Radix Weekly Data Report – May 13th

Traffic and Leases Move Up From Pandemic Low It’s been two months since the initial lockdowns started across the country. This week, we saw a number of other states start to open up, and our industry is showing some positive signs in terms of some leading indicators. On a national basis, both traffic and leases […]

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How Crowdsourcing is Helping Apartment Operators

When people picture crowdsourcing in action, the apartment industry doesn’t typically come to mind. We’re more inclined to think of big consumer brands getting ideas from their customers and the general public. Like the popular LEGO Ideas platform, through which users can submit their suggestions for new LEGO sets.  Or Waze, which has allowed many […]

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The Importance of Market Surveys in Student Housing

Move-ins are done. Students, eager to learn and enjoying their lives away from home, are roaming through your community’s halls. Your onsite teams are kicking butt and taking names when it comes to managing resident life. Things are sitting pretty — at least for a while. Not too long after students move-in and start their […]

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Strong Market Surveys Can Optimize Your Comp Shopping Efforts

There are numerous benefits to optimizing and streamlining your market survey process. To start with, when you have reliable real-time data about your competitors’ rental and occupancy rates, you understand exactly how your community compares to its comp set and you can make truly informed pricing decisions. Also, when your busy onsite teams use an […]

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Generating Submarket Data the Right Way

When apartment operators are evaluating the performance of their communities, data about the surrounding submarket is absolutely critical. But not all submarket data is created equally. Although metro market reports produced by research organizations have an undeniable value in the assessment of a market’s performance, it would be a mistake for operators to rely on […]

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Don’t Worry Too Much about Average Metro Rents – It’s the Rents of Your Comps that You Really Want

When it comes to apartment market data, it’s important to make a distinction between “macro” and “micro.” Macro data refers to statistics like a metro area’s average rent or its occupancy rate. Micro data refers to the average rent or vacancy rate of a competitive set of communities. Think of it in terms of a […]

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Why Casting a Wide Data Net Isn’t Always the Best Approach

When it comes to understanding your apartment community’s performance, it certainly doesn’t hurt to look at as much market data as possible. Monthly and quarterly market reports compiled by research and brokerage firms about your metro area are worth reviewing, but they also have limitations. By the time they arrive on your desk or in […]

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The Competition: Your secret pricing power

When it comes to successfully pricing your apartment homes, it’s critical to know who your competitors are and what rental rates they are charging. Unfortunately, though, too many operators don’t have a true, clear-eyed understanding of their properties’ comp sets. Below are some common mistakes property managers make when trying to determine who the competition […]

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Rental Data Delays Are Not OK

“Life moves pretty fast.” So said the wise philosopher Ferris Bueller in the 1986 classic movie. I can’t help but think of that line sometimes when thinking about apartment rental rates. They move pretty fast, too. In fact, they’re changing on an almost daily basis. To make the most effective decisions regarding pricing and concessions, apartment communities […]

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