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Human Resources in Property Management

One of the most important aspects of property management is human resources.
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Broadening Your Financial Perspective

If you’re interested in becoming a Certified Property Manager, learning about the financial tools involved with investment real estate is on the agenda.
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Summer Planning Tips for Chillers and Boilers

The retrofit process for boilers should start long before out-of-date or insufficient systems start to fail.
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Ethics and Good Decision-Making in Real Estate

“Leadership has an ethical core, and ethics means not just making good decisions, but leading others in making good decisions.” – Chris MacDonald, Founding Director
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Financing High-Rise Energy Retrofits

In January 2014, the City of Toronto introduced a program to help support energy efficiency and water conservation improvements in rental apartment buildings. The High-rise
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Where a CPM Designation Can Take You

A Certified Property Manager, or CPM, is a senior-level property management designation that is globally recognized. Created by the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM),
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Building a Pavement Maintenance Plan

In early September 2015, a large sinkhole formed on Ness Avenue in Winnipeg following a heavy thunderstorm that struck the city. The appearance of the
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Advancing Light

Whether it’s for safety, function or aesthetics, lighting has a big impact on how a property looks and operates. Recent advances in technology have allowed for enhanced lightning solutions that are both energy efficient and affordable
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Six Energy Audit Tips for Building Managers

As utility costs continue to climb, it’s no surprise that building managers in both new and old buildings are experiencing increasing pressure from their tenants to take advantage of cost savings opportunities and to demonstrate that they have achieved the savings.
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Mould and Your Property

Mould is a common problem, particularly in buildings with damp basements or after a flood. Though mould exists everywhere, amplified mould growth can cause severe health problems and lead to costly damages, including litigation.
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Putting Safety First

After disaster strikes at a Southern Ontario elementary school, cleanup efforts revolve around ensuring occupant safety and providing community service
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Before Disaster Strikes

Emergencies happen when you least expect them. From floods and burst pipes, to fires and severe damage caused by extreme weather, planning for the worst is the best way to recover after a major disaster.
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A Retailer’s Nightmare

In April 2014, heavy rains, melting snow and ice jams in Atlantic Canada forced river waters to rise, submerging roads, filling basements and prompting hundreds to be evacuated from their homes and businesses. One large local retailer with 50,000 square feet of floor space, was left to cope with a foot of water.
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8 Winter Maintenance Tips

Canadian winters are no walk in the park. From gusting winds and snow squalls to plunging temperatures and heavy snow falls, the weather this time of year can be hard to predict—and hard on buildings. But there are a few steps property managers can take to guard against the potential damages of extreme weather...