Tag: November December 2009

Real estate deals: catching a falling knife

That was one notable assessment by panelists at the fall conference of the Samuel Zell and Robert Lurie Real Estate Center held at Wharton...

The life of a bug

In the old-school novella, The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (1915), the main character, Gregor, does just that. It's not so much that he bizarrely transforms...

A glass half full

He is confident that the 72-unit DeKalb Apartments his firm delivered in Philadelphia's northwest suburbs in November is small enough to be stabilized or...

Can I get a lifeline?

The National Association of Home Builders' International Builders' Show organizers have created an event that is not only a trade show, but also a...

Phoenix rising

The same set of circumstances that forced Fairfield Residential into a short sale last summer in Gilbert and Camden Property Trust to predict double-digit...

Transactions market in Phoenix

"Transaction velocity is still very stagnant, contrary to popular belief," said multifamily investment specialist Steve Gebing, whose group operates under the Marcus & Millichap...

On the right track

But the much-anticipated light-rail inauguration didn't happen soon enough to save a number of TODs planned by companies like Opus Northwest, Unico Properties and...

Rough patch

Both ventures are transit-oriented, mixed-use and mixed income and are expected to achieve at least a LEED Silver rating from the U.S. Green Building...

HUD financing: lessons learned

In the past year, this program has become either the go-to program for apartment investors who have identified buying opportunities, or the last resort...

Own-to-rent: turning mortgages into leases

Here's how Deed for Lease works: Before a borrower is eligible to rent their home under Deed for Lease program, they must have a...

Staring down the barrel

"There are really only three choices -- foreclosure, loan modification or a punt for a little while to see if the borrower can come...

Social networking unplugged

After all, social media is free, and so decisions seem are easy. But are they appropriate for businesses at large? Likely not, as social...

New study shows how different generations use Facebook

According to the numbers, the top reasons for joining a social network across all generations are to "keep in touch with friends" and "for...

Workplace etiquette: avoid conflict in the workplace

Learn to think before you speak. Bite your tongue before that provocative remark comes out of your mouth and you find yourself embroiled in...

The accidental landlords

Essentially, homeowners in foreclosure would be allowed to switch from ownership to renting their property. I work for one of the largest "scattered site" property...

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