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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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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RealPage® and Axiometrics® Report Robust Apartment Demand in 2Q

Apartment demand surged to a near-record volume in the second quarter, according to real estate technology and analytics firm RealPage, Inc. “Today’s strong demand for apartments reflects the combination of solid job formation, continued limited loss of renters to home purchase, and widespread availability of appealing new apartments,” said Greg Willett, chief economist for RealPage.[]

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Senior Living Communities and Technology

Shelley Yager, VP of Senior Enterprise Sales for RealPage, recently spoke with Senior Housing Forum about technology in senior living communities. According to Shelley, senior living communities are about 10 years behind other housing industries (student, multifamily) when it comes to using technology. Ten years! In the world of technology, that’s an eternity. But Shelley[]

Economists Report on the Multifamily Market at NAA Conference

Apartment industry professionals weren’t dissuaded by waiting for the 2017 National Apartment Association Education Conference and Exposition’s final session to hear from multifamily market economists. Jay Parsons, vice president data analytics at RealPage,  was among panelists who fielded several questions about the growing rent-to-income gap between Class A and B properties and how supply and[]

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Maximizing CAM Recoveries in Commercial Property Management

Still using excel for CAM recoveries? Today there’s a much smarter way. Over the past ten to fifteen years, new software has streamlined just about every aspect of commercial property management. So it might seem a mystery that many managers still use a software program created in 1985 (that’s right, over 30 years ago) to calculate[]

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New from MPF Research: Bay Area Rent Growth, Student Housing Lease Incentives, SoCal Jobs

MPF Research provides actionable market research to apartment investors and operators. Here’s the latest from RealPage’s multifamily intelligence division. San Francisco, San Jose likely to see rent growth return in 2Q Pricing power in the Bay Area appears to be strengthening – particularly in San Francisco and San Jose, where operators had reigned in their[]

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Using Live Web Chat to Engage Multifamily Prospects

Quality websites that provide multi-channel communication options have proven integral to multifamily marketing in this day and age. The goal is to at least entice apartment shoppers into an extended look that leads to an inquiry, usually a phone call, email or text. Live chat technology is adding another option for multifamily prospects and apartment[]

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Seven Tips to Help Multifamily Residents Have a Successful Move

Peak leasing season brings a flurry of activity at multifamily communities across the nation each year. Just as quick as property managers fill vacancies, residents make a dash to move their belongings in (or out). Typically, weekends are prime time for moving and the process can draw out over a couple of days, even into[]

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NAA Conference Preview: Top Sessions to Watch

NAA conference lineup sure to get the competitive juices flowing About the time that the National Apartment Association Education Conference & Exposition hits full stride, most of the sports world’s heavy hitters will be in their annual summer lull. By late June, the National Hockey League and National Basketball Association champions will be a few[]

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What’s New in Social: Polls, People, and Pictures

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: Join the Conversation

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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Top 4 Revenue Management Mistakes To Avoid

The multifamily space is dynamic and complex, changing daily based on a number of factors. When it comes to determining optimal rental rates, it’s crucial to have the most up-to-date information possible for making educated decisions and staying ahead of the competition. But even the most conscientious and talented property managers have a hard time[]

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7 Must-Have Resources for Apartment Property Management

From setting rent rates to screening residents and managing payments, property management professionals often wear many hats. What are you currently doing to be successful? Multifamily industry leaders have the right resources backing them up, and here are our top seven must-haves to adopt for your property management business today: 1. Revenue Management Take the[]

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What’s New in Social: Facebook and Instagram Features

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’s Dislike Button

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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5 Ways Mobile Makes Senior Communities More Efficient

By embracing mobile technology, senior living communities can become as efficient as possible, resulting in happy residents and successful staff. Let’s face it, mobile smartphones influence the daily routines of most senior living residents, their families and community staff. A majority are regularly tuned into their devices to communicate, simplify tasks and get up-to-date information, but[]

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Six Reasons Your Property Needs a Revenue Management System

No successful business professional would close a deal without first understanding all the facts. But when revenue management decisions are made based on limited or skewed information, a property management company can lose considerable amounts of money and unintentionally drive away business. For property managers, getting apartment rents right is often a major challenge. But[]

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Show the World: Promoting Properties with Tiny Planet Photos

A new photography trend has emerged, and it’s rocking the world of social media. Tiny Planet allows users to easily transform their photos into miniature floating globes, capturing scenery in an eye-catching way without breaking the bank. For property managers, Tiny Planet offers a creative solution to a common social media struggle, as many companies don’t[]

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