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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 a natural place to build housing. With a bus stop...
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 around 2015 barely slowed down in 2020, despite a global...

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 U.S. is beginning to recover from the pandemic and ensuing...

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 going into effect. “A controversial rent cap to control soaring rents...

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 is a bit more nuanced than a straight “yes” or...

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 500 employees. Ninety-nine percent of U.S. businesses are small businesses...

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 “progressive era,” the United States embarked on a spree of...

Excellence in multifamily housing

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has sponsored the Pillars of the Industry awards for more than 20 years. The awards recognize excellence in all areas of multifamily home design, development, building, management and...

The heart of a multifamily housing professional

And the winner is I love that line. It’s that time of year when we recognize the best in class within our great industry. NAHB’s coveted Pillars of the Industry winners are in and, man,...

The new energy agenda

Fighting climate change is at the forefront of President Joseph Biden’s $2 trillion renewable energy plan. While legislation will be required to fully implement the plan, he is expected to begin with a whirlwind...

Turning point for public housing

In New York City, hundreds of public housing residents live in buildings where the elevators don’t work—like Building Four at The Bay View Houses, a public housing project in the Canarsie neighborhood of Brooklyn....

Property rights grab

With so many Americans out of work and unable to pay their rent, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention instituted a nationwide eviction ban on residential rental properties. With the moratorium originally set to...

What’s happening to our residents?

Loneliness among Americans has been growing in recent years, but the policy response to the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically exacerbated the problem. A new report by Harvard University researchers finds that 36 percent of...

Why companies should cater to consumers, not causes

Firms leveraging situations and social issues is not new, but showcasing their moral authority despite a disinterested consumer base is. It is not uncommon to hear in any business course that consumers vote with their...

U.S. residents owe $70 billion in back rent

Apartment investments are still an attractive bet, but income pressures are mounting on some properties. Renters have racked up a stunning $70 billion in unpaid rent since the start of the economic crisis cause by...
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