Should the American time zone system be rethought?
When CNN listed time zone reduction on its 10 Ideas, readers like me smiled politely and continued to the next article. Big changes don’t happen often in our society and they certainly don’t happen quickly. Changing American time zones seems incredibly unlikely unless we’re convinced that it would make our lives exponentially better and, of course, not lead to national disaster.
An America with two time zones could definitely make our lives easier. It won’t cause national chaos, either. As a matter of fact, the US did not instate our current zone system until 1883. We weren’t introduced to daylight savings time until 1918. Everyone...
Single platform management solution
The power and versatility of Yardi Voyager®, the Yardi Multifamily Suite™ and the Yardi Marketing Suite™, are now available for marketing and managing student housing properties.
Yardi Voyager® for Student Housing integrates every aspect of student housing management, from marketing and roommate selection to online payments and resident services. Students can easily discover properties with RENTCafé™, which harnesses social media networking, and begin an online application process that includes setting roommate criteria, choosing unit types and completing screening and credit checks. Yardi Voyager for Student Housing...
Self-storage technology leader
Yardi® announced today that it has acquired Centershift®, an innovative technology leader focused on the self-storage industry.
The Centershift Store™ platform is the first fully cloud-based management system designed specifically for self-storage businesses. Understanding the benefits of...
Apartments and the economy
They’re the housing option of choice for millions of Americans, and have gained both development momentum and resident popularity over the last five years. But apartments are not just a roof over our heads at night. They are businesses that provide a major contribution to the U.S....
High security or high risk?
Today’s smartphones hold more private data than a credit card. A credit card comes with a “kill switch” but your smartphone does not. If your credit card is stolen, you can have it disabled. Any access to your account using the old card number will be forbidden. Yet if your smartphone is...
Water-saving tips for multifamily
Rain and snow in California have been so scarce over the last three years that about 95 percent of the state is in drought. Along environmental challenges, the ongoing drought has led to a stressed water system which menaces everything from local economies to agriculture and day-to-day living.
And although there’s been a slight improvement with the heavy rains in Northern California this month, the state’s water supplies have dipped to alarming levels. The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which is the major source of water and a significant source of electric power generation in California, is approximately 20 percent of the normal average for...
Call for MHN Award Entries
The MHN Excellence Awards recognize the multifamily industry’s most noteworthy people, companies and properties. The 2014 winners will be selected by a panel of judges representing expertise across all multifamily disciplines.
Submissions will be due by Monday, June 16. Here’s how to...
Automate for increased efficiency
Invoice processing services also help property managers monitor costs in several ways, says Brad Chandler, industry principal with Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Tech Choice Award winner Yardi Procure to Pay.
Since invoices are digital, Chandler says, property managers can view them at any time...
Developing amidst farmland
The community garden just isn’t big enough anymore.
And when it comes to creating a residential neighborhood that will embody sustainable practices, the local food movement, and love of open spaces, agriburbia has come forward as an exciting alternative.
Never heard of it? Neither had I, until a few weeks ago. But just the name agriburbia instantly interested me. I pictured strip malls being razed for cornfields in the suburbs, a farm stand on every corner, organic, local-sourced salad on every dinner table. Impossible utopia? Not quite.
Agriburbia, it turns out, is already thriving in numerous states around the nation. My research...