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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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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How Lighting Upgrades Can Benefit Residents and Multifamily Operations

We know that LED lights grows plants quicker and healthier than other methods, including natural sunlight. Sunlight contains the full spectrum of colors, giving plants the information needed to grow. Tinkering with this spectrum, which LED lights allow with precision, elicits known and specific responses. Increase the amount of red, yellow, orange and green, and[]

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Redirecting the Path to Affordable Senior Living and Assisted Care

The forecast for the future of affordable senior living and assisted living is sure to be analyzed and dissected greater than any sub-market meteorologist. The LeadingAge Annual Meeting & Expo in New Orleans, billed as the largest annual gathering of aging services providers in the country, is sure to have lively discussions on the direction[]

energy efficiency

In Multifamily, Energy Efficiency Equals Fiscal Efficiency

Mary Nitschke, director of ancillary services for Prometheus Real Estate Group in San Mateo, California, is a regular case study presenter at the Energy Summit in Washington, D.C. each year. With 13,000 units and another 2,600 in the pipeline, her company is the largest privately owned developer in the San Francisco Bay Area. Being a[]

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Finally: Integrated, Unit-Level Job Cost Tracking for Every Kind of Project, Every Kind of Property

To accurately track expenses for new developments, unit renovations, tenant improvements and other capital projects, you have three choices: Excel A standalone job costing solution An integrated job costing solution RealPage Job Costing integrates with general ledger, accounts payable, purchasing, fixed assets and commercial property management. The importance of this can’t be overstated: all these functions[]

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The Business Case for Submeters

Few features are as compelling. It improves cash flow. It increases property value. It simplifies your relationship with residents. Installing submeters eliminates one of the highest expenses on a property with a pay-off term between 14 to 18 months. They increase net operating income (NOI) and make a property’s rents more competitive. Social bonus: They[]

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You Don’t Have to Be Smart to Use Business Intelligence

The blinking, streaming barrage of lights on WOPR in NORAD’s computer room in 1983 was some sight. Flickering green, yellow, red and orange, lights danced and jittered with critical defense information in the science-fiction thriller, “War Games.” When young hacker David Lightman quickly walks by WOPR as its running war simulations over and over until[]

What Makes a Successful Multifamily Learning Program? [eBook]

Learning management systems have become indispensable assets for property management and multifamily training programs. A successful multifamily learning management system will increase the speed and effectiveness of employee learning and improve the value of an entire company. With technological changes and the rapid rate of change in the property management industry, it is important that[]

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Adopting Recycling is Becoming Easier and More Desirable in Multifamily

Contracting with a waste management vendor is the first step toward getting the ball rolling on community recycling. But the presence of recycling bins isn’t always enough to get residents involved in one of the most common earth-friendly initiatives. The success of any multifamily recycling program comes from within. Property managers and leasing staff hold[]

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8 Keys to the Health of Your Property Management System [eBook]

The market demand for rental properties is growing and changing fast. In order to compete, your business needs to be in the best shape possible. A whole business approach is required to stay ahead of the game in an ever-changing, highly competitive market. RealPage’s fully-integrated property management software offers a holistic focus, assessing the needs[]

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.

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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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