Reach Out and Read Aug20

Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based nonprofit organization of medical providers who promote early literacy and reading aloud. The organization operates in all 50 states, serving 4 million kids each year. Medical providers distribute 6.5 million books to children and supply parents with...

The Best Bike Policy Aug19

The Best Bike Policy

As an outdoor enthusiast, I love the warm weather months. It’s great to hop on my mountain bike and head to the local trails or just watch the kids cruise around the neighborhood while I grill. But I hate the heart-stopping moments when kids on bikes get too close to moving cars or when I can’t park in my space because a bike is hogging it. An apartment community without a bike policy is asking for trouble in more ways than one. A bike that lays discarded in the breezeway can be a fire hazard. An unattended bike can turn into a stolen bike which turns into a theft report and a community that seems unsafe. Lastly, bikes scattered...

Alan Missen Aug18

Alan Missen

FirstService Residential is the largest third-party manager of homeowner’s associations in the United States, with more than 6,000 properties – and another 600 or so in Canada. So it makes sense that the Dania Beach, Florida-based company would be think big about how to deliver technology...

MIPIM 2014 Aug15

MIPIM 2014

As MIPIM, the leading world property market, celebrated its 25th anniversary in March, a flurry of new ideas emerged from the event, which gathers real estate professionals from all sectors—office, residential, retail, healthcare, hospitality, logistics and industrial—and offers them an...

Generation Rent Aug14

Generation Rent

The apartment industry has played a major part in the revitalization of the real estate sector while also significantly contributing to the American economy. Rental market activity has grown at a moderate yet constant pace in most metros around the country, with up to seven million new renter...

Special Olympics SB Aug13

Special Olympics SB

Competition can be empowering. It doesn’t matter whether the competition takes place on a field, court or office. Knowing that you will go head-to-head with a worthy competitor encourages you to set goals, hone your skills, and believe that you are capable of emerging from the competition as...

Managing Turnover Aug12

Managing Turnover

For most property management companies, how well resident turnover is managed is a huge part of the profit picture. There’s no more critical component in managing turnover than simply and effectively anticipating those turns. Apartment buildings anticipate a 50 to 60 percent renewal rate,...

The Problem Solver Aug11

The Problem Solver

Editor’s note: Last fall, we introduced you to Kyle Kazan, CEO of Beach Front Property Management and a former law enforcement officer. Kazan’s stories of dealing with problem tenants and difficult situations at his properties stood out – he is upfront and honest about...

The Smartshoe

The world of wearable technology is still in its early stages. After wristbands, glasses, and watches, an Indian start-up firm, Ducere Technologies, has introduced the smartshoe. These Bluetooth enabled shoes called Lechal (‘take me there’ in Hindu) will sell for $100-$150 a pair, and are...

Master-Planned Communities Aug07

Master-Planned Communities

With a burgeoning demand for sustainable living and mixed-use, walkable environments, the country’s master-planned communities are thriving. The top 20 master-planned communities sold 15,338 homes in 2013, which is an 11% increase over 2012, according to a report compiled by John Burns Real Estate Consulting. Texas dominated the ranking, with nine communities landing the list. Boasting a job-centric economy, the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex continues to be a big draw for both local and relocation home-buyers. The Metroplex has become an important target market for many new businesses as well as corporate expansions, which has generated...

Social Platforms Aug06

Social Platforms

With all the hype around social media recently, businesses have been jumping on board to reach users and reap the benefits of inbound marketing. But the road to successful leads is not always easy; it requires time and effort, and real, quantifiable goals take time to materialize. Hence the...

Changing Lifestyles Aug05

Changing Lifestyles

People have become increasingly preoccupied with well-being and seek healthier alternatives to everyday activities. Collaborative consumption, sustainable transportation choices, social connectivity and affordability have become guiding principles for a large part of the American...

Insights on Instagram Aug04

Insights on Instagra...

Buckingham Companies began this year with a slew of accolades, among them a Prodigy Award for Best Overall Marketing Program, another for Best Color Advertisement, and the Bronze Adrian Award for Complete Campaign and Posting. At the foundation of those achievements stands an innovative...

Edith Pojum Aug01

Edith Pojum

Technical analyst turned Q&A specialist, Edith Pojum is a dedicated member of Yardi’s CSD team in Cluj and a freelance illustrator whose playful e-cards are slowly paving her way towards taking over the world, one heart flutter at a time. Even though that’s not the way she’d go about...

The Main Place Jul31

The Main Place

The needs of our neighbors aren’t always evident.  When Sharon Johnston served as the president of Irving Women’s Network (IWN) from 2004-2006, the organization was shocked to discover that there were over 1,000 homeless teenagers in their town. Johnston immediately called the  school...

Optimizing Mobile Jul30

Optimizing Mobile

Denver—Do you know anyone who doesn’t have a mobile phone? Whether your apartment community’s target leasing demographic is Millennials or Baby Boomers, the majority of your prospects most likely have a smartphone. This always-accessible device shapes how and what they buy and that...

OnePlus One

There’s a new kid on the smartphone block. Hailing from China, they call it the “flagship killer” due the extremely low price of $299 off-contract. It’s the OnePlus One, the smartphone that can be purchased only through invitation. Pete Lau, former employee of OPPO where he led the...

Josh Champion Jul28

Josh Champion

Josh Champion considers himself a student of the real estate business, and since joining the Carroll Organization three years ago, his learning has kicked into a higher gear. Diving headfirst into the task of growing Carroll’s multifamily investment portfolio at a fast and furious pace,...

iOS for Enterprise

Apple and IBM share a past, and recently announced plans to share a future, as both look to continue growth in their respective market niche. The news brought back memories from 30 years ago, when a partnership between the two companies was unimaginable. The goal of the partnership, according...

Candlelight Ranch Jul24

Candlelight Ranch

Candlelight Ranch provides nature-based camps for children with special needs. By customizing experiences to accommodate each group, children receive the care that they deserve as well as the challenges and opportunities that they crave. Public Relations and Marketing Chair, Adrienne Hagler,...