January February 2011

Builder be nimble

Apartment REITs, despite their ability to finance development projects on their own balance sheet, were not the first out of the gate. Instead, it was...

Ending the American malaise

She was sweet and sovereign, and had the divine ability to cause me to snap into accordance with a single glance. With all her...

Home Builders urge Fannie, Freddie to get behind mixed-use

The mortgage giants currently require that projects they finance be no more than 25 percent commercial (20 percent for Fannie and for multifamily HUD...

New sheriff in town

Mark Sadosky took the helm in November as the company readies itself for its next stage of growth. CallSource, multifamily's largest provider of call...

Home values fall across the U.S.

Falling prices are a reflection of weak demand and tight credit conditions that reduce the number of potential buyers. "There are just not a lot...

HUD and gays

HUD has unveiled a series of proposed rule changes that would prohibit lenders from using sexual orientation or gender identity as a way of...

Green machine

He would rather operate his apartment business in the Midwest markets, where there is a controlled amount of supply and flat to small population...

Design solutions advance development when there is no money

Development, design, construction, housing are all in a period of deep stagnation. The housing bubble and subsequent crash has precipitated the most difficult debacle...

Energy zappers

What are these terrible thieves that steal our limited resources? Some of them may actually surprise you. Tight Clothes No doubt, the way we dress...

Green fatigue

A new Harris Poll has found that participation in a wide range of environmentallyfriendly activities had declined by a small but significant percentage in...

My social media resolutions

I will be original. Plagiarism has always been a crime, but the Internet has made it much easier to commit. The ease and speed...

Renters’ inception

Since owners of 10.8 million homes owe more on their mortgage than their homes are worth, a decline from 11 million in the second...

The state of communities of color in the U.S. economy

This also means that, as the economic recovery deepens and the labor market recovers, communities of color will have to climb out of a...

Cruising condos

The developer, who is targeting retirees, is showing a model condo at the Marina Del Sol in Kemah through Feb. 6. The boat, which will...

De-fund HUD?

According to the language in the bill, once ratified, all accounts and programs for HUD would be immediately defunded. It would also transfer all...

Illegal-immigration enforcement program takes toll on U.S. Hispanic populations

In some cases, the initial decrease was steep: Between 2007 and 2009, Frederick County, Va., lost 61 percent of its Hispanic population, and Prince...

Innovating in humanity

You'll find one of the best illustrations of 21stcentury business innovation inside not a Silicon Valley corporate campus but rather a Ritz-Carlton hotel, where...

U.S. regulator struggles to gain faulty mortgage data

Nothing has been heard from the regulator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, on 64 subpoenas it issued banks in July for detailed information on...

Does it really take Hercules to fix the federal budget deficit?

That got us thinking about Hercules and the budget. All we're talking about is how to ensure the government takes in enough money to...

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