New Ways to Customize Your Online Rental Applications

27 Aug
2015

Ready2Apply Rolls-out Enhanced Features

by: Ryan Green

online rental appsOnline rental applications have transitioned from a nice feature, and become an essential tool for property managers.  Applicants expect an alternative way to apply for vacant rentals that will work with their technology and allow flexibility with their busy lifestyles.  CIC has recently released some amazing new features within Ready2Apply, their online application platform.  The new enhancements that are now available will help property managers drive more traffic to apply for their properties, and move through the process to the lease agreement faster than ever. Continue reading

Notify Applicants of Your Rental Decision Instantly

25 Aug
2015

Newest Feature of ApplyConnect®

by: Ryan Green

tenant screening decisionApplyConnect®, the industry’s most advanced tenant screening solution for landlords and real estate agents, recently made enhancements to their users’ experience. The improved technology saves landlords and real estate agents time, allowing the tenant screening process to be completed faster and with improved security and protection for all users. This industry exclusive new feature gives the landlord or agent the ability to automatically notify the applicant whether or not they were approved for the property with an instant email decision.

After the landlord or agent has reviewed the tenant’s credit and background history and has come to a rental decision, they will now have the ability to notify the applicant of their decision immediately through the ApplyConnect.com website. Continue reading

Myths and Facts about Criminal Records

20 Aug
2015

By Becky Bower and Caryn Bennett

facts about criminal recordsYou’ve gotten your potential tenant’s background check and stop mid-way to look it over. As you quickly glance at the clock in the corner of your desktop, you figure you can push lunch-time back just a few more minutes to get this taken care of. You absentmindedly gulp down your lukewarm coffee as your eyes skim the remainder of the report, mentally weighing whether to approve or deny this applicant. But as you see the criminal hits, you immediately question this applicant. If this has happened to you, you’re not the only one.

While criminal records may seem pretty straight-forward, there are a lot of common myths. From questions about “how far back can I check?”, “does this cover every jurisdiction?” to “should I automatically deny someone with a felony?” test your knowledge.  Here are some common myths about criminal records. Continue reading

Managing Your Online Reputation

18 Aug
2015

Reviews can Make or Break Your Business

By: Becky Bower

manage your rental reputationWith the digital age and the vast amount of online shopping options, many consumers rely on the aid of reviews. However, this doesn’t end with the consumer’s Amazon shopping cart, the reliance on reviews stretches out to the rental market. By using websites like Apartmentratings.com and Yelp!, potential renters are able to view honest opinions from current and previous tenants. Even apartment finding sites and social media pages like Apartments.com and Facebook allow your tenants to post reviews, and in turn decide to rent based on what they find.

Before you start fretting, remembering the potential purchases you’ve abandoned because of bad reviews, know that you can turn this to your advantage. With these tips, you’ll be able to enhance your reputation online and bring potential renters straight to your leasing office in no time. Continue reading

How to Properly (and Legally) Destroy Documents

13 Aug
2015

By: Becky Bower

properly destroy documentsWith the recent news that the Chinese government has breached the data of possibly 4 million federal employees, as well as the overwhelming amount of cyber-attacks committed in the past three years, it’s obvious that protecting your online data is imperative. But what about physical documents, like applications and lease agreements?

It’s safe to assume that you probably don’t have Indiana Jones’ level of security, but it’s not a bad idea to check that your physical security measures are as solid as the giant boulder that chased Indie’. Continue reading

Is Your Company’s Employment Application Going to Get You Sued?

11 Aug
2015

By: Ryan Green

employment applicationThere are a number of basic rights that every U.S. citizen is entitled to when they are seeking employment.  These include protection from being denied employment based on race, color, religion, gender, and national origin.  In addition to these there are gray areas such as age, familial status and sexual orientation which will likely be added with Federal protection at some point in time. What is clearly absent from these lists is language that protects citizens with criminal records from being denied employment.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) seeks to change this. Continue reading

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