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  • Whispering Away Water

    Shhhhhhhhhhp. It’s a common sound for anyone whom has been around a toilet. Chances are you have heard the sound before and possibly ignored it because the toilet still flushed. Shhhhhhhhhhp. A maintenance technician will often walk towards a bathroom and hear the resident exclaim: “It’s about time someone made that toilet shut up!!! You know it’s been making that sound for over a month...”...
  • My RPM Story: RPM Careers Ambassador Joanna Merritt

    You could say I was driven to RPM. I was working 12-hour days selling cars, and I knew it wasn’t the long-term career choice I was looking for. When I became a new mother, I also needed a new career with flexibility.  I joined the residential property management (RPM) industry in a part-time leasing position and grew fast in the job. Since then, I’ve taught industry certification courses, served...
  • Capitol Update: Hope Looms for Our Political System

    Apartment Industry Colleagues, I have a secret. As a tolerant reader of this column, I consider you part of the circle of trust, so I’ll take the leap and share. Here goes … I’m beginning to think there may be hope for our political system.  As you recover from your shock at such statements of folly, you will recall the many times in my monthly missive where I have lamented the sorry state of...
  • An American Abroad

    It’s a miracle I wasn’t hit by a car in England. When I studied there spring semester of my junior year in college, I spent the first three weeks looking the wrong way before crossing the street. I’m sorry, but the right side is the right side. I couldn’t tell just how much weight I was gaining, because British scales are in stones, not pounds. (Spoiler alert: 13 pounds.) I learned it’s...

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