APTly Spoken Blog

  • I Hear It’s Supposed to Rain Tomorrow

    If I had to make a life list of the things I most despise, making small talk would fall just below people leaving uneaten desserts at restaurants and glitter (it never goes away). Consider the conversation required in an elevator. Whether it’s a stranger or my best friend, the second those doors shut and I have to decide whether to look directly at them or speak to them through their...
  • Meet the Oldest Property Manager in the World

    The apartment industry has changed a lot over the past three years, let alone 300 years. While we’ll never quite know what it was like back then, I had a little fun imagining a conversation with a property management executive from the 1700s…Me: I’m delighted that you, Leopold Hawthorne, the oldest property management executive in the world, agreed to this interview. Before...
  • Fall & Winter Maintenance: Will It All Fall Down? Or Finally Fall Into Place?

    I am the last person to admit that the seasons are changing, and as much as I want to deny it, fall will approach quickly. My friends are already dusting off their winter boots while I’m clinging to my flip-flops. However, when it comes to property management and the maintenance of investment properties, you have to acknowledge the inevitable. The demand for maintenance is as volatile as...
  • Carol Brady Had the Right Idea

    The best part about having a large family is that you suddenly have an abundance of free labor. Hold on—I’m now getting word that this has not been the case since “The Grapes of Wrath.”  Regardless, I think most people would agree that it’s nice to have people (a young child, your ailing grandmother, etc.) work for you—especially when it’s...

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