May June 2015

Risky business pays off

And, they’re expecting equally satisfying results from communities underway and in their pipelines. Equity Residential “There is absolutely no doubt that we continue to enjoy very...

Did you feel that?

After a temblor we always check for the intensity and the epicenter. It’s a ritual that comes with living on a fault line. Perhaps...

GSA lenders shift into high gear

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac each purchased more than $10 billion in multifamily loans in the first quarter of 2015, providing financing for more...

Strong tail wind

Apartment rents grew more quickly in April than in any other month since the recovery from the financial crisis, according to data released by...

Staying at the table

“The general consensus is that there is no consensus and nothing will get done this year,” says Clifton Rodgers, senior vice president for The...

Separation of church and cubicle

But these bills might mask a trend of the past two decades among those with sincerely held religious beliefs: Workers are increasingly bringing theology...

EMOJI 🙂

Is she angry? Offended by your email? Or just very busy? When I conduct research with organizations on the topic of communication, one of...

Pricing mobility

According to Donald Davidoff, founder of D2Demand Solutions, a technology consulting firm specializing in the multifamily housing industry, and former Archstone Smith REIT’s group...

11 traits of the ultra-productive

It feels incredible when you leave the office after an ultra-productive day. With the right approach, you can make this happen every day. You...

The plight of smokers and the trend toward smoke-free

He took his habit to the streets, or rather to the front steps (still part of the property), wedging the door open if he...

Rental rates rising among the retiring

In lieu of the stability and security homeownership (supposedly) provides, more and more retiring baby boomers are choosing the convenience and flexibility of apartments...

Government constraints could kill multifamily boom

Although regulators recently loosened Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s cap on multifamily purchases, it still acts as a potential constraint, along with the tightening...

Cracks in the multifamily narrative

Rising rents and asset values are reinforcing the industry’s favored narrative: younger Americans will remain enamored of the flexibility of renting and the enticements...

Techno savvy multifamily

As Internet technologies become more critical to residents’ business operations, how wired a community is becomes an even greater factor for prospective residents in...

How to improve self-esteem: a new secret from research

But it’s had some negative effects on the world too—like an epidemic of narcissism. Oh, and there’s one other teensy weensy little problem with trying...

Betting on the City of Angels

Developers are seeing a diverse group of residents and buyers who want to occupy amenity-rich complexes of varying types—lofts, mid-rises and high-rises—and have worry-free,...

The importance of words

Fully 66 percent of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of an economy managed by the government while 58 percent have a negative view of...

The light of civility

Being respectful doesn’t just benefit you, though, it benefits everyone around you. In a study of nearly 20,000 employees around the world, I found...

Turnabout is good play

Because of those short-term bets and strategic pivots, organizations are struggling to meet ever-changing customer needs, are challenged to drive margins, and find themselves...

Congress is working again

An overall uptick in activities on Capitol Hill means that work is also being done on issues important to the multifamily industry. NMHC’s political...

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