Leah Mendes


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Leah is a contributing editor of Property Management Insider. She is also a Social Media Specialist at RealPage Inc., a leading provider of property management software solutions for the multifamily, commercial, single-family and vacation rental housing industries. Her background includes social media, digital marketing and international marketing. Prior to joining RealPage, she managed social media strategy for a start up in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and for the Texas A&M Center for International Business Studies. Leah is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing.

The Near Future of the U.S. Apartment Market

The U.S. apartment market gained a bigger spark than most anticipated in the third quarter, a needed boost as the market approaches the seasonally slow year-end period. Annual rent growth of 3 percent for the quarter marked a shift from slowing price increases since the end of 2015. Strong leasing activity and tightening occupancy were[]

Three Solutions to Elevate Student Housing Industry Performance [eBook]

It’s never been a more exciting time to be in the student housing industry. In the last 20-plus years, student housing development has exploded, reaching a pinnacle in the last few. While the industry has normalized in recent months, the business approach continues to evolve. Changing market conditions dictate performance visibility down to the bed[]

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[]

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3 Ways to Drive Revenue from Apartment Amenities

If companies make one wrong assumption, millions of dollars of investment becomes a wasted effort. In multifamily, no investment is perhaps more misunderstood than the luxury apartment amenity. Popular opinion tells property managers that the market value of an outdoor fitness center or luxury swimming pool will offset the cost of building. But months later,[]

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Convert Leads in Multifamily with Data-focused Demand Generation

In multifamily marketing, more leads equals more leases, right? If the number of web hits, emails, texts and calls could determine the success of a property, America’s multifamily properties would be happily stuffed with tenants year-round. But only about a quarter of leads are sales-ready, and the other 75 percent require follow-up communications that often[]

Fixing the “Forgetting Curve” in Multifamily Learning

RealPage Vice President of Learning Solutions Katie McCaslin recently has been circulating a shocking factoid: 70% of what employees learn in training is forgotten within just 24 hours. That’s like throwing away $42 billion of the $60 billion spent on employee training in the U.S. each year. And it gets worse: after only a week,[]

Benchmarking Compliance Using Energy Star Portfolio Manager

Benchmarking Compliance Using Energy Star Portfolio Manager

The filing dates to report building energy benchmarking data to the Energy Commission run from April 1 through July 1, and states are expecting building owners to do it through the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Energy Star Portfolio Manager”. The question is, are you in compliance with all your filing requirements? And just how do you[]

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RealPage Commercial Property Management Events: This Is Not Business as Usual

The commercial industry is changing rapidly. Property management companies that embrace innovation will promote game-changing thinking within their organization. “Success is not a one-way street, but a constant journey,” Richard St. John reminds us in a TED Talk. RealPage Commercial Property Management Solution is hosting thought-provoking lunch discussions to equip you for continued success and[]

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Property Accounting: Making Owners Nimble and Cash Flow

Apartment owners and operators love the business of real estate. Creating value. Improving process. Trading assets. But accounting, producing financial reports and other repetitive functions? Not so much. The core of utility management is found in the books. And while keeping the books is critical to the value of an operation, the process can create[]

Three Solutions to Elevate Student Housing Industry Performance [eBook]

It’s never been a more exciting time to be in the student housing industry. In the last 20-plus years, student housing development has exploded, reaching a pinnacle in the last few. While the industry has normalized in recent months, the business approach continues to evolve. Changing market conditions dictate performance visibility down to the bed[]

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6 Social Media Lessons for Multifamily Professionals

Although our interactions on social media take place in a digital world, nothing beats face-to-face interactions when it comes to exchanging the latest knowledge and forming lasting relationships. For this reason, over 200 marketers and professionals across the industry gathered at the Meritage Resort and Spa January 31 through February 2 for the Multifamily Social[]

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RealPage Expands Rental Housing Asset Optimization with Acquisition of Lease Rent Options, LRO®

Today, RealPage Inc. announced plans to acquire Lease Rent Options, LRO. LRO is a revenue management solution that empowers optimized pricing for over 1.5 million apartments, and will expand RealPage’s real-time lease transaction data to improve optimization of new and renewal prices for rental housing leases. This acquisition will also provide RealPage with additional data[]

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A Year in Review: Property Management Insider’s Top 5 Articles of 2016

2016 was an eventful year for the property management industry. In case you missed out on our news and insights, we’ve created a recap of the most popular Property Management Insider articles of 2016 to help you improve your business. Here’s a look back are our top 5 articles: 1. Handling Angry Residents Need some advice[]

A New Perspective: Creating a Home for Multifamily Residents

What comes to mind when you hear the word home? You may think about the place where you grew up as a child or currently live with your family. For many, home is a place where babies take their first steps, kids are raised, and important memories are shared between loved ones. One thing is[]

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4 New Multifamily Technology Trends to Engage Prospective Renters

The competition in the multifamily market is fierce. Individuals shopping for apartment homes have access to more options than ever before at the click of a button—and if your property doesn’t offer a truly unique experience, it’s difficult to stand out from the crowd. New technology trends are on the horizon for multifamily, and property[]

What’s New in Social: Video Ad Performance, Algorithm Updates, Live Streaming

It’s crucial for property management professionals to find innovative ways to connect with prospects and generate business, and social media is a powerful tool to help. This weekly series was created to keep readers up-to-date on the latest trends and updates in social media. By creating a strong multifamily social media presence, your property management company is[]

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How to Solve the Rent Payment Puzzle [eBook]

In recent years, the millennial generation has been scrutinized by businesses looking to appeal to younger consumers. What many have overlooked is that the influence of this convenience-seeking and tech-savvy group extends far beyond their age group. Millennials have set a generational change into motion, setting the standard for what is expected from the marketplace[]

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What’s New in Social: Reactions, Messages and Videos

It’s crucial for property management professionals to find innovative ways to connect with prospects and generate business, and social media is a powerful tool to help. For this reason, Property Management Insider has created a weekly series to keep readers up-to-date on the latest trends and updates in social media to support apartment marketing efforts. Here’s[]

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