Boycotting Bingo Feb05

Boycotting Bingo

From pinball to Pac-Man, arcade games and their video counterparts tend to be relegated to the children’s table – derided as juvenile entertainments that sap brainpower and encourage antisocial behavior. Lately, though, that perspective has shifted as more and more studies reveal a host of...

All Electric SUV

Every two years, Tokyo hosts its own Motor Show. This year’s gathering was filled with fun and futuristic designs. Some have Wi-Fi capability, others are developed to drive autonomously, and some concepts come with augmented reality technology. Cars are not what they used to be. This is the...

Better Business Intelligence Feb03

Better Business Intelligence

As an experienced commercial real estate controller who knows her way around a recovery reconciliation audit report, Ann Nahom is also wise about how real estate and technology interact. “We’re not a tech company, we’re a real estate company,” says the Controller for Holualoa, a global investment manager with a portfolio that includes six million square feet of commercial and residential real estate. “Not every property manager or even every executive is going to be tech savvy.” That grasp of reality is a key component of Nahom’s efforts to set up enhanced technology offerings for Holualoa’s managers and executives – with the goal that they...

Impact Investments Feb03

Impact Investments

Upon the closing of 2015, the impact investing marketplace reached $60 billion. The increase in activity indicates that the market is gaining traction. The forecast is bright for the burgeoning market, which could ultimately spell a brighter future for our posterity. Before impact investments...

A Speedy Implementation Feb02

A Speedy Implementation

When Corri Moura-Smith joined a new property management company in her hometown of Houston, she was tasked with correcting an archaic and outdated accounting and property management system within a very short timeframe. Villa Serena Communities is a multifamily firm, under the ownership umbrella of Austin Management Group, which focuses on providing safe and constructive environments for families in some of the city’s more challenging neighborhoods. “They have a true interest in helping people,” said Corri of the three owners of Austin Management Group, Steve Moore, Michael Hoberman, and Howard Einberg. “The main reason they are interested...

Neighborhood Transformed Feb02

Neighborhood Transformed

Extravagance and environmentalism don’t seem like natural soulmates, but in Boston a new set of developments seamlessly combines the amenities and modern sensibilities of today’s luxury living with eco-conscious construction. The result? Affordable, eco-conscious community housing for Boston’s middle class that’s been dubbed the “Green District.” The brainchild of developer Bruce Percelay, the “Green District” sits at the intersection of Brainerd Road and Redford Street in an area of Boston commonly known as Allston. Conceived as an enormous 500-units housing project with an initial cost of $125 million, the Green District consists of six...

Weather Preparedness Feb01

Weather Preparedness

One nerve-wracking decision many facility administrators face during an emergency is whether to keep residents on site, or begin evacuations. When both options appear equally risky, it helps to take stock of the current locale and determine whether you have the necessary resources to provide...

Online Payment Essentials

The newest National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) survey offers dozens of helpful insights. The gathered data reflects 120,000 responses from 44 markets nationwide. Though the survey covers everything from home features to community amenities, we found one action item that can save you time, money, and headache: make online payments essential. Of those surveyed, 78 percent of renters prefer to pay rent online. If you aren’t offering online payments, your property instantly poses an inconvenience to renters. By offering online payments, you are reaching renters in a place where they spend much of their time. Pew Research Center data...

30 Day Challenge

In our last Open Café webinar, we introduced the 30 Day Social Media Marketing challenge. This challenge encourages RENTCafé users to post consistently, engage with followers, and attract prospects. Now, you can participate as well! Though you can begin on any day, it may be a good idea to...

Golden Bowl Jan27

Golden Bowl

On February 7, 2016, the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos will battle it out at Super Bowl 50 in the LEED Gold Certified Levi’s Stadium; one of the nation’s most technologically advanced sporting venues. Three years ago, a thrilling super bowl featuring a rally by the San Francisco...

Positive Outlook Jan26

Positive Outlook

Orlando—Overdevelopment? Affordability? Rising capitalization rates? An economic downturn? Falling stock market prices? Bring it on, the multifamily market can handle it this year. At least that seemed to be the consensus at the National Multifamily Housing Council’s annual meeting, held this...

Net Promoter Scores Jan25

Net Promoter Scores

Let’s start with an easy concept that can be hard to swallow: The customer’s perception is YOUR reality. You might think that your customer service and amenities are great, but it doesn’t really matter unless your residents think so too. If, on the other hand, they think your properties are not so great or even awful, that’s what everyone else—friends, family, social media circles, review site audiences—will think too. Yikes! So how can you know what your residents are thinking? You’re not a mind reader, after all! Relax, we have a solution. Enter Net Promoter Score® (NPS) resident surveys the quick and easy way to keep your finger on the...

Renting to Millennials Jan22

Renting to Millennia...

You know all of those reports on Millennials and their love for tiny, urban spaces in walkable communities? They might be wrong. It turns out that Millennials value space and authenticity more than we previously believed—and the two rarely go hand-in-hand. A recent study suggests that while...

Walmart Pay Jan21

Walmart Pay

The mobile payments war is far from over. In fact, it just got much more interesting since Walmart entered the scene—yes, mega retailer Walmart announced recently that it plans to offer mobile payments to its shoppers. Walmart Pay has launched as a feature in the retailer’s existing...

2016: Yardi Training Events Jan20

2016: Yardi Training...

As 2016 begins, the new year will bring new training opportunities for Yardi clients. Yardi is expanding its event offerings to provide more opportunities for clients to learn about our products, address technical challenges, network and socialize. Of course, the extremely popular Yardi...

Doran Companies Jan20

Doran Companies

Doran Companies exploded onto the student-housing scene with an audacious plan to provide luxury housing to students attending the University of Minnesota. Breaking ground at the start of the real estate recession was a bold move that paid off. The company’s current property portfolio at one...

Breaking Records Jan19

Breaking Records

It’s the perfect combination: a boost in local jobs, diminishing office supply, and rising rents. The three have positioned the Atlanta office market for a record-breaking year. With a conservative lens, JLL lists the Atlanta office space vacancy rating at 17.5 percent and average rents of...

Providing Nourishment Jan18

Providing Nourishmen...

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County does great work every day to assist thousands of locals in need of food, nutrition or health education. Did you know that 1 in 4 Santa Barbara County residents receives aid from a Foodbank program each year? Those assisted include a range of case types,...

SmartHome Updates

Smart home technology becomes smarter every year. Alongside televisions, cameras, and a multitude of stunning gadgets, smarthome devices have become a significant part of the CES electronics trade show, held every year in Las Vegas. A wide array of sensors and connected appliances were on the show at the event. It appears that some of the star items now sport IoT features—like televisions, which can support to control other devices around the house and through the screen. In fact, TVs continued to be the main draw of CES. Panasonic showed off its TV with an almost completely transparent screen (it looks like tinted glass). The demo presents...

Solar for Affordable Jan15

Solar for Affordable

The Clean Energy Group recently completed the report, Resilience for Free: How Solar + Storage Could Protect Multifamily Affordable Housing from Power Outages at Little or No Net Cost. The group’s research unveils just how easy and cost-effective it can be to furnish affordable housing with...