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Turning Over a Green Leaf

Turning Over a Green Leaf

Posted on 22. Jun, 2011 by .

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By taking steps to reduce the water and energy used by homes, management may be able to extend the life of existing systems, attract conscientious, green renters and increase operating income.

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Cloud Computing Services

Cloud Computing Services

Posted on 13. Apr, 2011 by .

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In the same way that we trust Google to host email and Facebook to provide a social site, a process called “cloud computing” allows companies to host infrastructure, software and computing capacity. They sell this hosting as “services.”

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Smoke Free Property Management

Smoke Free Property Management

Posted on 01. Apr, 2011 by .

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Since 2006 municipalities across the country have been passing smoke-free ordinances. Some may set rigid timetables while others allow a percentage of smoking units, but they all have the same ultimate goal. To prohibit smoking indoors.

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Let the Sun Shine In with Solar Leasing and Power Purchase Agreements

Let the Sun Shine In with Solar Leasing and Power Purchase Agreements

Posted on 02. Mar, 2011 by .

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Everyone would like to get their electricity from a clean energy source but cost can be a prohibitive factor, particularly for rental properties. Two ideas that may merit further investigation are power purchase agreements (PPAs) and leasing of solar photovoltaic (PV) equipment.

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GPM Electric Vehicle’s Charging into the Future

GPM Electric Vehicle’s Charging into the Future

Posted on 16. Feb, 2011 by .

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The future is here when it comes to electric vehicles or EVs with several models now available to consumers. As gas prices continue their inexorable rise, property management professionals will have to contend with the demands of these new EV owners. The most obvious demand will be a need to access charging infrastructure; in other words, a place to plug in.

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Green Materials Go Mainstream

Green Materials Go Mainstream

Posted on 26. Jan, 2011 by .

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Like cars, homes require repairs and maintenance to keep them safe, secure and comfortable for residents. Green materials help ensure that harmful chemicals are not unwittingly introduced into the household. As with any material, green materials must be durable, perform well and be cost effective. Along with these traits, green property managers also consider toxicity, resource efficiency, amount of virgin material required to produce the product, embodied energy, carbon footprint and ongoing maintenance requirements.

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Save Energy by Marketing Properties to Local Employees

Save Energy by Marketing Properties to Local Employees

Posted on 12. Jan, 2011 by .

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Buildings account for approximately 30% of all energy used in the United States. While this may seem like an astounding number, consider that transportation to and from home and work can consume an equal and more often greater amount of energy. As a real estate and property management professional, there are several ways to decrease this load by attracting local employees to your rentals and altering office practices to encourage greater sustainability.

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Stuff the Stocking, Not the Landfill

Stuff the Stocking, Not the Landfill

Posted on 22. Dec, 2010 by .

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It’s that giving time of year again, so here are a few ideas to help your property management business stay green over the holidays.

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Stormwater Management: From Roof to Root

Stormwater Management: From Roof to Root

Posted on 09. Dec, 2010 by .

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With less than one-percent of the world’s water made up of fresh water, it has become imperative for property management professionals to take a greater hand in managing this most precious resource. Whether you live in the North or South, East or West, the basic process of stormwater management for independent rental operators includes collecting the water, sinking it or diverting it using a variety of methods including vegetation, permeable paving and cisterns.

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Achieving the Triple Bottom Line Through Paperless Office Management

Achieving the Triple Bottom Line Through Paperless Office Management

Posted on 18. Nov, 2010 by .

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Until recently real estate transactions were dominated by the fact that written agreements were the only type of binding agreement according to federal law. With the exception of eviction notices, all other typical real property management functions can be performed online.

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Water and Energy: An Intimate Connection

Water and Energy: An Intimate Connection

Posted on 11. Nov, 2010 by .

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With over 30% of U.S counties projected to suffer severe water shortages by 2050, it seems prudent for independent rental owners and property managers to consider upgrades to fixtures and faucets to help ensure supplies well into the future. Reducing water consumption has the added benefit of lowering charges for sewage, electricity and other fuels used for pumping and heating the water.

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Why Go Green In Property Management

Why Go Green In Property Management

Posted on 26. Aug, 2010 by .

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According to my friends out there who manage single-family rentals, vacancies are high, rents are dropping and it’s tough to find qualified applicants. Gaining an advantage in this atmosphere is more important than ever and going green may be just what the doctor ordered.

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Recycling Resources for Abandoned Property

Recycling Resources for Abandoned Property

Posted on 28. Jun, 2010 by .

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A recurring problem for many property managers today is that the resident moves out but leaves behind this or her household items. This is such a problem in school dormitories that colleges now have year-end auctions just to try to unload the stuff. Amazingly, much of it is perfectly usable electronics equipment, furniture, kitchenware, small appliances and rugs.

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Energy Star Appliances: Your Key to Higher Occupancy

Energy Star Appliances: Your Key to Higher Occupancy

Posted on 18. Jun, 2010 by .

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Housing and demographic trends indicate that families are getting smaller, more single people are seeking housing and people are doubling up out of necessity. Given the current glut of housing across the country and the continuing economic difficulties, what more can rental home managers do to fill vacancies?

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A Drop Saved Is A Drop Earned: Helping Residents Conserve Water Helps You

A Drop Saved Is A Drop Earned: Helping Residents Conserve Water Helps You

Posted on 06. Jun, 2010 by .

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Many people have heard of the term ‘peak oil’, but most are unfamiliar with a new concept called ‘peak water’. This refers to the practice of using more fresh water than the natural water cycle can provide. Peak water is currently resulting in fresh water shortages across the United States.

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A Comprehensive Drought Tolerant Landscape Plan

A Comprehensive Drought Tolerant Landscape Plan

Posted on 11. May, 2010 by .

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Water management districts across the United States are enacting mandates to encourage water conservation. Landscaping often accounts for up to 30% of a property’s water consumption, but with proper maintenance and planning a green property manager may be able to bring that percentage closer to zero.

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Green Home Certification Programs

Green Home Certification Programs

Posted on 13. Apr, 2010 by .

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In most markets it may be difficult to justify the return on investment for green home certification for existing houses, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t something to be learned from these programs.

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What is Green Property Management?

What is Green Property Management?

Posted on 12. Apr, 2010 by .

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By undertaking a green property management plan that seeks to balance human needs with ecological concerns, managers can substantially affect the environment and the quality of life for residents. Our buildings use 40% of the world’s energy and produce 35% of CO2 emissions according to the Worldwatch Institute.

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