Jake Durtschi

Owner, Jacob Grant Property Management

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Jake Durtschi is the owner of Jacob Grant Property Management located in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Jake and his team manage over 400 rental properties in the east Idaho region. Learn more about Jake and the team at Jacob Grant Property Management on their website, www.Jacobgrant.com.

Onsite Energy Generation and Weather

A friend of mine and I were chatting about on-site energy generation and what to do when the seasons change. Specifically, solar pool heating. “I turn my system off in the winter,” he said. As we are in California and our climate is very mild, I was surprised. “Why? What kind of system do you[]

Connecting with the Power of Data

Data is everywhere. Everything we do with any consistency can be broken down into specific data points, then trended and analyzed. We see it every day. From our phones telling us how long it takes to get to work without our asking, to suggested Amazon purchases in our Facebook feeds, to cold calls and spam[]

Gen Z is Here: Now What?

Generation Z is here, ready to begin making a nest. Whether the generation born in the mid-1990s chooses to lease or buy – and how quickly they purchase their first home – remains to be seen. At the National Apartment Association’s annual Apartmentalize in Denver in June, some of the buzz was about Gen Z[]

eBills: The Digital Life

eBills are no longer a new idea or technology, and the statistics back it up. Payment processor Fiserv reports that over 50 percent of Americans receive some bills electronically, and 78 percent of households are receptive to the idea. In fact, the majority of consumers receive at least a mix of paper and paperless bills.[]

7 Ways to Make Budgeting Season Less Painful

Yes, it’s arrived, like a distant relative who you wish would not visit and definitely not stay. It’s budgeting season. A regional manager once quipped, “I’d rather have root canal surgery once a week than create the budget.” Ouch! Why is this such a dreadful time of year? The year is making the turn to[]

Romancing the Renter: Proven Strategies for Higher Retention

Multifamily housing is filled with competition on every street corner. To stand out, operators obviously need to show some love to prospects and residents but the courtship goes beyond dropping off a gift basket. Engaging renters and providing that amazing living experience requires some romancing. The way to their hearts – and their rent –[]

Embracing a Technology-Focused Apartment Marketing Strategy

Mobile technology is becoming more in demand in multifamily housing, according to some of the latest survey data. And websites need to get right to the point or prospective renters will move on to the next community. Lia Nicole Smith, Vice President of Education and Performance for SatisFacts and ApartmentRatings, said all indications are that[]

8 Ways to Get Prepared During Budgeting Preseason

Like baseball has spring training and football has training camp, budgeting has its own preseason. It’s the time before the crunch that property managers and administrators prepare for planning the next year’s budget. Or at least they should be. Never mind the two-a-days, budgeting preparation shouldn’t be that exhausting. But advance preparation should be spent getting[]

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.[]

Student Housing Market Update: What’s Next?

The U.S. student housing market generally is in good health, but during any cycle the time eventually comes for some downshifting. Since rent growth and occupancy performance topped out from 2014-16, the student industry has downshifted slightly. RealPage Chief Economist Greg Willett said in a recent webcast that a slowdown in enrollment has affected rent[]

Tips for Becoming Landlord

20 Ways to Become a Successful Landlord

Passive income. Flexible work schedules. Sunny beaches and fruity margaritas. Living the dream! Well, not exactly. The Life of a Landlord Being a successful landlord is one of the most risky and demanding jobs out there. Marketing, screening, lease renewal strategies, maintenance, accounting, Fair Housing laws, evictions…all part of the daily grind. Every day a rental is occupied[]

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