Posted on 19. Aug, 2014 by Marc Courtenay.
Don’t let the lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer lull your property management business to sleep. Wake it up with timely communiqués that you send to your clients and potential clients. For example, why not ignite their imaginations with information about equity-based crowd-funding that specializes in real estate investment opportunities. I recently interviewed the co-founder […]
Posted on 05. Aug, 2014 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
I understand that most of us are averse to change. Just the thought of changing a familiar product can make the most competent people break out into a cold sweat; even if that familiar product has resulted in more work and increased mistakes. Let’s take a quick look at some of the repercussions of Jill’s […]
Posted on 31. Jul, 2014 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
Once upon a time there was a woman we’ll call Jill. Jill worked in a fairly large property management company that handled both commercial and residential property management, so Jill was kept busy. When Jill became a property manager, she was trained on the company’s property management software. The software was adequate, but didn’t perform […]
Posted on 29. Jul, 2014 by Alexis Hammond.
Big news this week from Zillow and Trulia! Zillow will be acquiring Trulia to become the largest online real estate advertising company. Zillow and Trulia have, “virtually identical business models,” which makes the merge between the two companies make sense. In this article, Bloomberg dives even deeper into the $3.5 Billion deal. Read the full […]
Posted on 25. Jul, 2014 by Alexis Hammond.
In a recent article, Multifamily Executive tells readers the 5 reasons why occupancy is growing stronger in the United States. One reason that has been a constant trend is that many people are scared of owning their own homes due to the foreclosure crisis in 2000 and again in 2008. Click below to read the […]
Posted on 22. Jul, 2014 by Alexis Hammond.
Many young renters across the United States have decided to forego larger apartments for a better location or amenities. “They’re sacrificing living space for a prime urban location and extras such as cooking classes, dog-wash stations and poolside Wi-Fi.” Bloomberg recently posted an article exploring and discussing what young professionals are looking for when deciding […]
Posted on 17. Jul, 2014 by Marc Courtenay.
On Tuesday July 15 Fed Chair Janet Yellen said more than Congress and most managers were anticipating. Her carefully prepared comments are a big insight into how those who control America’s monetary policies are thinking. According to a report by USA Today Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen told Congress the economy is improving but still […]
Posted on 15. Jul, 2014 by Marc Courtenay.
Property managers work hard for their money. Everybody talks about increases in the cost-of-living and rents rising, but how about the people who make rentals available? Yes, I’m referring to your clients the owners, and you, the liaisons between the residents and the “landlords”. When’s the last time your clients called and said, “You deserve […]
Posted on 14. Jul, 2014 by Alexis Hammond.
Although the housing market has been in a slump during recent years, a recent surge shows that the real estate market is starting to fight back. The gain in the month of May is the fastest we have seen since 2011. The article posted by NBC News tells us exactly how the market has seen […]
Posted on 11. Jul, 2014 by Alexis Hammond.
Baby Boomers and Millennials make up the two of the largest groups of renters in the United States. Trying to satisfy both groups at the same time offers owners and managers many options. Baby Boomers tend to be long term renters, while Millennials are more likely to move around, so trying to satisfy both comes […]
Posted on 10. Jul, 2014 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
Often, when renting an apartment, tenants are overwhelmed by the amount of information they are given, from the initial apartment viewing, to filling out the application, to getting approved, to finally, moving in. While it’s important to let all prospective residents know and understand the rules they must abide by when moving into their new […]
Posted on 08. Jul, 2014 by Alexis Hammond.
In the month of May, rent across the country increased. For example, in Texas, there was a direct correlation between higher rent to growth in the gas and oil industry. In this article posted by Multifamily Executive the top 10 Metro cities with the highest growth were released. See the full article here.
Posted on 08. Jul, 2014 by Marc Courtenay.
Too many property managers aren’t aware of the free tools offered by a familiar online company. You’ve heard of Yelp, but did you know that 132 million people use it monthly for buying decisions? The most recent data suggests there are over 57 million reviews on Yelp. More importantly 82% of Yelp users go there […]
Posted on 07. Jul, 2014 by Alexis Hammond.
This week The Wall Street Journal released an article sharing the strength of the multifamily market. Two separate purchases lead many investors to believe that this is a sign of constant and long lasting growth for the multifamily market. Check out the full article here to learn more.
Posted on 01. Jul, 2014 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
Years ago, while living in Las Vegas, a summer thunderstorm wreaked havoc on my apartment. Lightning eventually struck the roof of my loft, creating a fairly significant hole in the roof. Since it was late, I placed a bucket under the hole to catch the still-falling rain and called the management office to report the […]
Posted on 30. Jun, 2014 by Alexis Hammond.
Many people across the U.S. compare home prices from city to city. One way in particular to do this is to compare home prices with income in each city. NPR posted an article recently discussing the effects geography and zoning have on housing prices. See the full article fron NPR here.
Posted on 24. Jun, 2014 by Alexis Hammond.
A recent data release from Axiometrics reveals some promising numbers for apartment occupancy rates. As of May, national apartment occupancy had reached 95%, Axiometrics said Thursday. Read the full article from GlobeSt.com
Posted on 20. Jun, 2014 by Marc Courtenay.
One of the challenges in the management of rental properties involves collecting from residents behind on rent payment. Knowing the laws which govern the methods used for collection is a vital first step. We can debate how far we’d push the envelope to make sure the rent is collected, but the key to avoiding legal […]
Posted on 19. Jun, 2014 by Marc Courtenay.
Whether you’re following your passion or just trying to be successful at what you do for a living, it always counts to be in that esteemed group we call “outstanding”. There is more research surfacing that gives practical guidance on the characteristics of those who flourish and those who flounder. It’s not just motivation that […]
Posted on 17. Jun, 2014 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
As important as it is for property managers to ensure that rent is received on a timely basis; rental collection is not just important to property managers. Surveys have shown that residents also want an easier way to pay rent. While many smaller management companies have continued to accept checks, many have done away with […]
Posted on 13. Jun, 2014 by Marc Courtenay.
The responses to my last article on filling vacancies fielded excellent suggestions from property managers. This kind of feedback offers ideas that are working now! Of course the ideas I shared in my series “50 Ways to Fill Your Vacancies” work well in today’s market. Yet those from our readers are personal favorites, innovative and […]
Posted on 10. Jun, 2014 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
In older generations, renting an apartment was typically viewed as a temporary measure; with the ultimate goal being home ownership. A lot has changed since then. The epic housing melt-down has driven more renters into the market. And many young professionals are seeing apartments as a reflection of their tastes and personality, not as a […]
Posted on 05. Jun, 2014 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
We all know that in the property management arena, managers typically have one chance to make a good first impression on prospective residents. So the last thing managers want is a cluttered mess to be the first thing that applicants see. We all become immune to our surroundings, seeing only what we want to see. […]
Posted on 03. Jun, 2014 by Marc Courtenay.
Other than filling vacancies, there are few topics more important for Property Managers than how to make sure your residents pay their rent on time and securely. From a behavioral vantage point, there are several effective ways to empower residents to pay their rent or lease payment on time, month after month. Here are three […]