Journal of Property Management

Magazine serving real estate managers.

Articles from Vol. 64, No. 4, July/August

Employee Retention in Tight Times
In a market when unemployment was at a record low of 4.2 percent this March, the last thing a manager wants to do is look for good help. It's difficult enough to find anyone to interview, let alone a qualified professional to hire. To avoid the problem,...
Etiquette and the Disabled
Recently, a colleague who is blind visited a hotel accompanied by his guide dog. In ordinary situations, most people would expect to be greeted by the concierge, offered help with their baggage, and told to call if they needed anything. However, none...
Fair Housing Updates: A Selected Review of Trends
Although the Fair Housing Act has been around for some time, the need for informing and educating the property management community regarding the fine points of the Act is still quite evident. Its history and additions to the law affect how a property...
How to Keep Smart Buildings Running
Property owners and developers are increasingly marketing technology-based building enhancements such as T1 lines; satellite dish hook-ups; microwave antennas; energysaving computerized building systems; clean, conditioned, and reliable power and generator...
Interview: Richard W Oliver
THE TRUST TO CHANGE Worried about a changing workplace and its effect on your company? The key to a positive corporate culture may lie in the mystical tale of The Eagle and the Monk, a business "fable" that combines Eastern philosophy and Western management...
Making Special Events Really Special
While most apartment complexes are called "communities," many managers simply do not have the time or money to spend planning events that actually develop a sense of community. However, many simple activities are extremely effective in promoting community...
Meeting the Educational Challenges of 2000
What skills will real estate managers need tomorrow, and how can management companies provide the training to teach these skills? In March, a panel representing management and training professionals from several national real estate companies shared...
No More Cubes
This being the Age of Dilbert, we are all acutely aware of the personal and professional experiences-sometimes humorous, sometimes truly painful-of a working life lived primarily in a fuzzy-walled cubicle or boxy room with a window that doesn't open....
President's Letters
Keeping the Best At a time when U.S. unemployment is 4.2 percent and the real estate industry is prospering, keeping good employees is not just a good idea, it's a necessity As with any relationship, however, a company's ability to inspire loyalty in...
Software 99
One of the most critical decisions facing real estate organizations today is determining the best way to use technology in support of real estate management. Some of the technology issues facing property managers are: How to utilize technology and systems...
Ten Tips to Keep Your Job
While low unemployment rates still prevail, if you're resting on your laurels, you may be in for a rude awakening. Not only is competition among real estate professionals increasing, but employers expect you to expand your industry expertise and contribute...
The Ups and Downs of Elevator Maintenance
Yesterday's elevator or escalator systems were pretty straightforward, with everything out where a technician could see it and sense it. So a typical service program was based on a skilled technician with a good eye for things electrical and mechanical,...
Underground Tank Owners Beware
Underground storage tanks (USTs) remain an important tool for many businesses, but the owners of USTs should be aware that they face significant liability exposure from a variety of sources should leaks occur. In addition to remediation costs and statutory...
Understanding Boiler and Machinery Insurance
UNDERSTANDING BOILER AND MACHINERY INSURANCE by Paul O. Dudey, CPCU Essentially, boiler and machinery insurance is designed to reduce, through periodic inspection, the chance of malfunction among boilers and other manufacturing equipment, including pressurized,...
Zonining on Trouble: Monitoring Industrial Tenants
Industrial property management is sometimes regarded as less complex than commercial operations-leases are longer, little build-out is involved, and many tenants handle repairs and cleaning. But in the area of usage monitoring, industrial properties...