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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 […]

Can You Spot the Risk to Tenants?

Can You Spot the Risk to Tenants?

You may think you know most of the ways that things could go wrong at your commercial property in terms of tenant and property risk, but there is only one way to know for sure – take our “Spot the Risk” Quiz!

What's Your CRE Horror Story?

What’s Your CRE Horror Story?

If you’re in property management, you’re all too familiar with the bone-chilling horrors of outlandish tenant requests, nightmarish equipment failures, and unnerving incidents. Maybe your building is even haunted! We’d like to know how you manage these spooky risk management scenarios! Take our quick Halloween Mini-Survey and share your own CRE horror story, and you’ll […]

Why It's Important to "Lock Down" Your Property Data

Why It’s Important to “Lock Down” Your Property Data

Commercial real estate (CRE) organizations are known for their relative hesitation when it comes to moving to adopt new technologies, and changes in process. To put it simply, the consensus has been: “Why change what already works?” And it makes sense. Many folks have been trained that it is safer to keep your competitive, trade-secret cards […]

Property Management Incidents You NEVER Want to See, and How to Avoid Them

Property Management Incidents You NEVER Want to See, and How to Avoid Them

Tell me if you’ve had a morning like this… My morning was going great. I just sat down in the management office of my building with a nice cup of coffee, just the way I like it, from my favorite coffee shop. Traffic was light coming in, with no horn honking or accidents to delay […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

17 Reasons Why Automating COI Management Is the Way to Go

17 Reasons Why Automating COI Management Is the Way to Go

Like it or not, Certificates of Insurance (COI’s) exist in commercial real estate for a reason. Namely: protection from unknown liabilities. These are scenarios in which you put your business (and affiliated individuals) at risk, because you cannot possibly cover all the bases. Sure, it sounds crazy, but many CRE organizations needlessly expose themselves and […]

Responding to Building Incidents the Right Way

Responding to Building Incidents the Right Way

How confident are you that you would be able to quickly react to an incident in your building the moment it occurs? A whopping 49% of property management organizations surveyed just last year on their risk management practices revealed that they don’t conduct Emergency Scenario Training sessions, which are geared towards improving emergency response times […]

We've Seen the Future of CRE Tech in 2016 and it's Still Bright!

We’ve Seen the Future of CRE Tech in 2016 and it’s Still Bright!

2015 was certainly an exciting year, highlighted by continued investment  in new commercial real estate technology (CRE Tech) firms, as well as B Rounds in a number of companies funded in the previous several years earlier. This seems to indicate continued investor belief in the market’s appetite, and the need for technology products and services […]

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 […]

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 […]