November December 2012

After the deluge

Residents of UDR, Inc.'s Rivergate, 95 Wall and 10 Hanover Square were not among the uninformed. The 40-year-old apartment REIT, which entered New York City...

Made in America holidays

I was mesmerized. I opened and closed the book, slowly, gently, considering the long and arduous process required to publish a book back then....

iPerks: How Apple seeks to woo employees

These perks, according to an article in The Wall Street Journal, include new discounts on Apple products, a program that matches employees' personal charitable...

The big split

Equity Residential and AvalonBay will together pay $2.69 billion in cash along with stock valued at $3.8 billion, N.Y.-based Lehman announced. The buyers, the...

Even more shades of grey

The number of centenarians worldwide will double by 2023, and double again by 2035. Projections suggest life expectancy will surpass 100 in some industrialized...

Asking tenants to spend the night

"The 520,000 square foot, 34 story structure will be converted to 445 for-lease residences," according to Metropolitan Partnership Ltd., the Reston, Va., development firm...

The dark side of charisma

However, the short-term benefits of charisma are often neutralized by its long-term consequences. There are big reasons to resist charisma: Charisma dilutes judgment. There are...

World’s pollution rises 3 percent

The overwhelming majority of the increase was from China, the world's biggest carbon-dioxide polluter. Of the planet's top 10 polluters, the U.S. and Germany...

Expert: more people becoming workaholics

Eda Kalkay had everything she needed to walk down the aisle. But she is such a "workaholic" that she worked on her wedding day...

How green is that building?

Ecologically-sustainable building practices -"green labels"-will now be included on official land records maintained by the city, according to Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting and Department of...

Don’t worry, be happy

"We think that an improving single-family market is a good thing for the apartment markets and the economy as a whole," Camden Property Trust...

In it to win it

Setting objectives For any type of employee incentive program, your property management team must feel the goals are attainable and realistic. An incentive program should...

Multifamily REITs look beyond primary markets

When deciding whether to let their money ride on Washington, D.C., or Baltimore, Md., Home Properties is going with Baltimore. When deciding whether job growth...

Cranes on the horizon

In more evidence that the single-family housing recovery is strengthening, U.S. builders in October started construction on the most homes and apartments since July...

Construction heat map: where next?

But if the Census numbers are any guide, most of these new households-students graduating from college, adult children moving out of their parents' basements,...

Which best practice is ruining your business?

Why not print it on smaller paper? Newspaper companies, en masse, assumed that "customers would not want it;" "quality newspapers are broadsheet." When finally, in...

All roads lead to the beach

The award-winning architecture of the buildings in Alys Beach has its roots in the master planning of new urbanism pioneer Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company...

How to create an innovation ecosystem

There is less focus on the kinds of structures that promote a culture of innovation. At the IC2 Institute at the University of Texas, we...

Death and taxes

If you're planning on dying soon, you might want to hurry up. It's that other certainty of life you'll want to watch out for....

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