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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Keep the Commercial Real Estate Emergency Preparedness Kit in the trunk of your car

Keep the Commercial Real Estate Emergency Preparedness Kit in the trunk of your car

Just as the siren on a Fire Engine fades as it drives away (the Doppler Effect), September/National Preparedness Month is also disappearing into the horizon. It’s a good time to reflect on how you spent your summer, how shocked you are that September is almost over, how cool the Super Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse was, and how […]

5 Ways to Use Technology to Reduce Loss in Your Property

5 Ways to Use Technology to Reduce Loss in Your Property

The operational risks to a commercial property are many – at every turn is an opportunity for a slip-and-fall, a hazardous material leak, an uninsured vendor, or… worse. To compound that, the expectations and legal requirements that property teams are not only required to do, but also need to do, to prepare for emergencies and protect themselves from liability are high.

Top Ten Fire & Life Safety System Mistakes to Avoid

Top Ten Fire & Life Safety System Mistakes to Avoid

Your Fire & Life Safety System serves as a vital part of a commercial real estate building’s readiness plan. Code, training and equipment are all integral to ensuring that the system will function properly when a crisis occurs.

Building Engines Supports National Preparedness Month with Digital Emergency Readiness Kit

Building Engines Supports National Preparedness Month with Digital Emergency Readiness Kit

We are concluding our celebration of National Preparedness Month this September by offering an Emergency Preparedness Kit to our network of friends and colleagues. The Kit enables CRE owners and operators to assess their level of readiness and take action to prepare for the unexpected.

Building Security in Focus After Attack in Boston

Building Security in Focus After Attack in Boston

Cities around the world remain on heightened alert following a bombing during the Boston Marathon. Hundreds were injured when explosive devices were detonated on crowded sidewalks during one of the most famous sporting events in the world. The Washington Post reports that state and federal buildings across the country have implemented tougher safety measures, and […]

Insurance Premiums Jump as a Result of Storm Damage

Insurance Premiums Jump as a Result of Storm Damage

Building managers could benefit from ensuring they have proper coverage for their properties as the high costs of damage within impacted areas is causing an increase in insurance premiums.

Lights Out! How to Deal Effectively with Power Loss

Lights Out! How to Deal Effectively with Power Loss

The property manager that prepares ahead of time for weather-based emergencies is the property manager with happy tenants- and software is often the key to both preparedness and efficient crisis response.

The Key to Smooth Building Operations During a Snow Storm

The Key to Smooth Building Operations During a Snow Storm

Building managers should communicate with their tenants about building policies and procedures, contact their snow removal, and brief their property teams on the timing of the storm and likely changes to their building management activities- all well in advance of the storm.

Best of 2012! Top Content Voted by Your Peers

Best of 2012! Top Content Voted by Your Peers

It’s a new year and new you – with the same need to improve operations and tenant service. As we shelf 2012 and delve into 2013, here’s a look back at our most popular educational content and resources from the past year.