• Adapt and reuse

    • 2013-04-15
    • WENDY BROFFMAN

    Adaptive reuse has gained favor as Americans continue to migrate from the suburbs to redeveloped city downtowns and close-in townships along mass transit lines that offer easy access to work centers.

    And, in an age when recycling is seen as the answer to preserving the planet for future generations, adaptive reuse is recognized as a key factor in


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  • MHP Reflections

    • 2013-04-15
    • Linda Hoffman, Publisher

    I once heard that Judy Garland's mother, Ethel, kept a scrapbook. It was full of stories she had clipped from the newspaper on train wrecks, fires and other man-made calamities. Apparently, Ethel would read through the book when she was having a bad day.

    She said that reminding herself of others' woes made her feel less overwhelmed, even fortunat


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  • Little size. Little stuff. Big price. The LifeEdited apartment.

    • 2013-04-15
    • Megan Durisin

    "I have come a long way from the life I had in the late 90s, when, flush with cash from an Internet start-up sale, I had a giant house crammed with stuff-electronics and cars an d appliances and gadgets," he wrote. "Somehow this stuff ended up running my life, or a lot of it; the things I consumed ended up consuming me."

    Hill changed his life to


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  • Why renters are still driving America's building boom

    • 2013-04-15
    • Nin-Hai Tseng, CNNmoney

    As America's housing market slowly heals, good news is pouring in from homebuilders: They're building more; they're hiring more workers; they're building bigger houses.

    Still, some things haven't changed: Renters (as opposed to buyers) are still driving the rebound of the residential construction industry.

    Construction of single-family homes ro


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  • Large-scale investors push boom in singlefamily home rentals

    • 2013-04-15
    • Kenneth R. Harney, Washington Post Writers Group

    Could they provide a form of safe harbor or sanctuary for thousands of families who were displaced by financial difficulties from their previous homes through foreclosures or short sales?

    A new national study suggests that the answer to both questions is yes.

    Over the past five years, according to Wall Street analysts' estimates, between $7 bil


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  • Best in show

    • 2013-04-15
    • PEGGY SHAW

    "It's an absolute requirement to have a dog park in a new development if you want to be competitive in the market today," said Camden Chairman and CEO Ric Campo in mid-March.

    The apartment company that would probably win top honors if there were a contest for excellence in dog park development is installing pooch playgrounds in all new developmen


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  • Stop the press: print shop goes condo

    • 2013-04-15
    • Josh Barbanel, Wall Street Journal

    But the dream faded at Printing House-along with dozens of other 1980s condos in New York-as the rea l esta te m arket entered a long slump. Much of the building, already rentals, have been rented out since.

    Many condo projects stalled during the latest real estate crash are being resuscitated and put back up for sale in the past year or so. Now,


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  • 21 principles of persuasion

    • 2013-04-15
    • Jason Nazar, CEO, Docstoc

    After studying the most influential political, social, business and religious leaders, and trying countless techniques out myself, these are the 21 critical lessons I've identified to persuading people. This is an overview from a talk I've been giving to thousands of entrepreneurs for a few years now on "How to Persuade People."

    The basics
    1.


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  • Female leaders have tempers, too

    • 2013-04-15
    • Paul Waldman, The American Prospect

    Is Christine Quinn's temper being treated differently because she's a woman? Probably. Does that excuse it? No.

    Unless you follow New York politics, you probably don't know anything about (or maybe haven't even heard of) Christine Quinn, the speaker of the city council and front-runner to replace Mayor Michael Bloomberg when his term runs out at


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  • Apartment hot spot: Florida

    • 2013-04-15
    • Roger Bull, jacksonville.com

    Wimberly at Deerwood, Preserve at Cedar River, Bridgewater at Wells Crossing, Mariner's Wharf, Country Club Lakes, Water's Edge.

    Those are just some of the Jacksonville-area apartments that have changed hands in the past two months for big dollars: $23 million, $35.5 million, $56 million.

    In 2011, $375 million worth of large apartment complexes


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  • Social media followers-yours, or your business?

    • 2013-04-15
    • consortium of professors at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business.

