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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Homeowners Play an Important Role in Wildland Fire Prevention

As civilization sprawls further into woodland habitats, the threat of fire rises—and fire prevention plays a significant role for homeowners. In nature, fire plays a central role in managing wilderness health, clearing out brush and ground cover that would otherwise choke essential forest trees. The burned debris it leaves behind enriches the soil. It stimulates the[]

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Introducing RealPage Data Analytics: A One-Stop-Shop for Apartment Market Intelligence

Multifamily housing now is getting closer to fully embracing the holy grail of apartment market intelligence data. And the timing couldn’t be better. As the apartment industry rapidly adjusts to the changing landscape of the current cycle, RealPage Data Analytics will soon provide a singular source for critical market information. The new platform blends key[]

Aging Construction, Maintenance Demographic Calls for Extra Care, Safety

Workers who build apartments and other construction aren’t getting any younger. Neither are those who maintain them. In an industry hard-hit in recent years by labor shortages, the median age of men and women who hammer, saw and build roads has crept to 41, according to an assessment by the National Association of Home Builders[]

Apartment Design Trends from The Home Depot

Insights from The Home Depot on designing today’s apartments for the younger generation A new set of trends, likes and dislikes accompany every generation that comes along. Today’s older apartment residents cut their teeth on goldenrod and avocado appliances, then graduated to granite countertops and tile floors. Those preferences seemed light years away from the[]

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Why Hiring a 5-Star Property Maintenance Team is Critical in Multifamily

Anticipation hung in the air as Pinnacle Senior Vice President Raymond Van Beveren waited for the “interview.” The standing room only crowd, uncharacteristic for a property maintenance-oriented session at a multifamily conference, stifled a few giggles as the applicant, a broad-shouldered man, sauntered to the stage. “I’m here, I’m here!” he said as the crowd[]

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How Apartment Renovations Can Improve ROI

Rehab market has changed, but opportunities for creating good ROI through apartment renovations still exist As rents become more competitive and apartment inventory approaches its peak this year, the case for rehabilitating older properties in some markets may be strengthening. Done right, a modest upgrade of a 20- or 30-year-old multifamily community can offer renters[]

Millennials Staying at Home: How Multigenerational Living Impacts Multifamily

Talk of younger generations moving into their first homes always gets an ear in the multifamily industry. But many 25- and 35-year-old Millennials are likely to stay at home longer than previous generations or move back into the family nest. A recent Pew Research Center survey notes that 15 percent of these Millennials are living[]

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The Rise of Aging-in-Place Amenities in Multifamily

Some of the most effective amenities in multifamily could be hiding behind the scenes, seemingly lost from eyesight in the unit. Lighting in the just the right spot, a well-disguised grab bar and the slight widening of doorways may seem unimpressive but they add up with the 55-and-over crowd looking for convenience. While apartment designers[]

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The Age of Amenities: Adding Value to Apartment Communities

Apartment communities can benefit from upgrading basic amenities The conference circuit always is a good amenity entertainment. Association gatherings like the recent NAA Education conference can pique the interest of attendees with the flashy new apartment trends, some of them just simply over the top. But not everyone commands tiled parking spaces or a deluge[]

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Senior Living Communities and Technology

Shelley Yager, VP of Senior Enterprise Sales for RealPage, recently spoke with Senior Housing Forum about technology in senior living communities. According to Shelley, senior living communities are about 10 years behind other housing industries (student, multifamily) when it comes to using technology. Ten years! In the world of technology, that’s an eternity. But Shelley[]

Using Apartment Marketing to Create Emotional Connections

Creating an emotional connection with customers is extremely important for brands. But can that same kind of emotional connection be made between potential renters and an apartment unit or community before they even move in? Maybe brand laddering can help.

Five Ways to Make Your Apartment Community Cookout Eco-Friendly

Grilling season has arrived. But traditional cookouts aren’t always environmentally friendly. The good news is that apartment communities have the opportunity to be green heroes during the summer outdoor grilling and party season with these tips for hosting an eco-friendly cookout.

Apartment Swimming Pool Safety Tips to Keep Your Residents Safe

Memorial Day typically signals the unofficial start of summer…and pool season. Ensuring resident safety is critical for apartment property owners and operators. Here are some tips that can help make a poolside afternoon a big splash for everybody.

Assemble Your Avengers – Implementing New Property Management Software

Without the right team in place and each person executing his role, property management software implementation may not succeed or, worse, the new software won’t be used. Here is an Avengers-type team you should assemble to help ensure a successful software implementation.

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