March April 2021

Fighting the CDC eviction ban

In the midst of the COVID pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) took the unprecedented step of banning evictions nation-wide, characterizing the action...
Bullewijk Apartments

Facts don’t care

I was raised in a multi-generational family business. There I learned classic principles of market economics long before I learned what it was called....

How Californians have weaponized environmental law

By any reasonable metric, the empty lot on the corner of First and Lorena Street in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles is...
Builders gonna build

Builders gonna build

The global pandemic didn’t stop developers from planning new apartments projects—often in smaller, quickly growing metro areas. The boom in apartment construction that began...

Biden reinstitutes Obama policies

Long before coronavirus and lockdowns, millions of U.S. households suffered from a shortage of housing that pushed rents higher and outpaced wage growth. Now the...

Latest failed test of rent control: Berlin

Rent control may be making a comeback in the U.S., but the controversial policy had an unceremonious ending in Berlin barely a year after...

Planning a post-pandemic renovation

As a commercial interiors firm, a question we hear a lot recently is “Are multifamily developers renovating amenities because of the pandemic?” The answer...

Small businesses, larger corporations drift apart

Apartments are small business There are 30,748,033 small business in the U.S. according to the Small Business Association. Small businesses are defined as less than...

Good times as normal returns

Renters were flocking to new apartment buildings in downtowns across the Midwest, often filling these spaces before construction even wrapped. Renters by choice—both young...

Biden policy will reduce household income by $1,650, new study finds

President Biden is touting his new $2.3 trillion+ spending plan as a boon to workers, even dubbing it the “American Jobs Act.” But there’s...

Tech and trash

The never-ending flood of deliveries is creating a lot of new headaches for multifamily building managers. The most obvious is accepting these now essential...

What does it mean to be a manager today?

A year into the pandemic, the implications of how COVID-19 has changed how people will work from now on are becoming clear. Many employees...
San Francisco Bay Area

The upzoning wave catches California

To boost housing, cities like Berkeley and Sacramento are striking down single-family zoning laws and encouraging more dense development, joining a nationwide trend. It was...

Technology implementation lies at the forefront of multifamily design

Undeniably, as we progress through 2021, one of the hottest trends in multifamily will continue to be technology and automation. According to the 2019 Zillow...

Affordable housing may not depress neighboring values

There’s this assumption that having low-income housing in your neighborhood has a corrosive effect on your property values, but there are some new reports...
Aerial of apartments

There are better ways to house people than by banning evictions

A common government response to the pandemic has been to freeze evictions to keep people housed. While these moratoria may be attractive on the...
ReOpen NC rally

Defining essential: Never again

A year ago it may have been difficult to imagine a world where going to work, operating a sit-down restaurant, or engaging in business...
Reflective skyline at Inner Harbor, Baltimore

Kushner family business sells Maryland portfolio

Kushner Cos. sold two apartment complexes in the Baltimore area for a total of $240 million, part of an ongoing push by the company...
Sunset at Manhattan

NYC landlords warehouse 50 percent of stock

Deals on apartments were so enticing that Tice, a tech worker, was willing to give up the most elusive of city dwellings: a rent-controlled...

How deregulating real estate markets can solve America’s shortage of affordable housing

The deregulation of real estate markets doesn’t just make economic sense. It is also a moral imperative. In the early twentieth century, known as the...

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