Flawlessly Deliver the Gift of Love

Has this ever happened to you?

You spent hours researching and planning the perfect gift for your special someone. You went so far to make your purchase with a prepaid gift card online so they wouldn’t see what your ordered on the bank account. You had it all planned – nothing could ruin it. Or so you thought.

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The package arrived but you weren’t home when it arrived so your special someone picked it up. They mindlessly open it and that perfect gift you spent so much time trying to surprise them with is staring them directly in the face.

All of that planning ruined with a misstep in the package delivery process. It is probably safe to say a lot people can relate to some part of this shipping mishap, and that’s unfortunate.

What is fortunate though, there is a solution for apartment dwellers: a package locker system.

Package Concierge® offers a robust and innovative interface for our locker installations providing every resident a unique, individual access code. That’s right, each person, not a code for the apartment home, ensuring there is no longer a potential the wrong person will pick up the package.

This practice in individuality will certainly come in handy this Valentine’s season when residents are really hoping to surprise their special someone with something they will love. In the last 3 years, we have seen a significant increase in the number of packages delivered the week before and the week of Valentine’s Day – some communities are receiving 50 percent more packages in these two weeks and seeing their package volume return to normal the week after.

How heartbreaking would it be if any of these packages were discovered before they were given? Show your residents some love and contact Package Concierge® today to set up an installation!

Still looking for that perfect gift? Check out these 5 online sites still offering 2-day shipping:

  1. Amazon.com – This is a no brainer if you are an Amazon Prime member. With access to hundred of thousands of gifts, you are sure to find exactly what you are looking for. And if you aren’t a Prime member, you can sign up for a 30-day trial to make sure your package arrives in time.
  2. Walmart.com – Now this may not evoke the spirit of Valentine’s Day but the major retailer has recently announced free 2-day shipping for any purchase more than $35. If your loved one is looking for something like a FitBit Charge, new camping gear or even the uber popular InstaPot, this might be a new go-to shopping site for you.
  3. Sharperimage.com – For those who enjoy a tech-savvy treat, Sharper Image has unique high-end gifts such as a light and massage therapy hair brush or heated indoor-outdoor slippers. Use promo code VDAY99 to get free 2-day shipping for orders over $99 till February 10th!
  4. MichaelKors.com – Speaking of high-end, this top designer ensures that amazing purse, luxurious wallet or killer pair of sunglasses will arrive on time if ordered by February 9th. Just be sure to use the code VDay for free 2-day shipping.
  5. Apple.com – For the tech lover in your life, order any Apple product by 5pm today to receive free 2-day shipping. Apple Watch for all!
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3 Things Millennials Want In An Apartment

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Getting Millennials To Settle In Your Community

If there’s one generation breaking the mold, it’s Millennials. Born between the years of 1980 thru 2000, they constantly attract the attention of the media through their job-hopping habits, their diversity and their high levels of education. Being the most studied generation in history, Millennials have a different outlook on life than previous generations and are gearing up to change the spending habits of our current economy. This all might sound a bit intimidating at first but it’s great news for the multifamily industry. Millennials are drawn to renting for a variety of reasons and they cherish the ability to pick up and move whenever they like. Because of this, renting has never been more attractive. So how can apartment developers capitalize on these tech-savvy nomads? Here are the top three things Millennials look for in their future communities.

  • Technology – This should be obvious but not all communities understand it. It’s not about Internet access and gaming areas; it’s also about the little things. Great examples making all the difference are USB chargers built into wall outlets, keyless electronic access throughout the property and even a simple digital rent payment system. These all display your community’s commitment to keeping up with the times. Hey, it doesn’t hurt to have tech-savvy amenities, such as a Package Concierge. They order a lot of packages and they want to receive them on their schedule!
  • Attractive Apartment Layouts – For Millennials, less is more. They’re willing to downsize the bedroom for a larger living room where social interaction takes place. Michael R. Ytterberg, principal at BLT Architects, believes in this characteristic as he states: “Within the apartment itself, one of the most important features that Generation Y renters look for is an open floor concept with a large living space. As a result, smaller bedroom spaces aren’t a drawback if the living space can support their naturally social lifestyles.” This makes sense given Millennials thrive socially.
  • 21st Century Health and Wellness Centers – A barren room stocked with treadmills and rusty weight systems won’t cut it anymore. In its place, fitness centers in multifamily communities have been placing a heavy emphasis on yoga studios, pilates and “fitness on demand” digital classes broadcast through large TV’s. Millennials care deeply about wellness and are inarguably one of the healthiest generations ever.

These three characteristics will help your community be lively and vibrant. While Millennials enjoy having the ability to come and go as they please, statistics show that if they’re happy, they’re willing to rent longer, which is great news for the apartment industry. Ytterberg reiterates this point when he says “Many Millennials today are willing to spend more on their monthly rent to live in a prime location that offers them convenience, comfort and choice.” If apartment communities can provide what they’re looking for, it may turn a generation of wanderers into a bunch of homebodies. And what’s better than happy residents who want to stay a while!

