NIC Fall Conference

With a range of industry events taking place this year, it’s an exciting time for senior living providers. There are several opportunities to learn, network and grow.  We’re here to share an upcoming event — an impactful conference that joins health care leaders and senior living executives. Check out the NIC 2021 Fall Conference: Investing in Seniors Housing & Care Properties.   The conference will take place on November 1-3 in Houston, Texas and is welcoming attendees in person. Yardi is pleased to be a sponsor of the event, as we partner with NIC to drive transparent data in the seniors housing sector. We hope you’ll attend to get an inside look.   Come together at NIC 2021 The 2021 conference marks the association’s first in-person event since the onset of the pandemic. With the goal of reuniting thousands of providers and stakeholders, NIC is gearing up to make this their best conference yet. It’s an exceptional opportunity to learn from business leaders across the industry. Specifically, the 67% of attendees who are senior-level executives. How can you drive your business forward now — and in a post-pandemic world? What new approaches can you take to care for residents? The 3-day event will be packed with discussions and answers. Note that NIC is requiring proof of vaccination to attend. You can explore the full scope of their health and safety measures here.   See what’s in store  Attendees can expect three days of educational programing focused on a variety of topics. If you’re ready to hear insights and perspectives from industry leaders, policy makers and more, this is the conference for you. According to NIC, topics will include: Capital for operationsDebt market trendsCase for investing in seniors housingForgotten middle marketMacroeconomic and capital market trendsPolicy...

RE Insight Oct18

RE Insight

Two major Canadian real estate conferences took place virtually in September. RealREIT focused on the impact of COVID-19 on real estate property classes while the Canadian Apartment Investment Conference offered owners, managers, developers, investors and others insight into the multi-unit residential market. Here are some key takeaways. Economic mixed bag. Although Canada has a high vaccination rate, global markets and supply chains are being impacted, a potential harbinger of a global slowdown. Rising automobile prices are contributing to inflation, which the Bank of Canada forecast at about 3% into 2023, above its 2% target. By summer 2021, thanks in part to Canada’s high vaccination rate, households began to spend the savings they amassed over the previous 18 months. In July, the country added 94,000 jobs, dropping the unemployment rate. “With the reopening of the economy and the strong progress on vaccinations have given us reason to be more optimistic about the direction of the economy,” said Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem. Uneven REIT performance. Prior to the pandemic, the Canadian real estate investment trust sector was booming, with the S&P/TSX Capped REIT Index reaching its highest value in 10 years. The sector has been battered since then and some REITs haven’t fully recovered. ESG acceleration. REITs have significantly expanded their commitment to environmental, social and governance practices in recent years, including environmental initiatives and renewable energy. REITs are also increasingly strengthening ESG performance transparency and accountability. “Rather than distract from it, the health issues are elevating the overall concern over ESG risk in the medium and long term,” said Sasha Njagulj, global head of ESG for CBRE Global Investors. Return-to-work options. The Delta variant caused many companies to postpone calling employees back to work. Some companies are devising hybrid, flexible work arrangements. Analysts...

Buildex Highlights Oct15

Buildex Highlights

The Buildex Amplified conference took place recently as a combined live and online event. A Yardi-hosted session, “Mastering Procurement Through the Power of Technology,” moderated by Heather Brady, national sales director for Yardi Canada Ltd., addressed software solutions used to automate invoice processing and manage vendor relations. The panel featured leaders from QuadReal Property Group, Ronmor Holdings Inc. and Wesgroup Properties LP. The session made clear to more than 100 virtual attendees, most of whom were vendors, that procurement technology is a crucial topic for the industry. Here are some highlights from the session: Changes in vendor management Wesgroup and Quadreal shared with the audience that they replaced paper cheques, invoices and work orders with an online portal, which improved vendor communication and enabled their teams to resolve disputes more efficiently. Sandeep Manak, Wesgroup’s CFO, said, “You’ve never heard of a vendor that doesn’t want to get paid quickly.” By generating better spend visibility and standardizing forms and processes  Yardi Procure to Pay “improved our vendor relationships. We are seeing their expectations change because of this.” Increasing organizational efficiency Panel participants reported that with fewer people doing more tasks in more locations, they needed a flexible platform that was accessible from remote locations. Christine Williams, vice president national operations and administration, residential, QuadReal Property Group, said, “Any technology we adopt must comply with our Single Sign On mandate and integrate with other solutions we use. Our IT group first evaluates technology we are considering ensuring it meets our security and functionality standards.” In addition, she noted, “we wanted to lower the number of touchpoints in our RFP process.” Shifts in vendor payments Wesgroup now executes up to 95% of its payments by EFT. “When the pandemic happened, our vendors were forced to switch [from...

