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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The State of Multifamily Construction

Higher construction and labor costs continue to challenge the housing industry, prompting newer strategies to build multifamily and student housing communities within budget and on schedule. Since the apartment boom launched a few years ago, developers and builders have battled a lack in skilled labor. In the last couple of years, materials prices – namely[]

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Amenities that Drive Student Housing

Student housing design centers around social, educational experiences Far away from yesterday’s frat house lifestyle, student housing settings are designed to enhance not only the social but also the educational experiences on college campuses. The blueprints for living and communal spaces in towering habitats emphasize individual and collaborative learning to supplement the higher education experience.[]

No Train No Gain: Why Your Staff Needs Training

Multifamily housing employees want more training. At least that’s what a recent Pew Research Center survey about the American workforce and changing job market suggests. The U.S. employment landscape has morphed from hands-on tools to fingers on keyboards. Over the last 35 years, workers are rethinking the skills they have and what they will need[]

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Transportation Revolution and Impact on Real Estate

Multifamily communities with spacious surface parking lots may be sitting on a gold mine if the new transportation revolution shifts into high gear as some expect. The combination of ride-handling and autonomous cars that is taking transportation by storm suggests that fewer vehicles will need urban and suburban parking spaces in the near future, analysts[]

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7 Must-Have Features of a Learning Management System

What if there were a better way to rally property management teams around educational initiatives that’ll improve engagement? The right learning management system software can revolutionize your training strategy. Before you invest, the best learning management systems out there for multifamily professionals should include, at the very least, the following seven features: 1. Complete Content[]

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7 Fire Safety Tips for Senior Residents

Is Fire Safety Important in Senior Living Community Management? Older Americans are a strong demographic in multifamily and senior living growth, but those 65 and older are particularly fragile when it comes to fire risk. With the holiday season upon us, properties that specialize in senior housing or have a large base of older renters may[]

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Creating a New Perspective on Senior Living Communities

Senior Living communities host events to cultivate intergenerational friendships  Seniors and children, two groups that typically interact infrequently, have much to be learned from one another. Research has proven that the health of seniors improves when they spend time with children. According to a study from University of California San Francisco, isolated elders had a 59 percent[]

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NMHC OpTech to Cast Texas-Sized Look at Multifamily Technology

A fall multifamily technology ritual will saddle up with thought-provoking content, high-level networking and a trade show featuring more than 100 of the industry’s top suppliers – with a little blue jeans and salsa. Rachel Botsman, known around the world for her visionary thinking on how the power of collaboration and trust enabled technologies will[]

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How to Motivate Your People to Always Be Learning

Your cell phone can do hundreds of useful things you know nothing about. But just how much time are you willing to invest in learning about all these features and functions when there’s so much else to do? It’s rare to find an employee who gets excited about training. For most of us, it’s a[]

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Where is Smart Home Technology Really Going?

Don’t laugh, but I’m still working from an iPhone 4. By today’s technology calendar, I’m light years away from being up to date. At a recent conference, a young colleague laughed and said he didn’t know anybody who still had one. A search on Apple’s website for anything iPhone 4 yields no results. While it’s[]

Engage Me or Lose Me

Two recent encounters with customer service agents during a personal trip got me thinking about engagement and its power over the sales, marketing, and customer service relationship.

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