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Dec 16

Rising Utility Costs: Ease Resident Worry

Posted by: Entrata | Category: Newsletters,Residents

Recent government surveys show that 70 percent of renters are worrying about increases in their monthly utility bills; that’s more than the percent who are concerned about increases in their rent. With utility prices on the rise, renters are feeling the pinch, and it’s stressing them out. Property managers are uniquely positioned to help alleviate some of those worries and renters appreciate those who do. In fact, nearly half of residents who participate in the survey said they would be willing to pay more in rent if they knew they were getting cost savings for utilities.

What exactly can you do to help renters get a better handle on rising utility costs? First, assess how green your communities are. Most renters perceive green communities as better places to live and associate energy-saving and water-saving amenities with reductions in utility bills. But you don’t need to completely retrofit your properties to LEED certification standards to help your residents out. You can take advantage of small steps that translate to big savings for you and your residents. continue

5
Dec 16

ParcelAlert & The Holiday Mailroom

Posted by: Entrata | Category: Residents,Technology

Christmas is approaching and that means packages, packages, and more packages. As many property management professionals know, the billion dollar online shopping industry shows no signs of slowing down. We probably don’t have to tell you that a typical 200-unit building receives over 50 packages per day. (Multifamily Insiders) It’s clear: property managers need something efficient and effective to clear out their mail rooms.

Cue ParcelAlert. With its new streamlined functionality, getting the right package to the right resident is a no-brainer. Easily sign for packages, search quickly for resident’s information, and scan barcodes from shipping labels to track deliveries. It’s all under control with the ease and organization ParcelAlert provides. Over 11 million packages were processed via ParcelAlert in 2015 and it’s still growing.

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