Kicking off our third year of ORA Power Rankings, in this edition, we feature the Elite 1% of properties from 2016. Through our exhaustive research of 63,000 properties across all review sites, a total of 699 properties made it onto this elite list.

Below, we feature the best of the best—the top 50 properties of the Elite 1%.

The ace property for 2016 was The Kensington (Boston), managed by Bozzuto, with a score of 96. Elated to receive this honor for the second consecutive year, Daniel Pereira, general manager of the property, says, “The Kensington team is extremely proud to be recognized again by J Turner Research as the top-ranking property for online reputation in the nation. This recognition affirms our unwavering commitment to providing the highest level of customer service to our residents.” Bozzuto has the highest number of properties (five) among the top 50.

At No. 2 is Everton at Bellmar (Dallas), managed by Knightvest Property Management (score: 96). Camden Plaza (Houston), managed by Camden Property Trust, also registered 96, to take third place. To be eligible for this ranking, a property had to have a minimum of 20 reviews. For properties with the same ORA scores, the property with the higher number of reviews ranked higher.

In 2016, the national average ORA was 57.5, which jumped more than three points from 2015. The highest ORA score for a property also scaled two points—from 94 in 2015 to 96 in 2016. There are 26 new entrants among the top 50 properties and 366 new entrants in the top 1% ranking of 2016.

This surge in the number of newcomers and ORA scores reflects the sharpened focus properties have on online review management. J Turner’s recent study Prospects’ Internet Adventure shows that 70% of prospects chose to visit a property with a better online reputation. It's evident that management is focusing more on improving their online reputation; they realize they may be missing traffic due to a comparatively low online presence. This makes the top 1% ranking much more competitive.

The top three management companies to manage the most properties among the top 50 are Bozzuto, with five; Hawthorne Residential Partners, with four; and Greystar, with three. Six of the top 50 properties are privately managed. In the overall top 1% ranking, 114 properties are privately managed, and the top three companies are Greystar, with 54 properties; Bozzuto, with 47 properties; and AvalonBay Communities, with 32 properties. More than 210 management companies are listed for the 699 properties in the top 1% ranking.

With regard to states, the top three—with the lion’s share of properties in the top 1%—are Texas, with 81; Virginia (56); and Maryland (50). Among the top 50 properties, the leading states are Washington, with six; Massachusetts (five); and Ohio and North Carolina (four each).

To view the complete list of the Elite 1%, visit https://www.jturnerresearch.com/ora-elite-2016

Rank Property Management ORA Score
1 The Kensington
(Boston)
Bozzuto 96
2 Everton at Bellmar
(Dallas)
Knightvest Property Management 96
3 Camden Plaza
(Houston)
Camden Property Trust 96
4 TipTop Apartments
(Omaha, Neb.)
Privately Managed 95
5 Legacy at Jones Farm
(Huntsville, Ala.)
Privately Managed 95
6 CityScape
(Phoenix)
Alliance Residential 95
7 The Courts of Devon
(Gaithersburg, Md.)
Bozzuto 94
8 Park Place One Apartments
(Philadelphia)
Fidelity Management 94
9 Pohlig Box Factory
(Richmond, Va.)
Privately Managed 94
10 2 Wells
(Baltimore)
WPM Real Estate 94
11 Hawthorne at the Grove
(Kernersville, N.C.)
Hawthorne Residential Partners 94
12 One Canal Apartment Homes
(Boston)
Aimco 94
13 Modera 44
(Morristown, N.J.)
Mill Creek Residential Trust 94
14 Brunswick House
(Washington, Pa.)
WC Smith 94
15 The Laurel Apartments
(St. Louis)
Laramar 94
16 Kensington Place
(Woodbridge, Va.)
Van Metre Management Co. 94
17 The Mills at Riverbend Commons
(Moline, Ill.)
Privately Managed 94
18 The Wilson Building
(San Francisco)
Greystar 94
19 Marq West Seattle
(Seattle)
CWS Apartment Homes 94
20 The Brix at 26
(Pittsburgh)
Village Green 94
21 Pecan Springs Luxury Apartment Homes
(San Antonio)
Carbon Cos. 93
22 Flats on D
(Boston)
Bozzuto 93
23 Hampshire Apartments
(Schenectady, N.Y.)
Tri-City Rental 93
24 The Hamilton Luxury Apartment Homes
(Fishers, Ind.)
JC Hart 93
25 Mesa Pines
(Costa Mesa, Calif.)
Pan American Properties 93
26 AVA Capitol Hill
(Seattle)
AvalonBay Communities 93
27 Odin Apartments
(Seattle)
Equity Residential 93
28 Twenty | 20
(East Cambridge, Mass.)
Bozzuto 93
29 Aperture on Fifth Apartments
(Seattle)
Pillar Communities 93
30 Sorrento
(Overland Park, Kan.)
Price Brothers Management 93
31 Parkway Plaza
(Culver City, Calif.)
Jones and Jones 93
32 Link Apartments Glenwood South
(Raleigh, N.C.)
Grubb Properties 93
33 Parkside
(Apple Valley, Minn.)
Bigos Management 93
34 1600 Glenarm Place
(Denver)
Red Peak Properties 92
35 Legends at Oak Grove
(Knoxville, Tenn.)
United Residential Properties 92
36 Avalon Marlborough
(Marlborough, Mass.)
AvalonBay Communities 92
37 Waterside Greene Apartments
(Greenville, S.C.)
Hawthorn Residential Partners 92
38 Estuary
(Weehawken, N.J.)
Greystar 92
39 Water's Bend
(South Lebanon, Ohio)
North American Properties 92
40 Silverdale Ridge Apartments
(Silverdale, Wash.)
Greystar 92
41 The Enclave
(Beavercreek, Ohio)
Towne Properties 92
42 Hawthorne at Murrayville
(Wilmington, N.C.)
Hawthorne Residential Partners 92
43 AXIS Wellington Green
(Wellington, Fla.)
Bainbridge Cos. 92
44 Villas at Houston Levee East
(Cordova, Tenn.)
Panther Properties 92
45 Summerview Apartments
(Columbus, Ohio)
Privately Managed 92
46 Broadmoor at Aksarben Village
(Omaha, Neb.)
Privately Managed 92
47 Grove at Park Place
(Fayetteville, N.C.)
Hawthorne Residential Partners 92
48 Mt. Adams Apartments
(Cincinnati)
Towne Properties 92
49 The Century
(Seattle)
Pillar Properties 92
50 Millstone at Kingsview
(Germantown, Md.)
Bozzuto 92

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ORA Methodology
The ORA score is an aggregate compilation of a property's ratings across all review sites. Each month, J Turner Research monitors the online ratings of more than 63,000 properties, nationwide, across all review sites. Using a statistical model, a single score based on a scale of 0 to 100 is assigned to each property. This score serves as a benchmark to compare and contrast individual properties and portfolios nationally, regionally, and with the competition.

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