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Understanding the needs of homeowners and tenants

When it comes to understanding tenants needs, there is a huge gap between property managers’ perceptions and those of the residents. That is according to a recent survey by US company Building Engines. For example, 66% of building management teams communicate with tenants via phone, while only 4% of tenant employees plan to use this …

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What is Industry 4.0?

A new industrial revolution is taking place. The fourth one, in case you wondered how many others came and went under our noses. Industrial Revolution 4.0 is not one thing. It is more of a combination of technologies and processes aiming for more efficient, transparent and decentralised production. This is the key word to understand …

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Smart communities, somewhere between smart homes and smart cities.

According to the book Smart Cities: Governing, Modelling and Analysing the Transition, there seems to be a rush among major urban areas in the world to follow the pattern set by places like Vancouver, Kyoto, San Francisco or Amsterdam. The tag “Smart City” appears to be used and abused by an increasing number of population …

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Residential communities: grassroots governance

It can be a lonely, unrewarded and difficult journey for the president of a residential community. Plenty of after-hours work, disgruntled property owners, loads of paperwork, and recurring trips to the bank. It is remarkable that with so many different types of residential communities in different parts of the world, all arrangements seem to rely …

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Digital disruption in property management: is the “Uber Moment” coming?

The world of property management software has been traditionally slow to adopt new technologies. Is this necessarily a bad thing, though? Once the dust settles, it is probably easier to see which technological advancements worked and which ones didn’t. With the onset of Uber-like platforms, different sectors have seen apps take over the work of …

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