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.[]

Food for Thought: Smoke Alarm Safety in your Home

A survey conducted by ORC International on behalf of Kidde Fire Safety reports that almost five times as many Americans know the shelf life of a Twinkie over the recommended operating life of a smoke alarm. Gooey Carbs 1, Fire Safety 0. Not surprising when you think about it. Chalk another one up to Americans’[]

How Online Shopping is Transforming the Apartment Industry

The online shopping revolution is banging on your door.  Are you ready? A revolution is going on inside consumers’ computers, one that the apartment industry should take note. In the last six years, shopping has evolved, shifting from brick-and-mortars to the Internet. Ten million Americans work more than 60 hours per week and because of[]

Home Brewing Boom: The Craft Beer Renaissance

Home beer making for personal enjoyment is making a comeback in the U.S in a big way. It is a sign of the times, and it’s something that landlords may have to deal with more often with tenants. Unless you get a whiff of the pungent aroma of stewing hops, you likely won’t know if[]

The Consumer Shift to Private Label Products

Private label products are gaining ground over national labels, having eclipsed sales in recent years. Will these brands continue to prove themselves and keep customers returning? How will this behavior affect the apartment industry? Catchy slogans and unforgettable jingles have lured America to name-brand products that have become household names for generations. Characters and role[]

Creating a Safe Dog Park for Your Residents

It’s no secret that man’s best friend is becoming an apartment owner’s or operator’s BFF as well. Dogs and pets are becoming as big as part of the resident amenity culture as a good internet connection and a cool breeze from a ceiling fan. Creating a Home for Canines Late last year, a National Multihousing[]

Surviving a Home Fire: Six Things You and Your Residents Can Do

October is Fire Safety Month, and October 5-11, 2014, marks Fire Prevention Week. What will you be doing this month to protect your home against fires? The most recent fire statistics by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) paints a bleak picture. From 2007-11, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 366,000 annual[]

U.S. Apartment Completions Reach a 14-Year High [Infographic]

Research released from market analysts at MPF Research shows one of the highest levels for new apartment supply in years. With the apartment supply increase, how will this affect the growth of market demand? Occupancy continues to tighten and rent growth continues to accelerate despite the introduction of more supply. Click to enlarge image These[]

6 Tips to Help Your Property Prepare for Hurricane Season

The 2014 Atlantic hurricane season is shaping up to again be below-normal, which is good news for apartments along U.S. coast lines. Activity has been mild with only a handful of storms that have not made much of an impact inland or along shores.

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