Tag Archives: Real Estate
Posted on 23. May, 2012 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
Spring is in full force across the country. Meanwhile, property managers have been busy preparing their properties for warm weather. Landscapes are being aerated, dead tree limbs removed, and flowers planted everywhere you look.
Posted on 08. Feb, 2012 by Marc Courtenay.
These are mainly good times for property managers. The number of new residents needing rental housing is increasing, rents are rising, and vacancies are filling up. On top of that we learned today (11/10/11) that the average rate on 30-year fixed mortgages fell below 4 percent for just the second time in history. Freddie Mac said the rate on the 30-year fixed loan fell to 3.99 percent, down from 4 percent last week. Five weeks ago, it dropped to a record low of 3.94 percent, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Posted on 06. Apr, 2011 by Jennifer Marcus Newton.
Who knew there was a link between energy savings at your local property management office and job creation on a national level?
Yet President Obama’s Better Buildings Initiative connects the two. According to the President, “[m]aking our buildings more energy efficient is one of the fastest, easiest and cheapest ways to save money, combat pollution and create jobs right here in the United States of America.”
Posted on 16. Feb, 2011 by Kimberly Madrigal.
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.
Posted on 16. Dec, 2010 by Jennifer Marcus Newton.
Market demand is an impressively powerful force, and it’s not always for the good of the planet. But in the case of a small thing like a paint roller tray or a less toxic paint, things are looking better. And so is my kitchen.
Sometimes it’s the small things that have the greatest impact.
Posted on 06. Dec, 2010 by Jennifer Marcus Newton.
If deconstruction is a new trend in the world of real estate development, you can expect re-use centers to be brimming with stock and plenty of opportunities for you to find just what you need at a very green price. I imagine that tracking and searching inventory will eventually become more sophisticated and easier to navigate as the demand for deconstruction increases.
Posted on 22. Nov, 2010 by Jennifer Marcus Newton.
The earth benefits of eco-brokering are self-evident. But I wanted to know how certification helped an agent’s business, so I sat down with Gina Vermilyea to discuss eco-brokering and what led her to get certified.
Posted on 19. Oct, 2010 by Jennifer Marcus Newton.
A few months ago, I met – quite by chance – an eco-broker. According to her business card, this was no ordinary eco-broker. She was Minnesota’s first eco-broker. And she happened to be representing a friend of mine who found himself in a pickle. A property he’d had on the market for a few years was finally getting serious interest from potential buyers.
Posted on 03. Sep, 2010 by Marc Courtenay.
Even though we haven’t seen lots of mainstream media stories about the benefits of a “Green” approach to property management, the subject is “hot”. Well, maybe not as “hot” as a story about Geothermal Energy or how to install solar panels on your roof to create your own hot water. But the “Green and Clean” consciousness is actually growing more than ever.
Posted on 19. Aug, 2010 by Jennifer Marcus Newton.
I recently had an uncomfortable, albeit necessary conversation with a landlord who owns a property on my block. This face-to-face meeting followed a rocky year with one of her tenants—the kind of neighbor no one wants to live near: Yelling in the street at all hours of the night, an unkempt yard complete with garbage bags that languished in the front yard for weeks on end, and serving as headquarters for increasingly badly behaved teenagers with hobbies that included drug dealing. Needless to say, neighbors were not happy.
Posted on 13. Aug, 2010 by Nora Betz.
Sure a new landscaping project has some associated up front costs, however making strategic environmentally friendly changes to your yard can help you save money long term. Different aspects of going green include energy conservation, using less water, and reducing environmental pollution.
Posted on 26. Mar, 2010 by Dan Wilhelm.
For lots of reasons, more and more people are becoming interested in the environment – some from an altruistic motivation, others from a purely economical or utilitarian perspective. However, the reality is that we, the people the-world-over, have wholly abused our local ecologies…
Posted on 23. Mar, 2010 by Dan Wilhelm.
It seems that lately every industry in the free world is claiming some stake in the surging green movement. The Baby Boomer generation has been forever passionate about its health and the state of the environment, and both generations “X” and the latest generation “Y” appear to be no less interested.