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Jason Van Steenwyk
| 8 min. read
Tenant credit checks: What landlords and property managers need to know
Experienced landlords and property managers will tell you: Always run a credit check for tenants before extending a lease agreement! While credit reports have their limitations, the tenant’s prior history is likely the best predictor of how well...
Amanda Maher
| 6 min. read
Popular landscaping trends of summer 2017: Our predictions
A good property manager is always looking for ways to improve a building’s value. With so much attention devoted to the building itself, it’s easy to overlook the value of enhancing a property’s grounds. However, there are a...
Jason Van Steenwyk
| 5 min. read
Must-read mold prevention and mitigation tips for property managers
Mold can be highly destructive to your buildings; highly toxic to your residents; and highly damaging to your profits, too. While there is always a base level of mold in the air, letting a mold problem fester in...
Jessica Thiefels
| 4 min. read
5 tricks for opening up small spaces—without knocking down walls
Renting out a small space can be challenging. We all want the most space for the lowest price—and prospective tenants don’t want to worry about outgrowing their apartment before they’ve even moved in. So how can you make...
Jason Van Steenwyk
| 9 min. read
Fire insurance 101: What landlords & property managers need to know
Fire insurance is critical—but it’s also dangerously easy to neglect. Residential fires are as costly as they are common. In 2015, a structure fire occurred every 63 seconds. 500,000 structure fires occur every year, and the vast majority—77%...
Amanda Maher
| 6 min. read
What to expect if your tenant files for bankruptcy
One of a landlord’s biggest worries is having a tenant who stops paying rent. When that happens, if the tenant doesn’t voluntarily move out, a landlord usually has to go through the eviction process to reclaim possession of...
Amanda Maher
| 5 min. read
6 small apartment amenities to attract new renters
The term “tenant amenities” is most often used when discussing large apartment communities—but this need not be the case. Landlords and property managers should always be thinking of ways to integrate amenities into smaller apartments and buildings as...
Jason Van Steenwyk
| 6 min. read
Why standard terrorism risk insurance may not be enough
If you own or are considering buying an apartment building or multi-family structure of any size, chances are that you’ll need to buy terrorism risk insurance. Standard individual homeowners and auto insurance policies don’t contain terrorism exclusions, but...
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Marc Levetin
| 5 min. read
Income and expenses: What property managers need to know
In an earlier article we explored bookkeeping basics for a financially successful business. The topic warrants further exploration, especially when considering how to keep your company books in the black. You can think of property management income and...
Laurie Mega
| 13 min. read
The ins and outs of HOA reserve fund accounting
If you talk to an association and ask them about their HOA reserve fund accounting, you may hear some pretty unfortunate stories that happened before you arrived; reserve funds that were too low to cover repairs, treasurers who...
Jon Park
| 7 min. read
How to navigate the American housing crisis in 2022
Inflation, stagflation, bear market, shrinkflation—you’ve probably heard all these words tossed around to describe the current U.S. economy conditions. The housing market hasn’t escaped those conditions. It’s estimated that the U.S. had a housing supply deficit of 3.8...
Generate More Revenue—Without Adding New Doors
Sometimes, it can seem like adding new doors is the only way to make more money as a property manager. But with labor shortages putting the squeeze on the availability of new staff and high-quality vendors, getting the...
Robin Young
| 45 min. read
What Attracts Renters to Single-Family Properties, and What Keeps Them from Moving Out
Interest in single-family rentals is soaring. This property type sits atop the market as the largest segment—and it’s only getting bigger. Today, single-family rentals house nearly 45 million people. (That’s 42% of all renters). The question is, what...
Robin Young
| 45 min. read
What Attracts Renters to Small Multifamily Properties, and What Keeps Them from Moving Out
Convenience. Affordability. Extra space. Renters might be sold on everything 2- to 4-unit properties offer, but our recent Renters’ Survey says most aren’t sold on their current unit. In fact, 60% are uncertain they’ll renew their lease this...
Jake Belding
| 15 min. read
Leasing technology playbook: Digital experiences to attract your ideal residents
Learn the specific ways technology can help you create the kind of experience you want to deliver for both you and your applicants.
Jake Belding
| 5 min. read
Powered by Buildium raises more than $76,000 in its 11th Bike MS ride
Sometimes making a difference starts with a single step—or pedal stroke. Buildium employees, alongside their friends and family, teamed up on June 25th and 26th to complete Bike MS: Cape Cod Getaway. The Cape Cod Getaway ride is...

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