November December 2013

The big deal

The CEOs of Memphis-based Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc. (MAA) and Birmingham-based Colonial Properties Trust, respectively, believed their companies combined would be better than two...

Positivity

I felt completely overpowered by his dismay. We're both Catholic, so many of our discussions circled around our faith-in-common, but it felt as though...

Bundling single-family rentals

In one of the surest signs that the home-rental business is going corporate, Orlando's biggest new landlord has started bundling rent checks from residents...

Three factors that could shape the fate of housing overhaul

But several developments unfolding right now could make the next five or six months among the more consequential periods for housing-finance policy since the...

Coping with hurricane employees

The words describe employees--from CEOs down to mid-level managers and their subordinates--who tear through an office, disrupting everyone's work environment and leaving a path...

The complex economics of America’s minimum wage

Over the summer, Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat from Iowa, introduced the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 that would raise the minimum wage...

The incredible shrinking workforce

Now, a big caveat: That big October drop in participation could have been skewed slightly by the government shutdown. The official household survey counted...

D.C. dysfunction

While AvalonBay Communities' portfolio in the nation's capital achieved positive revenue growth and rent growth in Q3, revenue growth from the company's D.C. Metro...

Zero net energy living

The $300 million West Village campus project opened to much fanfare two years ago, riding on the hope that it would serve as a...

The hummingbird effect

Over the next 12 to 24 months, as Google continues to index our personal searches, incorporate permission-based GPS tracking, include integrated application data and...

Residents only

In Key Biscayne, Fla., Oceana Key Biscayne is constructing a private restaurant with globally-inspired cuisine that's dedicated to the buyers of its units priced...

Maximum occupancy

Camden Property Trust "I think we're pretty well-positioned going into fourth quarter with an occupancy rate of 96 percent and that's directly related to a...

A grand time in Texas

While many parts of the country have not fully emerged from the housing crisis and recession, Texas continues on a tear with new building...

FHFA faces pushback on cuts to Fannie Mae apartment lending

While the size of the cuts is still undetermined, they will add to a 10 percent reduction in apartment financing the Federal Housing Finance...

Apartment market tightens as housing costs jump

The average monthly rent in the third quarter was $1,073, up 1 percent from the prior quarter, the largest quarterly gain in a year,...

Key US housing markets vexed by lack of multifamily builds

The big question is whether enough new inventory will arrive in the near future to help alleviate some of the tightness in key markets...

Values begin at home

The economy and standard of living can be affected by decisions made decades ago, forces outside the control of the state's government and administrators,...

You can’t manage what you don’t know

Among those changes is the way a building's energy use is tracked, and subsequently adjusted to make it more green and cost-efficient. As time...

If you’re going to change your culture, do it quickly

Few organizations explicitly use culture as a way to drive business performance, or even believe it could make sense to do so. The logic...

Mindfulness as a business skill

That's right, consider mindfulness, usually associated with meditation and yoga, as a money-making business skill. Mindfulness is already known to be a rich concept. In...

Let the games begin

The object of the game is for Chicago residents to take simple steps to reduce energy usage, resulting in lower utility bills for families...

The rule of law

In that environment, people could invest and plan for the future without worry about having their wealth seized. They could also go about their...

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