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  • Aug 30, 2022
  • John Salustri

Building the Future–Brooke Caravela

Property management might seem a perfect career fit for Brooke Caravela, ACoM®, given her pedigree. “I grew up in a property management family,” she tells IREM®. Specifically, her mom was a property manager and her dad worked “more on the software side.” But as a student at Sam Houston State University, her sights were set on fashion merchandising and, ultimately, on criminal justice. (“I just love the law,” she says. Remember that. We’ll be getting back to it.)

  • Aug 30, 2022
  • Kelli Esposito, Account Manager for Auto-Out® cooktop fire protection

Supply chain disruptions, inflation, and labor shortages emphasize the need for apartment fire prevention

In thousands of cities across the country, apartment residents make up half the population. In an apartment community, the actions of a single tenant can potentially affect dozens of families. Unattended cooking fires are the number one cause of residential structure fires. It could be something as simple as a tenant stepping away to take a phone call while cooking, and just a few short minutes later a fire starts to engulf their kitchen.

  • Aug 19, 2022
  • John Salustri

What to look for in a new property management hire

“This job is hard to do well,” says Jeffrey Lapin, CPM®, speaking of the property management profession. He ought to know. The Spring City, TN-based Lapin has decades under his belt as a property manager, co-owner of property management companies, a published author and IREM instructor. In addition, he serves as an expert witness in cases involving reasonable standards of care, fiduciary duties, and related topics for residential and commercial properties.

  • Aug 15, 2022
  • IREM

The data speaks: How to improve leasing operations and boost employee satisfaction

Data from the AppFolio Property Manager 2022 Hiring and Retention Report revealed that despite leasing agents’ desire to grow their careers, many are not seeing opportunities to do so at their current place of employment. To remedy the situation, researchers at AppFolio surveyed boots on the ground property management employees to understand what they expect from employers – and what companies can do to boost leasing efficiency and grow careers.

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