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The Best Way to Manage Demanding Tenants

The Best Way to Manage Demanding Tenants

Property managers and operators operate live in a demanding world. Striving for operational and financial success means balancing the complex needs of building ownership, vendors, and most importantly – tenants. Strong tenant relationships and efficiently managed tenant demands are an anchor for long-term property operations success. Service obligations to tenants in medical, retail, and commercial […]

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 […]

Not Just a Checkup – A Heartbeat!

Not Just a Checkup – A Heartbeat!

About eight years ago I had a physical, and it wasn’t fun. Through a combination of hereditary, lifestyle, and dietary factors, a few numbers (I’m talking about you, Blood Pressure and Cholesterol!) were a bit out of whack. It was sobering, and it demanded immediate action—which I took. These days I still have the occasional […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

The People Have Spoken! Here is the Top Content of 2015

The People Have Spoken! Here is the Top Content of 2015

In 2015 we created a LOT of content centered on Property Management, from definitive guides to podcasts, and infographics covering the CRE Tech landscape – all of it designed to help you improve your service delivery, and tenant satisfaction. So it seems only fitting that we share the Top Content of 2015, as determined from […]

Service Delivery & Exceeding Tenant Expectations

Service Delivery & Exceeding Tenant Expectations

Your tenants demand, and deserve the best, and it is up to you to make sure that your team is delivering. Unfortunately there are certain realities that can make that job difficult, including the need to cut costs, reduce workloads, and back up your actions with data. So how can you, the property manager, possibly […]

A "Fitbit for Your Building"

A “Fitbit for Your Building”

I didn’t fully know what to expect when we launched our CRE Tech Talks podcast series earlier this year.  I wasn’t completely sure if we’d find enough people interested in participating, or of course, whether anyone would really want to listen. Like most things, you don’t really know until you give it a try.  And […]

7 Reasons Why I Need Property Management Software

7 Reasons Why I Need Property Management Software

Have you felt it? That buzz sweeping through CRE? Tech, tech, TECH! Everywhere I turn, I see articles like CRE Tech Trends for 2015; events like CRE // Tech Intersect, DisruptCRE and Realcomm (dedicated solely to emerging and established technologies); and new resources for CRE tech News.

Cheat Sheet: 5 Hacks for Driving and Managing Incremental Revenue

Cheat Sheet: 5 Hacks for Driving and Managing Incremental Revenue

As the pressure continues for commercial real estate owners and managers to increase NOI and drive more income beyond what’s offered in leases, identifying incremental revenue through services provides an opportunity to do that. Unfortunately, according to BOMA, 20% of all billable service revenue for servicers performed are not accounted for or collected due to poor process and systems.

8 Ways to Get Your Building Ready for Winter

8 Ways to Get Your Building Ready for Winter

While we’re positive that YOU are not one of companies that just switch off the air conditioning at the end of the season rather than follow correct shut down procedures (gasp!), it’s always good to have a winter preparedness refresh as we head into the drag of cold and snow.

“How much does your property management software cost?”

“How much does your property management software cost?”

I suppose I feel a little like Penn and Teller – about to share secrets from the murky world of sales, exposing my peers in SaaS technology companies and incurring their wrath. But if it makes for good ratings (or shares/retweets in this case) I’m told it’s worth it by my marketing colleagues.