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My favorite time of year is upon us! The leaves are charging colors; there is a nice crispness to the night air, and the temperatures are steadily dropping. There are parts of the country that are experiencing these fall changes already. I call those people lucky! The part of Texas that I reside in hasn’t started the transformation to the fall season but there are subtle signs that it is coming! When fall blesses us with its presence I will be ready!

I love this time of year for so many reasons. Many love fall because it is football season, or it is the start of the holiday season, or perhaps the decline in temperature. I love fall because of the decorations! I LOVE FALL COLORS! The color pallet associated with fall is my all-time favorite. The reds, browns, golds, and oranges are perfect and resemble the changing colors of the leaves outdoors. The colors are very welcoming and create warmth within the home. This is the time of year to bring out all of those fall decorations and enjoy the season! Not sure where to start? Let me help you with some simple tips to get your house fall ready!

Pick a theme. Decide what look you want to achieve in your home. Do you want a traditional fall set up? Pumpkins and pinecones not your thing? That is ok! Perhaps you want to use the fall colors but with a trendy look? There are several ways you can bring a fall look into your home with nontraditional design elements. No worries there, we got you covered. These two looks are very different but can achieve the same goal. Either way is a great way to enjoy this time of year, you just need to decide which look is the best look for you and your home. You cannot go wrong when you are decorating for fall!

Accessories. You need to accessorize your fall look. Traditional fall decorations typically include tapestries and runners that emboss the typical fall colors. Garlands and swags with heavy leaves colored in your rustic hues that resemble the leaves falling outside are a great way to accessorize your tables, mantels, and archways. Adding a few pumpkins/squash, acorns, pinecones, and berries will help give you an overall fall touch. If you really want to go out all out with your fall looks, you can add some fun scarecrows, corn stalks, bushels of hay, and a few owls that will really make your home feel like fall.

If you are choosing a nontraditional look for your fall décor there are lots of things you can bring in to create this look as well. Clear glass containers are a great way to add pops of color to any room for any reason or season. You can get whatever fun clear glass container your want and make it is a fun and funky as you want it to be. Once you have your container you can be as creative as you want about what you put inside of it. Beans, marbles, rocks/stones, can be layered or mixed up in great fall hues to give you that fall pop of color you are after. Candles are another great decorating tool. You can get a wide variety of colors as well as sizes. Wrapping them in burlap, ribbons, or even accessorizing them with cinnamon sticks, leaves, gems, etc. will be another fun way to bring the season in. Letters are very common in decorating today. You can frame the letters in simple frames that match your homes current decoration or frame them in your favorite fall color! Spell out the word F-A-L-L or H-A-R-V-E-S-T to accent your favorite table or mantel.

There are several ways to bring the fall in and you will not go wrong with whatever way you choose. Enjoy the season and the fall décor that inspires you and your home! I am confident that you will love your new fall look in your beautiful home at www.camdenliving.com. Check all of the great homes available for you and all of your seasonal decor! Happy Fall!

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The fair is here! The fair is here! And the forecast for the week here in Raleigh, North Cackalacki? Downright. Perfect.

I am so looking forward to going to the fair this year. Last time it was here, I was 6 months pregnant and was not able to enjoy it like I normally do. Now I’m positively (and disturbingly) excited to bump into 1,015 strangers, eat a Turkey leg, endure the sound of a million loud screams, go through five bottles of sanitizer, overspend on a game I know is rigged, gain five pounds of pure fried food and simply be a kid again. I’m wondering how many of our residents feel the same way? I am betting out of all of the residents at Camden communities in Raleigh and Charlotte that will go to the fair this year, over half do. At least that is what I am telling myself.

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135 Camden employees from DC, Maryland, and Virginia at the World War II memorial

On Tuesday, October 7, 2014, the mid-Atlantic region of Camden participated in an amazing event. Camden Cares partnered with Honor Flight Network to Welcome Veteran’s flying in from Fort Worth, TX and Kansas City, MO to Washington DC.

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Fall is here! Now if you’re like me, a feeling of anxiousness rushed over you when you read that in fear of having to put away the BBQ for the season and succumb to the “pumpkin spice fill in the blank treat of the week”.  But fall is a great time for hot, home cooked meals, and no I don’t mean casseroles for days.  A very under-appreciated tool of the kitchen is the crock pot.  It’s great for those who work a full 8-10 hour day but still want/have to put a full meal on the table after work.  It’s super easy and convenient.  The slow cooker allows you to put in all your ingredients, set it to the proper heat setting and walk away for hours while dinner is made. If that doesn’t deserve the hashtag of multitasking I don’t know what does. Here are some basic, yet helpful do’s and don’ts of slow cooking and a recipe or two of my recent meals.

