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.

Apartment Design Trends from The Home Depot

Insights from The Home Depot on designing today’s apartments for the younger generation A new set of trends, likes and dislikes accompany every generation that comes along. Today’s older apartment residents cut their teeth on goldenrod and avocado appliances, then graduated to granite countertops and tile floors. Those preferences seemed light years away from the[]

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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 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: 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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