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Fall Foliage Photo Contest!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Thank you to everyone who participated in our first Fall Photo Contest! Properties from all over the HallKeen Portfolio sent in pictures of the foliage in all it's glory at their properties. See out participant photos below!

 

Fulton Mills, Fulton NY

Flats at 44 (The Box District), Chelsea MA


Power Town Apartments, Turners Falls MA

Brayton Hill, North Adams MA

Highlands on the East Side, Providence RI

Kimberly Place, Danbury MA

Ten05 West Trade, Charlotte NC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Halloween at HallKeen

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

We are so happy that everyone celebrated a happy and safe Halloween this week! Here's some of our favorite shots from around our HK properties. Check back here for more updates as they come in!

The leasing team at Courts of Camp Springs in Camp Springs, MD brings some fun to the office! 

 

Over the weekend residents at the Brook Apartments in Utica, NY put on a Pot Luck Dinner party with music entertainment and a few fun residents dressed up to get in the spirit!

Brayton Hill in North Adams, MA held a children's Halloween event last Friday featuring treats and pumpkin painting! Super cute!

 

The Highlands on the East Side (Assisted Living) in Providence, RI threw their 4th annual Halloween Party and it was widely attended by residents and grandchildren! 

 


"Family is Forever" at Corcoran House

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The theme for this year's National Assisted Living Week (Sept. 10th - 16th) was "Family is Forever", so our team at Corcoran House in Clinton, MA took that theme and ran with it!

 

They hosted a big staff & resident game of Family Feud one day, residents made their own family tree another day and they also got everyone together to take one big Corcoran House family picture!


 

In addition, the team also hosted the Alzheimer's Association for a program called Effective Communication Strategies that was open to the public as well as residents' families. This explored communication changes due to dementia and the skills needed to successfully connect and communicate throughout the disease process. 


 

Corcoran House residents have been doing a lot of fall related activities recently, one of them being to build a scarecrow.


 

And of course, last but not least Corcoran House  hosted service dogs in training! The residents loved having these well behaved puppies visit them!

Thanks to the great team at Corcoran House for hosting so many amazing events for their residents and sharing photos!

 


 


Employee and Resident Appreciation at HK Communities

Monday, October 16, 2017

Assisted Living Week at The Highlands!

To celebrate Assisted Living Week the team at the Highlands on the East Side in Providence, RI had many fun activities and events to celebrate their residents and staff. Without a doubt, the most popular event was the employee car wash plus Palagi Ice Cream for everyone!! The Highlands Managers washed the employee cars as a thank you to their wonderful staff for all they do! That’s what we call employee appreciation :)

Coolidge School Apartments Resident Appreciation BBQ

 

Coolidge School Apartments, a senior community in Watertown, MA, held their annual Resident Appreciation BBQ on September 27th featuring a band and food cooked by their staff! Great job Coolidge School team!

 

Thank you to all of our properties for keeping up your amazing work with resident and staff appreciation!

 



Celebrating Grandparent's Day at Brigham House

Friday, October 06, 2017

  

Brigham House in Watertown, MA held a fabulous Grandparents Day Celebration with the Watertown Family Network.

BH resident, George MacIver was presented with an award as "Best Volunteer Reader". George reads every week at the "Baby Buddy Program", held at BH in partnership with the Watertown Family Network. George reads every Friday, no matter how big or small the crowd and has become a beloved part of the program. At the party, children handed out tea pouches, heresy kisses and poems to BH residents. The bash ended with a raffle and hugs for everyone!


Resident Appreciation Events at HK!

Thursday, October 05, 2017

   

General Shepard Apartments in Westfield, MA held their annual Resident Appreciation Picnic with Richard Mayer’s Country Band to give the 90 residents in attendance a lively show on a beautiful day!

  

Village Green in Barnstable, MA threw a Resident appreciation BBQ featuring face painting, balloon art, kid’s karaoke, bouncy castles and more! Over 70 residents enjoyed the festivities and delicious food. Great job!



