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What’s in the cards for apartments?

After seven years of rising construction, rents and occupancy, the apartment building boom is finally showing signs of flattening. The slight dip in multifamily starts...

The power of 10

I was sitting in his office as he recounted the secret of life. It was 2005 and we spent the next two hours talking...

Checks and balances

Learning to appreciate the thrill of rental applicant screening all comes down to perspective. A fascinating technology that can be adjusted for different market...

Turning a page in history

A couple of months ago, former NAA CEO and President Doug Culkin stepped down and Robert Pinnegar took over leadership of the organization that...

The unexpected solution to America’s affordable housing crunch: the urban movement

The ones currently doing the kicking are the YIMBYs, a loosely allied collection of pro-development housing advocates whose name plays on the acronym NIMBY...

Working from the full view

For far too long multifamily operators have been hamstrung by the lack of reliable metrics on such critical issues as which prospect calls are...

Breaking the cycle

Some supporters compare his potential to that of housing oracle Jack Kemp. Some critics dismiss him as lacking experience. Whatever the case, Dr. Ben...

How to handle a colleague who’s a jerk when the boss isn’t around

You may be tempted to call out the inconsistent behavior, but before you do anything, take the time to understand why the person behaves...

Doing the right thing

Former U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald and District of Columbia Mayor...

The road ahead

From a national perspective, the Republican sweep and President Trump’s platform suggest prospects for tax cuts and tax reform; increased infrastructure, energy and defense...

Demographics love multifamily

While these statistics tend to move hand in hand, sometimes patterns emerge that show a chasm in these numbers, and demographers are keen to...

Solving the affordable housing puzzle

But inside Brooklyn’s 461 Dean—the world’s tallest modular building—half of the 363 rental apartments fall well below market rate. One-bedrooms, which range from 578-...

The rise of AI makes emotional intelligence more important

As machine learning continues to grow, we all need to develop new skills in order to differentiate ourselves. But which ones? It’s long been known...

Want to be more productive? Sit next to someone who is.

Research suggests that who employees sit next to affects how they perform—and grouping the right types of coworkers together improves productivity and work quality. We...

Deep breath

Is there a way to draw attention to the comment without putting the other person on the defensive? And are you risking your reputation,...

People are finding it hard to focus on work right now

Now, a new survey commissioned by BetterWorks—a software company that helps workers with setting and tracking goals—finds that post-election, politics is continuing to take...

Are there enough shovel-ready workers?

In a 9/15 campaign speech at the New York Economic Club, he predicted that his plan would increase employment by 25 million new jobs...

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