The Importance of Smoke Alarms and the Changing Face of the American Home


Americans are more in tune with their snack cakes than fire safety.

A survey conducted by ORC International on behalf of Kidde Fire Safety reports that almost five times as many Americans know the shelf life of a Twinkie over the recommended operating life of a smoke alarm. Thus, your residents might be making more of an effort to rummage through the cupboard than checking perhaps the most important safety feature in the home. (more…)

The Unexpected Success of Private Label Brands


Growing consumer confidence in store brands is adding fuel to private label manufacturers of building products. But the true test is how well the products stand up to more well-known brands in terms of reliability, while also fitting in with the current trends. (more…)

The Growing Trend of Home Brewing

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O’zapftis’! The keg is tapped!

If that phrase is heard inside your property, there’s a good bet its coming from a home brewer. Home beer making is gaining in popularity and may very well be happening at your properties. (more…)

Animal Safety Tips: Bringing A Dog into Your Home

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It’s no secret that pet-friendly housing is becoming more and more desirable. The local shelter is the perfect place for your residents to find dogs of every type, size, age and personality.

Man’s best friend takes center stage in October with the American Humane Association’s Adopt-A-Dog Month celebration, when people are encouraged to adopt a shelter dog. (more…)

Protecting your Tenants: Implementing Fire Safety Measures

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October is the beginning of Fire Safety Month. Are you prepared for the worst?

In 2012, fires caused 83 percent of civilian fire deaths in homes that included single-family dwellings, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The American Red Cross says that only 26 percent of families have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. That, says one insurance provider for the rental housing industry, is way too low and property owners and managers should begin encouraging their tenants to develop and practice escape plans as early as possible. (more…)

Landscape Designs for Smaller Properties Becoming More Linear, Structured


Home landscaping is becoming a little more square and a little less shaggy.

Smaller garden-style homes with small outdoor areas are an opportunity to offer a new, crisp look and reel in those natural, cluttered landscape styles that have been in style in recent years. (more…)

Has Smart-Home Automation Arrived Yet to Your Rentals?


In this article we begin to explore the probable impact of “domotics” or Home Automation and the Internet of Things to the rental home industry. (more…)

Protecting Your Asset: 7 Tips to Safe Grilling

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Tenants will flock to their grills on backyard patios everywhere this Labor Day Weekend, marking the start of the end-of-year holiday season when feasts get prepared on open flames. For the next four months, through Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, savory aromas wafting from kitchens and patios will tantalize the senses and put appetites in overdrive. (more…)

8 Steps to a Healthy Fall, Winter Lawn

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While summer will be winding down soon in some parts of the U.S., thoughts will turn to fall landscape preparation. And given that the drought is easing in several parts of the country, the next few months will provide a great opportunity for property owners to establish healthy winter lawns for their residents. (more…)

Effective Maintenance Management: People, Processes and Technology


Rain or shine, keeping your properties in tip-top shape is necessary for happy owners, happy tenants and excited prospects. But getting it all together behind the scenes can be a messy process.

Effective management of repairs and expenses goes beyond getting good deals on replacement items. As with many business applications, properly managing maintenance issues often comes down to people, processes and technology. (more…)

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