Thursday, June 19, 2014
With every ounce of energy I can muster at 7 a.m., let’s get excited, people! The 2014 NAA Education Conference & Exposition is underway. If you’re not in Denver with the best and brightest in our industry, I hope you feel really bad about yourself. No, not really. But maybe a little.
This year marks my fifth conference, which is to say that I’m pretty much a jaded old woman who has seen and...
Thursday, June 12, 2014
My Dad has been a teacher for over 35 years. Take a minute and think about just how many annoying high schoolers that shakes out to be. It’s, like, a million.
Growing up I considered following suit, turning the shaping of young minds into a family business of sorts. And then I grew up a little more and realized that, truth be told, I don’t really care for teenagers. Nor do I care for grading...
Valerie Hayman Sklar
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Nearly one-third of Americans choose to rent their homes, according to the National Apartment Association (NAA). That’s a lot of choices, and attracting the best residents to your property isn’t easy.Residents select their homes on a number of criteria—from location and price to amenities and customer service. Your leasing staff and maintenance crew play a vital role in recruiting residents and...
Thursday, May 8, 2014
“Son of a b****, there are maggots!”
I can still hear my mom yelling this when I was eight years old. She’d driven my younger brother and me to the gas station to vacuum our grey Oldsmobile, only to lift up the back seats and discover several white maggots, the sight of which produced instantaneous dry heaving.
This was, of course, our fault. You can only drop so...