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Supreme Court takes up key housing discrimination case

There may be many reasons for a racial disparity in home loans—for example, financial qualifications—that have nothing to do with discrimination. Yet businesses routinely...

Be fearless

The value of stuff Ambiently determining the value of stuff may be our newest religion. It may or may not include free and fair market, inherent...

Investors warm to European multifamily housing

In the U.S., the multifamily sector is dominated by huge companies which own hundreds of thousands of units. But in most of Europe, rental-apartment...

Smaller cities led the way in rent increases in 2014

Nationwide, apartment rents rose an average of 3.6 percent last year, according to data from Reis Inc., a real-estate research firm. The increase pushed the...

Let the good times roll

The multifamily sector, especially rental apartment buildings, has been playing a hot hand in 2014 as it demonstrated sustained underlying strength. Even as new apartment...

Poll: Police are still incredibly popular

New Yorkers aren’t thrilled with police demonstrations against New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. A poll released last week by Quinnipiac University found that...

Office politics is just influence by another name

But are politics at work inherently dirty? The truth is that just being a member of an organization is a political act. And in fact,...

Trends 2015: What’s hot and what’s not

“The top trend in multifamily design in 2015 is high rise,” Mark Humphreys, CEO and founder of Dallas-based Humphreys & Partners Architects, L.P., said...

Multifamily theory of relativity

Take a moment and gaze upon this page as if it were just a blank piece of paper. A single, blank sheet of paper. What...

Here comes the sun

The program allows energy consumers to buy electricity from community solar installations, built by private companies in or near their communities. Each installation would...

Rentals continue to lead

There’s an undersupply of single-family houses and apartments to rent for the first time since 2001, according to an analysis by Frank Nothaft, chief...

U.S. companies cling to writing paper checks

On Saturdays around 7 a.m., before he goes to the gym, Ken Goldman sits on the couch with his laptop and pays household bills...

Teaching residents the dance

At a reception for JetBlue’s most frequent Mosaic flyers, I had the opportunity to listen to the airline’s top management discuss its ambitions to...

How emotional judo can help you take control of every conflict

Try emotional judo. That advice comes from Ron Kaufman, author of the bestseller Uplifting Service: The Proven Path to Delighting Your Customers, Colleagues, and...

Why Nordstrom’s digital strategy works (and yours probably doesn’t)

But guess what? That’s not going to happen. The most notable characteristic of those technologies is their accessibility—to customers, employees, partners, and competitors. Because...

Help your overwhelmed, stressed-out team

What the experts say As a leader, it’s your job to help your people find balance. Of course, you need results, but you also want...

5 Steps to great business relationships

As I was leaving an appointment with the CIO of a very large investment bank, I shook his hand and wished him a Happy...

The elusive age of reason

Four in 10 U.S. college students graduate without the complex reasoning skills to manage white-collar work, according to the results of a test of...

Am I the only techie against net neutrality?

No, I am not a paid shill for the cable industry. I am no fan of Comcast or any other ISP I’ve ever had...

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