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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...
  • Must Love Dogs—Minus the Doo-Doo

    It's no secret that I don't love dogs. I don't hate them, either—I just don't love them. In modern American society, this means I'm a monster—someone sandwiched right between people who dislike children and hate rainbows in levels of evilness.I understand that dogs are man's best friend (if you can't find a human best friend), provide companionship and never judge you. I also understand that...
  • I Smell a Rat

    Last month I woke up in the middle of the night in sheer panic. A mouse was sitting in my hand. I sat up and launched the rodent across the room before jumping out of bed, turning on the lights, and frantically searching my sheets for additional mice. And then I looked around, rubbed my eyes and realized that the furry thing I felt in my hand—the thing I had just violently thrown against the...
  • Sustainable LED Light Fixtures – Worth the Investment

    Recently, a Green Blogic subscriber contacted us to find out how we can help make his property more attractive to current and future residents with green products. The associate manager of Sustainability, Kelly Thompson, and I had the pleasure of walking the multifamily property to look for efficiencies. I’ll start by saying that it was very attractive to begin with, inside and out, but we were...

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