MALVERN, Pa., Oct. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Home Properties, Inc. (NYSE: HME) today announced its Greater Philadelphia apartment communities have been recognized with multiple awards, including five first place wins, at the 2013Best in Apartment Living Awards as presented by the Apartment Association of Greater Philadelphia (AAGP). (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101026/NY89070LOGO) AAGP is a non-profit organization representing multifamily developers, owners and managers in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. Each year, the organization presents the Best in Apartment Living Awards to honor Greater Philadelphia apartment communities. "It is the ultimate compliment to our teams to be recognized for their commitment to customer service and community excellence in such a competitive industry," said Kerri Haltom, Regional Vice President for Home Properties. Home Properties entered 11 apartment communities that are within the geographic region covered by the AAGP and won a total of 21 awards for excellence in three award categories: Maintenance Excellence, Leasing Excellence, and Community Presentation. "An important part of our mission as a company is to enhance the quality of life for our residents," explained Haltom. "These awards further confirm the team's commitment to that mission." Home Properties is a publicly traded apartment real estate investment trust that owns, operates, develops, acquires and rehabilitates apartment communities primarily in selected Northeast and Mid-Atlantic markets. An S & P 400 Company, Home Properties owns and operates 118 communities containing 41,967 apartment units. For more information, visit Home Properties' website at HomeProperties.com. SOURCE Home Properties, Inc.