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[]

5 Pool Maintenance Tips to Help you Pass Inspection

The last thing most apartment residents may be thinking about now is jumping into a chilly swimming pool. But it’s time for property managers to get their pools and spas ready for the summer season.  At least once per year, properties should have all of their pools inspected to ensure compliance with the appropriate federal,[]

How Multifamily Properties can Save by Going Green

Going green can save some real bucks now for apartments, and more than just on energy bills Developers and investors will be able to cash in when financing multifamily properties that have a green building certification. In February, Fannie Mae announced that it will give discounts on interest rates if the buildings have an energy[]

Comedy in Multifamily: How Alderman Keeps Residents Laughing

The Comedy Cartel, a small corporation big on the aspirations of one funny guy, is touring multifamily properties and levying schtick in club rooms across the Southeast. Kevin Alderman remembers that first open mic night in 2007 at a tiny, smoky bar in Charlotte before a small, tough-looking crowd. He’d gone there to work up[]

Bring the Heat: The Comeback of Outdoor Amenities

Multifamily communities appear to be embracing the comeback of outdoor amenities, especially when it comes to creating a cozier feeling beyond apartment walls for entertaining or dining. Apartments are extending the resident living experience outside by building fireplaces and fire pits, as well as stylish, large grilling areas. The built-in features are designed to provide[]

The Benefits of Renting to Baby Boomers

An older generation of renters could be on the horizon for multifamily.  Are baby boomers the better investment? The last thing any apartment owner wants to see inside a unit is a Hangover sequel produced by irresponsible renters. Let’s face it, some people who rent don’t treat their homes like they would want to be[]

Apartment Supply and the Beer Game Principles

In the 1960s, a group of MIT professors developed an innovative way to teach students the key principles of supply chain management. They called their creation Beer Game. The objective of the game is to meet customer demand while minimizing supplies on hand and total costs. But there is a lag effect from the time[]

Multifamily Color Trends: The Right Hue for You

As the multifamily industry continues to find new ways to attract and retain residents, the color mind-set of interior paint design in 2015 remains a steady driver in helping residents feel at home in their apartments. Experts have long contended that color affects mood. Reds are associated with fiery warmth and rage, while blues represent[]

5 Ways to Target Millennial Renters

Appealing to Millennial Renters Millennials are anticipated to overtake Baby Boomers as soon this year as the largest generational segment. In addition to the size of Gen Y, their potential buying power has grown to upwards of $200 billion annually. Whether it’s the close proximity to public transportation or a pet-friendly atmosphere, there are a few ways[]

Carpet Maintenance

Carpet Diem! 4 Ways to Preserve the Life of your Carpet

You can almost figure that the carpet in an apartment unit will probably have to be replaced long before the Style Police make a call.  Picture walking into a recently vacated unit and seeing a year’s worth of coffee spills or discolored areas that just won’t come clean and you’ll get the idea. The deposit[]

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