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Last edited 23 May 2019
Property management technology trends
With the development of technology, every industry undergoes some kind of change. Property management is no exception and the industry keeps evolving. This article discusses some of the emerging trends in property management.
VR isn’t all about gaming, there’s no doubt it will be used in many industries, including property management. Gone are the days when you had to rely on 2D plans when buying a property. 3D plans are an improvement, but virtual reality is changing the game even more.
Using VR, you can now take a virtual tour of an unfinished building and get a clear picture of how it will look once the project has been completed. VR is a perfect way to attract new tenants or purchasers.
 Improved communication
As technology advances, there are new ways to stay in touch. One of the latest trends in the industry is the use of customisable client portals that allow you to communicate with customers and send them automated notifications. Notifications eliminate the need for direct communication, and property managers are now starting to rely more on AIs to answer general enquiries.
Just like with many other industries, companies in the property management industry use data in order to be able to offer the best service, and the way they store their data is undergoing a lot of change. Storing data in your company’s PCs is not the most effective solutions. Cloud technology allows you to store data on the web and allow anyone in your team to access any file no matter where they are and what time it is. Using cloud technology means you can rest assured knowing that your data is perfectly safe even if something happens to your office PCs. And cloud-based property management software can save time on mundane tasks and make your work easier.
The fact that hackers now target small businesses more than ever, make cybersecurity increasingly important. More and more property management companies are investing in cybersecurity. If you’re a property manager, you know just how important it is to protect your tenants’ or clients’ personal information. As a result, the number of cybersecurity businesses is increasing.
 New types of keys
Every property manager knows how difficult managing keys is, especially when there are a lot of them. A large number of tenants end up losing their keys and replacing them takes both time and energy. The property management industry is slowly moving towards pin-coded entries and locks you can control using an app. These are making it easier for property managers to ensure their tenants are as safe as possible.
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