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New Sherwin-Williams Paint Kills 99.9% of Bacteria - Available Feb. 1, 2016

by Michelle N. on 1/27/2016 6:05:00 PM

Paint Shield™ is the first EPA-registered paint that kills greater than 99.9% of Staph (Staphylococcus aureus), MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), E. coli (Escherichia coli), VRE (Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecalis) and Enterobacter aerogenes within two hours of exposure on a painted surface.

Paint Shield™ is the first EPA-registered microbicidal paint that kills greater than 99.9% of Staph (Staphylococcus aureus), MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), E. coli (Escherichia coli), VRE (Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecalis) and Enterobacter aerogenes within two hours of exposure on painted surfaces. It continues to kill 90% of these bacteria even after repeated contamination on painted surfaces. The effectiveness lasts for up to four years as long as the integrity of the surface is maintained.

The exclusive patented technology in Paint Shield™ represents the culmination of extensive research and collaboration between Sherwin-Williams coatings scientists and expert microbiologists.

Paint Shield™ can be applied on interior hard, nonporous ceilings, walls, doors and trim. It is ideal for a variety of settings such as healthcare facilities, athletic facilities, schools, day care centers, senior care communities, residential housing, hospitality settings and cruise ships.

Featuring quality coating performance, great hide and durability, Paint Shield™ will be available in 550 colors and will come in the popular eg-shel finish.

After the initial February 1 rollout to more than 2,800 neighborhood Sherwin-Williams stores, Paint Shield™ will become available in the remainder of the company’s more than 3,700 U.S. stores throughout 2016.

For more information, including availability, visit

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Internet of Everything (IOE) & How It May Affect the Multifamily Industry

by Michelle N. on 1/5/2016 3:25:00 PM

The Hidden Risk

Martin Luther King, Jr., paraphrased transcendentalist reformer Theodore Parker when he famously said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” I’m reminded of this quote when thinking about technology (believe it or not). However, my paraphrase of MLK would go something like, “The arc of technology is long, but it bends toward progress.”

Inherent in both statements is the idea that current troubles blind us to the inevitable, but slow march of progress. In the case of technology, this means that the headlines focusing on things like data breaches, our loss of privacy and the frenetic world that technology has wrought can overshadow the good it has brought. From detecting and combating disease to solving crimes and increasing the speed, convenience, safety and effectiveness of almost everything we do, technology has clearly enabled progress.

This isn’t to say that we should accept or overlook the risks or that technology hasn’t also created problems of its own making. The risks and problems only highlight the need for a vigilant and robust response that both facilitates innovation and addresses the unintended consequences. Unfortunately, our existing systems and regulatory regimes seem hopelessly outdated and incapable of doing either.

Which brings us to the Internet of Everything (IOE) and how it may affect the multifamily industry. Let me explain.

The Opportunity

The Internet of Everything is shorthand for connecting everyday items— think your car, your television, your fridge, your lights—to the Internet wirelessly using radio frequency identification (RFID) or similar means. Once connected to the web, these devices can be monitored remotely from smart phones and iPads, making it easy for people to remotely close the garage door, turn on the washer, locate a lost or misplaced item or track orders for everything from packages to pizza deliveries.

This is the next big thing in technology, it’s happening now, and the results will be revolutionary, particularly for those like us who are in the business of providing homes for people. It will make running our communities and companies easier, safer, and more productive in ways none of us can yet imagine but that tech giants such as Samsung, Google and Apple are intent on showing us.

It is also an area where unintended consequences could loom large.

The Risk

Apartment firms already collect loads of personal and private information about their residents, from telephone numbers and email addresses to social security numbers, banking information, credit histories and much more. With the IOE, apartment firms may end up adding an almost limitless amount of additional personal information to that data bank.

Just imagine: Fitness centers and equipment may end up collecting sensitive information such as a resident’s age, weight, body fat, cholesterol levels, and blood pressure. Smart appliances could track the amount of beer and wine in residents’ fridges, who gets up for a midnight snack, and who visited the apartment and how long they stayed. Similarly, mailroom systems could store data on who’s an online shopaholic or magazine and newspaper subscription information.

Now imagine that information was inadvertently shared or stolen and your company “machines” were responsible for the breach? Or imagine a resident losing the cell phone that now controls those machines in your community. All of this and more could happen as we connect our “everythings” to the Internet and then sync them across all our devices.

As recent data breaches have proven, there is a corporate cost to not adequately protecting our customers’ (residents’) private information. The IOE creates privacy and data protection risks that we could not have contemplated even a few years ago and have few safeguards or defenses against today.

I am intrigued by the IOE, and am excited about the possibilities, but also mindful of the risks. As it moves from the realm of fantasy to daily reality, it is incumbent on us to keep our eyes on those unanticipated consequences. Such discussion, debate and response is our responsibility and vital to ensuring that the arc of technology truly continues to bend toward progress. 




Rick Haughey is Vice President of Industry Technology Initiatives at Washington, D.C.-based NMHC.


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'Twas the Night of Repairs

by Michelle N. on 12/18/2015 1:13:00 PM


Did you know the famous poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” also known as “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” was written by a dad?

Clement Clarke Moore created the poem for his children and read it to them on Christmas Eve in 1822. The next year, it was published anonymously in the newspaper, and from there it took off— becoming part of a holiday tradition.

Since then, the poem has seen many funny, scary, and corny versions and we wanted to bring you one of our very own!

