Posted on 06. Mar, 2012 by Marc Courtenay.
Every property manager has an opinion on how cooperative or uncooperative their residents are. Most property managers still refer to residents as tenants or renters, and that reality leads to the first of the three ideas to help your residents want to be more cooperative. My first idea (aka suggestion) is to begin to change the way you look at and speak about the residents who are renting the properties you manage and/or own.
Posted on 01. Mar, 2012 by Jamie Sternberg.
California law requires residential landlords to allow small day care providers to operate on residential rental property under certain conditions. To operate legally in residential rental property without the permission or consent of the rental owner, the day care must be limited to six children or less. The children of the day care provider count in that number. The number can be extended up to a total of eight but only if the rental owner consents to the increased number.
Posted on 28. Feb, 2012 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
While part of the selling process for any property manager is to increase visibility and drive more potential applicants into the leasing office, if more applicants than not end up walking out the door without filling out an application; there’s something wrong. Here are some suggestions that will get more of those walk-ins converted to applicants and eventually tenants.
Posted on 24. Feb, 2012 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
When familiarizing yourself with the federal laws, you may want to take a few extra minutes to review your applicable state laws as well. While some of these acts may be more relevant to your particular type of property management business than others, educating both yourself and your staff about these federal (and state) acts and the repercussion of violating them will ensure compliance, which is the most important thing of all.
Posted on 22. Feb, 2012 by Marc Courtenay.
This may be the defining year for catapulting your business to a higher level of productivity and financial rewards. What you’re about to read isn’t “feel-good” filler, but careful extrapolation based on current analysis and careful observations. The positive trend for residential rental income properties has accelerated into the beginning of 2012.
Posted on 20. Feb, 2012 by Bryan Ives.
In this webinar recording, Charity Hisle, an emerging leader within the multifamily industry shares her social media expertise on how to manage your online reputation.
Posted on 17. Feb, 2012 by Bryan Ives.
We were lucky to have Mike Whaling (30 Lines) and Doug Miller (Founder & President of SatisFact) present the results from a national study conducted in order to find out what online renters want.
Posted on 17. Feb, 2012 by Bryan Ives.
Lisa Trosien, Apartment Marketing Expert, provided valuable insight on how to enhance the way you approach the leasing process.
Posted on 16. Feb, 2012 by Jamie Sternberg.
The Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2010, also known as SB 183, is effective as to single-family detached residences on July 1, 2011, and all other residential units on January 1, 2013. It requires that residential property be equipped with a carbon monoxide device when the property has an attached garage or fossil fuel (coal, kerosene, oil, wood, fuel gasses and other petroleum or hydrocarbon products that emit carbon monoxide as a byproduct of combustion) heater or appliance or fireplace.
Posted on 14. Feb, 2012 by Marc Courtenay.
Houses in America are “the best value they’ve been in many generations” according to a housing analyst I interviewed recently. He enthusiastically reminded me that this is the time investors can “…pay below-market prices as banks try to unload properties.” This is a reality in every region of the country right now.
Posted on 10. Feb, 2012 by Charity Hisle.
The @ sign is like magic, it is called a Reply or a Mention and is public. When you use the @ symbol before someone’s name (for example: @CharityHisle) you are targeting that update TO that person. Twitter even links to that person’s account to help connect your followers to one another.
Posted on 07. Feb, 2012 by Marc Courtenay.
This apparently is the beginning of a nationwide trend, according to CNNMoney.com. They also reported that more than 4 million homes have been lost to foreclosure over the past five years. That’s a big inventory to add to the existing numbers of unsold homes, and that foreshadows a trend that will be more like a bottoming-out process on home pricing.
Posted on 02. Feb, 2012 by Rob Maday.
Out of the countless ways a conventional landscape can become more “green” and sustainable, we’ve compiled a list of 3 suggestions with the best ROI for property managers.
Posted on 31. Jan, 2012 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
Sometimes it seems as if all property managers spend a majority of their time memorizing various rules and regulations. New employees in particular are always trying to learn basic rules such as “when do we return security deposits, or what account does this deposit go into?”
Posted on 25. Jan, 2012 by Charity Hisle.
In our last post about Pinterest, we discussed why each property management group should have a Pinterest account. But how do you get creative with your account without being too salesy?
Posted on 23. Jan, 2012 by Marc Courtenay.
Believe it or not, there are up to 80 million people between the ages of 16 and 29 who will be filling your vacancies in the year ahead.
Posted on 17. Jan, 2012 by Charity Hisle.
With over 4 million users, Pinterest is now in the top 10 list of social networks! It is a unique (and public) website that allows users to organize and share images and videos from across the web with one another. Think of Pinterest as an online bulletin board!
Posted on 16. Jan, 2012 by Aaron Bosshardt.
Every agent I have has positive feelings about the year 2012. What’s even more shocking is that bank executives I have been talking to are positive for the first time since 2008. If you are a looking to perfectly time a long-term purchase of real estate, then this might well be the year to do it.
Posted on 09. Jan, 2012 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
If you find yourself neglecting the small items, you’ll soon be on the hot seat for more expensive repairs. Building managers can find themselves with a run-down, in-desperate-need-of-repair building a lot sooner that they think.
Posted on 04. Jan, 2012 by Marc Courtenay.
The year 2011 will go down in history as the year when the rental housing and multifamily apartment rental markets began to tip in favor of owners and landlords.
Posted on 30. Dec, 2011 by Marc Courtenay.
Property managers need to streamline the application and screening process of filling vacancies. Finding good renters in this economy is becoming a numbers game. The better you know the condition of the housing market in your area, and the more potential renters you can reach and process, the more you’ll succeed.
Posted on 22. Dec, 2011 by Charity Hisle.
Twitter is one of the most difficult social networks to explain and to learn for property management professionals. Often I hear questions like, “What do we say?” or “Who are we talking to?” Let’s try to clear up the confusion today!
Posted on 20. Dec, 2011 by Lisa Trosien.
I remember when I first started in the apartment industry, someone told me to always ask my residents if there was anything in their apartment that needed fixing.
Posted on 16. Dec, 2011 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
While the holidays always make us think about ways to engage residents in the holiday spirit, there are many activities and events that property managers can organize and easily implement that can be used not only during the holiday season, but throughout the year.