Game On! Oct31

Game On!

Can you remember back to your middle school days? Perhaps it’s a different visual for everyone, but mine is a crystal clear picture with smell-o-vision. You know that “this classroom of preteens is barely discovering deodorant” smell? I remember it well. I also remember the antagonistic...

Resident Retention Oct30

Resident Retention

Reducing turnover (and loss of revenue) requires multiple factors working together in harmony, such as a great location, beautiful homes and amenities, and a maintenance crew that is always on point. But perhaps most importantly, the relationship that renters build with the onsite staff can...

Aging in Place Oct29

Aging in Place

In the traditional American Dream, renting was a transitional phase before upgrading to home ownership. That trend has all but vanished as mature adults rediscover the joys of renting. Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University estimates that 2.2 million additional Baby Boomers...

Ebola in America Oct28

Ebola in America

With the Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimating nearly 1.4 million Ebola hemorrhagic fever cases in West Africa by January 2015 and countless more abroad, it’s worthwhile to investigate how property managers should handle any potential cases at properties in their area. Perspective...

Clearing Up Oct27

Clearing Up

Leslie Dabi, Information Systems Manager at nonprofit developer and manager EAH Housing, had a few reservations when EAH began internal discussions about moving to a SaaS-based model. EAH Housing is the type of hands-on organization who liked being self-hosted – Dabi would handle Yardi...

Cosmos Browser

In urban North America, we likely take it for granted that LTE and 3G services will be available for our communication convenience. But in some parts of the U.S. and the world, where fast, ubiquitous networks aren’t available, effortless wireless Internet connectivity is simply a dream. Such...

Senior Housing Oct23

Senior Housing

Real estate professionals ranging from multifamily developers to REITs are launching themselves into the senior housing market, hoping to cash in on the next frontier for Baby Boomers. While most analysts agree that the industry isn’t in immediate risk of inflating another bubble, the...

Apartment Market Update Oct22

Apartment Market Update

Despite the slowest population growth rate in 70 years, the US apartment sector remains healthy throughout most of the country, according to the recent Multifamily Market Commentary released by Fannie Mae. In the national development pipeline, 386,000 new units were underway as of Q2 2014. Growth indicators from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) show that 9.6 percent of the $331 billion of new housing built in 2013 was multifamily construction. According to housing consultant IBISWorld Inc., multifamily development will reach a 28 percent annual average rate increase since 2009, with California blazing ahead due to a 47...

Lifestyle Oriented Oct21

Lifestyle Oriented

Resort-inspired waterparks. Cultural cafés. Vegetated roofs. Walking and biking trails inviting to active lifestyles. These features may not have had a place in urban residential developments in the past but they are now a gratifying reality. Today’s multi-family communities offer much more...

Instagram Hyperlapse

If you haven’t looked into Instgram now is the perfect time to reconsider. Instagram has launched its standalone companion, Hyperlapse, to appeal to the Vine crowd without…well, the Vine crowd. Hyperlapse offers mobile video production that’s quick, simple, and eye catching. In other...

PACE Awards Oct17

PACE Awards

Several Yardi clients were recognized this week by the Property Management Association’s (PMA) Apartment Community Excellence Awards (PACE). Categories included market rate and government-assisted housing, along with green initiative communities, resident retention programs, and communities...

Fast and Furious

The map of U.S. cities wired with Internet super-speeds is growing steadily. Providers have diversifed: in addition to Google, AT&T is bringing a flashy-fast fiber-optic network to towns throughout the country. Recently San Marcos, Texas-based Grande Communications announced plans for a 1...

On The Rise Oct16

On The Rise

Cluj-Napoca, the second most populous city in Romania, and the home of Yardi Romania, is an emerging new real estate and technology market, boasting a quirky mix of old and new. Founded in 1213, Cluj-Napoca is a city brimming with history, with its eyes set on the future. An excellent example of the city’s evolution is Riviera Luxury Residence, a 91-unit luxury condominium project that will be one of a handful of green developments in Transylvania. Currently under development in the city’s hottest residential submarket, the Mărăşti and Gheorgheni neighborhoods, the project (pictured, right) has received Class A energy certification...

AHA! Santa Barbara Oct15

AHA! Santa Barbara

According to the most recent report released by the Center for Disease Control, 22 percent of girls and 18 percent of boys in grades 9-12 reported being bullied at school. The National Association of School Psychologists estimates that is about 3.2 million children who face verbal and physical...

Windows 10

The world was expecting the new Windows 9, but it seems that arithmetic is not the strategy used to name the Microsoft OS. The company decided to jump straight to 10 and unveiled the new operating system recently in San Francisco. It will become available next year; the early presentation...

Drucker & Falk Oct13

Drucker & Falk

One company, two families, three generations.  That’s the short story of Drucker & Falk, a noted real estate management and investment firm now in its 76th year. With a 30,000 unit fee managed portfolio spread over  seven states, this is no mom-and-pop property management operation –...

YASCSB 2014 Photos Oct11

YASCSB 2014 Photos

It’s bittersweet to look over these images of our last Yardi Advanced Solutions Conference in Santa Barbara.  However, we are looking forward to hosting YASC next fall in a larger location to accommodate more attendees.  Thanks to all of the clients and Yardi staff who made this...

YASC Highlights Oct10

YASC Highlights

Friday, Oct. 10 – The Fall 2014 Yardi Advanced Solutions Conference concluded Friday with a final half day of classes and panel discussions, covering everything from advanced report writing techniques to the advantages of choosing a single solution stack for property management. Representing both the commercial and multifamily industries, clients from Post Properties, Tribridge Residential and Arcadia Management Group spoke positively about the benefits realized when they transitioned from a disparate, multiple vendor approach to a Yardi technology stack. “We replaced our numerous different vendors and eliminated the hassles that...

Halloween Safety Oct10

Halloween Safety

During this time of year, your office is likely gearing up for ghoul-themed, candy-laden parties for your residents. A few simple tricks can help minimize risks to guests and keep your Halloween party fun and fright free. On the day of the event, you’ll likely be busy running through the...

WinnResidential Oct09

WinnResidential

Unstable growth and slashed funding in affordable housing would suggest that the sector is no longer a lucrative investment. But demand soars higher and countless companies are showcasing just how rewarding affordable housing can be. Yardi client WinnResidential, the property management arm of...