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.

Minimize Crime at Senior Communities with Resident Screening

Minimize Crime at Senior Communities with Resident Screening

Millions of Americans look forward to retirement, when years of hard work are traded for relaxation, adventure and independence. Most assume they’ll live out their days in a safe haven, whether it be at home or in independent or assisted living senior communities. At home, neighborhoods may change and fall into urban blight as demographics[]

The Rising Cost of Apartment Construction: It’s More than Labor Shortage

Much has been made about the impact on construction of a weakened skilled labor force, but the shortage of workers isn’t the only reason some projects are delivering late and costing more. Increasingly difficult apartment designs and regulatory issues are among several factors that have slowed progress at a time when units can’t be delivered[]

Utility Billing Services: Less Risky Business, More Recovery

Utility Billing Services: Less Risky Business, More Recovery

New owners of multifamily residential property are often surprised at the number of laws that affect their ability to do business. In addition to statewide landlord and tenant codes, an owner electing to pass through the cost of usage and ancillary services must consider the local utility tariffs, city or county ordinances, state utility law[]

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7 Best Screening Practices to Minimize Risk

Are you thinking about ways to minimize risk during the resident screening process? Here are the best screening practices for multifamily operators and leasing professionals: 1. Don’t leave anything to chance You set the standard for who lives in your community, not fate. Accomplish this by setting rental criteria that matches your unique business priorities.[]

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Are You Still Giving Multifamily Property Tours on Site?

Ever wanted a property tour to see inside the apartment of Rick Deckard, the Blade Runner Detective made famous by Harrison Ford? Thanks to Blade Runner 9732, a recently released virtual reality (VR) program, you can walk around, look through the various rooms in the apartment, and even check out some of his personal belongings.[]

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EasyLMS, The Online Learning Platform to Win the Talent Contest

The economy (cross your fingers) is looking strong, along with the jobs market. And while that’s good news for the apartment business overall, there’s a significant downside: it’s getting hard to find talented staff, particularly at the site level. An article in the January edition of NAA’s Units Magazine placed “the labor crunch” at the[]

Quick and Easy Vendor Certification with Credential Key

Quick and Easy Vendor Certification with RealPage Credential Key

It’s 3 a.m. and a resident dials your contact center. The floor in the apartment is flooding, water is inching up the walls and the resident is helpless. You call your preferred plumber and get a recording that the company is closed for the week for a much needed vacation. Other vendors in your tool[]

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Thinking Outside of the Box in Multifamily

Buzzwords come and go in multifamily like in any other industry. “Crushed it!” was introduced what seems like yesterday, but it’s already in the Urban Dictionary graveyard, to be replaced by something a little more up to date. So pardon me when I show my age by “thinking outside the box.” That catchphrase went out[]

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Utility Management: Health is an Inside Job

Health is a hot topic these days. From insurance to lifestyle to diet, it’s anyone’s guess as to the best path to a long and healthy life. Still, what if health had just as much to do with where you spend your days as it does with your behavior? Even though time spent outdoors has[]

Technology Products for Multifamily Smart Homes

Smart Home Technology Offers More Options for Multifamily

As expected, the latest smart home technology beamed at January’s 2018 National Association of Home Builders International Builders Show in Orlando. A wealth of home connectivity gizmos promised the latest in creature comforts as home living continues to drive into the next century, whether applied under one roof in the suburbs or in an apartment[]

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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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