Fostering a Culture of Learning Pays Bottom-Line Benefits - employee training

Fostering a Culture of Learning Pays Bottom-Line Benefits

Many see employee training as a necessary evil – a boring to-do that interferes with “real” work and often ends up on a back burner, or at best is limited to checking the boxes of required courses completed. But the truth is that an engaging, effective employee training program of ongoing learning is vital to motivating,[]

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6 Challenges in Tracking Your Real Estate Investment Portfolio

If you’re a real estate asset manager, portfolio manager, limited or general partner, or just about anywhere in the capital stack, you know the pain and complexity of managing a portfolio of real estate properties. Whether you own, manage or just invest, tracking property data is critical to understanding whether your portfolio is performing. Managing[]

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Making it Easy to Love Online Leasing

The gasps resonated across the room when one gentleman told his story of a near miss of sensitive information being compromised. He recalled that the phone call that day appeared to be like any other coming into a leasing office. But the caller wasn’t looking for an apartment. Instead, a detective informed him that about[]

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Millennials Building for Millennials

The age of social media, video games and virtual living is opening the minds and designs of a new generation of architects that is creating today’s housing choices. Rather than designing via more traditional methods, Millennial architects are inspired by what they’ve seen on their desktops, phones and tablets. Architecture industry leaders believe that the[]

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Is Vinyl Plank Flooring the Latest Apartment Trend?

The apartment industry is finding better ways to keep from getting floored by high turnover costs when it comes to providing effective walkable surfaces under residents’ feet. Hard-surface floors are replacing many carpeted areas in apartments, and going down by offering long-term savings to property owners and a more stylish look for renters. Vinyl plank[]

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What’s New in Social: How Your Property Should Use Facebook

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. In this special edition of What’s New in Social, expert Kerie Kerstetter of Canonball explains how your property should use Facebook. Apartments can no longer ignore social media—this we know.[]

Creative Ways to Retain Renters

You put lots of resources into attracting people to live in your properties; but are you doing enough to retain renters you already have? While the basics of resident retention haven’t changed, such as keeping up maintenance, attractive amenities, and competitive pricing, too many property managers don’t do enough beyond these fundamentals. And this doesn’t make[]

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Building the Smart Apartment Home of the Future

Applying smart home technology to apartments comes down to choice. The future of putting the pieces in place into a smart apartment home may be more like ordering ala cart at the local diner. Because preferences of one resident to the next surely will differ, a technology menu may be more appropriate. At least that’s how[]

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Avoiding Nasty Surprises in Multifamily Acquisitions

During multifamily acquisitions, due diligence can make or break a deal. Ian Mattingly, President of LumaCorp in Dallas, Texas, is all too familiar with the nasty surprises that can occur during an acquisition. His company has made 45 acquisitions in the past 32 years, and currently owns 6,000 units in 32 communities. While mistakes are[]

Leveraging the Renter Lifecycle

At every stage, from prospect through move-out, the renter lifecycle is rife with opportunities for better business practices. Managing multifamily properties involves so many moving parts that it’s easy to lose perspective. We sometimes forget that ultimately our business is not about market conditions, vacancy rates or asset value but about people. That’s why one[]

Why the Apartment Industry Should Take Baby Boomers Seriously

As this group born after World War II and just before Davey Jones and the Monkees took America’s teens by storm aged, it established a confident and optimistic culture that shaped housing for years to come. Boomers chased a greater, affluent lifestyle and were willing to mortgage the farm to get what they wanted, unlike[]

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