January February 2016

Star bright, starlight

Today, the Washington, D.C. firm is largely accepted as the reigning online provider of commercial real estate (CRE) data and related services for every...

Tell me my lying eyes are wrong

The stock market continues to free fall, as do oil prices, even as the dollar strengthens against the whims of China. U.S. growth, as...

Balancing the new online economy and apartment operations

Many apartment owners and managers are adopting digital electronic locker systems and the software that operates them to address that predicament. Lori Torres, founder and...

Great Scott!

It also may have been planned perfectly that MRI Software, headquartered in Solon, Ohio, concluded its International Users Conference on October 21, 2015, a...

Love, actually

Fresh off the clipboards, the National Multihousing Council (NMHC)/Kingsley Associates 2015 Apartment Resident Preferences Survey is out. Findings were calculated from 120,000 responses across...

Utility management’s role in maintaining your budget

There are several components that make up an efficient utility management program.  Resident utility billing, vacant cost recovery, accurate budgeting tools, advanced analytics, and...

The right way to hold people accountable

That’s when John lost it. “You agreed to the numbers in our budget meeting! You came up with them!” Jeanine was silent for a while....

Problematic residents

That’s when apartment living becomes tedious, and when your neighbors can feel more like adversaries. The vast majority of apartment residents are decent folks who...

How to profit from rising rents: build apartments

After six years of rising apartment rents, investors from all corners of the real estate industry are piling into new projects in a bet...

The risks and rewards of dynamic pricing

But factor in the human element—as any smart business person will—and you can see any number of reasons to be afraid: Am I reducing...

How small is too small?

It’s micro-living in the nation’s biggest city, and New Yorkers could be seeing more of it. Planning officials are proposing to end a limit...

Fix the problem. Just wing it.

Almost all the offenders who come to the attention of Human Resources are repeat offenders. And boring meetings tend to be boring in the...

Getting beyond yourself

Once you can visualize that person vividly and even viscerally, imagine the following scenario: You’re sitting at your desk working away when a message...

Thousands of downtown Detroit apartments are on the way

The new construction represents the latest wave in what promises to be a flood of new residential projects to downtown. Multiple other projects are...

The big take

That is until they learned that zoning changed during their ownership, recategorizing their parcel as wetland, and making it of no market value. Still,...

There’s no business like multifamily business

According to JLL’s preliminary research, the total volume of apartment sales in 2015 not only exceeded last year’s record-breaking number—it crushed it. Investors poured nearly...

Raising minimum wage hurts workforce

The Senate Budget Committee’s blog says, “Top economists are backing Sen. Bernie Sanders on establishing a $15 an hour minimum wage.” It lists the...

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