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

February 18, 2024

The Real Estate division of IMN hosts over 45 conferences each year, and Showdigs is thrilled to sponsor this year’s Single Family Rental Property Management, Operations, and Tech Forum! 

If this is your first IMN conference or if you’re a long-time attendee, this guide is perfect for you. We’re covering the highlights and must-sees at the event as well as a list of restaurants, bars, and attractions for your free time in Austin. Let’s dive in — we’ll see you soon!


The complete conference agenda can be found on IMN’s website, but we’ve compiled a short list of what we’re excited to see:


  • Hiring & Staffing: How Much Scale Do You Need to Build an Internal Team vs. Maximizing Use of 3rd Parties
    Thursday, 9:45am to 10:30am
  • The Future of Institutional SFR Housing
    Thursday, 11:30am to 12:15pm
  • Build2rent 101 vs. Scattered Site SFR
    Thursday, 1:30pm to 2:15pm
  • Value-Added & Opportunistic Rehab, Automation Tools, Amenities & Ancillary Services: Where is the ROI
    Thursday, 2:15pm to 3pm
  • Which Technologies Are You Looking to Improve? Are You Updating, Building, or Buying New?
    Thursday, 3:45pm to 4:30pm
  • How to Lower Churn and Grow Your Portfolio with a Better Owner Experience and Brokerage Services
    Thursday, 4:30pm to 5:15pm
  • Technology… The Buyside Perspective*
    Friday, 9:45am to 10:30am
    *Be sure to check out this session to hear our CEO and fearless leader, Kobi Bensimon, on the panel!
  • Large SFR “C-Level” Operations Executive Panel: What Is Your Playbook For Maximizing Portfolio Performance
    Friday, 11am to 11:30am
  • How Are You Applying ESG Best Practices To Your Single Family, Build-To-Rent and Fix & Flip Strategies
    Friday, 11:30am to 12pm

Trade Show Booths

  • Showdigs
    Okay, maybe we’re biased. Showdigs eliminates the pain of listing, leasing, and showing by streamlining the leasing process. We offer the only property management software with a network of on-demand, licensed real estate agents specially trained for tours, condition reports, and all other fieldwork needs. Our Listing Shield™ technology removes fake listings and stops scammers with AI-powered security features, facial and ID recognition, and Agent-verified vacancy checks. Free for a quick chat at the conference? Check our calendar to see when we're available — we'd love to buy you a coffee!
  • Latchel
    Latchel enables property managers to be more responsive and offer a higher quality resident experience while also creating a new revenue stream. Their platform takes all maintenance calls and requests and automates the maintenance process based on each property manager’s unique workflows. Latchel’s Resident Benefits give tenants a centralized hub of top-tier lifestyle and financial perks to elevate their maintenance experience.
  • Lula
    Lula offers rental property maintenance solutions powered by a network of vetted contractors. Their platform offers real-time status updates from vendors, and both self-service and full-service solutions for property managers in over 30 markets nationwide.
  • Property Meld
    Property Meld is an intelligent maintenance solution for property management companies that provides efficiency and oversight for residents, vendors, technicians, and property managers. Their software empowers users to transform the maintenance process by making data-driven decisions to increase productivity and lower maintenance costs.
  • Pest Share
    Pest Share is a technology platform designed to provide affordable pest control to renters across the country. Their mission is to take pest control from a costly headache to a revenue-increasing amenity for property managers. With an average time to service of just over 3 days, pest problems are solved quickly, leaving residents and property managers satisfied.
  • igloocompany
    igloocompany is the market-leading smart access solutions provider that enables smart homes, secures business assets and creates smarter cities. Their subsidiaries, igloohome and iglooworks, offer award-winning keyless access solutions to both consumers and businesses.
  • Propify
    Propify’s unified API offers the easiest way for property managers to integrate with the leading property management systems. By implementing one integration for all systems, Propify handles broken integrations so property managers have more time to focus on their business.
  • Second Nature
    Second Nature offers convenient resident benefit packages (RBPs) to property managers that are designed to transform the living experience of tenants. These RBPs include a multitude of services for residents ranging from fridge and air filter delivery to credit building to maintenance.

Things to do in Austin, TX

Known as the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin offers a variety of music and arts venues, restaurants, and outdoor activities to suit whatever you’re seeking. Whether you’re spending the post-conference weekend in Austin or just looking for something to do Friday afternoon, here are our recommendations!

