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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When Accessibility Noncompliance Puts Assisted Living Communities at Risk

Any assisted living property manager knows that accessibility noncompliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act is an issue. Residents who require mobility assistance or have a disability must be able to access the community just as any able-bodied person. Installation of ramps, grab bars and handicap parking places may signify that the property is compliant.[]

Minimizing Fraudulent Applications Through Identity Verification

How to Minimize Fraudulent Applications with Identity Verification

More personal information about consumers is ‘freely’ available to view or purchase online today than ever before. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that with the abundance of data available nowadays, the incidence of fraud increases. Now more than ever, property management companies need to protect its data and one way to do[]

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The Latest Market Insights in Student Housing

The RealPage Student Team is attending InterFace Student Housing Conference in Austin this week, where top industry players are gathering for market insights and trends, continued education and networking. Taylor Gunn, Director of Student Housing at RealPage, delivered an enlightening presentation on the Student Market in the recent webcast, “Student Housing Q1 Market Update.” Gunn spoke about[]

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Embracing Disruption: The Apartment of the Future

As stewards of the multifamily housing industry, we each have visions for the apartment of the future. Some may see it as a techno-eccentric unit, a place in a world unto itself that stimulates the imagination and promotes self-indulgence in urban playgrounds. Others could argue it supports sophistication, lifestyle and basic essentials and redefines the[]

Turning Multifamily Maintenance into Renewals

Turning Multifamily Maintenance into Renewals

A Paul Rhodes education session is always a good way to spend part of the day at a multifamily conference, especially after lunch when the eyes get heavy. His sermon-like presentations always grab everybody’s attention. There’s bound to be a hallelujah or two. His session on how to turn multifamily maintenance into renewals didn’t disappoint.[]

Benchmarking Compliance Using Energy Star Portfolio Manager

Benchmarking Compliance Using Energy Star Portfolio Manager

The filing dates to report building energy benchmarking data to the Energy Commission run from April 1 through July 1, and states are expecting building owners to do it through the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Energy Star Portfolio Manager”. The question is, are you in compliance with all your filing requirements? And just how do you[]

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Some Spring Landscapes May be Delayed by Heavy March Snows

Four Nor’easters that poured loads of snow in the eastern U.S. so far in March have no doubt stalled or delayed spring landscape preparations at apartment communities from the southern Appalachians to New England. Property managers trying to get a jump on sprucing up the grounds in advance of peak leasing season have seen green[]

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How RealPage DepositIQ is Changing the Game of Security Deposits

Many a lease has been lost when the deal comes down to the cost of the security deposit. Most property managers will agree that a high deposit can discourage an applicant as much as rent cost. Suffice to say, the necessary pledge by the resident to keep the apartment fit as a fiddle, once equal[]

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3 Steps to a Green Spring in Multifamily

Every year, after the Superbowl is over in February and winter starts to fade away, it’s time to get about the business of spring. With the cleats hung up for the season, lawn implements like rakes, fertilizer spreaders and pruning shears take center stage everywhere. For apartments, this time of year is an opportunity to[]

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RealPage Commercial Property Management Events: This Is Not Business as Usual

The commercial industry is changing rapidly. Property management companies that embrace innovation will promote game-changing thinking within their organization. “Success is not a one-way street, but a constant journey,” Richard St. John reminds us in a TED Talk. RealPage Commercial Property Management Solution is hosting thought-provoking lunch discussions to equip you for continued success and[]

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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