• The envelope, please...

    • 2011-07-01
    • Peggy Shaw

    "These finalists not only survived the bad times, but also produced fine work and should be commended," said Charles R. Brindell, Jr., chair of NAHB's Multifamily Leadership Board, CEO of Mill Creek Residential Trust and one of nine judges in the contest that many consider the Oscars of the apartment industry.

    Building during the most economicall


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  • America 2.0

    • 2011-07-01
    • Linda Hoffman

    Within the pages ahead, you will read about folks living the "original" American Dream, one of mere opportunity. It's a grand tale of strength, determination and stunning beauty; the stuff of legend.

    Clearly, as we read in Professor Matthew Warshauer's, "How did we get here," (page 26) the American Dream was, not that long ago, an ethos of ingenu


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  • The end of white picket fences

    • 2011-07-01
    • Mark Heschmeyer, CoStar Group

    Wanda Rapp doesn't own her home, and doesn't want to. Her job makes her painfully aware of why she doesn't. Rapp manages repossessed and foreclosed assets for a bank in Los Angeles. Assets. Not homes where families once lived. Not offices where people made their livelihoods. Just assets to be counted and accounted.

    "My American Dream is not, and


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  • How did we get here?

    • 2011-07-01
    • Excerpt from "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Changing Conceptions of the American Dream" by Matthew Warshauer, history professor, Central Conn. State University.

    The answer undoubtedly depends upon one's definition of the Dream, and there are many from which to choose. John Winthrop envisioned a religious paradise in a "City upon a Hill." Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed of racial equality. Both men yearned for what they perceived as perfection. Scholars have recognized widely varying conceptions of these qu


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  • Land of the free. Home of the brave.

    • 2011-07-01
    • Lisa Benson

    It then describes the qualifications to become a member of our nation's military elite: "a focused, agile mind, astute awareness, physical toughness. That's what it takes to be part of the Army Special Forces."

    Within each branch of the military, 3 to 5 percent are elite warriors in special recognition. For the Army, the Green Berets, Night Stalk


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  • Asset swaps, sales and spruce-ups

    • 2011-07-01
    • Peggy Shaw

    UDR, Inc. and AvalonBay Communities recently completed a $500 million asset exchange that helps to realize the property allocation goals of both REITs. The transaction includes the swap of three AvalonBay apartment communities in San Francisco and Boston and one land parcel for six UDR communities in California and $26 million in cash.

    At the beg


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  • Tempest-tossed in Tuscaloosa

    • 2011-07-01
    • Peggy Shaw

    "Not one square inch of the property was untouched," said Lane Company Regional VP Ashley Monroe, who traveled from her home in Atlanta on April 28, the day after a deadly tornado raged through, to assess the damage to the community Lane Company managed and render assistance where she could.

    Monroe and her team hiked a mile to reach the property


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  • Should companies have a happiness index?

    • 2011-07-01
    • Excerpt Jena McGregor, Washington Post blog

    David Cameron probably isn't happy about the primary reason he's in the news these days. The British prime minister, who formerly employed News of the World ex-editor Andy Coulson, has had to explain his relationship with the Murdoch empire in light of the phone hacking scandal that has escalated in recent weeks.

    But in other news, we at least no


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  • How to stay focused on the important things

    • 2011-07-01
    • Peter Bregman is a strategic advisor to CEOs and leadership teams. His latest book, 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done, will publish in September. Names apearing in the article have been changed.

    "You're wrong," he said. "You don't know what my hunger is like. It's painful. Withstanding it might work for a week or two, but not for the long term."

    I immediately knew that Jori was right. Discipline, willpower and self-control are unsustainable. Eventually, we weaken.

    I've tried to lose weight in many different ways. Only two have worked:<


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  • Why some people have all the luck

    • 2011-07-01
    • Anthony Tjan is CEO, managing partner and founder of the venture capital firm Cue Ball.

    But luck in business isn’t entirely, well, luck. There’s a popular saying that “you make your own luck.” This “make your own luck” principle has become a central chapter of a book I am co-authoring. Luck, alongside heart, smarts, and guts—turns out to be a critical factor in entrepreneurial DNA and successful business-building.

    Over the course of


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  • Web 3.0: the social wave and how it disrupts the Internet

    • 2011-07-01
    • Knowledge@Wharton

    It’s not that Katz, founder and CEO of travel recommendations site Gogobot, has doubts about the quality of these products. It’s that the answer "depends very much on who is asking the question." And according to speakers at the recent Wharton Global Alumni Forum in San Franciso, Calif., that basic fact is at the root of the next wave of disruption


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  • 10 tips to talk about anything with anyone

    • 2011-07-01
    • Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D., psychologytoday.com

    How about when you’re in a high stakes situation such as a job interview when you’re expected to outshine the competition? Then there’s always the blind date. How can you turn it into the start of something big (assuming you want to)?

    Everyone has a different conversational style. If you have an extroverted personality, you can probably be plant


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  • THE CLOSER: Home ownership may fall more than expected

    • 2011-07-01
    • Author Diana Olick is a journalist, currently serving as CNBC's real estate correspondent as well as the author of the Realty Check blog on CNBC.com. She also contributes real estate expertise to The Today Show and NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams

    Then JPMorgan CEO, Jamie Dimon, suggested that his bank could get out of the mortgage ownership business in the future. “Owning consumer assets may be something we don't want to do," Dimon said on the earnings conference call. “It may be we'll originate, securitize, service, but not own" mortgages. He added that they don't have to make a decision o


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