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Why Designing Modern Properties Requires Thoughtful Access Control

Why Designing Modern Properties Requires Thoughtful Access Control
Why Designing Modern Properties Requires Thoughtful Access Control   Until recently, access control into and around rental properties was considered a basic necessity, a line item that didn’t need any in-depth thought or design work. As long as locks took keys, intercoms buzzed people in, and keypads worked with codes or fobs, access control remained an integral — if not unremarkable — property design element.   But technology is changing all that with connected solutions that enable modern necessities like keyless curb-to-couch entry, secure package delivery, and unattended showings. These indicate that rental property management staff and owners should expect access control to be both a necessity and an amenity. The good news is that it’s relatively simple and cost-effective to implement new connected access systems into new construction and existing buildings.   How to Think About Access as Part of a Property’s Natural, Unique Layout   Below are some of the most common use cases we saw in 2020 that we think will continue to grow in 2021, along with insights around feasibility and ROI.   1. Resident doors: Keyless locks at resident doors not only enable a smart property experience for residents, but also provide major conveniences for both residents and property staff. For one, connected keyless entry makes easy-to-lose physical keys unnecessary. This eliminates the costs for key management systems and the time and money spent managing keys — which can take upward of 20 minutes per work order. It also removes the liability, safety, and cost issues that come up whe......
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7 Low-Maintenance Ways to Boost Your Property’s Curb Appeal

  on 7 Low-Maintenance Ways to Boost Your Property’s Curb Appeal These days, most renters find their new home through online listings, not by driving around the neighborhood. However, that doesn’t mean property managers can afford to overlook curb appeal. If your properties fail to impress when a prospective tenant drives up, it won’t matter how good the online photos look. Even property managers in highly competitive rental markets should pay attention to curb appeal. A great-looking exterior doesn’t just get tenants in the door; it also attracts high-quality tenants who are more likely to treat your property with care and respect. Of course, if you’re managing a lot of properties or a single high-density property, you don’t have a lot of time to spend manicuring lawns and flower beds. So how can you create great curb appeal without spending a lot of time? These seven tips show you how. 1. Paint the Front Door Don’t underestimate the impact a fresh coat of paint on the front door can have. A cheery front door can make an otherwise unremarkable home stand out and leave passersby wondering what’s on the other side. A Blissful Nest recommends 10 hues that are perfect for front doors. In a multi-unit property, try painting each door a different, but complementary color to set the units apart. 2. Replace House Numbers Is that newly painted front door flanked by dated, faded, or missing house numbers? Make each unit easy to find by replacing house numbers with a new set that’s easy to read from the str......
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Dear Gabby: Attracting Renters with Design

Dear Gabby: Attracting Renters with Design
  Dear Gabby,   I’ve been around the block a few times as a property manager and, not to pat myself on the back too much, I think I’m pretty good at this job. However, I want to be better, but with my busy life, sometimes it’s hard to keep up with the latest trends. That said, can you give me the scoop on the latest trends for attracting renters?   - #BusyBee       Dear #BusyBee,   I can totally relate. Between making sure my kids get to school on time and being a boss on the job, I barely have time to watch the latest episode of HGTV’s Property Brothers (it’s a guilty pleasure). In fact, I’m squeezing this in during commercial breaks.   Keeping up with the latest trends is important if you want to be a great property manager, so let me break it down for you!   It’s pretty well-known that more and more people are deciding to rent instead of buying houses. 2015 saw the biggest surge in new renters in history, bringing the number of people living in rental units to around 110 million people.This means that more families across the country are calling multifamily communities home. Because of this, renters are looking for an apartment that matches their personality and lifestyle. These are a few of the things they’re looking for:   Customized Design Property managers that want to stand out in an increasingly crowded market can attract renters with décor that is customized fo......
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5 Tips to Design an Apartment Building for Millennials

5 Tips to Design an Apartment Building for Millennials
At this point in time, the large majority of millennials have left the nest, graduated college, landed a steady job, and many have even chosen a lifetime career path to follow. But it’s no secret that choosing the home of their dreams may come later in life. It’s about that time when millennials are searching for a long time home that will meet their housing desires and provide a number of features that some baby boomers would turn their nose up at; and possibly for good reason! Millennials have grown to appreciate a number of crazes that just didn’t exist before the 21st century. Here are a few things to keep in mind when researching how to design an apartment building for millennials: 1) Modern design A simple rule to follow when designing an apartment building that targets millennials is to keep the design modern and simple. This is often defined by straightforward modern art pieces, large windows allowing a significant amount of natural lighting into the home, clean-lined architecture with almost over exaggerated asymmetry and right angled corners, bold colors such as white, silver, gray, black and red. Open floor plans are also sought after with high rise ceilings, giving a free, accessible feeling at all times. 2) Innovative amenities Millennials may not have as much time to party as they once had, but the occasional (or weekend) gathering with friends is often desired. A modern pool and patio gathering area, a lobby restaurant and bar, a member with guest acces......
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Cinemagraphs Are Changing Social Media Advertising

