September October 2012

Pillars 2012: and the winners are…

The vast majority of those recognized for excellence in multifamily development in the contest many consider the Oscars of the apartment industry are located...

The state of being

I certainly have. Even as someone who believes this is but a touchstone for something much grander, it's still hard to think of not being...

Why competition is healthy for business

It's sometimes comical to find business managers giving all sorts of reasons as to why they cannot do this and the other-because of competition....

IQ: Are we really getting smarter?

We are the first of our species to live in a world dominated by hypotheticals and nonverbal symbols. Advanced nations like the U.S. have experienced...

Starwood bets on apartments

Through his publicly-traded Starwood Property Trust Inc., Sternlicht has been buying foreclosed homes to rent as he waits for greater price appreciation. Through his...

If I read one more platitude-filled mission statement, I’ll scream

At the risk of adding another consulting cliche to the mix, we can map the most common directional documents on a practical grid to...

Portugal scraps rent control

But Portugal is scrapping its long-standing rent controls in one of the government's most radical economic and social reforms since the ailing country needed...

Not your father’s senior living

If she needs it, she has round-the-clock phone access to a home health care agency that can handle emergencies, bring in doctors and help...

Political chatter in the workplace? It’s possible to be civil

Yes, it's college football season but the rivalries between Alabama and Auburn, Harvard and Yale, Michigan and Ohio State, pale in comparison to the...

Where do we go from here?

In March of 2012, Jim Cramer, former hedge fund manager, and host of CNBC's Mad Money, warned his audience that it was time to...

The next question facing cities: Will Millennials stay?

Mostly these are the Millennials-adults roughly 20 to 34-years-old, also known as Generation Y or the Echo Boom-who have delayed childbearing, marriage, and even...

Reasons to adopt a Millennial mindset regardless of your age

One third of US workers say their boss is younger than they are-and for fifteen percent that's by at least ten years-according to a...

Revenue management: eyes wide shut

Residents and prospects can now compare actual rental rates at "RentHackr.com: the best way to find out if your landlord is ripping you off."...

Two heads are better than one

But prior to launching the company, the industry experts found themselves competing with each other in a tough environment where developers battle it out...

Celebrity magnet El Royale tower sells for record price

The 12-story building at 450 N. Rossmore Ave. was built in 1929 for the Hollywood crowd and early residents included Clark Gable, William Faulkner...

Half a million TV viewing homes disappear

As of the end of August, Nielsen has adjusted the number of viewing households to 114.2 million. "We have had no household formation over the...

Clinton tax increases slowed growth

But what really happened after Clinton raised taxes? The historical record is clear, and it isn't what President Obama would have you believe. Clinton signed...

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