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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Upgrade Your Apartment Community with New Decking Materials

The arrival of fall means that your residents will likely be spending more time outdoors for cookouts, quiet conversation and general relaxation. In southern climates, patios made from concrete and decorative stone and pavers have proven to withstand weather and traffic during every season, making their installation preferable at apartments. Traditionally, wooden decks have required[]

automation

Finding the Balance Between Automation and Human Touch

Automation has its place in business and multifamily today. Busy workplaces and lifestyles require a little digital help when real, live, breathing humans can’t get to the phone or digital device. But not everything should be reduced to a digital series of commands or questions before narrowing down to an answer, place or resolution. At[]

business intelligence software

Using Business Intelligence, Benchmarking to Determine ROI on Renovations

A fact of multifamily is that apartments have to make ongoing investments to stay competitive in today’s market. A renovation or value-add strategy can align an older property to better compete with a newer community down the street, even one in a higher class. Community-wide overhauls of flooring, cabinets and appliances refresh units to attract[]

renter amenities

NMHC/Kingsley Report: Renters Prefer the Basics in Amenities

Apartment operators shouldn’t assume that today’s preferred renter amenities are defined by the regions where they operate. The 2017 National Multifamily Housing Council/Kingsley Renter Preference Report unveiled in October suggests apartment residents around the country have some very distinct favorites that don’t necessarily jive with where they live. The bi-annual report, which drew 272,000 responses[]

apartment construction

Building Environment Should Strengthen, Labor Shortages Could Persist in Multifamily

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) that measures builder’s confidence fell three points in September after hurricanes battered the Texas coast, Louisiana and Florida. The rating for newly built single-family homes fell to 64 on the index, down from 67 in August. While the index does not include apartment homes,[]

air-conditioning

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[]

LED lights

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[]

assisted living

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[]

Job cost

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[]

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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