Leveraging an Online Payment Platform to Mitigate Risk

Leveraging an Online Payment Platform to Mitigate Risk

The game has changed in the last decade on taking payments. Many of today’s laws govern the exchange of money from an individual or business to another were written in a walk-in business community, the days when consumers and businesses made payments directly to companies from which they purchased goods in retail locations or offices.[]

Apartment Landscape

Get Green this Spring: A 3-Month Apartment Landscape Plan

A beautiful apartment landscape is a work in progress that requires a solid plan, good timing, and some patience. It’s no secret that a great looking apartment landscape has the kind of curb appeal that will catch the eyes of not only existing residents but prospects. With spring around the corner, now is the time[]

Bed Bug Prevention

Fight Back: 5 Tips to Protect Against Bed Bugs

New information on the apartment industry’s Public Enemy No. 1 is a reminder that vigilance is Job One. A recent report identifies that bed bugs are capable of transmitting the parasite that causes Chagas disease, which the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) lists as an emerging infectious disease. Bed bugs have been found to carry[]

Millennials and Mobility: The Growing Value of Public Transportation

Behind the scenes on Texas college campuses, a group of Millennials, who want more mobility options, is getting its legs on the ground. Can an alliance of 50,000 students (and growing) be ignored? Students at Sam Houston State University, the University of North Texas and Navarro College are taking keen interest in the future of the[]

Creating a Social Media Plan for Multifamily

The multifamily industry has seen a change in the way we think about apartment marketing. Though a fairly new medium, there is evidence social media has the power to change the way we do business in property management. Why Leverage Social Media? Social media has moved from just a source of entertainment value, and grown[]

6 Pest Prevention Tips for your Property

As a property manager, It is never too early to be thinking about pest prevention methods. Many of these pests are not only a pain for communities, but some can even be transmitters for disease, according to the Center for Disease Control.  Rodents, bed bugs, and mosquitoes are just some of the major pests that can[]

Say What You Meme: Using Memes in Apartment Marketing

Property managers in charge of apartment marketing should take notice of unconventional social media methods to communicate with communities. Meet Kyle Craven. This unassuming photo of him grew into the wildly popular meme known as Bad Luck Brian and reportedly generated Craven nearly $20,000 – turns out he’s not so unlucky after all. Craven isn’t[]

When Opportunity Knocks, Will the Apartment Industry Answer?

An improving economy fueled a strong run in the apartment industry last year, and it appears that the momentum will continue in 2015. Forecasters are looking for continued churning in the U.S. economy, which grew at an annualized 5 percent in the third quarter and finished the year with a bang. In December, the Dow[]

Testing the Benefits of Smart Home Technology

Margette Hepfner imagined what her morning would be like in the smart apartment of the future: She would awaken to the television, cued to turn on at 5:15 a.m. The lights begin to gradually brighten so she doesn’t have to squint while walking to the kitchen, where coffee is already percolating. The barcode reader near the[]

Earthquake Preparedness Tips to Use at your Property

Recent and frequent earthquakes around the U.S. should get property managers to start thinking about preparedness measures. Moderate temblors are hitting areas relatively new to seismic activity, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Already in 2015, North Texas has been hit by unprecedented earthquake activity. On Jan. 6, a flurry of small quakes struck the[]

Is Income Growth a Reliable Predictor of Apartment Rent Growth?

Conventional wisdom says that rent growth is contingent upon income and job growth. Is that always true, and if so, to what degree? MPF Research examined the relationship between apartment rent, income and employment levels in each of the top 50 U.S. metros over the past seven years. The results showed that while there appears[]

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