Tag Archives: tools

Smart Thermostats

Smart Thermostats

Posted on 17. Jul, 2012 by .

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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.

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30 Tweet Ideas: Part 2 of the Twitter Series for Property Managers

30 Tweet Ideas: Part 2 of the Twitter Series for Property Managers

Posted on 22. Dec, 2011 by .

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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!

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The Importance of Routine Maintenance

The Importance of Routine Maintenance

Posted on 12. Dec, 2011 by .

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With marketing activity being ramped up in a tough rental market, property managers are sometimes guilty of neglecting property maintenance. Warning: you do so at your own risk.

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Eliminate Property Management Time Wasters

Eliminate Property Management Time Wasters

Posted on 09. Aug, 2011 by .

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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.

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iPad – Beyond the Cool Factor

iPad – Beyond the Cool Factor

Posted on 19. Jul, 2011 by .

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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.

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Track Your Energy Costs in Real Time

Track Your Energy Costs in Real Time

Posted on 13. May, 2011 by .

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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.

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Choosing the Right Property Management Accounting Software

Choosing the Right Property Management Accounting Software

Posted on 12. May, 2011 by .

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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.

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Property Manager on Trial for Carbon Monoxide Deaths

Property Manager on Trial for Carbon Monoxide Deaths

Posted on 05. May, 2011 by .

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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.

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Using Excel Instead of Property Management Software Is Risky Business

Using Excel Instead of Property Management Software Is Risky Business

Posted on 30. Aug, 2010 by .

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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.

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Rent Week Pain Relief: What’s the Best Online Payment Solution?

Rent Week Pain Relief: What’s the Best Online Payment Solution?

Posted on 24. Mar, 2010 by .

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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.

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SoftwareAdvice.com Survey: How Are Property Managers Using Technology?

SoftwareAdvice.com Survey: How Are Property Managers Using Technology?

Posted on 23. Dec, 2009 by .

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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 […]

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Keeping up with the Jones’s: Compare Away!

Keeping up with the Jones’s: Compare Away!

Posted on 21. Sep, 2009 by .

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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 […]

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5 Steps to Get More from Your Online Marketing (Aug. 26 Webinar Recap)

5 Steps to Get More from Your Online Marketing (Aug. 26 Webinar Recap)

Posted on 31. Aug, 2009 by .

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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 […]

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Get More Done, In Less Time. Step Three – Use Google Docs

Get More Done, In Less Time. Step Three – Use Google Docs

Posted on 21. Jul, 2009 by .

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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. […]

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Get More Done, In Less Time. Step Two – Use Google Calendar

Get More Done, In Less Time. Step Two – Use Google Calendar

Posted on 13. Jul, 2009 by .

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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 […]

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Use Local Search to Increase Traffic to Your Property Management Website

Use Local Search to Increase Traffic to Your Property Management Website

Posted on 07. Jul, 2009 by .

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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 […]

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Get More Done, In Less Time. Step One – Use Gmail

Get More Done, In Less Time. Step One – Use Gmail

Posted on 06. Jul, 2009 by .

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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 […]

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Web-Based Tools for Property Managers – Increase Productivity and Save Some Cash

Web-Based Tools for Property Managers – Increase Productivity and Save Some Cash

Posted on 13. Jun, 2009 by .

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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 […]

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