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It’s Not Too Late, Austin: How to Rent Your Place for SXSW

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In 2011, SXSW drew 286,000 visitors to Austin. Of the 30,000 hotel rooms in the Austin area, only 6,000 are downtown. This presents a lucrative opportunity for Austin locals to offer their space to the 300,000 expected visitors this year. What considerations should you keep in mind when listing your property?

“Green” Certifications LEEDing Facility Managers

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With sustainability on the minds of facility managers, deciding whether the investment necessary to achieve “green” certifications is worth it may seem overwhelming. Where do you begin? If you manage a facility, here are the green certifications and accreditations experts say you should pay attention to.

Curb Appeal Case Study: Finding Value in the Crafty and Eccentric

Property owners are familiar with the usual roster of curb appeal improvements, such as repainting the property, mowing the lawn and trimming the hedges. Basic steps like these should be done when preparing any property for rental. But beyond the usual, what are some additional ways to enhance curb appeal?

Occupant Behavior: Five Keys to Meeting Environmental Performance Goals


Methods and strategies to boost tenant compliance in LEED and energy-efficient facilities must become an integral part of green building, before and after occupancy. I’ve compiled five ways to encourage behaviors that align with environmental performance goals.

Resident Retention Strategies: Three Tips to Kick Off a Strong 2012

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It’s no secret that tenant turnover has costly effects. A 2011 SatisFacts study estimates move-out costs average $3,900 per unit. I interviewed property managers and retention research experts to collect common sense and creative strategies to encourage lease renewal and increase resident retention.

Risks and Rewards of Short-Term Rentals | A Starter Guide for Property Owners

Short-Term Rental Risks and Rewards

Property managers and independent property owners are vying for a piece of the short-term rental pie. We wrote this guide to help property owners understand the pros and cons of short-term or vacation rentals. Here we present four risks and rewards to help you determine the best option for your property.

Cut Apartment Energy Costs with Energy Monitoring Systems

Energy Monitoring Systems

Energy monitoring systems are an often overlooked – and under-promoted – way for renters to cut utility costs, energy consumption, and their ecological footprint. If apartment owners promoted these devices, they could help cut costs and attract a new generation of tech- and green-savvy renters.

IBM Acquires Tririga; Facilities Management Enters the Limelight

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Last week IBM announced the acquisition of Tririga. What business does Big Blue have buying Tririga, and why now? Tririga’s software will round out IBM’s current offerings with new real estate portfolio management, capital project management, and energy management capabilities.

Expert Round Table Series – Best Practices for Lead Management

In the latest of our Expert Roundtable Series, we report on best practices for managing leads. We interviewed three experts in the multifamily housing market to learn about the technologies and procedures they use for successful lead management. Among our experts are executives from Gables Residential and Archstone.

Top Ten Cities For Renters In 2010

We recently came across a list of the top ten cities ranking places where renting a home or apartment was better than purchasing one. The criteria for the list was rather simple – the cities that had the lowest ratio of average rental price to average home purchase price won a spot on the list. This got us thinking. What are the most “tenant friendly” cities in the United States?

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