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[]

rental housing industry

Adapting Your Workforce to a Changing Rental Housing Industry

Just as renter demographics and styles of apartment living have changed in recent years, so has the makeup of employees and personnel for property managers, owners, and developers. This has called for more creative ways to recruit and train staff to manage today’s assets. As the economy has rebounded, so has the workforce. At the[]

Scratching the Surface: The Value in Flooring

Decorative finishes have transformed concrete flooring, enough that surfaces composed of one of the basic building materials in construction now are trendy and elegant. Professional stained, textured and patterned finishes that are directly applied have evolved concrete’s image from plain and structural to colored and rich. The innovation in the industry is impressive, and consumers[]

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The War on Pests: How to Protect Properties from Insects

Expect insect populations to boom after unusual fall and winter weather. Milder fall and winter temperatures in many parts of the country are expected to drive an insect population boom in 2016. The absences of prolonged hard freezes and wetter weather are resulting in early arrivals of pests, some in greater numbers which are already[]

Multifamily Reporting

Managing Multifamily: How Real-Time Reporting Changed the Game

A common thread at the 8th Annual Interface Student Housing conference in Austin in April was the role that technology plays in attracting and maintaining multifamily residents. For three days, a record-breaking 1,200 attendees heard, among many things, interesting perspectives in the Student sector. A number of C-level players discussed the importance of having the right digital tools to[]

The Changing Landscape of Multifamily Renters

The Changing Landscape of Multifamily Renters

Multifamily housing leaders at the Crittenden Multifamily Housing conference in Dallas in March said the changing landscape of apartment housing in recent years is pushing developers and operators to be more resourceful in how they provide housing and appeal to renters in the city core. At the heart is creating compatible living spaces for Baby[]

multifamily technology

4 New Multifamily Technology Trends to Engage Prospective Renters

The competition in the multifamily market is fierce. Individuals shopping for apartment homes have access to more options than ever before at the click of a button—and if your property doesn’t offer a truly unique experience, it’s difficult to stand out from the crowd. New technology trends are on the horizon for multifamily, and property[]

Fair Housing Complaints

HUD Compliance: Fair Housing Complaints Should be Taken Seriously

Last year, the Department of Housing and Urban Development received about 12,000 formal complaints alleging violations of the Fair Housing Act. While only a small portion went to court, the message from HUD is that property owners should be keenly aware of the law and the ramifications for violating it.

Can an SEM Campaign Increase Lease Activity for Your Property?

Searching for apartments on the Internet is a way of life for today’s residents. Property management companies with high Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Search Engine Marketing (SEM) rankings are best positioned to be found by apartment seekers. Because this is the time of the year when many people move, multifamily properties have a great opportunity[]

Going Green in Multifamily Construction is Fast Becoming the Standard

The future for going green in new home building and apartment construction looks rosy. Builders and remodelers seem to be shaking perceptions that green building is too expensive and plan to incorporate sustainable construction practices in future homes. Architects and construction companies that specialize in multifamily say it’s not rocket science to go green, and,[]

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