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.

Apartment Design Trends from The Home Depot

Insights from The Home Depot on designing today’s apartments for the younger generation A new set of trends, likes and dislikes accompany every generation that comes along. Today’s older apartment residents cut their teeth on goldenrod and avocado appliances, then graduated to granite countertops and tile floors. Those preferences seemed light years away from the[]

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Why Hiring a 5-Star Property Maintenance Team is Critical in Multifamily

Anticipation hung in the air as Pinnacle Senior Vice President Raymond Van Beveren waited for the “interview.” The standing room only crowd, uncharacteristic for a property maintenance-oriented session at a multifamily conference, stifled a few giggles as the applicant, a broad-shouldered man, sauntered to the stage. “I’m here, I’m here!” he said as the crowd[]

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How Apartment Renovations Can Improve ROI

Rehab market has changed, but opportunities for creating good ROI through apartment renovations still exist As rents become more competitive and apartment inventory approaches its peak this year, the case for rehabilitating older properties in some markets may be strengthening. Done right, a modest upgrade of a 20- or 30-year-old multifamily community can offer renters[]

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[]

5 Reasons Your Renters and Prospects Prefer Online Leasing

Chances are that many of your renters and prospects haven’t given a great deal of thought about how they’d prefer to go through the leasing process. I will wager that online leasing will win virtually every time. Here’s why.

Online Renewals Reduce Turnover and Increase Asking Rents

With the competition for renters getting more urgent, now is the time to focus on keeping your current residents where they belong, and online renewals looks like a compelling part of any resident retention strategy.

Is Generation Y Redefining the American Dream?

When you hear about the rough housing market of the past few years, the American Dream is often part of the discussion. But I think that aspect of the dream might be changing, thanks in part to Generation Y.

Five Low Cost Ways to Make Your Rentals Green

Going green was once just a good idea for being environmentally friendly. Now, it’s one of the hottest amenities. Here are five low-cost ways to work towards earning the green title for your property.

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