Posts by Becky Bower

Why Some Properties are No Longer Taking Walk-Ins

In the multifamily world, accepting walk-in rental showings is typically considered a big component of good customer service and community branding… but that is slowly fading. Many multifamily properties have started ditching walk-ins in favor of requiring scheduled showings to maximize their leasing agent’s time and minimize the chances they’ll receive not-so-serious viewers. Whether or

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Remember the Equifax Data Hack? We Do and You Should Too.

Equifax’s major security breach last year caused irrefutable harm to millions of consumer’s personal information. With information accessed including names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and (in some cases) driver’s license and credit card numbers, a large number of Americans are still vulnerable to identity theft even now. As most consumers have long forgotten

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The Effectiveness of a Multifamily Dress Code

Creating a multifamily dress code policy for each position can be tricky business. With arguments for, and against, employee dress codes, striking a balance between professionalism and productivity is vital. Here are some things to consider when creating your property’s dress code for maintenance technician, leasing consultant, and property manager positions. While the multifamily industry

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Apartment Bidding Websites: Why Multifamily Owners Should Stay Far, Far Away

While the city of Seattle banned them in April, apartment bidding websites like Rentberry and Biddwell are insistent to stay. The service provides rental property owners in major metros across the U.S. the chance to make higher monthly revenue, but comes at a cost. This is why the multifamily industry should stay far, far away from these apartment bidding websites.

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Rental Housing Legislation You Should Be Keeping your Eye On

As the majority of the country takes a break proposing and passing new rental housing laws and regulations, let’s take a moment to review the rental housing bills that are currently up to bat. From regulations on service animals in Illinois, rental property registration in the city of Portland, and additional homeless grants and assistance in California, the rental housing legislation at this point is a mixed bag. Take a look below at the passed and proposed rental housing laws in your state.

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Avoiding Discriminatory Practices in your Hiring Process

Unfortunately, discrimination can easily creep into any industry’s hiring practices. Through the use of subjective or incorrect employment data sources, or inconsistent/nonexistent standards, bias becomes unavoidable. By sticking to these basic employment standards, you’ll be able to avoid upholding discriminatory practices within your hiring process and better protect your company from liabilities.

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Ouch! Rent Control in California will Hurt More Than You Think

This November, Californians will vote on whether or not to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Act, allowing cities to enact rent control ordinances down the line. Meanwhile tenant activists are also urgently working to secure their own city-wide rent control initiatives on this year’s ballot. It’s an understatement to say that reinstating rent control would not only be disastrous to the rental housing industry, but to California’s affordable housing supply. To put it bluntly: this is why you and your renters should vote ‘no’ on rent control.

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