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  • Are You Afraid of the Dark?

    When I was a young girl and came home after a night out with my family, I always stepped inside the house, turned on all the lights and immediately shouted, “Any witches, robbers or ghosts, please come out!” As you can imagine, the moments following that desperate plea were terrifying. Had a witch suddenly made her presence known, I don’t know what the next step would have been. The dark—and...
  • HG Fenton, Ellis Trick Multifamily, Fogelman Earn SatisFacts’ Top Resident Satisfaction Awards

    H G Fenton, based in San Diego, Calif., and Ellis Trick Multifamily, Tuscaloosa, Ala., tied for the highest portfolio score in SatisFacts’ 2010 National Resident Satisfaction Awards. Additionally, Fogelman Properties, Memphis, earned the Exceptional Portfolio Score Award through its participation in SatisFacts’ 365 Day/Year Resident Feedback Program. These firms are among the more than 100...
  • Ways to Save Water in the Landscape

    Large water rate increases are being adopted in many regions across the country. With water bills likely increasing in many regions around the country, it might be time to reevaluate your land scaping, and how this affects your water usage.  It’s been reported that residential areas use an estimated 60 percent of their total water intake on their landscaping alone, and businesses an estimated 40...
  • Leasing vs. Retention - A Contrarian View

    I read an intriguing point in an online discussion about revenue management: “Turn cost is a factor, but it is also a sunk cost unless you wish to favor renewals over new leases.” Ah, “unless” you favor protecting your existing revenue stream!  This is a huge issue…leasing/marketing vs. retention. Which should be the priority? Loss minimization vs. revenue/cash flow maximization. Filling empty...

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