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06
Nov
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Seattle’s Avenue5 Property Management Named One Of Fastest Growing Private Companies

Seattle property management firm named one of fastest growing

Seattle's Avenue5 Residential, a multifamily property management services firm, has been named as one of the 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies of Washington for 2017 in the Puget Sound Business Journal's prestigious annual list, according to a release.

The company has ranked fourth place on the list, based on its revenue increase from 2014 through 2016.

Mon
06
Nov
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Airbnb, Pillow Partner To Make Home Sharing in Apartments Easier

Home sharing partnership between Pillow, Airbnb and Veritas

Airbnb and Pillow have announced a new home sharing partnership to launch in San Francisco that will support landlords and tenants who share their homes on Airbnb, according to a release.

Under the new partnership, Pillow Residential will become the preferred partner for landlords enrolled in Airbnb's Friendly Buildings Program.

Pillow Residential's tools for multi-family housing owners and operators include online dashboards that give landlords information about home sharing and services for hosts who want extra help sharing their space.

Mon
06
Nov
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Provo Company Says “Tell Alexa”To Open Your Smart Blinds

Smart blinds can enhance your apartment or home

Home automation company MySmartBlinds, who released their smartphone-controlled, solar-powered window smart blinds in 2016, are headed for the cloud, according to a release.

The MySmartBlinds hub, which launched on Kickstarter on November 1, will give new and existing MySmartBlinds users access to their window coverings through their Amazon Echo. This means in addition to energy savings, sun-tracking, in-app scheduling, and solar charging, MySmartBlinds users will now be able to enjoy voice control and access their blinds when they are away from home. Pretty smart.

Tue
31
Oct
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9 Insights For Property Managers Heading Into 2018

Property managers and the state of the industry report

There were 9 insights for property managers heading in 2018 that were shared in a recent webinar featuring a survey of 1,200 property managers across the country.

Buildium.com did the survey along with the National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM), in August and September of this year to provide property managers ideas around strategy and growth for the industry heading into 2018.

The survey was about 50-50 female-male, and about 70% of the property managers responding said they were over the age of 40. The insights involved:

Tue
31
Oct
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Is The Outdoor Faucet At Your Rental Property Winter-Proof?

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Is your rental housing outdoor faucet ready for winter? The maintenance checkup this week provided by Keepe to be sure you are your protecting your investment and income as well as your tenants.

If your rental property is occupied and your tenants are running the water, the risk of indoor pipes bursting is low.

However, the outdoor hose bibs are particularly vulnerable to freezing and breaking, especially during a cold night.  Whether you are in the Midwest with below freezing temperatures or in the Pacific Northwest, where winters aren’t as frigid, cold can still spell trouble for your rental property.

Mon
30
Oct
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70% Of Tenants Think Renting Is More Affordable Than Buying

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A large number of renters view renting as an option that fits their lifestyle, and a strategic choice at many life stages, according to new research.

By John Triplett

Rental Housing Journal

More renters say they are satisfied with their living situation and consider it the most affordable option for the foreseeable future despite their view that housing prices -- both to purchase and rent -- continue to rise and supply continues to tighten, according to the research from Freddie Mac and the Harris Poll.

Thu
26
Oct
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Four $2 Tools That Could Save You $$$ On That Next Maintenance Call

Four $2 tools that could save you on that next maintenance call

Tenants these days are expecting immediate response when they have a maintenance need. Here are four small maintenance tools any landlord or property manager can use to save money and provide immediate customer service.

By John Wilhoit

Property management companies that run efficiently have significant systems in place for each phase of operations. 

 Further, there is emphasis on responsibility centers that do not overlap (yes- we are leaving "cross-training" behind for the moment).  In so doing, the company maintains specialization and focus.  This is the way of the world for large well-heeled organizations.  Then, there is everybody else.

The property management business is fragmented to the nth degree from ivory tower suits to Grandma acting as manager of her fourplex with three paying residents.

Wed
25
Oct
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Portland, Salt Lake City Rank No. 1 and No. 2 As Safest Places To Live

Portland, Salt Lake City rank No. 1 and No. 2 as safest places to live

Portland and Salt Lake City rank No. 1 and No. 2 as the safest places to live in the U.S. to avoid natural disasters, and Seattle comes in at No. 5, according to a new report.

The Top 10 Safest Places to avoid natural disasters were analyzed and used eight risk factors from the data to determine the list, according to Sperling's BestPlaces. They looked at the 50 largest metro areas for the report.

The risk factors were weighted by severity and frequency of the threat with the top threats at the top, such as tornados and hurricanes, then flooding and earthquakes, and drought, hail, wind and wildfires which were considered less impactful.

Tue
24
Oct
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Is Your Rental Housing Burglary Proof?

Rental housing burglary

Is your rental housing burglary proof is the maintenance check up this week provided by Keepe to be sure you are your protecting your investment and income as well as your tenants.

A burglary at a rental property “freaks out” the tenants and puts your income and investment at risk.

A burglary is one of the scariest events that can happen at a rental property.

Even worse, absent proper precautions, it can expose the landlord to potential liability claims.

Good security can also be a major factor for tenants or buyers choosing a property.

There are a number of things that property managers and landlords can do to address and mitigate this risk.

Tue
24
Oct
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Ask Key Questions To Be Sure Your Employees Have Mastered Compliance

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The Grace Hill training tip this week focuses on the third in the series on compliance training. Compliance training is important for landlords and property managers to keep up with ever-changing rental housing laws at federal, state and local levels.

By Ellen Clark

Measuring what employees have learned and retained is key to making sure they can use their learnings as they perform the responsibilities of their job.

This is the third post in a series about how to measure the effectiveness of your compliance training program.

Here are the first two parts in case you missed them.

Is Your Property Management Compliance Training Working?

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