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.

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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The Rise of Aging-in-Place Amenities in Multifamily

Some of the most effective amenities in multifamily could be hiding behind the scenes, seemingly lost from eyesight in the unit. Lighting in the just the right spot, a well-disguised grab bar and the slight widening of doorways may seem unimpressive but they add up with the 55-and-over crowd looking for convenience. While apartment designers[]

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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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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[]

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How Artificial Intelligence is Impacting Multifamily

Artificial intelligence is here, but how does multifamily cope with it? Artificial intelligence is on everybody’s mind, it seems. And if billionaire investor Warren Buffett is concerned, shouldn’t we all be? At Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholders meeting, Buffett said the technology could be “enormously disruptive.” AI could result in significant employment loss, he added, but[]

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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[]

The Home Depot Shares Three Inexpensive Ways to Enhance the Outdoor Living Experience

Sometimes the simple things matter the most. Relaxing in a hammock or lounging on patio furniture and throw pillows under festive string lighting or in a semi-private space offer residents some basic outdoor living pleasures. Best of all, they are among some easy-peasy ways that property managers can improve the outdoor living experience at apartments[]

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Promoting From Within: Learning Management Meets Talent Management

Boost employees up your ladder with the right resources A solid learning management system is critical to increasing the value of your greatest asset: your employees. This system should make it easy for them to access and pursue their learning, and for managers to monitor who’s doing what. But that’s all about making an employee better[]

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Risk Mitigation Through Screening and Renters Insurance

The one-two punch of effective screening and renters insurance An effective screening tool combined with renters insurance can pay dividends for property management companies. A solution that provides an applicant’s apartment rental payment history and offers insurance options protects PMCs and helps create a community of better renters, say industry professionals. The better the renter,[]

U.S. Apartment Market Posts Robust Revenue Growth in Third Quarter

Top-line revenue growth numbers for apartments in the third quarter remain terrific, despite the struggles seen in the general economy. Watch Greg Willett and Jay Parsons from MPF Research as they examine 3rd quarter preliminary data and share what is likely ahead for 2012.

A Vision for One Affordable Housing Program

Gustaveo Sapiurka has a vision for the affordable housing industry: that one day there will be a single affordable housing program. Learn about his recent visit to Washington, D.C. to see if this could be a reality.

Is Your Food Supply Disaster-Ready?

As the Eastern seaboard of the United States waits on Hurricane Irene to make up her mind where she makes landfall, it’s important to keep food safety in mind while you’re making other preparations.

3 Tips for Making the Budgeting Process Less Scary

The annual budgeting process is one of the most dreaded activities for apartment managers and owners. But with a little planning and some helpful tools, you can make this yearly chore a little less scary. Here are three tips that can help.

Are the Days of the Paper Mountain Numbered?

After more than 30 years of predictions and prognostications, the technology is here to create a true paperless office. The question is how quickly “paper” transitions to “paperless.” Have you conquered the paper mountain?

Don’t Hide Your Apartment Web Sites From Mobile Users

The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project recently released the results of survey exploring how Americans use their cell phones and smartphones, which once again shows the importance of mobile enabling your property web sites.

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