The Importance of Multifamily Energy Benchmarking

Benchmarking utilities has become a way of life in multifamily. Not long ago, the EPA introduced its Portfolio Manager, a repository for a commercial property’s utility consumption data for benchmarking. By 2014, the arduous task of establishing an equitable energy efficiency scoring system for multifamily properties had arrived and the EPA invited portfolios to track[]

Inside Today’s Reimagined, Reenergized Clubhouses

Say goodbye to tennis courts and drab, windowless fitness centers. Say hello to color-splashed clubhouses with open floorplans, high-end coffee bars, and outdoor fireplaces and kitchens. Call it the “Starbucks effect” or the “Millennial effect.” Either way, the big trend in multifamily properties is to renovate or build anew clubhouses that serve as a communal[]

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New from MPF Research: Planned Project Tracking, Job Growth, Peak Completions

MPF Research provides actionable market research to apartment investors and operators. Here’s the latest from RealPage’s multifamily intelligence division. Tracking planned projects through the pipeline in California Elevated apartment supply volumes have drawn the attention of investors and operators, especially as job growth has decelerated across several markets. But the product coming online is not[]

Top Seven Features of Engaging Apartment Websites

Key differentiators for building a website that engages prospects  Apartment websites should convey properties’ brand identities to prospective renters. The most effective of these tell a story that communicates the identity and culture of an apartment community in less time than it takes to give an elevator speech. Ultimately, they serve as virtual leasing offices[]

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New from MPF Research: Top Metros, Inventory Growth, and Population Trends

MPF Research provides actionable market research to apartment investors and operators. Here’s the latest from RealPage’s multifamily intelligence division. The Nation’s Top Apartment Markets for Inventory Growth, Construction Pipelines Developers are building properties at a quicker pace than at any time over the past two decades. For the 10 fastest-growing markets, that construction translates to[]

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Conquering Student Turn with Mobile Technology

Time is money when turning student housing units. Management and maintenance teams have to synchronize their efforts, and the best way to accomplish this task is through open, efficient communication. Facilities management software provides an accessible solution for student housing operators to see a more complete view of maintenance processes  ̶  from assigning work orders to[]

Capturing Prospects Through Virtual Tours

Virtual reality opens apartment marketing opportunities Apartment hunters, understandably, want to see units before agreeing to rent them, but some situations make a conventional tour impossible. Virtual reality − through high-quality, 360-degree views of apartment interiors − enables prospects to tour units otherwise unavailable to see in person, even during an on-site visit. This new[]

Renters and Weather - Birds of a Feather

Renters and Weather – Birds of a Feather

Boulder, Colorado is an exceptional place to live and work. The mountains are beautiful, the rivers cold and clean. On clear days, the sunshine illuminates many of the reasons why the Rockies have such a strong allure, for both locals and tourists alike. Although the fearsome reputation of the weather in the high country is[]

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Five Eco-Friendly Solutions for Your Apartment Weed Control Woes

A weed left unchecked is a terrible thing to behold. Towering over your delicate turf, crusted with spiky leaves and stickers, weeds can certainly add an ugly blot on an otherwise perfect landscape and make for a real apartment home improvement headache. While you could zap it with chemical herbicides, they come with many of their own[]

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New from MPF Research: Apartment Occupancy, Employment Growth, and Supply

MPF Research provides actionable market research to apartment investors and operators. Here’s the latest from RealPage’s multifamily intelligence division. U.S. Apartment Occupancy Drops, Rents Continue to Grow Multifamily occupancy dropped, especially in the luxury product segment, with a wave of new supply coming online during the colder months when leasing activity is seasonally slow. A[]

The New Look of Learning

Employee education should be motivational, mobile and tailor-made for short attention spans Employee training used to mean hours of mind-numbing reading from a binder full of documents written in jargon. Even well into the PC revolution, those training tomes have simply moved onto a computer screen, which is arguably even more sleep inducing. However, at[]

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