Posted on 15. Feb, 2017 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
“You’re being audited.” Those three words can strike fear in the hearts of even the most organized property manager. But if you take measures today to ensure that your business is audit-proof, you’ll be a lot more comfortable if your property management business is chosen for an audit. While an IRS audit is always possible, […]
Posted on 08. Feb, 2017 by Rachel Jefferson.
Reputation is really important in property management. You want to attract and build a community of happy renters who then share their good experience with others. But are your renters happy? Do you survey them and do you get good, honest feedback? In a recent Multifamily Executive article they state that the best place to turn to for authentic […]
Posted on 03. Feb, 2017 by Rachel Jefferson.
AppFolio Property Manager published a report this week highlighting the affordability of 20 of the most popular cities in the United States. According to the report, two cities where renters spend more than 50% of their paychecks on housing (considered unaffordable) are New York and Miami. How are the other top cities looking? Check out […]
Posted on 31. Jan, 2017 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
If your property management business is currently using the latest and greatest technology, congratulations! But for those of you still using technology from years ago, it’s time to start to take advantage of the benefits that today’s technology can bring to your business, and to your applicants and tenants. If you’re not sure where to […]
Posted on 23. Jan, 2017 by Rachel Jefferson.
Dog-friendly properties are a top requested perk from apartment seekers when it comes to choosing a new place to live. Care.com recently put together a list of the top cities for walking your dog based of a “walkability” score; Property Managers should think about their current dog policy and how allowing the four-legged friends can attract […]
Posted on 17. Jan, 2017 by Marc Courtenay.
In case you haven’t read the following quote in awhile, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Benjamin Franklin gets the credit for this piece of powerful wisdom. Whether it’s taking on a new partner, new employees, more risk, less risk or using intuition to keep up with the latest trends in […]
Posted on 10. Jan, 2017 by Marc Courtenay.
One of my favorite Barbra Streisand songs contains the lyrics “people who need people are the luckiest people in the world”. This applies as much to property managers as to anyone today. Let’s begin this discussion by focusing on our clients, the owners of the properties we manage. Where would we be without them and […]
Posted on 03. Jan, 2017 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
In a previous post, we talked about some common issues that property managers typically face. As we get ready to begin a new year, now is a good time to address the issues that you’re facing today. Here are a few ideas to get you started: If you’re dealing with skyrocketing costs at your property, you […]
Posted on 28. Dec, 2016 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
It’s that time of year again. As we look at welcoming in 2017 in a few short days, there’s no better time to take stock of your properties and what you’d like to accomplish in the coming year. While the process may seem daunting, there are ways to determine exactly what is terrific about your […]
Posted on 23. Dec, 2016 by Marc Courtenay.
There is no time like the present to make sure your residents are happy and feeling appreciated. We don’t need a holiday season or a special time of the year to create an event to convey our gratitude. First and foremost, when you see a resident or your staff is communicating with them, go out […]
Posted on 20. Dec, 2016 by Marc Courtenay.
Pardon my giddy take on an old holiday song, but as I listened to the words “Tis the Season to Be Jolly” my imagination ran wild with technological insights. Great technology can bring jolly good results. In the spirit of not wanting to be frivolous or flippant, I could see through my “mind’s eye” how […]
Posted on 08. Dec, 2016 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
With the weather more unpredictable than ever, you’ll want to be sure your properties are well prepared for whatever weather may head your way. For those of you living in more temperate climates, now is a good time to perform some annual maintenance on your properties. Here are some suggestions to get you started before […]
Posted on 06. Dec, 2016 by Marc Courtenay.
“All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty together again.” Most of us can remember this childhood poem which has important lessons and reminders. The winds of change are blowing powerfully since the results of the November 8, 2016 U.S. elections. As the financial markets adjust to the changes and […]
Posted on 02. Dec, 2016 by Rachel Jefferson.
If you’re having trouble filling your vacancies, check out these 5 tips from Multifamily Executive for boosting your occupancy with online marketing strategies like Search Engine Optimization and reputation management. These strategies will help increase leads, fill occupancies quickly, and help you maintain that high occupancy. Read the full article on Multifamily Executive.
Posted on 30. Nov, 2016 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
What is the magic formula for a successful property management team? Like any other workplace, a property management office functions much more efficiently when employees function as a team with each member contributing their particular talent and expertise. When an office functions as a true team, everything runs smoothly. When it doesn’t, even the slightest […]
Posted on 22. Nov, 2016 by Marc Courtenay.
Would you like to keep your best, most responsible residents? Are you interested in filling vacancies with that caliber of prospects? Let me share some perky ideas from some successful managers. The most frequent answer to the questions, “How do we motivate responsible residents to rent the properties we manage and how do we attract […]
Posted on 14. Nov, 2016 by Marc Courtenay.
There appears to be more people in the U.S. who live with a pet than ever before. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is carefully looking into this topic as it pertains to renters. In fact, HUD has already published an 8 page guide titled Resident Rights that every property manager should become […]
Posted on 03. Nov, 2016 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
You’ve just flown thousands of miles to meet with an potential new client. You were certain that you packed several sample management reports in your briefcase, but looking now, you don’t see any of them. You quickly call the office to see if one of your employees can email the report to you, but there […]
Posted on 01. Nov, 2016 by Marc Courtenay.
If you really want to know what top property management professionals like, just ask them. That’s what I did in a random, anecdotal sampling out in the field, online and on the phone. What I wanted to discover is if they belonged to a professional association, which one, and why? The organization that rose to […]
Posted on 27. Oct, 2016 by Rachel Jefferson.
With the World Series underway, the Chicago Cubs’ home stadium of Wrigley Field is one of the few Major League ballparks to lie within a neighborhood. Reportedly, rooftop owners are charging an arm and a leg to watch the game. So what does the current rental landscape of this area and the surrounding neighborhoods look […]
Posted on 25. Oct, 2016 by Marc Courtenay.
As I listened to this long-time property manager describe his losses I was astounded. “These ungrateful owners don’t deserve me. I’ve worked hard for them and their residents and this is what I get?” Although this man was intelligent, his people-skills and mannerisms were brash, condescending and curt. Nobody enjoys the company or doing business with […]
Posted on 20. Oct, 2016 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
In a recent post, I talked about HUD’s new guidelines for renting to tenants with a criminal history. Today, we’ll take a look at some of the other Fair Housing Laws that property managers may be overlooking. While all property managers are likely (or should be) familiar with standard Fair Housing Laws, such as the prohibition […]
Posted on 18. Oct, 2016 by Marc Courtenay.
While many property managers may be distracted by and entertained with the political elections in the U.S., now may be an auspicious time to shift our focus. How about two disparate attention targets? First, how do the presidential elections impact the cost of housing? My research found that residential real estate prices usually falls during […]
Posted on 13. Oct, 2016 by Marc Courtenay.
There are times where we throw caution to the wind and go “all in.” There are other times to pause and carefully ponder the realities of what may be “coming around the bend.” Perhaps, after nearly 8 years of low interest rates and endless economic stimulants, we are now in the “carefully ponder” stage of […]