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The Benefits of Remote Working in a Smart Home

It’s clear why some people enjoy working from home. Telecommuters at home can work in their pajamas, avoid driving in traffic, and enjoy fewer distractions or interruptions from coworkers.  Despite the allure of these benefits, they are not the reason why approximately one-third of Americans are currently working out of makeshift home offices around the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced…

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How Smart Home Tech Makes Sheltering in Place Easier During a Pandemic

The term “shelter-in-place” is easier on the ears than “quarantine,” but it doesn’t change the reality of your situation during a pandemic. Indeed, whether you’re working from home or not, the feeling of being cooped up inside can become tiring and overwhelming.   At the moment, COVID-19 restrictions are easing around the world, but the coronavirus could return with a vengeance…

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Digital Keys: Managing Access to Single-Family Residences in the New Normal

The coronavirus pandemic has forced property owners and managers to face a new reality — one where contact is limited. Keeping residents, third-party vendors, and staff members safe will be of the utmost importance in the coming months and beyond.   While some single-family operators are beginning to adopt connected locks, many still rely on lockboxes to grant access to unoccupied…

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Smart Apartments: How Smart Home Tech Is Changing Apartment Rentals

Successful property managers are experts at knowing what renters want. Whether it’s perks like swimming pools, gyms, modern window treatments or free coffee in the lobby, the last couple decades have seen the same kinds of “extras” added to properties to attract new renters. But now that we’re getting deeper into 2020, the modern “tech generation” is hungry for something…

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Seamless Access Control In A Multifamily Multi-Door Community

Multifamily buildings have a lot of locked doors. There’s a door to enter the building, doors to the apartments and many more in between. There’s a door for the exercise room, the laundry room, the storage room, the community patio level, the pool, and more. And there are a variety of people who need access to some or all of…

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Drips • Damages • Dollars

Property managers have the monumental challenge of caring for hundreds or even thousands of properties, some occupied and some not. Vacant properties are especially challenging for the very reason that nobody is around to raise a flag when problems arise. And one of the worst things that can happen in a vacant property is a water leak since it can…

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Self Showings – The Ideal Leasing Solution for Social-Distancing Times

The COVID-19 pandemic has made “social distancing” the new cultural norm. During these difficult times, people still need to shop for apartments and leasing agents still need to find new renters. With health and safety now top of mind for consumers and leasing agents alike, both groups are trying to figure out how to safely conduct business. Once considered a…

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Social Distancing with Smart Tech

Our vocabulary is changing rapidly in these days of coronavirus. Suddenly, the words on everyone’s lips are shelter-in-place, hunkering-down, social distancing and hand sanitizer. It’s a new world out there, and we don’t have any choice but to cope. While people handle this pressure differently, everyone is trying to avoid transmission of the virus by avoiding person-to-person contact. Smart home…

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How to Prevent Water Leak Damage with a Smart Water Valve Meter

Hurricanes and overflowing rivers are not the biggest flooding threats to your home. The most common causes of water damage come from the inside. Broken pipes and leaking appliances cause 14,000 water damage emergencies throughout the United States every year. On average, these emergencies cost the property owner $7,000 each in repairs. If a water damage emergency happens at your home, apartment—or a rental…

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How Smart Property Managers Are Saving Energy This Winter

The beautiful fall leaves have vanished for most of the country, a sure sign that winter is fast approaching. Unfortunately, with it comes an increase in energy usage and higher costs. For property managers responsible for hundreds or even thousands of properties, small savings in energy per property can have a major impact on the bottom line. Here are some…

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