March April 2012

The American Dream loses its luster

In fact, the percentage of departing renters opting for homeownership also reached some historic lows in Q4 2011 and multifamily REITS like Camden Property...

Days of change

From rent control to principal forbearance to mounting regulation to healthcare, our world is evolving at a rapid clip. It is the best of...

Squatters training

In March, board member Andres Perez held a teach-in on how to wrest "control" of vacant apartments. He called it "homesteading." "The best time to...

Rentals to the rescue

The shift away from ownership housing is being repeated across the country, said Douglas M. Bibby, president of the National Multi Housing Council. "In 2008...

New HUD rule on LGBT

HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said the new equal access to housing rule "says clearly and unequivocally that LGBT (gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transexual) individuals...

Time is not on the side of the unemployed

In recent months, employers have stepped up hiring, layoffs have slowed and the unemployment rate has begun to fall more quickly. But the rosier...

San Francisco gold rush

Largely in response to the city's growing technology sector, 22,000 residential units are in various stages of approval and construction. In a few years,...

Apartment lobby taking 2012 policy agenda to Congress

"The single-family collapse clearly illustrated the consequences of the overzealous push on Capitol Hill toward purchasing homes," said NAA president Douglas Culkin in a...

A license to rent

The fight has pushed Farmers Branch, a quiet collection of bedroom communities and office parks, into the national debate about illegal immigration. Local Latinos...

Deutsche avoids Dodd-Frank rule

The bank on Feb. 1 reorganized its U.S. subsidiary, known as Taunus Corp., so that it is no longer classified as a "bank-holding company,"...

Apartment loans by agencies creating bubble

Multifamily loans issued by government-sponsored agencies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are buoying the price of apartment buildings to the point that buyers may...

Bank of America faces hurdles in rentals

To help struggling homeowners, Bank of America recently launched a test initiative that will give some a chance to rent the very homes they...

The long view on unemployment

In an interview with ABC News, Bernanke said in March that he is sleeping better these days because the U.S. financial system looks stronger,...

Taking work home

In April, local developer Millcraft Industries of Washington, Pa., will begin renting units in a 16-story former state office building that is undergoing a...

Want to improve customer service? Treat your employees better.

On the one hand, moments of tear-your-hair-out frustration are commonplace-from shopping in stores where sales associates are nowhere to be found, to dealing with...

Where magic is made

As the leasing and marketing manager of the 734-unit Crestview Apartment Homes located in metropolitan Atlanta, daily, I often consider Borden's four Ps of...

Stressed out! How to navigate one or more life-changing events

After undergoing a mastectomy and chemotherapy, and relieved to be cancerfree, she received another devastating blow: losing her job as managing director of a...

Work related stress in America

But there are ways to reduce its impact on human lives and companies' bottom line, even though stress is a daunting, pervasive problem, experts...

An eye for detail

Manhole covers have to be one of the most generic, standardized building products one can buy. I suspect that it is a highly competitive...

Sick days

But during keynote presentations and panel discussions at the recent Health Care Business Conference at the University of Pennsylvania, the emphasis was on solutions....

A-list rents

Let's admit it. One of the guilty-though largely unspoken-pleasures of living in NYC is going about our daily business in close proximity to some...

Turning off, tuning out

Welcome to the new world of work, where 5:30 p.m. is far from the end of the day. It is a world in which...

Keeping pace

Prospective residents no longer have to physically visit a community to get a feel for the apartment or community. Leasing offices now get prospects...

Make an impression in 30 seconds. Go.

Most of us are not in the business of making TV commercials, but in conversations there is almost always a 30-second moment that can...

The march toward multihousing continues

One reason for the boom in multifamily construction is that rents have risen, making new rental projects more attractive to investors. Obviously rents can't...

Americans stay put; instead accessorize

Of those looking to move, some 44 percent expect to buy, while 42 percent are looking to rent, according to the latest American Express...

Household landscape 2012

A new study by the Center for Housing Policy confirms that falling home prices have not solved the housing affordability problems of the nation's...

Household formation trends and links

To get some sense of how much higher demand for housing would have been if household formation had remained at its precrisis pace, here's...

Car loans Americans’ top bill-paying priority

It used to be that Americans would pay their home loans first, then their credit card and car loans. After all, homes have been...

The one thing

Assertiveness gets a bad rap when people equate it with being pushy and annoying. But that shouldn't stop you from learning to apply it...

Engineering brilliance

Ten23 owners told the architects they wanted apartments that were filled with natural daylight, and common terraces filled with trees and lawns, to create...

Smooth sailing ahead for Chicago apartments

Most view the national market as strong, of course, with downtown Chicago's positive demand indicative of the country's shift back toward urban living. Ron DeVries,...

Credit due

Most leaders know not to act like the boss in the FedEx ad. But few think carefully enough about all the ways in which...

Post-financial crisis, a new generation’s views on money

In 2008, adult conversations shifted. After nearly a decade of headlines on terrorism and the resultant wars, suddenly signs of financial trouble demanded top...

The power of an authentic smile

Because we view complaints as acts of self-assertion rather than the requests for help that they indeed are, we often fail to utilize the...

Building a strong foundation for a housing recovery

The federal government, which now owns or guarantees some 37 million mortgages because of the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac bailouts, is forced to...

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