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The Fight Against Bed Bugs Continues

Bed Bugs

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…)

Tips to Prepare your Properties for a Sudden Earthquake

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The western United States has historically been home to many of the nation’s earthquakes, but a shift in venue seems to be taking place. Recent and frequent earthquakes in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas have been reported, which should prompt homeowners and residents to start thinking about preparedness. (more…)

Six Steps to Prepare for Heavy Snowfall at your Property

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Snow and other forms of precipitation in the Northeast are expected to rival that of a record-shattering year last year as winter gains momentum in January and February. Other parts of the country will be no doubt affected as winter begins to enter its stretch run. (more…)

How Renters Insurance Benefits Residents and Properties

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Residents are slowly but surely coming around to the idea of having renter’s insurance. And that’s good news for homeowners. (more…)

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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