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.

How to Create Rustic Community Areas with an Old-School Amenity

How to Create Rustic Community Areas with an Old-School Amenity

The months leading up to spring and summer when the landscape hibernates afford time to employ an old-school amenity with rustic elegance that promotes outdoor gatherings around the fire pit, pool or grill area. Pergolas, also known as arbors, are time-tested wooden open-air structures that offer apartment residents a comfortable, outdoorsy place to congregate nearly[]

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3 Steps to a Green Spring in Multifamily

Every year, after the Superbowl is over in February and winter starts to fade away, it’s time to get about the business of spring. With the cleats hung up for the season, lawn implements like rakes, fertilizer spreaders and pruning shears take center stage everywhere. For apartments, this time of year is an opportunity to[]

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RealPage Commercial Property Management Events: This Is Not Business as Usual

The commercial industry is changing rapidly. Property management companies that embrace innovation will promote game-changing thinking within their organization. “Success is not a one-way street, but a constant journey,” Richard St. John reminds us in a TED Talk. RealPage Commercial Property Management Solution is hosting thought-provoking lunch discussions to equip you for continued success and[]

Leverage the Competitive Instinct to Motivate Employees

Leveraging the Competitive Instinct in Your Employees

Human beings – including your employees – are naturally competitive. Millions of years of evolution have drummed into our brains that those who strive harder will get the food, shelter and a greater opportunity to pass on DNA. We’re psychologically rewarded for winning and now you can leverage competition in your company to motivate employees.[]

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New from MPF Research: Markets Best Positioned for Amazon HQ2, Peaking Supply, Rent Growth by Building Height

MPF Research provides actionable apartment market research to apartment investors and operators. Here’s the latest from RealPage’s multifamily intelligence division. Three apartment markets are best positioned to handle Amazon HQ2 Among the remaining metro contenders for Amazon’s second headquarters, only a few have apartment markets that could comfortably handle the swell of 50,000 additional workers.[]

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New from MPF Research: Multifamily’s Outlook, Late 2017 Rent Cuts, Top Metros for Permits and Jobs

MPF Research provides actionable apartment market research to apartment investors and operators. Here’s the latest from RealPage’s multifamily intelligence division. RealPage reports moderate apartment rent growth for 2017 Despite normal seasonal pricing cuts in the 4th quarter, rents grew at a moderate pace in 2017, and occupancy levels remained healthy, according to a new report.[]

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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,[]

Anne Sadovsky

Multifamily’s Anne Sadovsky: The Queen of Fair Housing

Anne Sadovsky, the widely recognized multifamily and fair housing speaker and trainer, opens up about the secret to her longevity, her enthusiasm for sharing her knowledge and experiences, and her drive to make a difference.

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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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