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.

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Cutting the Paperwork Out of Maintenance with the Mobile Facilities App

RISE Real Estate, a successful company with holdings in both conventional and student, finally has a new tool that benefits both properties. Before encountering the Mobile Facilities App, however, they documented maintenance the way most companies do: with lots of paper and trips to the front office. “It’s inherently wasteful,” says RISE’s software platform analyst, Carlos[]

Navigating the Energy Map with Utility Management

Navigating the Energy Map with Utility Management

Apartment properties stand as one of the nation’s largest consumers of energy. As owners and operators feel the growing impact on their operations, the ever-evolving world of utility management shows a lot of promise in controlling costs and increasing both asset value and savings. Energy deregulation In 1978, new Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) policies[]

The Top Kitchen and Bath Trends for 2018

Home building professionals are painting the latest kitchen and bath trends broader than a barn door. Influenced by the home improvement television craze, farmhouse kitchens have finally overtaken traditional styles, according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association 2018 Design Trends Report released in January at the National Association of Home Builders International Builders Show.[]

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Affordable Housing: TRACS Implementation Pushed Back to Fall 2018

Earlier this week, RealPage Affordable Leadership attended a Tenant Rental Assistance Certification System (TRACS) Industry meeting at HUD in Washington, D.C. At the meeting, HUD informed RealPage that TRACS 2.0.3.A will not be implemented until the Fall of 2018. The setback comes in lieu of several factors—firstly, HUD is running a major technology update on[]

Backyards Are Creating More Opportunities for Multifamily Operators and Residents

The backyard retreat is an obvious perk of renting or owning a home that many residents don’t always experience in multifamily. And while the latest in common-area apartment design hopes to capture that garden or courtyard experience, there’s nothing like your own personal space for relaxing or contemplating work and life. In multifamily, backyards are[]

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Using Business Intelligence Software for Student Housing

Talk to any student housing operator and they’ll acknowledge a “rush” of a different kind on college campuses each year. Move-in day and the weeks leading up to it are intense as leasing agents try to fill beds, Resident Life is making roommate assignments and parents are calling to ask one more time what their[]

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3 Tips to Prepare Your Property For Freezing Temperatures

The bite of cold winter air and freezing temperatures can have a lasting impact on your property’s landscape. Hard and moderate freezes can damage the foliage and roots systems of plants, bushes and grass, and in extreme cases lead to plant loss that requires a capital expense to rejuvenate the landscape before the spring. The[]

7 Ways You Can Mitigate Risk at Your Affordable Properties [eBook]

Affordable properties come with a unique set of challenges that range anywhere from tenant safety to federal compliance. The smallest mistake can cost you big. Reduce mistakes and mitigate risks with these seven solutions from RealPage Affordable Property Management Software: 1. Use a property management platform for the affordable market Property management software should be[]

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Construction Industry Aims to Rebuild Workforce Through Youth

Strengthening the construction industry will be top of mind in Orlando in January when builders, designers and remodelers get the spotlight at the world’s largest residential construction show. It’s no secret that labor shortages have been a big roadblock for residential and construction since the country emerged from the recession in 2008. Multifamily has felt[]

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Utility Management: Legislative and Regulatory Update

Here’s the latest in multifamily utility billing compliance for the states of California, Ohio and Texas: California California Senate Bill 7 (SB 7) was signed into law in 2016 by Gov. Jerry Brown. By its terms it becomes effective as of Jan. 1, 2018. All properties that request a water connection from a water utility[]

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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