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.

The Edge of Innovation at NMHC OpTech

The multifamily housing industry, traditionally a step or two away from the cutting edge, is learning to embrace innovation at a time when the globe isn’t sitting still. Today, world leaders and innovators are asking “why not?” and willing to push advancement to the brink, sometimes for the unimaginable and often with risk. Many are[]

Overcoming the Hurdles of Payments in the Affordable Housing Industry

Online payment adoption is rising steadily in conventional multifamily and leading to the expectation of more self-service opportunities for renters. Recent industry information shows a continued shift of traditional payment methods away from the leasing office. Since 2015, paying rent on line has increased and estimates are that 55 percent of the apartment industry will[]

Demystifying Multifamily Energy Procurement

A lot has happened to the energy management market in the last 20 years. A few decades ago, pricing was steady, except for when utility companies filed for an increase because they didn’t achieve a desired rate of return over time. As they frequently went to the well, the game began to change. State legislators enacted[]

Leveraging Data to Pay Less on Multifamily Utilities

As discussed in RealWorld 2018 sessions  Energy prices rarely stand still, but lately, utility costs have been far more unpredictable. And, if it continues, that could be a concerning trend for multifamily energy management. Is your multifamily business prepared for the hit it might take on utilities? Some organizations are taking proactive precautions. Some are[]

User Management Made Simple with a Unified Platform

As discussed in RealWorld 2018 sessions  RealPage has been on the cutting edge of rental housing software for over 20 years. Now, it’s consolidating all of that innovation into something special. It isn’t a product or solution. It’s a new philosophy, called Unity, that will change how the rental housing industry experiences RealPage. One of[]

The Next Generation of Multifamily Document Management

From paper clips to file folders, and filing cabinets to computer systems, the process of storing, managing and organizing documents is as old as paper itself. And in real estate, managing documents like contracts and vendor agreements is crucial to running a healthy business—especially when you’re dealing with multiple units as multifamily does. It’s precisely[]

Risky Business: Avoiding, Transferring and Mitigating Risk in Property Management

As discussed in RealWorld 2018 sessions  Operating a property management company today means exposing your business to risk in a variety of forms. Not having a safety net—a true risk protection plan—could be the biggest risk of all. Of course, risk means economic loss—the kind that erodes gross revenue and NOI. According to LifeLock®, while[]

Senior Industry Trends: Boosting Speed-to-Lead

As discussed in RealWorld 2018 sessions.  A question many senior property management professionals may ask themselves is, “When it comes to leads, why are we still struggling with occupancy?” As with most business challenges, there’s not just one, but several reasons for this: there just aren’t enough leads to meet the supply; the leads you[]

Optimizing Your Student Housing Assets for Maximum ROI

Optimizing Student Housing Assets for Maximum ROI

You’re sitting on a student housing gold mine. But you might not even be aware of it. No, we’re not talking about your student properties themselves. We mean the data they’re spinning off day in and day out that can help you optimize asset and portfolio performance. Only in the past decade has this become possible,[]

Smart Home Technology for Energy Efficiency

Smart Home Technology for Energy Efficiency

The Internet of Things (IoT) has taken the nation by storm. However, its value to an apartment operation is as varied as the nation’s rental product itself. While home chore automation and security have inspired a surge of innovation and enthusiasm, a more direct and obvious driver of cost recovery is already in place for[]

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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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