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Maintenance

Why are Move-In Condition Reports Important for Property Managers?

Let's be honest: Move-in and move-out property inspections can be incredibly time-consuming. But, they're also extremely important! Even when not required by law, a move-in walkthrough is always a smart move, and here's why.

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News & Trends

Move-In Day with Showdigs and The Maple Leaf Foundation

Showdigs has partnered with Seattle-based nonprofit, The Maple Leaf Foundation, to sponsor an entire home that will serve families in need for years to come.

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Leasing

Top 10 Best Apps for Property Managers 2022

Here is the 2022 list of the 10 best and highest-rated property management apps that you can use to post listings, track payments for rent, record expenses, create invoices and more!

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Listing

10 Ways to Grow Your Property Management Business

In this post, we’ll provide you with property management tips to help you market your property management services and improve your business operations.

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Tenants

How to Coordinate Inspections for Occupied Rental Properties

Let’s dive into how property managers should prepare for an occupied property walkthrough, as well as how the Showdigs Team handles the scheduling, documentation, and post-walkthrough processes!

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Tips & Tricks

4 Ways to Reduce the Vacancy Rate of Your Rental Properties

As the warm weather approaches, the rental market is heating up, and keeping your rentals occupied during the busy season is key. Prospective tenants are on the hunt for their next home, and you'll want to ensure your properties stand out from the crowd. Implementing a few key strategies can help reduce vacancies and get your properties rented fast.

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News & Trends

Your Guide to IMN's 5th Annual Single Family Rental Property Management, Operations, and Tech Forum

Your guide to the 2023 IMN 5th Annual Single Family Rental Property Management, Operations, and Tech Forum!

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Maintenance

How to Best Prioritize and Manage Tenant Maintenance Requests

Instead of feeling overwhelmed by your maintenance requests, here’s how you can prioritize and manage your tenants’ maintenance requests from emergency to low priority.

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News & Trends

Announcing Showdigs’ New Flat Rate Pricing & Nationwide Property Management Software Launch

Showdigs is launching our end-to-end leasing solution, from marketing to scheduling tours and pre-screening, to follow-up and conversion, to property managers anywhere in the United States and Canada.

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Leasing

Property Managers: Showing Your Own Vacancy is a Waste of Your Time

Whether you manage 5 or 500 rentals, showing your own vacancies is time-consuming - especially when your time can be better used. Here's why it's a waste of time.

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Listing

Why Should I Use Zillow to List My Properties?

Zillow is the largest rental property listing site out there, and in this competitive rental market, the more exposure you can get to your listings the better!

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Leasing

3 Helpful Tips for New Property Managers

As a new property manager, there are so many daily tasks to deal with. How can you prioritize? Check out these helpful tips for beginner property managers.

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Leasing

Tips for Preparing Your Vacancy for a Move-Out Inspection

When you're on the way to your rental property for a final move-out inspection, you might be wondering how to best prepare the property for inspection.

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Listing

5 Apartment Leasing Incentives to Help You Fill Vacancies

If you want to get your vacancies filled, especially in a renter's market, try offering concessions and leasing incentives like free parking or discounted rent.

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Technology

How to Incorporate Technology into your Property Management Business

In 2024, the real estate landscape has become dependent on technology, both for prospective renters and property managers. Managing properties is complicated — so complicated that using different tools may seem like more of a burden than a benefit. However, there are many tools you can use to not only save time but make your operations more efficient.

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News & Trends

What Will the Summer 2021 Rental Market Look Like?

Wondering what the 2021 rental market will look like this summer? We predict that the 2021 summer season will be way busier than in 2020 - here's why.

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News & Trends

The Property Management Conference Guide for NARPM 2021

The 33rd NARPM Annual Convention and Trade Show is taking place October 26th-29th, 2021 in Kansas City, MO.

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News & Trends

Move-In Condition Reports for Property Managers

Using your leasing staff to document the status of a property takes so much time for very little return. The good news? Showdigs now offers move-in inspections!

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Tips & Tricks

5 Types of Certifications and Licenses for Property Managers

Being a property manager with certifications (CMCA, CPM, RMP, CAM) means that you’ve been properly educated and trained, so you can be a great asset to your property management company and owner clients.

