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It was Raining Snowflakes at Trends…

We shared a fantastic action-packed day with Trends Trade Show attendees in Washington this week. In celebration of the "holidays" TenantTech asked booth visitors to try their fancy at creating a snowflake for the chance of winning one of two $50 VISA gift cards and a $20 Fred Meyer gift card. And, the giving didn't stop there! Since we reached our goal of 100 snowflakes (116 to be exact) TenantTech is proud to donate $100 to the White Shield Center providing residential treatment, counseling, parenting education and youth development services for teenage girls. We learned that many of our property management friends are extremely artistic, outside of just creating beautiful snowflakes for a great cause! Leota, one of our $50 VISA winners, created a stilleto...
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Spectrum Attendees Cite Market as “Positive”

Elvis joined TenantTech at MMHA's Spectrum Trade Show last week to enjoy the "Hollywood" theme. While Elvis was singing "Heartbreak Hotel" we heard from several attendees they were enjoying "stable" properties citing low rental vacancy rate/high occupancy percentages. I had the good fortune of teaching two classes this year, Leasing 101 and Advanced Leasing. In both classes, I produced a brief snapshot of our current market; in Oregon, unemployment is currently (July 2011) at 9.5% and weighed in at 4.1% in the first quarter of 2011 with the lowest rental vacancy rates in the USA. Overwhelmingly, class attendees agreed that despite pessimistic unemployment rates and foreclosures, people are still renting apartments/homes! Thanks for visiting us at Spectrum! If you missed, or even...
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The Power of Pets in Property Management

My dog is a huge part of our family. He goes to my kids' baseball games, he jogs with me every day, he lays next to me when I'm working and when I'm sick. We aren't the only family who lives by the "Man's best friend" adage! Here's a couple of tips to get the most out of your pet policy for your prospects and current residents: 1. Always be empathetic in delivering your pet policy. "Unfortunately, we do not accept dogs over 25 pounds." The key word is "unfortunately"! Again, most people's pets are part of their family and ultimately if you don't accept their pet for whatever reason, say Brutus is a pitbull or 10 pounds over your doggy-weight limit, the end result is...
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