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  • There's No Such Thing as a Free Lunch, but We Can All Have Biscuits and Free Websites

    This morning, I made the short walk from NAA Headquarters, in near-frigid Washington DC weather, to the Chick-fil-A at Ballston Mall so I could stand in line for my free Spicy Chicken Biscuit. Word had spread through our office yesterday that our local and cherished Chick-fil-A would be giving away a free breakfast sandwich every day this week.  I developed a nice addiction to Chick-fil-A in...
  • What Do Dirty Showers, Mrs. Robinson, and Cough Syrup Have in Common? Student Housing!

    My 21-year-old brother used to argue that his bedroom felt more “cozy” and “lived-in” when it was an absolute mess, so it really shouldn’t have come as much of a shock when we visited him in college and saw an apartment in dire need of a good cleaning. “I didn’t raise you like this,” my mother said, vigorously scrubbing the bathtub walls. Apparently, she did. Student residents such as my brother...
  • 10 Tips for Effective Follow-Up with Prospects

    Did you know that 95 percent of sales happen after the 5th attempt? It takes more than a smile and product knowledge to succeed in leasing—you must follow-up, too. Here are a few tips to help you create a follow-up strategy that will help you increase the number of leases you’re getting: 1.   Commit to Timely Follow-Up Follow-up with everyone who visited that day. Don’t let the follow-up, well…...
  • Breathing – To Retirement, and Beyond!

    Of all the things I tend to take for granted (sometimes) in life, breathing is one of the basics.  As in:  sun’s gonna rise, my heart is still thumping, got air, and they took taxes out of my check. Luckily, managing and maintaining apartments doesn’t involve many situations that can change that whole easy breathing thing.  But, there are jobs that your maintenance staff members do on a regular...

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