Journal of Property Management

Magazine serving real estate managers.

Articles from Vol. 67, No. 2, March/April

Accounting for Pure Independence
Why CPAs should place public trust above personal greed When a company retains a professional services firm, the company retains not only the substance of the firm's services but also, and in some instances even more importantly, that firm's reputation....
Anatomy of a Web Site
While slow to adopt new technology applications when compared to other industries, the real estate community has come to recognize that the lifeblood of its technology program is a successful Web site. More than just mere brochure ware, today's commercial...
A Question of Choice
Evaluating Web-based ASPs Nearly three years ago, which is several generations in high-tech time, the acronym ASP (application service provider) entered our vocabulary. The concept was straightforward: for a monthly fee, software and other tools are...
Back to Basics: Mastering Investment Performance Measurement
It's back to basics for many businesses struggling to manage their way through today's economic recession. Real estate management firms are no exception. They understand that in order to survive the current downturn they must master the essentials of...
Browser-Bound: Real Estate Gets Web-Enabled
Visionaries in business recognize the strategic value of staying ahead of the technology curve. While in the past, real estate has been slow to drive down the Information Highway, it is now speeding ahead in its usage of technology. Indeed, many of today's...
Create Company Alignment with Powerful Vision
NEW YOU What's the most important factor in your company's success? Many company leaders might cite such factors as the economy, the competition, getting and keeping good people and customer service. While these elements do play a role in your day-to-day...
Cutting the Ties That Bind: Negotiating Lease Terminations
Most landlords shudder at the thought of taking back leased space on a speculative basis. The beauty of a sublease situation that eventually involves lease termination is that it isn't really a gambling venture. The tenant is responsible for their lease...
Hands Down, the Power's in the Palm
What do you get when you combine an address book, a map, a mirror and a calculator? Give up? The answer is a handheld computer, the "must have" technology tool of today. Ultra portable, ultra productive, and ultra powerful, today's handheld devices are...
HUD Embraces Technology
e-government a top priority Technology has become a major factor in enabling owners and managers of government-assisted housing to improve their operations while keeping abreast of detailed federal and state agency regulatory requirements. The source...
Long-Reach Ethernet: High Speed for MxU Market
Building owners and managers have long sought ways to generate additional revenue by providing value-added services. Historically, though, few ventures have proved very successful. However, broadband connectivity has changed all that. It is a service...
New Economy 2002
Last year's terrorist attacks, which resulted in the destruction of the twin towers in New York and the damaged Pentagon in Washington, DC, might make you wonder how to best invest in the near term. It seems that this tragedy exacerbated the hold we...
New Regulations for Incumbent Carriers?
Seeking to set in place proper incentives for broadband growth and investment, the Federal Communications Commission plans to review current regulatory requirements for incumbent local exchange carriers' broadband telecommunications services. Since incumbent...
President's Letter: Days of Turmoil.Days of Opportunity
The signs are everywhere. "Office vacancies rise as dot coms fade"; "Unemployment increases to new five-year high"; "Impact of Enron collapse to have widespread impact on investors"; "Airlines seek additional relief." Days of turmoil are certainly loose...
Reinvesting in America
Volunteerism is back in vogue. Americans clearly want to make a difference today. Following the tragic events of last September 11, many people have reassessed their lives and decided to make some changes. They want to put back the meaning in their lives,...
Riding the Ups & Downs of the Technology Roller Coaster
During the late '90s, the technology industry experienced the ride of its life. For a multitude of dot.coms, maximum thrills and chills came in the form of easy venture capital, quick profits, teenage millionaires and laid back working environments....
Selling Your Company: What's It Worth?
For owners of real estate companies, there is perhaps no deal more important than the sale of their own business. Structuring the sale requires careful planning, research and thought. If ever there was a time when owners don't want to say, "woulda, coulda,...
The Time Is Right for Reducing Your Tax Assessment
The economy's slowdown has been a cause for concern by most landlords. The demise of dot com companies and the downsizing of certain retail chains have caused an increase in vacancy rates in many parts of the country. In facing these challenges, owners...
Toxic Mold: Breathing Easier with Remediation
For U.S. property owners and managers facing exposure to billions in potential tenant liability and clean-up costs, toxic mold is rapidly becoming a ticking time bomb-- looming larger than asbestos, lead or radon remediation did in previous decades....