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  • Questions That Decide: Planning or Failing?

    When I was in high school I had an instructor whom often recited the line: "Those who fail to plan, plan to fail." This time of year on our properties those words ring true on an annual basis. Currently several places of the country are just leaving the coldest of the winter months. We are also well into the budget for 2013 which allows us to begin to implement some of the items that were set out...
  • Hoop! (There It Is)

    I was a 5’7” forward playing against 6’1” girls during my days as a high school basketball player. Call me Mugsy Bogues. Except unlike Mugsy, I was also slow and unable to jump more than three inches off the ground. But what I lacked in height and hang time, I made up for with heart. I was that person who wore t-shirts with sayings like, “Basketball is life—nothing else matters.” While everyone...
  • How do you eat an elephant? Or, how do you lease A LOT of vacants?

    When Leasing Professionals have a lot of apartments to lease, it can feel a little like eating an elephant.  That availability list can feel like it goes on for pages, and even deciding what to show and what to rent can be overwhelming.  So how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Overwhelmed leasing teams will focus on what’s been vacant the longest. And since it has been vacant the...
  • Housing Inspections: The Brilliance of a No-Surprises Strategy

    I once had a boss who told me it was my job to make sure he was never surprised. I thought that was odd, but over time I realized it was brilliant… because nobody likes a bad surprise. When it comes to student housing inspections, it’s likely that nothing would surprise your team. But your inspection team is probably not your major concern. It’s your student residents—and their parents— that...

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