A House in 24 Hours

Giant 3D printers, though still in the research stage, may be the perfect candidate to replace built-by-hand homes. USC Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis designed a robot able to build a 2,500-square-foot home in just 24 hours. The process, called Contour Crafting, is in fact scaling up 3D printing...

Talking Training Apr21

Talking Training

Technology provides many different ways to improve our lives and business processes.  Yardi recently launched an exciting new training product that offers both our clients and their employees the chance to improve new hire training and ongoing employee development. Yardi eLearning, developed...

Introducing Cortana

Microsoft needs to take bold steps to regain precious ground. To that end, its Build 2014 Developer’s Conference included news both expected and surprising. The expected announcements were related to the new Windows Phone 8.1 software and the much-anticipated update to the Windows 8.1 OS....

Community Environmental Council Apr17

Community Environmental Council

You know those people with the electric car, the one that’s charged by the solar panels on the roof of their net-zero, LEED Platinum house? The people that only eat organic produce that’s delivered by bike from the local co-op? The Community Environmental Council knows that you’re probably not one of them. Whether you’re striving to be greener or you just like to do a solid for Mother Earth now and then, the Community Environment Council (CEC) is your advocate. The organization specializes in “real life solutions for environmental problems.” This is accomplished largely by meeting people where they are mentally and financially...

Crafting Cooler Content Apr16

Crafting Cooler Cont...

On April 8, I was a panelist on a multifamily webinar sponsored by Apartments.com and Yardi Systems. Those who dialed in to the event were treated to an hour of insight on the best practices for multifamily content marketing. My section of the presentation focused on content marketing,...

Earth Day Apr16

Earth Day

There’s no better time than the present to start making a difference; and the best place to start is in your own community. Not only is Earth Day right around the corner, but eco-friendly action can help Mother Nature thrive. First celebrated on April 22, 1970, Earth Day was launched to...

Community Basics Inc. Apr15

Community Basics Inc...

Lancaster, Penn., is a community in the midst of transformation. New jobs are being created, environmentally-friendly development is trending, and the city’s downtown is experiencing a creative and retail renaissance. But affordable housing, much needed for working-class residents, seniors,...

Josie Brain Apr14

Josie Brain

She’s traveled the world, is a passionate poet, and loves collecting unusual and exotic rocks and shells. But Yardi clients using the Genesis product are most likely to know Josie Brain as the patient, calm, very helpful British accent on the other end of the phone line. In her nine years at...

Boxtales Apr11

Boxtales

When it comes to thinking outside of the box, the Lobero Theatre Foundation nailed it. In 1994, the foundation created a storytelling performance piece for children as part of its literary outreach program. Donning masks, costumes, and a slew of boxed props, three actors set out to perform a...

Android Wear

Google Glass definitely had its appeal. Wearers looked as though they came to us from the future, equipped with endless knowledge and insight thanks to a little lens hovering near their eyeball. That little lens caused some discomfort that has prevented the technology from reaching a broader fan base: is the wearer looking at me? Recording me? Ignoring me for his or her own little cyber world? Intelligent face wear will take much longer to rouse mass support than an amped-up watch, for example. Intelligent watches offer a less confusing alternative to wearable technology since watches don’t place a visual barrier between the user and...

Crittenden Conference Apr09

Crittenden Conferenc...

Achieving renter happiness might be tied to the same desires that have made fast food and Amazon Prime among the most popular innovations of our time. Are you offering your residents instant gratification? That was one of the technology trends discussed on a panel at the recent Crittenden...

React and Respond Apr08

React and Respond

An old adage claims that the customer is always right. This statement couldn’t be truer in the apartment industry. With sites like apartmentreviews.com, rentadvisor.com and rentvoice.com offering a mouthpiece for residents to vent, it is important that property management companies take...

YASC Spring 2014 Apr07

YASC Spring 2014

The biannual Yardi Advanced Solutions Conference (YASC) offers attendees fantastic tutorials, exciting technology developments and insightful Q&A sessions. Learn how your organization can optimize the value of your Yardi products and services. The East Coast conference will return to the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C on May 28-30, 2014. This year’s event will feature more than 250 sessions led by Yardi experts, providing clients with the inside scoop on the industry’s premiere business solutions. Empower your organization with the tools needed to automate daily tasks for improved efficiency, generate reports at the touch of a...

Dare to Dance Apr07

Dare to Dance

When he was in high school, Omar Khan would lock himself in the bathroom to practice his hip hop dance moves in front of the mirror. Today, the UC San Diego graduate and Yardi employee is working with disadvantaged kids to show them that dancing can be something they do out in the open – and...

Voyager in Singapore Apr04

Voyager in Singapore

Viva Industrial Trust Management (VIT) will leverage cloud-based property management and automated budgeting solutions from Yardi to manage its 2.4-million-square-foot business park and industrial property portfolio. VIT selected Yardi Voyager®, a browser-agnostic, mobile enabled Software as...

Top Metros Apr03

Top Metros

Are we on the path back to the good old days of booming prosperity in real estate? Any step forward is a step in the right direction. Explore the top ten hottest metropolitan areas that are leading the surge in multifamily unit construction. Washington, D.C. The population rose by about 10...

NAA Student Housing Apr02

NAA Student Housing

As a college student,  my family and I would always invite a few international students to our home during the holidays so that they wouldn’t be stranded on campus alone. It was one of the many times that I realized how tough it was to be a student abroad. The 2014 National Apartment...

Trending on Twitter Apr01

Trending on Twitter

Every year, The Bozzuto Group recognizes its top property management performers with a late winter gala that’s more like the Academy Awards than a rote corporate get-together. This year, the event truly reached superstar status when #BMA2014 – the Twitter hashtag for the event – trended...

Tawny Crazy Ants Mar31

Tawny Crazy Ants

Just as the bed bugs craziness fades from the media, a new pest is working its way through the nation. Tawny crazy ants have caused more than $146.5 million in property damage in the state of Texas alone. And they’re spreading. Nylanderia fulva, simply called the crazy ant, is a tawny-colored, hairy critter that’s about 2mm long. Some males have wings (but the merciful Mother Nature has at least prevented them from flying). Unlike most ants that move with a calculated sense of purpose, crazy ants move erratically. They enjoy the warm, humid climates of the Gulf Coast and have been spotted on properties in Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana,...

Denholtz Associates Mar28

Denholtz Associates

Denholtz Associates’ success as a commercial property developer, investor and manager comes in part from regularly adopting new technology to meet emerging business needs. Most recently, the company enhanced its mobile capabilities, business continuity, tenant services and invoice...