Tag Archives: Real Estate

How to Make Spring Cleaning Easier

How to Make Spring Cleaning Easier

Posted on 23. May, 2012 by .

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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.

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Shop Locally, Think Sustainably, and Manage Environmentally

Shop Locally, Think Sustainably, and Manage Environmentally

Posted on 08. Feb, 2012 by .

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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.

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Be a Hero with a Zero-Waste Event

Be a Hero with a Zero-Waste Event

Posted on 04. Aug, 2011 by .

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You’ve probably heard of zero-waste events before. You might have even attended one. They are just like regular events, except they produce exactly zero waste.

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Go Green with Video Tours?

Go Green with Video Tours?

Posted on 15. Jun, 2011 by .

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It’s no secret that shopping for a new place to live can take a lot of time, but do you know how much pollution it creates too? ‘On average, homebuyers see 15 properties before choosing one’ (HUD website)

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Better Buildings Initiative

Better Buildings Initiative

Posted on 06. Apr, 2011 by .

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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.”

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Calculating the Value of a Green Tenant

Calculating the Value of a Green Tenant

Posted on 16. Mar, 2011 by .

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How do you calculate the value of an eco-conscious tenant? It goes well beyond a timely rent payment — a tenant can easily pay rent on time, while destroying your property from top to bottom.

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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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Promising Plastics and Paints

Promising Plastics and Paints

Posted on 16. Dec, 2010 by .

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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.

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Deconstruction of Residential Real Estate

Deconstruction of Residential Real Estate

Posted on 06. Dec, 2010 by .

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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.

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Apartment Communities Are Going Green

Apartment Communities Are Going Green

Posted on 29. Nov, 2010 by .

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Here are some bullet point tips to help you go green at your apartment community. These ideas only scratch the surface, but every little bit helps!

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A Conversation with Minnesota’s First Eco-Broker

A Conversation with Minnesota’s First Eco-Broker

Posted on 22. Nov, 2010 by .

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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.

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Eco-Brokers, A New Way to Stand Out from the Crowd

Eco-Brokers, A New Way to Stand Out from the Crowd

Posted on 19. Oct, 2010 by .

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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.

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Does Green Property Management Pay Off?

Does Green Property Management Pay Off?

Posted on 03. Sep, 2010 by .

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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.

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“Going Green Helps You Target the Tenants You Want”

“Going Green Helps You Target the Tenants You Want”

Posted on 19. Aug, 2010 by .

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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.

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5 Tips to Landscaping Green

5 Tips to Landscaping Green

Posted on 13. Aug, 2010 by .

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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.

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What Exactly Are We Conserving? A Deeper Look at Green

What Exactly Are We Conserving? A Deeper Look at Green

Posted on 26. Mar, 2010 by .

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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…

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Cost Isn’t the Only Consideration: Green Landlording

Cost Isn’t the Only Consideration: Green Landlording

Posted on 23. Mar, 2010 by .

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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.

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