Meet Yardi

The senior living industry has undergone extreme changes in the last year. But leaders are banding together to develop new roadmaps at this year’s LeadingAge Annual Meeting + EXPO. Taking place in person on October 24-27 in Atlanta, Georgia, the event offers an opportunity to join the senior living conversation. How should you navigate the field today? What tools, services and practices can help your communities prosper? Experts and fellow attendees alike will share their answers.   Not to mention, you’ll have the chance to connect with team Yardi at Booth #1331. Our representatives will show you firsthand how technology drives success in senior living. Look ahead at LeadingAge 2021 LeadingAge is a dedicated senior living association working to help the next generation of older adults live their fullest life. They strive to empower their members to transform the aging experience for everyone. With that, they spearhead one of the industry’s biggest events each year — the LeadingAge Annual Meeting + EXPO. The event is packed with four days of invaluable sessions that encourage learning, networking and more. You don’t want to miss this one. And despite going virtual in 2020, this year’s event will allow everyone to reunite in person. That said, LeadingAge is prioritizing your health and safety. Among their many protocols includes the requirement that all attendees, speakers and exhibitors show proof of vaccination. Read more about the event’s COVID-19 safety measures.   Visit Yardi Booth #1331 Ready to find the right tech-enabled tools for your organization? We invite you to stop by Yardi Booth #1331. Our team is excited to show you around the Yardi Senior Living Suite — a single connected solution for senior living management. Whatever questions you have, we’ll be there to answer them. You can expect...

Argentum Launches Program Sep30

Argentum Launches Program...

Did you know women hold 70% of senior living management jobs? Still, despite being dominated by female leadership, the senior living industry lacks equal representation in the C-suite. That’s exactly why leading association Argentum is stepping in to drive change. We’re pleased to highlight Argentum’s Women in Leadership (WIL) mentorship program, a monumental grassroots effort to develop C-suite diversity. The program was officially launched at this year’s Argentum Senior Living Conference & Expo. Argentum kickstarts Women in Leadership program If you attended Argentum 2021, you may have witnessed the WIL launch in the “Are you building relationships or leveraging them?” session. Team Yardi was proud to attend and learn about the impactful program, which is all about opportunity and balance. Led by Collette Gray, president and CEO of Integral Senior Living, the program will guide women on their paths to more senior-level positions. And the program’s support subcommittee is something special. Including two inspiring Yardi clients, CEO of Clearwater Senior Living Danielle Morgan and COO of Thrive Senior Living Nicole Moberg, the group will support women in the program.   Other subcommittee members include COO/EVP of Century Park Esmerelda Lee, CEO of Arena Myra Norton and the group’s chairwoman, CEO and Co-Founder of Connected Living Sarah Hoit.   The program has four pillars of focus including education, support, celebration and measurement. Argentum anticipates an abundance of interest, too. Mainly because they’re making it easy for women to sign up via a quick online survey. Once they’re signed up, women are matched with mentors and the supportive journey begins. The Women in Leadership program is paving the way for females in senior living. We encourage you to read more about WIL...

