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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Apartment Groundskeeper (Austin, TX)

Hire Priority, leaders in Multifamily Maintenance Staffing, is looking for a qualified candidate for the following position:

Job Title: Apartment Groundskeeper

Location: South Austin

Compensation: $11-$13/hr DOE + Benefits


Maintain community’s appearance: walk the community on a frequent basis and removing litter.
Keep common areas (pool, laundry room, dumpster, and recreation areas) free of debris.
Rake, sweep, & shovel, safely operate small hand tools and mechanical equipment such as blowers.
Perform power washing, paint curbs, maintain light fixtures throughout the property as needed.
Perform all other apartment maintenance duties as assigned.

Apartment industry experience is helpful!
Experience in basic painting, janitorial work, basic tool use, etc.
Has attention detail.
Ability to work outside for long periods of time.

Be able to pass a drug test.
Provide one form of identification and proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.
Be able to complete an application and interview process.
We’d love to hear from you today!

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Job Type: Full-time


Groundskeeping: 1 year (Preferred)

Austin, TX (Preferred)
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How Trump’s Trade-War Will Impact the Multi-Family Housing Industry

How Trump’s Trade-War Will Impact the Multi-Family Housing Industry

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The news outlets are constantly reporting on President Trump’s trade war with China and other countries with many American industries having been impacted by the high tariffs on foreign imports. As many of us work in multi-family housing, it can be expected that we are concerned how the news headlines will translate to our industry.

While the multi-family housing industry has not been the most impacted by federal tariffs, it has not been untouched. Below we discuss what exactly defines the details of the trade war and how it specifically affects our industry.

What Is a Trade War and Why is Trump Doing It?

A trade war means tariffs or taxes are placed on imports. The purpose is to increase the cost of the product, and dissuade US consumers from buying foreign products. Trump is reportedly waging the trade war to cut America’s trade deficits.

America has the biggest trade deficit with China, almost $375 Billion, and Trump is seeking to close the gap by encouraging Americans to stop buying products imported from China and other targeted countries.

Long-Term Impact on Multi-Family Housing

Most of the talk has been about China, but it’s Canada that’s going to have the most impact on our industry.

Tariffs on Canadian lumber are adding about $9,000 to single-family home prices and more than $3,000 to multi-family homes, Randy Noel, chairman of the National Association of Homebuilders said last month.

Some companies can shield themselves, for now, with long-term contracts already in place for materials but other builders are starting to feel the pinch and construction has been halted.

According to the most recent single-family permit numbers for June, new home construction has decreased. The United States Census Bureau has reported 1,493 single-family permits for the month of June, a 10 percent decrease from May of 2018 and an 8 percent decrease from June of 2017 when 1,663 permits were pulled.

In Indiana for example, builders are already starting to show that they may be hurting from the high import tariffs.

“The concern over material and labor costs is making it more difficult to build homes at competitive price points, particularly for newcomers entering the housing market.” said Indiana Builders Association Chief Executive Officer, Rick Wajda said “We will continue to have discussions with our federal policy makers on the rising construction costs and encourage them to take action to keep housing affordable across the country.”

What this means for the multi-family industry can be both good and bad. The good is that higher home costs mean more and more people will be passing on home ownership and moving into multi-family housing. The bad is that new construction of apartment homes could stall and result in a shortage of properties to work for in the future, thus constricting the job market for leasing professionals, managers, and maintenance technicians.

Maintenance could be another area that will hit apartment properties in the wallet. The cost to repair, and maintain properties could be going up with items such as washing machines, doors, lumber, and other objects usually sourced from heavily tariffed countries such as China increasing in price. This could result in a rising rent prices, or a lowering of entry-level pay for multi-family housing professionals to offset the higher costs incurred by the properties.

All of these predictions are dependent on the length of time Trump will continue his trade war. If what the president is saying (and tweeting) is true, it seems like he is in for the long run and our predictions for the multi-family housing industry could indeed come true.

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Apartment Leasing Consultant (Austin, TX)

Apartment Leasing Consultant

$12 an hour – Full-time, Commission
Hire Priority Staffing, Austin’s leader in Apartment Industry Staffing, is currently seeking qualified candidates for the following leasing position:

Apartment Leasing Consultant who is outgoing, motivated, hardworking, and capable of closing deals!

Apartment Leasing Consultant Job Duties:

Provide info on available units, leasing and pre-leasing apartments under the affordable housing guidelines.
Provide calculations based on affordable housing guidelines and conduct unit tours.
Greet potential residents and answer main phone line.
Prepare and process new applications and re-certifications.
Schedule work orders.
Stage models in preparation to show and move-in inspections.
Adhere to company policies and procedures
Apartment Leasing Consultant Requirements:

Experience in real estate or apartment industry helpful!
Must be familiar with apartment leasing and Fair Housing
Apartment software experience is a plus.
Strong customer service, interpersonal and time management skill.

Be able to pass drug test.
Be able to provide identification and proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.
Be able to complete an application and interview process.
Compensation : Starting at $12/hr (Benefits & Great Commissions) DOE

Location: South Austin


Job Type: Full-time

Job Location:

Austin, TX
Required education:

High school or equivalent
Required experience:

Leasing: 1 year
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Apartment Maintenance Tech (Austin, TX)

Apartment Maintenance Tech

Hire Priority
$16 an hour
Hire Priority Staffing , leaders in Apartment Maintenance Staffing, is currently seeking a reliable, energetic, and hardworking Apartment Maintenance Tech for a recognized property in South Austin! Join Hire Priority for a great new opportunity in your career as a maintenance professional!

Responsibilities for an Apartment Maintenance Tech:

-Repair and maintain all apartment unit appliances.

-Run work orders.

-Have knowledge in basic plumbing, basic electric, painting, drywall, landscape, etc.


-EPA Certification/ Universal license helpful.

-Minimum on-site apartment industry experience of one year.

-Complete an application and interview process.

*Please be available to interview immediately*

Compensation: Hourly up to $16/hr DOE (+great benefits!)

Location: South Austin


-Be able to pass a drug test

-Provide one form of identification, and proof of eligibility to work in the US.

If you are interested and are able to start immediately, please text 512-645-5549 for more information!


Job Type: Full-time

Job Location:

Austin, TX
Required experience:

Maintenance: 1 year
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