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.

Green Roofs on Building Tops May Come to Your City Next

Green Roofs on Building Tops May Come to Your City Next

Denver recently passed its Green Roof Initiative requiring new and existing buildings to add green spaces to rooftops. Is your city next? The residents of Denver, Colorado voted to institute a Green Roof Initiative. Buildings over 25,000 sq. ft. must now build out a portion (20-60 percent depending on the size of the building) of[]

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Improving the Resident Experience with Prompt Maintenance Assistance

The perception of maintenance is a much discussed topic in the industry today. Because maintenance personnel are frequently on the grounds, they have become the face of apartment communities. They are often more visible than the front office staff. According to Satisfacts, a multifamily industry provider of resident surveys focusing on retention and reputation management,[]

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The State of Student Housing: Mature and Realizing its Potential

The student housing industry continues to reach maturity, advancing far from its identity crisis several years ago shaped by drab on-campus dorms and keggers. Ultra-modern, amenity-laced properties have made moving away from home and living on or near campus highly desirable. But that’s not the half of it. As properties have evolved to complement the[]

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The Challenge of Achieving the Perfect Landscape in Multifamily

Well before weeds first germinate, the battle for control of turfs across multifamily communities begins. It used to be that a couple of good shots of weed killer earned the upper hand pretty quickly for maintaining an immaculate landscape in multifamily. That’s changed now. The cost and ability to establish and uphold the perfect turf[]

Perception Counts, Even in Apartment Maintenance

Perception Counts, Even in Apartment Maintenance

I rarely get called Mr. Blackwell, although one colleague insists on greeting me that way. Just so you know, I’m no relation to the fashion czar who ruled Paris and Rodeo Drive until his death a decade ago. You may recall that his designs had no boundaries and that annual style lists of the rich[]

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How RISE is Innovating the Student Housing Experience

It’s hard to believe, but after all these years of understanding and catering to Millennials, Student Housing leaders are now turning to consumers born at the turn of the twenty-first century. Many of those who were born after 2000—designated as Generation Z—are now walking the grounds of college campuses. With their entrance comes the need[]

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The Multifamily Industry’s Return to Normalcy Offers Opportunity

With tailwinds from a wild and wooly ride lingering in some markets, multifamily housing leaders are returning to some fundamental operational principles. Eyes are being retrained on the basics of expense and revenue management, people and portfolio performance now that the industry has taken a collective big breath. At March’s Crittenden Multifamily Conference in Dallas,[]

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4 Hot Learning Trends for Property Management Companies

Your staff is your #1 investment. Yet too many property management companies still consider staff as a somewhat static asset when in reality you can be constantly increasing their value through an organized and consistent learning program. The investment in learning is minuscule compared to the payoffs in expanding skillsets that improve your employees’ competence[]

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A Job Costing Solution to Improve Multifamily Construction

Construction projects are increasingly costing more–but it’s not just a shortage of labor that’s driving costs up during one of the nation’s biggest construction booms. Creative apartment designs, rising material prices, regulatory issues, and interior vanity details are tacking on a superfluous price tag for market investors. Multifamily construction–whether it is unit renovations or ground-up[]

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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.[]

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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