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Big Ben

Times are good. With the exception of multihousing's visit from distant fair weather relatives known as condo flippers in Florida, developers and owners are basking in the sun of historically low interest rates, sinking...

Mean, green eco machine

Like the story line of a Brad Pitt movie, New Orleans is an epic parable of man versus environment. Last month, the twice-named Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine, swept into town to shine...

You have more power than you know

I heard Bill Clinton at the National Apartment Association convention in Denver last month. He's certainly one of the most charming, well-spoken, articulate ex-presidents since, well, Ronald Reagan. I was, however, distracted by the audience....

Over the line

Illegal immigration into the United States has sparked heated debate in Congress, roiled the two main political parties, and prompted hundreds of thousands of immigrant supporters to take to the streets recently in peaceful...

Uptown, turnaround Jerry Brown

On a coast filled with dreamy, seaside cities, Oakland is more like a Midwestern industrial town dropped far from home. Mayor Brown points out, “most of the people who work downtown, live elsewhere. They...

Multifamily to multi-billions

Donald Trump was born and raised in multifamily. His father, Fred Trump, was the largest middle-income apartment builder and owner in New York state. Today The Donald is the world's most famous multifamily professional. With...

The highlight of my career

Interviewing Donald Trump was a highlight of my publishing career. The Trump brand is one of the most luxurious in the world. His multifamily properties are legendary. In the AP interview, we focused on...

Katrina up close

Katherine Gibson made a spontaneous decision to volunteer for rescue efforts after Katrina hit New Orleans. Exactly one week after the hurricane struck she was on the spot. Moved by the plight of people...

Actions Speak Louder than Words

According to the Department of Labor's 2004 statistics, women comprise approximately 46 percent of the workforce in the Unites States. Additionally, female employees are becoming an increasingly large percentage of today's middle and upper...

Habitat experiments with building multifamily homes

Problem: South Hampton Roads Habitat for Humanity in Norfolk, Va. says the region is running out of affordable land. Solution: The charity affiliate, which has traditionally built single-family homes, is venturing into duplexes and townhouses"all...

A reasonable proposal

Much has been made of the recent proposal by the President’s Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform to modify the current, virtually unlimited mortgage interest deductions available to homeowners. The NAHB, The National Association...

RealPage Goes for the Gold

In Colorado, RealPage CEO Steve Winn shows clients new tools for reaching higher levels of performance. The greatest athletes in the world all strive for one thing: peak performance. To accomplish this, they employ the...

Sell smarter

One look at the apartment industry today quickly tells you this is not your father's business. Aided by widespread adoption of technology and driven by new standards of accountability, performance, and professionalism, the industry...

Trailblazer: Laurie Lustig-Bower

Laurie Lustig-Bower is a driven woman. As a teenager, she submitted 57,000 entry forms to win a horse at a national competition. It took a year to create the submissions, tireless hours working with...

Pillars of the Industry Awards

It's official: the basic box is dead. That holdover from the fifties, the flat-roofed, flat-walled rectangular building that passed for multifamily housing for so long is nowhere to be found among the finalists of...
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