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HUD proposes new disparate impact regulations

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a sweeping proposed rule on August 1 seeking to amend HUD’s interpretation of...

Unintended consequences of public housing

My grandfather was the first landlord I ever met. It was he who taught me about the business of rental housing, starting and running...

Apartment REITs: Roaring rents

Hoya Capital Real Estate is an SEC-Registered Investment Advisor based in Rowayton, Conn. Within the Hoya Capital Apartment REIT Index, we track the eleven largest...

Most college graduates move in with parents

With apartment rents continuing to rise, Generation Z members are more likely to move back home than to their own apartment. More than half (54...

Opportunity zones might be getting less investment, not more

The Opportunity Zone program has faced criticism for benefiting wealthy investors who are planning projects in neighborhoods not considered distressed, and will instead provide...

This tax credit wasn’t meant to help with housing, but that’s exactly what it’s...

As rents rise and wages stagnate, many families struggle to find affordable housing in the U.S. This is especially true for low-income households who often...

The crystal ball of data

In the opening scenes of The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy runs away from her Kansas home and promptly encounters Professor Marvel, a seedy, itinerant...

FCC blocks part of San Francisco’s first-in-nation broadband law

The Federal Communications Commission voted to preempt part of a San Francisco city law that prevents property owners from denying internet service providers access...

Rental payment reporting benefits renters and property managers

There are over 111 million renters in the U.S. today and for a large percentage of them, paying rent is one of the biggest...

Silence is gold

To combat the noise from construction and increased traffic, soundproofing is required to preserve a quiet home/work environment and maintain property values. For developers as...

Smart apartments aren’t just about smart lighting

As a consumer, it’s easy to view the launch of connected home devices and want the same functionality in my apartment. But for the...

Smart buildings will upend resident experience

Technology is set to overhaul the resident experience at SFR and multifamily properties, according to a panel held at the IMN RealTech Forum which...

Older households drive rentals

Demand for rentals has been increasing across the board, according to the Pew Research Center. Since 2001, the share of households that rent has increased...

State threatens to sue Cupertino over housing policy

Cupertino, often criticized by activists over a perceived reluctance to build homes, is now officially on notice—the city must shape up its housing efforts...

High-end homeowners love biometric tech—but should they?

A slew of new, biometric home technology has hit the market in recent years, letting homeowners unlock doors and access apartments with nothing more...

The superstar paradox: 3 reasons overachievers miss the mark

In today’s fast-paced business climate where nothing is certain but rapid-fire change, masses in business and work life have surrendered themselves to “overachievement” in...

To win support for your idea, think like a marketer

Workplaces are much like marketplaces. They’re filled with people pitching—effectively, trying to “sell”—ideas and competing to get the go-ahead from their bosses, the “buyers.”...

How to avoid groupthink when hiring

When it comes to hiring, democratic decisions lead to better outcomes. There is wisdom in crowds when it comes to spotting talent. When Google...

Your gut instinct is no longer a competitive differentiator

As data becomes easier to attain, the relationship aspect of commercial real estate is becoming less of a competitive differentiator. Despite the long-awaited and much-heralded...

How to respond to “So, tell me about yourself” in a job interview

The toughest job interview question may seem like a softball from the interviewer’s perspective: “So…tell me about yourself.” It seems easy because it feels like a...

Better ways to predict who’s going to quit

Companies know that employee turnover is expensive and disruptive. And they know that retaining their best and brightest employees helps them not only save...

How to say no at work without making enemies

You define the contours of your character and the shape of your life by what you say “no” to. For example, saying no to...

New York City’s rent control laws erase property rights and worsen housing supply

Owning property means more than having your name on a deed. Lawyers and judges often refer to property ownership as a “bundle of rights,”...

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