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  • Capitol Update: Congress Returns from Recess to Sequestration; Industry Will Feel Impact

    Happy spring…if indeed spring has arrived in your neck of the woods. Here in the Nation’s Capitol, Old Man Winter is taking his sweet time in departing; much to everyone’s chagrin.  In other news, Congress returns from its annual two-week spring recess this month. This time was likely especially exciting as constituents across the nation share their (a) outrage, (b) thankfulness or (c) confusion...
  • Air Conditioning Terms That May Leave You Tongue Tied!

    With spring in the air property management thoughts turn away from the cold winter's bite toward much warmer climates. Along with this turn comes the conversations of the budget associated with air condtioning repairs. Chances are management teams and maintenance technicians who perform refrigerant repairs have begun discussing strategy. To ensure that the discussion is done with understanding,...
  • Green is Sprouting Up Everywhere: 5 Practical Ideas to Green Up your Bottom Line

    It seems that everyone is taking steps to go a little green. So what’s it mean for property managers? Is it worth your time and effort to promote a green agenda? For individuals, going green is a personal choice. For some it comes down to situational decisions, “Should I buy my regular detergent or this green one?” For those more committed to the cause it’s a lifestyle choice. And still for...
  • Decks and Balances

    My family belonged to our neighborhood pool, and every summer we would attend the 4th of July party there. The ice-cream eating contest and free hot dogs were great, but it was the final game of the day that always gave me pause. After the hot fudge and hot dog buns were cleared away, one of the lifeguards would grease a large watermelon with Crisco, throw it in the deep end of the pool and...

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