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The Joys of Technology Integration – Part II

The Joys of Technology Integration – Part II

Posted on 05. Aug, 2014 by .

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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 […]

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The Joys of Technology Integration – Part I

The Joys of Technology Integration – Part I

Posted on 31. Jul, 2014 by .

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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 […]

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Energy Efficient Window Shades and Blinds

Energy Efficient Window Shades and Blinds

Posted on 23. Jul, 2012 by .

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While it’s important for renters to practice energy conservation in their apartment homes, there are numerous things that property managers can do in order to conserve energy on a larger scale. Remember, window coverings, while decorative, also provide an important function, serving as a barrier to outside heat in the summer, while keeping heat inside during the winter.

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Smart Thermostats

Smart Thermostats

Posted on 17. Jul, 2012 by .

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Right now, a large swath of the country is engulfed in a heat wave. You can bet that no one is overly concerned about conserving energy: they just want to stay cool. This same heat wave is causing millions of people to run their air conditioners 24-7, resulting in a large increase in energy consumption, and increasing the risk of brown-outs across the country.

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Smart Controllers to Reduce Utility Usage

Smart Controllers to Reduce Utility Usage

Posted on 19. Jun, 2012 by .

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If you think these restrictions force you to choose between dry, burnt landscaping and expensive penalties, you haven’t looked at the newest irrigation systems available. We’ve all seen the systems of the past; rain pouring down while the sprinkler system continues to pump water onto saturated land, resulting in a large amount of water waste.

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Rental Income with a “Home Away from Home” Approach

Rental Income with a “Home Away from Home” Approach

Posted on 12. Aug, 2011 by .

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There are many ways to help owners expand their base of income and to separate yourself as a property manager that’s going above and beyond to help your clients succeed.

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iPad – Beyond the Cool Factor

iPad – Beyond the Cool Factor

Posted on 19. Jul, 2011 by .

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If you’re trying to justify the purchase of tablets to your company, you’re going to have to have more than a strong, “I want it because it’s neat,” factor. With all the programs that have been coming out with great tablet integrations and apps, on site teams are salivating over these little toys. In fact, over the last 18 months I can’t even count how many people have told me how great leasing with a tablet can be. It’s cool.

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How to Get Your Residents To Pay Rent Online

How to Get Your Residents To Pay Rent Online

Posted on 14. Jun, 2011 by .

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While many property management companies have been offering an online rental payment option to residents for years, there are just as many who currently do not. And the management companies that currently do offer this option have found that only a fraction of their residents actually utilize an online rental payment option.

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Choosing the Right Property Management Accounting Software

Choosing the Right Property Management Accounting Software

Posted on 12. May, 2011 by .

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Has your current property management software program been giving you more problems than solutions? If so, you may be ready to look for new property management accounting software. If you’re not sure what you need, take these suggestions under consideration.

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How Property Managers Can Use Video

How Property Managers Can Use Video

Posted on 07. Apr, 2011 by .

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AppFolio recently hosted a webinar featuring Todd Breen (CEO of VirtuallyIncredible.com) which included great ideas on how to shoot marketing videos, inspection videos, move-in/move-out videos and more!

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5 Signs That It is Time To Upgrade Your Property Management Software

5 Signs That It is Time To Upgrade Your Property Management Software

Posted on 10. Sep, 2010 by .

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Property managers ask a lot from their software products. We expect those products to do everything from posting accounting entries for us, to crediting our bank account when we write a check. But what happens when a software product stops doing the things we ask it to do? Just how do you determine when it’s time to upgrade your software?

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Using Excel Instead of Property Management Software Is Risky Business

Using Excel Instead of Property Management Software Is Risky Business

Posted on 30. Aug, 2010 by .

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It’s no secret that there are a lot of Excel users in the property management community. An outstanding spreadsheet program, Excel frequently plugs in the gaps commonly found in accounting programs. But there’s a group of property managers that may find themselves relying on Excel a little too much.

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Contest Winner: How Much Does It Cost To Process A Rent Check

Contest Winner: How Much Does It Cost To Process A Rent Check

Posted on 24. Jun, 2010 by .

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We recently held a contest and asked property managers to guess the true cost of processing a monthly rent check. Property managers from all over the U.S. submitted their best guess and were automatically entered into a drawing to win a super cool Flip Video Camera.

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Your Paperless Office: Five Great Reasons to Move Payments Online

Your Paperless Office: Five Great Reasons to Move Payments Online

Posted on 28. Apr, 2010 by .

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A single check seems small enough. But added up, the checks your property management company deposits or prints can ultimately bury your staff under a mound of paper. If you are on the way to a paperless office but haven’t yet tackled electronic payments for receivables and payables, you are paying more than you need to run your operation.

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Rent Week Pain Relief: What’s the Best Online Payment Solution?

Rent Week Pain Relief: What’s the Best Online Payment Solution?

Posted on 24. Mar, 2010 by .

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It’s rent week again, and all hands are on deck. If you’re like many other property management firms, you have an unwritten rule: no vacation during rent week. You realize that rent checks cost your company time and money with unnecessary handling, data entry, errors, staff frustration and other inefficiencies. Surely there has to be a better way.

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SoftwareAdvice.com Survey: How Are Property Managers Using Technology?

SoftwareAdvice.com Survey: How Are Property Managers Using Technology?

Posted on 23. Dec, 2009 by .

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SoftwareAdvice.com recently sent out a survey to learn more about how property managers are using technology in their business. A few interesting highlights: 1. Almost half of the companies surveyed grew their business last year – either growing by increased revenue or more units. This is great to hear in a struggling market! But how […]

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Keeping up with the Jones’s: Compare Away!

Keeping up with the Jones’s: Compare Away!

Posted on 21. Sep, 2009 by .

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Here are three sites I’ve found that help property managers compare things that are worth comparing: Average rental rates This is a helpful tool from RentBits (link). It lets you compare rents for apartments and houses in many geographic areas. It has an easy interface and you can see both the average and median prices […]

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Get More Done, In Less Time. Step Three – Use Google Docs

Get More Done, In Less Time. Step Three – Use Google Docs

Posted on 21. Jul, 2009 by .

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This is the third of a three part series on how you can move to free, web-based Google tools and find more time in your busy day. In part one we went over how to set up and use Gmail. In part two we covered how to use Google Calendar to manage your office schedules. […]

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Get More Done, In Less Time. Step Two – Use Google Calendar

Get More Done, In Less Time. Step Two – Use Google Calendar

Posted on 13. Jul, 2009 by .

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In our first of three Google articles, we covered how property managers can benefit from using Gmail. For our second article, we’re going to show you how to set up and use Google Calendars so you can work more efficiently and free up some valuable time. Week 2 – Get going on the calendars: Google […]

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Get More Done, In Less Time. Step One – Use Gmail

Get More Done, In Less Time. Step One – Use Gmail

Posted on 06. Jul, 2009 by .

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Here are some videos we’ve created to help you get started using free collaboration tools from Google. These will help you find ways to work better, faster and get more done (it is truly possible!). The great thing about these collaboration tools from Google is that they are free and web-based so you don’t need […]

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Web-Based Tools for Property Managers – Increase Productivity and Save Some Cash

Web-Based Tools for Property Managers – Increase Productivity and Save Some Cash

Posted on 13. Jun, 2009 by .

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How can you grow your business this year without growing your staff? In a recent poll conducted during an AppFolio webinar we asked property managers if they were planning to add more properties this year and if they were planning to increase their staff to accommodate an increased workload. The majority said they are planning […]

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