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Client Spotlight: Central Park at Whisman Station

Whisman_SceneicOur latest client spotlight is host to some of the most scenic views of any property we’ve featured. Central Park at Whisman Station is located in Mountain View, California. The vistas of the Santa Cruz Mountains compliment this luxurious multifamily property and create a beautiful landscape of the surrounding area

Managed by Alliance Residential, Whisman Station is just one example of their dedication to multifamily living done right. They also are advocates for luxurious living with a reduced carbon footprint. Alliance’s “Focus Green” program seeks to reduce the consumption of energy and natural resources at each community, as well as educate and encourage residents to participate in eco-friendly lifestyles. As they celebrate their management leadership this week, Alliance Residential truly has the best interests of their residents in mind.

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After taking in all of the glorious scenery, you can explore even more of Mountain View on the bike path, or one of the numerous jogging/walking trails of the Whisman Station community. Other amenities include a fitness center, a relaxation spa, and a resort inspired swimming pool. And for members of the “green” team, there are new energy efficient appliance packages and electric vehicle charging stations.

Whisman_PoolIn an area where technology companies thrive and innovation is around every corner, Central Park at Whisman Station also provides its residents with a technologically advanced Package Concierge. The system is cozily tucked away in a convenient alcove, but don’t be fooled by its discreet location; this system has received more than 2,000 packages since it’s installation this past November!

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Package Concierge provides secure storage for items intended for Whisman Station’s residents. Brittany, a Sales Associate at the property, mentioned how the system has improved the lives of the residents. “The Package Concierge system works well, everyone likes it.” Brittany also said, “The notification that Package Concierge sends to residents when packages have been received are very convenient.” When we asked Brittany how often the Package Concierge system was utilized, her response was, “It is used quite often; we’re actually considering ordering another one!”

Not too long ago, Mountain View was just a stagecoach stop in the newly settled west. Now, it’s the home of “tech giants” like Google, Mozilla and Symantec. And for those that call Central Park at Whisman Station home, Package Concierge is the package management “giant” that they can depend on for convenience and security.

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Client Spotlight: Alexan on Krog

Krog1As we continue to showcase the multifamily properties of our clients, this spotlight blog is all about a “peachy” location; the Alexan on Krog, a Greystar property located in Atlanta, Georgia introduces itself by inviting you to, “Live Where the Beltway Meets Badass Restaurants and More-Than-Mainstream Merchants at the Market.”

Krog 4Brimming with a vast assortment of food choices, shops, vendors and artistic creations, the community around Alexan on Krog satisfies the most diverse palate. The property amenities include a clubroom with 12 HDTVs accompanied by multiple gaming stations, community bike share, and a 24-hour fitness studio. Don’t feel like going out to the movies? No problem! Residents at the Alexan can simply go up to the rooftop cinema and enjoy a film as they say goodnight to the closing Atlanta skyline; a major differentiator in the market. With so much to see and do, Package Concierge is on call 24/7 to provide peace of mind to those concerned about residential deliveries.

Krog 3Upon speaking with Ashley, the leasing specialist at Alexan on Krog, her first comments about Package Concierge were: “We’ve only received positive feedback from our residents about the Package Concierge system. It keeps things organized and is very convenient. Our residents, who are Amazon Prime customers, think it’s great!”

Krog 2Alexan on Krog gets its fair share of packages, making the Package Concierge system an essential amenity. Ashley said, “I observe constant use of the Package Concierge up until the time we close.” Ashley also made note of how fast and easy the system was to use, which helps everyone get back to working and playing hard in the many boroughs of Atlanta.

Krog 5Living in one of the busiest cities in America doesn’t have to be a stressful situation. Alexan on Krog is an oasis close to the beltline but far from the discomforts of big city living. Ashley says, “It’s wonderful to see this area grow and very exciting to be a part of the process.” We feel the same way and are proud to contribute with our Package Concierge system.

Alexan on Krog Information:

LEASING CENTER: 44 Krog Street; Atlanta, GA 30307

EMAIL: leasing@alexanonkrog.com

CALL: 404.331.0620

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Client Spotlight: Midtown Green Apartments

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This year, Package Concierge will showcase a few of our clients and how we’ve been able to work together in solving their package management needs. For our first client spotlight blog, we’re highlighting the luxurious Midtown Green Apartments, a beautiful apartment community embracing a perfect blend of Southern charm and modern sophistication.

