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How to Recognize Apartment Crime


An Essential Resource for Maintenance & Operations Professionals • April 2014


Interview Image Overcoming a Legacy of Apartment Crime

Crime at apartment communities can be successfully managed with the right attitude from staff and, more importantly, the right strategies and techniques, according to Brent Sobol, Founder of Legacy Community Housing Corporation. Sobol has made a career out of repositioning distressed multifamily housing properties, and says the most critical part of any crime prevention program and eradication game plan is recognizing the signs of criminal activity or potentially unsafe living conditions.


Ways Income & Expense Results Can Boost Operations  

There are three ways apartment operations professionals can use the NAA Survey of Income & Expenses in Rental Apartment Communities to improve their performance year after year. One, they can use the results as a budgeting tool. Two, they can compare their costs against competitors. And, three, they can use the results to guide acquisitions. The article goes into detail on each of these points.


Cut Costs With Better Water Flow Control

Better apartment landscape irrigation is being achieved by improved management of water flow through systems retrofitted with master valves and flow meter sensors. Apartment communities can now track water usage data literally down to the sprinkler head with a master valve controlling water flow and flow sensors that detect how much water is going through a smart controller-driven system. Fortunately, retrofitting older communities with these critical pieces of technology is much more feasible than ever before.

Growing Demand for Apartments Pushing Up Rents

With demand for apartments surging nationwide, monthly rents are projected to increase for a fifth consecutive year. The average national effective rent increased 12 percent to $1,083 from 2009 to 2013. Steady job growth in recent months has enabled more people to move out on their own. Rising home prices, though, are preventing many from buying. Brad Perozzi, managing director of the Picerne Group, remarks, "We definitely see demand improving, especially the younger demographic coming out of college and being in their prime renter years."

Mapping the Multifamily Customer Journey: A Visual Guide

The Internet is filled with Pinterest boards showing detailed maps and graphics highlighting customer journeys and user experience in all kinds of industries. Understanding the customer journey map for the apartment industry will be helpful for owners and managers to communicate their brand's strategic vision, identify the pivotal points in the decision-making process, and validate the decision to choose their community. There will be a session on customer journey marketing at the 2014 Apartment Internet Marketing Conference.

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It's a win-win when your Company participates in the 2014 NAA Survey of Income & Expenses in Rental Apartment Communities. No other single source of apartment industry specific economic analysis can provide as valuable, accurate financial and benchmarking information. Participate this spring and receive a free copy of the results.
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