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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Six Scary Property Management Mistakes

When trying to think of something really terrifying for Halloween, we decided to dive into the depths of a commercial real estate agent's worst nightmares. Among these terrors are poorly managed properties. Don't go to the dark side with these scary property management mistakes, or your property could turn into a haunted house pretty quick!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

How to Obtain a Commercial Real Estate Loan

This guest blog post is authored by Joe Neuerburg, Vice President at Mutual of Omaha Bank

While most people are familiar with the process of purchasing a home and obtaining a residential mortgage, financing a commercial property is a completely different experience.  Not only is the process more complex, the stakes for your business are high – so it’s important to enter the decision carefully with an understanding of what to expect.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Multifamily Collaboration on a Big Scale

2012 has been a great year for the Multifamily industry. There are new opportunities, developments and technological advances everyday. One of the ways to fully capitalize on what’s happening is by putting yourself out there through networking and sharing information with other professionals.

Elevating Your Elevator Pitch To The Next Level

In our last post about preparing in the last 24 hours before a conference, we briefly touched on having your elevator speech ready for a conference. However, the importance of having a compelling elevator speech extends far beyond the conference realm. As a Commercial Real Estate professional, the handful of minutes that you have someone's attention, on the phone or in person, can make or break the potential for a future deal. Therefore, equip yourself for success by elevating your elevator speech to the next level.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

What You Should do in the 24 Hours Before a Conference

As was discussed in our previous blog post, the level of preparation that you put in before a conference determines your success at and after the conference. As you get down to the last 24 hours before your conference, there will be a multitude of items to attend to, not to mention, preparing to leave the office. These items are simple things that can be easily forgotten in the mix, but are so important to remember to cross off your checklist:

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Importance of Incorporating Customer Service into Property Management

In Justin Larson’s previous post, he discussed how apartments should be viewed as a consumable product. Larson touched upon the importance of treating your property as a store front and your managers as the helpful staff. Taking this idea one step further, ask yourself is this kind of approach you are taking as a property manager? More importantly, ask yourself, as CRE Vine does in this article: What have you done for your tenants today?