Thomas Mattera

Industry Principal, Asset Optimization, RealPage, Inc.

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Thomas Mattera serves as Industry Principal of Asset Optimization for RealPage. With over 12 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, he has a proven track record of helping clients perform against competitors in the market. Thomas played an instrumental role in launching Business Intelligence and Performance Benchmarking for YieldStar, and currently oversees client services for YieldStar, Business Intelligence, and MPF Research groups. Thomas holds a Masters degree in Business from Boston University.

What are the Benefits of Paperless Document Management?

Property management companies deal with a massive amount of files and documents each day, from the corporate office to the site level. Apartments leave a large paper trail, which can create a number of problems. Reduce.org cites that the average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of paper annually and nearly 70 percent of that winds[]

Amenity Valuation - Are You Getting It Right?

Amenity Valuation: Are You Getting It Right?

As an apartment operator, do you know what residents think amenities are worth? In this amenity crazed market, multifamily housing leaders need to understand what features like hardwood floors, appliances types – even a unit with a view of the swimming pool – mean to property performance and leasing. Factoring key influences and property amenity[]

Benchmarking Compliance Using Energy Star Portfolio Manager

Benchmarking Compliance Using Energy Star Portfolio Manager

The filing dates to report building energy benchmarking data to the Energy Commission run from April 1 through July 1, and states are expecting building owners to do it through the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Energy Star Portfolio Manager”. The question is, are you in compliance with all your filing requirements? And just how do you[]

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[]

affordable housing

Benchmarking Utilities in Affordable Housing

As a recent addition to the affordable housing realm, I’ve had to adjust my approach to the areas of opportunity an ancillary revenue and utility management person would generally operate in. Utility management specifically has taken on a new focus. I’m used to categorizing properties by building type, then benchmarking the buildings in each category[]

utility billing

Utility Billing Risk Assessment: Scary or Not?

Utility expense management for multifamily operators is about managing the balance between recovering resident utility costs and the regulatory requirements (including consumer protection provisions) that exist in different jurisdictions. Utility billing service providers endeavor to mitigate risk while maximizing recovery. Here are some of the considerations we face in today’s legal and regulatory environments and[]

student housing industry

What’s on the Horizon for the Student Housing Industry

If there’s one word that sums up the current state of the student housing industry, it’s growth. With an average of 48,000 off-campus purpose-built beds delivered per year, the industry is predicted to grow at a healthy and sustainable pace. Opportunities are popping up across America to invest in Student, and there’s no end in[]

purchasing strategy

4 Tips for Monetizing a Purchasing Strategy

Even with a fine-tuned purchasing strategy, the costs associated with maintaining an existing asset or upgrading a new acquisition can add up. These expenses make it critical to get the most out of your investments in fixtures, maintenance materials and even office supplies, especially for large rental portfolios. A solid purchasing strategy doesn’t just save[]

Shine a Light on Multifamily with the Latest Lighting Trends

Innovations in light-emitting diode (LED) lighting have changed the way we look at things. Today’s LED lighting has become a bright, proven solution to the replacement of incandescent lighting that has been phased out over the years. With that, new trends in indoor and outdoor fixtures are emerging, while taking advantage of LED’s efficiencies and[]

performance benchmarking

What is Performance Benchmarking and Why Does Your Score Matter?

Imagine looking out your windshield while driving through the apartment industry landscape, searching for actionable intelligence that maximizes investment yields and asset returns. The countryside is full of dashboards, graphs, and data that would presumably help you formulate a strategy to attract new renters and maintain existing residents. The unfortunate reality is that data currently[]

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