Best Cities For Renters 2021

Ample living space, affordable rent, and nice weather for a walk to the park could be your trifecta for finding the perfect apartment. The cities below come the closest to offering ideal renter conditions. To find the best cities for renters, we scored the 100 largest U.S. cities using apartment data from, weather and disaster risk data from the harbor, park information from The Trust for Public Land, and other data sources. No. 1: Plano, Texas No. 2: Omaha, Nebraska Avg. rent for a 2-bedroom $1,084 a month Avg. size of a 2-bedroom 1,086 sq. feet % of the … More

CDC Filed Order Halting Evictions

Late yesterday afternoon, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) filed an order that halts evictions until the end of the year. The order is written to be effective when it is formally entered into the Federal Register on Friday, September 4. The order applies to renters who swear under penalty of perjury that the following are true: The individual has used best efforts to obtain all available government assistance for rent or housing; The individual either (i) expects to earn no more than $99,000 in annual income for Calendar Year 2020 (or no more than $198,000 if filing … More

IRS Provides Employer Guidance on Payroll Tax Deferral Many Questions Remain Unanswered

Source: August 31, 2020 On Friday, August 28, the IRS issued much-anticipated guidance on the payroll tax deferral that was ordered in a presidential memorandum by President Trump on August 8, 2020. As a reminder, this order allows employers to defer withholding and payment of certain payroll taxes on wages paid between September 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020. The newly released IRS guidance (Notice 2020-65) provides employers with clarification on a few areas of uncertainty, including how the repayment of the deferred taxes is to be made and how compensation is defined. Key points of clarification provided by … More

Why wait?

Probably one of the most frustrating sentences to hear from an employee as a manager (property manager or any other kind) is some version of “…I’m just waiting for…” It it way too often that that phrase is uttered as an excuse for things not getting done. What it actually is, in many cases is a kind of CYA. People don’t take action unless they have explicit instructions to do so, which of course means they are waiting for someone else to make decisions. To “just wait” is an implicit acceptance of things being out of your control, which means … More

New Time Management Tool: Write Your Own Obituary

I woke up on a Monday completely overwhelmed. As an avid bullet journaler, I was reviewing my goals, objectives, and commitments for the week, the month and the quarter, which I typically do at the beginning of the week. I quickly realized there was no organizational strategy on earth that was going to help me execute what was on my plate. I had stretched myself far too thin. To think I was going to succeed at accomplishing this list was to live in a fantasy world of unicorns and rainbows. Something had to give, or rather a few things had … More

Jeremy Aspen on 1290 KOIL radio show

  Jeremy Aspen, president of Wistar Group was interviewed on 1290 KOIL radio: COVID-19, Evictions, and the impact on property management companies, property owners, and more. Listen to it on our Facebook page! @wistargroup   Jeremy Aspen Jeremy has a small obsession with aviation and tortilla chips. He likes Neil Diamond and fishing with his daughters. As a member of the Omaha Zoning Board of Appeals, he is a good resource on local development. Jeremy wakes up every morning thinking about how to improve the lives of his clients, residents, and employees

Jeremy Aspen with KETV talking about the Coronavirus Impact

Jeremy Aspen, President of Wistar Group with KETV NewsWatch 7 talking about the Coronavirus impact:

Preventing clogged toilets & drains

As toilet paper has become a rare commodity, here is a reminder to not flush any substitutes down the drain like: Do NOT flush paper towels. Do NOT flush facial tissues. Do NOT flush wet wipes. Do NOT flush flushable wipes. DO flush toilet paper. Thank you all, we appreciate your cooperation in preventing clogged toilets and drains.

Iowa announced additional State Public Health Emergency Declaration effective immediately

On March 20th, 2020 the state of Iowa announced additional State Public Health Emergency Declaration effective immediately temporarily suspending some evictions under the Iowa Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act or the Manufactured Home Communities or Mobile Home Parks Residential Landlord and Tenant Act in certain circumstances whereas, strict compliance with the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code §§ 562A.27, 562B.25, and 648.1(2)–(6) allowing for the termination of a rental agreement by a landlord and the eviction of a tenant under certain circumstances would prevent, hinder, or delay necessary action in coping with this disaster in all counties of our state … More

Closing offices to walk in traffic for the Coronavirus

As a temporary measure we are closing our office at 3219 Leavenworth Street to reduce the chances of spreading the coronavirus. As of right now this will only take effect until the end of this week (March 14th, 2020) and we’ll reassess next Monday. We’ll continue to monitor the situation and make a decision as to whether to open the offices every Monday until we’re sure it’s safe. Now that said, we generally speaking do not have a lot of walk-in traffic due to the fact that most any inquiry can be made online or by phone. So, if you … More