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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.

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.

How To Negotiate Your Rent in 2010 | A 10-Step Guide

Negotiate Your Rent

The National Multi Housing Council recently reported that the U.S. apartment market was “tighter” than it had been at any point in the last four years. A “tight” market is defined as one with low vacancies and high rent increases. The tighter the market is, the harder it is for renters to get good deals.

Ask Your Landlord About Their Green Credentials

The next time you’re searching for a rental property, throw out this question to your potential landlord and gauge their reaction: “What are your green credentials?” The response you get probably will range from a quizzical look to a mumbled sentence about switching to new light bulbs. Sustainable practices haven’t caught on as quickly in property management as in other industries.

Property Management Software Sure Is SaaSy

If it’s been a while since you last rented an apartment or a house, you may be surprised to find that the property management industry is much more tech savvy than you remember. The rise in software vendors offering web-based systems for property management is driving the adoption of new technology by property managers. Web-based software vendors have recently started to emerge.

Searching for Real Estate Made Easy: Geo-Fences Plus Mobile Phones

It’s Saturday morning. Joel and Rebecca are walking their dog through a neighborhood in Austin, TX. As they walk, they chat about the movie they saw last night, what they’re going to make for dinner, and the big trip they have planned for next weekend. You wouldn’t know it by listening to their conversation, but the couple is also house hunting.

Survey Results: How Are Property Managers Using Technology?

Last week, Software Advice set out to learn about the state of technology among property managers and how they are using property management software. Thanks to the 70 of you who responded to our survey, we gathered interesting information on social media use, business growth, lead tracking, and other areas. We invite you to review these trends and stats.

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