Located in the capital city of Raleigh, North Carolina, Midtown Green, a Greystar property, is the perfect location if you’re looking to be in the epicenter of activity. Conveniently located near multiple shopping centers, amphitheaters, and the downtown area itself, it’s hard to remain bored when living at Midtown. Even if you’re not in the mood to explore the sites and sounds of the city, Midtown Green has amenities that most would dream of such as convenient onsite retail including dining and a yoga studio featuring a 70” TV with Fitness on Demand digital classes. Among these amenities is (that’s right, you guessed it!) a brand new Package Concierge system, available to all residents so their packages are safe while they’re working or playing.

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We reached out to Midtown Green to see what the property management and residents thought of the system. Leasing professional, Taya Burns, was more than happy to give us a few insights as she states: “The Package Concierge has been a great help. It allows the residents to get packages without having to rush to make it within our office hours and really helps alleviate the amount of packages in our office.” When asked about feedback from residents and property management alike, she says “We have gotten a lot of positive feedback from residents.  It has definitely made our lives easier with less packages in the office. Overall, they think the Package Concierge system is great and very innovative.”

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The relationship Package Concierge and Midtown Green has is just one example of two organizations thinking ahead. We both have the lives of the resident in mind as we both strive to create bespoke experiences unique and exciting. We look forward to our continued relationship, and we’re positive that through our dedicated efforts, we’ll both continue to raise the bar in multifamily. Are you moving to Raleigh or looking for a new community to call home? Make sure you take the time to check out Midtown Green on your next apartment hunt!

Midtown Green Apartments Information:

LEASING CENTER:   201 Park at North Hills Street, Suite 108, Raleigh, North Carolina 27609   

CALL: 855-740-3322

HOURS:   Mon/Wed/Fri: 9am-6pm   

                   Tues/Thurs: 10am-7pm   

                   Sat: 10am-5pm   

                   Sun: 1pm-5pm  

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Tips for First Time Renters

leaseAre you looking to rent an apartment for the first time and feeling overwhelmed? Here’s a great list of tips we’ve compiled to help you through the process:

1.       Do Your Homework

Before calling a landlord or going to a showing, be sure you have researched the location and its amenities as well as the surrounding area. Conduct your investigation thoroughly. If you require transportation, a parking space or a pet friendly location, inquire about these specifics before moving forward.

2.       Talk to the neighbors

If possible, before you speak with the landlord, ask around the premise to see how other tenants feel about the apartment complex. The best resource you’ll find in apartment searching is current residents: they’ll have all the ups and downs you need to know.

3.       Act Confident

Once you do make contact with the landlord or the community, speak with confidence. Write yourself a list of notes as a reference and stand up for yourself, but don’t be pushy either. This also applies for when you go see the apartment.

4.       Ask questions

You are your greatest advocate, so ask questions if you have them. Often first time renters are too shy to question management or potential neighbors, but if you don’t ask, no one else will.

5.       Don’t go over budget

Even though you may love the park side apartment with three bedrooms, if its out of your price range, you must resist. Whatever you do, don’t go over budget. Your stress and anxiety will increase if you have to scrape for every dollar just to live on your own.

6.       Actually read the lease

Once you’ve chosen an ideal location and you are handed the leasing contract, actually read it. Don’t skim it. Don’t show it to your dog. Read the contract and be sure you understand everything contained within it.

7.       Take Inventory

When the time comes that you move in, the first thing you should do is document every scratch, loose floor board and dented appliance on paper and in pictures so whenever you move out, you aren’t held accountable for previous damages.

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How to Organize Your Apartment

When you first moved in, did your apartment look bigger without all your stuff? Now that you’ve filled it with furniture and nick-nacks, do you wish you had more space? Of course you do. The average apartment is only 500 square feet and you have collected a lot of things over your lifetime. There’s no need to worry over the possibility of throwing something out.  With a few

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organizational tips and tricks, you can have a place for everything and everything in its place.

Under the bed- Purchase flat bins to store linens, extra pillows or even out of season clothing that can be easily pushed out of sight and underneath your bed.

Counter space- Clear your counters by keeping silverware in handy drawer organizers. Clean up your sink with a sink caddy and store cooking staples (flour, sugar, salt) in mason jars.

Closet space- Nowadays, a quick fix to a small closet is a great organizer and luckily they are readily available at most home improvement stores. For floor organization, use baskets or stackable bins.

Bathroom- Fixtures to clear up your bathroom are as easy as hangers for towels, an over the toilet baker’s rack or a water proof shower caddy.

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Over the door racks- Use over the door shoe racks in all your rooms! For the kitchen, use it for spare utensils or spices; in the bathroom it could collect hygiene products and in the living room it makes a great DVD rack.

Stacking / Shelving- Where ever possible, get stackable storage bins or blocks to maximize your space. And likewise, hang shelving over areas that are otherwise not using the space well enough.

Without a doubt, these tips will help keep you organized and help banish clutter from your apartment. Who knows, throughout your time in the apartment, you might find great ways to reuse shoe boxes or coffee cans. Be creative. It’s all about functionality and live-ability. Have fun with it!

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