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Love it or Hate it: Millennials are Changing CRE

Love it or Hate it: Millennials are Changing CRE

I have a confession to make – I am a millennial. This fact may be scary to some, but I promise that anything you’re thinking I’ve heard before. There are countless articles and video segments calling out “lazy and entitled millennials,” saying that we’re to blame for ruining pretty much everything. The Olympics, the wine […]

CRE Tech Talks #12: The Digital Economy and How Tenants Evaluate Office Space

CRE Tech Talks #12: The Digital Economy and How Tenants Evaluate Office Space

Technology is changing the business of commercial real estate. This show is about helping CRE Executives improve their tech IQ, so they can make informed decisions that will help their organization innovate, grow and stay competitive.  In our latest podcast, Building Engines SVP Scott Sidman is joined by Arie Barendrecht, CEO of WiredScore. In this […]

Unleashing Your Property Teams to Improve Tenant Satisfaction

Unleashing Your Property Teams to Improve Tenant Satisfaction

“Team” does not mean “you”. Not to butcher the obvious, but it’s also not just a group of “yous”. Like music, “Team” requires more than a single note – like happiness, more than a single laugh. Team is a group condition carefully nurtured over time through soft stuff like trust and responsibility, and hard stuff […]

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 […]

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 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.

The Forgotten Secret to Improving Building Engineers’ Happiness

The Forgotten Secret to Improving Building Engineers’ Happiness

Building engineers are the unsung heroes of property management teams – they are the gears in the machine driving your tenant service delivery. An engineer is typically one of the first faces a tenant sees when a problem arises. This makes their knowledge of how to best solve issues quickly and efficiently absolutely crucial. They […]

Indispensable Lessons for Property Managers, from 3 Famous Figures

Indispensable Lessons for Property Managers, from 3 Famous Figures

Tell me if this sounds familiar: You show up to work with your lunch and ambitions of a smooth, stress-free day. You start to make your way to the kitchen and before you even get the chance to play fridge Tetris with your lunch, you’ve already identified a bunch of fires that need to be […]

11 Ways to Be a More Productive Property Manager

11 Ways to Be a More Productive Property Manager

Everybody may be working for the weekend, but that doesn’t mean that they want to be working during the weekend. For many property managers, that means constantly looking for ways to improve their team’s (and their own) overall productivity. And with only so many hours during the day to complete work orders, preventive maintenance tasks, […]

Inspiring Self-Improvement in Property Management

Inspiring Self-Improvement in Property Management

We talk a lot about improving tenant service delivery. But what we haven’t really discussed, or even mentioned, is self-improvement in property management. Aiming for the moon, and hitting a star type of stuff. And no, I’m not talking about a New Year’s resolution to hit the gym, or a promise to read a certain […]

Setting the Table for CRE Tech Acceptance

Setting the Table for CRE Tech Acceptance

In the most recent entry in our ‘CRE Tech Talks’ podcast series, Scott Sidman (SVP here at Building Engines) spoke with Brandon Sedloff, the SVP of Corporate Relations at the Urban Land Institute, on the nature of creating meaningful CRE conversations. The podcast touched on a number of great talking points (pun intended), from the […]

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 […]

"What Should Our Performance Benchmarks Be?"

“What Should Our Performance Benchmarks Be?”

Benchmarking is the process of comparing one’s business processes and performance metrics to industry best practices from other similar companies. The metrics that are typically analyzed are those that focus on efficiency, reducing costs, and improving performance.