As budget time approaches, DEPM property managers are consulting with resident managers, superintendents, and our financial analysts to prepare the 2018 Operating Budget drafts for our client boards to review. Preliminary and general observations reflect that real estate taxes continue to outpace normal indexes of inflation. Utility costs have increased at a pace second only to taxes while, interestingly, labor and related costs are trending just above inflation indexes. Supplies and services have generally marked lower than inflation. DEPM unfailingly works its portfolio clout wherever possible for our clients’ financial benefit. We do our best to reduce the financial impact of our managed buildings’ supply purchasing, fuel and other utility charges, and contractor competitive bidding processes. Please reach out to your building’s Financial Analyst if you have any 2018 budget-related questions.
What makes DEPM stand out from the crowd? According to company President Jim O’Connor, “Clearly, what separates us from other management firms is our people. Fully 180 of our 240-plus employees have been with us for over 15 years.”
Toni Hanson, Vice President of Management adds, “We attract great managers and I think it’s because we have a wonderful support group. And because of that our clients stay with us for a long time. I personally have one client that has been with us since the 1950’s. And we’re very proud of that.”
In a recent video, Jim O’Connor also talks about how DEPM is able to save our clients considerable amounts of money: “Our central purchasing department consistently buys supplies at five to 15 percent lower than our competition. We also purchase insurance for our buildings. We have two competing master insurance programs, each of which offers umbrella liability coverage of $150 million aggregate per building.”
When it comes to energy savings, he adds, “We have demonstrated recurring savings of over $3 million a year for the last three years.”
In our Energy Savings video, Peter Lampen, Vice President + Architect for DEPM, adds, “A good example of the kind of savings measures that we’ve been able to implement, which save energy costs for the buildings and reduce their long-term capital expenditures, as well as benefit the City and the environment through carbon reduction, are boiler conversions. This has represented a significant savings to buildings.”
To view the videos in their entirely, visit our YouTube channel at bit.ly/DEPMvideo.