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News & Trends

Top 7 FAQs asked by landlords

When we talk to landlords about Showdigs, these 7 questions commonly come up.

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News & Trends

COVID-19 Response: Occupied Units, Condition Reports, and Group Tours

Showdigs is taking necessary steps amid the Coronavirus outbreak - here's how we're being safe when it comes to occupied unit tours and condition reports.

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News & Trends

Celebrating a Successful Leasing Season: Showdigs Summer Bash 2022

To close out another successful leasing season, we hosted our first annual Showdigs Summer Bash to celebrate the end of summer with live music, delicious drinks, and passed apps on the water. We also raised almost $15,000 for the Maple Leaf Foundation!

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Technology

Top 7 Mobile Apps for Property Managers

Property managers are always on the go. In this post, we dive into the top mobile apps for property managers that help with leasing, marketing, and more!

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Leasing

How Outsourcing Helps Property Managers Fill More Vacancies and Spend Less Money

We sat down with property management pro, Lindsey Montoya Mozeika, to discuss how outsourcing saved her time and enabled her to fill even more vacancies.

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Tips & Tricks

Why Property Managers Should Care About Condition Reports: The Benefits of Professional Property Walkthroughs

Conducting property walkthroughs yourself (or using/hiring an employee to do so) can be time-consuming and costly. But, documenting the condition of your property 1-2 times per year will save you time and money long-term. Let's dig into the benefits of condition reports!

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Listing

Top Rental Property Amenities that Tenants Want

In a competitive rental market, it's not always feasible to reduce the rent to fill your vacancy. Try offering amenities that tenants actually want instead!

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Listing

How to Use Zillow to Validate the Rent Amount for Your Listing

It is important to use Zillow to validate the price of rent before you list your property and during the first few weeks of listing your vacancy.

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Leasing

7 Ways to Lease Your Rental Properties Quicker and Cheaper

In this article, we’re covering ways to boost your conversion rates and streamline your leasing process. Use these tips to ensure the process is easy for you and convenient for your leads and tenants!

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Tips & Tricks

The Risks of Unoccupied Vacant Properties

If you have an unoccupied unit, whether between tenants or awaiting maintenance prior to listing, leaving it unattended can expose you to a variety of risks and costly damages. In this blog post, we'll explore the costs of dealing with scammers and squatters and how to save yourself from potential financial losses and headaches with Vacant Property Checks.

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Leasing

5 Ways to Monetize Your Showdigs Subscription

We’ve seen five major ways that property management companies have successfully monetized their Showdigs subscription, bringing in even more money and improving their bottom line. In this post, we’re going to discuss the ways you can leverage Showdigs to earn more revenue while doing less.

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Leasing

5 Tips to Help You Communicate with Your Tenants

Communication is key when it comes to building a solid property manager-tenant relationship.

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Listing

How to Market Your Services to Property Management Leads

If you're a property manager, you're always on the hunt for new property owner leads to turn into long-term clients. Here's how to market to property owners!

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Leasing

What’s the Key to Exceptional and Stress-Free Property Management? Your Own Live Operations Team

One of the most important aspects of property management is being able to respond quickly and effectively to every call, text, and email that comes in from potential tenants. The Showdigs Live Operations team is here to make sure that happens!

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News & Trends

"Houses for Rent" Inquiries Down 50% at the Start of COVID

Google trends and Showdigs internal data both show the same thing: There are way fewer people looking for homes amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Technology

Understanding ChatGPT: A Powerful Leasing Assistant

Property managers can dramatically maximize efficiency by utilizing ChatGPT in their day-to-day operations. By leveraging the power of AI, property managers can streamline communication with tenants, owners, and leads. Its ability to handle multiple conversations simultaneously ensures that each person communicating with your business online receives prompt and personalized assistance.

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Leasing

5 Time-Saving Tips for Property Managers

When you have several properties under your management, you realize how easily each small task adds up and eats away at your time. Among the most time-consuming tasks are responding to tenant issues, scheduling maintenance and repairs, driving to inspections and property showings, and actually showing the property to prospective tenants.Let’s dive into some ways that you can save time and money as a property manager!

