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Apartments Overload
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Why Multifamily apartment pricing is broken
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The Heartbleed Security Bug: What’s been the effect on Multifamily?
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What RealPage will hopefully buy next
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Property Management system crisis: Why you probably want to switch and why you can’t.
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Today’s Question: Optimize your site for mobile?
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Is the PC is dying?
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Some tips and tricks for your next website redesign

Apartments Overload

On the surface, Brad looks like a well meaning, great guy. Familiar. His arguments many years ago about Chaos Theory and the unpredictability of nature, were spot on, especially as it relates to dinosaurs. Seeing commercials for ILS’s wasn’t something anyone could’ve predicted. Nor would I have wanted to. Unless you need one, to most, apartments are pretty boring. I always wondered how anyone could make a commercial about apartments not sound like a commercial for life insurance. Earlier this year, we heard about how a change gonna come. What was the change a comin’? I remember the first time I saw it. I was sitting in front of my television, the screen faded, and The Good Wife went to[…]

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Why Multifamily apartment pricing is broken

Personally, if I’m ready to buy something, I need to know two basic things. First, what’s my excitement level for it and secondly, how much is it? That makes sense right? Overextending oneself is something one does right out of college when you think you have the world at your feet and assume that money grows on trees and so you run up your credit cards because you’re young and dumb. Not that I would know anything about that. Most people, though, are much smarter, whose thoughts are driven by the need to have what they want, balanced by how much they can afford. Fundamentally, at the end of the day, it’s really all about affordability – and at its[…]

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The Heartbleed Security Bug: What’s been the effect on Multifamily?

In the first week of April we received word that OpenSSL, the open source implementation of the SSL and TLS protocols, had been compromised. Over the past 2 years, this vicious flaw that raged throughout the internet, allowed hackers to steal encrypted data. If you’re like most people, up until recently, you probably had no idea what this technology even meant. Who cares, right? I just need to check Facebook one more time. Truthfully, though, the normal web protocol (http) is not very secure. If you’re smart and have the proper software, it’s possible to listen in on what computers are saying back and forth to each other. You could read passwords and usernames and credit card information and the[…]

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What RealPage will hopefully buy next

I still can’t believe ActiveBuilding’s owners were forced to accept millions of dollars to become part of a large conglomerate. Here’s a question for all of you. Is RealPage really a conglomerate or just a big corporation? Maybe they’re simply a company who collects other companies – like the way my grandmother used to collect stamps. I’m not real sure. Truth be told, I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed, especially when it comes to business law. What I do know was that watching RealPage pick up another unlucky company got my creative juices flowing. Why, you ask? Well, it sure seems that RealPage has been buying a lot of things lately. I thought that if I could come[…]

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Property Management system crisis: Why you probably want to switch and why you can’t.

Our Property Management system’s iterations look like DOS and Outlook 97’s love child. It’s ugly. It’s loaded with features that are cumbersome and counter intuitive. The accountants, of course, love it. “If you say GL I say Entry… GL, Entry, GL, Entry!” For those leasing agents and managers misfortunate enough to have to use it’s graphical user interface satanical design, it’s a brutally frustrating experience. Most of us aren’t accountants. Our property management system was designed around accountants. I hear we aren’t alone. The problem with this approach is that accountants aren’t the driving force behind the renting, and so tasks that should be simple, such as viewing a resident’s rent, are overly complicated and require basic knowledge of credits[…]

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Today’s Question: Optimize your site for mobile?

Saw a discussion between @LisaTrosien and @Eric_Urbane today about optimizing your site for mobile. Should you? What are the pros and cons of doing so? I just wanted to give you some of my thoughts here in the hopes that we can chat about it in the comments.

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Is the PC is dying?

With the proliferation of technology these days, it’s hard not to get caught up in the hype behind all the new stuff (except for 3D TV…push the snooze button please). An article I read recently talked about how the PC era as we know it today is gone. Because of all the new tech, mobility and faster wireless speeds, it’s really hard not to jump on the “PC’s are dead” bandwagon. I say wait – not so fast. Mobile is just a different way to surf the ‘net. I don’t watch TV on my phone. I don’t randomly surf around on websites with my phone. If I do check the web on it, I already know what I’m looking for.[…]

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Some tips and tricks for your next website redesign

I make mistekes all the time. In fact I like to tell my boss “All the mistakes I made today were to learn.” 3 years ago I was asked to redesign our website. If my boss was to ask me to grade the end result, I would say a B. If you cornered me alone I would probably say B- or C+ depending on my mood. Don’t misunderstand, the site IS effective and overall I feel that it’s a good one (You be the judge by visiting) but maybe because I was so involved in the whole process I am more judgmental. There are things I love about it and there are things I wish I had done differently. Lately[…]

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