Resident Safety: A Common-Sense Approach

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By: Nick Frantz

Security is a tough nut. Everyone wants it, yet no one can guarantee it. Most lease agreements make that clear. But as you well know, resident safety is not completely out of your realm of responsibility. So let’s take a common-sense look at some of the legal, ethical and business aspects.

Industry News: Apartment Market Expansion Continues as Growth Rate Moderates

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“Even after nearly three years of recovery, apartment markets around the country remain strong as more report tightening conditions than not…”

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Apartment markets improved across all areas for the seventh quarter in a row, but the pace of improvement moderated according to the National Multi Housing Council’s (NMHC) Quarterly Survey of Apartment Market Conditions. The survey’s indexes measuring Market Tightness (56), Sales Volume (51), Equity Financing (56) and Debt Financing (65) all measured at 50 or higher, indicating growth from the previous quarter.

Doing More with Less

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5 Tips for Facing the Unrelenting Challenge

By Nick Frantz

“We need to do more with less.” At work, at home, in our communities… the mandate is unrelenting. It’s a challenge; but it’s also a reality. So let’s approach it with a positive mind set. After all, doing more with less means becoming more efficient.

Identifying Human Trafficking

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How Property Managers and Multi-Family Employees Can Help Identify Human Trafficking

By: Elizabeth Whited

To be honest, have you ever considered your role in your community when it comes to helping to uncover and end human trafficking? I had to ask myself the same question, because until I began working for my company, I was unaware of the extent of this issue, and how professionals in the Real Estate Industry have the ability to change it.

Apple Newsstand App Release Announcement

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Apartment Management Magazine Premieres Apple Newsstand Apps for Monthly Magazines

Apartment News Publications, Inc collaborates with Bluepaper LLC to develop free Apps for Apple Mobile devices!

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – November 6, 2012 – Apartment News Publications, Inc. has announced the release of the publication’s first free iPhone & iPad applications.  Monthly readers, consisting of Multi-Family & Commercial Property Owners and Managers, will now have the ability to access magazine articles, service vendor contact information, as well as have immediate access to web based features within the app through a WiFi or 3G cellular connection or better.

‘It’s a Mold Problem, Trust Me…’ Really?!?!

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By: Jason Harris

This article is an in depth exploration of the concepts “Test Only” and “Conflict of Interest” in the mold services industry.

Test Only

Property Managers need to perform a certain amount of due diligence when investigating the frequent occurrence of tenants who complain about mold.  Sometimes there is a problem, other times there is not. A test only company will perform an inspection of the unit, collect moisture readings, and collect samples to confirm or rule out a mold problem. A certified mold inspector will usually tell you if there is no problem.  A full service mold removal (Test and Remove) company will usually tell you there definitely is a problem.

Getting Up to Speed with California’s PACE Program

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By: Rachel Parker

The solar industry has seen an influx of changes in recent years. Being such a new industry—and a technology very recently seen wider adoption by consumers—its dynamics will continue to fluctuate as more and more property owners embrace and invest in the value of owning their own electricity. At the end of the day, while most news outlets, analysts, advocacy groups and even solar companies tout the benefits of solar from the renewable energy perspective, the real hidden benefit of solar is its cost savings. This is especially true in regions, like the West, where see some of the highest utility rates in the country.