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About Christmas

Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed most commonly on December 25  as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.

feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it is preceded by the season of Advent or the Nativity Fast and initiates the season of Christmastide, which historically in the West lasts twelve days and culminates on Twelfth Night; in some traditions, Christmastide includes an Octave. Christmas Day is a public holiday in many of the world’s nations, is celebrated religiously by a majority of Christians, as well as culturally by many non-Christians, and forms an integral part of the holiday season. In several countries, celebrating Christmas Eve has the main focus rather than Christmas Day.

Although the month and date of Jesus’ birth are unknown, by the early-to-mid fourth century the Western Christian Church had placed Christmas on December 25, a date that was later adopted in the East. Today, most Christians celebrate on December 25 in the Gregorian calendar, which has been adopted almost universally in the civil calendars used in countries throughout the world. However, some Eastern Christian Churches celebrate Christmas on December 25 of the older Julian calendar, which currently corresponds to January 7 in the Gregorian calendar, the day after the Western Christian Church celebrates the Epiphany. This is not a disagreement over the date of Christmas as such, but rather a preference of which calendar should be used to determine the day that is December 25.

Although it is not known why December 25 became a date of celebration, there are several factors that may have influenced the choice. December 25 was the date the Romans marked as the winter solstice, the shortest and darkest day of the year, and the first day in which the days would begin to elongate and the Sun would have a longer presence in the sky; Jesus was identified with the Sun based on an Old Testament verse. December 25 is exactly nine months following the Crucifixion of Jesus, which, around the 3rd century, became associated with his conception based on understandings at the time of the way salvation is bound up in birth and death; some theories then had the date of the Crucifixion as his birthday, others took the date nine months later: Christmas day. Also, Ancient Romans had a series of pagan festivals near the end of the year, and Christmas may have been scheduled at this time to appropriate, or compete with, one or more of these festivals. Some scholars disagree with this latter interpretation and state that the Roman Emperor Aurelian placed a pagan celebration on December 25 in order to compete with the growing rate of the Christian Church, which had already been celebrating Christmas on that date.

Source – Wikipedia

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Top 10 Ways to Make Your Rental Home Energy Efficient

By GoldenWest Management

Are you searching for ways to make your rental home energy efficient? If so, you’ve come to the right place!

Making your rental property energy efficient is more important than ever before because an energy efficient rental property will help your tenants save money every month.

Creating an energy efficient rental property will also help attract tenants who are concerned about the environment, want to reduce their carbon footprint, and do their part to save the planet, that’s why in this article we will share with you 10 ways to create an energy efficient rental property.

Tip #1 – Keep the Air in Your Home

Air loss is one of the top ways renters lose money every year, especially if it’s an older rental property, because the air will leak out from cracks around doors or windows.

To fix this problem you should consider replacing those old windows and doors in your rental property with energy efficient doors and windows.

If you’re unable to replace them due to cost, you should reseal all doors and windows in the rental property because this will keep cold air from leaking out during the summer and prevent warm air from escaping during the winter months.

Tip #2 – Replace Old Appliances with Energy Efficient Appliances

Only replace your older dishwasher, stove, washer and dryer with appliances that have been Energy Star Certified.

Tip #3 – Replace the Water Heater

The water heater in most homes is typically the oldest functioning appliance but when they begin to show their age a typical water heater will take longer to heat the water up for use inside the home and this will only increase monthly energy costs.

Choose a tankless water heater because these units don’t actually store the water, their heating coils will heat the water when it’s needed to be used in the rental property

Tip #4 – Fix Your Furnace

Another area in your rental property that you should fix and ultimately make energy efficient is your furnace.

You should first have it professionally serviced by an HVAC technician then once it’s functioning properly you should install a smart thermostat in your home because this will regulate energy usage and help your tenants to save money.

Tip #5 – Change the Light Bulbs in Your Rental Home

Replace all incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs.

Tip #6 – Plant Trees Around Your Rental Home

This will help to cool your rental property during the summer months and limit energy usage.

Tip #7 – Add Solar Panels

Yes, it’s true that solar panels do come with a cost but they are worth it in the long run because solar panels will give your renters the ability to produce their own energy and cut down on their carbon footprint more than they imagined.

Tip #8 – Install A Low Flow Shower Head

This is another practical way to make your rental property energy efficient and it’s also one of the most cost-effective tips because a low flow shower head will only cost about $20 and they will help your tenants to cut down on their water usage.

Tip #9 – Purchase A Water Efficient Toilet

Besides installing a low flower shower head in your rental property, you should also install a water efficient toilet as well because these toilets can reduce water usage in a home by 20% or even more.

Tip #10 – Add Insulation to Your Attic

Last of all, but most important, another great way to make your home energy efficient is to add more insulation to the attic.

Blow in insulation will dramatically lower your tenant’s energy costs and provide your rental property with the ultimate in energy efficiency because your property will no longer lose warm or cold air through your attic.

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Can You as A Landlord Pick the Tenant?

By GoldenWest Management

Are you planning on renting your San Diego Rental Property and are wondering if you as the landlord can pick the tenant?

The answer to this question is yes, of course, but only if you choose the tenant based on the results of their credit check and application criteria.

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Set Criteria and Stick with It

One of the best ways to save yourself the time, money and hassle of choosing the wrong tenant is to set criteria for what you’re searching for in a tenant and then stick with it.

You should be searching for a tenant who meets the following criteria:

  • They must have verifiable income that’s at least two and a half times the amount of rent.
  • A credit score that’s over 600 (or better).
  • Must never have been evicted or gone to rent court.
  • The tenant should be at least 18 years of age.
  • Should be able to provide you with references for their last 2 landlords plus references for their current and last two employers.

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Charge the Tenant an Application Fee

When getting ready to screen tenants for your San Diego Rental Property you should charge an application fee because this is the first “hurdle” that the tenant must get over and prove that they are serious about renting your property.

Once they’ve paid the fee you should then start the process of reviewing their references and determining if they would be the right tenant or not.

Before pulling a copy of their credit report make sure that they sign off on a separate document which authorizes you to view their reports and credit scores with the 3 major credit bureaus.

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