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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EasyLMS, The Online Learning Platform to Win the Talent Contest

The economy (cross your fingers) is looking strong, along with the jobs market. And while that’s good news for the apartment business overall, there’s a significant downside: it’s getting hard to find talented staff, particularly at the site level. An article in the January edition of NAA’s Units Magazine placed “the labor crunch” at the[]

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Quick and Easy Vendor Certification with RealPage Credential Key

It’s 3 a.m. and a resident dials your contact center. The floor in the apartment is flooding, water is inching up the walls and the resident is helpless. You call your preferred plumber and get a recording that the company is closed for the week for a much needed vacation. Other vendors in your tool[]

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Thinking Outside of the Box in Multifamily

Buzzwords come and go in multifamily like in any other industry. “Crushed it!” was introduced what seems like yesterday, but it’s already in the Urban Dictionary graveyard, to be replaced by something a little more up to date. So pardon me when I show my age by “thinking outside the box.” That catchphrase went out[]

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Utility Management: Health is an Inside Job

Health is a hot topic these days. From insurance to lifestyle to diet, it’s anyone’s guess as to the best path to a long and healthy life. Still, what if health had just as much to do with where you spend your days as it does with your behavior? Even though time spent outdoors has[]

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Smart Home Technology Offers More Options for Multifamily

As expected, the latest smart home technology beamed at January’s 2018 National Association of Home Builders International Builders Show in Orlando. A wealth of home connectivity gizmos promised the latest in creature comforts as home living continues to drive into the next century, whether applied under one roof in the suburbs or in an apartment[]

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Cutting the Paperwork Out of Maintenance with the Mobile Facilities App

RISE Real Estate, a successful company with holdings in both conventional and student, finally has a new tool that benefits both properties. Before encountering the Mobile Facilities App, however, they documented maintenance the way most companies do: with lots of paper and trips to the front office. “It’s inherently wasteful,” says RISE’s software platform analyst, Carlos[]

Navigating the Energy Map with Utility Management

Navigating the Energy Map with Utility Management

Apartment properties stand as one of the nation’s largest consumers of energy. As owners and operators feel the growing impact on their operations, the ever-evolving world of utility management shows a lot of promise in controlling costs and increasing both asset value and savings. Energy deregulation In 1978, new Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) policies[]

The Top Kitchen and Bath Trends for 2018

Home building professionals are painting the latest kitchen and bath trends broader than a barn door. Influenced by the home improvement television craze, farmhouse kitchens have finally overtaken traditional styles, according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association 2018 Design Trends Report released in January at the National Association of Home Builders International Builders Show.[]

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Affordable Housing: TRACS Implementation Pushed Back to Fall 2018

Earlier this week, RealPage Affordable Leadership attended a Tenant Rental Assistance Certification System (TRACS) Industry meeting at HUD in Washington, D.C. At the meeting, HUD informed RealPage that TRACS 2.0.3.A will not be implemented until the Fall of 2018. The setback comes in lieu of several factors—firstly, HUD is running a major technology update on[]

Backyards Are Creating More Opportunities for Multifamily Operators and Residents

The backyard retreat is an obvious perk of renting or owning a home that many residents don’t always experience in multifamily. And while the latest in common-area apartment design hopes to capture that garden or courtyard experience, there’s nothing like your own personal space for relaxing or contemplating work and life. In multifamily, backyards are[]

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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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