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The Power of CREative Praise

The Power of CREative Praise

Carrots and Sticks I distinctly remember the big smile on one of my employees faces the first time I handed him a performance based bonus check. We had had a mandate to complete a large project by the end of the month, and while we were making progress toward our goal, I was starting to […]

Things Tenants Want to Tell You, But Won't

Things Tenants Want to Tell You, But Won’t

From my early teens, through college and for the first stage of my professional career, I worked primarily in the hospitality industry. Restaurants, bars, and hotels. – Ok, I may have actually spent more time in bars than working in them, but those are stories for another day. The hospitality industry is a terrific training […]

Weekly Building Beat: Optimism in CRE, Multigenerational Teams, and Space Battles

Weekly Building Beat: Optimism in CRE, Multigenerational Teams, and Space Battles

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 […]

What Does Big Data Have To Do With Property Operations?

What Does Big Data Have To Do With Property Operations?

I think the real question might be, what can big data DO for commercial property operations? Most would start at the beginning with a definition of big data and follow into a lengthy explanation of the how and where this “big data” can be found and collected. But anybody can do that, and it really […]

How Coffee Will Make You Rethink Retail Risk Management

How Coffee Will Make You Rethink Retail Risk Management

For a while, shortly before I started working in commercial real estate technology, I brewed a lot. That is not a typo, though I understand the assumption that I might have “brood” before I started working in the exciting, ever changing CRE Tech space. No, prior to that, I worked as a manager for a […]

Why Going Green Isn’t an Amenity in CRE

Why Going Green Isn’t an Amenity in CRE

“Going green,” also referred to as “being sustainable,” “eco-friendly,” and “future-friendly” isn’t an amenity in commercial real estate (CRE) anymore. It is a necessity, for both CRE organizations and for their tenants. In fact, “61% of corporate leaders believe that sustainability leads to market differentiation and improved financial performance,” according to a comprehensive 2011 report […]

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 […]

CRE Customer Service Lessons from Savannah

CRE Customer Service Lessons from Savannah

For all today’s trendy talk about “authentic” travel experiences—staying off the beaten path, seeing the grittier side of cities, eating where the locals eat, etc.—sometimes it’s fun to embrace being just being an authentic tourist. That’s what I did a couple of weeks back on a weekend getaway with my wife* to one of our […]

How to Avoid Paying More for Your Property Operations Platform

How to Avoid Paying More for Your Property Operations Platform

Notes From A Software Sales Guy I know, sales people have a bad rap (of course, not the good folks here in our team at Building Engines) and if I’m honest it’s for good reason. For years (and years) sales people have been indoctrinated to do things that serve their selfish interests and not necessarily do […]

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 […]

7 Ways for Property Managers to Dance Their Stress Away

7 Ways for Property Managers to Dance Their Stress Away

Do you ever have those days when you just want to smash a guitar like Meatloaf’s “Bat Out of Hell?” Or maybe Witchy Woman describe you better? “A restless spirit on an endless flight.” Well you can always do like Daniel Powter, “Stand in the line just to hear the new low” and feel sorry […]

Benchmark Survey Report: Tenant Relationship Management

Benchmark Survey Report: Tenant Relationship Management

How well do commercial real estate (CRE) professionals understand their tenants, and how do they manage their relationships?   Building Engines surveyed over 300 CRE professionals within a wide range of industry segments; including commercial office, medical office, industrial, retail, and others; to find out. We broke down and analyzed the data, and compiled our […]

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 […]