Journal of Property Management

Magazine serving real estate managers.

Articles from Vol. 72, No. 2, March/April

Assessing Assessments
Careful evaluation saves managers and owners moneyPerforming an annual review of real estate assessments provides property managers and owners an opportunity to control and possibly reduce a major operating cost-real estate taxes.Real estate taxes can...
Balancing Act
Challenges and rewards abound for those interested in breaking into community association management by Diana MirelSteve Barber, CPM, is seeling double.In the last three years, Barber, president and owner of Invest West has watched business double in...
Certifiably Green
Obtaining LEED certification for a green building can be a daunting task, but more managers are finding the rewards well worth the challengeWhen property manager Kathy McKenna Harmon, KZPM, with McGough Development in St. Paul, Minn., first heard the...
Control Room
Effective managers allow employees control over their workControl, what a distinctly opposite effect it can have: To control your own life is an elixir for nirvana. To control someone else's work is a poison for a painful malady. Understanding the important...
Enhancing Opportunities
Real estate managers realize new profits with VA partnershipsWith over 230,000 employees and a budget approaching $80 billion, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is the federal government's second largest agency and one of the major property...
Film Development
Window film adds extra protection to propertiesNot long ago, window film's only function was to block solar heat coming through windows. The film reduced temperatures and the cost of air conditioning. Today, security window film applied to existing glass...
Foundation Helps CPM Member Weather the Storm
Upon returning to his company's office in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, Bill Soniat, CPM and president of Soniat Realty Inc., found more of a flooded mess than a busi ness headquarters. All his files were wiped out; his antique office furniture...
From Ph.D. to CPM
I was supposed to be a college professor.In graduate school, I studied geography and geology and was pursuing my Ph.D. But life's circumstances changed. My mentor took a sabbatical and I did not want to wait a couple years for his return: I wanted to...
Greening the Heartland
Midwestern properties continue to make environmental improvementsCompared to the green building efforts of other regions in the country, the Midwest's standing is reflective of its geographic location-right in the middle. More progressive in general,...
HealthcareRx
Small businesses search for healthcare cost solutionsEvery year, Tomlinson Black Inc., shops its employee healthcare coverage to various insurers to find the lowest rates. And every year, for about the past 20 years, the Spokane, Wash.-based property...
Market Solutions
Top CowPurple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable by Seth Godin urges companies to better attract consumers by putting something phenomenal and exciting-a Purple Cow-into every product and marketing campaign. PurpL· Cow discusses the need...
Mind Your Ethics
Managers should keep ethics at the forefront of every decisionReal estate managers can often be put in very difficult situations when managing their properties. These situations will often test the ethical standards many have learned to live by, through...
Much More Than Mail
Famous PropertiesOld Post Office Building reveals intrigue and complexity of a federally-owned landmark propertyThere's a lot to be said for a building that has survived not one, but two attempts to demolish it.The Old Post Office Building in Washington,...
New Operating Rule Transforms Public Housing
Private-sector best practices find place among government housing authorities by Nancye KirkThe world of public housing is undergoing a dramatic change-private-sector asset management practices are replacing traditional public housing funding and management...
Preparing for the Worst
Local fire departments help property managers plan for disasters by James ParkerFor the first several minutes of any emergency-be it a fire, a medical emergency or an approaching hurricane-people inside an affected building and those responsible for...
Promotional Material
Promoting employees from within a company takes hard work and commitment, but often pays off by Darnell LittleWhen IPA Management Inc., created two new district manager positions in 2006, the Michigan real estate management company didn't launch a recruitment...
Property Portals
Cost-effective technology solutions exist for small-to mid-size portfoliosAt different points in my career I have directly owned and managed a handful of small properties. It has always been interesting for me to figure out what tools I should use to...