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  • Ways to Save Water in the Landscape

    Large water rate increases are being adopted in many regions across the country. With water bills likely increasing in many regions around the country, it might be time to reevaluate your land scaping, and how this affects your water usage.  It’s been reported that residential areas use an estimated 60 percent of their total water intake on their landscaping alone, and businesses an estimated 40...
  • Just Call Me Mrs. CEO

    If I were named CEO, which will probably happen in three to four years tops, my immediate to-do list would be as follows: 1. Get a door for my cubicle. Or at least some decorative beads for the entryway. 2. Institute Macaroni Mondays. One box per employee, strictly of the shell variety. I like it when the cheese gets trapped inside. 3. Commission an artist to paint a window with pretty scenery...
  • Canned Chili and Burned Popcorn: The Perfect Ingredients For a Potential Lease Violation

    Microwave popcorn is pretty straightforward. You take the bag out of the wrapper, put it in the microwave right-side up, and remove it when the kernels have popped. All things considered, it’s an easy task for the average college-educated professional. Then again, I never claimed to be average. Just this week I destroyed my third bag of popcorn this year, unable to grasp a very valuable lesson...
  • Why “Resident Events” Don’t Equal “Resident Retention”

    Every once in a while I Google “Resident Retention” just to see what comes up.  And each time, I am disappointed in the results. In an industry that has seen customer turnover fluctuate between 55 percent and 62 percent over the past 10 years, do we really believe that the answer is better move-in gifts, cute door hangers and more pizza parties? Some of the suggestions I read  included...

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