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5 Steps to Improve Parking in Your Apartment Community 

5 Steps to Improve Parking in Your Apartment Community 
Remember the summer of 2020? When the pandemic was at its peak (or so we thought) and we were desperate for face-to-face quality time with our loved ones? Although social distancing was encouraged, our communities noticed an increase in apartment guest parking. In fact, unauthorized guest parking has been on the rise since the pandemic began.    Maybe a couple decided to move in together, or a university-aged student crashed with mom and dad. Perhaps a renter was subletting or allowing a friend to sleep on their couch. Let’s not forget the possibility that people may have been illegally crashing in empty apartments.   While discussing parking problems, Strong Towns reminds us of the basic fact that parking is complicated. And according to the National Apartment Association, decreasing ratios mean fewer spaces available for residents, more unauthorized guests within our apartment communities, plus additional parking management for staff.    All of these evolving trends have produced both positive and negative byproducts:  Security. You don’t know who is in your community, and where they are staying. Crime. A greater number of unauthorized guests on your property is related to an increase in crime. Revenue. Unauthorized guests may be a source of lost revenue. Abuse. A lack of a solid parking policy encourages further parking abuse.   But here’s the reality: managing your apartment parking is inconvenient and time consuming for your onsite staff team. If you’re ready to track your parking offenders and prevent future unregistered guests, it’s time to revamp your apartment......
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2020’s Impact on Multifamily Housing

  It’s safe to say that 2020 has been a roller coaster ride. This year has drastically impacted businesses across industries, including all sectors of real estate.  Though multifamily housing is no stranger to change, it is rare to see change at the accelerated rate we’ve experienced during 2020. In response to COVID-19, multifamily property managers, owners, and developers have had to adapt to social distancing, health concerns, and a demand for safer, contactless experiences. Here’s an overview of how 2020 has changed multifamily housing and what you can do to adapt to the circumstances, retain residents, and continue signing top-dollar leases.   Once amenities, now necessities Up until 2020, multifamily buildings set themselves apart from the competition with amenities. Once reliant on high-touch amenities — like 24/7 concierge and house cleaning services — multifamily housing eventually shifted to high-tech amenities. These amenities capitalized on technological advances and focused on adding convenience to residents’ daily lives. Now, in 2020, residents prioritize safety over convenience.    As COVID-19 remains a public safety threat, renters are more concerned with: How to avoid touching high-risk surfaces Who is entering their building How communal spaces are shared   Real estate professionals must step up and make an effort to adapt to residents’ shifting demands. This effort starts with adopting property technology (proptech) solutions to boost resident safety.   Using proptech to create safer buildings Technology has the power to keep your building secure and give residents the peace of mind they deserve. Property managers, owners, and developer......
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Doorbell Camera Films Three Shocking Events – It’s Worth being Secure

Doorbell Camera Films Three Shocking Events – It’s Worth being Secure
TRIGGER WARNING: In this year alone there have been various incidents including home and office break-ins, vandalism, kidnappings, rapes, and even murders. It’s no secret that the growth rate of crime has consistently raised as criminals become smarter than the locks on property owners’ front doors. There are numerous happenings that have taken place that have not been caught on camera and therefore have allowed the criminal(s) or even natural disasters to “get away with” their crimes or mishaps. Consider a few of the alarming events that have taken place just this year, but were thankfully caught on a doorbell camera, giving emergency response teams and law enforcement the means necessary to manage the situations. Doorbell Camera Films Man Stealing Package from Doorstep KGUN9 ABC News in Tuscan, AZ reported early in March that a doorbell camera caught a young man lifting a package from a resident’s front doorstep. The man was unaware at the time that the resident, identified in the news report as Dennis Vroegh, streamed and saved all activity on his doorstep directly to his smartphone. After tossing the package into the back of his car, the man came back to the door to ring the doorbell camera and ask Vroegh if he was interested in receiving lawn services. Not long later, Vroegh reviewed the footage and caught the suspect himself, who then returned the package of Keurig coffee filters, worth a mere $14. Although the package value in this instance was minimal, imagine the issues that could be avoide......
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