• Supreme Court takes up key housing discrimination case

    • 2015-01-27

    Disparate-impact legal theory relies on racial statistical disparities in lending, housing, or other business practice without having to show evidence of actual discriminatory intent. This was never contemplated by the 1968 Fair Housing Act and is also unfair.

    There may be many reasons for a racial disparity in home loans-for e


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  • MHP Reflections

    • 2015-01-27
    • Linda Hoffman, Publisher

    The value of stuff
    Ambiently determining the value of stuff may be our newest religion.

    It may or may not include free and fair market, inherent worth, or supply and demand. Generally, it's complicated, debated and these days, just one more controversial topic to avoid in wide groups.

    Still, many try to bottle it.


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  • Investors warm to European multifamily housing

    • 2015-01-27
    • Art Patnaude

    In the U.S., the multifamily sector is dominated by huge companies which own hundreds of thousands of units. But in most of Europe, rental-apartment ownership is fragmented. In the U.K. and France, private landlords typically own only a handful of apartments. In Germany and the Netherlands, corporate landlords are relatively small.

    That


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  • Smaller cities led the way in rent increases in 2014

    • 2015-01-27
    • Kris Hudson, WSJ

    Nationwide, apartment rents rose an average of 3.6 percent last year, according to data from Reis Inc., a real-estate research firm.

    The increase pushed the average monthly lease rate to $1,124.38, the highest since Reis started tracking the market in 1980. The vacancy rate last year was 4.2 percent, the lowest since 2000.

    Ren


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  • Let the good times roll

    • 2015-01-27
    • Mark Heschmeyer

    The multifamily sector, especially rental apartment buildings, has been playing a hot hand in 2014 as it demonstrated sustained underlying strength.

    Even as new apartment construction levels hit the highest monthly construction pace since the beginning of 2006, the latest absorption rates for unsubsidized, unfurnished, newly built apartm


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  • Poll: Police are still incredibly popular

    • 2015-01-27

    New Yorkers aren't thrilled with police demonstrations against New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. A poll released last week by Quinnipiac University found that a large majority of voters in New York disapprove of police turning their backs on the mayor during police funerals.

    Even more voters thought that NYPD police union chief Patrick Lyn


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  • Office politics is just influence by another name

    • 2015-01-27
    • Annie McKee

    But are politics at work inherently dirty?

    The truth is that just being a member of an organization is a political act. And in fact, we must influence people at work all the time. It's how we get things done. And to influence, we must have power, the real currency in workplaces. Most people want it. All of us need it. In healthy organiza


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  • Trends 2015: What's hot and what's not

    • 2015-01-27
    • PEGGY SHAW

    "The top trend in multifamily design in 2015 is high rise," Mark Humphreys, CEO and founder of Dallas-based Humphreys & Partners Architects, L.P., said in mid-December.

    Over the past two years, Humphreys & Partners Architects has seen the number of high rise projects in design increase from three or four a year to 55. An essential elemen


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  • Multifamily theory of relativity

    • 2015-01-27
    • Mike Radice

    Take a moment and gaze upon this page as if it were just a blank piece of paper.

    A single, blank sheet of paper. What potential it holds. What an awesome technology paper is, this blank paper page that you are now imagining. What could be written upon its yet open space? What will it be transformed into? Perhaps a message? A request? A c


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  • Here comes the sun

    • 2015-01-27
    • Sammy Roth

    The program allows energy consumers to buy electricity from community solar installations, built by private companies in or near their communities. Each installation would serve many customers, but participants would pay for their electricity as if they had their own rooftop systems.

    "There are plenty of folks that just have no option fo


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  • Rentals continue to lead

    • 2015-01-27
    • John Gittelsohn and Heather Perlberg

    There's an undersupply of single-family houses and apartments to rent for the first time since 2001, according to an analysis by Frank Nothaft, chief economist at mortgage buyer Freddie Mac, based on available inventory and historic vacancy rates. The deficit in the third quarter was about 350,000, the most in records dating back 14 years.


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  • U.S. companies cling to writing paper checks

    • 2015-01-27
    • Vipal Monga

    On Saturdays around 7 a.m., before he goes to the gym, Ken Goldman sits on the couch with his laptop and pays household bills online. It takes about five to 10 minutes.

    On weekdays, however, he goes to work at Black Duck Software Inc., an international consulting firm with $50 million in sales. Twice a month, a staff accountant comes to


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  • Teaching residents the dance

    • 2015-01-27
    • Michael Schrage

    At a reception for JetBlue's most frequent Mosaic flyers, I had the opportunity to listen to the airline's top management discuss its ambitions to improve operations and enhance customer experience.

    The discussion was excellent and-on a whim-I asked one of the most senior executives what JetBlue's customers could do to improve the airlin


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  • How emotional judo can help you take control of every conflict

    • 2015-01-27

    Try emotional judo. That advice comes from Ron Kaufman, author of the bestseller Uplifting Service: The Proven Path to Delighting Your Customers, Colleagues, and Everyone Else You Meet.

    "If you watch judo, it's the opposite of boxing," he explains. In boxing, the idea is to hit hard, then deflect or absorb your opponent's blows so that y


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  • Why Nordstrom's digital strategy works (and yours probably doesn't)

    • 2015-01-27

    But guess what? That's not going to happen. The most notable characteristic of those technologies is their accessibility-to customers, employees, partners, and competitors. Because they are so accessible, it is very difficult to generate competitive advantage from any of them. That doesn't mean you can ignore them. But the truth is that, for the mo


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  • Help your overwhelmed, stressed-out team

    • 2015-01-27
    • Julie Mosow

    What the experts say
    As a leader, it's your job to help your people find balance. Of course, you need results, but you also want a team that's not at constant risk of being burnt out.

    Research shows that memory, attention, and concentration suffer when people try to manage the constant stream of communication and distraction


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  • 5 Steps to great business relationships

    • 2015-01-27
    • Jim Dougherty

    As I was leaving an appointment with the CIO of a very large investment bank, I shook his hand and wished him a Happy New Year. He stopped me and went back to his desk, took out a piece of paper and handed it to me. It was an order signed by the CEO dramatically increasing their purchase of our software and renewing their contract six months early.


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  • The elusive age of reason

    • 2015-01-27
    • Doug Belkin

    Four in 10 U.S. college students graduate without the complex reasoning skills to manage white-collar work, according to the results of a test of nearly 32,000 students.

    The test, which was administered at 169 colleges and universities in 2013 and 2014 and released Thursday, reveals broad variation in the intellectual development of the


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  • The Closer

    • 2015-01-27
    • Joshua Steimle

    If you watch the news, it seems just about everyone is in favor of net neutrality legislation. Despite being a tech-addicted entrepreneur, I am not.

    No, I am not a paid shill for the cable industry. I am no fan of Comcast or any other ISP I've ever had the "pleasure" of dealing with. I'm skeptical of large corporations generally and disl


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