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…)

Hyperlapse: New Way to Showcase Your Community Using Mobile Technology

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I’m all about using visuals to market rental properties, which is probably why I’ve been locked into Instagram’s new Hyperlapse app that launched last week. Hyperlapse uses Instagram’s in-house stabilization to shoot polished, time-lapse videos (which were previously impossible to do without using a tripods or expensive video equipment). (more…)

Relax With Residents This Labor Day, Thanks to Social Media


Parties, cookouts and kicking back for the start of the college football season are Labor Day Weekend traditions across the U.S., whether at home or away. The long weekend in recent years has marked the end of the summer season, and is cause for celebrations in backyards everywhere. (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…)

How to Unplug From Information Overload

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“How many of you feel like you are under information overload?”

The hands rose without hesitation throughout the room. And someone even raised both.

The response isn’t a surprise. Cell phones, tablets and laptops are important tools to help today’s worker – Boomer or Gen Y – stay in contact and keep pace with the speed of business. (more…)

Reducing Property Crime: 7 Tips to Help Create a Crime-Free Atmosphere

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School is right around the corner and many families are getting settled into new neighborhoods with new schools. With so much activity, it’s easy to miss some signs of undesirable neighborhood activities, such as sneakers knotted together by their shoelaces dangling from utility wires. (more…)

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