MHP Reflections

AI that actually works for multi-dwelling operations

Like many, you probably have tech at home. As an early adopter, I’m acutely aware that it’s more a hobby than a tried and true form of security, energy management or automation. The electricity...

The makers

For the lion’s share of entrepreneurs, business owners and other captains of their own fate, American freedom is an immutable part of our DNA. Lest we forget, freedom is neither engineered nor manufactured, regulated...

Unintended consequences of public housing

My grandfather was the first landlord I ever met. It was he who taught me about the business of rental housing, starting and running companies, and the intrinsic value of hard work—all without ever...

He who lives by the crystal ball will eat shattered glass.

In times such as these who needs prognostication? Truth alone is a wonder if you’re working from facts. Here are just a few. “We are in a very favorable place, the economy is strong,” said...

A great deal of ruin in a nation

Asked if the loss of the American colonies would mean ruin for Britain, Adam Smith replied, “There is a great deal of ruin in a nation.” Even after the loss, Britain went on to...

Birth of a builder

Christmas makes me think of builders. It celebrates, among other supernatural events, the birth of a carpenter who apprenticed in the family business. Once grounded in the principles of earthly construction he went on...

Let business go: regulations

It was just months ago that economic indicators marked the most welcome creation of wealth and growth, and the nation made record gains in prosperity fueled by optimism and ability. How do we get the...

A human being is a deciding being

Like those before me and, perhaps, those beyond my view, I want the whole field advantage. It's a view that assures the tension of new and the vigor of limitless context. But mostly, it...

The case for optimism

Clarity of purpose guides the path forward in every time and every place. Whether in life, business or country, we will be neither the first, nor the last, to face adversity. Whether we despair...

Sweet liberty

The U.S. republic is a great wonder of the world. Many believe divinely inspired. Even today the vast majority of its citizens continue to seek its promise of “life, liberty and the pursuit of...

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...

America was built by thinkers

One’s ability to work through challenges has a cascading effect on every level of society. Such a skill also strengthens our stream of renters and their ability to pay rent, be responsible citizens 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,...

As the sun rises, so does opportunity

I believed her. In the mind of a child, life is simple. As it should be. It’s not as though anyone in that classroom, the school or even the community was on an obvious trajectory...

Influencers and high tide

Family and friends? Business associates? The Kardashians? Who is your voice of reason? After viewing the video and examining the DNA according to CSI protocol, it appears that those closely-held beliefs that we call truth may...
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