Property Management

Property management involves the processes, systems and manpower required to manage the life cycle of rental housing properties, including acquisition, control, accountability, responsibility, maintenance, utilization and disposition. There are many facets to this industry and profession and PMI covers them all.

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Where is Smart Home Technology Really Going?

Don’t laugh, but I’m still working from an iPhone 4. By today’s technology calendar, I’m light years away from being up to date. At a recent conference, a young colleague laughed and said he didn’t know anybody who still had one. A search on Apple’s website for anything iPhone 4 yields no results. While it’s[]

What’s New in Social: Google Pop Up Shop Opens, Twitter Cuts Vine, and Instagram Offers Mobile Shopping

It’s crucial for property management professionals to find innovative ways to connect with prospects and generate business, and social media is a powerful tool to help. Here are some of the latest social media marketing trends to watch: Twitter Cuts Vine Last week Twitter announced the shutdown of Vine, their popular short-form video platform. This news[]

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New on #AptChat: Philanthropy and Community Involvement

We continue to track the Twitter-based chats going on between property managers on Apartment Chat glean smart management tips. The theme of a recent chat was “Philanthropy and Community Involvement.” It was based on the fact that the huge number of people across the country who live and work in apartments can constitute a large[]

Affordable Housing Horror Story: The Return of the MOR

The Return of the MOR: No, that is not the title of an old horror movie, but many in the affordable housing industry are horrified at what this means. Rest assured—in this article, we’ll provide the background information and tips you need to be prepared for a Management Occupancy Review, or an MOR. The History[]

How Properties Can Stay a Step Ahead of Accessibility Compliance

How Properties Can Stay a Step Ahead of Accessibility Compliance

What an apartment owner or manager doesn’t know about accessibility compliance can literally be costly. Properties that are non-compliant to provisions of the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 and American’s With Disabilities Act of 1990 subject themselves to millions of dollars in damages. Most often, violators could prevent such exposure if only they’d fully understood[]

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Apartment Ordered to Pay Resident $800,000 Over Bed Bug Infestation

The recent jury award of $800,000 to a Maryland renter for a bed bug infestation could understandably have the multifamily and rental housing industries a little on edge lately. Is this lawsuit settlement a harbinger of things to come? Possibly, but at the very least the case highlights a growth in bed bug lawsuits nationwide.

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Meeting the Expectations of Gen Z Student Renters

Reaching Gen Z may seem more akin to throwing darts at balloons on a spinning wheel. The generation lives on multiple devices, drifts back and forth from one to the other and checks in multiple times each day. Maintaining pace with this ever-mobile generation now entering the housing space is creating quite a stir. Like[]

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Enhancing Curb Appeal with Landscape Design Software

Virtual apartment tours enable marketing teams to lure prospects into units with accurate renderings of what life can be like in a community, just one example of how technology has shaped multifamily housing. That same technology is helping create a similar look and feel of the property’s landscape, long before the first shovel of dirt[]

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