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Multifamily Minute Reader Reflections: What's the Most Useful Tech for Your Property?
Amidst all the new technology to hit apartment buildings in recent years, which solution stands above the rest? Check out our latest polling.Start Your Application and Unlock the Power of Choice$5.6M offered by a Bank at 6.1%$1.2M offered by a Bank at 6.0%$2M offered by an Agency at 5.6%$1.4M offered by a Credit Union at 6.1%Click Here to Get Quotes!
Technology is obviously a critical component of running a multifamily portfolio. That's true whether you own a duplex or a dozen 20-unit buildings.
But what tech is the most important for your operations? I asked you this question last week, and you answered. Check out our results below.
Type of Tech
Percent of Respondents*
Online rent payment platforms
Digital comms/maintenance request platforms
Financial analysis/investment modeling tools
Property management software geared toward smaller assets
Advanced data tools for market trend analysis
Virtual tour technology
Smart home technology
* The percentages do not add up to 100%, as respondents could select up to three choices.
Paying rent online is a huge benefit. Not just for property owners, as we see in the results, but for renters as well. According to a report from iPropertyManagement, online rental payment adoption accelerated during the pandemic, but all signs point to it staying around as a preferred method.
This is totally unsurprising to me. Who wants to take time writing, mailing, or depositing checks these days? Paying by card is far more secure, more convenient, and — critically — more in line with the digital lifestyle that most renters have become accustomed to.
That's not to say there won't be any pushback from renters. Some prefer the old ways, but it's pretty easy to make a strong case for not accepting checks or wads of cash in envelopes.
There's nothing to say that you need to only accept online payments — making it an option, however, can significantly streamline your bookkeeping and make life a little easier for your residents.
Of course, this convenience doesn't come for free. Consider that renters who can pay online are more likely to pay, though, and there's a great business case for giving it a shot.
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