Mar 062015
 
Guest Post: Creating Active Adult Communities that Withstand the Test of Time

By David Smith, Florida Division President, AV Homes Baby boomers are known for their commitment to progress, and their pursuit of revolutionary new ideas. It is only fitting, then, that the generation that redefined activism decades ago is changing what it means to be an active adult today. As developers, managers, board members and property [...]

Feb 192015
 
Guest Blog: Active Adult Living: Marketing Amenities for Broad Appeal

By Michael Mendillo, President, FirstService Residential Mid-Atlantic For today’s active adult residents, a marketable and appealing community amenity is not what it used to be. In fact, it’s not one specific thing at all, unlike in the past when a top-notch golf course drove the formula for success. Now amenities are a different story altogether–a [...]

Feb 182015
 
What Renters Want with Jessica Fiur: 5 Ways You're Infuriating Your Renters

Have you ever been minding your business on the subway, when, at the next stop, someone innocently sits across from you, and then, for some infuriating reason, starts clipping his nails? And even though you turn up your music and try to look anywhere but at that person, you hear the click of the clippers, [...]

Feb 132015
 
What Renters Want with Jessica Fiur: 50 Shades of Property Management

It’s Valentine’s Day on Saturday, which is a great time to show your residents you appreciate them. Are you searching for some ideas for something special to do at your community? Well, as you know, a little movie called Fifty Shades of Grey is coming out this weekend. And even though it’s a movie based on a book [...]

Feb 112015
 
What Renters Want with Jessica Fiur: Could Apartments Turn Down Anti-Vax Renters?

So, I’m going to see the band Bush in a few weeks. They were popular in the ’90s (and was my first concert, like, ever), and they’re totally back! I’m so excited! Do you know what’s also back? Flannel shirts. Oh, and measles. As I’m sure you’ve heard, even though it was considered eradicated in [...]

Feb 102015
 
What Renters Want with Jessica Fiur: The Problem With Some Amenities

Theoretically, you could have a community that is 100-percent leased even though it doesn’t offer any amenities. After all, amenities are just the icing—the “cake” of an apartment is a safe place where people can live. That’s all. And plenty of apartment buildings are just that—apartments with no frills. But, as we all know, the [...]

Jan 292015
 
What Renters Want with Jessica Fiur: Alternative Super Bowl Party Activities for Residents

It’s almost Super Bowl Sunday. I know, I don’t really care either. But it is a good excuse to have a fun event for your residents. If you’re like me and couldn’t tell a football from… a slightly deflated football and have no idea why this is an issue, then here are some alternative activities [...]

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 [...]