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Safety: Reality or Perception?

The mission of Alexander Forrest is to Prosper All Stakeholders. “Prosperity” is defined as, “the condition of being successful or thriving.” While clearly defined, “prosperity” differs from person to person. Some may feel a sense of success from being promoted at work, receiving praise from a friend or loved one, or maybe even simply making it through a challenging day. The AFI team believes that in order to prosper, in order to feel successful, one must first feel safe.

AFI acknowledges that the tenants residing at complexes we manage are in fact our stakeholders; therefore, it is our mission to ensure both their prosperity and safety. Thankfully, we are currently living in one of the safest times in our country’s history. An individual’s chances of being involved in a random crime are as low as they can be for a large, diverse society (Grohol, 2019).

Despite statistics, safety is more abstract and can be heavily influenced by one’s background and previous life experiences. What feels unsafe for one, may feel perfectly safe for another. Dr. Anita Zuberi notes perceptions of a lack of safety have an adverse effect on adolescents. “Feeling unsafe can lead to limited personal freedom, social isolation, and a lack of trust, while feeling safe is linked with positive general well-being (Zuberi, 2018).

AFI believes that our trained/certified Property Managers living on site at the property they manage instantly provides comfort to our tenants, and ensures that the community is a safe place for all who want a quiet location to enjoy their lives.

By living on site, AFI Managers have a greater sense of ownership for the property which they are responsible for and can quickly respond to serious issues. In addition to the benefits listed below from Appfolio.com that Owners experience, our Managers themselves also realize several advantages that living off site would not otherwise allow them (Miller, 2012):

Property Owners:

  • Interest in the Investment – Like Owners, On-site Managers are heavily invested in the community as any improvements or deficiencies also effect where they live.
  • On-The-Spot Service – Owners and residents alike should recognize the benefit of extra security/service that comes with a 24-hour On-site Manager.
  • Selling to Prospective Residents
    On-site Managers can best communicate the benefits of their property because they live there themselves!

Property Managers:

  • Increased Efficiency – AFI Managers save both time and money with full rent concession for living on site in addition to zero daily commute.
  • Increased Urgency – On site emergencies can be addressed quicker by AFI teams that are intimate with any issues.
  • Increased Trust – Have you ever had to try selling something you would not buy yourself? AFI Managers have not!

Owners, residents, and our Managers themselves all realize substantial benefits from living on site. Because trained, accountable staff are placed at the asset, AFI believes we are growing one step closer to realizing our mission of Prospering All Stakeholders.

  References:

Grohol, John M. “Feeling Unsafe in a Very Safe World.” www.psychcentral.com, Psych Central, 11 July, 2019, psychcentral.com/blog/feeling-unsafe-in-a-very-safe-world/.

Miller, Aimee. “Explaining the Advantages of On-Site Management To Owners.” www.appfolio.com, Appfolio Property Manager, www.appfolio.com/blog/2012/10/explaining-the-advantages-of-on-site-management-to-owners/.

Zuberi, Anita. “Feeling Safe in a Dangerous Place: Exploring the Neighborhood Safety Perceptions of Low-Income African American Youth.” Journal of Adolescnet Research, vol. 33, no. 1, 2018, pp. 90-116, doi:10.1177/0743558416684948.

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