The Silent Treatment, Overcoming The Just Looking Response

Questions

Imagine a leasing consultant returning from an apartment tour. It’s an apartment with a less than great view, it’s been vacant for 45 days. It’s on this weeks focus “hot” list. The manager asks, “How did it go, did you get a deposit?” The leasing response, “Great, they didn’t even comment on the view! They’re […]

A Mid Year Report Card, Is Your Property Achieving Its Goals?

Goals

With the end of June,  take this opportunity to review your property’s achievement or progress toward its goals.  Explaining goals during team meetings gives each team member ownership and understanding of these objectives.  Converting each objective into SMART goals gives a value every team member can measure. What occupancy is needed to produce the budgeted […]

Solving The Occupancy Equation, Affecting Vacancy With Leasing Prospects And Closing Ratios

Leasing apartments is a skill for property management professionals. To forecast the results, there are two measurable factors: the number of leasing opportunities who make appointments or arrive at the property; and the number (percent) that commit to lease. Explaining the financial impact of vacant apartments and the recovery period will assist in creating a […]

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, […]

“Here’s Your Form,” The Response To A Move Out Notice

Move out

The phone rings, its a resident calling to have us explain the process to give their move out notice. The standard response usually includes a question about when their lease ends, quoting either the 30 or 60 day lease termination notice and/or the lease break policy with a closing remark that the notice must be […]

Spring Forward , Its Time To Check Your Smoke Detector

The change to Daylight Savings Time is a calendar point when  residential home owners are encouraged to check the smoke detectors in their homes.  Could residents in apartment communities be encouraged to do the same?  Time and time again, fires are reported with fatalities.  It’s hard to understand how this happens with the range of […]

Hiring New Leasing Staff? Look for Someone Who Talks to Strangers

“Do you talk to strangers?”  Asking a leasing candidate about a conversation with a stranger is a good starting point to understand how easily they can connect. The answer to this question from a prospective leasing consultant may give you some insight into their character and personality.  Interview questions for an individual that has not […]

Customer Service Begins At Home, Acknowledging Our Internal Customers

Customer service

Service for the customer is not limited to our residents or applicants.  Within the management organizational structure there are many customer relationships. Internal Structure Every organization has a variety of departments:  Human Resources, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Operations and Information Technology.  Each of these have customer service relationships to each other.  Without cooperation and a […]