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 23. Jul, 2012 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
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.
Posted on 17. Jul, 2012 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
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.
Posted on 19. Jun, 2012 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
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.
Posted on 12. Aug, 2011 by Marc Courtenay.
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.
Posted on 19. Jul, 2011 by Heather Blume.
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.
Posted on 14. Jun, 2011 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
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.
Posted on 12. May, 2011 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
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.
Posted on 10. Sep, 2010 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
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?
Posted on 30. Aug, 2010 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
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.
Posted on 24. Jun, 2010 by Aimee Miller.
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.
Posted on 28. Apr, 2010 by Jim Semick.
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.
Posted on 24. Mar, 2010 by Jim Semick.
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.
Posted on 23. Dec, 2009 by Aimee Miller.
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 […]
Posted on 21. Sep, 2009 by Aimee Miller.
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 […]
Posted on 21. Jul, 2009 by Albert Oaten.
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. […]
Posted on 13. Jul, 2009 by Albert Oaten.
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 […]
Posted on 06. Jul, 2009 by Albert Oaten.
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 […]
Posted on 13. Jun, 2009 by Aimee Miller.
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 […]