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Giving your Residents that Ultimate Backyard Experience

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Outdoor amenities that fell by the wayside during the housing downturn a few years ago are making a comeback now that the economy has improved. (more…)

Save Water and Green: The Wonder of Drought-Resistant Grass

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Despite persistent drought around the U.S. this year, the grass can still be a little greener. (more…)

Making a Splash: 2015 Color Trends in Single Family

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Color is a state of mind. Reds represent warmth and even rage, while cooler colors like blue soothe emotions and calm the savage beast. Even social or cultural levels, as well as personal relationships and the state of the economy can influence what shades pass muster and those that don’t. (more…)

Older Generation of Renters may be a Strong Target Market

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The last thing any third-party property management company wants to see inside a unit is a Hangover movie sequel produced by irresponsible renters. People who don’t own their homes don’t always treat a rental property like they would want to be treated. (more…)

4 Steps to Making the Carpet Last in your Rental Homes

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Carpet in a rental home or vacation unit usually gets damaged and requires replacement long before it just wears out. A year’s worth of coffee spills or discolored areas that won’t come clean can add up to a big expense to replace the flooring.  (more…)

Why Vinyl Flooring Works for the Housing Industry

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Vinyl plank is fast becoming the new, trendy alternative to expensive hardwood floors and carpet in the rental housing industry.  (more…)

Find Additional Revenue Streams by Unbundling your Service Fees

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Guest blogger:

Melissa Prandi, RPM MPM, president & CEO, PRANDI Property Management, Inc., CRMC

The right management company will almost make property owners forget they own an investment property. That’s when the ship is being steered swiftly through the waters, keeping assets occupied, residents happy, expenses in line and rent payments fluid. (more…)

Prep your Property for Spring with this Action Plan

Prep your Property for Spring

As rental markets heat up during spring and summer cycles, a healthy, green landscape can do wonders for attracting new residents.

A lush front lawn or bed of bursting color doesn’t come overnight or only after a few good rains. Getting the landscape in shape takes time, planning and patience – creating a road map for an attractive landscape is necessary long before the grass starts to turn green. (more…)

The Fight Against Bed Bugs Continues

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The housing industry has another reason to step up efforts on the war against bed bugs.

New information suggests that bed bugs are capable of transmitting Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease. Trypanosoma cruzi – or T. cruzi – parasites nest undetected in humans and cause organs to fail over time. Chagas disease has largely been reported in Latin America from transmission of the parasite, largely in poverty-stricken areas, through 130 species of blood-feeding insect vectors. (more…)

Smart Home Technology Offers Benefits for Landlords and Residents

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The smart home technology front is something out of a sci-fi movie, but it’s getting closer and closer to reality.

Imagine a morning that starts by awakening to a television cued to turn on at 5:15 a.m. As you swing out of bed, the lights begin to gradually brighten so your eyes don’t squint while walking to the kitchen, where coffee is already percolating. In a few minutes, the shower will come on and warm up to a pre-set temperature. (more…)

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