Guy Lyman

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Based in New Orleans, Guy Lyman is a professional writer with over 25 years’ experience writing about multifamily and commercial real estate. Lyman is a frequent contributor and writer for the Property Management Insider blog.

A Breakthrough in Multifamily Accounting

In the age of intelligent software, producing financial statements still involves a lot more labor than it should for multifamily accounting professionals. That’s because in the property management business, most statements include not just financial performance but operational stats as well: occupancy, move-ins and move-outs and other numbers from the field that provide additional insights[]

Bridging the Gap Between Introvert and Extrovert Employee Learning

Bridging the Gap Between Introvert and Extrovert Employee Learning

There are unlimited ways to divide people into personality groups, but one of the most common is to separate “introverts” from “extroverts.” You probably know which of these categories you fall into, and it would be wise to consider which category your employees fall into. A learning platform that bridges the gap between the two[]

Student Housing Income: Replacing Guesswork with Science

In recent weeks, we’ve brought you a series of articles about new executive software tools that can help you squeeze maximum profit from your student housing assets – without any special technical expertise. These tools tap into the data your computer systems are already collecting day in and day out, along with deep market research,[]

Business Intelligence for Student Housing: A Game Changer Arrives

True story: a property manager recently shared that she had broken down in tears when shown how RealPage Business Intelligence for Student Housing could crank out in 10 minutes the reports she had been manually assembling from dozens of individual property spreadsheets—requiring as many as 20 painful hours, a lot of it during her free[]

Fostering a Culture of Learning Pays Bottom-Line Benefits - employee training

Fostering a Culture of Learning Pays Bottom-Line Benefits

Many see employee training as a necessary evil – a boring to-do that interferes with “real” work and often ends up on a back burner, or at best is limited to checking the boxes of required courses completed. But the truth is that an engaging, effective employee training program of ongoing learning is vital to motivating,[]

AXIOStudent Delivers a Gold Mine of Data for Student Housing Operators

AXIOStudent Delivers a Gold Mine of Data for Student Housing Operators

A business that until recently has been driven by limited information and gut feel is rapidly giving way to deep, hard data. The extensive data AXIOStudent is now pumping out about student housing in markets nationwide is being pounced on by owners, investors, developers, lenders, operators and vendors in the student space, which has become[]

A Preoccupation with Occupancy Might Be Hurting Your Student Housing Profits

A Preoccupation with Occupancy Might Be Hurting Your Student Housing Profits

Student properties are in perpetual lease-ups. Maybe that’s why there’s a fixation on maximizing occupancy over every other objective: the pressure to keep beds full as students continually move in and out can seem like all that matters. Maximize profit in student housing The trouble is, even 100% occupancy isn’t such a great result if[]

RealPage Underwriting Analytics Delivers a Smarter Answer Faster-1

RealPage Underwriting Analytics Delivers a Smarter Answer Faster

The process of deciding whether to invest in properties hasn’t changed much in decades. Your internal analysts (or highly-paid outside consultants) gather and crunch numbers about property performance history, rent and sales comps, market forecasts, competition, seasonal exposure and more to make an informed decision. This can take weeks – time better spent looking at[]

Price Units Right in Student Housing with Revenue Management

Price Units Right in Student Housing with Revenue Management

Every time you buy a plane ticket, rent a car or book a hotel room, an algorithm somewhere calculates exactly what you should pay on that particular day, based on availability, class and amenities, competitor pricing, season, historical data and other criteria. The algorithm balances supply and demand by adjusting prices to help business managers[]

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