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.

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Why Hiring a 5-Star Property Maintenance Team is Critical in Multifamily

Anticipation hung in the air as Pinnacle Senior Vice President Raymond Van Beveren waited for the “interview.” The standing room only crowd, uncharacteristic for a property maintenance-oriented session at a multifamily conference, stifled a few giggles as the applicant, a broad-shouldered man, sauntered to the stage. “I’m here, I’m here!” he said as the crowd[]

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How Apartment Renovations Can Improve ROI

Rehab market has changed, but opportunities for creating good ROI through apartment renovations still exist As rents become more competitive and apartment inventory approaches its peak this year, the case for rehabilitating older properties in some markets may be strengthening. Done right, a modest upgrade of a 20- or 30-year-old multifamily community can offer renters[]

Millennials Staying at Home: How Multigenerational Living Impacts Multifamily

Talk of younger generations moving into their first homes always gets an ear in the multifamily industry. But many 25- and 35-year-old Millennials are likely to stay at home longer than previous generations or move back into the family nest. A recent Pew Research Center survey notes that 15 percent of these Millennials are living[]

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What’s on the Horizon for the Student Housing Industry

If there’s one word that sums up the current state of the student housing industry, it’s growth. With an average of 48,000 off-campus purpose-built beds delivered per year, the industry is predicted to grow at a healthy and sustainable pace. Opportunities are popping up across America to invest in Student, and there’s no end in[]

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How CAPREIT is Improving Productivity and Reporting in Multifamily

CAPREIT, a Maryland-based apartment owner and operator looks to improve productivity and reporting with a comprehensive RealPage software stack. It’s taken a bit of time, but the very first client of RealPage Contact Center has come on board for a comprehensive “stack” of RealPage software, looking to improve productivity top to bottom and give managers[]

Residents and Managers Sound Off at RealWorld 2017

RealWorld is fast becoming the place where multifamily industry leaders and residents get face to face. For the second straight year, RealWorld 2017, a leading property management conference set for July 16-18 in Las Vegas, will host an educational session featuring un-staged interaction between apartment residents from the greater Las Vegas area and multifamily panelists.[]

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The Rise of Aging-in-Place Amenities in Multifamily

Some of the most effective amenities in multifamily could be hiding behind the scenes, seemingly lost from eyesight in the unit. Lighting in the just the right spot, a well-disguised grab bar and the slight widening of doorways may seem unimpressive but they add up with the 55-and-over crowd looking for convenience. While apartment designers[]

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The Age of Amenities: Adding Value to Apartment Communities

Apartment communities can benefit from upgrading basic amenities The conference circuit always is a good amenity entertainment. Association gatherings like the recent NAA Education conference can pique the interest of attendees with the flashy new apartment trends, some of them just simply over the top. But not everyone commands tiled parking spaces or a deluge[]

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New from MPF Research: Rent Growth Leaders, Harvard’s Housing Report, Renewal Pricing Power

MPF Research provides actionable market research to apartment investors and operators. Here’s the latest from RealPage’s multifamily intelligence division. Robust apartment demand leads to healthy occupancy, stable rent growth Apartment demand surged to a near-record volume in 2nd quarter 2017, easily outpacing completions. Strong absorption lifted occupancy rates, leading to stabilized rent growth levels. A[]

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What’s New in Social: Adding a Personal Touch

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. Here’s what’s new in social:[]

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What’s New in Social: Facebook Seeks Domination Across Industries

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. Here’s what’s new in social:[]

Top 5 Ways to Reduce Utility Expense [eBook]            

Managing energy costs for your multifamily community can be a headache. With a number of properties in your portfolio and countless responsibilities to balance, it’s easy to overlook areas where water and energy are being wasted. Maybe you’ve experienced a vacant where the AC was left running, or a utility bill wasn’t processed in time to meet a[]

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What Makes the Most Successful Renters Insurance Program?

When unexpected events take place at your properties, your residents and assets are put at risk. Renters insurance can help, but not all policies are equal—and you don’t want to find out your coverage is insufficient after an incident occurs. It’s important for property management companies to implement the right solution beforehand to ensure full[]

What’s New in Social: Testing, Tools, and Apps

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. Here’s what’s new in social:[]

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Put Your Property on the Map with Location-Based Marketing

Property management companies are using new technologies to target prospective renters. The growth of mobile advertising is shaking up the way businesses are marketing products and services, and property managers have the ability to draw in prospects with a click of a button. Mobile users are constantly tuned in to their devices, opening the door[]

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What’s New in Social: LinkedIn Groups, Livestreaming and Location-Based Curation

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. Here’s what’s new in social:[]

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What’s New in Social: Visuals and Video

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. Here’s the latest in social[]

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What’s New in Social: Hearts and Stitch(es), Surprise Curation and De-Spamming

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. Here’s the latest in social[]

5 Tools for Empowering Residents as Brand Ambassadors

Every time we log into our email accounts, enter a search term into Google™, and drive down the street, we’re inundated with ads. Today, an endless stream of information is being fed to consumers, but most of it fails to deliver on a human level—so what reason is there to believe it’s true? There’s no[]

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