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Posted on 6/29/2010
NAA New Orleans Conference Units Magazine
Managing employees from the corner office feels like “us versus them,” and according to presenters at yesterday’s session, “Challenges in Leadership Roles for a Changing Industry,” bridging the gap begins with improving communication.
Posted on 3/16/2010
Have Our Career Blueprints Really Changed?
As with many individuals in the multifamily industry, I too started out "on site" as a leasing consultant. In those days just having a "friendly, outgoing personality" seemed to be the key to being successful. Listening to the customers and helping them with their housing concerns was an easy task and career advancements were sometimes more "being in the right place at the right time" than actual promotions.
Posted on 3/16/2010
Budgeting For The 21st Century
I remember when I first started in the property management industry over 25 years ago. Things were so different then. The basic concept of “getting the money in the bank” and keeping the residents happy seemed to be the only real challenges. There were no budgets to speak of, or they were just basic “guidelines” that the company or owner gave you to follow. There was generally sufficient money to use for the routine necessities of running a property. Resident functions were the “highlight” of the month’s activities. Other than the occasional “ hot tempered resident”, life seemed relatively simple.
Posted on 3/16/2010
Sailing In Uncharted Waters...
Everyone wants to be accepted for who they are. The very nature of a human being is based on wanting to be a “part” of something; to belong. As we go through our lives, at various stages, we can remember certain people who “stood out” among the crowds we encountered; a comforting friend, an inspirational teacher, or a friendly neighbor.
Posted on 3/16/2010
Size Really DOESN'T Matter
Things Individual Property Owners Should Know to Keep Out of Legal Hot Water “But we only have 70 units.” “We have never had any problems before.” “Everyone knows how we run our property.” “No one is complaining.” “We have always done business this way. Besides I can’t afford to do all the things the big companies do!”
Posted on 3/16/2010
So When Do I Get My Money Back?!
One of our greatest industry challenges between our on site personnel and the resident is the question of “ Did you really clean the apartment upon move out?” Often times, the resident actually makes the comment, “I left it cleaner than when I moved in!” Perception is reality in the eye of the beholder….
Posted on 3/16/2010
"Theres More To Maintenance Than Nuts & Bolts"
I was interviewing a maintenance technician applicant for an opening we had at one of our communities one day. His resume was very strong in technical skills and abilities and he had several licenses and certificates of completion from various trade schools. I began to discuss what his responsibilities would be. While during the discussion I was explaining about our procedures on handling service requests, he stopped me and said, “You mean work orders, don’t you?”
Posted on 3/16/2010
Fair Housing For Maintenance
I was interviewing a maintenance technician applicant for an opening we had at one of our communities one day. His resume was very strong in technical skills and abilities and he had several licenses and certificates of completion from various trade schools. I began to discuss what his responsibilities would be. While during the discussion I was explaining about our procedures on handling service requests according to the Fair Housing practices, he stopped me and said, “Oh, yeah I know all about that. But isn’t that Fair Housing stuff just for the office people?”
Dear Jackie,
I just wanted to thank you for a fabulous presentation! We loved your energy and your marketing presentation that you delivered at Apartment Association of Greater Philadelphia and taking time out of your schedule to join Brian and I afterwards! We would love to have you come speak to our managers and look forward to having you come out to our next Property Manager's meeting!

PS. I already talked to Linda today regarding finishing my CAM! Thanks for the boost!!!


Elisha Wolstenholme
Director of Leasing & Corporate Branding
The Galman Group
Philadelphia
Jackie, I just wanted to say that it was, indeed, a pleasure to have you speak to us today at the Chattanooga Apartment Association. The information you provided to us was both informative and inspiring, and was much appreciated by my staff and me. I hope that you found us to be a captive and receptive audience, and that you will come back to speak with us again in the future. Thanks again for what was the best motivational and educational event we have had thus far! Sincerely, Sean J. McEwen

Sean J. McEwen
Property Manager
Cummings Place Apartment Homes
Chattanooga
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