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LIVEbe, a premier apartment developer and operator dedicated to delivering distinct apartment homes within connected communities, today announced that Vice President Elaine De Lude has been named the winner of the Capital Achievement Award by the Property Management Association (PMA).
According to PMA, the Capital Achievement Award is the association’s “highest honor” and is given to an individual or company that has made an “outstanding advancement in the multifamily industry.” De Lude oversees LIVEbe’s portfolio of apartment communities in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C., area, which consistently generate quick lease-ups, award-winning positive feedback from residents and a unique employment environment.
De Lude was among the 2022 EPIC Awards recipients at the PMA’s 2022 Awards Ceremony on Nov. 9 at The Hotel at the University of Maryland. She is the first Latin-American female to win the award.
“The Capital Achievement Award is an incredible honor, and it’s my hope that this helps inspire more diversity in our industry—even if just in a small way,” De Lude said. “My message to aspiring minds in the industry is to never stop learning. Continue to invest in yourself by absorbing as much information as possible and using all available resources to better your craft. We have the unique opportunity in this people-centric industry to help shape someone’s living experience, and there is plenty of room for creativity in the quest to make it amazing.”
PMA, a Maryland-based organization that consists of 1,800 members who manage more than 750,000 rental units, announces the EPIC Awards on an annual basis—and they have become an increasingly esteemed honor for property management associates and teams. Individuals must be nominated by a coworker, supervisor and/or subordinate and by a PMA member.
Under the guidance of De Lude and Vice President of Operations Jenni Rucker, LIVEbe communities have won numerous awards, including marketing and advertising excellence awards, community excellence awards, SatisFacts awards for resident satisfaction and recently won the 2022 Downtown Baltimore Clean and Green Award by the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore for the company’s efforts at 2Hopkins, a high-rise apartment community in Downtown Baltimore. Additionally, both phases of The Remy, located in the Harkins District of Prince George’s County, were honored with awards for Best Lease-Up Pace by Delta Associates.
De Lude’s leadership philosophy and execution is unique in the multifamily industry. She encourages potential associates to lean on individual traits rather than become part of a corporate mold and fosters an environment where continued education and work-life balance are a priority. LIVEbe refers to its employees as ambassadors which underscores the value placed upon them by leadership.
“Elaine is the embodiment of an industry professional who keeps things fresh and enjoyable,” Rucker said. “She is constantly exploring new ways to cultivate the resident experience and to ensure our ambassadors are at once relishing their work experience while carving their own career path. Elaine is the perfect fit for the Capital Achievement Award.”
LIVEbe, a premier apartment developer and operator dedicated to delivering distinct apartment homes within connected communities, today announced that The Remy Phase II has been recognized with a Delta Associates Excellence Award as a co-winning property in the category of Best Lease-Up Pace for a Suburban Maryland Apartment Community.
The Remy Phase II, a 268-home apartment community based in the Harkins District of Lanham, Md., began leasing in early 2022 and joined the thriving original phase, which opened in 2017. LIVEbe was presented with the award on Oct. 20 at the Delta Associates’ 26th Annual Apartment and Condominium Industry Awards for Excellence in Washington, D.C.
The original phase was recognized with the same award in 2018.
“Our mantra when we opened Phase II is that now we have two of everything,” said Jayme Martin, community director of LIVEbe. “We understood that it might be difficult to match the brisk lease-up pace of the original building, but once again, our wonderful team was able to make it happen. We’re honored to be recognized by Delta Associates and will keep working to deliver a best-in-class experience at The Remy buildings.”
The Remy Phase II has averaged 29 move-ins and 60 applications per month since beginning preleasing in Nov. 2021. The community delivered first homes in early February. Delta Associates calculates lease-up pace from the beginning of lease-up through stabilization.
Located at 7700 Harkins Road, The Remy Phase II offers studio, one- and two-bedroom homes with various layouts and an average square footage of more than 750. Community amenities include a resort-style saltwater pool and sundeck, rooftop lounge, two courtyards, outdoor fitness equipment, grilling stations, clubrooms and game rooms, billiards and bocce ball, Smiota package lockers, refrigerated lockers and resident lounge areas throughout the common areas. The community also caters to the ever-increasing remote worker with teleworking spaces and a conference room. The Remy also offers various specially curated events designed to bring residents together.
