My cross-country move is about three months away, which seems like no time at all. Oh, the to-do list, it is long! I’ve started taking boxes home from my workplaces, and figure that if I pack a box a day, I’ll be in good shape. Any chance I’ll be able to keep it up for more than, say, two days?

I’ve already done a ton of organizing and donating, so that is a major help. There will be at least one more major trip to the thrift store, and I’m considering having a garage sale, but for the most part, the stuff I have left is the stuff I want to take with me. And it seems to be a lot of stuff.

The tricky part about the box-a-day strategy is that I don’t want to pack everything now, of course. There are certain cookbooks I consult frequently, I still want to have pretty things on display, and I need access to all my dresses all the time. So far I’ve packed a box of ceramics (leaving out the Ninja mug I use for tea every morning and my day-off breakfast plate) and a box of tiny treasures I’ve been accumulating for over a decade (seriously tiny things that each trigger powerful memories). Next I think I’ll pack my art books (all gifts from my dad), my Pyrex collection (it’s grown since then), and less-frequently used cookbooks. After that? It gets a bit murkier..

Are you a fan of packing all-at-once, or a-box-a-day?


New Job Posting with RentSmartRewards

 Job Summary:

The Sales Executive (SE) is responsible for sales activities, from lead generation through close within assigned territory.  The SE works for the achievement of revenue generation, and long-term account goals in line with company vision and values.

Essential Functions:

Achieve net revenue goals

Achieve retention goals

Develop and maintain close relations within an assigned territory in order to exceed   customer expectations

Report monthly to Sales Manager

Conduct scheduled sales/service meetings with decisions makers of business portfolio

Assist in the collection of current monies

Additional Responsibilities:

Performs other responsibilities as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Ability

Excellent verbal/written communication skills. The ability to effectively communicate at all levels.

Time management skills. Extremely organized, highly motivated, strong work ethic and detail oriented.

Possesses an intuitive understanding and familiarity with the rental market.

Demonstrates ability to develop business relationships with customers.

Demonstrates commitment to teamwork and account results

Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite.

Qualifications, Training, and Experience:

Requires AA degree or 3-5 years successful outside B2B sales experience

Strong customer service and client retention skills required

Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills required

Demonstrate technical aptitude with regard to understanding, interpreting data and quickly apply information to a sales process


Based upon qualifications


As of 3-11-13







There’s been some debate lately about the importance of marketing to specific audiences. Property management gurus and experts find themselves in different camps with different perspectives. One industry voice, for example, argues that property managers should keep their focus on Millennials—as other generations will follow this influential group’s lead.

Although this may be true in some instances (perhaps with Gen-Xers, because the generation gap is smaller), it’s also important to remember that more Boomers are coming on the rental scene.  It isn’t clear that Boomers are going to appreciate the features and amenities that Gen-Ys desire and expect—especially when we review what studies are showing:

•  Millennials prefer location over square footage.

•  Urban-situated, three-floor walk-ups are A-Okay if the location is right.

•  Gen-Y wants eclectic, “alternative” spaces over traditional ones, and they are not interested in your standard remodel.

•  These 20-somethings care about “green,” sustainable living, and they are willing to pay extra for it.

So what does this mean for you??

First things first: Know Your Audience. Which demographics do you rent to? Can you draw out any consistencies with the type of renters your properties attract? Of course, if you manage tens or hundreds of units, you will need to access each group of properties or individual ones as you see fit.

The key to finding and catering to your “ideal” tenant is knowing who your properties attract. Once you’ve pinpointed your audience(s), you can home in on what they need and want—at least in a general way.