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Leasing

Job Description (+ Free Template) for a Residential Property Manager

Do you need to hire a property manager? Here are some of the responsibilities of a property manager, plus a free job description template to use when hiring!

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Tips & Tricks

8 Ways to Boost the ROI of Your Rental Property: Expert Tips and Tricks

Are you looking to increase the ROI (return on investment) of your rental properties? With the right strategies and tips, you can maximize your rental income and ensure that your portfolio is a profitable one.

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Leasing

How to Get Started as a Single-Family Property Manager

Do you want to be a property manager? What does a property manager do? Here's what you need to know about how to start managing single-family rental properties.

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Technology

Tori from Showdigs: Delivering the Best Lead Experience

Showdigs is changing the game with Tori, the only fully customizable AI leasing assistant for single-family property managers.

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News & Trends

The Property Management Conference Guide for PM Grow Summit 2022

PM Grow Summit, the year’s most highly-anticipated and innovative property management conference, is happening February 28 – March 2nd, 2022 in San Diego, CA.

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Technology

Self-Showings: Artificial Intelligence meets Human-Powered Security

Thanks to cutting-edge technology, there are many ways to make self-showings as safe and secure as possible. But did you know that there are self-showing platforms that provide flexibility as well? Check it out!

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Leasing

How Showdigs Helps Property Managers Scale with Seasonality

Property management is hyper-seasonal. Some months you’re extremely busy, and some months are so slow that the last thing you need is to pay for something (or someone) you don't need. So what can you do to deal with the seasonality of property management?

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Technology

How to Choose the Best Self-Showing Software

Are you considering enabling self-showings at your vacant property? Here's what you need to know about choosing the perfect self-showing software.

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Technology

How to Boost Conversion Rates on your Property Management Website

What is a conversion rate and how does it apply to your property management website? Learn what it is and how you can boost your website conversion rates.

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Technology

Why Virtual Tours for Rental Properties Are Here to Stay

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more prospects are requesting virtual tours in an effort to stay safe and social distance - and virtual tours are here to stay!

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Technology

The 7 Best Leasing CRMs for Your Property Management Business

A comprehensive leasing CRM is key to staying organized and responsive to your leads and existing tenants. With an optimized CRM, you can automate nearly every aspect of the leasing process — allow prospective renters to self-schedule tours after completing pre-screening questions, set up automation to complete mid-tenancy property documentation, and make the move-in/move-out process a breeze — all while maintaining a personalized experience. Here's our list of the 7 best CRMs for property managers!

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Technology

Best Residential Property Management Courses 2022

Property managers have multiple roles and responsibilities. Let's look at some of the best property management courses for continuing education in 2022.

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News & Trends

The Property Management Conference Guide for NARPM® Broker/Owner 2023

NARPM® Broker/Owner Conference & Expo invites only designated brokers, owners, and decision-makers of property management companies, making it a highly exclusive event. Showdigs is proud to be a 2023 Official Partner and Coffee Break Sponsor for this year’s Broker/Owner Conference & Expo, and we can’t wait to be in sunny Carlsbad in April! Without further ado, let’s explore everything that this year's event has to offer.

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Listing

3 Property Management Marketing Plans (+ Free Task Checklist for Property Managers)

As a property management company, your monthly marketing plan needs to include both inbound methods like SEO and social media as well as outbound methods.

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Tips & Tricks

How to Improve Your Property Management Operations

As a property manager, your day-to-day operations play a crucial role in the health of your business. Your work flows can either make your business incredibly profitable or keep you in a constant state of stress.

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Listing

5 Property Management Websites to Inspire You

Check out these property management websites to get inspiration for your next website relaunch and to learn more about running a successful business.

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Technology

The Best AI-Powered Property Management Tools

Artificial intelligence has completely changed property management systems in recent years, making it easier to automate nearly every stage of the rental funnel. We’ve researched and put together a list of the 8 best property management software platforms that use AI to streamline the leasing process and maximize efficiency!

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News & Trends

The Best Property Management Podcasts of 2023

Podcasts are a great way for property managers to listen and learn on the go! From industry experts to rising stars, our 2023 list of best property management podcasts provides valuable information on tenant management, leasing, technology, trends, and everything in between.

