May June 2012

Apartment upturn lifts Post Properties

Back then, Post's stock fell far below the offer it received, which was in the mid-$40-a share range. Shares dropped to below $10 in...

Landlords rule

"We are riding a monster wave that has a long way to go before getting to shore," said Camden Property Trust CEO Ric Campo...

It’s good to be king

Except that the farm isn't worth a whole lot right now, so I'll hold the wager to myself. Strong fundamentals, constrained supply and the...

Dog DNA service helps apartments catch poop perps

"It's kind of like the 'CSI' of dog ownership," said Trongard, marketing director of the company that manages Rosedale Estates North, a 180-unit apartment...

Lessons of time

Metro Realty announced changes to the plans during a public hearing on the project in May, but they didn't appear to satisfy many who...

Spycatcher: An ex-FBI agent on deception, espionage, interrogation, and reading people

Perhaps she learned it from her mother or perhaps from her classical training in ballet, but she instinctively read my body language and used...

Smokers face rental hurdles

One category, however, turned up very lean results: apartments that advertised they allowed smoking with an enthusiastic "welcome" or even a tepid "O.K." In all...

The case for green rentals

Located in the city of Rome, this new, energy-efficient, 10-unit public housing project is expected to earn LEED for Homes certification at the Silver...

Are you a closer?

Dominance is gaining the willing obedience of the customer. The customer listens to your opinions and advice, internalizes your recommendations, agrees, and when you...

Building the braintrust

The future of utility management in our industry is abundant in opportunity, yet fraught with challenge. Collaboration is critical as we move forward, and...

Young blood

Carroll acquired a diverse skill set early on. He built single-family homes, a retail shopping center, mixed-use, student and affordable housing and traditional apartments,...

Freaky-indicators

Unclaimed corpse indicator The concept: Because of high funeral costs, family members never claim the bodies of the deceased so the state will pay for...

JP Morgan’s big loss: Why banks still haven’t learned their lesson

Even the trading operation that booked the loss is in the black overall. Aren't losses part of the game? Why does one loss matter...

Hot markets boost REITS

Tight supply and a depressed single-family housing market are combining to keep apartment buildings full and driving rental rates higher, in our view, benefiting...

Renters feel squeeze

Renters are considered "cost burdened" if they spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent and utility costs. The research was conducted...

Consumer confidence dips

The Conference Board, a private research group, said that its Consumer Confidence Index now stands at 64.9, down from a revised 68.7 in April....

Equity Residential vies for Archstone, again

Archstone is a private company which owns, operates and develops multifamily apartment properties. It was owned by a consortium of financial institutions including Bank...

Court holds landlords and owners of pit bulls liable

Under the new ruling by the Appeals Court, merely showing that the owner of the dog or the landlord of the property knew the...

SF landlord won’t let tenant charge electric car

California is trying to promote green technology, but one of San Francisco's biggest landlords has told a tenant he cannot use a plug to...

Job recovery is scant for Americans in prime working years

By this measure, the jobs situation has improved little in recent years. The percentage of workers between the ages of 25 and 54 who...

Break the bad data habit

Her presentation is well-received, with that figure emerging as a linchpin in the subsequent discussion. She's so happy that she makes an on-the-spot award...

Don’t sabotage yourself

Allow me to share the story of my friend, Erin. Over lunch one day, she told both her mentor and me about a division...

Why entrepreneurs will save the world

But there is no reason that every idea has to be a big idea. You don't want to edit yourself out of entrepreneurial activity...

Rental, sweet rental: Shift toward apartment living spurs construction in Florida

The two groups are spawning a fundamental shift in housing and a fledgling boom in the construction of new apartments for the first time...

Optimism is up, but U.S. housing market faces painful shift

But four years after the start of the financial crisis, and six years after home prices began to collapse, the market is still shaky....

The unimportance of practically everything

Yet, in the back of his mind, he knows there are more important deliverables to get to. But the days slip by and he...

Mastering American slang

Most meetings "start with chitchat," says the 39-year-old co-founder of LearnFunGo, a discount software-learning website, who moved to Boston five years ago. "And you're...

Should smoking be banned in apartments?

The new rule will affect complexes located in unincorporated areas of Marin County. Marin itself was recently named the healthiest county in California by...

Baptist seminary converts to apartments

The Building and Planning Committee of the Lower Merion Board of Commissioners unanimously recommended approval of Cross Properties' preliminary plans, which call for the...

Government regulation that actually works

OSHA has a long history of being attacked from all sides. While some criticize it for being too lenient, others routinely refer to it...

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