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Renters on the edge

Despite the chaos caused by the coronavirus, professional property managers are still getting rent checks from most resident. It may be a sign of the times, but apartment experts are happy that most renters are...

Knocking the rust off the Rust Belt

Investments into one of the nation’s poorest zip codes in the Rust Belt are fueling an historic preservation and mixed-use redevelopment project on three blocks in Erie, Pa.’s downtown core, setting a national standard...

Virtual inspections: Protecting asset value

Unsurprisingly, COVID-19 is pushing an increasing number of multifamily lenders and owners to conduct property inspections virtually. Industry giants like Freddie Mac today deploy them on a widespread basis, leading many in the multifamily...

Digital weapons in the apartment amenities race

The amenities arms race. That is what the real estate industry loves to call the escalating level of services offered by apartment buildings. For decades in the country’s hottest luxury rental markets, property owners...

The next generation of office communication tech

Most knowledge workers in 2020 are familiar with mixed reality tools like Zoom, Teams, and Slack that enable them to meet in virtual locations. By merging real and virtual worlds to produce new environments,...

Resilience in the new normal

Emerging from the pandemic, tomorrow’s successful businesses will make themselves more resilient to unexpected crises. They will intensify the use of digital technologies in cloud computing, cyber security, cognitive and artificial intelligence tools and...

Smart trash planning

Improve the profitability and safety of multifamily facilities with a well-designed trash and recycling area. Waste disposal isn’t always top of mind when designing multifamily facilities, but properly configuring disposal and recycling areas and investing...

Future features

The home has always been important, but it’s safe to say that this year, the significance of the home is greatly increased. A residence is now everything—a home office, a home gym, a safe...

Understanding cash controls for HUD-assisted multifamily properties

When I first explain responsibilities under the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) multifamily programs, I start by noting that a mortgage loan borrower, an owner, and a property manager are also non-procurement...

Antitrust isn’t the solution to America’s biggest tech problem

For months now, the drumbeat for reining in Big Tech has been getting louder. Critics have suggested solutions from breaking up Facebook and Amazon to regulating social networks and search engines as public utilities. This...

Pre-pandemic economy was reaching unprecedented heights for Black and Hispanic Americans, new data show

The grim and isolated life many Americans have adopted during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis is often referred to as the “new normal.” But when it comes to the economic side of the pandemic, we...

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 to fight the spread of the coronavirus, some apartment companies...

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 purveyors of economic theory. At the time of his writing...

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 early adopters, those who wait and see, laggards and even...

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 adopting these features and upgrading their offerings to meet a...
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