Michael Cunningham

Contributor, Property Management Insider

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Michael Cunningham is Content Marketing Manager at ProofHQ, and the former Managing Editor of PropertyManagementInsider.com. He worked as a social media manager for RealPage, Inc., a provider of on-demand software solutions that integrate and streamline single-family and a wide variety of multifamily rental property management business functions. He is responsible for promoting the company through various media channels, including editorial, print and online advertising, and social media. Michael received his education at Indiana University where he majored in English.

Energy Market Update

U.S. Energy Information Administration Administrator Linda Capuano told the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee in the U.S. House of Representatives in February that the U.S. energy industry is in a transformational time. She punctuated that statement by noting that, for the first time in almost 70 years, the U.S. will be exporting more energy[]

Conquering Student Turn with Mobile Technology

Conquering Student Turn with Mobile Technology

Time is money when turning student housing units. Management and maintenance teams have to synchronize their efforts, and the best way to accomplish this task is through open, efficient communication. Facilities management software provides an accessible solution for student housing operators to see a more complete view of maintenance processes  ̶  from assigning work orders to[]

The Perfect Match for Optimizing your Vendor Management Program

Finding the right vendor in the right area has long been a challenge for multifamily operators. And for third-party service companies, getting new business has been difficult, sometimes forcing them to resort to door-to-door solicitation. But the gap is about to get tighter. This summer, RealPage is launching a new vendor management platform designed to[]

What are the Benefits of Paperless Document Management?

Property management companies deal with a massive amount of files and documents each day, from the corporate office to the site level. Apartments leave a large paper trail, which can create a number of problems. Reduce.org cites that the average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of paper annually and nearly 70 percent of that winds[]

How to Master Affordable Housing Management

The recently passed Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 provides Affordable property owners and operators an additional Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) for federal Set-Aside – Income Averaging. It comes with a new set of complicated rules and regulations, but navigated correctly, the measure can have some real advantages for the Affordable Housing industry. In[]

What’s Ahead for the Affordable Housing Industry?

One of the most challenging obstacles that the Affordable Housing Industry is facing today is the difficulty to attract, hire and retain talent into their businesses. With a low unemployment rate and such a specialized industry, as it deals with many federal and state regulations, the markets are very competitive for the talent available. RealPage[]

Four Ways to Minimize the Risk and Maximize the Benefits of IoT

In a perfect Internet of Things (IoT) world, the skies are deep blue with connected smart thermostats, door locks and connected lighting. Alexa and Siri are in tune and sing like birds in splendid harmony. Renters bask in the automation and creature comforts that smart technology provides – whether it’s with their devices or those[]

The Affordable Housing Industry: New Technology and Hot Topics

Affordable housing owners and operators can learn about the latest regulatory updates as well as new technology drivers for the industry at RealWorld 2019. Customized for one of the largest audiences at RealWorld, the Affordable track will address key topics that are on everybody’s minds. Keys to improving day-to-day business for Affordable RealPage Senior Vice[]

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.[]

Unleash your Buying Power with a Group Purchasing Organization

The power of a group purchasing organization is more evident than ever at Rivergate KW Residential. With properties in six states, the multifamily housing provider has made forming partnerships that efficiently drive sound operations its highest priority. Last year, the company received the 2018 Satisfacts Company Award for Resident Satisfaction, a stipend that suggests Rivergate[]

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Fair Housing Month: The History of the Fair Housing Act

April is Fair Housing Month, commemorating the signing of an important multifamily housing policy that prohibits discrimination. Yet, few may realize that the Fair Housing Act fought an uphill battle before being passed and that the early days of the Department of Housing and Urban Development were not without controversy.

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15 Creative Ways to Thank Your Residents

Giving thanks should be a year-round event and not relegated to Thanksgiving Day. Here are some creative ways you can say “thank you” to your residents.

Top 7 PMI Articles for 2014 (so far)

The Top 7 Property Management Insider Articles of 2014 (So Far)

During the dog days of summer, many of us go on vacation or just slow down and enjoy a summer evening with a cool beverage while sitting on a patio at night. Take advantage of your downtime by checking out the top 7 articles from 2014 (so far) and get caught up with any articles you might have missed.

Top 20 Apartment Markets for Rent Growth for Q2 2014

Top 20 Apartment Markets for Rent Growth for Q2 2014 [Video]

For the most part, it’s the usual suspects atop the nation’s leaderboard for apartment rent growth. But a few surprises popped in, as well — in part due to continued impressive lease-up velocity in many markets facing big waves of new supply.

Quarterly Apartment Rent Growth Hits 14-Year High

The U.S. apartment market outperformed everyone’s expectations with an impressive showing in 2nd quarter 2014. Occupancy jumped up to a seven-year high, even with newly built units hitting the market in large numbers. And quarterly rent growth reached a 14-year high.

July is Smart Irrigation Month

July is Smart Irrigation Month

The month of July is typically a time of peak demand for outdoor water use, making it the perfect time for property management companies to focus on smart irrigation and water conservation practices.

Downtown Oakland (Photo by Zach Corr) by James Daisa.

U.S. Apartment Fundamentals Continue to Hold Steady in Q1 2014

MPF Research reports that the U.S. apartment sector continues to post strong fundamentals even as new supply levels ramp up – with occupancy registering around 95% and annual rent growth around 3% for the seventh consecutive quarter.

New Mapping Tool Reveals Renter Hot Spots

A new mapping tool from the Census Bureau gives an in-depth look into American communities, telling us, among other things, where home ownership rates are the highest and, conversely, where renters live.

Bed Bug Research Reveals Seasonal Trend

Do bed bug infestations have seasonal trends? A new study released this week by the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine revealed a significant seasonal cycle in bed bug reporting in Philadelphia.

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