March April 2014

The buy boom

A recent industry survey conducted by Beech Street Capital, a Capital One company, reports that multifamily housing acquisitions are on the rise, driving an...

UDR logistics: The art of the right turn

On a year-over-year basis, the REIT saw reductions in spending on apartment community upkeep of 4.1 percent in Q1, 11.7 percent in Q2 and...

Data to dollars: a story of the relentless American business

Storytelling may, indeed, be the secret to life. I come from a long line of storytellers. Hailing from a large Catholic family, you either...

Sticks in the ground

The miracle product? Wood. Some architects and engineers say new wood products are making it possible to build wooden structures much taller than had previously...

Gun deposit?

Although the state’s new conceal carry law allows private property owners to prohibit handguns on their premises, operators of residential rental properties are still...

Lincoln leadership lessons

Here’s what Honest Abe did, why it works and how it can make you a better leader. Get out of the office and circulate among...

The uncertainty trap

Common sense says that economies, like people, take a while to regain their courage after a scare. Still, other forces, such as bargain basement...

Pat, the story

Secretly, she hoped for a management contract resulting from the previous pitches she made while regional VP at Legacy Partners. Instead, she was taken...

New starts shift to apartments

Residential construction—a pillar of the economy and employment—is starting to ramp up again overall, but in previous years the growth was driven by single-family...

The tsunami of business intelligence

Such data will be parsed into bite-sized marketing messages and strategically redirected back to us in an effort to parlay our every preference into...

The big move

Classified Ventures is a joint venture among five media companies including Chicago, Ill.-based Tribune Company, McLean, Va.-based Gannett Co.; Sacramento, Calif.-based McClatchy Co.; Washington-based...

Harness your big data now

Most likely, your management team is already awash in technologies that peripherally surround the property operations experience: property management software, websites, portals, email, voicemail,...

Building lures

The changes are backed by the building industry but have drawn protests from advocates for low-income tenants. “It’s a race to the bottom,” said Darryl...

Old school transformed into net-zero apartments

Finally realizing their dream, he and his wife, Barbara, stood inside one of those apartments in March watching that crew work on some of...

With lantern and with ladder

The Park Square rental complex at Arlington Street and Columbus Avenue in Bay Village has been carved out of a 1927 Renaissance Revival building. Built...

Rising tide raises all rates

The state now expects all of the utilities it regulates to consider how sea level rise, extreme weather and other possible effects related to...

Golden bucks

Customers of California’s big utility companies will receive “climate credits,” small payments of money raised from the state’s cap-and-trade system for controlling greenhouse gas...

The relationship between anxiety and performance

It was just a middle-school tennis match against a manifestly worse player, but I became overwhelmed with anxiety. Before we’d started, the most important...

Breaking the breaker box

The graphs are monitoring the energy use of the tech incubator, which houses over a dozen startups focused on clean tech and infrastructure. One...

Climate forecast: muting the alarm

The 2007 report was riddled with errors about Himalayan glaciers, the Amazon rain forest, African agriculture, water shortages and other matters, all of which...

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