Eats and Drinks

  • Terry Black’s Barbecue
    Terry Black’s Barbecue is a staple of the Texas BBQ world. Boasting a 4.7 star rating from over 15,000 Google Reviews, a meal at this casual Austin pit-stop is worth the wait. 
  • Chuy's
    While this Tex Mex chain now spans nearly 100 locations nationwide, Chuy’s got its start in an abandoned barbecue joint on Barton Road in Austin. They’re known for their “big as yo’ face” burritos, proving that everything is, in fact, bigger in Texas.
  • Suerte
    Led by the visionary Chef Fermin and his talented team, Suerte harmoniously combines authentic Mexican culinary techniques with locally-sourced ingredients. For a light pick-me-up, be sure to try their Carajito, a dinner cocktail featuring run, fernet, branca menta, cold brew, and spiced cocoa bitters.
  • Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches
    While traditional Czech kolaches are fruit-filled, Texan kolaches are typically filled with meat and cheese. Batch serves both savory and sweet kolaches, as well as tacos, burritos, and a vast selection of craft brews.
  • Zanzibar
    If you’re familiar with our past property management conference guides, you know we love a good rooftop bar. Zanzibar offers a jungle-themed rooftop oasis in downtown Austin — and the best part? If you booked a room in the Austin Marriott Downtown through IMN, it’s just an elevator ride away!
  • The Peached Tortilla
    The Peached Tortilla offers a selection of modern Asian comfort food with a Southern twist. If you’re looking for dinner the night before the conference begins, be sure to stop in for Fried Chicken and Whiskey Wednesday from 5pm-9pm.
  • Wheatsville Food Co-Op
    The Wheatsville Food Co-Op deli counter serves up some of the best vegetarian and vegan options in Austin! Their Frito pie is a plant-based rendition of a Southern classic, and their popcorn tofu po’boy can be made with cashew tamari dressing or buffalo-style for a spicy twist.
  • Texas Chili Parlor
    What would a trip to the Lone Star State be without a hot bowl of Texas’ state dish? Stop into Texas Chili Parlor for a selection of 5 different types of chili along with burgers, chili dogs, and other sandwiches. Fun fact: this Austin staple was featured in Quentin Tarantino’s 2007 film Death Proof!
  • Olmaie
    Olmaie promises a delicious rotating seasonal menu of Southern fare elevated by farm-fresh ingredients & modern plating. If you’re interested trying this spot for brunch, be sure to make a reservation and to order the off-the-menu biscuits served with a side of honey butter.
  • Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden
    Visit Banger’s to enjoy house-made sausages with over 200 beers on tap. They promise a vibe that’s “Not too rowdy, not too laid back, just a good old fashioned good time.” If sausage and beer isn’t your thing, they have a wide array of apps including fried cheese curds, warm German potato salad, and jalapeno cheddar mac and cheese. If you’re looking for live music in a chill, outdoor venue, this is the place to spend the post-conference weekend. 


  • PBR Gambler Days — August 25th through 27th
    If you’re in town for the weekend after the conference, check out PBR Gambler Days at Moody Center to see the world’s best bull riders compete and represent Austin in the PBR Team Series. Ticket prices range from $25 to $130 — grab ‘em on the Moody Center website
  • Bat Fest — August 26th
    Over 2 million Mexican Free-Tail Bats reside under the Ann W. Richards Congress Ave Bridge in downtown Austin, making the city home to the world’s largest urban bat colony. And you’re in luck — the 17th Annual Bat Fest is taking place from 4pm-11pm August 26th! Tickets are $30 and can be purchased on the Roadway Events website. The event will have live music, several food and drink vendors, and about 25 local arts and crafts vendors (and also the main attraction, the bats).
  • Zilker Park
    Zilker park, home to the annual Austin City Limits music festival, is a 361-acre park located in the heart of downtown Austin. For a cooldown, check out the Barton Springs Pool for a quick swim! The pool is about three acres in size and is fed from underground springs, making it perfect for year-round swimming. While entry to Zilker Park is free, be sure to check out the Austin city website for information about entry fees for the Barton Springs Pool.
  • Austin Art Garage
    Visit the Austin Art Garage to browse a variety of pieces from local artists. Entry is free and their website promises a wide price range for all types of art collectors, “from the cash strapped college student to seasoned art collectors looking to invest in new talent.”

We can't wait to meet with you at this year's IMN Single Family Rental Property Management, Operations, and Tech Forum! 

As we mentioned earlier, we'd love to grab some of your time to chat about your plans for growth in the coming year. Click below to see our calendar, or reach out to us at See you soon!

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