• The election is over. Now what?

    • 2016-12-04
    • Doug Bibby

    On January 20, Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. It will mark the conclusion of an unprecedented and unparalleled election season that also saw the Republican Party sweep both houses of Congress. With the White House under control and majorities on both sides of the Capitol, Republicans largely view the ne


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  • MHP reflections

    • 2016-12-04
    • Linda Hoffman, Publisher

    "Enabling families to have an affordable home is critical to their escape from poverty," said Ron Terwilliger. "Particularly if that home is located where their children can get a decent education at local public schools. Housing is foundational."

    Terwilliger is chairman emeritus of Trammel Crow Residential Company and heralds a list of


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  • Lead-to-leasing grows up

    • 2016-12-04
    • Wendy Broffman

    As the customer relationship management (CRM) revolution gathers velocity, apartment operators take a closer look at cloud-based solutions designed to manage the entire lifecycle of the renter.

    Opportunities to enhance revenue by providing a better renter experience are ubiquitous at every online customer touch point, beginning with the


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  • Goodbye paper checks. Hello online payments.

    • 2016-12-04
    • Peggy Shaw

    For Tom Villante, founder and CEO of YapStone, parent company of Rent-Payment, it was a poker table in 1999. Ty Kalklosch and Yann Phung came up with the idea for the creation of PayLease over a few beers after work in 2003 and the spark that ignited Richard Calmas' concept for Neighborhood Pay Services and the company's Rent Assurance program was


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  • Taming the onsite maverick

    • 2016-12-04
    • Chris Wood

    Charleston, S.C.-based Greystar is the largest apartment operator and multifamily property manager in the United States, with over 400,000 units under management in 160 different markets. The purchasing line item to keep those units and their communities running at tip-top condition? Approximately $450 million annually, says Greystar Senior Managin


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  • Welcome to paradise

    • 2016-12-04
    • Michael W. Rudy

    Anant Yardi faced such a dilemma in the early 80s while living in Santa Barbara, Calif., where he worked as a software developer for Burroughs, a business equipment manufacturer (Burroughs merged with Sperry Univac in 1986 to form Unisys). He was a software developer by day, property manager by night. To most efficiently manage his budding portfoli


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  • House plans

    • 2016-12-04
    • Michael W. Rudy

    The American electorate expects President-Elect Trump and the Congress to restore to the nation an economy of growth, jobs and prosperity without leaving anyone out, said Hensarling. He invited Democrats to work with Republicans to fix policies that have failed and to enact 21st century programs to make America greater, fairer and more prosperous.


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  • Power play

    • 2016-12-04
    • Cindy Chettis

    The 2016 election upended Capitol Hill. Leading up to November 8, the presiding view was that Democrats stood a strong chance of taking the Senate while the House was expected to remain Republican, but with a significantly decreased majority. Even Paul Ryan's hold on the speakership was in doubt.

    Today, in the aftermath of what is being


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  • Financing first

    • 2016-12-04
    • Doug Bibby

    Housing affordability is an issue for a growing number of the nation's 111.1 million renters, which include people living in housing from apartments to single-family homes. In fact, the number of cost-burdened renter households (those spending more than 30 percent of their incomes on rent) reached 23.4 million in 2015, with more than half (54 perce


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  • Energy update

    • 2016-12-04

    Given the drag higher energy costs can have on net operating income, more multifamily owners and managers are zeroing in on reducing energy use at their properties. But beyond just reducing costs, more companies are seeing better energy management as a strategic business initiative-one that can improve properties' value and marketability to investo


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  • Final four

    • 2016-12-04
    • Racquel Madlala

    Taking place annually at NMHC's OPTECH Conference and Exposition, Launch Pad highlights the best and the brightest from a growing field of technology entrepreneurs who are putting their considerable skills to work to improve the efficiency, productivity and professionalism of the multifamily industry through technological innovation.

    Thi


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  • Why is Apple getting into the energy business?

    • 2016-12-04
    • Peter Fox-Penner

    Your company may not be going as fully or directly into the business as Apple, but you may soon want to join the ranks of the energy "prosumers"-companies that both produce and consume energy. As the electric power industry shifts from a model where individual local utilities have a monopoly on electricity provision in a region to a much more dynam


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  • The leaning tower of San Francisco

    • 2016-12-04
    • Mark Prigg

    A luxury high-rise in the heart of San Francisco City has been dubbed the "leaning tower of San Francisco" after the building began to sink-and satellite images have now revealed just how bad the problem is.

    Data from the Sentinel-1 satellites show that Millennium Tower is sinking by about 40 millimeters a year in the line of sight-the d


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  • The man who could turn Dodd-Frank upside down

    • 2016-12-04
    • Shawn Tully

    Hensarling is a longtime foe of Obama's landmark Dodd-Frank legislation, the 2010 legislation that, he claims, has strangled credit and hobbled America with years of zombie-like growth. The congressman is championing the financial CHOICE Act, a radical measure that would scrap most of Dodd-Frank's highly restrictive measures.

    Put simply,


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  • The closer

    • 2016-12-04
    • Brian Hodges

    The lack of affordable middle- and low-income housing in major urban areas is a real crisis facing our nation.

    Skyrocketing costs are leaving low-income families with few options and forcing middle-class families to either give up on the dream of home ownership or relocate away from urban centers. Looking for an easy solution to this com


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  • Making sense of the new refrigerant and energy guidelines

    • 2016-12-23
    • Robert C. Gould

    In 1987, the Montreal Protocol was introduced after finding that man-made chemicals, specifically chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), were creating a hole in the ozone layer. This international treaty's original intent was to phase out the use of CFCs. The protocol has since been amended four times and signed by 143 additional countries. A recent amendment


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