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.

How the Affordable Housing Industry Managed the Government Shutdown Together

January’s government shutdown found the Affordable housing industry grappling for a lifeline. Next to the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Housing and Urban Development was the most affected by the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. Contract renewals were put on hold and much needed monthly payments to those properties stopped. Properties with limited[]

A Unified Approach to Multifamily Property Operations

A good elevator pitch is said to be one that lasts no longer than the elevator ride of 20 or 30 seconds. The message must be tightly persuasive to spark interest or an action or the respondent may simply get bored with it. People generally lose focus after about eight seconds, one second shy of[]

The Importance of Multifamily Energy Benchmarking

Benchmarking utilities has become a way of life in multifamily. Not long ago, the EPA introduced its Portfolio Manager, a repository for a commercial property’s utility consumption data for benchmarking. By 2014, the arduous task of establishing an equitable energy efficiency scoring system for multifamily properties had arrived and the EPA invited portfolios to track[]

RealWorld 2019: Connect. Discover. Exceed.

The property management industry cannot sit still. It doesn’t have time, because the speed of business – even the pace of the world – just doesn’t conform to neutral. Along with analytical complexities, innovation and heightened consumer expectations are driving the advancement in the industry. On one front, information technology is racking up data at an[]

How to Protect Sensitive Multifamily Data with Outsourced IT Services

In the constantly revolving internet technology world that seemingly is getting faster and smarter, data breaches remain a nagging thorn in the side. Despite new advances in antivirus technology, device protection is more essential than ever. Each year, IBM Security teams with the Ponemon Institute to determine the global cost of data breaches. The  2018[]

RealPage Energy Summit: The Power of Connecting

The best and brightest in multifamily utility management are convening this spring at the RealPage Energy Summit. At the company’s Richardson, Texas headquarters April 16-18, experts will offer a deep dive into the latest energy trends and regulations, and like-minded professionals will tackle some of the most pressing issues facing the industry.  Explore energy benchmarking Energy benchmarking[]

Women of Student Housing: Empowering Others to Succeed

Behind the scenes of the National Apartment Association’s CampusConnex in Orlando this February, about 30 women in the student housing industry gathered. Many were colleagues, coworkers and even competitors, vying for the growing share of the student housing industry. As with any gathering of competing companies, the air could have been tense. That was hardly[]

Ensuring Security and Visibility for Multifamily I.T. 

In the steady churn of multifamily properties, a portfolio’s I.T. integrity can get lost. New acquisitions or operator changes can leave a company behind the times – and sometimes vulnerable – when on-boarding information technology, whether making improvements to existing equipment or starting anew to sync with the corporate office. In most cases, upgrades of[]

Five Key Areas to Cut Costs in Affordable Housing [eBook]

Only 35 Affordable and available rental homes exist for every 100 extremely low income (ELI) renter households in the United States, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Affordable property owners and managers are tasked with meeting demand through limited resources, and they must exercise cost control to ensure operations are most efficient. “As public funding[]

Why Employee Learning Management is for Companies of All Sizes

It’s an odd fact that small to mid-sized property management companies are less likely to use a formal learning management system (LMS) than are larger companies. Just as with larger businesses, employees are their most expensive and valuable asset, and arming them with both industry knowledge and job-specific training is critical to having them achieve[]

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Apartment Marketing Tips from Shark Week

Apartment marketing and sharks have more in common than you might think. Here are a few apartment marketing tips I learned from watching Discovery Channel’s Shark Week.

Is Generation Y Driving Current Apartment Leasing Activity?

With demand for apartments outpacing deliveries for Q2 2013, it looks like some of the pent-up apartment demand from young adults who have been living at home with mom and dad is being unleashed, driving leasing activity to impressive levels.

Fireworks Safety Tips for Apartment Properties [Infographic]

Fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day. Yet, the thrill of fireworks can also bring pain, causing serious burns and eye injuries. Here are some important safety tips to help ensure your personal and resident’s safety.

$1.1Trillion Apartment Industry Produces Lasting Economic Impact

Representing the NMHC and NAA, Tom Bozzuto, chairman and CEO of the Bozzuto Group, testified before a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee how the apartment industry and its 35 million residents contribute more than a trillion dollars to the national economy.

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Bed Bug Epidemic Not Waning Survey Shows [Infographic]

The latest survey of pest management professionals across the U.S. by the National Pest Management Association confirms what the multifamily industry already suspects: the bed bug problem isn’t going away any time soon.

Is Your Apartment Pool Making Residents Sick?

With summer approaching, chances are your residents will be spending a fair amount of time at the community swimming pool. But lurking within those clear and pristine waters are hidden dangers that could make your residents sick.

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