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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How to Prepare Your Multifamily Property for Winter

As we’ve all heard countless times before from our favorite sports coaches, the best offense is a good defense, and readying your multifamily property for winter is no different. A preventative weatherization program will help you catch small problems before they blossom into huge problems, thus saving you thousands of dollars and hours of headaches[]

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Fact or Fiction? LED Lights are a Smart Choice for Multifamily

Light-emitting diode or LED lights have been evolving at a rapid pace since becoming mainstream about a decade ago. The market was expected to reach $30.5 billion in 2016, up from $25.7 billion the previous year. Today, lighting pros say that LED efficiencies are improving, lasting longer and will continue to replace other lights in[]

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How Does Vendor Credentialing Protect Your Property?

Vendor credentialing provides advantages that save time, money and provide protection for your property. You wouldn’t allow a tenant to move in without a background check, so why do business with a vendor who hasn’t been thoroughly vetted? Compliance Depot Vendor Credentialing software background checks vendors and makes sure their insurance, financial standing and background[]

Efficiency by Design: Cost-Saving Apartment Concepts

A few years ago, building efficiencies were not top of the list for clients who sought new designs for multifamily dwellings. However, that has changed. The need to lower building costs by trimming the apartment fat is more pronounced at a time when renter demand has soared. In the past, multifamily projects with long corridors[]

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Upgrade Your Apartment Community with New Decking Materials

The arrival of fall means that your residents will likely be spending more time outdoors for cookouts, quiet conversation and general relaxation. In southern climates, patios made from concrete and decorative stone and pavers have proven to withstand weather and traffic during every season, making their installation preferable at apartments. Traditionally, wooden decks have required[]

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Finding the Balance Between Automation and Human Touch

Automation has its place in business and multifamily today. Busy workplaces and lifestyles require a little digital help when real, live, breathing humans can’t get to the phone or digital device. But not everything should be reduced to a digital series of commands or questions before narrowing down to an answer, place or resolution. At[]

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Using Business Intelligence, Benchmarking to Determine ROI on Renovations

A fact of multifamily is that apartments have to make ongoing investments to stay competitive in today’s market. A renovation or value-add strategy can align an older property to better compete with a newer community down the street, even one in a higher class. Community-wide overhauls of flooring, cabinets and appliances refresh units to attract[]

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NMHC/Kingsley Report: Renters Prefer the Basics in Amenities

Apartment operators shouldn’t assume that today’s preferred renter amenities are defined by the regions where they operate. The 2017 National Multifamily Housing Council/Kingsley Renter Preference Report unveiled in October suggests apartment residents around the country have some very distinct favorites that don’t necessarily jive with where they live. The bi-annual report, which drew 272,000 responses[]

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Building Environment Should Strengthen, Labor Shortages Could Persist in Multifamily

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) that measures builder’s confidence fell three points in September after hurricanes battered the Texas coast, Louisiana and Florida. The rating for newly built single-family homes fell to 64 on the index, down from 67 in August. While the index does not include apartment homes,[]

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Refrigerant Update: Status Quo for Multifamily Air-Conditioning

The most widely used refrigerant cooling today’s apartments, which appeared to be on the chopping block, is getting a stay of execution, at least for now. In early August the United States Court of Appeals ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency cannot force manufacturers to replace refrigerants like R-410A that emit hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The news[]

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The Property Management Field Guide to Cicadas

Should property management companies and apartment communities be worried about this impending cicada apocalypse and property damage? Not really. Here’s your Property Management Field Guide to everything you wanted to know about cicadas, and a few things you probably didn’t want to know.

Renters Insurance: Educating Residents about the Realities

According to one survey, only 31% of renters have renter’s insurance. Here are some common misconceptions renter’s have about renter’s insurance and why they pass on such a valuable way to protect not only their belongings but their bank accounts.

Apartment Amenities: Understanding What Gen Y Wants

A panel of Generation Y multifamily professionals render their verdicts on development trends and amenities that are typically targeted at them and whether they are truly essential or overrated.

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Newest Property Management Job Skill: Singing (Badly)

Thanks to one creative, roommate-seeking individual, property managers may need to add “sings off key” and “awkward dancer” to their list of qualifications when interviewing applicants for property management jobs.

Apartment Safety Tips: Space Heaters

Space heaters are a great way for apartment residents to add extra warmth to rooms. However, the improper use of space heaters can cause residential fires and even death. Here are some fire safety tips property management teams can pass along to their residents.

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