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10 Tips to Safely Deck the Halls this Holiday Season

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For most people, the holidays are a time for family festivities, good cheer and decking the halls. Christmas trees, menorahs and wreaths welcome visitors at front doors, and strings of sparkly, blinking lights hang from eves and outline doors and windows. (more…)

How Spend Management and Standardization Can Help Decrease Expenses

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It takes many hands to ensure property management on any level goes smoothly and efficiently. But too many cooks in the kitchen, so to speak, is not always a good thing. (more…)

6 Fast Home Winterization Tips

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Frigid, blustery weather that has already put parts of the country in a deep freeze is a reminder that the time is now for home winterization. When the mercury drops below 32 degrees, pipes can freeze and eventually burst, resulting in thousands of dollars in damage. (more…)

Handling the Heat: 7 Big Safety Tips for Residents

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A particularly frigid winter blast or even an inefficient furnace may prompt your residents to bring out the space heater or other warming device. But with that toasty feeling comes a risk to both the resident and landlord, especially if heating devices are left unattended or misused.

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5 Forecasting Tips to Help Managers Find Hidden Profits

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Budget forecasting is one thing that many portfolio managers don’t often relish. Investors demand to see how expenses are tracking with the budget, requiring operators and third-party managers the often arduous task of crunching numbers and looking into that crystal ball.

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Beware! 8 Things that Make a Property Nightmare

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You might relish getting the be-jeebers scared out of you this time of year, but operating an apartment community shouldn’t be such a bloodcurdling thing.

In many instances, just the thought of reaching full occupancy and dealing with the day-to-day business of maintaining such a huge asset can spin the heads and cross the eyes of onsite managers. And just when they think they’ve outmaneuvered those zombies giving chase, there is plenty more out there to send a shiver up their spines. (more…)

8 Tips to Keep Out Stink Bugs and Other Pests

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There is a big stink going on in the U.S.

Stink bugs are becoming a growing problem in homes and in the agricultural industry, and they are making their annual migration indoors with the arrival of fall.

Like other pests, stink bugs seek shelter in homes and other structures when temperatures cool. Once inside, the critters will hide in out-of-the-way places and be a nuisance to residents, says the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). (more…)

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

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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

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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…)

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