MERIT Rental Property Management Adds Reporting, Resident Services and Marketing Advantages with Yardi Voyager and Yardi Portal


SANTA BARBARA, CALIF., Sept. 17, 2009 – Yardi Systems, a leading developer of real estate investment and property management software, announced today that MERIT Rental Property Management has selected Yardi Voyager™ and Yardi Portal™ as a business-wide solution that will produce new efficiencies in its rental property management services, provide Internet-based resident services across its rental portfolio, and market the company’s properties at half the current cost.

Centralizing all rental property management information and accounting into Yardi Voyager allows MERIT Rental Property Management to receive reports on the properties it manages from one system rather than three. “Voyager gives asset managers instant access to all the information they need, from a ledger of expenses to photographs of properties,” said Stephen Brahs, MERIT Rental Property Management vice president.

Joining Voyager to form an enterprise solution, Yardi Portal will reinforce MERIT Rental Property Management’s outreach to rental prospects. “Yardi Portal lets us do everything necessary to lease a unit. The system keeps unit availability information up to date by instantly reflecting changes made in Voyager,” Brahs said. “Yardi maximizes our search optimization on the Internet. Prospects seeking a rental property will find our units at the top of the search result page. And, since the websites for our rental properties are designed and maintained in Portal by Yardi, we expect to cut website-related expenses by half.” Portal also lets residents use the speed and convenience of the Internet to pay rent and submit service requests.

MERIT Rental Property Management also elected to take advantage of Yardi’s Application Service Provider hosting. Yardi hosts the application and database, provides technical support and networking resources and assumes responsibility for system security, allowing MERIT Rental Property Management to focus on its principal business.

“The integration of Voyager’s property management and Portal’s online services lets MERIT Rental Property Management generate comprehensive real-time reports, attract prospects with effective marketing and retain residents with convenient services. These value-added products will help MERIT Rental Property Management meet its primary objective of maximizing customers’ real estate value,” said Terri Dowen, Yardi senior vice president of Sales.

About MERIT Rental Property Management
MERIT Rental Property Management, headquartered in Aliso Viejo, Calif., specializes in rental management of master planned, single family home/condominiums, active adult and urban high- and mid-rise communities as well as rental property management for investors. For more information, visit MERIT Rental Property Management is a part of FirstService Residential Management, which manages more than 3,700 communities encompassing more than 1 million homes/units in 18 states. FirstService Residential Management is a subsidiary of FirstService Corporation (NASDAQ:FSRV).

About Yardi
For more than 25 years, Yardi Systems has been solely committed to the design, development, and support of real estate investment management and property management software. Recognized as an industry leader, Yardi continues to develop and deliver software and services with the highest dedication to responsiveness, quality, innovation, and customer focus. Yardi Systems has offices throughout Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. More information about Yardi products and services may be found by visiting

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