Yardi at Apartmentalize Aug26

Yardi at Apartmentalize

Chicago has reopened, and Apartmentalize powered by NAA will be there at McCormick Place from Aug. 31-Sept. 2 to bring forward-thinking multifamily operators from across the country and leading solution providers together. Yardi will return as a proud top tier partner, presenter and exhibitor. Read on for everything you need to know about this year’s event.  See our innovative proptech Don’t miss the chance to connect with Yardi in person at Apartmentalize 2021. Come to booth #1001 to see our latest protech innovations. We’re excited to show you how our single connected solution will help you visualize performance, reduce expenses, automate interactions and enhance operations to increase your NOI. We will be featuring: REACH by RentCafe: Improve marketing ROI with advanced digital marketing services including SEO, PPC, social media, reputation management and performance analytics. RentCafe: Drive leases and improve retention for higher rental revenue with self-guided tours, a chatbot and smart home services. Yardi Elevate Suite: Combine deep operational data, market intelligence, revenue forecasting and prescriptive analytics to optimize asset performance and increase NOI. Introducing Yardi Breeze Premier: Our intuitive and powerful property management software is making its industry debut at the show. Boost performance with an easy-to-use, all-in-one marketing, management and accounting system. Reserve a private demo to see any or all of our proptech innovations that will take your business forward. Learn with us Yardi leaders will be participating in four educational sessions to share insights on hot industry topics and trends. Take advantage of these opportunities to deepen your industry knowledge and improve your operational strategies. Meet Gen Z: Understanding the Next Generation of Renters | Aug. 31, noon-12:45 p.m. Join Esther Bonardi, vice president at Yardi, as she leads a panel on Gen Z renter preferences with Garin Hamburger, senior director of national property marketing at Cushman & Wakefield, and Brooke Atsalis, marketing and training manager at The Management Group, LLC. Over 40,000 survey responses will help you get to know Gen Z through the data. Review shifting search trends, examine touring preferences and discover five tech must-haves. Learn how to adapt your property marketing strategy and shape your future success as we prepare to welcome a new generation home. Emerging Issues: Inflation and Its Effect on the Industry | Aug. 31, 1:15-2 p.m. NAA’s AVP of research, Paula Munger, joins industry experts, Jeff Adler of Yardi Matrix and Jay Parsons of RealPage, to discuss price trends, their impact on the economy and the industry, and what we can expect for the remainder of another very strange year. How will it affect the industry and how much sleep should you be losing over it? How Universities’ COVID-19 Decisions Impact the Student Housing Industry | Sept. 1, 3:45-4:30 p.m. Join Jeff Adler and Chris Nebenzahl of Yardi Matrix for a discussion on fall 2021 pre-leasing and how it compares to prior years. They’ll discuss rent growth in a post-COVID world, new development of purpose-built student housing, how universities have handled the pandemic from operational and housing perspectives and future plans for the industry. Myth Busting: Case Studies Debunking Affordable Housing Online Application Process | Sept. 1, 3:45-4:30 p.m. Geared towards affordable housing operators, Yardi vice president Christopher Voss joins Dawn Ford of Smart Apartment Solutions and Smart Moves, Phyllis Garcia of Ovation and Shay Dugan of TM Associates as they talk about the need for conducting business online and the perceived barriers considered unique to the affordable housing market. Pick up tools and possible solutions, such as low cost/no cost and easily accessible platforms that smash the myths that technology cannot exist in the application processes. See the complete Apartmentalize schedule for more information. Can’t make it this year? Not attending Apartmentalize 2021 but want to learn more about our solutions? Check out the Yardi Multifamily Suite, join a webinar or contact us with any...

Tech for Security + Efficiency Jul22

Tech for Security + Efficiency

Do you want to streamline payables and purchasing, expedite approvals and eliminate paper? It’s not too good to be true. You can with a robust cloud-based procurement solution. Your industry peers are already experiencing success, and it’s simpler than you think. The recent Yardi Executive Briefing offered multifamily property specialists an inside look at the power of modern procurement software. Peter Altobelli, VP and general manager, Yardi Canada facilitated the session, “The New Age of Canadian Residential Real Estate” with clients Christine Williams, VP, national operations and administration at QuadReal Property Group and Brian Turpin, CIO of Greenwin Corp. Early tech adaption resulted in efficiency and agility Both QuadReal and Greenwin embraced technology long before the pandemic began. The organizations actively sought solutions that promoted efficiency, accuracy and sustainable growth. Williams laughed, “QuadReal is still fairly young but from the beginning, we embraced the digital workflow and got rid of our paper trail.” Turpin added, “Proptech is exploding with different technology. Everything is paperless and more efficient. I joke that even the light switches are under my domain because everything is connected to the internet.” Technology isn’t decorative. For both organizations, technology is a core part of the business that enables greater efficiency, transparency and collaboration. By embracing technology, their teams were better prepared to shift to remote work environments and online services. When many offices closed or reduced operating hours during the pandemic, QuadReal seamlessly achieved business continuity with Yardi Procure to Pay, automated vendor management, automated procurement (including a comprehensive marketplace), electronic invoice processing and outsourced vendor payments. “Yardi Procure to Pay offers us a better way to keep track of invoices and keep us on time with our payments to vendors,” said Williams. “The Yardi Payscan, community-initiated purchase orders and approval workflows were matched to internal authority levels. Centralized invoice processing teams would receive the digital invoices and match them to the purchase orders with a few added tolerances. They would then be en route for payment approval and vendors could be quickly paid with Yardi Bill Pay.” Greenwin, which had already adopted Procure to Pay, continued operations as usual. The automation of the entire procurement life cycle was driven by benefits seen in streamlining resident transactions. “The key piece is document management,” explained Turpin. “In tech, a lot of things we do don’t have a visible impact. But when you’re tearing down unused filing cabinets and renovating rooms to add desks, it’s a visible way to see how tech benefits the company.” Buy-in and adoption made easier Adoption is around 95% at Greenwin. For buy-in, Turpin and his team positioned technology as an empowerment for success. “Yardi created a custom onboarding video for us that we send to vendors,” he said. “They see that they don’t have to mail anything. We empower our suppliers to upload their invoices to VendorCafe, to see statements and automate their process. It has a trickle-down effect.” Yardi Marketplace, an online procurement platform, was perhaps one of the easiest buy-ins for Greenwin. The intuitive platform already fit into users’ daily lifestyle. “It’s a great example of the consumer world integrating with the enterprise world. Most people shop online and we can leverage that. From a user perspective, there was great adoption because it streamlines, prepopulates fields and automates processes,” explains Turpin. Williams agreed, “Our team shops on Marketplace. The PO goes through its workflow. It’s approved, all the coding is in there and the payment is out of the door. Our team can even create a list of favourites, so their most popular products are easy to find. They’ve learnt to love the simplicity.” Improved security through portal-based transactions Secure online portals help to decrease risk to clients and vendors. In the past, vendors sent invoices via email or the postal service. This resulted in a greater risk of phishing scams, lost postal mail and delays, as well as cheque...