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IMG_8194No one likes to complain and no one likes a complainer.  Sometimes, it’s not the words that are said, it is the way the words are said.  Customer experiences can be misinterpreted or lost if they aren’t offered in an informative manner.

Anything you need to convey to a business can be offered as feedback instead of a complaint.  “I didn’t want to complain.” Complaints conjure unhappy people and carry a negative association that’s often complimented by an emotional reaction.  On the other hand, feedback is not only appreciated, it is welcome.  Businesses see feedback as a pulse check on their real-time operations.

In the multi-family industry, we get our share of complaints.  We lease and manage housing for the general population so complaints come with the territory. But feedback is reserved for the organizations that want to hear from their customer.  When you seek feedback, you are afforded an opportunity to resolve issues before they turn into a problem.

Feedback offers a perspective that may not have been obvious to the employees of the business.  Sometimes on-site teams need your feedback to support and validate their budgets and purchase requests.   It’s important to tell a company what you liked about their service.  You can point out an exceptional employee or offer a simple fix to a frustrating process.  Don’t be afraid to tell them what you don’t like because you are offering valuable customer intel.  They pay big money for the same information in focus groups and surveys.  Things may seem obvious to you but it’s not always so obvious to a business owner or customer care employee.  Multi-family is no exception.  Some pretty intense situations can occur and when they do, we have to maintain a calm demeanor and muscle through it with poise and respect.  Since the properties are operated by humans, it is possible our teams can miss something.  Please bring it to their attention.

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Many organizations diligently seek feedback.  Camden is very interested in knowing about your experience.  Each resident living in a Camden Community is offered two random surveys per year.  A survey is available anytime a customer receives service through our maintenance department.  In addition to paying customers, every prospective renter is offered a survey and asked about their experience.  Camden wants to know how their teams performed and how they stack up.  They want to know what a Camden experience looks like through every set of eyes.  When you ask for feedback, you will get it.  As the feedback rolled in, Camden employees were empowered to make changes based on customer requests.  Camden turned a corner when they realized the magic of proactive customer care.  It wasn’t long before they created a site to house inquiries and show progress.  That site is called “Voice of the Customer”.

Both customers and suppliers want respectful consideration and diligence from one another. When people do good things, tell them.  When people do nice things, thank them.  When a business exceeds your expectation, tell them (and then write a  review).  When a business drops the ball and misses the point, offer them feedback on what went wrong from your perspective and give them an opportunity to correct it. Don’t shy away from giving feedback to a business because that feedback is precious.  Don’t short-change a business because you think you are “complaining”.

 

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Camden Cares OC Stand Down event

Camden Cares OC Stand Down event

I have always been a big believer that you need to give back to the community around you. I’m fortunate to be able to work for a company that allows you to give back to the community . On September 26, I had to opportunity to go to OC Stand down at the old Tustin Air Base. My co-workers and I worked in the kitchen washing dishes, we helped to serve our Veterans and we helped check people into the event as they arrived. I had the opportunity to sit with Bob a Vietnam Veteran and here some of his stories.  We have the freedom that we do because of people like him that fought to keep our freedom.  It actually made me a little sad that I didn’t ask my grandfather more about his time in the war while he was still alive. We are the ones that are going to be able to pass on that history by telling our kids the stories that we are told.  Take the time to ask someone there history and you may make a new lifelong friend.

Working in the kitchen at OC Stand Down Charity event

Working in the kitchen at OC Stand Down Charity event

On September 11th we went to our community’s fire departments and police station and brought them lunch from Boudins and cake. These are the men and woman that protect us daily. Sometimes we get wrapped up in all the events that we have going on that we forget to stop and say thank you. I know that the term pay it forward comes to mind when I think about volunteering. It’s the little things that can make a big difference. You can donate your old cloths to charities that need it. You can recycle your cans and bottles and save that money that you make from that to donate to a school to buy books. Even if you just saved your spare change and then donated that at the end of the year to the charity of your choice. You would be making a difference even if you don’t have the time to donate.   If we all just picked one day a year to do something nice like buy a coffee for a person in line that looks like they need it then it might just change the world and the way people think.

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Working hard to build a wheelchair ramp

On September 11, 2014, the Camden communities in Dallas had an amazing opportunity to join forces and make an impact in our city. Camden partnered with Rebuilding Together Greater Dallas in order to help (more…)

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