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.

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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[]

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Builders, Developers: Multifamily Landscape is Improving

Builders and developers felt in the fourth quarter of 2017 that the multifamily landscape was improving, according to the National Association of Home Builders’ Multifamily Production Index (MPI) released in February. The MPI, which measures builder and developer sentiment about current conditions in the apartment and condominium market on a scale of 0 to 100,[]

The Country's Most Satisfied Senior Resident Communities

The Country’s Most Satisfied Senior Resident Communities

A new report from Senior Housing News released that market research firm J.D. Power has claims to have uncovered the country’s most satisfied senior resident communities. According to the J.D. Power 2018 Senior Living Satisfaction Study, the communities with the most points have the most satisfied residents, and J.D. Power has a leaderboard to prove[]

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The Next Generation in Metric Management

In today’s review-centric world, an internet search for a business usually yields some sort of quick rating or score as a guide. Three stars. Four stars. Five stars. Ratings can give the user a fast assessment of a business, event or product or feature.  A good star rating twinkles success, while a bad one suggests[]

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How to Connect with Renters in a Technology-Driven World

The clock is ticking when a prospect searches online for an apartment. Most marketers know that consumers spend only a minute or less—sometimes fewer than 10 seconds—before moving on if not satisfied with what’s on the screen. As far back as 2011, the Nielson Norman Group, a West Coast consulting firm that specializes in the[]

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The Internet of Things is More than Just Nest-Deep in Multifamily

Talk to a facilities manager and property manager about the Internet of Things and you’ll probably get two very different perspectives. A property manager may have visions of IoT toys, those smart devices designed to make life a little easier, while the facilities manager might focus on system management. A bigger difference is that the[]

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.[]

How to Determine Asset Health and Performance Through KPIs

How to Determine Asset Health and Performance Through KPIs

Analysis of detailed operational metrics is just one way to assist in determining asset health. The view down below reveals various performance metrics essential to driving key day-to-day decisions for property managers. But asset managers need a picture from 15,000 feet to fully decipher the true fitness of the asset and whether it is tracking[]

Minimize Crime at Senior Communities with Resident Screening

Minimize Crime at Senior Communities with Resident Screening

Millions of Americans look forward to retirement, when years of hard work are traded for relaxation, adventure and independence. Most assume they’ll live out their days in a safe haven, whether it be at home or in independent or assisted living senior communities. At home, neighborhoods may change and fall into urban blight as demographics[]

Fair Housing Act

Fair Housing Month: The History of the Fair Housing Act

April is Fair Housing Month, commemorating the signing of an important multifamily housing policy that prohibits discrimination. Yet, few may realize that the Fair Housing Act fought an uphill battle before being passed and that the early days of the Department of Housing and Urban Development were not without controversy.

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15 Creative Ways to Thank Your Residents

Giving thanks should be a year-round event and not relegated to Thanksgiving Day. Here are some creative ways you can say “thank you” to your residents.

Top 7 PMI Articles for 2014 (so far)

The Top 7 Property Management Insider Articles of 2014 (So Far)

During the dog days of summer, many of us go on vacation or just slow down and enjoy a summer evening with a cool beverage while sitting on a patio at night. Take advantage of your downtime by checking out the top 7 articles from 2014 (so far) and get caught up with any articles you might have missed.

Top 20 Apartment Markets for Rent Growth for Q2 2014

Top 20 Apartment Markets for Rent Growth for Q2 2014 [Video]

For the most part, it’s the usual suspects atop the nation’s leaderboard for apartment rent growth. But a few surprises popped in, as well — in part due to continued impressive lease-up velocity in many markets facing big waves of new supply.

Quarterly Apartment Rent Growth Hits 14-Year High

The U.S. apartment market outperformed everyone’s expectations with an impressive showing in 2nd quarter 2014. Occupancy jumped up to a seven-year high, even with newly built units hitting the market in large numbers. And quarterly rent growth reached a 14-year high.

July is Smart Irrigation Month

July is Smart Irrigation Month

The month of July is typically a time of peak demand for outdoor water use, making it the perfect time for property management companies to focus on smart irrigation and water conservation practices.

Downtown Oakland (Photo by Zach Corr) by James Daisa.

U.S. Apartment Fundamentals Continue to Hold Steady in Q1 2014

MPF Research reports that the U.S. apartment sector continues to post strong fundamentals even as new supply levels ramp up – with occupancy registering around 95% and annual rent growth around 3% for the seventh consecutive quarter.

New Mapping Tool Reveals Renter Hot Spots

A new mapping tool from the Census Bureau gives an in-depth look into American communities, telling us, among other things, where home ownership rates are the highest and, conversely, where renters live.

Bed Bug Research Reveals Seasonal Trend

Do bed bug infestations have seasonal trends? A new study released this week by the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine revealed a significant seasonal cycle in bed bug reporting in Philadelphia.

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