July August 2010

Sunny skies. Great buys.

Land is sacred in Hawaii. And, going vertical makes perfect sense on an island where real estate is in finite supply. The success of...

America, the complicated.

In previous decades, the Great Depression inalterably shaped its own generation. It haunted my grandparents, and determined how they would work and save the...

Great expectations

Although on-campus housing likely will remain a necessity, recent research by the National Multi Housing Council suggests that college students actually elect to live...

Head of the class

Today, student housing is a bright spot in an otherwise gray multihousing landscape. It is one of the fastest growing asset classes and boasts...

All in due time

"It's a little different right now, but it's a pretty good dream," Oliver said of the firm he and McMillan launched in 1978, now...

Avatars in the leasing office

"Everything else is moving at the speed of light, why isn't the paper?" That question, asked by Debra Radice, managing director of Texas-based SyndicIT...

Affordable multifamily worth its metal

Until now, affordable, green and rental housing haven't always gone hand in hand. With the opening of the first and only affordable apartments in...

Going vertical

And it was conscientious adherence to those goals that won OliverMcMillan's Hazard Center Revitalization plan -- the prototype of that City of Villages concept...

What just happened?

The Federal Reserve recently concluded that the "economic outlook had softened somewhat" and now predicts that the economy will grow between 3 percent and...

Keeping the owners happy

Sometimes, despite good management, leasing results fall short. This may reflect such things as seasonality, weather, the local economy, or other factors beyond a...

How much does rudeness cost you?

A recent report by Florida State University revealed the impact of bad bosses. A survey of more than 700 employees at different job levels...

Deep breath

Situation 1: Jeff and Maria are co-workers at a company that lets employees set their own hours. Jeff usually saunters into the office about...

Are your top performers looking for a way out?

With unemployment hovering in the high single digits, no doubt the last thing that many employers are worried about today is their workers headed...

Hopeful signs remain for housing

At first glance, the June housing starts report appeared to be negative, with activity declining 5.0 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of...

Freakanomics and the Great Recession

A large part of the problem is that banks are skittish about offering loans to anyone other than those with immaculate credit and rock...

The new adnormal

The current circumstances might be better described as the new abnormal, in which no one knows anything. In June the Conference Board Consumer Confidence...

Proud patriots and harsh critics of government

And many of those who voice strong patriotism and pride in the country also are highly critical of the federal government and its political...

Mourning the loss of freedom to fail

It is perhaps even stranger to claim that we should actually fear losing the freedom to fail. Most of us are hardwired to avoid...

The graying workforce

According to one government estimate, 93 percent of the growth in the U.S. labor force from 2006 to 2016 will be among workers ages...

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