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 […]
Posted on 05. Oct, 2016 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
You’ve worked hard to attract and keep the best tenants; making sure that your properties are well maintained and attractive. Resident safety issues are also a priority, so your property is patrolled regularly, burned out lights replaced immediately, and security cameras working. Everything is working great; you’re happy, your tenants are happy, and the property […]
Posted on 30. Sep, 2016 by Marc Courtenay.
Although I’m an ardent enthusiast of cooperation, I’m also a multi-decade-longtime instructor of how to create meaningful, competitive advantages. In fact, you can be both cooperative and competitive. Obvious competitive advantages include having honed your skill sets, mastered the use of cutting-edge technologies, and having outstanding people skills. Combined, you’ll be in a league of your […]
Posted on 26. Sep, 2016 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
In April, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) made the job of a property manager a little bit harder. In past blogs, I’ve talked about the possibility of conducting criminal background checks on potential applicants. It turns out that it’s not quite as simple as that. HUD recently released new guidelines for […]
Posted on 14. Sep, 2016 by Marc Courtenay.
Are you an optimist, a pessimist, or a realist? Most of us would choose the later, but I like to call myself an optimistic realist. How about you? In the months and years ahead our self-confidence and self-image will be tested by what Shakespeare called “…the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.” The uncertain future […]
Posted on 08. Sep, 2016 by Marc Courtenay.
In today’s world there seems to be fewer adequately compensated jobs where the demand outstrips the supply. If you are a property manager, assistant property manager, or facilities maintenance coordinator you’re in one of the best professions at the right time. Both the commercial and residential property management businesses are growing so fast that it’s difficult to […]
Posted on 01. Sep, 2016 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
In a recent post, we talked about some of the things that managers can inadvertently do to drive their good tenants away. Remember, as property managers, your focus should be on providing your residents with a safe, secure place to live. However, it’s also important to provide your tenants with a sense of community and […]
Posted on 30. Aug, 2016 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
Property managers spend a lot of time ensuring that their tenants follow the rules, which include timely payment of rent, reasonable noise levels, parking in their assigned parking spot, and keeping their apartment home in reasonably good shape. If they live up to their end of the bargain, what are you and your staff doing […]
Posted on 25. Aug, 2016 by Marc Courtenay.
Just because the cost of heating and cooling buildings hasn’t been skyrocketing this year doesn’t mean it can’t happen next year. Being a “conservationist” when it comes to energy is good for everyone. Property managers around the globe are responding positively to the challenge. They know that energy efficient rental units attract conscientious residents while […]
Posted on 23. Aug, 2016 by Marc Courtenay.
Although it has been said that nobody is perfect, there are some who are what I call “near perfect.” After all, since practice makes perfect, why not keep practicing while striving for excellence? In today’s economy we are at an auspicious confluence of trends that will reward good property managers like never before. The word […]
Posted on 09. Aug, 2016 by Marc Courtenay.
One month the employment numbers disappoint and the next they sizzle. It’s enough to give an interested property manager whiplash! In a recent article I reported that “On Friday, June 3 the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced an addition of just 38,000 nonfarm payrolls during May 2016. Economists had been expecting 160,000. This was […]
Posted on 04. Aug, 2016 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
Offered by The National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI) and the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA), the Credential for Green Property Management (CGPM) continues to provide an important role in training onsite managers, maintenance staff and supervisory personnel in the latest green technology. Even property management businesses with limited budgets can benefit from the […]
Posted on 02. Aug, 2016 by Marc Courtenay.
The summer and autumn months remind alert property managers that annual maintenance procedures should be carried out. Taking good care of your clients’ properties is a critical management function. While you’re scheduling and overseeing these important responsibilities, ask yourself an urgent question. “Are my relationships with my clients well-maintained and as strong as ever?” The best […]
Posted on 26. Jul, 2016 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
With hot summer days and warm nights upon us, it’s more important than ever that property security measures are in place and operational. Along with bored teenagers looking to get into trouble, warm summer evenings also attract the professional criminal as well. With apartment units frequently empty in summer months due to vacationing tenants, those […]
Posted on 19. Jul, 2016 by Marc Courtenay.
When was the last time you took a careful look at your business’ insurance protection? There is no need for salespeople to give you a pitch. This is a serious topic that is really self-motivating. Many property managers are so busy managing properties that they delegate the responsibility for adequate insurance coverage to someone else. […]
Posted on 05. Jul, 2016 by Marc Courtenay.
No one has a crystal ball when it comes to the U.S. economy, but recent data suggests the possibilities of an economic recession are increasing. A careful, timely preparation plan makes good business sense. First I want to remind you that economic statistics are not always reliable. In fact they can be very confusing. Let […]
Posted on 28. Jun, 2016 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
Every year, do you promise yourself that this will be the year that you create a haven for your residents? That this year, you’ll organize those pool parties and Saturday afternoon barbecues? But somehow, every year, your plans go awry, and when you suddenly have the time to create these get-togethers, it’s September. The best […]
Posted on 23. Jun, 2016 by Marc Courtenay.
Today is the best time ever to be a property manager. Today is the only day we have, since yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift. It’s why we call today “the present.” There are more residents looking for rentals today that at any time in the history of the United […]
Posted on 14. Jun, 2016 by Marc Courtenay.
After nearly 6 years of rising rents and declining vacancies, ideas for solutions have become both a hot economic and political issue. In California, no less than the governor has become interested. The cost of housing is so high in many areas of California that paying rent or a mortgage often costs half of a […]
Posted on 07. Jun, 2016 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
With the unofficial start of summer here, more residents will be spending time outdoors, looking for various ways to enjoy the sunshine and warmer temperatures. Year-after-year, the two most popular activities for residents include swimming and barbecuing. The warm weather also brings a host of added responsibilities for property managers and staff alike as they […]
Posted on 31. May, 2016 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
We’ve talked in the past about the benefits of pristine landscaping, a spotless leasing office, and clean, uncluttered patios and balconies. Not listed in that group, but just as important, are your apartment models. While furnishings are important, and should be updated on a regular basis, it’s often the small things that can sway an […]
Posted on 26. May, 2016 by Marc Courtenay.
From the comments that I gratefully receive about my articles, I’ve learned that property managers are searching for better ways and best practices. They’re looking for creative insights that lead to success. If you’re in business for yourself or working hard for an employer you’re probably looking for new ways to shine. What if you’re doing […]