• Apartment IQ

    • 2015-11-24
    • Peggy Shaw

    The emerging mechanization promises benefits to property owners and managers of apartment communities, including energy cost savings, possible incentives from insurance companies and housing authorities for development, resident attraction and retention and water and energy conservation.

    Residents will enjoy life in an intelligent apartm


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  • MHP Reflections

    • 2015-11-24
    • Linda Hoffman, Publisher

    I hope you didn't blink because over $20.17 billion in deals just whisked by. All multifamily trades. And that was just in the last 2 weeks.

    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 in


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  • The youthification of America

    • 2015-11-24
    • Nick Revington

    High-density urban redevelopment is also associated with a younger population. This process of 'youthification' is driven by young people's desire for smaller households and closer proximity to amenities, as well as higher housing costs and a more uncertain labor market.

    Much has been made of Millennials' housing challenges: young adults


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  • HUD rallies smoking ban in public housing

    • 2015-11-24
    • Jerry Markon

    In its proposed rule, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) would require more than 3,100 public housing agencies to go smoke-free within several years. The agencies must design policies prohibiting lit tobacco products in all living units, indoor common areas, and administrative offices and in all outdoor areas near housing and adm


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  • Paradise lost

    • 2015-11-24
    • Maguire Mealy

    San Francisco has topped the list of every national rental report since Zumper began publishing them in August 2014, and was named the most expensive city in the U.S. years before that. The rapid escalation of rent in San Francisco has left a trail of bitterness, contention, and pain throughout the city, coupled with a resigned sense of exasperatio


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  • Imagine there's no marketing. "It's easy if you try."

    • 2015-11-24
    • Curtis Hougland

    The redistribution of power from brands to individuals is the enduring legacy of social media. The recent rise of ad blocking represents a tectonic shift in the balance of power between marketers and consumers. This technology represents more than just a functional way to block digital ads: it represents the very end of marketing as we have known i


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  • The powerful effect of noticing good things at work

    • 2015-11-24
    • Joyce E. Bono and Theresa M. Glomb

    If someone were to tell you to focus only on the positive experiences in your day, you might be annoyed. People tend to associate Pollyanna-type positivity with inexperienced managers trying to squeeze a little more work out of frontline employees, or with the "keep smiling" wall posters in the call center.

    What most people don't realize


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  • Dialing in the ILS pipeline

    • 2015-11-24
    • Wendy Broffman

    Because multifamily marketing directors have limited budgets, they hope the resultant data and their call-tracking systems, which allow them to listen to calls and separate qualified from unqualified leads, will give them a clear view of where to put their 2016 advertising dollars.

    Technology is supposed to make our lives easier, but in


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  • Multihousing's affordability crisis

    • 2015-11-24
    • Douglas Bibby

    High housing costs ultimately drain our cities and communities of the brains and the brawn needed to thrive economically. Because this risk is real and the consequences painful, community stakeholders are actively-and in some cases aggressively-engaging in this topic of affordable housing.

    At the local and state levels, debates are heati


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  • 3 Timeless rules for making tough decisions

    • 2015-11-24
    • Peter Bregman

    We spend an inordinate amount of time, and a tremendous amount of energy, making choices between equally attractive options in everyday situations. The problem is, that while they may be equally attractive, they are also differently attractive, with tradeoffs that require compromise. Even when deciding between kale salad (healthy and light), salmon


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  • Deals. Deals. Deals.

    • 2015-11-24
    • Mark Heschmeyer

    Nearly 79,000 apartment units have sold or come under contract in four deals totaling $20.17 billion-all going to private equity funds.

    Flush with cash, private equity funds are quick to close deals and use their considerable leverage to obtain cheap money with interest rates still at historical lows.

    David Neithercut, preside


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  • Boxed in

    • 2015-11-24
    • Laura Kusisto

    The biggest property managers in the U.S. are being crushed under a mountain of packages, leading one large apartment operator to stop accepting deliveries and others to experiment with ways to minimize the clutter.

    The moves are at the center of two colliding trends: an increase in apartment living and a surge in online shopping. The re


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  • Lightening the load

    • 2015-11-24
    • Peggy Shaw

    Speed Queen, Whirlpool and Maytag all offer laundry systems that also have less impact on the environment than previous models, while making life easier for residents of apartments and student housing and saving money for the communities that offer them.

    Going green while getting clean
    Comparing a 10-year-old Speed Queen top


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  • Multifamily lending starting to level off

    • 2015-11-24
    • Bendix Anderson

    "The forecast anticipates continued strength and growth," says Jamie Woodwell, vice president for the research and economics group at MBA.

    That's still going to be a big change from the last few years, when business of lending on multifamily real estate didn't just grow a little, but instead grew incredibly quickly. So far in 2015, lende


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  • International students are major source of demand for student housing

    • 2015-11-24
    • Bendix Anderson

    "More and more international students are coming in-we have seen that grow and grow," says Brian Veith, director of student housing with the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC).

    Despite the highest education costs in the world, leading university cities like Boston, New York and San Francisco keep attracting students from around


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  • What to do with all the business cards from your last conference

    • 2015-11-24
    • Alexandra Samuel

    This is my seven-step strategy for using social media to turn conference introductions into ongoing connections:

    Step 1: Get an app
    Before the conference, install a business-card-processing app on your smartphone. If you're an Evernote user, your best bet is to use Evernote on your phone; when you use Evernote to snap a "came


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  • How to make yourself work when you just don't want to

    • 2015-11-24
    • Heidi Grant Halvorson

    Can you imagine how much less guilt, stress, and frustration you would feel if you could somehow just make yourself do the things you don't want to do when you are actually supposed to do them? Not to mention how much happier and more effective you would be?

    The good news (and its very good news) is that you can get better about not putt


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  • The Closer

    • 2015-11-24
    • Reed Hopper

    The Clean Water Act does not contain "loopholes" allowing millions of stream miles to go unprotected, as this misleading editorial states. Nor did the U.S. Supreme Court create such loopholes.

    The Clean Water Act expressly prohibits the discharge of a pollutant to "navigable waters" of the United States without a federal permit. The Act


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