Happy Red Nose Day!

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Happy Red Nose Day from CPM!

Are you wondering what Red Nose Day is? It’s a campaign with a mission to end child poverty by funding programs that keep children safe, healthy and educated. They’ve been around since 2015 and have already raised over $150 million! They decided to use the red nose because it’s a great way to create connections and it encourages people to come together, share a laugh and it gives the world something to smile about. Want to know where can you find your red nose? Check your local Walgreens! Also, NBC will be airing a special fundraiser tonight at 8PM!

Please take a moment to read more about this cause on their website: RedNoseDay.org

 

Olive’s New Campaign

Olive is excited to announce that CPM will be working to collect items for both Ronald McDonald House and PETSinc this year!

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Ronald McDonald House supports children and their families that are traveling to Columbia for medical care. They provide guest families with a place to stay and all of the comforts of home, so they can focus on the health of their child.

PETSinc assists the greater Columbia area with rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming unwanted and homeless dogs and cats. They provide medical, nutritional and rehabilitation services to ensure successful life-long adoptions.

For every item you bring in, we’ll give you a raffle ticket and at the end of every quarter, we’ll select a winner!

The first prize will be drawn July 3rd for a WalMart gift card!


Here are all of the items we’re collecting:

  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Trash bags (30 gallon or tall)
  • Liquid bleach
  • Soaps/detergents: hand, laundry, dish
  • Clorox wipes
  • Lysol spray
  • All-purpose cleaners
  • Batteries (AA or AAA)
  • Dog & cat toys
  • Dog & cat treats
  • Collars, leashes & harnesses
  • Disposable plates, bowls, cups, silverware and tablecloths
  • Recycled plastic grocery bags & newspapers
  • Pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House

We are excited to start Olive’s new campaign this year and look forward to making a difference with PETSinc and Ronald McDonald House!

Vendor Appreciation Party

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We had a great time celebrating our vendors today! We had a drop-in throughout the day featuring Jimmy John’s, Chick-fil-A, chips & lots of homemade desserts!

We couldn’t do what we do without the help of our wonderful vendors!

Olive & the team at CPM are very thankful for each and every one of our vendors! We had a great time today visiting with them!

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Epworth Children’s Home

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This winter we collected items for the Epworth Children’s Home. Epworth Children’s Home provides group residential care for children and youth from all of South Carolina. They provide childcare, counseling, and related services to families and children. Epworth keeps a close eye on their resident’s needs as they change with the growth of each person.

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Thanks to the donations provided by our tenants, vendors and staff members, we were able to make a donation this week! We collected towels, sheets, hand & bath soaps and school supplies. Olive had a lot of fun visiting Epworth campus and meeting some new friends!

 

Stay tuned as we are working on selecting new charities for 2019!

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Preparing for Cold Weather

Olive is staying warm this winter, and she wants to make sure you are prepared too!

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As we are expecting freezing temperatures this winter we wanted to provide you with some tips on how to protect your property from frozen/burst pipes:

* Allow hot and cold faucets to drip during extreme cold weather as this can help prevent pipes from freezing and bursting. You may want to open cabinets doors to the kitchen or bathroom sinks if the sink backs up to an outside wall.

* If you open a faucet and no water comes out, this is a sign that your pipes are frozen and you will need to contact the office at (803)931-0044 for more information.

*Disconnect any garden hoses from the hose bib on any exterior spigots and allow these spigots to drip or use the inexpensive covers from a hardware store or home improvement store.

*SCE&G suggests setting your thermostat at 68 degrees in the winter months as your heating systems will run more efficiently at this setting.

*If you will be away from your property for an extended period of time during the winter months, be careful how much you lower the heat. A lower temperature may save some on the heating bill but leaves the property susceptible to frozen pipes and heating system complications.

We also wanted to provide you with some tips to help prevent break-ins: 

* Don’t post your travel plans on social media.

* Make sure your doors and windows are locked and secure.

*Set your alarm if you have one.

*Have a friend or neighbor pick up your mail, packages and newspapers. If you are leaving for an extended time, contact the Post Office to put your mail on hold.

