Jan 232015
What Renters Want with Jessica Fiur: Why You Should NOT Use Facebook at Your Community

It seems like everyone uses Facebook. You use it. I use it. Your weird aunt who still plays Candy Crush and keeps sending you requests to join for some reason uses it. So, it’s been pretty much decided in the apartment industry that it’s necessary to have a community Facebook (and Twitter, and, for some [...]

Jan 122015
What Renters Want with Jessica Fiur: Property Management Lessons from the Golden Globes

Did you watch the Golden Globes last night? If you missed it, you missed out. There were gorgeous movie stars, gorgeous dresses, flowing champagne, George Clooney in a tuxedo and property management lessons. Seriously. In case you missed it, here are some property management lessons I gleaned from watching the awards show. Go for mass [...]

Dec 302014
What Renters Want with Jessica Fiur: Goodbye, 2014: Apartment Trends We're So Over

As a real estate editor, I see my fair share of apartment trends. Some are pretty awesome—guest suites! package management systems! Frozen sing-alongs! [insert some pun here to 'let it go.' I'm not feeling creative]. But for some trends, well, can’t we just “let them go” already? (Yes! Nailed it!) I’m sure some people still love [...]

Dec 292014
'The Accidental Economist' with Jack Kern: Oil Prices Slip Sliding Away

I think in many respects being an economist means you look at things the same way an urban planner does but with a much longer time horizon. A planner thinks about what initiatives make the city better today. An economist thinks about what is happening now that will affect what the city will look like, [...]

Dec 102014
What Renters Want with Jessica Fiur: The Importance of Package Management

Packages. They’re not something we normally think about, until we’re waiting to get one. (And, since it’s the holiday season now, it seems like all the time.) It doesn’t seem like that sexy of an amenity. I mean, give me a virtual golf simulator, a concierge that can get me restaurant reservations, hell, even a [...]

Nov 212014
What Renters Want with Jessica Fiur: Celebrating Thanksgiving at Your Student Housing Communities

It’s that time of year. Time for turkey, stuffing, and young adults coming home to their parents’ house with a mountain of dirty laundry. Around Thanksgiving, many students head home, which will probably leave your student housing community pretty empty in the coming week. Before everyone clears out for the holiday, here are some things [...]

Nov 072014
Guest Blog: Canada vs. The United States: Comparing Student Housing Markets

By Darren Vanecko, President, Places4Students.com Over the past decade, the student housing market in the United States has been rapidly expanding with the boom of purpose-built student housing. With each passing year, the number of student housing bed deliveries seems to be increasing alongside enrollment rates. The same, however, cannot be said about Canada. Yes, [...]

Nov 062014
What Renters Want with Jessica Fiur: Should Your Community Have a Guest Suite?

There are amenities, and then there are amenities. Sure, gyms and car changing stations and swimming pools are all well and good. But what about a guest suite? An amenity that will prevent that weirdo friend from college (whom you haven’t talked to in 15 years but is going to be in town and wants [...]

Oct 212014
Guest Blog: How to Prepare your Rental Property for a Safe and Fun Halloween

By Nicoleta Iudean Halloween—the most fang-tastic celebration of the year—is just around the corner. Most of your residents, both kids and grownups, will keep busy these days with choosing the spookiest costumes, buying sweets, carving pumpkins and putting up creepy decorations in their apartments. On the other hand, you—as a landlord or property manager—face some [...]

Oct 072014
Guest Blog: Fighting Fire with Planning, Preparation and Communication: What Multifamily Managers Need to Know

By Brian Taylor, Executive Director, Talega Maintenance Corporation, Managed by FirstService Residential Managers of multifamily properties face critical challenges every day. They perform multiple tasks simultaneously, proactively assessing and enacting strategies to improve property features and systems, developing and implementing marketing plans and reacting to the troubles that surface on any given day. Inevitably, managers are [...]