November December 2011

Shores: A love story

The love story began in 1955, when Epstein was first approached by then Los Angeles County Supervisor Burton Chase to assist in the planning...

Tidings of great joy and rich complexity

Try as we may, we can not simplify this complexity into an app, a box or other metric container, wrapped in our intentions. We...

A credit score that tracks rent payments

The new report also includes any property tax liens and whether you've fallen behind on your homeowner's association dues. It may reflect that you...

Apartment construction surges

The number of permits to build apartments jumped to a three-year high in October. In 12 months, they've surged 63 percent. Blame the housing bust,...

Apartments rock downtown

With apartments nearly full and waiting lists piling up, a sense of rental euphoria has fallen over downtown Cleveland. The downtown apartment market has tightened...

Bozzuto takes a Giant leap

Cathedral Commons is a $125 million, two-block, mixed-use development that will include 137 apartment units and eight townhomes, more than 500 parking spaces, and...

Business analytics seeing huge demand, outpacing talent

A survey out the first of December, by the EMC Corporation, is showing that nearly one-third of companies across the globe are able to...

Can we consume less?

Will rich societies start consuming less? Could wealth go green? Might parsimony become the new luxury? Heresy, surely, you would say. But it might...

CBRE Econometric Advisors forecasts 5.5 percent vacancy

The multihousing vacancy rate in 2011 isprojected to be 5.5 percent (on an annualized basis), down 60 basis points (bps) from a year ago...

Despite housing glut, REITs prosper

On a year-over-year basis, AvalonBay Communities saw FFO per share growth in Q3 of more than 19 percent, the highest growth rate in six...

Drinking through a firehose: has data mining gone too far?

"Even traditional companies have discovered they can generate totally new lines of business by collecting and using their customers' information," says Andrea Matwyshyn, professor...

Equity Residential to take stake in Archstone

The stake would be about half of the ownership held by the two banks and sets the clock ticking for the remaining owner, Lehman...

Gratitude as a business strategy

There's nothing wrong with expecting excellence, and taking steps to get it. The problem is, we tend to take excellence- and thoughtfulness, and kindness,...

I don’t understand what anyone is saying anymore

Abstractionitis We have forgotten how to use the real names of real things. Like doorknobs. Instead, people talk about the idea of doorknobs, without actually...

I spy with my little iPhone

Until the recent uproar over the discovery of Carrier IQ's analytics software running on a variety of mobile devices, including Apple iPhones and Google...

Is multfamily’s future in TOD?

The citizens of Seattle have just such an opportunity by encouraging development of dynamic pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods in the areas surrounding Sound Transit's light-rail stations....

Know when house rules violate lease

A: Your owner appears to be a little confused as to the meaning of a lease: It's a contract that binds both sides to...

Lehman seeks financing for Archstone counterbid

Lehman, which owns 47 percent of Archstone, is in discussions with investors including Blackstone Group LP and Brookfield Asset Management Inc. to arrange financing,...

Senior housing is booming, baby

In the third quarter of 2011 alone, 39 senior housing deals worth $5.5 billion were completed, primarily by real estate investment trusts that specialize...

Tenants trying again to buy Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village

The tenant association hopes to convert the adjacent complexes, with 11,232 apartments, into a condominium or cooperative under a plan in which residents could...

The great shrinking state

Unable to afford Orange County's skyhigh rents, she opted for Portland, Ore. "A big motivator was that I lived with roommate after roommate after...

The latest cottage business: app fees

At a "nice" $3,500-per-month loft in the Mission, "80 people showed up for the open house," said Ms. Lamas, 23, who recently began working...

The ultimate question: Would your customers recommend you?

Peter Fader: Can you tell us what NPS stands for? Those three letters are on everyone's mind these days, and a lot of businesses...

When nothing works

As Bertie examined my elbow, I reminded him of everything I had done to try to fix my problem. When it began to hurt,...

Through the eyes of the imagineers

Kimberly Scott, founder of Capture the Market, a real estate video production studio in Dallas, Texas, is hesitant to agree with such a trivialization....

Your use of pronouns reveals your personality

The research: In the 1990s, James Pennebaker helped develop a computer program that counted and categorized words in texts, differentiating content words, which convey...

Using social networks to improve operations

Then telephone surveys began to supplement mystery shopping. Today, digital technologies are supplanting both, with online customer surveys providing an exponentially greater number of...

Federal Housing Authority poised to re-sink the economy

Whatever measure of truth there may have been in that cliche, the reality is that by refusing to accept the real estate correction as...

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