscape maintenance, cleaning/maintenance of tennis and basketball courts, bench and table repairs, rough carpentry, light equipment repair and maintenance, concrete work, and related tasks. Loads and unloads materials such as soil, mulch, gravel, lumber and refuse, assists with special event set-ups, stages, tents etc. Operates and maintains various types of hand and small power tools such as blowers, weed eaters, saws, drills, etc. Operates small dump trucks, pick-up trucks & trailers and light motorized equipment such as riding and push mowers.  High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and one to three years related experience and/or training in the operation of automotive  equipment and the performance of heavy manual labor; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Possession of valid appropriate driver's  permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia is required.

Maintenance Worker II - Seasonal [10272] Transportation
Salary: $9.52/HR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs semi-skilled work and manual tasks involved with landscape maintenance.  Equipment used includes riding and push mowers, weedeaters, edgers and chipper.  Makes repairs and renovations to rights-of-way, medians and grounds, including mowing, mulching, aeration, grading, seeding and sodding.  Operates dump truck and heavy and light equipment in snow removal.  High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and one to three years related experience and/or training in landscape operations, motorized equipment and the performance of heavy manual labor; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Maintenance Worker III - Seasonal [10595] Transportation
Salary: $10.24/HR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs semi-skilled work and manual tasks involved with landscape maintenance in the City of Roanoke Right of Ways.  Equipment used includes tractor with sidehog attachment, riding and push mowers, weedeaters, edgers and blowers.  Makes repairs and renovations to rights-of-way, medians and grounds, including mowing, mulching, aeration, grading, seeding and sodding.  Operates dump truck and heavy and light equipment in snow removal.  High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and one to three years related experience and/or training in landscape operations, motorized equipment and the performance of heavy manual labor; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Requires possession of a valid appropriate driver's permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Maintenance Worker III [0952] Transportation
Salary: $21,293/YR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs semi-skilled work and manual tasks such as shoveling, raking and sweeping involved with street maintenance.  Equipment used includes dump truck and various hand tools.  Makes repairs and renovations to rights-of-way, medians and curbs.  Operates dump truck and heavy and light equipment.  High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and one to three years related experience and/or training in street maintenance, driving/operating a dump truck and the performance of heavy manual labor; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Prefer possession of a valid Class B  Commercial Driver's License.

Maintenance Worker III [0958] Stormwater
Salary: $21,293/YR. Close Date: Open Until Filled  [Re-Advertisement]
Performs semi-skilled work and manual tasks such as shoveling, raking and sweeping involved with street maintenance.  Equipment used includes dump truck and various hand tools.  Makes repairs and renovations to stormwater drains, storm drains and curbs.  Operates dump truck and heavy and light equipment.  High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and one to three years related experience and/or training in storm drain, street maintenance, driving/operating a dump truck and the performance of heavy manual labor; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Prefer possession of a valid Class B  Commercial Driver's License

Maintenance Worker III [#10707] Stormwater
Salary: $21,293/YR. Close Date: Open Until Filled  [Re-Advertisement]
Performs semi-skilled work and manual tasks such as shoveling, raking and sweeping involved with street maintenance.  Equipment used includes dump truck and various hand tools.  Makes repairs and renovations to stormwater drains, storm drains and curbs.  Operates dump truck and heavy and light equipment.  High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and one to three years related experience and/or training in storm drain, street maintenance, driving/operating a dump truck and the performance of heavy manual labor; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Prefer possession of a valid Class B  Commercial Driver's License.

Paramedic [T905] Fire-EMS
Salary: $14.64/HR Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs  technical work providing fire suppression and human health emergency medical services.  Assists in maintaining equipment inventory on emergency vehicles.  Maintains vehicles in a clean and working order. High school diploma or general education degree (GED); Associate degree with courses in fire science, emergency health sciences or related field; five to ten years related experience and/or training in fire suppression, prevention and/or emergency medical service; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Possession of a valid appropriate drivers license issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Must possess and maintain required certifications appropriate to duty assignment within the Fire/EMS department.  Bilingual, Spanish/English speakers encouraged to apply.  Work 36 hours per month.  Must be available to work nights and weekends.

