• And the winners are...

    • 2011-10-18
    • PEGGY SHAW

    The 466-unit first phase of Columbia Parc at the Bayou District in New Orleans, La., winner of both the Community of the Year and Best Affordable Community awards, was honored by a visit from President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan in August, 2010 when they toured communities that were devastated five years ea


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  • MHP Reflections

    • 2011-10-18
    • Linda Hoffman, Publisher

    I'm a huge old-school Twilight Zone fan.

    "The monsters are due on Maple Street," (1960) was a classic. I recall it every time I read divisive tales about some one or group, or ill-defined boogie man, who has singlehandedly turned out the lights on our country and our economy.

    This particular episode takes place on a late summer night. Maple St


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  • A house becoming more divided

    • 2011-10-18
    • Michelle Conlin, Associated Press

    Consider foreclosure-ravaged Detroit. In the historic Green Acres district, a haven for hipsters, a pristine, three-bedroom brick Tudor recently sold for $6,000-about what a buyer would have paid during the Great Depression.

    Yet just 15 miles away, in the posh suburban enclave of Birmingham, bidding wars are back. Multi-million-dollar mansions ar


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  • Afraid to move

    • 2011-10-18

    Consider these signs of the times:

    The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index registered 47.1 in August for the category titled "work satisfaction"-the lowest it has been since the measurement was introduced in January 2008. The number means that less than half the respondents surveyed last month answered "yes" to four questions: Are you satisfied wi


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  • Archstone owners decide to sell their stakes

    • 2011-10-18
    • Robbie Whelan And Eliot Brown, wsj.com

    Unable to reach a consensus with Lehman on a plan to sell the entire company, the two banks are now trying to sell their stakes, which total 53 percent, according to people familiar with the matter. The banks' combined equity stakes in the company are likely worth between $2 billion and $3 billion, according to people familiar with Archstone's fina


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  • Cheap, the new chic

    • 2011-10-18

    By the time she started her YesIAmCheap.com blog in January 2009 as a way to make herself more accountable for her spending, her business had failed and she was $105,665.31 in debt. Today, the 33-year-old New Yorker owes $85,605.73. She packs her lunch, limits movie nights to $1 Redbox videos and mostly opts for coffee from Dunkin' Donuts-with the


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  • Demand for apartments rises all over, despite economy

    • 2011-10-18
    • Joe Gose, Investor's Business Daily

    Vacancy rates are shrinking all over, in tight markets such as Minneapolis and loose ones like Phoenix.

    It's an unusual situation. Job creation typically drives apartment demand. But this time the tenant top-up is largely about a lack of new supply-in the face of paltry employment growth. Meanwhile, demographic trends and the single-family housin


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  • Enchant your employees

    • 2011-10-18
    • Guy Kawasaki

    If you can enchant your employees, they will work harder, longer, and smarter for you - and, ideally, you for them too. Here are the ten best ways to enchant your employees.

    Provide a MAP. In Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Daniel Pink explains the big three of what employees want from a boss: an opportunity to Master new ski


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  • Fair or unbalanced: decoding the Buffet Rule debate

    • 2011-10-18

    In the current round, Washington is wrangling over President Barack Obama's call for a "Buffett Rule" to make sure the wealthy pay a "fair share" of taxes-a percentage of income at least as large as that paid by the middle class. Obama says the rule, named for Warren Buffett, the legendary investor who heads Berkshire Hathaway, would raise addition


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  • Lease up and ship out

    • 2011-10-18

    AIM, a national marketing and incentives company, offers cruise certificates to multifamily properties as a tool for leasing and retention. Long a standard in other industries, prospective residents are offered a 5-day/4-night cruise certificate for two to Mexico, the Bahamas or the Western Caribbean, by signing any new lease or renewing an existin


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  • Making onboarding work

    • 2011-10-18
    • Dick Grote

    Originally, the process of converting a newly-hired stranger into a fully-contributing and knowledgeable employee was left to the personnel department's most junior benefits clerk in the first-day orientation program, with the employee left to sink-or swim her way to success from there. Today, onboarding is the most recent addition to a manager's c


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  • Perfectionism: healthy or hurtful?

    • 2011-10-18
    • Jeff Szymanski, HBR Blog Network

    I believe that the intention of most perfectionists is to do things well. To excel. Recent research shows that those scoring high on perfectionism scales have higher standards, and under certain circumstances have better outcomes. That's certainly what I strive for, as do the patients I work with. So I'm not giving up my perfectionism. I just need


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  • Renters get help, boost their credit score

    • 2011-10-18
    • Brian O'Connell, MainStreet.com

    Back in January, one of the major creditreporting agencies, Experian, announced it would begin including rental payments in its credit score formula.

    In response to Experian's decision, a cottage industry of websites has arisen to help consumers make the most of their rental payment from a credit score angle. Williampaid.com, for example, will no


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  • Turning stress into an asset

    • 2011-10-18
    • Amy Gallo, hbr blog network

    Stress is unavoidable. "We live in a world of ongoing worry, change, and uncertainty. You have to get used to it," says Justin Menkes, an expert in the field of C-suite talent evaluation and the author of Better Under Pressure: How Great Leaders Bring Out the Best in Themselves and Others. "Stress is an inevitable part of work and life, but the eff


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  • U.S. Postal Service: a requiem

    • 2011-10-18
    • International Business Times

    Although the Senate recently extended the deadline for a $5.5 billion payment due to the federal government by the USPS to Nov. 18 from Sept. 30, the extra six weeks or so will not make much difference for the beleaguered and financially crippled postal service.

    The USPS doesn't have the money, is not likely to get the money from a federal govern


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  • The Closer

    • 2011-10-18
    • Mort Zuckerman, editor-in-chief of US News and World Report

    Take a deep breath. The industrialized world, America included, seems stuck in one of those horror movies, where the monster, thought to be slain, morphs into something even more scary. The fear is that a doubledip, or worse, is now upon us.

    Those who might help us escape are now being held back by the anti-business policies of Preside


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