#APTeamsDay Jul14

#APTeamsDay

We are excited to celebrate the second annual Apartment Onsite Teams Day on Wednesday, July 14! This day has been designated by the National Apartment Association to applaud onsite property teams across the country for their daily contributions to resident happiness and industry success. Extending our gratitude Onsite team members keep apartment communities together. In many instances, they have guided, led, and sacrificed for the sake of their teams throughout the pandemic. On this day, we want to express our thanks to onsite team members for all they do for residents, guests and teammates. They have been our first-responders and essential workers during this challenging time, allowing for continued success and safety through it all. On this #APTeamsDay, Yardi wants to recognize the difficult conditions that onsite team members across the country have faced over the past year and thank them for their continuous hard work and dedication. How to celebrate #APTeamsDay Apartment Onsite Teams Day celebrates team members such as leasing agents, maintenance staff, administrative assistants, concierges, landscaping teams and more. One way to express your gratitude is to recognize the work these team members do daily and thank them for being onsite during a global pandemic. Our onsite team members have had to go above and beyond to adapt to new conditions, while risking their own safety to prioritize that of their residents. Honor leasing agents by thanking them for being the face of the property and quickly pivoting to create new, safe customer experiences for renters. Thank your maintenance staff for working tirelessly over the last 16 months while people were home more than ever before. If you have the ability and budget, you might think about treating team members to a coffee or lunch. In one example from last year,...

BI Tech Benefits

What should leaders and investors consider when selecting a business intelligence (BI) solution for senior living? That’s the topic of an upcoming webinar sponsored by Yardi and hosted by McKnight’s Senior Living. The webinar, Differentiators in Business Intelligence Technology, will feature industry experts across senior living. This includes: Trey Allen, Yardi Support Specialist, Dominion Senior LivingMichael Bowles, Project Coordinator, Dial Senior Living Through an informative discussion, attendees will access the tools, tips and insights needed to choose an effective BI solution — and learn how to maximize their use of BI technology. More specifically, attendees will learn:     How business intelligence reduces workloads and helps visualize data Key factors to consider when selecting BI software for senior livingAn analysis of Yardi Senior IQ, a single connected BI solution, plus client testimonials The webinar will take place on June 16 at 1 p.m. EDT. Want to learn more about selecting the right BI solution for senior living? Register for the webinar. Looking for additional resources on business intelligence? Explore Yardi’s ebook, Differentiators in BI...

