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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New on #AptChat: Philanthropy and Community Involvement

We continue to track the Twitter-based chats going on between property managers on Apartment Chat glean smart management tips. The theme of a recent chat was “Philanthropy and Community Involvement.” It was based on the fact that the huge number of people across the country who live and work in apartments can constitute a large[]

Affordable Housing Horror Story: The Return of the MOR

The Return of the MOR: No, that is not the title of an old horror movie, but many in the affordable housing industry are horrified at what this means. Rest assured—in this article, we’ll provide the background information and tips you need to be prepared for a Management Occupancy Review, or an MOR. The History[]

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Enhancing Curb Appeal with Landscape Design Software

Virtual apartment tours enable marketing teams to lure prospects into units with accurate renderings of what life can be like in a community, just one example of how technology has shaped multifamily housing. That same technology is helping create a similar look and feel of the property’s landscape, long before the first shovel of dirt[]

State of Student Housing: Study Rooms Among Amenities Driving Strong Growth

Expect the flames fueling a razor-hot student housing market to maintain through the end of the year and into next year. Executives at the National Multifamily Housing Council’s Student Housing Conference and Exposition in New Orleans in September said this year’s record-setting market shouldn’t cool much, even if the federal government finally pushes through a[]

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How to Boost Your Bottom Line When Revenue is Booming

The apartment market is going strong. U.S. apartment occupancy is up to 96.2% and annual rent growth is averaging between 4% to 5%. Your property management company is probably doing well. In fact, very well. But if you could save $50 annually per unit on a 200-unit property, you could be doing even better—without adding[]

Keeping Student Housing Safe: Fire Prevention Tips

Combat increases in student housing, apartment fires with these 15 safety tips With school back in session and the holidays around the corner, student housing and multifamily housing properties are particularly vulnerable to losses caused by fire. Losses caused by fire damage in apartment structures since 2009 are on the rise. In the last six years,[]

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Clearing the Air On Companion Animals: What Property Managers Should Know

Know the rules when residents seek accommodation for emotional support or companion animals While the multifamily housing industry has become pet friendly, some furry friends are catching the ire of property managers. Residents who attempt to bring their pets on property under the guise of them being companion animals are leaving some apartment operators fearing[]

Shine a Light on Multifamily with the Latest Lighting Trends

Innovations in light-emitting diode (LED) lighting have changed the way we look at things. Today’s LED lighting has become a bright, proven solution to the replacement of incandescent lighting that has been phased out over the years. With that, new trends in indoor and outdoor fixtures are emerging, while taking advantage of LED’s efficiencies and[]

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A Look Into the Growth of the Renter Population

The government still favors homeowners over renters. Time for a change? Any opinions expressed here are solely those of the writer. The U.S. government has traditionally supported significant tax breaks and other measures to prod its citizens towards home ownership. The assumption has been that home ownership is the cornerstone of the American Dream, allowing[]

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.

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