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.

freezing temperatures

3 Tips to Prepare Your Property For Freezing Temperatures

The bite of cold winter air and freezing temperatures can have a lasting impact on your property’s landscape. Hard and moderate freezes can damage the foliage and roots systems of plants, bushes and grass, and in extreme cases lead to plant loss that requires a capital expense to rejuvenate the landscape before the spring. The[]

7 Ways You Can Mitigate Risk at Your Affordable Properties [eBook]

Affordable properties come with a unique set of challenges that range anywhere from tenant safety to federal compliance. The smallest mistake can cost you big. Reduce mistakes and mitigate risks with these seven solutions from RealPage Affordable Property Management Software: 1. Use a property management platform for the affordable market Property management software should be[]

construction industry

Construction Industry Aims to Rebuild Workforce Through Youth

Strengthening the construction industry will be top of mind in Orlando in January when builders, designers and remodelers get the spotlight at the world’s largest residential construction show. It’s no secret that labor shortages have been a big roadblock for residential and construction since the country emerged from the recession in 2008. Multifamily has felt[]

utility billing

Utility Management: Legislative and Regulatory Update

Here’s the latest in multifamily utility billing compliance for the states of California, Ohio and Texas: California California Senate Bill 7 (SB 7) was signed into law in 2016 by Gov. Jerry Brown. By its terms it becomes effective as of Jan. 1, 2018. All properties that request a water connection from a water utility[]

pet-friendly communities

Solving the Decline of Pet-Friendly Areas with Xeriscaping

Pet-friendly communities continue to be a desirable amenity, as well as a leash to bring in new apartment residents and retain others. Industry experts agree that a grassy park or designated area for dogs to stretch their legs, have a catch with their owner or do their business helps lease units and can command increased[]

affordable housing

Benchmarking Utilities in Affordable Housing

As a recent addition to the affordable housing realm, I’ve had to adjust my approach to the areas of opportunity an ancillary revenue and utility management person would generally operate in. Utility management specifically has taken on a new focus. I’m used to categorizing properties by building type, then benchmarking the buildings in each category[]

How to Create Budget-Friendly Storage Space with Kitchen Cabinets

A detached garage with a small shop area went up at the Blackwell residence in 2017. Everything you’ve heard at multifamily sessions or read on Property Management Insider and other industry publications is true about the pitfalls of today’s construction industry. There’s far too much work to go around—at least in Texas—for the amount of[]

business intelligence software

5 Features Your Business Intelligence Needs to Outsmart the Competition [eBook]

In a market crowded with business intelligence software solutions, how do you know which one provides relevant and accurate data to help your business? Here are the five factors that are critical to helping your business achieve substantial results across its portfolio: 1. Competitor benchmarking: Self-service benchmarking tools can reveal where you stand against the competition. []

holiday safety

‘Tis the Season for Safety

There are a lot of wonderful ways your property can celebrate the season: lights around the property, in-office decorations and community holiday events, but there’s an important, yet unpleasant aspect that it pays to push: holiday safety. While no one likes to think about crime during the holidays, criminal mischief can take a larger toll[]

commercial property management

7 Must-Have Reporting Tools for Commercial Property Management [eBook]

In order to be competitive in today’s marketplace, small to mid-sized properties need robust reporting capabilities that offer customized, accurate, detailed reports for each and every stakeholder. There are affordable, competitive solutions available for commercial property management. You can expect these seven features to come with RealPage Commercial Property Management, all at a reasonable price:[]

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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