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8 Efficient Ways to Slash Retail Property Maintenance Costs

8 Efficient Ways to Slash Retail Property Maintenance Costs

There is a quote by American author Kurt Vonnegut, which sticks out in my mind when I think about property maintenance in commercial real estate – particularly in retail: “Everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.” Forward-thinking retail property managers and teams know this, and do everything they can to ensure that […]

Must-Read: Property Management Horror Stories

Must-Read: Property Management Horror Stories

Halloween may be over, but our love for the candy and the amazing CRE Property Management Horror Stories that were shared will never subside. These stories contained several out of the ordinary scenarios that real-life property managers and building engineers faced while in the line of duty. Never before have risk management, tenant service, and […]

Weekly Building Beat: RECon, CRE Mergers, and the IoT

Weekly Building Beat: RECon, CRE Mergers, and the IoT

You’ve got a lot going on. We get it. It isn’t easy to find the time to scour the internet for the latest property management and commercial real estate news when you’ve got a job to do. With ‘The Weekly Building Beat,’ you won’t have to waste time searching. We hand-select the best industry content […]

CONTENT SURVEY: What Can We Do Better?

CONTENT SURVEY: What Can We Do Better?

Take the Building Beat Content Survey In case you didn’t know, or it wasn’t quite obvious, I’ll just say it. We’re glad you’re here. Building Beat was created a little over seven years ago (Wow!) to deliver unique, and insightful content for individuals and teams working within commercial real estate (CRE) property management and operations. […]

Burgers, BBQ, and Thoughts on Vendor Relationships

Burgers, BBQ, and Thoughts on Vendor Relationships

Allow me to wax poetic. In the heart of Medford, Massachusetts, sits what is scientifically proven to be the world’s greatest burger joint. “Science,” obviously, is defined as the establishment that’s consumed the most of my dollars, and “I” being the most of its menu. On a recent visit I was stunned when, upon being […]

A Brief Guide to Tackling Pesky Preventive Maintenance Tasks

A Brief Guide to Tackling Pesky Preventive Maintenance Tasks

  Everyone remembers their first car. The name of mine was Chuck, and it was a 1998 Saturn passed down from my older brother. It was a new sense of freedom to be able to drive myself to school and go out with friends on the weekend. What I wasn’t prepared for was the responsibility […]

13 Reasons Property Management Software is Essential to Modern Operations

13 Reasons Property Management Software is Essential to Modern Operations

A while back we wrote a post covering ‘7 Reasons Why I Need Property Management Software,’ covering the emerging acceptance of technology in the commercial real estate (CRE) industry. Since then, the CRE Tech space has continued to grow. In 2015 alone, CRE Tech startups raised over $1.7 billion, according to venture capital researcher CB […]

Here is a Quick Way to Fast Track Your PM Tasks

Here is a Quick Way to Fast Track Your PM Tasks

Preventive Maintenance Debt (also known as PM Debt) is an all too real threat to the success of property management teams everywhere, because of its paralyzing effect on operations once tasks begin to pile up. In many ways, PM Debt is much like its remote cousin, financial debt. Once debt starts to accrue, it can […]

Are YOU a Customer Service PRO?

Are YOU a Customer Service PRO?

Customer service skills are an essential part of property management. They’re what makes a “satisfactory” service experience an extraordinary one. And in a market where office space and amenities are somewhat commonplace, you need to do everything you can to stand out. So, what can you do to improve your customer service skills, and in […]

Re-think Service Delivery: Setting Priorities & Benchmarks

Re-think Service Delivery: Setting Priorities & Benchmarks

See The Tools From the Video in Action! Building Engines helps you move beyond traditional work order management, and improve tenant service using the power of automation, mobile technology and real, actionable data.

Get Rid of Unfinished Work Orders Once and For All

Get Rid of Unfinished Work Orders Once and For All

“I absolutely love it when work orders are completed, but I hate it when they pile up and aren’t finished.” Sound familiar? Frustration over unfinished work orders is a pretty common problem, which often leads to a resentment towards incoming work requests. But before you go and point the blame, consider this: Maybe one of […]

What Property Managers Can Get Out of the Internet of Things

What Property Managers Can Get Out of the Internet of Things

There is a hot new technology buzzword being talked about these days: the “Internet of Things.” Maybe you’ve heard of it? The Internet of Things (IoT) has been mentioned in articles within almost every industry imaginable, and it is picking up steam within our magical world of commercial real estate. In fact, it was said […]

3 Big Ways ‘Dispatch’ Helps Your Property Team Succeed

3 Big Ways ‘Dispatch’ Helps Your Property Team Succeed

How do you quickly assign incoming work orders to the best person for the task, and manage your property team workloads without overburdening the members of your team? While all property management teams depend on the ability to quickly prioritize work orders and tasks in their effort to deliver consistently great tenant service, it is […]

The 5 Coolest Property Management Software Features You Didn’t Know Existed

The 5 Coolest Property Management Software Features You Didn’t Know Existed

You may think you are already familiar with Property Management Software. You know, that “system that does work orders and PM.” But as we head into the New Year, I challenge you to stop using the phrase “Work Order System.” That means no more, “Yeah, we have a work order system.” Or telling your tenants […]