September October 2011

And the winners are…

The 466-unit first phase of Columbia Parc at the Bayou District in New Orleans, La., winner of both the Community of the Year and...

The monsters are due on Maple Street

"The monsters are due on Maple Street," (1960) was a classic. I recall it every time I read divisive tales about some one or...

A house becoming more divided

Consider foreclosure-ravaged Detroit. In the historic Green Acres district, a haven for hipsters, a pristine, three-bedroom brick Tudor recently sold for $6,000-about what a...

Afraid to move

Consider these signs of the times: The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index registered 47.1 in August for the category titled "work satisfaction"-the lowest it has been since...

Archstone owners decide to sell their stakes

Unable to reach a consensus with Lehman on a plan to sell the entire company, the two banks are now trying to sell their...

Cheap, the new chic

By the time she started her YesIAmCheap.com blog in January 2009 as a way to make herself more accountable for her spending, her business...

Demand for apartments rises all over, despite economy

Vacancy rates are shrinking all over, in tight markets such as Minneapolis and loose ones like Phoenix. It's an unusual situation. Job creation typically drives...

Enchant your employees

If you can enchant your employees, they will work harder, longer, and smarter for you - and, ideally, you for them too. Here are...

Fair or unbalanced: decoding the Buffet Rule debate

In the current round, Washington is wrangling over President Barack Obama's call for a "Buffett Rule" to make sure the wealthy pay a "fair...

Lease up and ship out

AIM, a national marketing and incentives company, offers cruise certificates to multifamily properties as a tool for leasing and retention. Long a standard in...

Making onboarding work

Originally, the process of converting a newly-hired stranger into a fully-contributing and knowledgeable employee was left to the personnel department's most junior benefits clerk...

Perfectionism: healthy or hurtful?

I believe that the intention of most perfectionists is to do things well. To excel. Recent research shows that those scoring high on perfectionism...

Renters get help, boost their credit score

Back in January, one of the major creditreporting agencies, Experian, announced it would begin including rental payments in its credit score formula. In response to...

Turning stress into an asset

Stress is unavoidable. "We live in a world of ongoing worry, change, and uncertainty. You have to get used to it," says Justin Menkes,...

U.S. Postal Service: a requiem

Although the Senate recently extended the deadline for a $5.5 billion payment due to the federal government by the USPS to Nov. 18 from...

Why business despairs of Obama

Those who might help us escape are now being held back by the anti-business policies of President Barack Obama. Obama's administration predicted a Vshaped recovery,...

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