Susan Bailis Pie Baking Extravaganza

Monday, August 28, 2017

Susan Bailis Assisted Living in Boston, MA held their annual pie baking contest and, as usual, the event was a great success!


Judges for the event were Danielson Tavares, Diversity Chief for the Mayor of Boston, Mayor Marty Walsh, Community Relations Officer Bernadette McCarthy and their resident judge, John Spofford (all judges pictured above). All pies had to be made from scratch and the Susan Bailis staff made 13 of them.


The honor of best pie baker at Susan Bailis went to Executive Director, Mariann Zenitz Jones for her delicious Key Lime Pie! Check out Mariann and Mayor Marty Walsh below!

 


 

 


Summerfield Townhouses Summer Bash 2017!

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

The stellar team at Summerfield Townhouses threw their annual summer bash for residents yesterday and had over 300 attendees throughout the day!

The event featured local food trucks, a DJ and amazing raffles including a 43" TV. For the kids attending they provided face painting, a video game truck and bouncy castles. Such an amazing party, thanks to the Summerfield team! Photos courtesy of CT Regional Manager, Heather.

 



Renters See Big Benefits in Renewing Leases Instead of Moving as Rents Continue to Skyrocket

Friday, July 21, 2017

 

SEATTLE, WA - Renewing a lease instead of moving to a new apartment can mean major savings for renters. Those who moved in the past year paid an average of $3,946 more in 2015 on rent than renters who stayed in the same unit for the past five or more years, according to a new Zillow analysis of 2015 rent data from the U.S. Census American Community Survey (the most recent data available).

While rents increased across the country, market rate rents – those that are advertised for new renters – increased more than rents did for tenants who renewed leases. The annual market rate increase in rent from 2014 to 2015 was 5.6 percent, compared to a 3.6 percent increase for renewed leases.

The U.S. faces a rental affordability crisis, as rents have skyrocketed in recent years, while incomes have remained largely flat. Zillow's research shows that when rents are rising rapidly, renters can save a good chunk of money by renewing a lease, rather than moving and starting a new one. Renters can use these savings for a down payment, which most renters say is the greatest barrier to buying a home.

There are 43 million renter households across the country, about 4 million more than there were five years ago. The majority of recent household formation happened on the renter side instead of the homeowner side, in part due to millennials reaching the age to move out but not having enough savings to buy a home. Young adults are also renting longer than ever before buying.

"Renters have a decision to make almost every year – do they stay in the same place, or should they look for a new unit?" said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell. "With the country in the middle of an affordability crisis, it's important for renters to understand how much they can save if they renew their lease instead of finding a new rental. Nationally, rental rates have slowed and the savings from renewing are not as significant for renters today. However, in some of the hottest rental markets, where rents are still rising aggressively, continually renewing a lease can mean saving thousands of dollars."

In Boston in particular, it paid off for renters to stay in the same place instead of moving every year. Boston renters saved up to 86 percent by staying in the same rental for five or more years, which translated to $8,979 in annual rent payments. They also faced the biggest difference between annual market rate rent increases – 10.5 percent – and rent increases for renewing – 4.3 percent.

Renters in Las Vegas had the smallest financial incentive to stay in the same unit. Renters who have lived in the same unit for five or more years paid on average $842 less per year than renters who moved the year before.

 

An article by MultiFamilyBiz:

http://www.multifamilybiz.com/News/7763/Renters_See_Big_Benefits_in_Renewing_Leases_Instea

July 11, 2017


 


Barton Commons Grand Opening!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Barton Commons in New Milford, CT celebrated their Grand Opening event on May 3rd with representatives from the Department of Housing, CT Finance Housing Authority and Mayor David Gronbach of New Milford. It was a sunny, windy day, guests & residents were invited to tour the remaining 2 empty apartments as well as enjoy an ice cream treat from Ben & Jerry’s! The 38 unit affordable & market rate property will be 100% occupied on May 15th and has made a substantial addition to affordable housing in Litchfield County. You can read more about the project development and impact on the town in this article from the News Times: http://bit.ly/2q7RP98