Erin Vaughan

Writer, Modernize

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Erin Vaughan is a blogger, gardener and aspiring homeowner. She currently resides in Austin, TX where she writes full time for Modernize, with the goal of empowering homeowners with the expert guidance and educational tools they need to take on big home projects with confidence.

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5 Best Photography Practices for Marketing Properties in 2018

2018 has officially arrived. A new year brings the opportunity to turn over a new leaf. Are you thinking about ways to upgrade your marketing game? Photos are a great place to start. Many renters are eyeing your website and social media platforms before they ever set foot on your property. They want a full picture[]

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As Expected, Multifamily Market Returning to Normal in 2017

A year ago, the consensus among multifamily leaders was that 2017 would be a tale of a storybook market cooling its heels. By last fall, analysts observed that a slowdown was already underway and would continue into the next year. Issues with affordability and funding loomed, as did price flattening due to a shake-up in[]

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New from MPF Research: Bay Area Construction, Rent Growth in Secondary Markets, Top Metros for Planned Units

MPF Research provides actionable apartment market research to apartment investors and operators. Here’s the latest from RealPage’s multifamily intelligence division. Bay Area construction increases in East Bay, recedes in San Francisco, San Jose Massive apartment delivery volumes have long been a staple of San Francisco and San Jose. As activity in those metros finally cools,[]

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Fact or Fiction? LED Lights are a Smart Choice for Multifamily

Light-emitting diode or LED lights have been evolving at a rapid pace since becoming mainstream about a decade ago. The market was expected to reach $30.5 billion in 2016, up from $25.7 billion the previous year. Today, lighting pros say that LED efficiencies are improving, lasting longer and will continue to replace other lights in[]

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New from MPF Research: Metro Leaders for Inventory Growth, Occupancy Declines and Permits

MPF Research provides actionable apartment market research to apartment investors and operators. Here’s the latest from RealPage’s multifamily intelligence division. Elevated supply volumes common in markets with largest occupancy declines In 3rd quarter 2017, 48 of the top 50 metros recorded occupancy rates below the year-earlier level. Among the 10 major markets with the steepest[]

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Sizing Up Your Applicants Through Debt to Income

As the U.S. economy generally continues an upward tick, household debt has eclipsed that of levels in 2008 leading into the Great Depression. Total household debt has increased by $149 billion to $12.73 trillion. Depending on who you talk to, that should cause alarm. But economists argue that the economic condition is now much healthier[]

The Art of Stakeholder Communication in Property Management

Stakeholders come in many different forms in property management. Depending on your organization, owners and investors are probably the first groups that come to mind. Then, there is senior management. Lenders are now a regular stakeholder group because of the documentation requirements in their loans. Sometimes our tenants are also stakeholders. Finally, asset and property[]

New from MPF Research: Apartment Turnover, Permit Volumes and More

MPF Research provides actionable market research to apartment investors and operators. Here’s the latest from RealPage’s multifamily intelligence division. Three factors that influence apartment turnover Resident turnover is a given in the multifamily industry – but what does the turnover ratio tell us? In a new report, MPF Research looks at metro-specific renewal conversation rates,[]

New from MPF Research: Market Momentum Survey, Apartment Construction Trends, Cincinnati Rent Growth

MPF Research provides actionable apartment market research to apartment investors and operators. Here’s the latest from RealPage’s multifamily intelligence division. Miami earns top investment rating in Market Momentum survey Miami/South Florida ranks #1 among the top markets for increasing multifamily investment appeal, according to respondents of the latest Market Momentum research produced by the National Apartment Association[]

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New from MPF Research: Top Metros for Demand, Permits and Jobs

MPF Research provides actionable market research to apartment investors and operators. Here’s the latest from RealPage’s multifamily intelligence division. Top 15 metros for apartment demand in 2Q National absorption rose to near-record levels in 2nd quarter 2017, easily outpacing completions. A similar story played out in most major metros, which saw strong demand due to[]

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Five Eco-Friendly Solutions for Your Apartment Weed Control Woes

A weed left unchecked is a terrible thing to behold. Towering over your delicate turf, crusted with spiky leaves and stickers, weeds can certainly add an ugly blot on an otherwise perfect landscape and make for a real apartment home improvement headache. While you could zap it with chemical herbicides, they come with many of their own[]

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