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Amanda Maher
| 7 min. read
NYC management company facing blowback after demanding residents prove U.S. citizenship
Can you ask tenants if they’re U.S. citizens? On June 12, residents living in an apartment building at the corner of 42nd Avenue and Junction Boulevard in Queens, NY came home to the following notice posted on their...
Jason Van Steenwyk
| 7 min. read
11 community-building event ideas for property managers (+ 7 tips for success!)
Every profession has its Holy Grail. For football players, it’s a Super Bowl ring. For insurance salespeople, it’s ‘Top of the Table’ status in the Million Dollar Round Table. In the property management business, the Holy Grail is...
Jason Van Steenwyk
| 5 min. read
The property manager’s pool safety checklist: 16 must-read tips
Summer is prime time for swimming—which means that it’s time for a refresher on community pool safety. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 346 children under the age of 15 drowned in pools and hot tubs...
Amanda Maher
| 8 min. read
Rental property fires: The 10 steps landlords need to follow
Last year, the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland gripped the nation’s attention. 36 people were killed after a fire broke out in an artists’ collective in a warehouse building, which was being used illegally as a living and...
Jason Van Steenwyk
| 12 min. read
Deadly London apartment blaze highlights fire safety issues
The Grenfell Tower Fire: What Happened? From June 14 to 17, a deadly blaze ravaged the 24-story Grenfell Tower, a government-owned apartment building in an affluent London borough. The ongoing search, recovery, and identification process means that an...
Jessica Thiefels
| 5 min. read
5 summer property maintenance projects to prep for fall renters
Outside of regular property maintenance services, there are a number of items that should always be on your in-between seasons checklist. These chores and upgrades prepare your property for the upcoming season, avoiding costly repairs and the last-minute...
Amanda Maher
| 9 min. read
Rent-to-own homes: Do the risks outweigh the benefits?
During the 1980s and 1990s, “rent-to-own” homes were relatively popular. The notion that renters could take a home for a test drive before purchasing it lured in many prospective homeowners. It was a great option for people who...
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...
Daniel Craig
| 5 min. read
The PM forecasting mindset
No one can deny that 2020 has been a year of change, and as entrepreneurs, agility is what we thrive on. With every new obstacle has come new opportunities—and this year has been filled to the brim with...
Laurie Mega
| 8 min. read
How to run flawless, virtual HOA board meetings: Tips from a pro
Since the beginning of lockdown, property managers have had to come up with innovative ways to keep their residents safe while still providing the best service possible. One big change has been the way they run virtual HOA...
Amanda Maher
| 5 min. read
How does a 1031 exchange work? What property managers should know
Established real estate investors and property managers are likely already familiar with 1031 exchanges. The concept itself is simple: Reinvest the proceeds from the sale of a business or investment property into a like-kind investment in order to...
Tony Maiella
| 35 min. read
Forecasting 2020, Planning 2021 [Interview]
Knowing where you stand and forecasting the future: These are both simple ideas in business, but trickier than ever these days for property management companies. In order to do both, sound accounting practices and a simple forecasting framework...
Tony Maiella
| 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...
Laurie Mega
| 14 min. read
Property maintenance services: Everything you need to know from trends to seasonal checklists
Property maintenance services are a big part of what you do as a property management firm. Done right, regular property maintenance does more than just keep up the place. It provides value and safety for both your residents...
Tony Maiella
| 28 min. read
First 90 Days with Buildium: Essential Property Management
“Hitting the ground running” sometimes isn’t fast enough in property management. These days, property managers are sprinting as they have overhauled their businesses and adapted to the COVID-19 crisis. That’s particularly why it was so rewarding to talk...
Deb Newell
| 5 min. read
Why change up your business model now?: A property management consultant’s perspective
How many times have you heard that this is now your “new normal?” How many times have you pondered what COVID-19 will mean for the long term of your business? It’s no secret that your world—our industry—has changed...

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