May June 2011

Ready for launch

"We think it's a great time to grow these enterprises," said UDR CEO Tom Toomey of the expansion in the apartment industry. "You can't...

Fannie Mae focuses on affordable housing

While there are 15.2 million occupied multifamily rentals in the U.S., Fannie Mae reports that market conditions suggests that number will not meet the...

What about apartments?

Parrell testified in May on behalf of the National Multi Housing Council (NMHC) and the National Apartment Association (NAA) before the Senate Banking Committee's...

Rental market requires new housing policy

Speaking to more than 300 of the nation's leading apartment executives, observers from both sides of the political spectrum expressed the need for ongoing...

5 reasons you can’t concentrate

For adults who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), chronic inattentiveness becomes debilitating. "We see an influx of adults being diagnosed around age 38," says...

Fannie and Freddie: cool heads prevail warn regulators

The mortgage buyers, now controlled by the government, and their regulator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, are "facing challenging times," the agency's head Edward...

Renters growing in numbers

The trend away from home ownership to renting appears to reflect not only the weakening of personal finances, but a move away from long-held...

Come together right now

From the minute you meet Natalie, you know she is meant for greatness. She exudes poise and strength, well beyond her years. And she...

Multifamily green retrofit case study

First, an energy and water consumption assessment was commisioned. Simcoe Consulting was designated. The County of San Diego had just raised the drought warning to...

Where the buck stops

Simply put, green value is beginning to trump green hype, says sustainability consultant and certified green building professional Jim Simcoe, who made some predictions...

Renters talk with their wallets

Fifty-three percent of the 1,053 renters surveyed by Strata Research for HD Supply Facilities Maintenance Star said they would. Of those, eight percent said...

Tune-in. Plug-in.

SemaConnect, a start-up company in Baltimore, Md., is offering apartment owners the opportunity to plug into the electric car trend and earn ancillary income...

It’s the law

If the incident involving Dominique Strauss-Kahn had taken place in Paris rather than New York, the complainant would have likely been talked out of...

Referrals work

We studied 10,000 accounts in a large bank over a period of three years, and found that customers obtained through referrals are both more...

Killing the electric car… again

The advent of plug-in cars, or "EVs," has been hyped-up beyond the fad level. There now may be 3,000 plug-in cars out of our...

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