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.

7 Ways You Can Mitigate Risk at Your Affordable Properties [eBook]

Affordable properties come with a unique set of challenges that range anywhere from tenant safety to federal compliance. The smallest mistake can cost you big. Reduce mistakes and mitigate risks with these seven solutions from RealPage Affordable Property Management Software: 1. Use a property management platform for the affordable market Property management software should be[]

construction industry

Construction Industry Aims to Rebuild Workforce Through Youth

Strengthening the construction industry will be top of mind in Orlando in January when builders, designers and remodelers get the spotlight at the world’s largest residential construction show. It’s no secret that labor shortages have been a big roadblock for residential and construction since the country emerged from the recession in 2008. Multifamily has felt[]

utility billing

Utility Management: Legislative and Regulatory Update

Here’s the latest in multifamily utility billing compliance for the states of California, Ohio and Texas: California California Senate Bill 7 (SB 7) was signed into law in 2016 by Gov. Jerry Brown. By its terms it becomes effective as of Jan. 1, 2018. All properties that request a water connection from a water utility[]

pet-friendly communities

Solving the Decline of Pet-Friendly Areas with Xeriscaping

Pet-friendly communities continue to be a desirable amenity, as well as a leash to bring in new apartment residents and retain others. Industry experts agree that a grassy park or designated area for dogs to stretch their legs, have a catch with their owner or do their business helps lease units and can command increased[]

affordable housing

Benchmarking Utilities in Affordable Housing

As a recent addition to the affordable housing realm, I’ve had to adjust my approach to the areas of opportunity an ancillary revenue and utility management person would generally operate in. Utility management specifically has taken on a new focus. I’m used to categorizing properties by building type, then benchmarking the buildings in each category[]

How to Create Budget-Friendly Storage Space with Kitchen Cabinets

A detached garage with a small shop area went up at the Blackwell residence in 2017. Everything you’ve heard at multifamily sessions or read on Property Management Insider and other industry publications is true about the pitfalls of today’s construction industry. There’s far too much work to go around—at least in Texas—for the amount of[]

business intelligence software

5 Features Your Business Intelligence Needs to Outsmart the Competition [eBook]

In a market crowded with business intelligence software solutions, how do you know which one provides relevant and accurate data to help your business? Here are the five factors that are critical to helping your business achieve substantial results across its portfolio: 1. Competitor benchmarking: Self-service benchmarking tools can reveal where you stand against the competition. []

holiday safety

‘Tis the Season for Safety

There are a lot of wonderful ways your property can celebrate the season: lights around the property, in-office decorations and community holiday events, but there’s an important, yet unpleasant aspect that it pays to push: holiday safety. While no one likes to think about crime during the holidays, criminal mischief can take a larger toll[]

commercial property management

7 Must-Have Reporting Tools for Commercial Property Management [eBook]

In order to be competitive in today’s marketplace, small to mid-sized properties need robust reporting capabilities that offer customized, accurate, detailed reports for each and every stakeholder. There are affordable, competitive solutions available for commercial property management. You can expect these seven features to come with RealPage Commercial Property Management, all at a reasonable price:[]

corporate social responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility in Multifamily

Because businesses big and small are more visible than ever, the power of corporate social responsibility has become larger than life. That feel-good culture of a company and its perception within the community defines an organization beyond its financial success. Good corporate social responsibility (CSR) is giving back to employees, customers and the community. However,[]

4 New Year’s Resolutions for the Property Management Professional

As the final words are written on an eventful year in the multifamily industry, our eyes turn towards 2013 with optimism and excitement. Here are four New Year’s resolutions for property management professionals to consider adding to their own list of resolutions for 2013.

Now Hiring Sign Stating Elf Wanted

Eight Property Management Jobs Suitable for Elves

If you’re looking to add headcount to your property management staff in 2013, you should consider hiring elves. Not every elf makes it to the North Pole, but they make great employees no matter where they work. Here are a few jobs we think would be suitable for elves around your apartment community.

Property Management Trends in 2012: Part 3 – Micro Units

Major urban areas across the country are giving micro units a closer look. And they should: these tiny apartments are more than just a flash in the pan trend, they most likely represent the next evolutionary phase of the modern city.

Property Management Tips for the Zombie Apocalypse

It’s finally happened. The Zombie Apocalypse has arrived. But in this dangerous climate, you still need to manage and lease your apartments. Here are some helpful tips to ensure maximum occupancy, increased revenue, and high levels of resident satisfaction during the golden age of the zombie.

ENERGY STAR in the Apartment Industry is Good Business

A multifamily property that has an ENERGYSTAR® rating has several advantages over those that do not, but an apartment community that isn’t eligible to get that little blue sticker can reap some of the same benefits by becoming a partner.

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