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  • Step Away From the Bottle

    A common call for Maintenance comes from a clogged or slow drain. Unfortunately, there are a multitude of commercials telling our residents that such irritants can be easily removed by using a bottle of chemicals. “The commercial says “safe for all plumbing,” so that means it’s OK for us to use it as well, right?” residents think. No! First of all, every service request that involves standing...
  • Will You Accept This Rose…And Rent Increase?

    Next Monday is the season finale of “The Bachelorette.” Naturally, I’m an emotional wreck. Despite the upheaval in my personal life, I still managed to cover July 24th’s Webinar Wednesday, “Dollars and Rents: How to Navigate Your Residents Through the Changing Rental Market”—which, coincidentally, discussed my favorite show. According to Webinar moderator Rommel Anacan, President of the...
  • It’s High Time to Talk Medicinal Marijuana

    When I was 13, I went to my very first concert. My mom and uncle took me to see my favorite band, Third Eye Blind, at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland. Two minutes into the show, Mom turned to me and said, “Do you smell that, Lauren? That’s pot. Don’t breathe it in!” Confused as to how I would enjoy the rest of the concert while holding my breath, I nodded, made a mental note and continued...
  • Through the Perilous Fight

    I recently had the opportunity to attend the USA vs. Panama game at Century Link Field in Seattle. It was a day of patriotic celebration and happiness. Fireworks, fútbol chants and team spirit filled the streets of Pioneer Square. This was a match to remember.  The scarves that we received as part of the pricey ticket package sported the slogan “Through the Perilous Fight.” After hanging it on my...

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