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Leasing in a pandemic

The crisis caused by the coronavirus has forced many property managers to finally embrace new technologies. When the U.S. economy shut down in March 2020...

The fable of the bees

The fable of bees (or private vices, public benefits) was written in 1714 by Bernard Mandeville, who is today considered one of the first...

Multifamily embraces tech in the time of COVID

As the pandemic continues to impact everyday life, Americans increasingly encounter the phrases unprecedented, new normal, and flatten the curve. The innovation adoption curve—which includes...

How smart home technology can increase NOI

The multifamily housing market is undergoing a transformation with the rise of smart home and smart building technology. Now more than ever, properties are...

Multifamily builder, developer confidence index rises in Q2

According to the latest Multifamily Market Survey (MMS) released by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), confidence in the market for new multifamily...

Apartment REITs: urban exodus

Apartment REITs have been among the strongest-performing property sectors over the last two decades by riding the tailwinds of an unyielding urban revival, a...

Investors see value in student housing despite COVID-19 concerns

When the economy falters, one type of real estate usually avoids the fallout: student housing. That’s because students still want to live near campus. Others,...

Why does Hollywood hate real estate developers?

There’s a scene in the HBO drama The Wire where several Baltimore homicide detectives come to the realization that the murderous gangster they’ve been...

Is your organization ready for permanent WFH?

As the pandemic accelerates the adoption of remote work, organizations large and small are realizing that jobs we used to assume had to be...

California taxes on millionaires could spell disaster

Facing a massive coronavirus-induced deficit, the California legislatures are weighing a suite of new taxes on top earners, including a first-of-its-kind wealth tax and...

Coming up empty in Manhattan

The number of empty apartments for rent in Manhattan soared to their highest level in recent history, topping 13,000, as residents fled the city...

Opportunity zones raise $75B

The Trump administration’s tax break for underprivileged neighborhoods has attracted an estimated $75 billion dollars in private investment, potentially lifting 1 million people out...

Senior housing adopts robots, telehealth to protect residents

“The newly-pioneered technologies will be essential in providing the best care—medical, cognitive and emotional—to the upcoming wave of seniors.” The way we live our lives...

Can adaptive reuse save America’s malls?

What is the most common reason to get in the car and start driving on any given day of the week? Depending on where...

Apartment survey finds August rent payments held up fairly well

The National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC)’s Rent Payment Tracker found 90 percent of apartment households made a full or partial rent payment by August...

Small landlords dip into savings as their tenants struggle to pay rent

More renters are unable to make their monthly payments, and that is having an outsized impact on the nation’s “mom and pop” landlords. Nearly a...

Once booming San Francisco apartment market goes in reverse

The apartment vacancy rate in San Francisco rose to 6.2 percent in May, according to apartment data firm RealPage. That’s up from 3.9 percent...

It’s time to debunk COVID-19 myths

Myths about future apartment sizes, office demand and reshored manufacturing were tackled by executives at RCLCO in a recent webinar. Without a doubt the pandemic...

Don’t cut your marketing budget in a recession

Most companies reduce spending in recessions, especially on marketing items that may be easier to cut (certainly relative to payroll). Right now, advertising agencies...

People resent businesses more in highly-regulated industries

There is a positive relationship between the amount of governmental interference in an economic arena, and the abuse and invective heaped upon the businessmen...

States should pay attention to Supreme Court justices’ comments on reopening orders

The scope and duration of the stay-at-home orders issued by state governors this year are unlike any past pandemic orders in American history. So...

Canceling rent won’t solve housing woes

As Americans stagger through a bewildering pandemic summer, buffeted by shutdowns and job losses, millions face each coming month with an additional dread: making...

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