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What we Can Learn from the 2014 Boston Marathon

 
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The 118th Boston Marathon was held on Monday, April 21st, 2014 and marked the one year anniversary of the tragic attack on the 2013 Boston Marathon. Nearly 36,000 runners set out to run in this year's race and the winner ran the course in just 2 hours, 8 minutes and 37 seconds. There are a few things that we can all take away from the events of this year’s Boston Marathon.

3 Apartment Internet Marketing Conference Sessions We Can’t Wait to Experience

 

The AIM Conference begins in a few weeks (May 5-7) in beautiful Huntington Beach and once again the agenda is jam packed with engaging and forward thinking topics that the industry’s top apartment marketers will be taking back to their organizations with the kind of excitement only true marketing geeks can appreciate. As we prepare to participate in our 10th AIM conference, here are just a few of the sessions that we’re making it a point to attend.

Get involved while getting a Positive Return on Investment

 
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With health consciousness continuing to be a growing trend and the warmer weather creating more opportunities to be physically active, local events like 5K races and other outdoor activities can be a great opportunity for properties to get involved and market themselves. Below are 4 tips on how your property can create more awareness in your local market:

Maximize your software solution with powerful support from MRI Software

 
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In March, MRI sent communications out to our clients indicating that we have updated and revamped our support packages to better assist our clients in their day to day activities. Knowing that you have a busy day ahead of you every day, any opportunity we have to enhance our interactions and make your lives easier is something we want you to have. If you’re at a new company and don’t know who to turn to or you just can’t seem to find your way, we want you to turn to MRI’s support and service teams who are unparalleled in the industry. Depending on the package selected by your company, you may even have access to unlimited support, extended hours, and direct lines to our most experienced representatives with enhanced response time targets – meaning your problems are resolved more quickly and more efficiently.

Are You Reaching as High as You Can?

 
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One April 14th 1902 James Cash Penney opened his first store, the Golden Rule Store, in Kemmerer, Wyoming.  112 years later, there are over 1,000 department stores with his name still on them, JCPenney!  As today is National Reach as High as You Can Day, use Mr. Penney’s immense success as inspiration to help your company reach its full potential!  Here are a few ways to make sure your business is reaching as high as it can. 

April Showers MAY Bring Flowers…If You Plant Them Right!

 
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A few weeks into April, Ohio is finally starting to see signs of spring poking their way through the melted snow. If your property is also experiencing this transition, the warmer weather means it’s time to put away the salt and snow shovels and start tending to your landscaping. Is it time to add new mulch to the garden beds? Are there aphids nibbling on the daffodils? To make your competitors ‘green’ with envy, below are some useful gardening tips to keep your property in bloom!

Join the Bostonpost Users Community

 
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Have you been looking for an opportunity to meet with other Bostonpost clients?  Are you looking for an opportunity to learn more about Bostonpost or the myMRI portal?  If so you will want to check out one of our quarterly Bostonpost User Community meetings.

Updated HUD News – TRACS 202D and HUD Tenant Forms

 
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TRACS 202D: On April 7, The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published a notice in the federal register calling for comments on the information collection for the various HUD tenant forms including the HUD 50059 (full certification), 50059-A (partial certification) and 27061-h (race and ethnicity).  Comments are due no later than May 7, 2014. The hope is that all of the comments will be positive and supportive of the changes so that OMB can finalize its approval quickly after the end of the comment period.  The completion of this process is one of two things needed to allow TRACS 202D to be implemented. The second is OMB approval of the voucher forms that have been expired for two years now.  We expect a second OMB notice to be released soon asking for comments on those forms.

How Does Disney Do It?

 
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Maintaining your property is a large task and often quite costly. After a long winter there are so many things to get done - replacing old equipent, checking all the A/C units, and preparing all the landscaping, just to name a few. Of course, the larger the property, the more daunting spring maintenance can seem. So with spring cleaning about to commence, here are some facts on Disney that will make your to do list seem a lot smaller:

Rule # 4 – Play Nice

 
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We are taught at a young age to get along with others, to “play nice” and embrace our differences in order to work together and accomplish mutual goals as part of a team.

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