November December 2015

Apartment IQ

The emerging mechanization promises benefits to property owners and managers of apartment communities, including energy cost savings, possible incentives from insurance companies and housing...

Making hay whilst there’s daylight

One might gather that there’s a pivot back to private capital as 79,000 apartment units have left the hands of publicly traded REITs for...

The youthification of America

High-density urban redevelopment is also associated with a younger population. This process of ‘youthification’ is driven by young people’s desire for smaller households and...

HUD rallies smoking ban in public housing

In its proposed rule, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) would require more than 3,100 public housing agencies to go smoke-free within...

Paradise lost

San Francisco has topped the list of every national rental report since Zumper began publishing them in August 2014, and was named the most...

Imagine there’s no marketing. “It’s easy if you try.”

The redistribution of power from brands to individuals is the enduring legacy of social media. The recent rise of ad blocking represents a tectonic...

The powerful effect of noticing good things at work

If someone were to tell you to focus only on the positive experiences in your day, you might be annoyed. People tend to associate...

Dialing in the ILS pipeline

Because multifamily marketing directors have limited budgets, they hope the resultant data and their call-tracking systems, which allow them to listen to calls and...

Multihousing’s affordability crisis

High housing costs ultimately drain our cities and communities of the brains and the brawn needed to thrive economically. Because this risk is real...

3 Timeless rules for making tough decisions

Maybe I should order them all... Is this a silly decision not deserving deliberation? Maybe. But I bet you’ve been there. If not about food,...

Deals. Deals. Deals.

Nearly 79,000 apartment units have sold or come under contract in four deals totaling $20.17 billion—all going to private equity funds. Flush with cash, private...

Boxed in

The biggest property managers in the U.S. are being crushed under a mountain of packages, leading one large apartment operator to stop accepting deliveries...

Lightening the load

Speed Queen, Whirlpool and Maytag all offer laundry systems that also have less impact on the environment than previous models, while making life easier...

Multifamily lending starting to level off

“The forecast anticipates continued strength and growth,” says Jamie Woodwell, vice president for the research and economics group at MBA. That’s still going to be...

International students are major source of demand for student housing

“More and more international students are coming in—we have seen that grow and grow,” says Brian Veith, director of student housing with the National...

What to do with all the business cards from your last conference

This is my seven-step strategy for using social media to turn conference introductions into ongoing connections: Step 1: Get an app Before the conference, install a...

How to make yourself work when you just don’t want to

Can you imagine how much less guilt, stress, and frustration you would feel if you could somehow just make yourself do the things you...

Let’s get something straight about the Clean Water Act

The Clean Water Act expressly prohibits the discharge of a pollutant to “navigable waters” of the United States without a federal permit. The Act...

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