January February 2013

Good-bye Archstone, hello mega-REITs

Underperformance of apartment REIT shares was a major impetus behind the defunct investment bank's decision to sell Archstone in a private sale to competitors...

Influencers and high tide

Family and friends? Business associates? The Kardashians? Who is your voice of reason? After viewing the video and examining the DNA according to CSI protocol, it...

The future of energy management in commercial buildings

2012 was a momentous year for commercial energy efficiency : despite a slow-growth economy, the number of buildings registering for U.S. Green Building Council's...

Don’t anesthetize your colleagues with bad writing

The most engaging communicators avoid trite expressions, whether in conversation or in writing. They use strong, simple words. Think of Winston Churchill's famous phrase...

Bullish to balanced

Demand for apartments still outpaces supply, vacancies are at their lowest point in years, rents continue to rise faster than inflation and apartments remain...

Morgan on the move

"This is a unique time to invest in the multifamily sector. The wind is at our back. We are above 95 percent occupied across...

Putting your best pitch forward in a society of salespeople

So when Pink, bestselling author of Drive and A Whole New Mind, ran across statistics showing that one in nine Americans worked in sales...

Obama picks former prosecutor to head SEC

Mary Jo White, former U.S. attorney in Manhattan, has an extensive record of prosecuting white-collar crime, won convictions in the 1993 World Trade Center...

Stop listening to your residents

But regardless of how you go about asking the question, you need to recognize that there is a fundamental problem with asking people what...

Multihousing has recovered 70% with outlook strong: NAHB

The market for multifamily housing has recovered "substantially" since 2010 and is around 70 percent of the way back to a sustainable level, NAHB...

Being invisible

But though it might seem intuitive that people would be more than willing to give what they'd greatly appreciate getting themselves, this typically isn't...

The Michaels Organization changes lives in Baltimore

The newly -constructed rental community spans 76 units of affordable housing. Built by Bozzuto Construction Company, the new townhouse community will house low- and...

The automation pay-off

Technology means tasks are completed faster, redundant processes are reduced to a click, and we're empowered to do things we never imagined. Robots fly,...

Gallup on the ropes

But lately, Gallup's name has been tarnished by a whistle-blower lawsuit and a suspension from winning federal contracts. Gallup's roots stretch back to 1922, when...

It’s a mod, mod world

Two years ago, Bruce Ratner sought to ease a shrinking budget and appease swarms of critics who lambasted the original rendering for a residential...

Beware of comfort dog

Attorney Tarin S. Hale calls it extortion. In October, an elderly Ohio landlord was ordered to pay $22,000 in damages for alleged housing discrimination practices...

Warren Buffett steps into multifamily

Given investors' exceptionally strong interest in apartments, it was only a matter of time before that interest extended to brokerage firms that specialize in...

The Home Act

Maryland's HOME Act is legislation that would prohibit landlords and other property owners from declining Section 8 vouchers, deeming it discrimination based on "source...

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