March April 2011

Getting the green light

In January, NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe told attendees at NAHB Builder's show in Orlando, Fla., that he expects 2011's selling season for single-family...

A primer in tribalism

You know, like, "I'm a Mac," or "I'm a PC." That's called tribalism. Back in the day, the unity of the tribe, in its purist form,...

Bring the best of America into your business

This staggering rate of attrition costs employers a great deal of money, and makes it a constant challenge to find qualified, reliable people to...

Change in the air

What is yet unclear is what will replace them. The GSEs are blamed in large part for the single-family finance bubble that led to the...

How to garner the right kind of attention

No matter how talented or accomplished you are, you cannot always count on attracting and retaining the attention of others. Too many options compete...

HUD gets a haircut

In line with President Barack Obama's directive to cut the deficit by $400 billion over the next decade, HUD's budget creates no new programs...

In a twist

The survey of nearly 1,000 adults found that 77 percent of Americans are stressed about work. What are workers stressed about? 14 percent cite...

Is criticism more effective than praise?

If you do, you're only human. Paying more attention to what's wrong isn't wrongheaded or perverse. In fact, you could say you do it...

All about the “O”

At the beginning of the year, UDR CEO Tom Toomey predicted good things for the apartment industry. "We support the consensus view that the...

Where strong foundations prevail

"It's true. In the ghetto, only the strong survive- and I don't mean just physical strength," West said. "I mean strength found in family,...

What is a QR code and why do you need one?

What are QR codes? They come to us from Japan where they are very common. QR is short for Quick Response; they can be read...

The power of 2

"In partnering on seven deals last year with Rich Devaney and the Crossbeam team, I realized a merger could give us the financial leverage...

The problem with financial bonuses

Enron. Tyco. WorldCom. The financial crisis. As corporate scandals and ethical fiascoes shatter the American economy, it is time to take a step back...

The evolution of prejudice

Psychologists have long known that many people are prejudiced toward others based on group affiliations, be they racial, ethnic, religious, or even political. However,...

When bedbugs bite

If you find an insect, how do you know it's a bedbug? People get bites for months and never see them, because they're very small....

Group therapy may be a good idea

But because so many other people do, I hear conversations about these shows all the time. One of them, Hoarders, really caught my attention. No,...

Second-hand smoke and apartments

The report also states that damage from tobacco smoke is immediate, since chemicals in tobacco smoke reach your lungs very quickly every time you...

Spending on pets up during lean economic times: poll

Between trips to the vet, specialty foods, treats and toys, pet insurance and even parties, Americans have no compunction about opening up their wallets...

Without influxes of Hispanics and Asians, some U.S. cities would be smaller

According to recent census data, Hispanics accounted for the population growth of Philadelphia, Phoenix, Indianapolis, Omaha and Atlanta. Asians boosted the count in Anaheim,...

Government must step in to prevent rental housing shortage

Rents are starting to rise dramatically and in every major metropolitan area are expected to rise from 3 percent to 10 percent in 2011...

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