January February 2012

Cheaper by the dozen

In mid-January, the apartment REIT announced the exercise of an option to purchase the 80 percent interest not currently owned by Camden in 12...

Sam Miller is why this industry is amazing

At present, he is co-chairman emeritus of Forest City Enterprises, Inc., headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. With nearly $12 billion in assets, the National Multi...

Gays/lesbians inch toward becoming protected class

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has introduced a new rule intended to ensure equal access to the department's core housing...

Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts fastest-growing jobs

Assuming a full-employment economy with an unemployment rate of 5.2 percent by 2020, the BLS expects total U.S. employment to rise 14.3 percent over...

Fire the customer

Obviously, any business would like to be "better" according to its customers' preferences. And eventually, someone inevitably says: "Why don't we just ask the...

Are you learning as fast as the world is changing?

What goes for novelists goes for leaders searching to craft a novel strategy for their company, a new product for their customers, or a...

The hottest U.S. real estate market: Washington, D.C

"Our spring market has taken off quite early," said Schwartz. "We've reached that stable point where we're out of a buyer's market." The nation's capital...

The cure for cabin fever

Whether you're cocooning or stuck inside, apartment amenities help residents while away winter days. A typical weekend night for Marlin Rinehart and his fiancee, Andrea...

What then, after the darkness?

After several Websites, including Wikipedia, protested by going dark, both pieces of legislation were shelved. Meanwhile, proponents of the two bills- News Corp. CEO...

Is multifamily ready for big data?

The amount of information being gathered, stored, and now mined, for commercial use can be confounding to the the human mind. Compound this with...

JPI Multifamily Partners shedding D.C. apartments

JPI Mulifamily Partners LLC has an offer to sell its 909 at Capitol Yards at 909 New Jersey Avenue SE for about $95.4 million...

Gas prices to rise again

Prices could spike another 60 cents or more by May. "I think it's going to be a chaotic spring, with huge price increases in...

MF mortgage originations jump

The Mortgage Bankers Association said its quarterly survey shows a steep increase in commercial lending driven by higher originations for industrial and multifamily property...

Creating sustainable performance

So what does it mean to be happy in your job? It's not about contentment, which connotes a degree of complacency. When we and...

Positive intelligence

We have been studying the links between employee engagement and customer loyalty for a few years now, and we've found that the only route...

Turning foreclosures into rentals

GTIS Partners will spend $1 billion by 2016 acquiring single-family homes to manage as rentals, Thomas Shapiro, the fund's founder said. That followed announcements...

Why you won’t quit your job

And when we bumped into each other last week, I found her toiling away in exactly the same role, still dreaming of her nonprofit...

How leaders kill meaning at work

As a senior executive, you may think you know what job number one is: developing a killer strategy. In fact, this is only Job...

Forest City shifts focus to core markets, selling land portfolio

David J. LaRue, president and CEO of the Cleveland-based company, said the push will lay "a foundation for accelerated value creation." The disclosure is...

Failing to update your travel policy is risky business

As more and more employees embark on business travel, the opportunities for trouble- whether it's overpaying for a flight or something far more serious-increases...

Zuckerberg may need to fail

As Matt Yglesias pointed out at Slate, Mark Zuckerberg will remain totally in control of Facebook. Lots of control is something that many CEOs...

Prepare your business for Facebook mobile ads

To that end, a new mobile ad program is rumored to launch in March, according to a Financial Times report. Here are five directions...

When to give up on your goals

The only hitch was that Ben, as a teacher, had to be at work early, so our matches could begin no later than 6:00...

Thousands of new apartments in works across Charlotte, N.C.

The development is part of a much larger trend across the city. More than 1,000 apartment units are under construction currently and thousands more...

Banks paying homeonwers a bonus to avoid foreclosure

Lenders have routinely delayed or blocked such transactions, known as short sales, in which they accept less from a buyer than the seller's outstanding...

Greenville, S.C. renters to see flood of new apartments

No fewer than seven new complexes are under construction or planned, and if they all get built, the existing supply will grow by nearly...

Apartment industry responds to President Obama’s real estateowned initiative

We are pleased to see the Administration explicitly recognizing the importance of rental housing in meeting our nation's housing needs through the Real-Estate Owned...

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