MHP Blog

Did you feel that?

The economy contracted. And, about the same time, California had a swarm of minor earthquakes. Maybe it's sheer coincidence, but I don't think so. After a temblor we always check for the intensity and the...

And the crowd roared

It's always gratifying to receive letters from our readers. It seems, however, that the last Publisher's Letter rang a particular bell with many. It's true. You didn't need us to tell you that landlords...

Choose courage

(photo) Former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating and MHP Publisher Linda Hoffman at Tusker's Roadhouse in Cleveland, Ohio, in July. Keating sits on the executive committee of the Ronald J. Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America's...

America was built by thinkers.

Its back-bone, the apartment business, has evolved through ingenuity and problem-solving. One's ability to work through challenges has a cascading effect on every level of society. Such a skill also strengthens our stream of renters...

Nothing but the truth

Those who create their own reality make me suspicious. Truth is a closely held belief. I've known that for sometime. Which is why in times of confusion I navigate toward the numbers. They never let...

Don’t mess with the bull

Much like the great split incentive that sits at the heart of our multifamily businesses, we are a country conflicted. Sitting squarely between what we hear, what we know, and what we can actually...

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 about everything from his theory of successful urban planning to...

As the sun rises, so does opportunity

I believed her. In the mind of a child, life is simple. As it should be. It’s not as though anyone in that classroom, the school or even the community was on an obvious trajectory...

Income: it’s all relative

Where do you get your facts? Good facts make good decisions so it's a rather important question. In fact, your answer to this question is one of the structural walls of your life that determines...

Benford’s Law

Fraud has long been a concern at multifamily properties that take cash or other methods of cash-equivalent funds for rent and other services. Today employee fraud costs business owners $300 billion a year and...