• Market smarts

    • 2016-03-25
    • Peggy Shaw

    Good data lies at the heart of every successful operation, but data, in itself, is just the proverbial stack of lumber. Without an understanding, or a plan for construction, it has no context and certainly no intention. Here's how three major players in the industry gather and distill it down for owners' best use.

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  • MHP Reflections

    • 2016-03-25
    • Linda Hoffman, Publisher

    Americans are on edge.

    From the continuing ebb and flow of jobs, to growing threats of terror, to something as simple as water-there is barely a moment of our daily lives that is not overshadowed with uncertainty, framed in peril, or a hotbed of controversy, even to the point of riot.

    Such consternation is permeating. The glue


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  • The camel that had no hump

    • 2016-03-25
    • Wendy Broffman

    This especially irritates Rob Pressman, the principal of Burbank, Calif.-based TGP, Inc. Landscape Architecture, who believes that aesthetics do not have to be discarded for the sake of sustainability.

    Multifamily developers employ landscape architects like TGP, Inc. to create long-term infrastructure solutions that dramatically reduce w


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  • You should go and love yourself

    • 2016-03-25
    • Elizabeth Francisco

    Property management software might be a lot like that. Without context, we all just keep repeating the same behavior, not really thinking about if makes sense.

    So let's go back to the basics for a minute: Multifamily is a local business.

    Every operation brings with it unique characteristics setting the stage for building asset


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  • Click. Click. Click.

    • 2016-03-25
    • Bendix Anderson

    The commercial banks that make most construction loans to apartment developers are beginning to be more careful. That's because of worries about the many new apartments now under construction, new bank regulations already on the books and new warnings from bank regulators.

    A warning from Washington
    Federal officials are conce


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  • Not your father's utility management program

    • 2016-03-25

    Each grew up with, and eventually stepped in to run their family's apartment business. Each took the baton and carried their multifamily enterprise into the next generation, and continues to grow their operation to accommodate this ever-changing, brave new world. These aren't just stories of tremendous growth or wealth. Simply maintaining the solve


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  • Haystack or a needle?

    • 2016-03-25

    The event was opened by Reed, who also announced that his company and host of the event, NWP, had been acquired by Dallas, Texas-based, RealPage just days before. He described the transaction as the "fastest deal ever made" because of the synergies, and that the two companies were so compatible. "I am excited to lead such a talented team, while in


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  • Supreme Court electrifies U.S. energy market

    • 2016-03-25
    • Mark Snowiss

    A consequential energy case that cuts to the heart of the delicate balance between state and federal regulation of the country's electricity markets has made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    This is the third high-profile legal battle within the last year to define the turf of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the agency


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  • In hot water

    • 2016-03-25
    • John O'Reilly

    When, in September 2015, the 182-unit Avalon Hayes Valley apartment complex in San Francisco was awarded LEED Platinum Certification in the Multifamily Midrise category, it was only the most recent expression of the ongoing commitment of AvalonBay Communities to environmental sustainability and corporate responsibility in its properties. The latter


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  • On an angel's wings: Ben Zimmer

    • 2016-03-25
    • Lisa Benson

    So in the still quiet, the rumor mill churns full velocity as folks try to make sense of this red shod talent from Salt Lake City. Zimmer, president of privately held Entrata-formally known as Property Solutions-is in a good place by his own declaration. "Let me just say we are profitable," says Zimmer. The last published account of the property ma


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  • An apartment that knows your next move

    • 2016-03-25
    • Will Knight

    That's the vision some technologists have for the future of domestic living, and a startup named Brain of Things says that it is developing what the company's founder refers to as "robot homes" in three locations in California.

    These apartments come with a stunning array of sensors and automated fixtures and appliances. They also have th


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  • The lost art of engaging employees

    • 2016-03-25
    • Robert Gray

    First, let's get something straight. No one hires employees to be disengaged. You hire star employees to come to work bursting with energy, firing on all cylinders. Still, for all the talk of meaning and purpose in our lives, many still phone it in as a means to a paycheck. And because employee discontent is not always perfectly obvious, nor are em


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  • Service dog or pet?

    • 2016-03-25
    • Kevin Miller

    The bill aims to better define and differentiate between individually trained service animals, such as guide dogs for the visually impaired, and assistance animals that can perform tasks as well as provide emotional support to help with a person's disability. While federal law requires public buildings or businesses to make "reasonable modification


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  • When it rains

    • 2016-03-25
    • Wendy Broffman

    In fact, all of the 2016 Residential Landscape Architectural trends were water-focused design elements, reflecting among consumers and multifamily operators a growing commitment to landscapes that reduce water use and storm-water runoff, Nancy Somerville, EVP and CEO of ASLA, noted in a press release.

    Drought tolerant plant use and low-m


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  • The Closer

    • 2016-03-25
    • Michael E. Webber

    America has a water problem. To put it simply, the national network for providing safe, clean water is falling apart. This state of affairs, which was the focus of a summit meeting at the end of March at the White House, threatens more than our drinking water supplies. Water is used in every sector of industry, grows our food, affects our health an


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