ATLANTA, GA – The Rainmaker Group, the leading provider of revenue management and profit optimization solutions to the multifamily housing and gaming/hospitality industries, announces the launch of LRO Student™, the first revenue management platform of its kind engineered specifically for the student housing market. Beyond pricing recommendations based on mathematical analysis, historical data and market share, student housing owners and operators utilizing LRO Student now have greater flexibility and ability to react to leasing pace, supply and demand constraints, and can gain access to more robust market share comparisons.
“From renting bedrooms instead of units to having a group of applicants as opposed to a single applicant for an apartment, student housing is a unique, growing market with many challenges that make pricing optimization difficult using traditional market rate platforms,” said Andrew Rains, executive vice president of Rainmaker LRO™. “LRO Student overcomes these challenges. Our team designed this system from the ground up to deliver robust, mathematically-driven pricing recommendations taking all of these unique challenges into consideration. LRO Student will revolutionize pricing strategies within this niche market to further improve our client’s operations, revenue tactics, and even enable more portfolio diversification.”
With similar user interfaces, functionality, and reporting capabilities as LRO revenue management, LRO Student delivers superior pricing recommendations based on the specific move-in periods for each academic year for all residents, beds within a given asset, and unique expiration periods (all students eventually graduate). Additional key benefits available to student housing owners/operators through this offering include:
More accurate view of supply and demand constraints – takes into consideration the limited applicant pool based on school or university populations
Greater market share analysis – ability to better track competitive products for a given educational institute
Improved pricing – recommendations driven by in-depth analysis of historical and market data instead of emotional pricing
Increased probability of renewal – engages property management software data to improve renewal forecasting
“You get one shot to meet operational goals in student housing,” said Steve Tappert, vice president of strategic initiatives for Rainmaker LRO and product architect for LRO Student. “The market lacks a steady demand model so the math in revenue management strategies needs to be changed and there are different drivers that need to be evaluated. Booking curves and leasing pace are much different and the potential for loss is much higher if occupancy isn’t met. These are just some of the factors LRO Student takes into consideration in its pricing recommendations and analysis.”
LRO Student is the newest offering within the Rainmaker LRO product suite, which includes the market rate revenue management software LRO, as well as LRO Budget™, another software-as-a-service application leveraging a more robust, scientific, analytical approach to budgeting and forecasting. The Rainmaker Group will be adding more products to the LRO platform through new development and acquisitions. LRO Student is currently in beta test with Inland American Communities and Carmel Properties; it will be generally available later this month.
The Rainmaker Group is the market leader in profit optimization solutions for the Multifamily Housing and Gaming & Hospitality industries. Rainmaker software, coupled with professional business consulting services, enables multifamily housing operators to maximize revenue from apartment leases and helps operators of casino hotels and other hospitality enterprises secure the most valuable customers to increase their profitability. Rainmaker is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and leverages cutting-edge research in order to bring customers the most sophisticated solutions to their revenue management challenges. Adopted by industry leaders and niche players alike, Rainmaker solutions provide clients a strategic advantage in achieving the highest profitability from their assets. Multifamily housing clients include leaders such as Archstone, AvalonBay Communities, Equity Residential, Gables Residential, Post Properties, Mid-America Apartment Communities and more. Gaming/Hospitality clients include leading casino/hotel organizations such as Atlantis The Palm Dubai, Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts International, Omni Hotels & Resorts, Wynn Las Vegas and many others. Headquartered in northern Atlanta, GA, Rainmaker is an innovator and thought leader in the highly specialized revenue optimization field. For two consecutive years, Inc. magazine ranked Rainmaker among America’s top 5,000 fastest-growing, privately held companies.