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Tue
06
Feb
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7 Types Of Kitchen Countertops For Your Apartments

7 Types Of Kitchen Countertops For Your Apartments

The maintenance checkup this week, provided by Keepe, looks at 7 types of kitchen countertops for your apartments and which works best for you.

Appliances aren’t the only thing that can make or break an apartment property’s kitchen: countertops take up the majority of the kitchen space, affecting the look and feel of the room but also its functionality.

 In most cases, property managers and landlords tend to opt for countertop materials that either look appealing or that are most affordable or easy to repair. While this is understandable, it is important to keep in mind that the best kind of home design - from furnishing and decor to basic construction - should aim to thoughtfully combine aesthetics, practicality and affordability. The following guide reviews the qualities of common countertop materials and their pros and cons to help you choose the best material for your kitchen countertops.

Wed
31
Jan
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Company Appeals To Stop Short-Term Airbnb Rentals At Apartments

Company appeals to stop short-term rentals at its properties

One of the largest owners and operators of apartments in the U.S. wants to stop short-term rentals that violate its leases, and has filed an appeal in California to stop Airbnb from illegally renting its apartments, according to a release.

"We are standing up for the rights of our company and our residents who want and expect to live in peaceful, quiet residential communities," Aimco Executive Vice President of Operations Keith Kimmel, said in the release. "Our residents do not want to live in a de-facto hotel for spring-break partiers, vacationers and other unvetted strangers who disturb the peace at all hours, who have caused significant property damage, and who pose a safety risk to our residents."

Tue
30
Jan
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Research Recommends Portland Remove Small Landlord Exemption

Research Recommends Portland Remove Small Landlord Exemption

A new research study recommends Portland remove the small landlord exception for owners who have only one property and require them to pay moving expenses if they evict a tenant for no-cause or rent increases over 10 percent, according to reports.

Chariot Wheel Research Consultants authored the study which says, “This single-unit exemption not only undermines the spirit of the law, it leaves nearly 20% of renter households vulnerable to the same double-digit rent increases and no-cause evictions which precipitated the housing state of emergency to begin with, thus perpetuating and exacerbating the very hardships the RELO ordinance seeks to mitigate.

Mayor Ted Wheeler says more study is needed before any changes

Tue
30
Jan
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Is Your Property Ready for An Apartment Open House?

Is Your Property Ready for An Apartment Open House?

The maintenance check up this week, provided by Keepe, asks whether you are ready for an apartment open house at your property and provides a maintenance checklist for property showings.

When looking for new tenants, ensuring that a property is in its best possible shape should be at the top of any property manager’s list.

Serious prospective tenants will likely be able to look past the smell of freshly baked cookies and notice the property’s functional and structural details to ultimately decide whether a property it’s worth their time and money.

The most effective approach for getting a ready for an apartment open house begins with highlighting its best qualities while making sure that those needing work are tended to - and this does not necessarily require expensive or drastic makeovers!

Tue
30
Jan
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Multifamily Industry Needs To Catch Up To Coming Demands

Multifamily Industry Needs To Catch Up To Coming Demands

New research on the multifamily industry shows the need for developers, investors, property managers and architects to adapt to the shifting demographics and psychographics of the renter population in order to effectively meet the demand for 4.6 million new apartment units by 2030, according to the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC).

 

The apartment of tomorrow and the coming distruption

Mon
29
Jan
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Car Charging As A New Source Of Apartment Revenue

Car Charging As A New Source Of Apartment Revenue

Car charging at apartment buildings for the growing number of electric vehicles can be a new source of revenue for the multifamily industry.

By Peter Vierthaler 

If you own an apartment building with parking spaces, you have just struck oil.

New technology creates significantly more electric capacity to charge cars in your garage or lot. Car charging is a new source of revenue. Parking spaces with car chargers rent for up to $50 more per stall.

Early adopters of car charging will realize more income and less vacancy. The cost of electricity can be billed back to the tenants.

Electric and chargeable hybrid cars are a rising share of the automobile market.

Thu
25
Jan
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Renters Now A Majority In Almost 25 Percent Of Largest U.S. Cities

Renters Now A Majority In Almost 25 Percent Of Largest U.S. Cities

Renters are now a majority in almost a quarter of the 100 largest U.S. cities as they shifted from owner- to renter-majority between 2006 and 2016, according to a new report from RentCafe.

Renters took over in 22 cities including key markets like Chicago, San Diego, Detroit, Austin and  Sacramento, boosting the total number of renter-dominated cities to 42. 

“Furthermore, over the 10-year period we analyzed, rentership growth outpaced homeownership in 97 of the 100 most populous cities,” RentCafe writes in the report.

Tue
23
Jan
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Have You Reviewed Your Criminal Background Checks Policy Lately?

Have You Reviewed Your Criminal Background Checks Policy Lately?

The Grace Hill training tip of the week focuses on your criminal background checks policy and whether you are using it correctly.

By Ellen Clark

A federal lawsuit in New York is challenging a landlord’s blanket ban on leasing to people with criminal backgrounds. The federal government has advised landlords against such bans, saying they could violate fair housing laws, but the practice persists.

Tue
23
Jan
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How To Make Apartment Move-In Easier For Tenants And Managers

How To Make Apartment Move-In  Easier For Tenants And Managers

The apartment move-in process can often frustrate both tenants and property managers as it is not just the physical move-in. It is all the processes that need to be done before that moving truck ever shows up.

By John Triplett

Rental Housing Journal

Landlords and property managers know that tenant communication is one of their biggest challenges. Technology can improve that communication, including digital tools that improve the move-in experience. Millennials especially appreciate easy-to-use technology from apartment management.

“The issue for the resident is the average American takes 10 to 15 hours to just deal with the actual process of moving,” said Ash Bell, vice president and executive director of property management for moving website  Updater.com,  in an interview with Rental Housing Journal.

Tue
23
Jan
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Strong Multifamily Market To Continue In 2018

multifamily market 2018

The multifamily market will see continued strength in 2018, largely mirroring last year's performance, according to new findings in the Freddie Mac Multifamily 2018 Mid-Year Outlook.

The outlook also shows Sacramento, Portland, Seattle, Tacoma and Colorado Springs among the top 10 metros for income growth in 2018.

In the outlook, Freddie Mac Multifamily Research and Modeling Vice President Steve Guggenmos and Manager Sara Hoffmann find:

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