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  • Making Your Community The Happiest Place on Earth

    A few weeks before my 12th birthday, my Uncle Mark called me. “If you could go anywhere in the world for your birthday, where would it be?” he asked. “Hawaii!” “Uhh…pick another place.” I thought for a second before the obvious came to mind—Disney World! “Guess what,” Uncle Mark said, “we’re going.” I knew he was lying and I told him so, but he insisted the trip was happening. The more...
  • Don’t Choke When It Matters Most

    My mother has a history of ordering the one bad meal on the menu whenever we go to a restaurant. This combined with her propensity for choking—typically on a particularly sharp shell found in her crab soup, gristle in her cheeseburger or a small but debilitating bone in her fish—always makes for a memorable evening out. We’ve had a lot of experience with this, but one instance stands out due to...
  • Don't You Forget About Me

    Yesterday I went into the community clubhouse to renew my lease for yet another year—partly because I like my apartment, but also because I’m far too lazy to clean out my car, let alone pack everything up and move. As I was sitting there waiting to sign the papers and eating a caramel chew that I swiped from the communal candy dish, I overheard a young couple rattling off a list of complaints to...
  • Play the Communications Game and Win for your Property and Your residents! Here are 5 Ways to Position your Property for Maximum Benefit!

    Cable Operators and Phone Company’s want your business, especially if you have 200 units or more. The reason is obvious; they make heaps of money off your property. In looking at some average cable and internet penetration levels for a standard 200 unit complex, the operator will bring in about $10,790.00 a month. This is using a 65% penetration level and an average resident paying $83 a month....

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