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 Challenge of Achieving the Perfect Landscape in Multifamily

Well before weeds first germinate, the battle for control of turfs across multifamily communities begins. It used to be that a couple of good shots of weed killer earned the upper hand pretty quickly for maintaining an immaculate landscape in multifamily. That’s changed now. The cost and ability to establish and uphold the perfect turf[]

Perception Counts, Even in Apartment Maintenance

Perception Counts, Even in Apartment Maintenance

I rarely get called Mr. Blackwell, although one colleague insists on greeting me that way. Just so you know, I’m no relation to the fashion czar who ruled Paris and Rodeo Drive until his death a decade ago. You may recall that his designs had no boundaries and that annual style lists of the rich[]

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How RISE is Innovating the Student Housing Experience

It’s hard to believe, but after all these years of understanding and catering to Millennials, Student Housing leaders are now turning to consumers born at the turn of the twenty-first century. Many of those who were born after 2000—designated as Generation Z—are now walking the grounds of college campuses. With their entrance comes the need[]

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The Multifamily Industry’s Return to Normalcy Offers Opportunity

With tailwinds from a wild and wooly ride lingering in some markets, multifamily housing leaders are returning to some fundamental operational principles. Eyes are being retrained on the basics of expense and revenue management, people and portfolio performance now that the industry has taken a collective big breath. At March’s Crittenden Multifamily Conference in Dallas,[]

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4 Hot Learning Trends for Property Management Companies

Your staff is your #1 investment. Yet too many property management companies still consider staff as a somewhat static asset when in reality you can be constantly increasing their value through an organized and consistent learning program. The investment in learning is minuscule compared to the payoffs in expanding skillsets that improve your employees’ competence[]

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A Job Costing Solution to Improve Multifamily Construction

Construction projects are increasingly costing more–but it’s not just a shortage of labor that’s driving costs up during one of the nation’s biggest construction booms. Creative apartment designs, rising material prices, regulatory issues, and interior vanity details are tacking on a superfluous price tag for market investors. Multifamily construction–whether it is unit renovations or ground-up[]

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When Accessibility Noncompliance Puts Assisted Living Communities at Risk

Any assisted living property manager knows that accessibility noncompliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act is an issue. Residents who require mobility assistance or have a disability must be able to access the community just as any able-bodied person. Installation of ramps, grab bars and handicap parking places may signify that the property is compliant.[]

Minimizing Fraudulent Applications Through Identity Verification

How to Minimize Fraudulent Applications with Identity Verification

More personal information about consumers is ‘freely’ available to view or purchase online today than ever before. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that with the abundance of data available nowadays, the incidence of fraud increases. Now more than ever, property management companies need to protect its data and one way to do[]

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The Latest Market Insights in Student Housing

The RealPage Student Team is attending InterFace Student Housing Conference in Austin this week, where top industry players are gathering for market insights and trends, continued education and networking. Taylor Gunn, Director of Student Housing at RealPage, delivered an enlightening presentation on the Student Market in the recent webcast, “Student Housing Q1 Market Update.” Gunn spoke about[]

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Embracing Disruption: The Apartment of the Future

As stewards of the multifamily housing industry, we each have visions for the apartment of the future. Some may see it as a techno-eccentric unit, a place in a world unto itself that stimulates the imagination and promotes self-indulgence in urban playgrounds. Others could argue it supports sophistication, lifestyle and basic essentials and redefines the[]

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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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