July August 2014

Game changer

With Greystar Real Estate Partners' acquisition of Riverstone Residential in June, the nation's two largest privately owned apartment management companies are now one mega-firm...

The tick tock of economics

My grandmother had a penny jar, while my father insisted we eliminate the one dollar bills and round up when playing Monopoly. The philosophical...

$20 billion skyline

Employers, and by extension, cities seeking growth and tax dollars, are competing more fiercely than ever to become centers of innovation and attract top...

Room with a view

Katie Graham moved into a new apartment in Nashville, Tennessee, for its gym, rooftop deck with heated pool, and the bars and restaurants in...

Powering down

The decline is due in large part to a significant decrease in electricity used by televisions and computers, according to a new report, which...

Emotional boundaries

Filter 1: Protect yourself from others. I once worked with a manager who gave blunt feedback in perpetuity: "You're not a grateful person!" and...

Customer experience quantified

Rationales for focusing on customer experience tend to be driven by a gut belief that it's just "the right thing to do." The problem...

Staying the night or the year?

"Great cities of the country are usually led by people living and coming downtown on a 24-hour basis, so we at HRI are glad...

Leading beyond LEED

When the innovative foam-and-stucco structure at 803 Knickerbocker Avenue in Brooklyn couldn't hold up to the blower door test that's a standard trial of...

Will young adults make or break the housing industry?

The Great Recession was felt acutely across the American population but perhaps more so for our youth. While the unemployment rate for those over...

A history of Faith

He decided to continue his education, since jobs were scarce, looking at either business school or law school, and ended up going to Harvard...

Buildings with a past

New York has always been a place where people could start over, reinvent, try something new. Buildings have been no different. Perhaps from the moment somebody...

Big changes on the way

Seattle-based Zillow, the market leader in online residential real estate listings, said it would buy the second-biggest player in that market, San Francisco-based Trulia,...

The future of housing

While our industry has often been slow to adopt new technologies, the opposite, of course, is true of the electronics industry. As such, I...

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