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[]

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Top 5 Apartment Roofing Tips to Protect Your Properties

One of the most important protective barriers to an apartment is the roof. They come in a few shapes and sizes, but for the most part are pretty standard on most multifamily properties. When maintained properly, apartment roofing can last for many years, even a few decades. But roofs take more abuse than any other[]

7 Ways to Master Apartment Marketing

7 Ways to Master Apartment Marketing

Apartment marketing shouldn’t be one-dimensional, as much as the online way of doing things is captivating our lives. There’s no question that many of today’s prospective residents are shopping for housing on the internet, searching through websites and even signing leases before they’ve even stepped foot on the property. But multifamily properties shouldn’t be without[]

How Nice Landscapes offer Value to Residents

How Nice Landscapes Offer Value to Residents

The U.S. wants good-looking landscapes that don’t tax the environment. So say respondents in a couple of polls conducted for professionals who create and maintain residential and commercial landscapes. Sustainable design literally got the green thumb in a recent American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) survey of landscape architects, who were asked to rate the[]

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Digital Printing Adds Realism to Wood Flooring

Advances in digital print technology have created some of the most realistic patterns in simulated wood and tile flooring options. In some cases, the naked eye can’t tell the difference. And the floor, not necessarily the sky, is the limit for the multifamily housing industry. High-definition printing is creating a flooring revival that’s sweeping vinyl,[]

What’s New in Social Media: Microsoft Buys LinkedIn, Snapchat Changes Stories, Facebook Moments App

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[]

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How Multifamily is Blending Retail with Residential

Mixed-use in multifamily is going horizontal. Essentially, the horse is now coming before the retail cart, and it’s strolling outward instead of upward. Panelists at the recent Crittenden conference remarked that horizontal mixed-use developments are here to stay, especially as multifamily housing continues to evolve into a desirable housing choice. Architects are migrating from vertical[]

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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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