YASC Global

More than 17,000 participants from 64 countries collectively viewed 60,000 classes about Yardi products and initiatives from May 18-20 during the third virtual Yardi Advanced Solutions Conference (YASC) Global event held during the pandemic. Many of the spotlight sessions offered highlighted ways that Yardi technology has helped clients, their employees and customers adapt and thrive with technology during a time when limited contact has been a priority. The event again utilized the Yardi Aspire platform to deliver customized educational content. YASC attendees also enjoyed a virtual fundraising concert by guitarist/songwriter Jason Mraz. Each view of the performance generated a donation from Yardi, raising nearly $100,000 for COVID-19 relief initiatives. Meditation and mindfulness sessions were available for attendees to enjoy during short breaks between classes. Highlights from some of the featured spotlight sessions included: Marketing and automation solutions for residential Optimized marketing, automated chatbots and accessible self-guided tours were among the highlights presented in the residential spotlight session. These fully integrated Yardi solutions are among the ways multifamily clients have continued to see success during the pandemic. “I want to show you what’s possible when you have the right digital marketing strategy in place,” said Esther Bonardi, vice president of marketing at Yardi. “I bet you have a website. But do you have a comprehensive marketing strategy in place that can help you get your properties on page one of search results and get your customers directly to your website so that you can convert them into paying renters, faster?” RentCafe Reach helps clients attract qualified prospects with advanced search marketing services. The platform is currently optimizing more than 2,000 industry websites for organic search and driving rent-ready leads to managers. “This is the most cost-effective marketing channel,” Bonardi said. “And you can target exactly the traffic you need for the moment or availability you’re in.” Additional features like reputation management, search, and a new marketing analytics tool called Marketing IQ were also presented. “Marketing IQ is a one stop shop for all the data you need to make marketing decisions,” Bonardi said. “It’s really all for the purpose of improving your marketing ROI, which ultimately leads to a stronger NOI.” Once you’ve got a prospect on the line, engaging immediately to answer their questions is of paramount importance. But what if it’s after hours or your leasing office is closed for the weekend? That’s where chatbots come in. “Your prospective residents want and expect answers quickly, whether you’re open or not, or they quickly move on. This is especially true for popular new channels like text and chat,” said Paul Yount, industry principal for RENTCafé. “Bots and multiple touring options can really complement each other when they work together hand in hand.” Yount demonstrated a full conversation with a chatbot that answered questions about a property’s electric vehicle charging stations, pet policy, availability and pricing. He was able to schedule a self-guided tour via text and then showed how further AI automation can continue to answer questions even when the leasing office was closed during the tour. From a property manager’s perspective, the latest multifamily technology from Yardi not only solves for social distancing and accessibility but reduces staff time spent following up on prospect questions or even leading in-person tours. Proptech trends for the commercial sector Rob Teel, senior vice president of global solutions at Yardi, shared that for him, the most overwhelming CRE proptech trend in the last 12 months has been increased technical adoption. “That means paperless and contactless transactions, and online communication. When I think about paperless transactions, one of the best examples of innovation that helps eliminate that last piece of paper in the organization – which we’re all trying to do – is our e-signature capability for leases. You can now publish a lease for signature, there’s no exchange of FedEx documents and no meeting to get a wet signature. Paperless transactions and...

LeadingAge Recognizes

Yardi is pleased to join LeadingAge in recognizing Older Americans Month (OAM) — a time to celebrate the contributions of seniors across the nation. And given the challenges older adults have faced in the last year, OAM is an exceptional opportunity to highlight their resilience, strength and personal experiences. For LeadingAge — an association that represents more than 5,000 nonprofit aging services providers — it’s also a time to advocate for support of aging services care infrastructure. The importance of OAM During the month of May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads the nation’s observance to recognize the contributions of older Americans. While LeadingAge supports OAM every year, this year’s observance is particularly important. In light of the difficulties seniors have endured throughout the pandemic, ACL’s theme for 2021 is “Communities of Strength.” In turn, LeadingAge has emphasized the importance of advocating for older Americans during this time — as the country debates the value of supporting national care infrastructure. “Now, as our nation emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re at a critical time — the most important moment in a generation for our country to renew and revitalize how we support older Americans and their families as millions of us live longer,” wrote LeadingAge. The association also expressed their ongoing effort to combat misperceptions in senior living. Along with advocacy during OAM, LeadingAge continuously aims to showcase the rich and diverse life experiences happening within aging services.   Yardi in senior living For over two decades, the Yardi Senior Living Suite has supported senior living operators, caregivers, residents and families. It eliminates the gap between property management and clinical services by uniting property management, finance, marketing, business intelligence and resident care on a single platform. Yardi joins LeadingAge in recognizing the value of seniors during Older Americans Month, as well as year-round. Read more about LeadingAge’s efforts during...

