Apr 162014
 

“It’s a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it’s a depression when you lose your own.” —President Harry S. Truman, 33rd president, 1945-1953 History repeats itself in a lot of ways, but not typically how I would expect it to. Punditry, for whatever it’s worth isn’t an exact science, like psychology. OK, I just [...]

Apr 162014
 
'What Renters Want' with Jessica Fiur: Social Media Takeaways from the US Airways Pornographic Twitter Incident

“With great power comes great responsibility.” If that statement is good enough for Spider Man, it’s certainly good enough for social media managers. Because mistakes on social media, especially professional pages, can happen very quickly, and be seen by thousands of followers in an instant. Take, for example, US Airways’ latest social media gaffe. The [...]

Apr 102014
 
Guest Blog: The Significance of Environmental Sustainability

By Elam Hall, Crescent Communities Sustainability is a popular catchphrase. But what does it really mean? At Crescent Communities, sustainability drives everything we do. We define “sustainability” as a focus on the environment, community, health, happiness and economic viability. Every time we begin a project, we look for ways to preserve or maintain land spaces [...]

Apr 032014
 
'What Renters Want' with Jessica Fiur: The Futility of Marketing Apartments to Gen Y

“I used to be with it, but then they changed what it was. Now what I’m with isn’t it, and what’s it seems weird and scary to me. It’ll happen to you, too…” —Abraham Simpson, The Simpsons There are tons of articles about what Millennials are looking for in an apartment. You know the drill [...]

Mar 272014
 
'What Renters Want' with Jessica Fiur: Gwyneth Paltrow, Cupcakes and Property Management

What do Gwyneth Paltrow and cupcakes have in common? They both make you feel really bad about yourself. Also, they are both have gotten themselves a lot of publicity recently (well, not the cupcakes personally, because they’re inanimate. Unless they have somehow become sentient, in which case I feel really bad about eating them) for [...]

Mar 242014
 
Guest Blog: Where There’s Smoke, There’s Lawsuits: Navigating the Marijuana Maze

By Morgan Stewart, Partner, Manly, Stewart & Finaldi In response to the recent article by Multi-Housing News Senior Editor Jessica Fiur, titled: “What Renters Want with Jessica Fiur: What Should Property Managers Do About Legal Marijuana,” we have developed this piece, which addresses some of the other complicated legal implications for the multifamily industry about this [...]

Mar 192014
 
'What Renters Want' with Jessica Fiur: What Should Property Managers Do About [Legal] Marijuana?

Residents’ prescriptions are none of their property managers’ business. And that’s probably for the best. When a resident comes down to the office to make a maintenance request, it’s better that the property manager doesn’t say, “Sure, I’ll fix that toilet [which you probably clogged up with your hemorrhoid ointment].” But what if that prescription [...]

Mar 112014
 
'Accidental Economist' with Jack Kern: Keeping an Eye on the Suburbs

“All my life, I never really felt comfortable anywhere in New York, except maybe in an apartment somewhere.” —Martin Scorsese I’ve been traveling a lot since the first of the year. I spent a lot of time in Denver, Los Angeles and Boca Raton in January. When I have time, I go around and look [...]

Feb 202014
 
Guest Blog: New Condo Development in Miami and Toronto Will Change the Way Properties are Managed

In many major North American cities, construction cranes have found a place back on the skyline as downtown core areas are seeing a rapid growth in development—especially the development of new high rise condos. With so much activity under way, the discussion among community leaders and real estate experts has centered on the impact that [...]