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.

Why “Outsourcing” is No Longer a Dirty Word for Multifamily IT

Not many multifamily IT departments can say that they make a direct positive contribution to the bottom line. The administrators, technicians and engineers who keep property management computers running, linked to the internet and out of harm’s way are usually viewed as a drain on expenses. “Most IT departments are considered a black hole,” says[]

Short-Term Rentals Offer Multifamily Operators New Opportunities

The apartment industry has been no stranger to supplementing the rent roll by offering short and long-term rentals over the years. Owners and managers have stuck their toes into corporate housing, some providing designated blocks of units to accommodate executives and new hires at local companies and others working on a per-business basis to provide[]

Secret Weapons to Better Manage Affordable Housing

Managing Affordable Housing brings a unique set of complexities compared to other forms of rental housing. Professionals in the Affordable industry must ensure that the property and/or portfolio is working within the rules of United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and other regulatory agencies. But doing so doesn’t have to be a daunting[]

The Edge of Innovation at NMHC OpTech

The multifamily housing industry, traditionally a step or two away from the cutting edge, is learning to embrace innovation at a time when the globe isn’t sitting still. Today, world leaders and innovators are asking “why not?” and willing to push advancement to the brink, sometimes for the unimaginable and often with risk. Many are[]

Overcoming the Hurdles of Payments in the Affordable Housing Industry

Online payment adoption is rising steadily in conventional multifamily and leading to the expectation of more self-service opportunities for renters. Recent industry information shows a continued shift of traditional payment methods away from the leasing office. Since 2015, paying rent on line has increased and estimates are that 55 percent of the apartment industry will[]

Demystifying Multifamily Energy Procurement

A lot has happened to the energy management market in the last 20 years. A few decades ago, pricing was steady, except for when utility companies filed for an increase because they didn’t achieve a desired rate of return over time. As they frequently went to the well, the game began to change. State legislators enacted[]

Leveraging Data to Pay Less on Multifamily Utilities

As discussed in RealWorld 2018 sessions  Energy prices rarely stand still, but lately, utility costs have been far more unpredictable. And, if it continues, that could be a concerning trend for multifamily energy management. Is your multifamily business prepared for the hit it might take on utilities? Some organizations are taking proactive precautions. Some are[]

User Management Made Simple with a Unified Platform

As discussed in RealWorld 2018 sessions  RealPage has been on the cutting edge of rental housing software for over 20 years. Now, it’s consolidating all of that innovation into something special. It isn’t a product or solution. It’s a new philosophy, called Unity, that will change how the rental housing industry experiences RealPage. One of[]

The Next Generation of Multifamily Document Management

As discussed in RealWorld 2018 sessions  From paper clips to file folders, and filing cabinets to computer systems, the process of storing, managing and organizing documents is as old as paper itself. And in real estate, managing documents like contracts and vendor agreements is crucial to running a healthy business—especially when you’re dealing with multiple[]

Risky Business: Avoiding, Transferring and Mitigating Risk in Property Management

As discussed in RealWorld 2018 sessions  Operating a property management company today means exposing your business to risk in a variety of forms. Not having a safety net—a true risk protection plan—could be the biggest risk of all. Of course, risk means economic loss—the kind that erodes gross revenue and NOI. According to LifeLock®, while[]

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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.

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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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