Guy Lyman

Author and Contributor

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Based in New Orleans, Guy Lyman is a professional writer with over 25 years’ experience writing about multifamily and commercial real estate. Lyman is a frequent contributor and writer for the Property Management Insider blog.

How Artificial Intelligence is Revolutionizing Resident Screening

Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of those terms used so liberally that you’re never sure whether you’re being snowed by marketers. But in the context of RealPage’s new AI-based resident screening solution, the payoff is so obvious and easily documented that there’s no question it’s bringing about a revolution. The ROI is proving to be[]

Still Using Excel or Quickbooks for Investment Accounting? It’s Time to Reconsider.

For the sake of ease, speed, accuracy and professionalism, many large GP’s and LP’s have heavily invested in new software for investment accounting. But the same can’t be said for many small to mid-market firms. While the benefits are equally powerful for smaller firms, the price of the software and implementation services (traditionally ranging anywhere from $150,000[]

Five Ways to Enhance Property Management Learning through Social Engagement

A learning management system such as EasyLMS can revolutionize the acquisition of new knowledge and skills at your property management company, making your staff a continually improving asset. As your first line of learning, an LMS is loaded with industry, software and company-specific knowledge for everyone from your maintenance tech to leasing staff to property manager.[]

How Data Analytics is Driving Multifamily Portfolio Outperformance

This year’s RealWorld conference will be packed with sessions illustrating how artificial intelligence, business intelligence, benchmarking, revenue management and other cutting-edge data-crunching technologies have become the secret weapons of asset managers chasing maximum multifamily portfolio performance. “These tools have come into their own and are delivering big impacts,” says RealPage’s Keith Dunkin.“What were once esoteric[]

The Secret to Shortening your Financial Close Cycle

Month after month, year after year, financial close management is a dreary fact of life for real estate accounting staff. While it’s absolutely essential, there is little that’s creative or enjoyable about it. Most companies still handle month-end and year-end closes using Microsoft Excel: 33-year-old software that remains useful, but for this particular task entails[]

New Tools Extend Lead of Commercial Property Management

Not content to rest on their laurels, the design team for RealPage’s Commercial Property Management Suite has rolled out a trio of enhancements intended to streamline business for commercial customers. “Our intention was never to just become another player on the commercial side,” says Perry Levine, Industry Principal for RealPage Commercial. “I don’t believe anybody[]

Reputation is Everything: How to Manage Online Reviews in Multifamily Marketing

While we all know that online reviews are important for multifamily marketing, managing them can often be overwhelming. That’s because there are many social media and review venues to monitor for negative reviews and posts you can mitigate and positive ones you can amplify. Few have the time to seek out and pore over everything[]

Why Employee Learning Management is for Companies of All Sizes

It’s an odd fact that small to mid-sized property management companies are less likely to use a formal learning management system (LMS) than are larger companies. Just as with larger businesses, employees are their most expensive and valuable asset, and arming them with both industry knowledge and job-specific training is critical to having them achieve[]

Debunking the Myths about Outsourced IT for Multifamily

You’re in the multifamily business, not the computer business. But ask the typical property management company why they manage their own IT – hardware, software, upgrades, tech support and the rest – and they’ll typically offer some combination of the following three reasons: They might be doing it because they believe it saves them money[]

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