Senior Living Trends

While the pandemic has shaped senior living as we know it, there’s no shortage of industry experts to provide guidance, tips and insights as we move forward. Sponsored by Yardi and presented by the National Investment Care for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC), an upcoming webinar will huddle experts and leaders alike to share their best practices for 2021 — giving senior housing operators the tools to navigate the pandemic’s aftermath. About the webinar In this live leadership huddle, experts will discuss key trends that have shaped senior living in the last year. Through their insights, attendees will learn what trends to watch for — both in the short and long term — and best practices to stay ahead of the curve. We’re pleased to highlight the primary speaker, Fee Stubblefield, a Yardi client and the founder and CEO of The Springs Living. Fee has firsthand experience navigating the ever-changing landscape in senior living. Co-facilitators include: Joe Kiernan, Chief Strategy Officer/SVP, Network Development, Ocean HealthcareMaria Nadelstumph, SVP-Center of Excellence, Brandywine Living About NIC NIC is a nonprofit organization who supports access and choice for America’s seniors by providing data, analytics and connections that bring together investors and providers. Launched as the first of its kind in collaboration with Yardi, the NIC Actual Rates Initiative compiles actual rates and leasing activity submitted by senior living operators. Yardi clients can easily participate by using Voyager Senior Housing to map and extract rent roll data, which can then be exported to NIC and Excel. For more information or to participate, explore the NIC Actual Rates Initiative and complete the online form. To register for the upcoming webinar — Trends That Will Shape Senior Living Post-Pandemic — visit the NIC leadership huddles. The live discussion is set for Wednesday, May 26...

Tech Harmony

We’ve learned that most every company is a tech company: in the past year, companies that prioritized adaptability and tech innovation managed to thrive in the most unprecedented circumstances. At PM Springfest, two real estate industry experts shared their best practices for tech selection, implementation and creating efficient processes that scale. Their analysis offers insights and inspiration to prepare Canadian property managers for a harmonious future with technology. PM Springfest 2021 PM Springfest is a two-day online educational conference for decision makers and influencers of the property management industry. The event gave participants the opportunity to connect, network, learn and share insights on the industry’s most important topics including sustainability, legal and regulatory issues, resiliency and technology. Panelist Sandeep Manak, CFO, Wesgroup Properties, Brian Turpin, CIO, Greenwin and moderator Sam Amin, marketing manager, Yardi Canada led the webinar, “Hello New World: Are You Ready for the Future of Real Estate Tech?” The panel explored how tech facilitates business continuity, strategies for successful adoption and how they leverage data to thrive. Tech is essential for modern, successful business continuity The pandemic served as a catalyst for technology adoption throughout real estate verticals. Manual processes, paper-based filing systems, and face-to-face interactions came to an abrupt halt. Technology empowered companies to press forward and thrive in remote environments. Turpin says, “At Greenwin, we always had this digital mindset of being cloud-first. Our overall strategy has been focused on mobility, digital payments, online leasing, and virtual tours.” As a result, Greenwin was able to shift to remote work environments within a few days. The organization also accelerated disaster response protocols that were already in place. “Something that we specifically did around the pandemic was the deferred payments,” says Turpin. “A vendor like Yardi quickly stepped up and pivoted...

Access + Support May04

Access + Support

Did you know that more than 51 million Americans experience mental illness? May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Participants are encouraged to end the stigma around mental illness and promote conversations about mental health. Yardi offers an array of resources to support mental health awareness and services. Mental health by the numbers Per the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), nearly one in every five adults live with a mental illness. That’s approximately 51.5 million Americans aged 18 and older that have a diagnosed condition. An estimated 49.5% of adolescents ages 13-18 have a mental disorder. The National Library of Medicine reports that “46% of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition sometime in their life, and half of those people will develop conditions by the age of 14.” The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) reflects similar numbers: in any given year, 1 in 5 people in Canada will experience a mental health problem or illness. By age 40, about 50% of the population will have or have experienced a mental illness. With more than 20% of the population living with mental illness, we face a growing need to understand mental health. That understanding comes in the form of formal research and open dialogue with our communities. Mental Health Resource Library To support the wellbeing of its employees, clients and their residents, Yardi has sponsored the COVID-19 Mental Health Resource Library. The investment and property management software provider developed the library to aid those affected the pandemic. The virtual library offers tools to help manage changes in our homes, employment and social conditions. Users can explore practical insights from dozens of videos, articles and other media. Each is presented on a free, user-friendly platform that is accessible on any internet-enabled device. The...

