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