Part Time Fire Safety Inspector [10312] Fire-EMS
Salary: $14.27/HR. Close Date: 4/8/2015
Performs responsible protective service and technical work in the fire prevention bureau.  Duties are performed under regular supervision.  General knowledge of fire prevention including inspection, hazards and elimination of dangerous conditions.  Thorough knowledge of State laws and City ordinances regarding fire prevention.  Ability to recognize existing and potential fire hazards in a wide variety of structures and installations. Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent.  Considerable experience in the field of inspections and possession of fire inspector 1031 certification is desirable.  Possession of a valid appropriate driver’s permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Work between 50 - 100 hours per month, or 2 or 3 days per week dependant on work load and inspectors aptitude/training.  Bilingual, Spanish/English speakers encouraged to apply.

Police Officer [n/a] Police
Salary: $35,445/YR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs responsible Police protective service work in the City of Roanoke; duty involves an element of personal danger.  Any combination of education or experience equivalent to graduation of high school. Graduation from a community college in social or police science is desirable.  Possession of a valid driver's permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Vision requirements standard is 20/30 in the better eye corrected, 20/40 in the worse eye corrected.  Worse than 20/60 uncorrected, must correct with corrective lenses to 20/30 or greater in the better eye; or to 20/40 or greater in the worse eye.  Disqualified if uncorrected vision is 20/200 or greater in both eyes.  Applicants MUST BE 21 YEARS OLD and submit  to a drug screening test and Polygraph. Bilingual, Spanish/English speakers encouraged to apply. Shift work including weekends and holidays.  TO BEGIN THE TESTING PROCESS, SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION TO HUMAN RESOURCES. "Persons applying for the position of Police that are able to pass the written and agility test and successfully complete the pre-employment process, will be considered for the next available academy.

Pool Assistant Manager [10769] Parks & Recreation
Salary: $10.50 - $11.50/HR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs responsible, professional specialized work as it pertains to public safety and recreational work in pool operations, supervision of aquatic staff, administrative paperwork, preventing injuries, enforcing rules, and effectively communicating with the general public. Work is performed under the general supervision of a full-time Recreation Specialist and/or Coordinator. Ability to perform rescue techniques and emergency care procedures and ability to peform all pool maintenance procedures correctly required. Minimum of two (2) years public pool experience and valid certificate in ARC Lifeguard training; standard First Aid, CPR for Professional Rescuer or equivalent preferred. Flexible schedule with approximately 40 hours per week for up to 12 weeks. Work schedule is 40 hrs, 5 - 6 days per week from late May through the end of August. Work will be daytime, some evenings and weekends.

Pool Clerk [2022 - 2026] Parks & Recreation
Salary: $9.01/HR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs responsible work collecting money, accurately completing paperwork and other records, answering patrons concerns and overseeing the entire admissions and/or concession area for the swimming pools. Does related work as required. Work is performed under the supervision of the pool management and full-time recreation staff. General knowledge of basic bookkeeping procedures. Ability to utilize the city's system for keeping an accurate account of funds. Ability to communicate with the general public and other staff in a positive manner. Ability to maintain a positive attitude. Thorough knowledge of Roanoke City Parks and Recreation Department aquatic rules, regulations and policies. Flexible schedule with approximately 40 hours per week for up to 12 weeks (daytime, some evenings and weekends). Must be a least 16 years old.

Pool Coordinator [9655] Parks & Recreation
Salary: $11.00 - $11.50/HR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs responsible, professional specialized work as it pertains to public safety and recreation work in pool operations, administrative paperwork, preventing injuries, enforcing rules and effectively communicating with the general public. Work is performed under the general supervision of a full-time Recreation Specialist and/or Coordinator. Work shcedule of 20 - 25 hours, 3 - 5 days per week from May through August. Minimum of 2 years pool operations experience and AFO/CPO preferred.

Pool Lifeguard [10177 - 10179 & 10182] Parks & Recreation
Salary: $9.85/HR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs responsible, professional, specialized work as it pertains to public safety and recreational work in enforcing rules, regulations, and preventing injuries at aquatic fitness facilities. Performs necessary maintenance tasks in order to continually maintain a safe and healthy atmosphere. Minimum valid certification in American Red Cross Lifeguard Training or equivalent. Minimum valid certification in American Red Cross Standard First Aid and CPR for Professional Rescuer or equivalent required. Flexible schedule with approximatley 40 hours per week for up to 12 weeks from late May through August (daytime, some evenings and weekends).