McKnight’s Panel

As optimism in outlasting the COVID-19 crisis continues to grow, senior living providers face a new challenge — navigating the business world in the pandemic’s aftermath. Recognizing the need for expert insight, McKnight’s Senior Living is featuring three industry executives in a digital power panel on May 5, 2021. The session will break down strategies in maneuvering through the coming months and beyond. And set to speak is Yardi’s own Fil Southerland, a seasoned expert in the LTPAC industry. Topics at a glance Sponsored by Yardi, the McKnight’s power panel — Preparing for business after the main COVID-19 storm — will explore a range of topics. With an expert viewpoint and strategies to share, Fil Southerland will cover the following subjects, plus more:   How to improve operations, both post-pandemic and in generalWhy digital workflows are a mustThe industry’s shift toward interoperabilityStrengthening resident and family engagement, digitally and in person   About Fil Southerland Fil Southerland has been involved with the LTPAC industry for over 15 years, and currently serves as Director of Healthcare Solutions at Yardi, where he leads initiatives in electronic healthcare records and interoperability. Prior to his time at Yardi, Fil served as Founder and CTO of ALMSA, Inc., a nationally recognized cloud-based electronic health provider in the Assisted Living industry. With expertise in Health Information Technology, digital privacy and LTPAC policy and interoperability initiatives, Fil is passionate about using technology to improve outcomes for residents and care providers. Don’t miss Fil’s insightful contribution, along with two other expert speakers, on May 5 at 1 p.m. EDT.   Save the date and register...

YASC Makes a Virtual Return

The Yardi Advanced Solutions Conference, which began as two annual events in the U.S. and expanded to encompass six events on four continents, will soon continue its two-decade tradition of helping clients maximize the value of their Yardi software. ”The reason I enjoy YASC is to see new product developments and to understand how other corporations are using the platform,” said Katerina Urquhart of London-based M&G Real Estate, who attended YASC Europe in 2019. “I was able to take classes on the newest products, ask questions on topics I didn’t fully understand and dig into things that interest me,” Marcie Trivette of Fore Property in Las Vegas said last year. “No matter how big or small, every client has a voice with Yardi, and these sessions are great ways to reinforce that,” an executive director with Laramar Communities LLC of Greenwood Village, Colo., noted back in 2010. Last year’s presentations were different, of course. All YASC events were combined into YASC Digital and YASC Global, virtual experiences with a full slate of free on-demand classes, social activities and gala entertainment. YASC Global in October drew more than 20,000 attendees and featured an exclusive performance from internationally acclaimed Icelandic band Of Monsters And Men. With every view triggering a donation from Yardi, the event earned $75,000 for charities. A two-time Grammy Award-winning performer is on tap for the May conference and Yardi again will make a donation for every attendee viewing the show. The next edition of YASC Global happens May 18-20, with 280-plus classes on the latest software innovations for property owners, asset managers, real estate investment managers and others working in commercial, residential, PHA, senior living and other real estate markets. Live chat support will also be available. YASC Global participants can also look forward to social media interaction, daily giveaways, networking opportunities and entertainment. All Yardi clients are automatically enrolled in the conference. “This is the era of continuous connection. But in the world of business, continuous connection hasn’t fully come to fruition. Our goal is to make that happen and provide the tools and technologies that you need,” company president and founder Anant Yardi told 2,500 Yardi clients and staff members who gathered in San Diego for YASC in 2019. Two years later, in vastly different circumstances, that remains the purpose of YASC. Learn more about the benefits Yardi’s global client base gains from this...

Retain Top Talent Apr21

Retain Top Talent

A resourceful administrative assistant is worth their weight in gold (or palladium for that matter). Admins are the backbone of the company: from facilitating events to communicating between departments and clients, they keep day-to-day affairs running smoothly. April 21 is Administrative Professionals Day, but the celebration doesn’t have to end today. In fact, it’s important that the celebration continues if you aim to retain your top talent. Below are a few practical tips to help you get started. Schedule ways to show that you care. One of the best ways to celebrate administrative professionals is to extend the celebration beyond one day. Sure, flowers and a certificate of appreciation are nice. But when you want to improve employee satisfaction and promote company loyalty, the day-to-day actions are what matter most. Consider putting a reminder on your calendar at least once per quarter. Schedule a simple way to let your admin know that you appreciate their efforts. It could be a grand gesture like a spa retreat, of course, but smaller gestures are also valuable. Consider a collectible item that you know they like or an extended lunch break. The key is to consistently show that you appreciate them. Ask. Listen. Respond. Find time outside of their performance review to check in. Sometimes, it’s as simple as asking “How are you?” if you don’t already do so. You can begin with a check-in template. You may also consider asking any of the following questions, personalizing them as you see fit: What would make your work here more rewarding? What could we do to support you and your work? What do I do as a manager that’s currently a roadblock? If the last question felt like a punch to the stomach, don’t be afraid. Craig Cincotta,...

