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  • Damage Control

    I got out of a real jam last month. After five years in the same apartment, my roommate and I were moving out. She was recently engaged and moving in with her fiancé. I was 90 percent happy for her, 10 percent being all, ‘WHAT IS HAPPENING?!’ Fine, 80/20.  Point is, I was more happy for her than I wasn’t. But her exciting news meant not only looking for a new apartment of my own, but reconciling...
  • The Importance of Workplace Prioritization

    Apartment managers are pulled in many different directions for many different reasons throughout the day. One minute, there is the need to assess a resident’s apartment and walk vacant units; the next, quarterly inspections. Then there’s managing people, managing the numbers, and managing yourself. Finally, but not least, there’s attempting to prioritize the work in each department from specific...
  • Capitol Update: Advocacy Is Like Changing a Dirty Diaper

    Dear Apartment Industry Colleagues,One recent afternoon I was enjoying some quality time with my 9-month-old daughter watching another hilarious adventure of Sponge Bob Squarepants when the most interesting commercial ran. The product is called “Diaper Surprise” where a doll, after being fed water, “deposits” a charm in its diaper which the doll’s owners can then wear on their wrists. After...
  • You Must Not Know ‘Bout Me

    We’d all like to think we’re irreplaceable at work. Pray tell, who will write blogs about their dream of falling in love at a summer camp when I’m gone? Who will start a small shoe collection under their desk? Who will hang Christmas ornaments from the branches of a dead bonsai on their office window sill?  No seriously—tell me who. But while I clearly can’t be replaced, the same isn’t always...

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