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Business as unusual

As cities, counties and states begin loosening lockdown orders and allowing non-essential businesses to open, apartment owners are weighing strategies to ride out the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and finding slivers...

The work in hand

The rapid advance of cyber technology is rendering what was new yesterday old hat tomorrow. Internet listing services that were cutting edge a decade ago are considered outdated as potential renters go directly to...
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From sea to shining sea

The winners of top honors in the National Association of Home Builders’ 2019 Pillars of the Industry competition are providing new housing for military service personnel and university students, affordable apartments for low-income residents...
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Pillars 2020: Stepping it up

The national obsession with counting steps in the pursuit of physical fitness has spawned a plethora of pedometers in the marketplace and a trend toward pedestrian-oriented neighborhoods in the multifamily world. More than half of...

The changing face of rentals: single-family

Second quarter data for 2019 reveal that approximately 42,000 homes were constructed as single-family built-for-rent homes over the last year—equal to the prior four quarter starts total—representing about 5 percent of single-family construction. Although...

HUD proposes new disparate impact regulations

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a sweeping proposed rule on August 1 seeking to amend HUD’s interpretation of the Fair Housing Act’s disparate impact standard. According to HUD, the...

Rent control laws seize New York apartments

Last ditch attempts by real estate developers to thwart final approval of rent control legislation was just too late, reported the New York Times. “There was some arrogance on the part of the real estate...

Breathing new life

Parcels at Concourse, crowned Community of the Year by the Pillars judges, not only revitalized a long-deserted historic building in a declining area of Memphis, Tenn., but also incorporated an impressive array of uses...

Artful amenities

While dog parks, pool decks, community-wide WiFi, granite countertops, bike storage and repair areas and package delivery centers are becoming commonplace, apartment and condominium developers are challenged to add ever more innovative amenities to...

Big efficiency, little cost

In 1996, the Department of Defense (DoD) created a program to move the ownership and management of housing for service personnel to private companies as part of a Public-Private Venture (PPV) program. The idea...

Smart machines

A form of artificial intelligence (AI) has been utilized in the multifamily industry since the first revenue management software programs were created 18 years ago to set rents. In that first phase of what also...

The problem with passion

Mike Rowe spoke with us about the skills gap—that chasm between the skills employers want employees to have and what workers actually bring to the job—several months before he was scheduled to address attendees...

There’s an app for that

Today’s renters can shop for a new apartment from anywhere in the country, discover important details like local weather, demographics and statistics about cities and neighborhoods, as well as reviews of a specific community...

The year of transformation

The Rey The 478-unit The Rey, named Community of the Year and awarded the title of Best High-Rise Community, represents Wood Partners’ and The Berkshire Group’s entry into downtown San Diego and exemplifies the partnership’s...

It might be time for a housing revival

On November 15, 2017, Dr. Ben Carson, Secretary of HUD, gave the keynote address at the Housing America’s Families Forum hosted by the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation at the Renaissance Center in Detroit, Mich....
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