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5 Halloween Ideas for Your Apartment Community!

5 Halloween Ideas for Your Apartment Community! Now Hiring Apartment Jobs
A good leasing office is always looking for fun ways to interact with their residents. Luckily, one of the most fun holidays is right around the corner! Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to show your residents a spooky good time. Below are 5 GREAT Halloween ideas for your apartment community!

1. Trick or Treating for the Kids

Get both residents with, and without, children together by organizing a trick or treat door guide. Have residents who are interested in having trick or treaters visit them sign up with the front office. You can then compile a list of apartment door numbers for parents to safely take their kiddos to so they can fill their candy buckets. Include the times it will be appropriate to knock on doors and the unit numbers that are participating. You can even one up this and give the residents 5 tokens to hand out to their favorite costumes. The child with the most tokens can win a prize from the leasing office!

2. Resident Costume Contest for Social Media

This idea is a great hands-off approach that will still get your community some credit for being fun and creative. Have your residents post photos of themselves dressed in their Halloween costumes and tag your apartment community on your chosen social media platform. Have the residents get their friends to “like” the photo. The tagged photo with the most “likes” wins a prize from the leasing office. This is a great way to get your community’s page or profile some great, organic followers.

3. Halloween-theme Potluck

If you are willing to get a little messy, a Halloween potluck is a great idea. These are best usually done a few days before Halloween. Have your residents bring Halloween-themed dishes (green noodles, witch cupcakes, pumpkin casserole), basically anything that is in the theme of the holiday. Pinterest has some great ideas if your residents are stuck. You can serve the beverages and host the get-together in your community room.

4. Resident Door Decorating Contest

Have your community transformed into the spirit of Halloween without lifting a finger! Have a door decorating contest for your residents and the winner gets a prize. The hardest part will be deciding who gets to judge, try to make sure it is completely impartial as to not upset anyone.

5. Candy Bags at the Front Gate

A small gesture that can go a long way is to pass out little bags of candy at the front gate as residents come and go on Halloween night. You post up just after dark for a hour and get some fun car face-time with your residents. Even better, do it in costume!

No matter what you do, your residents are sure to appreciate living in a community that makes it fun to be a part of.

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Top 5 Austin, Texas Experiences in December 2018 and January 2019

Things to do in Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas is a great place to live for many reasons. Besides the Tex-Mex and live music, Austin also offers many unique and fun events for its residents and visitors to enjoy.

Now that the weather has turned to non-sweltering temperatures in central Texas, you will want to get outdoors and experience all that Austin has to offer!

Below we have listed the Top 5 Austin Experiences in December and January!

1. The Trail of Lights in Zilker Park (2100 Barton Springs Road, 12/10/18-12/23/18)

This year marks the 52nd anniversary of the infamous Trail of Lights in Zilker Park! There you will find dazzling holiday lights to walk through with your family and friends, along with yummy food vendors selling everything from hot chocolate to tamales! You can spin yourself into a dizzy stupor under the Zilker Christmas Tree located at the entrance and pictured below or just take numerous selfies with all the holiday characters you will find there!

Things to do in Austin, Texas

2. The Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Barton Springs (2201 Barton Springs Road, 1/1/19)

Barton Springs is a perfect 68°-70°F year-round that is refreshing on a hot summer day and cozy on those frigid winter mornings, but that doesn’t make jumping in on New Year’s Day any less impressive! Join other Austinites as they start their 2017 off shivering from the magical waters of Barton Springs. Be ready to warm up with free coffee and donuts right outside the gate after you take your plunge!

3. The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar (900 Barton Springs Road) and the Blue Genie Art Bazaar (6100 Airport Blvd) (11/24/18-12/24/18)

We admit it, we cheated a little on this one because it’s two events…but you can’t mention one without including the other! It is the ultimate holiday shopping experience that is quintessentially Austin. At the Blue Genie Art Bazaar shoppers can browse thousands of original works ranging from serious art to fun and kitschy items. A great way to buy hassle-free holiday gifts and support local artists. The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar also features local award-winning artists along with with live music and two full bars making it the ultimate shopping experience.

