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  • Oregon Trail Could Have Used Some Multifamily Housing

    Back in the day I used to sit in my elementary school’s computer lab, playing the game Oregon Trail. Originally developed in the early 70s to teach school children about the harsh realities of 19th century pioneer life on the Oregon Trail, the game was a real gut check. Sitting in front of Apple computers the size of coffee tables, my classmates and I each assumed the role of a wagon leader,...
  • Winning & Losing Craigslist Ads: How to Optimize Your Ad

    Craigslist is certainly not a new marketing tool for rental property managers; it's been around for quite some time, though with a growing popularity in its presence as a host for local properties, more and more property managers are utilizing this free tool (aside from brokered apartment listings in NYC). That said, given that it is, in fact, free for most listers, it's unfortunate how many...
  • You Live, You Cut Your Own Bangs, You Learn

    I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life. Bangs, for example. I grew up in the late 90s, a decade after Bubble Bangs were in, but I said to hell with fashion and continued to sport them well into Y2K. If that wasn’t bad enough, I attempted to cut said bangs with poultry shears on several occasions. My mom would ask me why there was hair in the bathroom sink and I would shrug, my bangs creeping...
  • Understanding and Adapting to Cultural Difference in Multifamily Housing

    As property management professionals, it can be easy to forget that our leaseholders come from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. Our typical demographic has changed greatly over the course of the last generation. In North Carolina the state population has increased by 18.5% since 2000, far greater than the equivalent national rise of 9.7%.  According to the 2010 census, it now stands...

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