MHP Reflections

Making hay whilst there’s daylight

One might gather that there’s a pivot back to private capital as 79,000 apartment units have left the hands of publicly traded REITs for the greener portfolios of private equity firms. Just a few...

Time is on our side

As a younger self, I watched mere mortals struggle against the will of the "Old Man" with a child's curiosity. Here I learned a simple truth. Quiet observation and analysis informs future events. If you...

The monsters are due on Maple Street

"The monsters are due on Maple Street," (1960) was a classic. I recall it every time I read divisive tales about some one or group, or ill-defined boogie man, who has singlehandedly turned out...

Made in America holidays

I was mesmerized. I opened and closed the book, slowly, gently, considering the long and arduous process required to publish a book back then. I thought about the person who read it first. I...

It’s good to be king

I sometimes wonder if landlords aren't single-handedly holding this economy together. And after reading Peggy Shaw's cover story, "Landlords Rule," I would almost bet the farm that we do. Except that the farm isn't worth...

Quick. Someone get us a new business model.

In Jeff Thull's classic business book, Mastering the Complex Sale, he stresses the importance of a salesperson first listening, then unraveling a customer's problem to mutually align with the customer for a viable solution. Most...

Prescience: knowledge of things before they happen

A 2014 historical study suggests that not since the Civil War have we been so polarized as a nation. Climate change, immigration, Fair Housing law. The issues are many, and both the emotions, and...

You da man, Sam

Multifamily, after all, is the complete package: We have the bling (Pillars). We have the style (Luxury). And we're not only good looking, we're smart (Time). We sit at the controls of an industry that fuels...

The laws of human nature

Andy, a ‘Bama boy, lost his mother to cancer and his father in a car wreck shortly thereafter at the age of 19. He spent the next months homeless and wandering. Certainly, early and profound...

Be fearless.

NAA and NMHC are just around the corner. Deals are sprouting up everywhere and companies are changing, evolving and thriving in the world of apartments. And within the hustle and bustle of this crazy wonderful...