Tag Archives: tools
Posted on 05. Mar, 2015 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
When I think about tools, images of hammers, screwdrivers, and drills pop into my head. I certainly don’t think about computers, software, continuing education, or a pizza party. But just as a carpenter needs a hammer to do his job well, property management employees need the proper tools to do their job well. Remember, you […]
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 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 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 08. Jul, 2014 by Marc Courtenay.
Too many property managers aren’t aware of the free tools offered by a familiar online company. You’ve heard of Yelp, but did you know that 132 million people use it monthly for buying decisions? The most recent data suggests there are over 57 million reviews on Yelp. More importantly 82% of Yelp users go there […]
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 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 09. Aug, 2011 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
Streamlining office operations can go a long way toward instituting and utilizing proper time management techniques. Below are a few time-consuming procedures that you may want to consider eliminating in order to create more free time tomorrow. While you’re at it, take a look around your office – most of us all have our own time wasters that need to be eliminated.
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 13. May, 2011 by Aimee Miller.
Anyone who lives in a house or apartment has to pay energy bills. Not only can these bills be expensive, you only find out what you owe after the month is over. Now homeowners and renters can use home-electricity monitors to watch energy use and see what it costs in real time. The device is hooked up to the breaker box and from there it wirelessly transmits the data to a display unit.
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 05. May, 2011 by Nora Betz.
On Monday, the McDaniel family was found dead in their rental home in Toledo, Ohio after being poisoned by carbon monoxide fumes during the night as they ran a space heater powered by a portable generator in the kitchen.
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. 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 31. Aug, 2009 by Aimee Miller.
Our webinar on Wednesday 8/26 (5 Steps to Get More from Your Online Marketing) was a great success! Thanks to Brent for co-hosting this event and to Mike Whaling from 30Lines for being so knowledgeable and fun to listen to. Here is the entire recorded webinar including the audio. Mike did such a great job […]
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 07. Jul, 2009 by Jonathan Brownfield.
Chances are, if you’re in the property management business then you’ve advertised your business in the local phone book. The problem is, people are flooding to online search to find businesses and services, all but assuring the printed telephone directory the same fate as the Long Jawed Mastodon. The good news is that you can […]
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 […]