By Samuel Caulton, Re-Leased CFO, first published in UKPA Every so often, the commercial real estate sector witnesses a paradigm shift. In the past, this shift was driven by data and digitisation.
In the brisk-paced world of commercial real estate, adaptation isn't just the key to success – it's the lifeline. Today, let's peel back the curtain on a silent but potent risk: the cost of maintaining the status quo in your property management systems.
Tom Wallace, CEO & Founder, Re-Leased
If you’re managing farm or rural estate portfolios, you will face certain challenges. Without accurate and up-to-date data, the management of rural estate properties can quickly become complex. The right cloud-based rural estate software reduces the complexities of managing a diverse range of assets, improves processes and gives you the ability to access the right information in the right place, at the right time.
In today's digital age, data breaches and cyber-attacks have become increasingly common, including invoice scams which are impacting the property industry. Hackers use sophisticated techniques to gain access to sensitive information, leaving businesses vulnerable to fraud, theft, and other forms of cybercrime. To combat these threats, many online services now offer Two-Factor Authentication (2FA). This article will explore the importance of 2FA and how it can help protect your online software accounts.
The question for many landlords and accountants is if I’m currently using QuickBooks Desktop, why should I make the switch to QuickBooks Online? By looking at the key features of QBO vs. QBD, we can help commercial landlords and accountants understand what will work most efficiently in their business.
When shopping around for property management software, you may have found you have many to review. One of the many consideration factors is which accounting tools are available. Most property management platforms offer a simple sync of your income and expenses. However, finding a property management software system that fully integrates with QuickBooks Online can be more challenging than you might think. Eliminating being tied to a PC in the office and double entry by your accounting team are essential features that can be found in the best-integrated systems. In this article, we break down the top 4 property management systems that offer full integrations with Quickbooks Online.
Re-Leased has become an important part of how property businesses run all over the world, and we take that responsibility very seriously. Earlier this year we decided it was time to formalise that security commitment by implementing ISO 27001 across the organisation. The whole team here at Re-Leased is deeply dedicated to protecting your data and information, and we now have our ISO 27001 certification to prove it.
It may seem counterintuitive, but using spreadsheets is one of the most costly ways to run your property management operations. In an increasingly competitive market, your business needs fit for purpose tools and technology adoption needs to be at the forefront of your organisational strategy and operations if you want to continue growing in the 21st century.
We’ve all been hearing about the importance of agility in future proofing one’s organization but how do you actually make that happen? How do you build an agile organization? It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that it starts with leaders. This is part one of a two part series on becoming an agile leader.
In May 2021 office occupancy in London, as measured bythe Metrikus Occupancy Index, surged above 50% for the first time since lockdown measures were introduced in March 2020. The trend is being seen across the UK, with occupancy for the country coming in at 47%. As restrictions ease and vaccination numbers rise, these factors will help boost worker confidence in returning to the office. But it won’t be a return to the office as we knew it, as demand grows for flexible leases and spaces that offer experiences and amenities that cannot be found at home.
Sam Caulton, Re-Leased CFO reflects on how the return to work is tracking from Auckland to London reviewing vacancy rates and rent collection data as well as his experience moving offices in the middle of the pandemic. What can these insights tell property managers and landlords about how to manage re-occupancy?
Commercial property management is more competitive than ever, yet commercial property managers are persisting with legacy residential management software, building in workarounds and force fits. Commercial and residential property managers have many things in common, including:
Congratulations, you’ve decided on a new property management software to boost your commercial real estate company’s performance! But before you start seeing the benefits, you’ll need to get the system setup and running. This process can have many names – implementation, onboarding, migration – and it can be an unknown if you’ve never gone through it before. The ideal scenario after you’ve purchased your software is that the implementation runs smoothly, you get to learn the ins and outs of the platform, and then you’re ready to hit your target go-live date. In this blog, we’ll outline 4 steps to get your company ready for the move and get up and running without any headaches. If you haven’t quite settled on your new software of choice, read through our guide to selecting the best platform for your company here. Understand what’s involved in the implementation Firstly, it’s important to know you will have to commit time and effort to the project during implementation. Having someone in your office who will own this on your end is key. They will act as the bridge between the software provider’s implementation specialists and your team. There will typically be a kickoff call with the software provider and this is where they will outline what will happen each week and the training sessions that will take place. A standard implementation can take three months, so having buy-in from your team is critical to keeping the momentum going as you progress through the onboarding. Working together with your software provider and asking for transparency in each stage, helps to stay on top of the implementation. While some companies might be looking for a quick fix when it comes to bringing on new software, the reality is that you have to be prepared to commit to learning and understanding a new system to get the full benefits. Clean up your data One of the main questions companies have when moving to a new system is, ‘What should I do with my data before migrating it?’ The simple answer is to clean it up by making sure everything is correct and up to date. Often, businesses are not as vigilant as they should be in ensuring data accuracy. But, once again, putting the effort in before making the move will streamline your data migration and the overall implementation. Important data to check and update: Inspections and maintenance tasks that need to be closed off Reviewing owner and tenant profiles - name, contact number Rent reviews and lease renewal dates Outstanding invoices that need to be paid Check your whole database - have you got information in there that you don’t need? Attend the training sessions No one expects you to become an expert on a property management system straight away. That’s why it’s essential to attend the training sessions and get familiar with how the different features, workflows and dashboards work. These are some of the typical sessions you will have with your provider: Introduction to core features and functions Property management functions Tenancy management functions Expense recovery Trust Accounting functions Before or after these sessions, your software provide might also direct you to their Knowledge Base or Help Centre which will have articles and videos with comprehensive step-by-step guides on how to use specific features. The Knowledge Base is a valuable resource that should be taken full advantage of to help speed up your learning. Inform your clients, tenants and owners of the change While you would have communicated the system change with your staff internally, it’s just as important to notify your clients, tenants and owners. This is a great opportunity to reach out to your clients and let them know all of the benefits they’ll now experience with the new software, such as access to a mobile app or online portal, or greater visibility of a property’s performance. Keeping clients updated avoids any surprises on their end when they see some of these changes. Going live Reaching the end of your implementation should mean you are ready to go live with your new software. But don’t fret that you’ll be left on your own, the implementation team will be on-hand for that first month while you get fully acquainted with the system. After that, you’ll have access to the customer support team who will be your port of call for any issues, guidance, or questions you may have as you start a new chapter. Check out our in-depth guide for more tips and insights on streamlining the implementation process so you go live in time for the new fiscal year. Get the guide