Safe Spring Fun Apr14

Safe Spring Fun

Spring has sprung! Your residents are itching to enjoy the warmer, longer days together. They will likely begin to invite more family and friends. The tips below can help you create warm weather fun that prioritizes total wellbeing. Check local health mandates before creating your event. Each state has different rules regarding group gatherings, social distancing and mask requirements. Check coronavirus restrictions and mask mandates for your state as well as local governments. Practice vaccination safety. As vaccine availability increases, many residents may have questions about vaccines and their implications for group gatherings. The CDC offers guidelines on what to expect after getting a COVID-19 vaccination. Per the CDC, it takes approximately two weeks for the body to build protection after both single and double-dose vaccines. Your team may take this into consideration when hosting in-person events. Consider these easy gathering hacks. For most properties, outdoor events may be the easiest way to encourage safe practices during gatherings. You can enjoy the indoors together as well. Below are a few considerations. Films on the Green – outdoor movie viewings are an easy way to promote community while practicing social distancing. Consider asking residents to bring their own drinks and snacks. Pool Party – The pool is always a warm weather favorite. Fortunately, there is no evidence that COVID-19 can survive in chlorinated pools, hot tubs and spas. While those water features may be safe zones, the entertainment spaces around them will require regular care. Explore reopening strategies for multifamily amenities. Gaming Parties – Find the kids and teens in their natural habitats—parked in front of their gaming consoles! By organizing gaming parties, you can help young, new residents meet other kids while practicing social distancing. Continue to guide residents towards helpful resources. Last but certainly...

NAA Digital Studio

Do you want to emerge from 2021 with a more efficient, agile and profitable organization? Discover insights to help you reach your goals during the National Apartment Association (NAA) Digital Studio Series! Stronger NOI in 2021 The April NAA Digital Studio, presented by Yardi, is a half-day event including deep dive and interactive sessions, industry panels, networking and more. This month’s theme is “Stronger NOI in 2021: Where do we grow from here?” Experts from leading multifamily companies across the country will discuss the many ways in which COVID-19 has impacted the real estate industry and, more specifically, apartment management. Each session features unique programming that tackles common industry challenges. Through the sessions, you can: Explore market changes and projected financial impacts to help you plan smarter in 2021 and beyond. Gain insights from multifamily leaders who will share new performance metrics they’re using to change the way they do business. Discover ways to improve net operating income beyond rent increases. Featured speakers include guests from Luma Residential, Bell Partners, BH Management Services, Cirrus and more. Industry professionals focused on operations, marketing, technology and related roles will walk away with practical, actionable items to strengthen your organization. Work + play The event kicks off with keynote speaker Jeff Adler, vice president of Yardi Matrix, offering an engaging look at the latest multifamily data. Examine changes in rent growth, occupancy, retention and renter preferences over the last 12 months. Learn how new demographic patterns have affected top and bottom markets. Attendees will also see rent and occupancy forecasts for a variety of property groups. Then, stick around for additional sessions that connect the market update to real-life experiences and plans to protect NOI going forward. End the day with a relaxing musical interlude. Leslie and...

Yardi Gras Feb16

Yardi Gras

Who knew that the 2019 “Yardi Gras” celebration at YASC DC would be a prescient window to the future? This year, instead of typical Fat Tuesday revelry, the citizen of New Orleans are celebrating in a very different way: at home, due to the ongoing pandemic. It’s a theme we’re all familiar with at this point, after nearly a year of working, living life and celebrating milestones – all from home. Our yards may be very familiar at this point, but they are also a creative space for expression and fun. Nowhere is that more true than in New Orleans today. Historic Tradition, Reimagined “Since 1857, Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans have been called off only 14 times, because of war, mob violence, or labor disputes,” reports Bloomberg News. “This year will be the 15th. Much as the city came together after the devastation of Hurricane Katina, turning Carnival into a celebration of hope amid the mourning, Crescent City citizens are still letting the good times roll and supporting each other while they’re at it.” Originally, Yardi Gras, as city officials are calling it, began as a fundraiser. The Krewe of Red Beans was looking for a way to help the artists who create the city’s typically over-the-top parade floats. With no parades, no income was coming in. After the fundraiser as publicized, the idea gained grassroots traction – often on actual grass. As a result, this year there are more than 3,000 “house floats” at individual homes around New Orleans and beyond. A Spirit of Celebration “It’s a spirit of celebration just like that we had in Washington D.C. at YASC two years ago,” said Tim Hoover, creative director for Yardi. “We brought in Sierra Green and the Soul Machine to entertain...