Industry First: A Centralized Portfolio Reporting and Analysis and Platform Addressing All Asset Types

RealPage Asset and Investment Management (AIM) aggregates and clearly presents property performance and valuation data to owners, asset managers, investors, and operators. Until now, pulling together data across a diverse portfolio in a form suitable for analyzing performance, valuation, cash flow, and other metrics has involved a confusing, time-wasting jumble of software solutions and manual[]

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[]

Tips for Transitioning Apartment Communities into Operational Brilliance

A new property acquisition often signals an opportunity to strengthen a multifamily company. Done right, transitioning the property to a management company’s portfolio can be business as usual. But there is a lot of behind-the-scenes work that has to be done, and then there’s not guarantee that the transition will be seamless. As expected in[]

Aimco Adding Artistic License to Redevelopment Project

Residents may tell their friends to take the elevator to the Van Gogh Floor for a wine party. Or meet by the elevator near the Quarterback Patio. Cold drinks at the Governor’s Social Lounge  sound refreshing. Theming apartments to their surroundings isn’t uncommon, but one company is blending its redevelopment projects into the fabric –[]

Best Practices for Twitter: What Apartments Need to Know

While social networks like Facebook are predominantly B2C (business to consumer), Twitter presents a unique opportunity for B2B (business to business) engagement. With Twitter, your property’s interactions can be directed toward a broader community, including residents, local businesses, other properties, corporate management offices, the multifamily industry, etc. Twitter (The Basics) Twitter is a social media[]

What is Portfolio Asset Management for Real Estate?

Real estate asset and investment firms deal with tons of incoming data every day, in regard to their assets. That information must be collected, consolidated, and analyzed. Then, reports must be created and shared throughout the organization. It’s an arduous process. And without the right tools, it can also be error-prone frustrating and expensive. That’s[]

What is Real Estate Enterprise Accounting?

In a real estate business climate where products cover every niche available, one area has been surprisingly lacking:  accounting for real estate investment companies. Products that perform exceptionally and truly cater to this segment are in short supply, especially in the mid-market range. Real estate enterprise accounting helps private equity real estate firms, Limited Partners[]

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