Posted on 22. Jan, 2015 by Marc Courtenay.
Large metropolitan areas aren’t the only places where rental activity increased in 2014. In fact rents went up more as a percentage in smaller cities than in the large metropolitan areas. In 2014 the cost to rent an apartment moved higher for the fifth consecutive year. Much stronger demand coupled with dwindling supply meant vacancies […]
Posted on 08. Jan, 2015 by Marc Courtenay.
The year 2014 ended with the U.S. housing market appearing on the verge of a downturn. Sales of new homes in November slipped almost 2% from the previous year according to the Commerce Department. Existing homes sales for November also were down 6.1%. A more disturbing trend came from a survey of U.S. home builders […]
Posted on 06. Jan, 2015 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
Are you ready to begin? There’s something about a new year that provides many of us with the impetus to change. For many of us, becoming more organized is a big part of that change. Yes, you can continue to rifle through that two-foot tall stack of papers resting on your desk, or you can […]
Posted on 01. Jan, 2015 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
It’s a brand new year. If you’re like most of us, you have a long list of New Year’s resolutions that you have vowed to keep this year. And, if you’re like most of us, becoming better organized in 2015 is somewhere on that list; after all it’s one of the Top 10 resolutions year […]
Posted on 18. Dec, 2014 by Marc Courtenay.
The term “golden rules” is actually an introduction to the most important rules property managers must adhere to. This article should be considered a primer which you can build upon. As my readers know I want property managers to be “remarkable”. One big way to achieve this is to know so much about your responsibilities that […]
Posted on 16. Dec, 2014 by Marc Courtenay.
Vacancies can come up at the most unexpected times. The end of a year, even though it’s a holiday season, is no exception. Neither are the early months of winter when fewer moves occur. That’s why property managers need multiple ways to attract new residents that work all year round. It’s also effective to have […]
Posted on 09. Dec, 2014 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
As 2014 draws to a close, there’s no better time to begin to assess the year. If there’s nothing you would change for 2015, you can probably stop reading now. But for most of us, there’s always something that we can do better, faster, more efficiently, and more profitably. One of the best ways to […]
Posted on 04. Dec, 2014 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
While the holiday season conjures up visions of family gatherings, robust meals and brightly wrapped presents, the reality can often be very different. Today, it’s rare to find anyone who doesn’t experience at least some stress while coping with the holiday season. From your employees, your residents, and even your own family and friends, instead […]
Posted on 27. Nov, 2014 by Marc Courtenay.
As property managers we want to keep up on the trends in our local economies. “The trend is our friend” is a mantra that enlivens our professional awareness. The final quarter of 2014 has uncovered some important national trends as well. Building permits, an important signal of future construction, increased by 4.8% in October to […]
Posted on 25. Nov, 2014 by Marc Courtenay.
Like the words of a well known seasonal song, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”. From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day most people are in celebration mode. Strangely it’s also one of the most stressful times of the year. The holiday pressures of family reunions, buying gifts, planning get-togethers, or being alone while […]
Posted on 20. Nov, 2014 by Marc Courtenay.
The holiday season is rapidly approaching. Along with family get-togethers, decorations, and presents, the holiday season poses a unique set of risks for property managers, including everything from apartment fires to a higher risk of property theft. While it will never be possible to prevent all adverse events, there are many precautions both you and […]
Posted on 11. Nov, 2014 by Marc Courtenay.
If it’s such a great time to buy a house why are young Americans opting to rent rather than a buy a house? Is it because of low inventory in their price range, tight credit, difficulty qualifying, or all of the above? First-time home buyers aren’t clueless. They’ve done the math on how much house […]
Posted on 04. Nov, 2014 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
Are you so bogged down in the details of your day to day management duties to take some time and look at the bigger picture? With the pressure to fill empty units, keep the property profitable, and make hundreds of people with very different personalities happy, property managers can sometimes forget to spend some time […]
Posted on 28. Oct, 2014 by Marc Courtenay.
Like the line from the infamous movie Jerry Maguire, property managers work hard to be able to say “Show me the money!” It doesn’t matter if you’re a Tom Cruise fan for these words to resonate. When I consult with property managers about growing their income I begin with the question, “Have you discussed this […]
Posted on 16. Oct, 2014 by Marc Courtenay.
Just because it may not be as “cool” today to take your property management business in a “green” direction doesn’t mean it’s not rewarding. Besides the personal satisfaction there are advantages. As part of its Healthy Homes Program, the federal government’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) launched in 1999 its Healthy Homes Initiative […]
Posted on 09. Oct, 2014 by Marc Courtenay.
It may feel like 2006 all over again when it comes to the housing market. Gimmicks and giveaways are creeping into the market because homes aren’t selling like builders had hoped. Back in 2006, just before the crash of 2008, no-document mortgages greased the way to the top of that housing bubble. Today it’s freebies […]
Posted on 09. Oct, 2014 by Stephanie Vernon.
We hosted a fun and informative session with Todd Breen on the power of video tours this week. He covered best practices for creating engaging video tours for your listings. He also covered many of the benefits video tours can offer property managers, including: Cutting vacancy time and showings in half! Increasing engagement and time […]
Posted on 07. Oct, 2014 by Marc Courtenay.
The number of multi-family rental housing complexes being built around the nation keeps on growing month after month. The implications for the property management business are somewhat ambiguous. No doubt there’s been a steady decline in the number of homeowners since the financial crisis of 2008. This has translated to a substantial increase of renters […]
Posted on 01. Oct, 2014 by Marc Courtenay.
Residents are on the prowl again looking for the most attractive rental units for their money. At the same time there is a growing group of former homeowners who are back in the rental market. The monthly rent these groups are willing to pay will partially depend on the condition of the rental properties. If […]
Posted on 25. Sep, 2014 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
Property managers often refer to their properties as communities, and rightfully so. But have you ever thought about strengthening that community?One of the things that apartment dwellers typically cite about living in an apartment is a sense of isolation. Often, renters are new to the area, or even the state, and would like to meet […]
Posted on 19. Sep, 2014 by Marc Courtenay.
Marketing tools to turn vacancies into occupancies are worth a fortune. Like the technologies offered by Appfolio, there are many common sense methods to focus on your area’s target market. Each one of the following suggestions is not only intended to help you zoom in on new ways to attract a stream of potential tenants. […]
Posted on 09. Sep, 2014 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
The Wall Street Journal recently noted that the share of new homes being built as rental apartments is at its highest level in four decades. While it certainly helps the economy, an increase in apartment homes can strike fear in the hearts of many property managers. After all, these newer units will likely boast state […]
Posted on 03. Sep, 2014 by Marc Courtenay.
As the summer season slides to a close it’s good to remember that our work should be enjoyable. If our demanding profession begins to wear us down it’s probably time to do something about it. Recently I touched basis with a colleague who’s been in the property management business for over 40 years. I won’t […]
Posted on 28. Aug, 2014 by Marc Courtenay.
The U.S. economy has come a long way from the frightening fiscal collapse that happened at the end of the Bush administration in 2008. The Obama administration inherited the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The Federal Reserve has been managing America’s monetary policies since 1913. Once former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke saw the […]