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  • Run Like a Dog

    My best friend, Bridget, ran the ING New York City Marathon last month. That’s 26.2 miles—which, if I’m being honest, sounds like a long way to drive, let alone run. My body isn’t built for such things. But just because my legs aren’t capable of running for an unnaturally long period of time doesn’t mean I’m not capable of cheering on others for four hours. Especially when one of those people is...
  • The Post-It Always Stings Twice

    One of the questions commonly asked throughout our surveys is “The speed to which your maintenance work was handled.” So what exactly constitutes a fast response time? There is usually a disparity between what the office considers a fast turnaround and what a resident is comfortable with. Believe it or not, the clock starts ticking for a resident the moment that service request is placed. Whether...
  • The Career of a Lifetime

    Years ago I wanted to see what it would be like as leasing consultant. I even reached out to one apartment management company due to an interest in beginning my career in the apartment industry. Needless to say, I did not get far.This wasn’t the right time for me, but my opportunity eventually came. After moving to metropolitan Atlanta, I worked as an associate in a local pharmacy. Many shoppers...
  • The Pros and Cons of Renting to a Resident with Pets

    If you've managed a property long enough, you've surely been asked whether you allow pets, and may have considered accepting pets during times when you've had trouble filling a vacancy, but ultimately came to your senses and declined. A recent FIREPAW (Foundation for Interdisciplinary Research and Education Promoting Animal Welfare) survey found property managers who rent to residents with pets...

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