The Cicret Secret

Looking back at the course of innovation in technology throughout 2014, it’s clear that wearables have gained a lot of traction. Watch after watch, bracelet after armband, the French are now introducing the wristband – Cicret. The first thing to know about this little wonder is that the...

Avoiding Data Breach Dec18

Avoiding Data Breach

The Risk Management Forum session “Data Breach: Best Practices for Avoidance, Management and Recovery” at the 2014 NMHC OpTech Conference & Exposition was one of the most well attended–serving as a visual reminder of growing concerns within the industry. The expert panelists made one point clear from the start: 2013 and 2014 were not anomalies when it comes data breach. Instead, small and large-scale breaches will continue to happen on a regular basis, so multifamily owners and operators need to be prepared with sophisticated tools and resources for combating sophisticated hackers. “The days of simply having a corporate firewall...

Commercial Comeback Dec17

Commercial Comeback

Ed. note: The third in a three-part series, our final article on the real estate realities for Detroit, Michigan, as the city emerges from a long period of decline. Read the first installments here (Part 1) and here (Part 2). Walking around downtown Detroit, at many times of day, feels like...

RENTCafé TextPay Dec16

RENTCafé TextPay

Yardi’s RENTCafé TextPayTM feature is the most recent addition to the software’s mobile payment functionalities, reducing delinquencies by giving users another convenient option to make rent payments on schedule. Residents opt into the service through the property’s resident portal,...

Post Properties Dec15

Post Properties

At Atlanta-based Post Properties, standing still is simply not an option – for executives and site level employees alike. In the last year, the company has taken on a major technology overhaul, converting from a disparate, multi-system approach to a single stack solution. The transition involved significant investment in change – not just from the perspective of making a major technology purchase, implementing a new system and conducting portfolio-wide employee training – but outside of the company as well. As the first user of Yardi’s VendorCafé, Post introduced more than 1,000 vendors who do business with the company to a dynamic...

Fannie Mae Goes Green Dec12

Fannie Mae Goes Gree...

Sub-metering has been known to help multifamily managers cut costs. Now, as part of Fannie Mae’s Green Initiative, the simple technology can help both multifamily developers and existing properties secure loans. Fannie Mae recently issued the report “Transforming Multifamily Housing:...

Sulzbacher Center Dec11

Sulzbacher Center

Sulzbacher Center is Northeast Florida’s largest provider of comprehensive services for homeless individuals.  The organization provides vital health, housing, educational, and career services to Jacksonville’s most vulnerable population. The organization adapts as the needs of the...

What Renters Want Dec10

What Renters Want

Millennials and Boomers are currently the heavyweights of the rental housing market, comprising a joint 62.2 percent of the renting population. Broken down, Boomers make up 35.6 percent and Millennials total 26.6 percent. Although both groups are expected to move into the multifamily rental...

Building Community Dec09

Building Community

The warm weather months are kind to leasing agents. Residents don’t need much incentive to come to the outdoor community parties. The colder months, however, can bring the fun of an active community to a grinding halt. How and where can onsite staff host resident events during the colder...

Gen Y at Work Dec08

Gen Y at Work

Generation Y is changing up the norm when it comes to where and how they live, and the Millennials have unique ideas about workspaces, too. The cubicle with a desktop PC still exists, but Generation Y wants the ability to move work seamlessly across spaces and devices to unlock new levels of...

Myo Armband

Canadian startup Thalmic Labs blew people’s minds back in 2013 when they presented an armband that empowered the wearer to control several kinds of technology using simple hand gestures. The Myo armband changes the way we interact with everyday computing devices. Seeing how it works is like...

Yardi ANZ Conference Dec05

Yardi ANZ Conference

Yardi’s expanding global user base was on display earlier this month as the company hosted user conferences in Sydney, Singapore and London with a record number of attendees at each conference. Yardi will host an additional annual user conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates for its client...

Special Delivery Dec04

Special Delivery

More than 37 million U.S. apartment residents receive enormous numbers of holiday packages every year. A load that large requires more than mere tracking numbers. For that reason, one in four apartment communities use specialized software to manage residents’ packages on site. These are...

7 Winter Defenses Dec03

7 Winter Defenses

Winter is in full swing, bringing with it unpredictable cold fronts and unpleasant, icy storms. Keep your property and residents safe with these simple tips for winterizing your apartments. For Owners HVAC Tune-up Seasonal inspections of your heating and cooling systems will ensure that they...

Inspect and Invest Dec02

Inspect and Invest

No owner wants to wake up to surprise expenses or costly lawsuits. You can avoid both by staying on top of your property’s accessibility compliance standards. Across the nation, well-intentioned multifamily professionals are facing citations and fines for noncompliance. Many are surprised to...

Ride to the Future Dec01

Ride to the Future

Amidst rising health care costs and the great urban rebound, the car is being replaced by alternative means of transport, such as biking. Millennials, one of the largest renter cohorts, are driving 23 percent less today than their peers did in 2001. According to U.S. Public Interest Research...

Capital Ideas Nov28

Capital Ideas

Though 11 Dupont Circle commanded a more-than-respectable $89 million when it traded in September, it was far from the biggest or most expensive property to change hands this year in Washington, D.C. A number of other office properties in the capital have commanded several times as much....

Yoga 3 Pro

Every once in a while, Microsoft and Apple reignite the classic Mac vs. PC battle through cleverly designed ads. The latest attack launches Microsoft’s latest notebook, the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, placed head-to-head with Apple’s famous 13-inch MacBook Air. The ad starts by comparing the 17mm...

Green Retail Boom Nov25

Green Retail Boom

The demand for sustainable retail properties is growing, demonstrated by an influx in applications at accreditation organizations, top tier rents, and high trade rates. According to Lux Research, green building is now a $260 billion market with retail as one of its most vigorous verticals....

Yardi EHR Nov24

Yardi EHR

If you’ve been to the doctor lately, technology’s advance into the patient care and treatment realm was likely evident – whether your physician made notes on an iPad or your follow-up questions were addressed in an e-mail, medicine and mobile record-keeping have become inseparable. A...