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The Hottest Trends in Multifamily Outdoor Living

Posted in Communications, Development, Exterior Building, Furnishings, Housing, Industry Trends, Interior Building, Maintenance, Marketing, New Products, Newsworthy, Professional Services, Recreational, Restoration

The Hottest Trends in Multifamily Outdoor Living

Story by:  Leah Mendes  |  March 28, 2016 Summer is right around the corner, and the weather isn’t the only thing heating up. New trends are on the horizon in multifamily, and apartment communities are finding new ways to bring the full indoor living experience outdoors. The National Kitchen & Bath Association identified outdoor kitchens and living spaces as the hottest trends in housing today, although it’s been popular for a few years. Americans began enhancing their outdoor living...

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Top 10 Most-Searched Apartment Amenities

Posted in Flooring, Furnishings, Housing, HVAC / Mechanical, Industry Trends, Interior Building, Laundry, Marketing, Newsworthy, Recreational, Retrofit

Top 10 Most-Searched Apartment Amenities

Story by: Brittany W. Boyce Successful marketing of your community is key for drawing in prospects, but it’s also important to stay in tune with what amenities they are seeking in a rental, so you can be prepared to meet their needs. Updating your property can be costly, but consider making small investments within your community from time to time in order to appeal to the Next Generation of Renters searching for their ideal community. If you’re looking for a place to begin, here’s a list of...

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Micro living: See the smallest new condo suites on the market in Canada’s big cities

Posted in Development, Furnishings, Housing, Industry Trends

Micro living: See the smallest new condo suites on the market in Canada’s big cities

While miniature-sized living spaces may be more common in hyper-dense cities such as Tokyo, Hong Kong and New York, the trend of tiny, efficiently designed dwellings isn’t entirely foreign in Canada. While it’s unlikely that the Seattle-based, 182-square-foot “pico-dwelling” is about to kickstart a small home revolution in Canada, builders are slowly introducing micro units to big cities. Back in 2012, a developer in Surrey, British Columbia made plans for the smallest suite in the country...

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Creating a Positive First Impression at an Apartment Showing

Posted in Furnishings, Interior Building, Marketing, Suite Renovations

Creating a Positive First Impression at an Apartment Showing

When it comes to apartment leasing, first impressions are everything. Before renters even step into a model unit, manicured landscaping, clean common areas, and a clean office play a huge role in shaping customer perception. The little details provide prospective residents with a peek into the management style, community upkeep, and living experience. As an apartment marketer you’re not only marketing a place to live, but also a lifestyle. Here are some tips to maintain a professional,...

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Like a Jedi, you control this micro apartment with your hand

Posted in Development, Furnishings, Housing, Industry Trends, Interior Building, New Products

Like a Jedi, you control this micro apartment with your hand

MIT Media Lab’s CityHome is essentially an entire apartment packed into a magical, transforming box that’s controlled by touch and motion sensors. Pull your arm back, and a bed or dining table appears. Wave your hand, and the lights dim and blinds close. Gently touch the counter, and the entire unit moves backwards or forwards, revealing (or concealing) a bathroom. Like the eight-room, 420-square-foot apartment in New York, the idea is to pack as many living areas into as small a space as...

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Forces Driving Renters to Consider Micro Apartments

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Forces Driving Renters to Consider Micro Apartments

Do you think you could live in a 15-by-15-foot micro apartment with minimal furniture, all of which is multi-functional? Not many could handle dealing with such as a cramped space, or having to constantly put away their bed. However, millions of people will sign themselves into micro apartments for reasons you may or may not understand. Here are some drivers of this trend and why it’s gaining strength: Affordability of Mirco Apartments Money is a hot commodity, always has been and always will...

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HealthLease REIT takes young approach to seniors’ housing

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HealthLease REIT takes young approach to seniors’ housing

The biggest difference between the Canadian-traded REIT and most of its competitors is the age of the facilities in its portfolio: HealthLease wants to own only relatively new and modern seniors’ buildings and boasts of having “one of the youngest and highest-quality portfolios of seniors housing and care facilities” on the continent. Health Lease REIT“I don’t think anyone has a portfolio nearly as young as ours,” said Scott White, the REIT’s executive vice-president of finance. “The average...

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Benefits to Renting Furnished Apartments

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Benefits to Renting Furnished Apartments

If you have ever scoured through online apartment rental ads in the quest to find the perfect place to call home, you’ve likely seen furnished apartments advertised prominently alongside the “traditional” apartment-for-rent ads. Furnished apartments have become so popular that they often warrant their very own sections on websites like Kijiji, Craigslist and RentSeeker.ca So what’s all the fuss? Put simply, furnished apartments offer numerous advantages for people of all ages and from all...

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