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  • Fall & Winter Maintenance: Will It All Fall Down? Or Finally Fall Into Place?

    I am the last person to admit that the seasons are changing, and as much as I want to deny it, fall will approach quickly. My friends are already dusting off their winter boots while I’m clinging to my flip-flops. However, when it comes to property management and the maintenance of investment properties, you have to acknowledge the inevitable. The demand for maintenance is as volatile as market...
  • Caught on Camera!

    Revenue management systems promise optimized pricing based on nearly inhuman calculations of supply and demand, exposure, booking curves, comps, historical pricing data and (in some cases) elaborate forecasting technologies. At the end of the day though, it's up to leasing associates to close the deal with prospects, and that's when the pricing conversation doesn't always stick to the script....
  • Is the Property at War with Maintenance?

    Imagine making the commitment to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in a property that you only had a few minutes to observe from the front yard. You write the check, go inside and see what you’re dealing with… Recently I’ve been watching a show on Discovery Channel where investors purchase foreclosed properties without actually knowing what issues the property has. There is no formal...
  • Roommates Gone Wild

    All of these back-to-school commercials are making me feel a little sick. I’m not really sure why—I always loved going to school. I sat in the seat directly behind the bus driver, after all. And yet my stomach still churns whenever I see a sale on spiral notebooks and jeans. Perhaps it’s the thought of summer ending—no more warm nights with the car windows rolled down, extra daylight or trips to...

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