*Leave a light on, or have a lamp set on a timer so it seems like someone is home.

*Safeguard your valuables, don’t leave important things out in the open.

*Make sure your renter’s insurance is up-to-date in case something does happen.

If you do experience a break-in, please first notify the police, then call the office phone or emergency phone after hours so we can assist in securing your property.

 

We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season! 

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Goodbye! Farewell! So Long! Cheerio!

Over the past week we’ve had to say goodbye to two great employees, Danielle & Sarah.

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Danielle has left the rental business and moved over into the insurance field while Sarah is starting a new semester at USC! They will both greatly be missed!

Here are some of our photos from the going away party:

We wish both Danielle & Sarah the best of luck in the future!!

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Get to know our staff – part 4

We know everyone is looking forward to the weekend and so are we! We wanted to end this week with our final three team member profiles. We’ll start off with Rebecca, our broker-in-charge and the founder of Columbia Property Management. Then we have Bonnie, who works remotely and is our advertising specialist and Sarah, who works part time at our front desk in the afternoons.

Rebecca

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Job title: Broker-In-Charge

How long have you worked for CPM: since 2004

Where are you from: Columbia, SC

Did you go to college: Mary Baldwin College & USC – Art History major

Do you have any pets: 4 – 1 dog (Olive), 1 cat & 2 horses

Where are your favorite places to eat: Hampton Street Vineyard & Terra

If you could switch jobs with anyone at CPM, who would it be: I have done all of the jobs at CPM and I like the job I have because it’s exciting to see when all of the moving parts come together to provide great property management service to our customers

What would your superpower be: the ability to talk to animals

Favorite book: Lonesome Dove

If you could live anywhere: on a horse farm in Northern Virginia

Bonnie

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Job title: Advertising Specialist

How long have you worked for CPM: since May 2009

Where are you from: Raleigh, NC

Did you go to college: Majored in Business Administration at Furman University in Greenville, SC

Do you have any pets: Remy, a boykin spaniel

Where is your favorite place to eat: Terra

What would your superpower be: flying

Favorite movie: My Best Friend’s Wedding

If you could live anywhere: I’m happy living in Raleigh, NC 🙂

Sarah

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Job title: Part-time Front Desk Office Administrator

How long have you worked for CPM: one month

Where are you from: Greenville, SC

Did you go to college: USC – Statistics

Do you have any pets: 1 (very fat) cat

Where is your favorite place to eat: The Melting Pot

If you could switch jobs with anyone at CPM, who would it be: Olive, of course!

What would your superpower be: teleportation

Favorite movie: every Marvel movie

If you could live anywhere: Aruba

 

We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Thanks for tuning in every week to learn more about our staff!

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Get to know our staff – part 3

We hope everyone had a wonderful July 4th! This week we’d like you to read about some of the faces of our company who represent us out in the field and here in the office. Josh and Erin show our properties to prospective tenants and Jessica works at the front desk where she helps prospective tenants, current tenants, and anyone else who comes in our office!

Erin

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Job title: Leasing Agent

How long have you worked for CPM: since April 2017

Where are you from: Irmo, SC

Did you go to college: USC & Midlands Tech – Associates in Arts

Do you have any pets: Beta Fish

Where is your favorite place to eat: Café Strudel

If you could switch jobs with anyone at CPM, who would it be: Robin

What would your superpower be: flying

Favorite movie: How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days

If you could live anywhere: Italy

 

Josh

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Job title: Leasing Agent

How long have you worked for CPM: 9 months

Where are you from: Greenville, SC

Did you go to college: USC – Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Physical Education

Do you have any pets: Two rowdy dogs. One very unintelligent black lab and a feisty 2 ½ year old German shepherd. Cooper and Stella respectively.

Where is your favorite place to eat: Burger Tavern 77. Best burger in the state.

If you could switch jobs with anyone at CPM, who would it be: Applications. It would keep me occupied and I like doing research.

What would your superpower be: Flying. This way I could get to properties and places faster.

Favorite movie: The Dark Knight

If you could live anywhere: Italian beach.

