Perception Counts, Even in Apartment Maintenance

Perception Counts, Even in Apartment Maintenance

I rarely get called Mr. Blackwell, although one colleague insists on greeting me that way. Just so you know, I’m no relation to the fashion czar who ruled Paris and Rodeo Drive until his death a decade ago. You may recall that his designs had no boundaries and that annual style lists of the rich[]

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Keeping Cool: A Look into Apartment HVAC Systems

Investing thousands in new air-conditioning units or making a jump to the next wave of refrigerant to keep your residents cool is something to think about. Considering changing EPA regulations regarding the juice that cools air conditioners, a more conservative approach may be the best strategy. At a recent multifamily housing conference, background chatter about[]

The dangers of not vetting your vendors

The Dangers of Not Vetting your Vendors

Wacky incidents involving contractors damaging apartments during construction or renovations may seem hard to imagine. But serious damage and liability can result from those sometimes seemingly comical bumps, oopsies, and drops. Just listen to these doozies, all true stories shared by Compliance Depot: A cement truck enters an apartment community drive for a concrete pour[]

Leadership Getting inside the Brain

Leadership: Getting Inside the Brain

It’s been said that to be in management, you have to have thick skin. True, yet the trait of a good manager may go deeper than having a tough outer shell. Finding the search begins and ends with just being keenly aware of how the brain processes memory, makes decisions, and manages emotions. When brain[]

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Creating Homes Where Residents Want to Live

The wow in selling a prospect, or even an existing resident, on an apartment community is being turned inside out. A seamless transition from the outdoors to the indoors and back out is inspiring some designers and architects in multifamily construction in their efforts to create an improved resident experience. Community building entrances are taking on[]

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An Inside View on Real Estate Profit Margins

Earnings matter. This is as true in energy, industrials and consumer staples as it is in real estate. After all, people invest in real estate to make money, so keeping an eye on profit margins is a must. MPF Research thought it would be interesting to view real estate performance in term of net profit[]

Crape Myrtle: How to Protect your Apartment’s Landscape

A colorful staple of southern apartment landscapes has come under attack in recent years. And agricultural and landscape professionals are a little stumped about how it originated or finding ways to quickly fend advances. Crape Myrtle bark scale, or Eriococcus lagerstroemia, is slowly advancing since its U.S. discovery in Dallas about 12 years ago. In[]

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The Hidden Benefits of Landscaping and Décor

Digested from “Property Management: Cost Saving Tips on Landscaping, Design, & Décor.” San Diego Premier Property Management. Friscia, Salvatore. In property management, first impressions matter. A prospect’s opinion of your property begins to form the moment they pull up, and can determine whether a lease is signed or lost to the competition. To draw new[]

New Solutions Help Make Better Use of Apartment Kitchen Space

The kitchen is the one place in a home where all the action is. Throw a party, and invariably everyone gathers around the table or near the fridge. Even in clubhouses. Among this year’s hottest design trends are big kitchens crafted to entertain the gourmet appetite and really lay out a spread. But, frankly, such[]

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What’s New in Social Media: Instagram, Twitter, and a Facebook Study

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. This series was created to keep readers up-to-date on the latest trends and updates in social media. By taking advantage of social media for multifamily, your property management company[]

Engaging Employees What Work Ethic Looks Like

Engaging Employees: What Work Ethic Looks Like

You’ve heard the idiom of firing or clicking on all cylinders. That’s when all the cylinders are operating and providing the maximum amount of power in an internal combustion engine. Or something or a process is working at full strength and making every possible effort. A property management team should operate under such precision and[]

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