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  • Q & A With Ken Hodges

  • Integration Nation

    When new residents move into Gateway Village, a 545-unit military housing complex in San Diego that's managed by Dallas-based Lincoln Property Co., they can connect to the Internet right away, using wireless access points located throughout the community. As part of its management contract with the...

  • Taming the Tech Monster

    Two years ago, Steve Heimler, founder and CEO of Stratus Real Estate in Woodland Hills, Calif., was facing a five-headed monster. To meet the demands of various clients since its inception in 1989, the third-party manager had adopted a myriad of technology. By 2005, it was running five separate...

  • Automation Nation

    A few years ago, multifamily executives wondered how long it would take for online leasing to catch on. Now that it has, some apartment firms are ready to take the next step: eliminating the paper lease. That would mean that even when customers come into the leasing office, they wouldn't have to...

  • Build or Buy?

    Lane Co., an Atlanta-based third-party manager of more than 30,000 units, has always maintained a dedicated practice for public housing clients. “It may not be the most profitable stuff in the world, but we believe in doing it from a community-oriented perspective,” says Dan Haefner, Lane's chief...

  • Wired for Wellness

    Remember when a fitness center was just a handful of stationary bikes and a collection of free weights? How times have changed. Today's multifamily fitness facilities can be anything from medical clinics to cardio theaters, where residents can find a host of technology—glucose detectors, heart and...

  • Keep? Toss!

    Until recently, a set of filing cabinets in the corporate offices of Atlanta-based Post Properties took up five cubicles' worth of workspace. The cabinets held copies of invoices from vendors who deliver goods and services to Post's 62 apartment communities, consisting of 21,872 apartment units, in...

  • Drowning in Data

    Dallas-based Lincoln Property Co. prides itself on meeting its clients' needs. That's especially true when it comes to supplying timely portfolio information on the properties it manages for third-party investor clients. In fact, Lincoln will often give institutional owners access to its property...

  • Hit List

    Dan Haefner, the chief information officer at Atlanta-based Lane Co., had a decision to make. With an ever-growing number of projects on Lane's technology to-do list, his own team was already stretched from rolling out a new Web-based property management system at the company. Then, a new request...

  • Who's Got the Check?

    It should be easier than ever to run your client's property, given the deluge of Web-based property management software that's come to market in recent years. The problem is, somebody's still got to pay for it, and owners aren't always eager to open their corporate wallets. While a number of...