Recreation Assistant - After School [10615 - 10624] Parks & Recreation
Salary: $8.98/HR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs responsible work in leading and facilitating youth development and recreation programs and activities with the Department's After-School PLAY program (for elementary school age children).  Requires knowledge of youth development and community activities including but not limited to: fitness and movement, art,nature study, crafts and be able to assist children with homework assignments.  Must have the ability to develop new and creative programs, build and maximize neighborhood and community relations, and utilize effective communication (both orally and in writing).  May have to collect registration documents, write receipts, make deposits and complete assignments on computer. Minimum requirements include any combination of education and experience equivalent to high school graduation and one year experience in a day-care or after-school setting as well as a possession of valid driver's permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Certifications required upon request -ARC Standard First Aid and CPR. The program is administered during the regular school year so the position is expected to work approximately 40 weeks/work approx. 20-25 hours per week.

Recreation Center Assistant [10700 - 10703] Parks & Recreation
Salary: $8.98/HR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs responsible work in facility supervision and preparation during youth, adult and senior recreation programs and facility rentals within the Community Recreation Section. Requires the knowledge and desire to work with the community, especially senior citizens. Must have the ability to build and maximize neighborhood and community relations and utilize effective communication (both orally and in writing). Duties may include collecting registration documents: light food preparation; light household cleaning; and completing assignments on computer. Minimum requirements include any combination of education and experience equivalent to high school graduation and possession of valid driver's permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Stanadard First Aid and CPR preferred. 10 - 30 hours per week (includes days, evenings and weekends), depending upon program and rental schedules.

Recreation Instructor-Community Recreation [10639-10648] Parks & Recreation
Salary: $12.00-20.00/HR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs responsible work in the organization and instruction of group enrichment programs, such as art, dance, music, self-improvement, etc.  Works under the supervision of Recreation Specialist.  Plans, promotes, and implements group programs for all ages.  Conducts research in order to develop new program ideas.  Evaluates programs for participant satisfaction and improvement of the program.  Requires strong communication skills, both oral and written.  High school diploma or GED required, supplemented by experience/certification in the various types of programs.  Possession of a valid driver’s permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Hours will vary but will require evening work; schedule is negotiated with Supervisor.  Salary based upon experience and certifications

Recreation Instructor-Fitness [10628-10637] Parks & Recreation
Salary: $12.00-20.00/HR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs responsible work in the organization and instruction of group fitness programs (such as Water Aerobics, Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, etc.).  Works under the supervision of Recreation Specialist.  Plans, promotes, and implements group fitness programs for all ages.  Conducts research in order to develop new program ideas.  Evaluates programs for participant satisfaction and improvement of the program.  Requires strong communication skills, both oral and written.  High school diploma or GED required, supplemented by courses in group fitness instruction; certification is recommended.  Possession of a valid driver’s permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Hours will vary but will require evening work; schedule is negotiated with Supervisor.  Salary based upon experience and certifications.

Recreation Instructor - After School [10610 - 10614] Parks & Recreation
Salary: $10.00/HR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Responsible for planning, implementing, leading and facilitating youth development and recreation programs and activities with the  Department's After-School PLAY program (for elementary school age children). Implements the risk management plan to protect participants and staff. Assists in the recruitment and training of staff and volunteers.  Requires knowledge of youth development and community activities including but not limited to: fitness and movement, art ,nature study,crafts and be able to assist children with homework assignments. Must have the ability to develop new creative programs, build and maximize neighborhood and community relations, and utilize effective communications (both orally and in writing). Must be able to collect registration documents, write receipts, make deposits, and complete assignments on computer.  Minimum requirements include any combination of education and experience equivalent to two (2) years of college with emphasis on recreation program planning and implementation and one year experience in a day-care or after-school setting as well as possession of a valid driver's permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Certifications required upon request-ARC Standard First Aid and CPR.  The program is administered during the regular school year so the position is expected to work approximately 40 weeks/work approx. 20-25 hours per week.

Recreation Instructor - Aquatics [10076 - 10079] Parks & Recreation
Salary: $10.00 - $20.00/HR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs professional technical work instructing aquatic programs such as swim lessons; aquatic fitness; and aquatic camps. Major responsibilities include planning, organizing , promoting, conducting and evaluating programs. Thorough knowledge of program practices and activities, appropriate certifications, and a valid driver's permit are required. Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school and experience in group leadership. Number of sessions is dependent upon program duration. Schedules are negotiated with the Aquatic Staff and may include days, evenings and weekends.

