January February 2014

The rise and sell of BRE

And, if stock prices are an indication of which REITs investors wager are ripe for M&A, Home Properties and Post Properties both are on...

Time is on our side

As a younger self, I watched mere mortals struggle against the will of the "Old Man" with a child's curiosity. Here I learned a...

Rentals grow more scarce, driving rents up

The rental vacancy rate, or the share of units that are empty and available for rent, fell 0.5 percentage point in 2013 to 8.2...

Retirees are not the labor exodus problem

These numbers are based on the annual figures published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and speak to a pronounced drop in labor force...

Slippery slope of big data

You slice, dice, parse and process every screen-stroke, clickstream, like, tweet and touch point that matters to your enterprise. You now know exactly who...

Time to move

But the future of the government sponsored enterprises, or GSEs as they are more commonly called, is unlikely to be determined in 2014. Given the...

Detroit puts hopes in corporate subsidies

Led by Dan Gilbert, owner of Quicken Loans Inc., they are trying to rebuild everything--retail, housing, start-ups, transit and even street life--in the seven-square-mile...

Not picture perfect

It turns out that an online image he liked, downloaded and integrated into his new marketing campaign was a copyrighted, fully-staged photo by one...

Rentals rising

Every two years Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies publishes an analysis of current rental housing trends. The most recent report was released last...

The whole truth

Technology is exciting. It has the power to unite. It has the power to transform. With the right technology, companies are more productive, more...

Lessons on value-add

According to a December article in the Wall Street Journal, a flood of new student housing development from large REITs and private equity firms...

Catching the silver tsunami

"The sheer number of baby boomers will fuel a demand for new housing in every age-qualified sector, from single-family to assisted living," said Manny...

Convention in the Mile-High City

"There were a number of discussions among executives and suppliers around whether legal substances should be available at nonsanctioned events," he said. Certainly this was...

Colorado primer: for the curious

Who can smoke marijuana? Anyone over 21 can legally use cannabis in Colorado. For those under 21, it is illegal, although minors can gain the...

Letter from Land and Buildings to BRE

In the letter, Land and Buildings expresses its disappointment that BRE's senior management failed to seriously consider its $60 per share offer. It addresses...

The shocking reality of rental housing

But that's not the most startling part of the survey. It turns out that renters in smaller cities like Duluth and even housing boomtowns...

ULI weighs in

Proposed steps include: Promoting cost-effectiveness through consolidation, coordination, and simplification: including consolidating monitoring and due diligence activities; coordinating competitive funding competitions; improving codes, zoning, and...

Trends to watch

That demise continues to stir debate among those who believe the mandate takes away consumer choice for old-school bulbs, which make up about half...

A steady eye

A public, non-listed REIT sponsored by Steadfast REIT Investments, LLC that launched at the end of 2013 is seeking to capitalize on strong job...

Obama: Energy efficiency for millions of apartments

And they plan on doing it through pressures in lending requirements. What comes of this partnership remains to be seen, but the goal is...

The hunt for lions

Building just such a team is a crucial in your company's ability to operate smoothly and navigate the changing business landscape while increasing productivity...

Customer service in dollars

That's the recording you'll eventually receive (after you've gone through two decision trees) if you call the Google headquarters phone number, the only number...

Just what the doctor ordered

The architect for these model tenements, Henry Atterbury Smith, rethought the whole window idea, not only getting light and air inside the apartments, but...

Who’s really listening?

Your own team. They couldn't care less about ringing rhetoric quotable by future generations. They want to know whether to update their resumes or...

State of the multihousing union

As punditry is appropriately colorized by the perspective of the teller, our industry leaders may be the clearest sounding bell on how it affects...

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