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  • 27 Going On 72

    I love Bingo and I’m not afraid to say it.  In fact, one highlight of my family’s annual beach vacation to Chincoteague, Va., is going to the town carnival at least three times to play Bingo. It’s a scene straight out of “The Andy Griffith Show”, with the town’s elderly volunteer fireman calling out the numbers and making inappropriate remarks whenever...
  • Six 2014 Resolutions for Work

    What we normally do...Its that time of year when we all reflect on our experiences of the last year and look forward to what may come. In this moment most of us take a hard look at ourselves and resolve to make a resolution to improve in one way or another in our personal lives. This is a great practice and helps each of us to aspire to be better in our future in our homes, with our families,...
  • 3 Hidden Bottom-Line Boosters

    Hidden costs are inevitable in property management, and most communities’ maintenance shops and offices will be reduced at some point. Keeping a detailed, close eye on inventory will help some, but there are other ways to boost your bottom line.1. Consolidate contracts. By adopting the streamlined approach to national contract negotiations, companies can save thousands. The old-school way...
  • With Utilities comes Responsibility

    One of the first questions apartment hunters ask me is the breakdown of utility billing. What do tenants pay and what does the building pay? I’m never able to gauge ahead of time what their reaction will be when I state the circumstances. The best advice I’ve been able to gain from researching the most common practices, is that building owners should pay “some” of the...

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