4. Free Week (Various locations, 1/1/19-1/8/19)

The first week of January might be the best time for a music fan to visit Austin. Why? Hundreds of Austin bands participate in this annual FREE event that encompasses multiple venues all over Austin. Plan to be out and about to take part in a music tradition that showcases why Austin is just so darn great!

5. Ice Skating on the Plaza at Whole Foods (525 N Lamar Blvd, 11/27/18 – 1/7/19)

Just because you live in central Texas doesn’t mean you don’t need to brush up on those ice skating skills! Spend an afternoon on the ice rink at the Whole Foods flagship store on North Lamar. Then head inside for a cup of cocoa or cider and live, local music on the weekends! You can also plan to eat a delicious lunch or dinner at one of the pop-up restaurants in the store and enjoy a glass of wine or a craft beer at the sit-down tasting bars. The PERFECT date night!

2019 is going to be another GREAT year to live in Austin, Texas…but 2018 isn’t over yet! Get out there and enjoy all this city has to offer!

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EPA Apartment Maintenance Tech (Houston, TX)

EPA Apartment Maintenance Technician- Start Immediately!

Looking for a new opportunity in your career as a maintenance professional? Join a company that is a leader in the Apartment Maintenance Staffing! Hire Priority Staffing is currently seeking a qualified and hardworking EPA Apartment Maintenance Technician for a recognized property in Houston!

Responsibilities for an EPA Apartment Maintenance:
Repair and maintain all apartment unit appliances, and HVAC units.
Run work orders.
Have knowledge in basic plumbing, basic electric, painting, drywall, landscape, etc.

Requirements:
EPA Certification/ Universal license required.
Minimum on-site apartment industry experience of 1 year.
Complete an application and interview process.
Must work on-call every other week/weekend.
*Please be available to interview immediately*

Compensation: Hourly up to $16 great benefits! DOE
Location: South Houston

MUST:
Be able to Pass a drug test
Provide one form of identification, and proof of eligibility to work in the US.
Be able to start immediately!
If you are interested and are able to start immediately, please email resume to Houston@hirepriority.com
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Apartment Leasing Consultant (Houston, TX)

Hire Priority Staffing , Houston’s leader in apartment industry staffing, is currently seeking a professional and talented Apartment Leasing Consultant to become part of a great team!

A high energy property is seeking an exceptional leasing consultant who is not afraid of working and managing multiple properties. If you are motivated, hardworking, capable of closing deals, and love to work with amazing people everyday, this is the perfect opportunity for you.

Why work with us?

Working with a fun-natured, high energy property!
Tremendous opportunities for advancement from within
Hourly DOE plus benefits and commissions!
Apartment Leasing Position Summary:

Engaging with prospective residents by showing units and amenities
Generating leads and following up with propects daily
Preparing lease agreements
Providing excellent customer service to residents and future residents
Executing marketing strategies to increase traffic to the property.
Requirements for Leasing Consultant:

Must have apartment industry experience of at least 1 year.
Strong customer service skills, professionalism & self-confidence are a MUST.
Proficient in apartment industry software such as Bluemoon.
Ability to work weekends
Immediate availability helpful
Location: South Houston

Please be available for immediate interview!

Must provide identification and proof of eligibility to work in the U.S, and complete an application and interview process.
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Apartment Leasing Agent (San Antonio, TX)

Hire Priority Staffing, San Antonio’s leader in Apartment Industry Staffing, is currently seeking qualified candidates for apartment leasing agent:

Seeking an Energetic Apartment Leasing Agent who is outgoing, motivated, hardworking, and capable of closing deals!

Requirements:

Strong customer service skills, professionalism & self-confidence are a MUST.
Apartment industry experience helpful!
Experience with Yardi, Onesite, Bluemoon or other property management software is helpful!
Need to have professional appearance & demeanor!
Compensation: $12-$14/hr (+ Benefits and Commissions!) DOE

Location: North San Antonio

Candidates must provide identification and proof of eligibility to work in the U.S, and have reliable transportation.
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