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ARIES (March 21-April 19): You may need to incorporate damage control into your discussions with both personal and professional friends. There is no need to cause upset or to overreact. A calm approach will help you find solutions so you can pick up where you left off.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): A partnership will improve if you have a heart-to-heart talk. You will learn a valuable lesson if you offer your services or help to a charitable organization. Make a promise to treat with pride even the smallest job you are asked to do.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Concentrate more on work and less on your personal problems. You will sort out any personal problems you face if you distance yourself from the situation so you can clearly see who’s at fault.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): You have plenty of opportunity to learn, make new friends, and pick up additional skills. Don’t sit around waiting for others to motivate you. Make the first move, and you’ll show everyone that you are a self-starter.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You must do the math before you decide to make a big-ticket purchase or sign up for something costly and not likely to bring the results you expect. Your best opportunity will come from what you can learn and apply to your everyday life and your professional future.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You need to get out more and to make some new friends or at least nurture the relationships that are important to you. Socializing will enhance your love life and show that you are willing to participate and contribute. Your frugality will be appreciated.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Concentrate on your ideas and creative plans for the future. Getting together with people who inspire you will bring positive results. Be careful not to upset someone who depends on you, or you will face uncertainty, leading to more worry, stress, and responsibility.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Love is on the rise, and participating in trips, events, or home improvements that help you bring about change should be your intent. Your energy and creative insight will help you close a gap that has slowly been growing between you and someone you care about.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Keep your thoughts to yourself and your mind on how you can help others. What you give will spare you criticism. Arguments are apparent with friends, relatives, and neighbors if you are pushy, disrespectful, or you exaggerate.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Professional advancement can be yours if you put in the extra effort and share with superiors your suggestions to improve efficiency. Bring the past into the future by sharing your experience. Love is in the stars.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Reconsider what’s being offered or taking on a responsibility that someone asks you to deal with. Emotional matters will escalate if you refuse to pitch in and help a good cause. Action is required.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Now is your chance to pursue something you’ve wanted for a long time. Pull in favors, and show your dedication. Set up meetings and contracts, and deals can be written up and signed. It’s up to you to make things happen.





Tips for Property Rental:

• Even if you own 2,000 rental units, it is important to have the same move-out and move-in dates for all of them. That way, if tenants need to move in early, you can pressure them into signing a waiver stating you won’t clean. Kids are basically homeless for those couple of days each year, and it would be a shame to not take advantage of them.

• Why pay for the basic maintenance of your properties? If the front door wears out because it hasn’t been tended to in a little more than 40 years, just buy a new door for $30, claim it cost you $300, and split it evenly among your tenants. Nobody sues over $10.

• Sometimes tenants complain about a leaky roof, and that you will have to repair. Here’s the trick: Retain a handyman on your payroll for $20/hour, have him fabricate a reason the leaky roof was the tenants’ fault, then charge your tenants $100/hour for the labor. You can’t go wrong when you make money by maintaining your investment.

• Fresh paint makes the shoddiest building look 10 times better. But skip the unnecessary steps, such as cleaning the wall, scraping off the old paint, and priming; just slap a fresh coat over those foundation cracks and blood stains.

• Don’t let your company become one of those “monopolies” people seem to dislike. Make sure separate your company into parts, making it appear as though they are wholly separate entities, but do be sure to fix the rental prices, lease terms, and amenities so that you’re not actually competing against yourself. That would be stupid.

• Remember to change names often, that way parents won’t know that you’re the same guy who screwed them over when they went to college here.

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