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Student housing gets an A

Commercial real estate investors are increasingly keeping their wallets in their pockets, waiting to see where interest rates will go, for prices to come down and for more properties to come on the market....

Choose courage

The growth that once propelled America and generated expansion, upward mobility and a pervasive prosperity is now the weakest in at least seven decades. So we’re anxious. Still, there are points of light like consumer spending,...

Be fearless

The value of stuff Ambiently determining the value of stuff may be our newest religion. It may or may not include free and fair market, inherent worth, or supply and demand. Generally, it’s complicated, debated and...

Obama picks former prosecutor to head SEC

Mary Jo White, former U.S. attorney in Manhattan, has an extensive record of prosecuting white-collar crime, won convictions in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the 1998 terrorist attacks on two U.S. embassies...

Powering forward

I love what I do. Crafting a line of sight on the greatest industry, in the greatest of all nations, is an honor and a joy. I serve those who serve. Housing a nation...

Apartment construction slowly picks up in Florida

With the exception of Austin, Texas, the Orlando metropolitan area had the lowest apartment-vacancy rate of any of the two dozen metropolitan areas tracked by ALN Apartment Data Inc. during the second quarter of...

Multifamily’s great reno invasion

Among those speakers was Chip Gaines, who recounted his experience doing facelifts on single-family homes in Waco, Texas, during his presentation at the conference. Chip, who shares the spotlight with his wife Joanna on...

The truth about workaholics: it’s not always bad

We think of the workaholic as someone hunched in a cramped office in rumpled clothing, sweating over a hot computer while the hours crawl by and everyone else has gone home. Or someone obsessively...

Rental market requires new housing policy

Speaking to more than 300 of the nation's leading apartment executives, observers from both sides of the political spectrum expressed the need for ongoing federal intervention in the housing market. Industry experts examined how...

Occupancy holds strong

Developers opened a tremendous number of new apartment units in 2017. But the percentage of apartments that are occupied has barely shifted, despite competition for potential residents. Rents continue to grow in most markets. “Occupancy...

Large-scale investors push boom in single-family home rentals

Could they provide a form of safe harbor or sanctuary for thousands of families who were displaced by financial difficulties from their previous homes through foreclosures or short sales? A new national study suggests that...

New lawsuit in Seattle: Housing ordinance is unfair and unconstitutional

Seattle’s Fair Chance Housing Ordinance, passed by city council in 2017, forbids landlords from considering applicants’ criminal histories when selecting tenants. In other words, landlords cannot base a rental decision on concerns over their...

Housing pro

Nominated for the position by President Donald Trump on April 28, Patenaude has the experience and knowledge to complement retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who took over leadership of the department on March 2. Dr. Carson...

Slippery slope of big data

You slice, dice, parse and process every screen-stroke, clickstream, like, tweet and touch point that matters to your enterprise. You now know exactly who your best--and worst--customers, clients, employees and partners are. Knowledge is...

Disparate impact: judging by the color of their skin

The question before the court was: Can you be found guilty of racial discrimination if you never engaged in policies that had any intent to discriminate? Roger Clegg of the Center for Equal Opportunity lays...
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