Jake Durtschi

Owner, Jacob Grant Property Management

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Jake Durtschi is the owner of Jacob Grant Property Management located in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Jake and his team manage over 400 rental properties in the east Idaho region. Learn more about Jake and the team at Jacob Grant Property Management on their website, www.Jacobgrant.com.

7 Ways to Make Budgeting Season Less Painful

Yes, it’s arrived, like a distant relative who you wish would not visit and definitely not stay. It’s budgeting season. A regional manager once quipped, “I’d rather have root canal surgery once a week than create the budget.” Ouch! Why is this such a dreadful time of year? The year is making the turn to[]

Romancing the Renter: Proven Strategies for Higher Retention

Multifamily housing is filled with competition on every street corner. To stand out, operators obviously need to show some love to prospects and residents but the courtship goes beyond dropping off a gift basket. Engaging renters and providing that amazing living experience requires some romancing. The way to their hearts – and their rent –[]

Embracing a Technology-Focused Apartment Marketing Strategy

Mobile technology is becoming more in demand in multifamily housing, according to some of the latest survey data. And websites need to get right to the point or prospective renters will move on to the next community. Lia Nicole Smith, Vice President of Education and Performance for SatisFacts and ApartmentRatings, said all indications are that[]

8 Ways to Get Prepared During Budgeting Preseason

Like baseball has spring training and football has training camp, budgeting has its own preseason. It’s the time before the crunch that property managers and administrators prepare for planning the next year’s budget. Or at least they should be. Never mind the two-a-days, budgeting preparation shouldn’t be that exhausting. But advance preparation should be spent getting[]

Five Ways to Enhance Property Management Learning through Social Engagement

A learning management system such as EasyLMS can revolutionize the acquisition of new knowledge and skills at your property management company, making your staff a continually improving asset. As your first line of learning, an LMS is loaded with industry, software and company-specific knowledge for everyone from your maintenance tech to leasing staff to property manager.[]

How to Solve the Senior Rent Payment Puzzle [eBook]

Baby Boomers have adapted to the conveniences of online purchases at a much slower pace than their younger counterparts. Yet as this generation transitions into senior living, operating digitally is now a way of life for many and senior residents expect to be able to pay rent without writing a personal check. The average Boomer has 3.53[]

Student Housing Market Update: What’s Next?

The U.S. student housing market generally is in good health, but during any cycle the time eventually comes for some downshifting. Since rent growth and occupancy performance topped out from 2014-16, the student industry has downshifted slightly. RealPage Chief Economist Greg Willett said in a recent webcast that a slowdown in enrollment has affected rent[]

An End to Windows 7: How to Keep the Lights On with Outsourced IT Services

The clock is ticking for Windows 7. In less than a year, Microsoft will stop supporting and providing security updates for one of its most popular operating systems, affecting millions of PCs in businesses and homes across the globe. The discontinuation on Jan. 14, 2020 will mark the first Windows software to go back up[]

How to Deliver a Connected Student Living Experience

The student property management industry, like many others, is becoming very connected. As one might expect, putting heads in beds largely comes down to finding where students are online.  For student housing operators, increasing resident retention and creating a sense of community now extends from the pool and club room to online venues. Frequenting social[]

Reputation is Everything: How to Manage Online Reviews in Multifamily Marketing

While we all know that online reviews are important for multifamily marketing, managing them can often be overwhelming. That’s because there are many social media and review venues to monitor for negative reviews and posts you can mitigate and positive ones you can amplify. Few have the time to seek out and pore over everything[]

Tips for Becoming Landlord

20 Ways to Become a Successful Landlord

Passive income. Flexible work schedules. Sunny beaches and fruity margaritas. Living the dream! Well, not exactly. The Life of a Landlord Being a successful landlord is one of the most risky and demanding jobs out there. Marketing, screening, lease renewal strategies, maintenance, accounting, Fair Housing laws, evictions…all part of the daily grind. Every day a rental is occupied[]

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