Friday, December 6, 2019

September October 2019

The changing face of rentals: single-family

Second quarter data for 2019 reveal that approximately 42,000 homes were constructed as single-family built-for-rent homes over the last year—equal to the prior four...

He who lives by the crystal ball will eat shattered glass.

In times such as these who needs prognostication? Truth alone is a wonder if you’re working from facts. Here are just a few. “We are...

Infographic: Social credit scores in America?

Social credit will shift law in the west “from constitution to analytics and algorithm' —Penn State professor Will AI-driven social scores supplant the constitution? Professor Larry...

Infographic: Rent control – Getting the squeeze for poor housing policy and stifling regulation

5%+rate of inflation California state legislators have passed AB 1482 sponsored by Assemblyman David Chiu (d)—San Francisco. The bill limits annual rent increases that commercial...

Infographic: Navigating fake assistance animals-Americans with Disability Act (ADA) VERSUS Fair Housing Act (FHA)

ADA Requires business owners to make necessary, reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities. Accommodation could allow a person with a disability to be...

Growth strategy

Today’s tight job market, the current housing crisis and concerns about the impending softening of the multifamily market are prompting property owners to look...

Brave new, networked world

Apartment dwellers today expect a high level of technology services. Thanks to the growing demand for bandwidth and internet-enabled devices, managed Wi-Fi and internet...

How property managers can survive (and thrive) in the era of proptech

Rent collection: There’s an app for that. Scheduling repairs: There’s an app for that, too. Apartment showings can now be handled by a suite...

Apartment cleaning service expands business model

Lapa Lopa is a cleaning service that leverages technology to deliver an improved experience for apartment residents. Headquartered in Bellevue, Wash., the company recently...

Smart city backlash

A new phase of pause seems to have gripped the three-decades-old global movement of overstressed urban centers transitioning to so-called smart cities with innovative,...

Putting sharing economy property rentals on the straight and narrow

The romanticized view of the sharing economy runs something like this. We all have assets that we can share with other people in return...

Airbnb arbitrage

How professional hosts are filling the unicorn’s call for quality rentals. As Airbnb prepares to become a publicly traded company in 2020, the home-sharing marketplace...

GSEs move toward privatization

FHFA says Fannie, Freddie must direct over one-third of multifamily loans towards affordable housing The Federal Housing Finance Agency will increase caps on the amount...

New wave in smart home market

A producer of smart home software that helps landlords cut operating costs such as shuttling keys to waiting maintenance workers or guiding tours for...

Assessing risk: A cautionary tale

A new client contacted our property management firm unexpectedly a few years ago, needing help with close to 70 single-family homes in Springfield, Ohio....

EPA signals retreat from controversial ‘secret science’ rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is dropping plans to issue a final version this year of its divisive plan to limit the agency’s...

California’s request for federal funding to combat homelessness rejected by Trump Administration

As the homelessness crisis in California escalates, state officials requested increased federal funding to combat the issue, only to be rejected by HUD Secretary...

How technical education helps students earn more (and builds trades the country needs)

Job prospects for young men who only have a high school diploma are particularly bleak. They are even worse for those who have less...

10 facts about homelessness in America

The homeless represent the most vulnerable portion of Americans living in poverty. The latest U.S. government report on homelessness shows that a culture of...

What California’s new gig work law gets wrong about gig work

In September, California legislators passed a bill that requires Lyft, Uber, and other similar service platforms to treat the workers that provide services through...

The case for hiring older workers

There’s a lot of talk about gender bias, racial bias, and culture bias at work, and each is important for many reasons. But perhaps...

Study: Affordable housing policy backfires in Baltimore, Washington region

Inclusionary zoning is perhaps the most popular affordable housing program among U.S. local governments today. It requires new housing developments to include some homes...

Managing the emotionally-needy

These days, there’s lots of discussion about the importance of leaders being more vulnerable and creating psychologically safe work environments in which people can...

More rent control in California will make the housing problem worse

Rent control is a terrible idea that just won’t die. The latest example is a new bill working its way through the California legislature...

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