Apartment interiors at The Remy Phase II emanate an abundance of natural light due to the size and scope of the interior windows. Homes are delivered with luxury engineered plank flooring, stone tile bathrooms, in-home washers and dryers, keyless entry, chef-inspired kitchens with custom cabinetry, quartz countertops, stainless-steel appliances and oversized interior windows to maximize the presence of natural light.
“Our team of ambassadors deserves all the credit for this honor,” said Elaine De Lude, vice president of LIVEbe. “While the amenities and home features can certainly draw the attention of potential residents, our LIVEbe Ambassadors are who truly make the difference. People want to live where they know they’ll be taken care of, and our team members do a tremendous job making it happen.”
LIVEbe, a premier apartment developer and operator dedicated to delivering distinct apartment homes within connected communities, today announced it has been recognized with a 2022 Downtown Baltimore Clean and Green Award by the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Inc.
LIVEbe was lauded for its efforts at 2Hopkins, a 21-story, 183-home apartment community located downtown at 2 Hopkins Plaza. LIVEbe was commended for its commitment to the exterior of the building and for the additions of planters, ornamental fencing and public art. Clean and Green winners were officially honored at a ceremony at the Downtown Partnership’s annual meeting on Sept. 29.
“We take our commitment to the city very seriously, and we are honored to be recognized with this prestigious award,” said Elaine De Lude, vice president of LIVEbe. “2Hopkins isn’t just a place with a Downtown Baltimore address—it’s genuinely a part of downtown. From the time we welcomed our first residents in 2017, we’ve viewed it as a genuine responsibility to be the best neighbor we can be, and that commitment hasn’t wavered. We look forward to continuing to assist the community in any way that we can and keeping our building as inviting as possible.”
LIVEBE’s work in and around the property was recognized at the ceremony, held before numerous business and community leaders at 100 Light Street. Streetscape improvements and the continued aesthetic appeal of 2Hopkins were among the efforts identified.
2Hopkins is notable for its vast array of unique amenities and home features, including its awe-inspiring 21st-floor social spaces, dog park that features a spa and separate small- and large-dog play areas, EV-charging spaces and in-home floor-to-ceiling windows. In 2017, 2Hopkins became the first apartment community on the East Coast to implement refrigerated lockers, which serve as a premier service amenity that enables residents to safely store food deliveries.
“While we are certainly proud of our amenities and home features, those only go so far with regard to the complete living experience,” said Jennifer Rucker, vice president of operations for LIVEbe. “Our people are who genuinely make the difference, and we are certainly humbled and honored to be recognized as an organization that genuinely takes pride in the downtown area that we serve. We’ll certainly continue to be unabashed ambassadors of downtown and do our part to create a warm and welcoming environment.”
LIVEbe Communities, a premier apartment developer and operator dedicated to delivering distinct apartment homes within connected communities, today announced a series of initiatives designed to give back to local communities served by the company.
The efforts include the LIVEbe Wish Your Way Challenge, in which each of the company’s four apartment communities are raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Onsite teams and residents alike are being encouraged to donate. Additionally, LIVEbe team members engaged in a cleanup effort at Stephen Knolls School in Silver Spring, Md., on May 17. The school is renowned for its special education program that serves those aged 3 to 21.
“While the apartment world is laser-focused on leasing and providing the best possible resident experience—and rightfully so—sometimes it’s best to pause and take a look at the bigger picture,” said Elaine De Lude, vice president of LIVEbe. “We always aim to be the best possible neighbor in the communities we serve, but it’s about more than just saying so. Our teams get genuine joy from donating for the Wish Your Way Challenge and the Stephen Knolls School cleanup, and we’ll continue to pursue likeminded initiatives.”