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Tips & Tricks

How to Perform a Health Check with Leasing Metrics on Your Property Management Business (Free Template!)

It's important to pay attention to your leasing metrics - this article covers how to calculate and organize your leasing metrics and how much might be too much to spend.

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Technology

Pros and Cons of Self-Showings for Rental Properties

Can self-showings help property managers lease their properties faster, cheaper, and more efficiently? Check out this article to learn more about self-showings.

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Leasing

Why Prospect Screening Helps You Find the Most Ideal Tenants

Property managers all agree that getting an awesome tenant makes life easier. But how can you find the best tenants for your rental? By screening every prospect.

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Listing

5 Ways to Get Repeat Renters as a Property Manager

By offering high-touch service as a property manager, you'll have a better chance of making sure that prospective renters become repeat tenants!

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Technology

New Tools to Take Your Leasing Automation to the Next Level

We’re launching an incredible list of new automation, showings, and field service capabilities that will make your life even easier, including our brand new 24/7 Leasing Line and Website Listing Widget.

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Leasing

How Can Tenant Inspections Help with Pest Damage and Pest Control?

It is important to look for signs of pest damage during tenant inspections so that you can abate the pests and rodents that threaten your property.

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Listing

What is a Rental Property Marketing Funnel and How Can You Optimize It?

Optimizing your rental property marketing funnel is a crucial step in getting your vacancies filled fast. But what does this leasing funnel look like?

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News & Trends

COVID-19 Resources for Property Managers

Here is a collection of guides, checklists, and templates to help property management companies respond to the COVID pandemic safely and efficiently.

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Leasing

How to Increase Leasing Activity During the Property Management Slow Season

We interviewed Ty Cayce, owner of Urban Key Property Management, to talk about the property management slow season and how he solves this issue with outsourcing.

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Leasing

Like a Game of Whack-a-Mole: Property Management Insights From a Pro

The Showdigs team sat down with property management pro, Lindsey Montoya Mozeika...

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News & Trends

2022 Property Management Trade Shows and Conferences

We expect 2022 to be a big year, so we compiled a list of 2022 trade shows and conferences for single-family property managers - you might even find a multifamily event on this list as well!

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Listing

Tips for Marketing Your Rental Property to Help You Stand Out

When it comes to your vacancy, how do you market your rental property? Where should you post your listings? What should be included in your listing description?

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Technology

Your Guide to the Showdigs and AppFolio Integration

Your guide to syncing your Showdigs and AppFolio accounts.

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Leasing

How to Maximize Efficiency During Busy Leasing Season

You are a busy property manager and all the tasks on your desk are piling up... quickly! Take the time to review these tips during the slow season so you’re not scrambling come spring and summer.

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Technology

The Benefits of Using an AI Leasing Assistant: How Tori Works

We’re diving into everything AI, including the difference between an AI leasing assistant and chatbot, how to choose the right technology for your business, how Tori works, and the benefits of utilizing a virtual leasing assistant.

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Leasing

Showdigs Self-Showings: An Overview of the Lead Experience

One of the most important aspects of a good self-showing software is the lead experience. In this article, we’re showing you how leads move along through the scheduling, tour, and post-tour process!

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News & Trends

Websites for Property Managers: Where to Hire a Leasing Agent

With thousands of online job board options available, it’s difficult to know which one is right for your property management business. In this blog post, we've gathered information on the best hiring strategies and websites for property managers.

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Tips & Tricks

How to Run Your Property Management Business While You’re Away for the Holidays

The holiday season is right around the corner - what are some of the challenges that the holidays cause for property managers? Now’s the perfect time to come up with your holiday game plan.

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Tips & Tricks

How to Optimize Your Leasing Funnel: Marketing and Leasing Tips

Property managers — the best way to stay ahead of your competition is by continuously optimizing your leasing funnel to keep up with the times. We’re breaking down the property management leasing funnel, detailing the newest generation of tenants, steps you can take to market to young renters, and more!