Source: HD Supply





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Fire Safety During the Holiday Season

by Michelle N. on 12/17/2015 4:55:00 PM

Decorating homes and businesses is a long-standing tradition around the holiday season. Unfortunately, these same decorations may increase your chances of fire.

Apartment communities and their residents can benefit from the following
decorating tips provided by FEMA. We hope they help you celebrate the holiday season safely.

 Happy Holidays and be safe!

 The Buyers Acccess Team






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6 Places Where Germs Lurk

by Michelle N. on 12/4/2015 4:44:00 PM

Buyers Access is here to prepare you for cold and flu season!

Stock up on hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and sanitation supplies to help prevent the spread of germs and illness at your property.

Contact Member Services to order products you need to keep your property clean and your staff and residents healthy.




Click here to see our list of suppliers offering quality sanitation supplies!










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Student Housing Continues to Be a Strong Player in Multifamily

by Michelle N. on 12/1/2015 11:47:00 AM

As the student housing sector continues to expand and evolve at a rapid pace, industry leaders are bullish on the market's future.

“If you’re looking for high-end customers, you want high-end amenities to attract the customer,” says Miles Orth, COO at Philadelphia-based Campus Apartments. “Your imagination can run wild, but location and price are what students look for overall.”

Students want a trendy, affordable living space where they can study, socialize, and relax. Study spaces, high-speed Internet, and close proximity to campus are the fundamental amenities that make for a successful student housing complex.


Auburn 160, an ACC property at Auburn University in Alabama, has an expansive clubhouse with lounge spaces and a full fitness center. - Johnny Stevens Photography

“We tend to have confidence in the more fundamental amenities,” says Clark. “The broadest appeal for students is in well-appointed fitness centers, resort-style pool areas, and, more recently, an abundance of study rooms.”

Aware that there's a competitive job market awaiting them, today's students are taking their academics seriously, and demand has emerged for computer labs, study lounges, and other kinds of specialized spaces such as music labs or art studios. Still, Internet connectivity remains the critical amenity for successful student housing.

Click here to read more!











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Come See Buyers Access at Booth #511 at the HRAC Trade Show - Nov. 10, 2015

by Michelle N. on 11/9/2015 2:41:00 PM

Mark Your Calendars Folks!

The Hampton Roads Apartment Council - HRAC Trade Show
November 10, 2015

Norfolk Waterside, Norfolk, VA

Come visit Buyers Access at Booth 511…

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Reduce the Amount of Money You Spend on Emergency Purchases

by Michelle N. on 11/5/2015 2:39:04 PM

“How can I reduce the amount of money we spend on ‘emergency’ purchases?” A great question often asked by Multifamily Housing Professionals.  Buyers Access is here to help with practical ways to either mitigate, or greatly reduce these expenses.

Have a plan in place. This includes having a list of approved emergency vendors. Failure to do so can lead to inefficiencies such as higher costs for standard items, use of inferior substitute items, use of unauthorized vendors, trips off site, and overtime charges. One recent analysis performed for a Buyers Access client revealed an increase of over 20% charged by the use an unauthorized vendor. This increase included the extra time involved in an offsite purchase, and reconciling an invoice to an unauthorized vendor. How can this drag on NOI be avoided?

Be realistic about what can and should be reduced.
True emergency spend will never go away 100%, but in many cases the term “emergency” is used only to help justify an unplanned purchase. Establish ground rules, as to what constitutes a true emergency. Consultants at Buyers Access have identified several ways to improve efficiency, increase service levels, and reduce the incidences of “False Alarms”. Once the ground rules have been set, communicate the plan to your team, and designate a leader to go to with questions.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. One practical way to reduce emergency expenses is to perform scheduled property inspections. These can detect potential emergencies waiting to happen.  Key vendors are invaluable in this process. Buyers Access members have the benefit of making one call to our Member Services team to schedule qualified inspections by HVAC, plumbing, and electrical contractors. 

Practice makes perfect. Review emergency procedures on a consistent basis. Our Account Management Team, can assist with this review, and identify additional solutions to further reduce costs associated with emergencies. Ultimately, these steps not only improve your NOI, but your residents’ experience through more timely resolution to their requests.


To learn more about other cost reducing strategies that Buyers Access can offer, contact the Buyers Access Sales Team today orclick here for a Free Consultation!

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Come See Buyers Access at Booth #48 today at the NEAHMA Conference & Expo Oct. 20-21

by Michelle N. on 10/20/2015 11:49:38 AM

Learn how your organization can leverage the Smart Advantage® Purchasing Program to improve efficiency, while increasing NOI.

Contact Diane today!


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It's Fire Prevention Week - Fast Facts About Fire

by Michelle N. on 10/7/2015 10:47:00 AM

This week is Fire Prevention Week and we want your residents to be safe. Below are some compelling facts about fire.

Fast Facts About Fire

• Did you know that roughly half of resident/home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep?

• Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fire injuries, followed by heating equipment.

• Three out of five home fire deaths happen from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

• When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected, or dead.

• Smoking materials started an average of 17,900 smoking-material home structure fires per year during 2007-2011. These fires caused an average of 580 deaths, 1,280 injuries and $509 million in direct property damage per year.

• On average, there are 29 home candle fires reported per day.age of 47,800 home fires per year in 2007-2011, resulting in an average of 450 deaths and $1.5 billion in direct property damage.

Working smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire at your property, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give your residents time to get out. In fact, having working smoke alarms cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half!

To find out more about how you can benefit from being a Buyer Access member and access our national fire protection suppliers, please contact us today!

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