South Florida is one of the most diverse locations in the United States, and it’s rich with history and art that can’t be missed. Even if you live in the area, or have lived nearby your entire life, it’s easy to pass by or never notice some of the most iconic and historical landmarks within the region. As property managers in South Florida, it’s our job to know our clients, our properties, and perhaps most importantly, our location. We familiarize ourselves with South Florida not just because it’s helpful to our business and our clients’ needs, but also because we appreciate the cultural offerings of the region. With that in mind, here’s a list of five of our favorite landmarks and cultural institutions right in our backyard.

11) African-American Research Library

Located in Fort Lauderdale in Broward County, the African-American Research Library, according to the Broward County website, features collections of popular and influential African American writers, a special collection of historical African materials and artifacts, and a 5,000 square foot art gallery.



2) Flagler Memorial Monument

The Flagler Memorial Monument, located in Miami-Dade County, takes a trip to get to—it’s an obelisk located on a small island in memory of one of the first Miami settlers, Henry M. Flagler, who died in 1913 (according to landmarks United States).



3) Stranahan House

The Stranahan House was built by, you guessed it, the man with the name Stranahan: Frank, and his wife Ivy Stranahan, pioneers of Fort Lauderdale. The house is the oldest surviving structure in Broward County and now serves as a museum (but was once a trading post and town hall).



4) The Bass

Miami-Dade County’s museum of contemporary art, The Bass will either fill you with joy or confusion, depending on your affinity to the contemporary. It’s not necessarily a landmark, but it shows South Florida’s dedication to the future of art and culture as well.



5) Everglades National Park

What would a list of South Florida landmarks be without the Everglades? A beautiful and nearly impossible-to-traverse park, the Everglades is one of the most iconic features of South Florida (and Florida in general) and we’re proud to live right by.



While 2016 has been a bit of a doozy for the world at large, for Genet Property Group it was another wonderful year. This year, we wrote about supporting charitable causes, including Surfers Healing, a surfing camp for children with autism, and the Ethiopian-Israeli College Fund, for supporting and providing financial assistance for Ethiopian Jewish college students. The charitable work and continued success of Genet Property Group would not be possible without the dedication of the entire Genet Property Group team, in not only our business but in supporting the community.


In order to provide an overview of the year in Gente Property Group, and all of the posts made to our property management blog in the past year, here is a list of the Top 5 Informational Posts from GPG of 2016.

1) Updating Your Office Tech

“While an office space is the most important physical hub for your business, the online and electronic presence of your business is vital this day in age. At Genet Property Group, we can assure you a physical office, warehouse, or flex space to fit your every need. But we don’t offer virtual office space! That’s why we’ve compiled some tips for keeping your virtual office space orderly and efficient, just like your physical one.”


2) Mad Men: Glamorizing the Office

“Lots of us start dreaming of our careers early on in life. Oftentimes, these dreams, these ambitions that we valorize so much -and hold close to our hearts- become more than just jobs. Especially in childrens’ plans, we can see that positions and ‘day jobs’ such as firemen, doctors, ballerinas, astronauts and presidents take on a whole new meaning: they become who we are. Sometimes, our jobs become a big part of us. And it’s safe to say that many times, what we work on, how we work, and, certainly, even where we work is a big part of our life.”


3) Office Neighbors

“Maintaining healthy and helpful relationships with your neighbors at home is important for fostering friendships, a sense of community, and support systems. The same can be said for neighborhood relationships in the workplace, especially if you share a building with another business. Helping each other to keep the building clean, avoiding mishaps in schedules and building usage, and maintaining proper privacy and respect is key to working alongside other businesses.”


4) Safety First

“Being too safe is never a bad thing, especially when you may be storing especially important documents, items, or money. If your building is public, or you share the space with other renters and there may be clients frequently coming in and out, it may be a good idea to implement extra security measures.”


5) Optimize Your Office

“Multiple studies show that an often overlooked part of the office life –the space itself!- can be a big contributor to the general atmosphere of an office. The happiest employees usually credit some of their satisfaction to the ambiance, or feeling of being in the office, and a significant part of this actually lies in the space itself.”



It’s a powerful act to sign a contract. In movies it’s pretty dramatized—as soon as Ariel signs the scroll she loses her voice to Ursula the sea witch, and when Tim Allen puts on Santa’s suit to keep warm he accidentally signs himself into a new (and prestigious) seasonal job. Real life contracts are, obviously, not nearly as magical, but they do hold legal power. That’s why you should always be aware of the entire terms and conditions of a contract before you sign any important document (you get a pass for the ones you can scroll through). An example of one of these important documents is one you’re probably aware of: a lease agreement. A lease is, essentially, a contract that outlines the terms of a property rental—who’s the lessor? who’s the lessee? for how long is the property to be rented? how much is to be paid? etc.


While the most common questions that a potential lessee may have about a property or a lease will be answered plainly by a property manager or landlord, it’s important to be aware of all the facets of a rental agreement and of any addendums you may want stipulated in the lease that are not. Here are a list of a few questions that you may want to ask when attempting to lease a property:

1. Are early lease terminations allowed? If so, are there fees?

2. How often is the property managed, and what are the procedures for submitting maintenance/management requests?

3. What items are included with the property?

4. Are there any significant changes/construction scheduled for the building in the near future?

5. Do changes to the property need to be approved by the property management company?


While these are just a few questions you may think to ask, it’s important to closely read over the contract and raise any confusions or questions with the property manager or with a lawyer, if necessary. Clarity and agreement are key in making both a lessee and lessor happy with their lease!



People tend to get really nervous for interviews. Some have a knack for it, a cool disposition that allows them to fly right through tough questions about their life, their work history, and whatever else. But some people struggle, and even with a bit of preparation might fumble their words or come off as nervous. Luckily, when you submit an application to rent a property, unlike when you interview for a job, the stakes are a tad bit lower and it’s usually not nearly as stressful. But even then, it’s important to be prepared for meeting with a property manager about signing a lease for a property, just as if you were applying for an important job.


Coming in prepared for any questions a property specialist may want to ask or documents they may want to see will save you a lot of time in the long run, and will help you have a better chance at securing the property you’re looking for. And while not all property companies will require so much information, it’s a good idea to maintain and be sure of your status as an exceptional tenant. So, here are a list of a few questions to be prepared to answer before signing a lease.

 1. Where/When have you rented property in the past? What type of property was it?

2. What is your employment history?

3. Provide the information to perform a credit check.

4. Do you have any previous criminal convictions? Do you have any evidence of late payments in the past?

5. For what will you be using the property?


Knowing the answers to these questions will allow you to seem like a knowledgeable future tenant.