 

Jessica

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Job title: Front Desk Office Administrator

How long have you worked for CPM: one month + a few days

Where are you from: Columbia, SC

Did you go to college: South University, originally for nursing, but due to my dislike for germs, I decided to take up Healthcare Management & Admin.

Do you have any pets: no pets

Where is your favorite place to eat: anything Mexican

If you could switch jobs with anyone at CPM, who would it be: Olive, because she gets to sleep all day.

What would your superpower be: the ability to read minds

Favorite movies: Top 3: The Little Mermaid, The Sandlot and The Talented Mr Ripley

If you could live anywhere: I’d rather live on a yacht floating around the world.

 

Check back with us next week for more staff profiles!

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GET TO KNOW OUR STAFF – PART 2

We hope everyone has been enjoying their week so far! Last week we started off with three of our internal employees who handle things behind the scenes. This week we’ll be profiling three of our employees who directly work with our tenants and owners.

Danielle

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Job title: Turnover Maintenance Coordinator

How long have you worked for CPM: 3.5 years

Where are you from: Bluffton, SC & Myrtle Beach, SC

Did you go to college: USC – majored in Business Administration

Do you have any pets: 1 kitty cat

Where is your favorite place to eat: anything Mexican

What would your superpower be: teleportation

Favorite movies: Across the Universe or Breakfast at Tiffany’s

If you could live anywhere: England

 

Margaret

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Job title: Maintenance Coordinator

How long have you worked for CPM: 6 months

Where are you from: Gilbert, SC

Did you go to college: Midlands Tech – majored in Marketing

Do you have any pets: a Shih-Tzu, Toy Poodle & a Lab

Where is your favorite place to eat: I like all different types of food

If you could switch jobs with anyone at CPM, who would it be: I love mine!

What would your superpower be: flying

Favorite movies: Pretty Woman, Dirty Dancing & How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

If you could live anywhere: right where I am

 

Jennifer

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Job title: Applications Processor

How long have you worked for CPM: 2 years & 2 months

Where are you from: Columbia, SC

Did you go to college: USC – majored in Marketing & Mangement

Do you have any pets: 1 tortoise, Chomper

Where are your favorite places to eat: Cantina 76 & Groucho’s

If you could switch jobs with anyone at CPM, who would it be: Olive’s assistant

What would your superpower be: freezing time Zack Morris style

Favorite movies: 10 Things I Hate About You & Sandlot

If you could live anywhere: New Orleans, LA

 

 

Check back with us next week for more staff profiles!

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Get to know our staff – part 1

We hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far! We thought we’d kick off this week by sharing a little bit more about our team! We’ll be doing these throughout the summer so check back with us as we share!

Robin

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Job title: Accounts Payable

How long have you worked for CPM: 10 months

Where are you from: Camden, SC

Did you go to college: USC – dropped out after two years, but my major was economics

Do you have any pets: 2 cats, Ralph & Finlay

Where is your favorite place to eat: New Orleans, LA

If you could switch jobs with anyone at CPM, who would it be: Olive!

What would your superpower be: invisibility

Favorite movie: Fried Green Tomatoes

If you could live anywhere: French Riviera!

 

Tiffany

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Job title: Broker / Assistant Broker-in-charge

How long have you worked for CPM: since January 2nd, 2006

Where are you from: Chester, SC

Did you go to college: USC – majored in Psychology

Do you have any pets: 1, Siamese cat

Where is your favorite place to eat: Sullivan’s Steakhouse in Charlotte, NC

If you could have any other job at CPM, what would it be: the other support pet!

What would your superpower be: read minds

Favorite movie: Silence of the Lambs

If you could live anywhere: a remote island

 

Susan

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Job title: System Administrator

How long have you worked for CPM: seven years

Where are you from: Columbia, SC

Did you go to college: Midlands Tech – majored in science

Do you have any pets: 1 cat & 1 dog

Where is your favorite place to eat: Bonefish Grill

If you could switch jobs with anyone at CPM, who would it be: Tiffany

What would your superpower be: healing powers

If you could live anywhere: a private island

Tune in next week to learn more about us!

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