• Walkabout

    • 2012-08-17
    • PEGGY SHAW

    A significant number of the entries submitted by the award-seekers recognized demand for these car-free amenities.

    The 192-unit Santa Barbara in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., a finalist in the Best Garden Apartment Community of four stories or less category, enhances its neighborhood by creating walkable connections to local retail. Project architect


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  • Craigslist sues site that makes its apartment listings easier to find

    • 2012-08-17
    • Cyrus Farivar, arstechnica.com

    In the lawsuit filed in a San Francisco federal court, Craigslist charges PadMapper with copyright infringement, breach of contract, trademark infringement, and unfair competition, among others. The lawsuit also names 3Taps, a San Francisco start-up which openly scrapes Craigslist data and makes it available to other websites, and Does 1-25, as def


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  • Apartment construction slowly picks up in Florida

    • 2012-08-17
    • Mary Shanklin, Orlando Sentinel

    With the exception of Austin, Texas, the Orlando metropolitan area had the lowest apartment-vacancy rate of any of the two dozen metropolitan areas tracked by ALN Apartment Data Inc. during the second quarter of this year. With only about 7 percent of the units empty in the four-county metro area, Orlando-area landlords have largely dropped the int


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  • I won't hire people who use poor grammar. Here's why.

    • 2012-08-17
    • Kyle Wiens

    Some might call my approach to grammar extreme, but I prefer Lynne Truss's more cuddly phraseology: I am a grammar "stickler." And, like Truss-author of Eats, Shoots & Leaves-I have a "zero tolerance approach" to grammar mistakes that make people look stupid.

    Now, Truss and I disagree on what it means to have "zero tolerance." She thinks that peo


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  • Multiple families, one roof

    • 2012-08-17
    • Mitra Kalita, wsj.com

    The suburban single-family home is becoming a misnomer as economic reality collides with shifting demographics.

    Many suburban communities have long made it difficult, or impossible, for homeowners to convert underused space-barns, garages and basements-into rental apartments. But across the U.S., homeowners are pressing for changes in zoning laws


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  • All in the multi family

    • 2012-08-17

    Formed in 2003 by Nancy and Jeff Stack, the Cystinosis Research Foundation, is an astonishing story of what is possible when caring and compassionate friends and family respond to a little girl's wish "for my disease go away forever."

    The Foundation's impact is evident in its relentless march toward a cure, and the powerful discoveries it has fun


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  • Why Americans accept wealth inequality: individual choice

    • 2012-08-17
    • Art Markman, Ph.D., psychologytoday.com

    People who approve of this distribution in wealth typically argue that the wealthiest Americans have earned their money through hard work and individual effort and that their business practices, spending patterns, and investments ultimately improve the quality of life for everyone. Those who disapprove of this distribution argue that government and


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  • Meeting mania

    • 2012-08-17
    • Jean Kelley

    That's because nearly all meetings succumb to a few pet peeves-those annoying happenings that derail the meeting's purpose, waste time, and cause frustration.

    While any meeting can become derailed, it's the process-oriented, information sharing meetings that most business people dislike, yet are the most common. While the role of this type of mee


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  • The 9 Types of Collaborators

    • 2012-08-17


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  • The sound of a lease

    • 2012-08-17
    • Lauryn Schimmel

    "Ms. Brown, it appears that there is a warrant out for your arrest;" and finally, "Ms. Brown, your record shows a prison sentence due to illegal drug trafficking."

    Through this single instance of identity theft, Brown's life was turned upside down. Following her testimony to Congress, new laws were enacted, but the threat remains. Identity theft


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  • Keeping your head above water

    • 2012-08-17

    For Howard Kunreuther, Erwann Michel- Kerjan and Wharton's Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, this is a very big deal, and relates directly to principles articulated in their book, At War with the Weather, published in 2009.

    "This is such an important piece of legislation from our vantage point," says Kunreuther, Wharton professor of


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  • Rental shift

    • 2012-08-17

    Sylvan Road Capital, LLC, has launched an asset management firm founded by Oliver Chang, Robert Lee, Sarah Lee, and Gavin Kleinknecht. Sylvan Road will focus on the $3 trillion single-family rental market. The firm expects to invest over $1 billion in this market nationally over the next two years, beginning with an initial capital commitment from


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  • Multifamily strength enticing banks back

    • 2012-08-17
    • Mark Heschmeyer, CoStar Group

    It is not a unanimous movement back into CRE lending as several of the larger banks are still working through mounds of distressed assets and many are still in cost-cutting mode. However, a number of others have decided the markets are ripening and the time is either right to return to CRE lending, or is fast approaching

    Interest in multifamily p


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  • It's a small world

    • 2012-08-17
    • Carolyn Said, sfgte.com

    The city is considering shrinking the minimum size of rental units, prompted by a demographic shift toward one-person households along with rising rents and an acute housing shortage.

    "This seems like a logical, necessary response to housing in an extremely highcost market like San Francisco," said Tim Colen, executive director of the San F


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  • Renters more stable

    • 2012-08-17

    When comparing applicants for one- versus two-bedroom units, the Q2 2012 index is slightly lower for one-bedroom units at 107, with two-bedrooms at 108.

    Rent affordability continues to improve as the share of rent paid by applicants is near its lowest level since 2007 for all property classes. As residents "continued doubling up, lower rent-to-in


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  • U.S. housing market, recovery or lost decade?

    • 2012-08-17
    • Michelle Conlin and Leah Schnurr, Reuters

    What some of Wall Street's forecasts for a recovery may be underestimating are tectonic shifts in the U.S. economy that make the housing market a different place from a decade ago.

    Record levels of student debt, 15 years of flat incomes and the fact that nearly half of homeowners are effectively stranded in their houses will likely weigh on price


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  • The secret of success

    • 2012-08-17
    • Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

    1. Get specific. When you set yourself a goal, try to be as specific as possible. "Lose 5 pounds" is a better goal than "lose some weight," because it gives you a clear idea of what success looks like. Knowing exactly what you want to achieve keeps you motivated until you get there. Also, think about the specific actions that need to be taken to re


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  • Going boss-free: Utopia or "Lord of the Flies"?

    • 2012-08-17

    Reactions to the idea are varied. Even proponents of bossless offices note that decisions can take longer to make when there is no hierarchy. In addition, human nature suggests that someone will most likely rise to the forefront of any group and, even without the title, assume the role of leader-not always in a productive way. But these proponents


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  • The Closer

    • 2012-08-17
    • Arthur C. Brooks

    It's not an easy time to be a free enterprise advocate in America.

    For years, we thought we had won. After all, almost no self-respecting public figures call themselves socialists anymore. With the advent of the New Democrats, even America's progressive party was on board with free markets and somewhat limited government. The Reagan era had ended


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