Scorekeeper [10131, 10132, 10134-10137, 10141, 10348, 10349 & 10356] Parks & Recreation
Salary: $8.76 - $10.00/HR Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs routine clerical and technical work keeping score sheets and/or time clock for youth and adult sports, including football, basketball, soccer, softball and baseball, kickball & dodgeball.  Does related work as required and work is performed under regular supervision.  Knowledge of scorekeeping and timekeeping practices and procedures including the ability to keep score in the official format for sport assigned; the ability to operate timing device for designated sport in facility assigned; and the ability to write in a legible manner. Must be familiar with and abide by the rules and bylaws of the respective sport of league.  Candidates must have good communication skills; be able to quickly evaluate information and make decisions and judgement calls easily; be able to resolve conflicts and negotiate while handling disputes or conflicts. Any combination of education and experience equivalent to completion of the 9th grade and some experience keeping sports scores and times. Must be 18 years of age or older. Typical work schedule is 24-36 wks/yr, 15-20 hrs/wk, including nights & weekends. Number of games is dependent upon program duration. Schedules are negotiated w/ the Athletic staff.

Specialized Probation Counselor [10068] Human Services
Salary: $45,919/YR. Close Date: 4/22/2015
Performs human support work in the care and direct intensive supervision, counseling and providing of therapeutic interventions to high risk adolescents and their families.  Performs pre and post dispositional assessments.  Initiates referrals to service providers and community resources to address the needs of clients and their families.  Develops treatment plans, objectives and methods of handling problems for youth and family.  Consults with probation officers concerning needs of youth and family.  Master's degree in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Social Work or related field is required; Completion of all post-degree supervision for licensure is required.  Two years of post-degree experience providing counseling services to youth and families is preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Possession of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) designation and a valid driver’s license issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia is required.

Technology Support Specialist I [1810] Technology
Salary: $33,126/YR. Close Date: 4/15/2015
Answers the primary help desk phone to assist with routine service requests and escalation of complex/time intensive service requests.  Quickly assesses the reported issue and provides a rapid solution or escalates to the next level of support.  Heavy emphasis on telephone support and remote computer diagnostics skills.  Maintains up-to-date knowledge of computer operating procedures and operating standards.  Initiates corrective action where required and within scope of knowledge and authority.  Maintains call status in problem request tracking system, and/or users via voice mail, e-mail, or in-person communication.  Troubleshoots problems with computer software (Operating Systems, Applications, and hardware).  Performs basic network troubleshooting for wired and wireless data networks.  High school diploma or general education degree (GED) supplemented by courses or seminars on operating system software and experience with end-user computer support. Working knowledge of software such as Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, MS Office, Lotus Notes, and experience in technology diagnostics; or equivalent combination of education and experience. A+ Certification or equivalent preferred, but not required.

Telecommunicator Trainee [1022, 1039] E-911
Salary: $28,003/YR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Dispatches police, fire, and rescue and public works equipment and personnel usually in response to emergency situations and disseminates information to the general public and emergency services. Receives and disseminates information thru the use of computers linked to the Virginia Criminal Information Network. Employees are hired in a “trainee” capacity with promotion after one year.  Fast paced environment where attention to detail and the ability to multitask are a must. High school diploma or general education degree (GED) preferably supplemented with some work experience with Police and/or Fire and Rescue; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Must become certified to operate the Virginia Criminal Information Network (VCIN) and the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). Must pass police security clearance. Must undergo psychological screening and health screening. Must pass criminal history screening. Bilingual, Spanish/English speakers encouraged to apply. THIS POSITION REQUIRES 12 HOUR ROTATING SHIFTS, WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS.

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Temporary Deputy Tax Clerk I [10727, 10075, 10587] Commissioner of the Revenue
Salary: $12.00 Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs clerical work scanning property tax files and assigning to proper account/year.  Will assess personal property, audit DMV records, process bills and mail.  Handles inquiries regarding personal property on the phone and in person.  Assists taxpayers in completing forms and furnishes information.  Assists with departmental special projects as assigned.   High school diploma or general education degree (GED); one to three years related experience and/or training in general office work and dealing with the general public; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Water Quality Administrator [10757] Stormwater
Salary: $51,200 - $81,920/YR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Plans, develops, and communicates information concerning water quality issues and current events to both the public and employees through education and the media. Responsible for compliance with all conditions of the City’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) action plan.  Coordinates the City’s watershed master planning efforts including floodplain management and the City’s Community Rating System (CRS) designation.  This position will continually assess and determine City compliance with federal, state and local laws dealing with water quality matters. This position will also be the lead for Stormwater communications via website, social and local media, education and outreach programs.  Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university; four to ten years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience in water quality or environmental science/environmental engineering related field.  Master’s degree in an environmental field is a plus. Residence must be within 30 minute travel time to downtown Roanoke.  Must possess a valid appropriate driver's permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Must be a Certified Floodplain Manager or obtain certification within 1st year of employment.



 Date: 4/8/2015



 

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