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 efficiency

In Multifamily, Energy Efficiency Equals Fiscal Efficiency

Mary Nitschke, director of ancillary services for Prometheus Real Estate Group in San Mateo, California, is a regular case study presenter at the Energy Summit in Washington, D.C. each year. With 13,000 units and another 2,600 in the pipeline, her company is the largest privately owned developer in the San Francisco Bay Area. Being a[]

Job cost

Finally: Integrated, Unit-Level Job Cost Tracking for Every Kind of Project, Every Kind of Property

To accurately track expenses for new developments, unit renovations, tenant improvements and other capital projects, you have three choices: Excel A standalone job costing solution An integrated job costing solution RealPage Job Costing integrates with general ledger, accounts payable, purchasing, fixed assets and commercial property management. The importance of this can’t be overstated: all these functions[]

submeters

The Business Case for Submeters

Few features are as compelling. It improves cash flow. It increases property value. It simplifies your relationship with residents. Installing submeters eliminates one of the highest expenses on a property with a pay-off term between 14 to 18 months. They increase net operating income (NOI) and make a property’s rents more competitive. Social bonus: They[]

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You Don’t Have to Be Smart to Use Business Intelligence

The blinking, streaming barrage of lights on WOPR in NORAD’s computer room in 1983 was some sight. Flickering green, yellow, red and orange, lights danced and jittered with critical defense information in the science-fiction thriller, “War Games.” When young hacker David Lightman quickly walks by WOPR as its running war simulations over and over until[]

What Makes a Successful Multifamily Learning Program? [eBook]

Learning management systems have become indispensable assets for property management and multifamily training programs. A successful multifamily learning management system will increase the speed and effectiveness of employee learning and improve the value of an entire company. With technological changes and the rapid rate of change in the property management industry, it is important that[]

community recycling

Adopting Recycling is Becoming Easier and More Desirable in Multifamily

Contracting with a waste management vendor is the first step toward getting the ball rolling on community recycling. But the presence of recycling bins isn’t always enough to get residents involved in one of the most common earth-friendly initiatives. The success of any multifamily recycling program comes from within. Property managers and leasing staff hold[]

property management software

8 Keys to the Health of Your Property Management System [eBook]

The market demand for rental properties is growing and changing fast. In order to compete, your business needs to be in the best shape possible. A whole business approach is required to stay ahead of the game in an ever-changing, highly competitive market. RealPage’s fully-integrated property management software offers a holistic focus, assessing the needs[]

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Green Financing in Multifamily Housing Grows in 2017

Lower interest rates and larger loans are fueling energy conservation inside multifamily housing operations across the country, bolstering the bottom line of owners and the wallets of residents. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, HUD and the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) offer multiple loan discounts that recognize apartment properties that use less energy. Apartment buildings with energy-saving[]

home wildfires

What Makes a Home More (or Less) Likely to Burn in a Wildfire?

Wildfires are an inevitable environmental concern when living in an area with high temperatures and low humidity. While they are a powerful, destructive force that can engulf entire communities, your property does not have to go up in flames. What causes one home to burn while a neighbor’s home remains largely undisturbed? Read on to learn about[]

how to control mosquitos

How to Control Mosquitos Hanging Around Your Apartment Community

Labor Day may signal the unofficial last day of summer, the final big opportunity for outdoor gatherings, but as cooler weather approaches the desire of your residents to chill on patios, decks and outside common areas doesn’t fade. If anything, more people will frequent conversational areas like fire pits and around the grill. The sad fact[]

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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