    Activity on his Twitter account, @Pontifex, ceased on the day of his departure, February 28. Pope Francis will take over the @Pontifex handle, and the account will become active again. "From choice, the Pontifex profile was not personalized, but it clearly refers to the person of the pope," said the Vatican Radio, according to a story on CNN.com.


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  • Use temptation to strengthen willpower

    • 2013-04-15
    • Peter Bregman, strategic advisor

    And when the staff brought out big, thick, gooey, homemade cookies during a break, I was already so far outside my circle of guilt that I ate three of them.

    The offsite was a success. But physically, I felt so full, it hurt. So why did I keep eating?

    The answer is simple: It's hard to resist temptation.

    Picture the gap between wanting somethi


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  • Forget performance

    • 2013-04-15
    • Peter Bregman, strategic advisor

    It had taken us 11 years-and a lot of work-to get to this point. Eleanor is Episcopalian, the daughter of a deacon, and I am Jewish, the son of a Holocaust survivor. The one thing our parents agreed about before the wedding was that we shouldn't get married.

    A friend of ours, Sue Anne Steffey Morrow, a Methodist minister, offered to stand in for


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  • Tightening the noose

    • 2013-04-15

    The agency is too meddlesome, too unsophisticated, too blind to offenses occurring under its nose, too prone to Wall Street influence via a revolving door, too soft on wrongdoers.

    "The financial crisis comes along, and the SEC is one of the lead regulators. The crisis put the SEC in the spotlight," says Jill E. Fisch, professor at Penn Law School


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  • Sustainability: the new green

    • 2013-04-15
    • Frank Jossi

    The sustainability consultants at Minneapolis-based Sustology saw the stream, which runs from the Mississippi River underneath the Pillsbury A Mill, as a rare opportunity for installing a hydro-thermal system for warming and cooling the building.

    "Most people would be familiar with it as a radiator system," said Kim Havey, VP of operations. "It's


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  • Boomtown big

    • 2013-04-15
    • Claire Gordon

    But it's not just oil field workers who are feeling the squeeze for shelter. The police chief of one city has been living in a trailer for almost five months.

    "It is home for now," Seminole Police Chief Bernie Kraft told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. He's been searching for a permanent home since he started the job in November, but the housing c


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  • Energy Star ratings in Boston: the talk

    • 2013-04-15
    • Lawrence Harmon, Boston Globe, & Matt Conti, northernwaterfront.com

    The Greater Boston Real Estate Board has come out strongly against the proposed ordinance questioning its energy scoring effectiveness and highlighting the financial burden on property owners that could be passed on to tenants. Buildings with over 25 units are specifically identified in the ordinance. A hearing is scheduled for the end of March.


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  • Hack-proof your company's social media

    • 2013-04-15
    • Ryan Holmes, CEO, HootSuite.

    In the hour it took for officials to regain control, hackers proceeded to send 53 tweets to the burger chain's more than 80,000 followers, ranging from the mildly funny ("if I catch you at a wendys, we're fightin!") to the patently offensive ("We caught one of our employees in the bathroom doing this... ," with an image of a drug user shooting up).


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  • Can light make you more honest at work?

    • 2013-04-15
    • Ryan Holmes, CEO, HootSuite.

    Although daylight saving time throws our circadian rhythms out of sync, the ongoing rationale for changing the world's clocks twice each year has been energy savings. And recent national study suggests that there may be another benefit: crime reduction.

    Researchers from University of Virginia and College of William and Mary examined how daylight


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  • A funny thing happened in response to my Craigslist ad

    • 2013-04-15
    • Helene Wasserman, shareholder, law firm Littler Mendelson

    Originally, the Act precluded discrimination in housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. As the years march on, the law has expanded, both on a federal and state level, as have the types of claims that can give rise to liability.

    Property managers and owners would once place an ad in the local newspaper, or put a v


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  • The Closer

    • 2013-04-15

    A major goal of President Obama's second term is to use the brute force of government to reduce inequality.

    This played out in the struggle over tax increases, but the Obama bureaucracies will do the most to implement this vision. Exhibit A is the Department of Housing and Urban Development's new rule to impose race-based criteria on virtually al


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