• What's in the cards for apartments?

    • 2017-02-24
    • Wendy Broffman

    After seven years of rising construction, rents and occupancy, the apartment building boom is finally showing signs of flattening.

    The slight dip in multifamily starts in the first half of 2016 might indicate that rampant building in the sector is finally stabilizing. And, while 2017 will see another big bump in deliveries, this year co


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  • MHP Reflections

    • 2017-02-24
    • Linda Hoffman, Publisher

    The only way for Oakland to rebound is to get money flowing from private investors, said Mayor Jerry Brown all those years ago.

    I was sitting in his office as he recounted the secret of life. It was 2005 and we spent the next two hours talking about everything from his theory of successful urban planning to Mother Theresa.

    I r


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  • Checks and balances

    • 2017-02-24
    • Chris Wood

    Learning to appreciate the thrill of rental applicant screening all comes down to perspective. A fascinating technology that can be adjusted for different market conditions, screening systems help leasing agents qualify renters using credit, income, rental payment history, criminal background and other data sets to determine whether or not they'd b


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  • Turning a page in history

    • 2017-02-24
    • Peggy Shaw

    A couple of months ago, former NAA CEO and President Doug Culkin stepped down and Robert Pinnegar took over leadership of the organization that is focused on educating and advocating on behalf of a membership made up of multifamily housing owners, managers, developers and suppliers throughout the U.S., Canada and the U.K.

    Since becoming


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  • The unexpected solution to America's affordable housing crunch: the urban movement

    • 2017-02-24
    • Carl Alviani

    The ones currently doing the kicking are the YIMBYs, a loosely allied collection of pro-development housing advocates whose name plays on the acronym NIMBY ("Not In My Backyard"), replacing the "Not" with an emphatic "Yes." If we want to rein in skyrocketing living costs in cities like San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Portland, and Austin, YIMBYs be


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  • Working from the full view

    • 2017-02-24

    For far too long multifamily operators have been hamstrung by the lack of reliable metrics on such critical issues as which prospect calls are getting answered, how well leasing agents are performing on those calls, and if follow-up is happening effectively. Ideally, they would like a lead management system capable of scoring every inbound and outb


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  • Breaking the cycle

    • 2017-02-24

    Dr. Carson is stepping into an office tasked with elevating a sector of our country's economy that regularly cycles in and out of trouble. And the nation's housing is in crisis. Again. Seventy-five percent of those who qualify for housing assistance don't get it according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Of the fortunate few who do, t


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  • How to handle a colleague who's a jerk when the boss isn't around

    • 2017-02-24

    You may be tempted to call out the inconsistent behavior, but before you do anything, take the time to understand why the person behaves the way they do and what can you do about it.

    First, recognize that there are different forms of this inconsistency. Here are three of the most common manifestations:

    All that jazz


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  • Doing the right thing

    • 2017-02-24
    • Jake Maguire, Community Solutions

    Former U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald and District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser joined advocates and housing professionals to officially open the John and Jill Ker Conway Residence. The architecturally striking apartment building includes 60 units of


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  • The road ahead

    • 2017-02-24
    • Steve Scranton

    From a national perspective, the Republican sweep and President Trump's platform suggest prospects for tax cuts and tax reform; increased infrastructure, energy and defense spending; a reduction in the regulations affecting a number of industries; a more restrictive and potentially hostile trade policy; and sooner and faster increases in interest r


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  • Demographics love multifamily

    • 2017-02-24
    • Barbara Byrne Denham

    While these statistics tend to move hand in hand, sometimes patterns emerge that show a chasm in these numbers, and demographers are keen to report how these chasms may explain more about the underlying apartment fundamentals than the more macro trends.

    One of the more interesting findings in this expansion can be found in the demographi


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  • Solving the affordable housing puzzle

    • 2017-02-24

    But inside Brooklyn's 461 Dean-the world's tallest modular building-half of the 363 rental apartments fall well below market rate. One-bedrooms, which range from 578- to 735-sq.-ft., start at $600 a month.

    Developed by N.Y.-based Forest City Ratner Companies, the 32-story tower aims to explore modular design's potential as an affordable


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  • The rise of AI makes emotional intelligence more important

    • 2017-02-24
    • Megan Beck and Barry Libert

    As machine learning continues to grow, we all need to develop new skills in order to differentiate ourselves. But which ones?

    It's long been known that AI and automation/robotics will change markets and workforces. Self-driving cars will force over 3,000 truck drivers to seek new forms of employment, and robotic production lines like Tes


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  • Deep breath

    • 2017-02-24
    • Amy Gallo

    Is there a way to draw attention to the comment without putting the other person on the defensive? And are you risking your reputation, job, or career by speaking up?

    What the experts say
    There's no denying that this is a tough situation. Joan Williams, founding director of the Center for WorkLife Law at UC Hastings College o


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  • Want to be more productive? Sit next to someone who is.

    • 2017-02-24
    • Jason Corsello and Dylan Minor

    Research suggests that who employees sit next to affects how they perform-and grouping the right types of coworkers together improves productivity and work quality.

    We analyzed two years' worth of data on more than 2,000 employees of a large technology company with several locations in the U.S. and Europe. (The company is a client of Cor


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  • People are finding it hard to focus on work right now

    • 2017-02-24
    • Bourree Lam, The Atlantic

    Now, a new survey commissioned by BetterWorks-a software company that helps workers with setting and tracking goals-finds that post-election, politics is continuing to take a toll on workplace productivity.

    While simply reading political posts at work isn't in itself a cause for concern, it's the potential negative impact it has on worke


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  • The Closer

    • 2017-02-24
    • Dr. Ed Yardeni

    Is promising to create 25 million jobs an unrealistic whopper by a fellow who tends to tell whoppers? Or is President Donald Trump simply thinking big, as he is wont to do?
    In a 9/15 campaign speech at the New York Economic Club, he predicted that his plan would increase employment by 25 million new jobs over the next 10 years. I looked at the


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