Journal of Property Management

Magazine serving real estate managers.

Articles from Vol. 78, No. 6, November-December

Absolutely, Maybe or Not? Tips for Decisive Decision-Making
Comedian Stephen Wright said, "A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking." It can happen to anyone: When indecision is present, decision-making can be perilous to both career and sanity, frustrating and exhausting. If you find yourself...
A Lost Gem Found: A Historic Renovation Has Allowed the Iron Block Building in Milwaukee to Return to Its Former Glory
When local Milwaukee businessman James Martin purchased the land at East Wisconsin Avenue and Water Street in 1850, the corner had dilapidated wooden shacks with little life. But Martin had big plans. He took down the shacks and began planning the...
Amateur Hour Is Over: NYC Learning Center Offers Hands-On Training to New Property Managers in an Ever-Challenging Market
That's only the beginning of the process, though. As technology changes, new regulations are introduced and tenant/owner expectations evolve, the job of the property manager will evolve too--and so will the body of required knowledge. One company that's...
Blast from the Past
what's up? Tips for Writing an Article by Richard F. Muhlobach, CPM[r] It's a new year and once again, you think, "I'm going to write an article and get it published." So why haven't you written an article? It isn't because you don't have...
BRG Increases Occupancy to 94% with Smart Screening
Q: Please give a brief overview of BRG Realty Group. A: BRG Realty Group is the largest apartment operator in the Cincinnati area, with approximately 6,400 apartment homes at nearly 40 locations. Our services encompass the entire spectrum of property...
Conductivity: Bring the Heat
Chances are if you're reading this, it's cold (and if you're at the beach, then disregard and we will forgive you). Let's talk about heat and its transmission--the core of being alive, vibrant and infectious (in a good way). The key to a dynamic person,...
Danger, Will Robinson! Marketing Alert!
If you're a fan of classic TV shows, perhaps you've seen the vintage, slightly quirky "Lost in Space", where the Robot shouts, "Danger, Will Robinson!" anytime the show's main character (Will Robinson, of course) is in danger or about to overlook something...
Face-Off
Pro DOMESTIC USE OF DRONES Domestic Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have many government and civilian applications. However, their use must be subject to reasonable laws, regulations and oversight. We cannot afford to bury our heads in the sand...
Got a Question? Ask an IREM Member: Take Advantage of IREM's Shared Interest Communities (SIC) Peer Knowledge Sharing Groups
IREM's Shared Interest Communities--or SICs--are groups of IREM Members who are interested in sharing ideas, knowledge, experiences and best practices with others in different real estate management sectors. The SICs are formal groups organized around...
Hang On: Rethinking Handrails
We've all seen them, but often ignore them until we need something to hold onto. Why should you think about handrails? They are an essential safety device on stairs and ramps. Stair handrails serve several important functions. Most importantly,...
How Water Can Put $25,000 or More Back into Your Budget: WaterSignal Introduces the First Wireless System That Continuously Monitors Water to Detect Leaks, Save Money
For several years, building owners and managers have taken this approach to managing the energy resources of their commercial properties. While many have practiced what they preached to monitor energy consumption, most have turned a blind eye towards...
Interest Rates, the Economy and the Market Marionette
It doesn't take an economist to recognize the symbiotic relationship between low interest rates and positive economic activity. In recent years, political influence over rates has directed our economy to perform like a marionette. And for that matter,...
JPM[R] Annual Index
A Absolutely, Maybe or Not! Tips for Decisive Decision-Making (Brecher), Nov-Dec: 22 Achilles, Charles "Chuck?' Legislative and Research Guru Retires from IREM, Sep-Oct: 42-43 ADA Compliance Plus, Mar-Apr: 58 The Aftermath of Workplace...
New Value: Customized Management of Business Centers in Russia
Historically, office building management practices in Russia have developed step by step and evolved over time through practical application. Today, Russian developers have learned from their past mistakes and are producing high quality projects. As...
Not Just a Pretty Head Count: In the 'Duck, Duck, Goose' Numbers Game, Redirecting Talent and Reallocating Work-Rather Than Hiring More Employees-Is Key to Operating More Efficiently in the New Normal of Doing More with Less
"All work and no play" does not appeal to today's professionals on a quest for work-life balance, causing more employers to create environments where personal and professional lives may coexist. According to an Accenture study, Defining Success,...
Sustainability Forecast: Back to the Future: What's Old Is New Again: 'Thrift' Is the New 'Green'
The concept of reducing resource consumption and use is no longer something that is becoming mainstream. It is now expected. And if you're not practicing it, you will. We should have been doing it all along, but now we must do better. Sustainability...
The Following Is an Executive Interview with Ed Webb III, JD, CPM, of Olympus Group, AMO
* What is your strategy regarding training and developing employees? Our strategy is to have an open-door policy to elicit feedback and guidance, while maintaining a comprehensive manual of policy and procedures and encouraging peer-to-peer training....
The IREM Foundation Scholarship Helped Me Live My Fairytale: A Cinderella Story
This November, I was sworn in as the President of the IREM Greater Los Angeles Chapter No. 6! Years ago, I couldn't have envisioned this opportunity; IREM has always been the catalyst for career advancement. Hard Work and No Play My real estate...
The Pen Might Not Be Mightier: Than the Stylus Sky Wifi Smartpen by Livescribe
If your natural inclination is to pick up a pen and pad instead of a tablet, then the Livescribe pen could be for you. This small device, and medium-sized pen, has a built-in audio recorder, note recorder, display and minicomputer. The latest model...
The Shiny Rustbelt: Downtowns along 'Rustbelt' Evolve as Cities' Economies Diversify and a Generational Shift That Calls for Urban Living and Working Conditions
Several major cities in the "Rustbelt" are looking a lot less rusty thanks to burgeoning development especially in downtown areas attractive to a younger workforce. In fact, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Cleveland were all recognized by Forbes for having...
Tricks of the Trade: Highlights from the Income/Expense Analysis[R] Studies by IREM
The Income/Expense Analysis studies--providing data for five properties types: Office Buildings; Conventional Apartments; Shopping Centers; Federally Assisted Apartments; & Condominiums, Cooperatives, & Planned Unit Developments--have been...
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