Three Keys to Improve Follow Ups

In most leasing centers, prospect follow up is a scheduled activity. Sometimes the purpose of follow up is confused with completing the task. Too often, the follow up efforts are listed as “left voicemail/sent email….” For someone that has visited and toured the property, leaving messages doesn’t bring any closure to the leasing efforts. Follow up is […]

Show Me The Money, Effective Rent Collection

Rent collection

Contacting residents regarding unpaid rent can be difficult.  To prevent the need for collection calls, we often incentivize timely rental payments.  However, apartment communities continue to have individuals that do not pay their rent on time. Tasking a team member with the responsibity to follow up on the individual with  unpaid rent generally has the […]

Do You Have the Courage to Lead Your Team With Learning?

Learning something new does not require enrolling in a certificate or a four-year degree program. Opportunities To Learn It can be a simple as: -Learning a new app for a phone or mobile device.   Too often, we download a tool someone has recommended, but we don’t try to use it. A quick check of […]

Could A Thank You Every Day, Keep The Move Outs Away?

How often are residents thanked for the choice to live at our community?  Demonstrating resident appreciation in the smallest ways, can have surprising and rewarding returns. Most choices for housing involve long-term commitments, buying a house or a condo, requires a mortgage. Individuals who rent can make a change in an instant.  Granted breaking a […]

Putting A Name With The Face, Team Recognition

All too often, the preparation teams at our properties aren’t recognized for their efforts to clean the common areas, care for the grounds and prepare apartment homes for new residents.  Team recognition to colleagues, prospects or vendors can be as valuable to employee retention as wage adjustments. Housekeeping and Maintenance teams are the backbone of every […]

You Can’t Buy Experience, The Value of Long Term Teams

Possibly the most valuable asset in property management is the experience of the onsite management team. Properties with tenured, long time employees benefit from: development of annual systems. they have noticed, realized and anticipate occupancy trends. they create and build relationships with residents, which improves resident communication, rent collection and resident retention. Preventive maintenance is […]

A Passing Comment Can Create Referrals

Referrals

Where does your leasing traffic come from?  In many cases, referrals are a strong contributor to the sources of traffic at a property. The days of depending on a newspaper advertisement to be your leading source of traffic are long gone. Internet ads, locator services are among the sources that put information at prospects fingertips […]

The Gangs All Here, Team Meeting, Team Building

Meeting

The agenda for your team meeting establishes if you’re sharing goals and expectations, or simply outlining the schedule for the week.   The team meeting is an opportunity to: Share the leasing goals for the week. Report results from the prior week. Ask for input on supplies to be ordered. Including your team in these […]

Preventive Maintenance, Taking The Time Saves Time

Schedule

How do you find the time to include preventive maintenance in a schedule that is hard to predict?  The volume of service orders varies from day to day.  Leasing always seems to need the one apartment that isn’t ready. “Preventive Maintenance can save time, and money for maintenance operations.  Building components like a water heater, […]