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News & Trends

Trend Report: The Affordable Housing and Homeownership Protection Act, Single-Family Vacancy Rates, Features to Make Co-Living Easier, and the Gap Between Renting and Buying Affordability

Let’s take a look at a few trends affecting the single-family property management industry, including the introduction of the Affordable Housing and Homeownership Protection Act, a look into how single-family vacancy rates for 2023 compare to pre-pandemic levels, a new way to list on Zillow, and a look at the gap in affordability between renting and buying across the nation.

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Maintenance

How Can You Ensure the Longevity of Your Rental Property?

As a property manager, you're in the business of protecting your owner clients' investments. There are a million tasks that go along with the job, but the most important one is to ensure that the properties you manage are consistently in good condition. So, how can you make sure that's the case?

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Technology

The Best Mobile App That Every Property Manager Needs

The best app for property managers is here: The Showdigs App for Property Managers is now available on the Apple store and the Google Play store!

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News & Trends

Showing Availability and Vacancy Rate in Property Management

Ever wonder how your showing availability affects your vacancy rate?

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Technology

5 Ways Showdigs’ Marketing Automation Streamlines Your Leasing Process

As a property manager, you know how important it is to maintain high efficiency while keeping costs low. It's critical to eliminate as many manual tasks as possible, and instead streamline the leasing funnel using marketing automation. That's where Showdigs comes in. 

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Leasing

Leasing Agent Job Description (+ Free Template)

Property managers who lose so many hours each day doing fieldwork are in need of a leasing agent. Here's a leasing agent job description, plus a free template!

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News & Trends

23 Binge-Worthy Real Estate Shows To Watch In 2023

Looking for some new real estate tv shows to watch over the holidays and into the new year? Look no further! We put together this list of 23 binge-worthy, real-estate-related TV shows that you can stream on Netflix, Hulu, or HGTV.

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Technology

18 Best Property Management Software for 2023

Growth is the #1 priority for property managers in 2023. Check out this list of the 18 best property management software options to help you grow your business this year!

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News & Trends

The Property Management Conference Guide for NARPM 2022

The 34th NARPM Annual Convention and Trade Show is taking place October 17th-20th, 2022 at the Paris Las Vegas hotel in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip.

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Listing

Self-Guided Rental Tours: Safety, Security, and Scams

When it comes to self-guided tours, property managers have concerns about safety measures and how to keep safe from scams.

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Technology

Why Marketing Automation is a Must-Have for Your Leasing Tech Stack

From pre-screening qualification to personalized communication and organization, automated marketing solutions in your tech stack can revolutionize every stage of your leasing funnel. Say goodbye to no-shows, spending too much time on market, and tedious manual follow-ups, and hello to increased efficiency and time-savings!

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News & Trends

2023 Property Management Trade Shows and Conferences

We expect 2023 to be a big year for growth. To make sure you’re prepared (and as excited as we are), here's a list of 2023 trade shows, expos, and conferences for single-family property managers — you might even find a multi-family event on this list as well!

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Listing

How Showdigs is Solving the Growing Epidemic of Rental Scams

Rental scams have become so prevalent that the FBI has reported that consumers lost over $350 million due to housing scams in 2021. With the post-pandemic economy exacerbating housing insecurity and more people turning to online marketplaces to find housing, the problem has only been getting worse. Fortunately, one company is using technology to fight back against rental scams and make the leasing process safer and more secure for everyone.

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Maintenance

How Often Should You Document the Condition of Your Rental Property?

As a rental property owner or property manager, regularly documenting the condition of your rental properties is critical in protecting that investment. But how often should you be doing that?

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Tips & Tricks

7 Property Management Strategies That Will Grow Your Business

While most property management growth strategies focus only on new client acquisition, the truth is that you can’t truly grow your business without optimizing it. That’s why we’re focusing not just on the client marketing side of things, but also on internal operations and prospective tenant lead generation. 

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News & Trends

2024 Property Management Trade Shows and Conference

The Showdigs team is looking forward to everything that 2024 has to offer! As always, we’re releasing a comprehensive list of trade shows, conferences, and expos that single-family property managers should consider attending.

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Technology

17 Best Property Management Software for 2022

Is your property management software ready to grow with you, or is it one-size-fits-all? Check out this list of the best property management software options!

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Leasing

Tips for Getting Your Property Ready for Your Next Tenant

You have a little over a month to get your property ready for the next tenants - here's what we suggest!

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