Over the past couple of months our design team has been all too giddy learning about the professional techniques used to make a cinemagraph. What's a cinemagrah you ask? Well, let me show you...     A cinemagrah is simply a video (or GIF) with a twist.  Take an image and animate a subtle detail and boom! You have a beautiful visual that comes to life. The technique is fairly new, with some of the first cinemagraphs appearing around 2011 by US photographers Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck. The two coined the term "cinemagraph" and used the technique for their fashion and news photographs. with major brands like Heineken and Netflix using the technique to advertise on social media, cinemagraphs have exploded in 2015.  How To Make A Cinemagraph Cinemagraphs are as tricky to create as they are beautiful to watch. The technology used to make a cinemagraph is actually pretty straight forward to anyone knowledgeable in Photoshop. It took our team just a few minutes to figure that part out. Were it can become challenging is producing a video (or finding a stock vid) that is ideal for the technique. You have to watch out for shadows, unintended movements, choppy loops, and quite a bit of other factors. Here's a good YouTube tutorial to get you started. [Source] Cinemagraphs In Multifamily Our team searched far and wide and to our surprise, no one in multifamily is currently using cinemagraphs in their advertising. This lack of presence in the industry can turn......
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Where to find free stock photography that feels authentic

I have a confession. I am a total photography snob. I cringe ever so slightly anytime I see that generic college kid that seems way to happy to be holding 5 textbooks and a Jansport backpack. Whether its developing a website or creating a flyer, if you don't have imagery that conveys authenticity, you'll be looked over. The best option, of course, is to use custom imagery; photos that were taken by professionals with your brand and project in mind. In the real world, custom imagery takes time, money and coordination, three things that are often hard to come by.    In a pinch, stock photography can be useful. The trick is to find photos that feel authentic. Photos that feel unique. Photos that you won't see on your competitor's billboard. Oh, and free would be nice too (stock photography can get expensive after all). Our design team at Pixel Riot is always on the lookout for unique imagery that we can use for our Multifamily clients that cannot, for whatever reason, use custom imagery. We wanted to share some of our favorite sites. Here are 5 commercial-use stock photography websites that we think are pretty bad-ass. Each site provides free high-resolution photos, often with more added weekly.   Pexels.com Pexels has a great collection of free, high resolution photos that really feel authentic. This site has no shortage of pictures portraying the 18 to 24 year old demographic doing everything from swimming to texting and more. This is easily one......
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The Future of Student Housing : 5 Fascinating Projects

The Future of Student Housing : 5 Fascinating Projects
Over the last decade, the market has seen a dramatic increase in the number of purpose-built student housing complexes. As student housing progresses more and more, innovation and modernization are being brought to this style of accommodation. Here are some unique and non-traditional examples of where the future of student housing may be heading.  1. Hub 01 Mobile Student Housing (Developed by dmvA and A3 Architects)     Image © Mick Couwenbergh Full Photo Gallery HereWhen someone speaks of mobile housing, the first thing that typically comes to mind is trailers; but Hub 01 is nothing like a trailer! Hub 01 has revolutionized the concept of mobile student housing with their concept resting on three main principles: mobility, personalization and an educational design.According to Arch Daily, the idea behind this project is to, “….provide an opportunity for students to take their own room to different places and attach it to a central terminal by a ‘plug-in’ system… By a simple connecting system, the individualized rooms can be attached to the terminal.”Each of the rooms has their own customized concept, which can be attached to the central terminal.      2. Tietgenkollegiet (Designed by Lundgaard & Tranberg)    Full Photo Gallery Here  While Tietgenkollegiet isn’t necessarily new (it was completed in 2006), it is still a leading model for the future of student housing. Tietgenkollegiet is aptly referred to as the “residence hall of the future”. The concept behind this residence hall is to create a space where students can grow both personally and socially in co......
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First and Lasting Impressions

First and Lasting Impressions
Think about the best event you’ve ever been to— The marketing is fun and thought out, the design all in sync. The venue is in a great location, the entertainment is right on brand. Oh, and the food! How can we forget the carefully chosen, delectable food? Types of events like this where each detail is thought out leaves the audience feeling inspired, and this inspiration all starts with first impressions. This is the spirit of event planning. Creativity & Brand First impressions are made through marketing’s creative genius and design’s cohesiveness. It’s important to have a plan in place. Whether it’s social media, email, direct mail, or in-person marketing, it should contain innovative design and strong story-based copywriting as well as creative brand elements that will get your audience excited. That same design and branding should carry over into the event. And when I think of a brand, I think of every element an event should own and how it should match up. These elements include everything from gifts, staging, décor, and entertainment, to the speakers, activities, and venue. Everything should either highlight or be relevant to your brand, which will also help you create cohesiveness. Recently I attended an event where all of the marketing and branding was cohesive. It was brilliant! However, when the dinner portion of the program started, everything became a jumbled pile. It was as if some outsider had planned this portion and this portion only without knowing anything about the company. While it’s good to be different, ......
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