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, 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 [...]

Sep 302014
What Renters Want with Jessica Fiur: The Simpsons, Family Guy and Multifamily Community Outreach

You are either a Simpsons fan, or a Family Guy fan. Sure, they both have similar premises, and they’ve both been running forever. But The Simpsons used to be is clever and offers an endless supply of quotable lines (ex: “You’ll have to speak up! I’m wearing a towel!”), while Family Guy is meaner and [...]

Sep 292014
Guest Blog: Tackling Seismic Retrofits

By Homer Yim, Territorial Manager, Simpson Strong-Tie Twenty-five years ago, the Loma Prieta earthquake struck the San Francisco Bay Area. Lasting only seconds, the quake measured 6.9 on the Richter scale and left thousands of residents homeless. The images were unforgettable: Neighborhoods on fire, failing bridges, and homes in the Marina District collapsing in heaps [...]

Sep 182014
'What Renters Want' with Jessica Fiur: Are You Doing This Crucial Step for New Employees?

In high school, I got a job at a well-known undergarment chain store at the mall as a sales associate. My first day at work, I was given a tape measure to wear around my neck and was told to stand in the front of the store. I knew nothing about the different fabric or [...]

Sep 112014
'What Renters Want' with Jessica Fiur: Using U2's New Album Strategy for Multifamily

A lot of new and surprising things were revealed during Apple’s announcement this week, besides the fact that we’re all throwing out our current functioning phones to get the iPhone 6 (which is neither new nor surprising, but rather old news, and, at this point, frankly a cliche): We can soon pay for everything with [...]