MHP Reflections

Jumping from planes

I know this because he told us at the recent Mortgage Bankers Association conference in San Diego. He had just had his second hip replaced, but you couldn't tell it. No matter what you...

Positivity

I felt completely overpowered by his dismay. We're both Catholic, so many of our discussions circled around our faith-in-common, but it felt as though he had already given up the ship. It seemed that...

Be Inspired

I know that our cover story, Newark Mayor Cory Booker was never a Girl Scout... but then again, what do I know? At Oxford, after wandering into a meeting of LaChaim, a Jewish student...

History repeats itself

It’s happening again. Once, knowledge was sequestered away on manuscripts in Monasteries only to be set free by the printing press. Suddenly, the Renaissance. The Reformation. The Industrial Revolution. Men read, collaborated and created. Our modern...

Made in America holidays

I was mesmerized. I opened and closed the book, slowly, gently, considering the long and arduous process required to publish a book back then. I thought about the person who read it first. I...

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...

Truth be told

The hope is that consumers, who account for 70 percent of the economy, will finally begin to spend. And while unemployment, real estate values and dampened credit remain a focus in a number of...

Tech Tonic

Twenty years ago, the multihousing scene was a very different place. I say this because I know. Newspaper ads and rental guides. Occupancy rates and Excel sheets. Doing your homework and pulling the last possible...

Tell me my lying eyes are wrong

The stock market continues to free fall, as do oil prices, even as the dollar strengthens against the whims of China. U.S. growth, as measured by GDP, sighed softly in Q4 to an estimated...

American revival and the miserables

She said that reminding herself of others' woes made her feel less overwhelmed, even fortunate. Let me get this straight. When she couldn't change the facts of her circumstance, she sought relief by changing the context. It's...

Thank you. It is our great pleasure to be part of an industry that...

I was fortunate enough to be raised on "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." It was a great primer for the meaning of the holidays and as a poor Catholic kid who had more siblings...

The most important thing

Capitalism, wrote Marian L. Tupy and Gale L. Pooley in their book, Superabundance, succeeds not only because it is efficient but because it correctly locates the source of wealth in the human mind. Their book...

The monsters are due on Maple Street

"The monsters are due on Maple Street," (1960) was a classic. I recall it every time I read divisive tales about some one or group, or ill-defined boogie man, who has singlehandedly turned out...

The state of being

I certainly have. Even as someone who believes this is but a touchstone for something much grander, it's still hard to think of not being here. Not having a voice in the lives of my...

You choose a job. A calling chooses you.

The attraction is simple. The business of apartments makes us believe, if even in scattered moments, that we can improve the lives we serve and make a living while doing it. How many lives?...
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