Waterfowl Invasion Aug28

Waterfowl Invasion

If you find waterfowl descending upon your property twice a year, you are not alone. There are thousands of multifamily properties just like you that are unfortunate enough to rest along waterfowl flyways. You are not alone. We are here to help. Unless you’re a hunter, you probably didn’t...

Hurricane Season Aug27

Hurricane Season

Hurricane season is upon us, and it will linger until the end of November. Fortunately for the continental US, the storms seem to have forgotten their curtain call! It’s unlikely that their delay will last forever, though. Use this downtime to make sure that your residents are prepared for...

Better Protection Aug26

Better Protection

Think your landlord insurance is enough? Think again. Recent studies examined renters insurance practices at property management companies throughout the Unites States. Those reports suggest that 45 percent of property managers do not offer insurance to their tenants. Only 25 percent of...

Samsung Unpacked

Samsung decided it was wise to move the Unpacked event up earlier than usual. In previous years, the unveiling of new devices took place a week before Apple’s fall iPhone launch. So last week, New York City hosted the Galaxy Note 5 launch extravaganza a few weeks sooner than previous years,...

Jennifer Staciokas Aug24

Jennifer Staciokas

When it comes to digital marketing trends for the multifamily industry, there’s always lots of chatter. Jennifer Staciokas is an executive who could be considered a consensus-builder on the subject. One year ago, she moved to Pinnacle from Lincoln Property Company, where she had worked for 15...

MCEnergy Acquistion Aug21

MCEnergy Acquistion

Energy management software from Yardi® promotes efficiency and savings following the company’s acquisition of energy services provider MCEnergy Inc. Energy management services from MCEnergy include contract negotiations with leading electricity, natural gas, fuel oil and green energy...

Luxury Student Housing Aug20

Luxury Student Housi...

Student housing has grown into a $5 billion industry. Colleges and universities rely on private builders for housing, on and off campus. These private builders are best able to equip units with features that appeal to the new generation of student renters while keeping the institutions’ costs...

Renewable Future

The United Nations predicts that by spring 2024 the world’s population will reach 8 billion. Meeting the energy needs of the world’s ever-growing population is a hot-button issue, especially in the context of finite carbon-based energy sources and the looming danger of irreversible climate...

Container Construction Aug18

Container Construction

Shipping containers may appear to be a technological solution that is “a no-brainers”–once someone else has thought of the idea. Paul Galvin, CEO of SG Blocks Inc., may be just such a pioneer. His company, SG Blocks, designs and supplies shipping container-based construction systems through a partnership with the largest shipping container depot operator in the U.S. Under the SG Blocks construction method, used containers that may have previously hauled goods on ships are “re-used” as the core building block in real estate development. Being shipping containers, the materials are durable and safe as they are made to withstand maritime...

Russell Tepper Aug17

Russell Tepper

With a quickly expanding footprint, Yardi client Mill Creek Residential is one of the nation’s largest multifamily developers. Last year, the company ranked No. 2, behind Alliance Residential, in number of units delivered. 2015 has already been another strong year for Mill Creek, with...

Military Bases, Reimagined Aug14

Military Bases, Reim...

Upcoming military base closures will provide a wealth of opportunities for developers. Beginning in the early 1990s, more than 8,000 military installations in Western Europe and North America shut their doors, according to NATO Review. In the US, 97 facilities were shuttered, resulting in...

Masonry Goes Modern

There is one thing the Egyptian Pyramids, Rome’s Colosseum, India’s Taj Mahal, and the Great Wall of China have in common: masonry. All these astonishing architectural achievements, scattered all over the globe, share the same building technique chosen for its beauty, versatility, and...

Preserving Affordable Housing Aug12

Preserving Affordabl...

The toll of gentrification on local property owners has been well documented in recent years. What has escaped the headlines, however, are alternatives to gentrification that permit the natural ebb and flow of neighborhoods without affecting their longstanding members. Community land trusts...

OnePlus 2

Remember last year’s $300 smartphone? If you liked it, soon is your chance to upgrade to the next generation of good, cheap smartphones built by the Chinese manufacturer OnePlus. Following OnePlus One – the little Android that could –  OnePlus 2 has already requested by over 2.6 million...

Silver Tsunami Aug10

Silver Tsunami

America is in the midst of an unprecedented growth of the senior population. By 2030 there will be approximately 132 million individuals over the age of 50, the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University (JCHS) predicts. At the same time, one in five Americans will be 65 and over, with the 65-74 age group reaching 38.6 million, nearly double of what their numbers were in 2010. By 2040 every eighth American will be over the age of 75, while currently only one in sixteen is. All in all, in less than 20 years the 50+ generation will increase by 23 million. While there’s still time to plan for this unprecedented growth, communities,...

The Prospect Experience Aug07

The Prospect Experie...

Recently, our RENTCafé client services team held a webinar focused on “The Prospect Experience.” The intent was to dive deep into creating the perfect interaction with a potential renter. Strategies for quickly grabbing their attention, capturing contact information, and gently urging...

Fishy Business Aug06

Fishy Business

If you work in the real estate business, chances are that at some point, someone has tried to tell you that your job is “all kinds of boring.” But most times, they sure are wrong. Not long ago we read a blog post published by one of our clients, Phoenix-based Gary Shaw of Arcadia Management...

Smoke-Free PHA Aug05

Smoke-Free PHA

Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) is the most recent addition to the growing list of public housing organizations to ban smoking. Dozens of public housing authorities throughout the US, as well as private companies, have initiated smoking bans for residential units, common spaces, and...

Village Green Aug04

Village Green

2015 has already been a terrific year for Village Green. First, the company received the CEL Award for first place in Resident Satisfaction for the fifth consecutive year. Then the recent announcement of National Apartment Association Units Magazine Curb Appeal Awards brought additional good tidings. The Yardi client walked away with three awards for its unique properties. Village Green was the only company in the competition to earn that many honors. The group of awards demonstrates Village Green’s versatility, creativity, and expertise.   Best Historic Restoration Central West End City Apartments, St. Louis     Central West...

Honored for Innovation Aug03

Honored for Innovati...

Yardi has been recognized for its self-storage technology platform by Inside Self-Storage, an industry publication for storage providers. The company won the Best Technology Innovation category in the 2015 Best of Business awards. It’s the latest honor for the company’s move into the...