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Coming to America

Immigration has become an increasingly prevalent and often polarizing topic within policy discussions, and its effect on the apartment industry cannot be understated. Immigrants are not only a vital component of the industry’s workforce,...

Getting the green light

In January, NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe told attendees at NAHB Builder's show in Orlando, Fla., that he expects 2011's selling season for single-family homes to beat out 2010, with job growth providing an...

Market disrupter

Whether you subscribe to GenFlux (those who seek constant disruption) or hold to the adage that history repeats itself ad infinitum (the future is found in the past), we as owners and managers, even...

Short terminal velocity

Marcie Williams is the president of Rivergate KW Residential and oversees a Class A management portfolio stretching from New York to Miami. At all of her communities, resident leases include a policy prohibiting subletting....

The hard data on benevolence

The traditional paradigm just seems safer: be firm and a little distant from your employees. The people who work for you should respect you, but not feel so familiar with you that they might...

Should companies have a happiness index?

David Cameron probably isn't happy about the primary reason he's in the news these days. The British prime minister, who formerly employed News of the World ex-editor Andy Coulson, has had to explain his...

GSA lenders shift into high gear

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac each purchased more than $10 billion in multifamily loans in the first quarter of 2015, providing financing for more than 274,000 apartment units. The problem is, both GSEs operate...

Age of Aquarius, 2.0: smart drugs in the workplace

This scenario may not be hypothetical for long. The unauthorized use of prescription drugs such as the ADHD medications Adderall and Ritalin and the narcolepsy drug Modafinil is now common among American university students....

Jumping from planes

I know this because he told us at the recent Mortgage Bankers Association conference in San Diego. He had just had his second hip replaced, but you couldn't tell it. No matter what you...

Pat, the story

Secretly, she hoped for a management contract resulting from the previous pitches she made while regional VP at Legacy Partners. Instead, she was taken aback by the much more prominent role she was asked...