Journal of Property Management

Magazine serving real estate managers.

Articles from Vol. 61, No. 2, March-April

Attention! Military Housing Wants You!
The Department of Defense (DoD) is coming to grips with a real and growing problem: Inadequate housing that is encouraging retirements, discouraging people from entering the military, and causing general hardship for many of its personnel. At a time...
Cough, Gag: Complying with OSHA's Chemical-Hazard Standards
OSHA estimates that there are 575,000 chemicals in existence today, with new ones being added every day. It is not surprising, then, that property maintenance workers and even administrative personnel come into almost daily contact with potentially hazardous...
Finding the Fit
New standardization research may help real estate make the transition from scattered local industry to global investment vehicle. Virtually since its inception, the institutional real estate market has been clamoring for data - more data, better data,...
Good Things in Big Boxes
You're not the only one fighting middle age. Watch how three real estate managers powered their aging centers into the "Big Box" '90s Once the "cool" destinations for moms in capri pants and teenagers in '57 Chevies, the sleek shopping oases of the...
Maintenance Software Comparison
When shopping for property accounting software to track tenants and cash flows, have you considered what a software program could do for your property's maintenance? More property managers are discovering the competitive advantages that maintenance software...
Managing for Tax-Credit Compliance
When it comes to the management of tax-credit housing, ignorance is not bliss. It is dangerous and expensive. Since its creation in 1986, the low-income housing tax-credit program has become the most popular method of financing affordable multifamily...
No Manager Is an Island
Great broker relations can be a potential boon for current portfolios and for finding new business that the manager might not otherwise be able to access. When John Donne, the 17th century poet, wrote "No man is an island, entire of itself. . . ," he...
Shedding Light on Lighting Retrofits
Between the delicate balance of efficiency and aesthetics lies a well-lit place Lighting accounts for roughly 25 percent of the electricity consumed in the United States. Attempts to reduce that figure have led utilities to offer building managers rebates...
Tax-Credit Essentials
Low-income housing tax credits were created by Congress in 1986 to facilitate the rehabilitation and construction of multifamily residential property. Tax credits are spawning an entire sub-industry - structuring them, underwriting them, brokering them,...
The Management of Public Housing: Forging New Partnerships
A new source of business is opening up through the privatization of public housing management. It may not be glamourous or exciting, but some of the largest private management companies are already entering into this challenging field. The public/private...
What Tax Class Is Your Real Estate?
A taxpayer may hold real estate for a variety of purposes. How a taxpayer's holding is characterized, based on the property's use, will often control the income tax treatment of certain deductions during the ownership period and the tax treatment of...
Working with a Net: Creating a Safety Program for Your Firm
Your maintenance person works 10 feet above the ground without being secured to a ladder, and you pay a $10,000 fine. Your groundskeeper hurts her back by picking up a heavy shrub incorrectly, and you pay 20 percent more in workers' accident insurance...