• Multifamily's great reno invasion

    • 2016-08-15
    • Peggy Shaw

    Among those speakers was Chip Gaines, who recounted his experience doing facelifts on single-family homes in Waco, Texas, during his presentation at the conference. Chip, who shares the spotlight with his wife Joanna on the popular HGTV show "Fixer-Upper" told the audience at the NAA gathering that he got his start renovating homes when he was a st


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  • MHP Reflections

    • 2016-08-15
    • Linda Hoffman, Publisher

    Whether apartments or life, all is rooted in the economy: jobs, wages, taxes, household formations.

    The growth that once propelled America and generated expansion, upward mobility and a pervasive prosperity is now the weakest in at least seven decades.

    So we're anxious.

    Still, there are points of light like consumer


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  • Teeing up qualified prospects

    • 2016-08-15
    • Lisa Benson

    The marketplace also is hesitantly trying out new customer relationship management (CRM) technologies for life-cycle consumer management in the hopes they will increase profitability and competitiveness. These all-encompassing communications management suites offer both single and bundled solutions.

    When researching these contact managem


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  • Tale of a technology innovator

    • 2016-08-15
    • Wendy Broffman

    In the multifamily arena, where change is slow to manifest and acceptance of new technology even slower, there are very few true disruptors.

    Much of the industry changing technology, like revenue management that emerged in 2007, was driven with investments from the large REITs like Camden Property Trust and the former Archstone-Smith and


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  • Market disrupter

    • 2016-08-15

    Whether you subscribe to GenFlux (those who seek constant disruption) or hold to the adage that history repeats itself ad infinitum (the future is found in the past), we as owners and managers, even residents, follow one common desire across demographics, psychographics and cultures.

    We're looking for a better, faster, more efficient way


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  • Take it outside

    • 2016-08-15
    • Ines Palacios, PhD, PlayCore

    The 2015 City Park Facts report generated by The Trust for Public Land shows that off-leash parks are the fastest growing segment of urban parks. They even go further showing that off-leash dog parks have grown 6 percent in 2014 alone and increased 20 percent in the last 5 years. This is true for multifamily and apartment communities who have recog


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  • Gunfight at the Airbnb coral

    • 2016-08-15

    That means Airbnb and others must stick to advertising San Francisco hosts who have registered with the city and haven't exceeded the number of nights they're allowed to rent. The penalty? Platforms can be fined up to $1,000 a day per violation.

    Now, Airbnb is suing its hometown, arguing that it's not responsible for making sure hosts fo


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  • The bounce

    • 2016-08-15
    • Bendix Anderson

    "Apartment demand surged in second quarter," says Greg Willett, chief economist for MPF Research, a division of Real Page Inc. "Strong demand pushed occupancy back to the post-recession peak."

    A string of bad news headlines shook world financial markets at the beginning of the year. Demand for apartments also weakened in the first quarte


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  • Adopting a best-for-me strategy

    • 2016-08-15
    • Brian Zrimsek

    Sports are often used as a metaphor for life, so consider a metaphor of enterprise software, and track and field.

    Enterprise software users and vendors continue to debate the value of integrated software solutions against best-of-breed alternatives. Should you use a single provider or many? Should you buy it or assemble it? Should you em


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  • Emotional intelligence, our responsibility to Gen Y and Z

    • 2016-08-15
    • Julie Yesnick

    Although the term first appeared in a 1964 paper by Michael Beldoch, it gained popularity in the 1995 book by that title, written by the author, psychologist, and science journalist, Daniel Goleman.

    Many employers have indicated that emotional intelligence is a top trait that they desire in candidates. The future workforce of Generation


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  • Winning the local search: mobile and social-the R2P2 principle

    • 2016-08-15
    • Sashi Bellamkonda

    It's not easy to find the marketing technology that can help a local business signal that it's a local business.

    Business owners are overwhelmed by the vastness and depth of online marketing tools, resources and techniques that are available today. Scott Brinker, author and blogger at Chief Marketing Technologist estimates that there are


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  • The Closer

    • 2016-08-15
    • Roger Valdez

    Advocates for subsidized, low-income housing are good at calling for more money to build subsidized housing to offset high housing prices. But why are housing prices so high in the first place?

    The lack of market rate supply contributes to high prices that puts market rate housing out of reach, and as long as that problem goes unaddresse


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