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  • Jul 31, 2020
  • AppFolio/IREM

The changing shape of property management

Change happens, but many of us try to control the course of change by clinging to the tried and true. On the other hand, what opportunities and innovation are we missing out on if we don’t embrace change? After all, the greatest breakthroughs of modern history – the light bulb, the telephone, the iPod - were motivated by seemingly wild ideas.


  • Jul 28, 2020
  • IREM News

Observing the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

The demonstrations that have gripped the country over the summer are reminders of other protests that preceded them, many of which have led to transformative change. Although small in size and barely recognized by the media at the time it occurred, one of the more effective such protests took place in March 1990 and became known as the “Capitol Crawl.” Some 1,000 activists had gone to Washington, DC, to urge the passing of legislation that would address discrimination against persons with disabilities. But it was the 60 or so protestors who, after climbing out of their wheelchairs and tossing aside their crutches, began the arduous process of crawling up the 83 steps of the U.S. Capitol, that captured the attention of Congress.


  • Jul 24, 2020
  • Nancye Kirk, IREM, Head of Special Projects

Off-campus student housing operators busy preparing for schools to reopen

The coronavirus pandemic has put higher-education leaders in the difficult job of deciding when to reopen their schools and how to go about doing it while ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all stakeholders in the campus community. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, as of July 13, 56 percent of the 1,155 colleges it tracks are planning for in-person classes, 29 percent are proposing a hybrid model, 4.1 percent are considering a range of scenarios, and 1.6 percent are still waiting to decide.


  • Jul 23, 2020
  • John Salustri

HVAC guidance empowers property managers

Our understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic changes weekly. As we begin to return to our places of business, new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) indicates that transmission isn’t likely coming from contact with surfaces.


  • Jul 13, 2020
  • John Salustri

Property managers see opportunity in pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic seems to be playing out in chapters. There was the challenge of dealing with the growing global threat. There were the new protocols for maintaining health and safety in the commercial and residential facilities we manage. Then property managers had to face the possibility of rent deferral and forgiveness. And at last came the preparation for the phased movement back to our places of business.


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