Guardian Facilitates Paperless Leasing Operations with SiteTablet
March 8 2012
Property Solutions iPad app profits the mission of Guardian's sustainability-centered ekoHaus portfolio
Provo, Utah (PRWEB) --March 08, 2012--Guardian Real Estate Services, a leading property management firm, announced its partnering with Property Solutions International, Inc. to provide virtual, paperless leasing operations for newly-constructed, environmentally-conscious communities.
Guardian enlisted Property Solutions to meet a challenge in pre-leasing their newest, LEED-certified properties. Aiming to accommodate a green lifestyle, the ekoHaus portfolio is a collection of boutique communities in Portland, each situated in walkable, urban neighborhoods and built with attention to sustainability. The challenge lay in the fact that the apartments were not yet fully constructed and the sensibly-small nature of the buildings made them unable to accommodate space for a leasing office. SiteTablet, a property management iPad app by Property Solutions, allowed Guardian to overcome significant logistical concerns and seamlessly transitioned to streamlined, paper-free operations.
In order to perform all the leasing office functions when meeting with prospective residents, from showing community information, to filling out applications or guest cards, to accepting payment for deposits, ekoHaus Community Manager, Brandy Guthery, utilized Property Solutions SiteTablet app for the iPad. SiteTablet created a virtual leasing office wherever she went. She was free to schedule meetings with prospective renters at the site, and offer a hard-hat tour of the property. "Since the properties were still under construction, I would take a prospect over to a coffee shop and they would fill out their application right there," she explained. Guthery was also able to use the SiteTablet to display photos and floor plans for multiple properties within the ekoHaus portfolio as well as taking guest cards for follow-up and facilitate online deposits via credit card or eCheck.
Although the first community came online in late September when leasing typically slows, Guardian's take on leasing elicited a strong response among young urban renters seeking a low-impact lifestyle. "Where we're seeing the value is in the lifestyle: a small carbon footprint, paperless. SiteTablet helped reinforce the green branding of these units because we're not shoving paper in their face and asking them to sign a million things," said Director of Marketing Meghan Hill. "It's very slick and integrated and seamless. It's part of the lifestyle of living in one of these properties."
Guardian is planning to expand its ekoHaus portfolio over the coming year, with several more properties scheduled to come online in the Portland area. And Hill expects that the SiteTablet will continue to be a part of a new, urban housing experience. "SiteTablet has helped to reinforce our sustainable branding message that we've been trying to promote throughout this portfolio," she said. "It has helped to streamline leasing efforts at the site level by going paperless."
About Property SolutionsFounded in 2003, Property Solutions International, Inc. is the nation's largest provider of apartment community websites and a leading developer of innovative property management software tools. The company offers a variety of web based solutions for leasing, rent collection, and maintenance request processing. Property Solutions web portals and electronic payment processing tools offer the advantage of full data integration with most widely-used property management software packages. For more information, go to http://www.propertysolutions.com.
About GuardianEstablished in 1971 and headquartered in Portland, Oregon, Guardian Real Estate Services has evolved into a leading management, development and investment firm. The award-winning company offers a diversified real estate service platform including property management, investments, development, and advisory services. Forty years of experience, combined with the long tenure of key staff, contributes to the company's strength and sets it apart in the industry. For more information, go to http://www.gres.com/.