LIVEbe’s communities include The Remy (which consists of two phases in Lanham, Md.) 2Hopkins (Baltimore, Md.), Glen Oaks (Greenbelt, Md.) and The Bowen (Bowie, Md.). Upon developing the first phase of The Remy in 2017, LIVEbe teams engaged in a neighborhood cleanup effort of the surrounding Harkins District.
The Stephen Knolls School sits a short drive west of Glen Oaks, The Bowen and The Remy. Cleanup efforts by LIVEbe ambassadors, who were part of a volunteer effort spearheaded by the Property Management Association, included power washing, painting, gardening efforts, removal of weeds and dead plants, trash pick-up, mulching, the edging of flower beds and sweeping of sidewalks and stairwells.
As part of the LIVEbe Wish Your Way Challenge, community teams are competing to match donations and raise as much as possible for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
“We’ve made it fun by tracking the precise amount donated by each community and sending out regular updates,” said Debra White, events coordinator for LIVEbe “It’s encouraging to see how well our teams and our residents have responded. Even if someone skips their daily coffee or matches the price of their lunch for a donation, it makes a difference.”
LIVEbe will continue to regularly pursue philanthropic efforts to help better its local neighborhoods. These efforts reflect the company’s core values of fostering connections and making a positive difference within the community.
LIVEbe, a premier apartment developer and operator dedicated to delivering distinct apartment homes within connected communities, today announced that all four LIVEbe-managed apartment communities have been recognized with 2021 SatisFacts Resident Satisfaction Awards.
2Hopkins (Baltimore), The Remy (Lanham, Md.), Glen Oaks (Greenbelt, Md.) and The Bowen (Bowie, Md.) each won individual community awards, with 2Hopkins leading the way with a 4.75 rating on a 5-point scale. The Remy (4.59), Glen Oaks (4.62) and The Bowen (4.71) also well surpassed the 4.0-point threshold needed to qualify for a Resident Satisfaction award, based on a minimum of 25 surveys.
By virtue of the success of the individual communities, LIVEbe, the multifamily division of Berman Enterprises, also earned a national SatisFacts Resident Satisfaction Award. The company averaged a stellar 4.65 on surveys across the portfolio, based on a minimum of 100 surveys. Additionally, 2Hopkins, The Remy and Glen Oaks received an ApartmentRatings Top Rating Award for scoring an A-minus or better on at least five reviews in 2021.
“We’ve never wavered on the idea that if you take care of your associates, they will subsequently take care of your residents,” said Elaine De Lude, vice president of LIVEbe. “While these awards reflect our wonderful team, we’re extremely grateful for the feedback of our cherished residents, as well. While only 25 surveys are needed to qualify at each community, we received a total of 1,427 completed surveys from the four, and we genuinely use the feedback to further cultivate the resident experience.”
LIVEbe recently added a fifth community, The Remy Phase II, which began leasing earlier this year.
2Hopkins and The Remy are LIVEbe developments that have consistently generated high resident satisfaction levels since their inception. 2Hopkins is a luxury high-rise in Downtown Baltimore that includes 183 apartment homes and a refined package of amenities. 2Hopkins began leasing in 2017 and was the first apartment in the U.S. to implement refrigerated lockers from Smiota, Inc.
The Remy sits in the Harkins District of Prince George’s County and features 278 homes. The midrise community, which also opened in 2017, will be closely connected to its new phase. Residents of each community have access to the well-crafted amenity spaces at each building.
Glen Oaks was acquired in 2014 and offers quick access to nature trails and the Capital Beltway. The community features 463 homes and is notable for its spacious layouts and innovative floor plans.
The Bowen boasts a stellar location near Bowie Town Center and is situated approximately halfway between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Berman Enterprises acquired the community in 2014, and LIVEbe took over management responsibilities in 2018.
“We are proud of our teams at all four of these communities,” said Jennifer Rucker, vice president of operations for LIVEbe. “Each team has worked diligently to create a quintessential LIVEbe living experience in a distinct location. We strive for consistency, and nothing underscores it more than having each of your communities recognized for premier levels of resident satisfaction. While we’re grateful for the awards, we’ll continue to strive to be even better.”