Category: Apartments

Interesting news from all around the apartment industry.

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An Incredible Year for Grassroots Advocacy

We’ve reached the mid-point of the second session of the 114th Congress, but in many ways it feels like the end of the session. Most of the heavy legislative lifting that can get done before the elections has been completed. ...

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The “Self-Cleaning” Kitchen?

My favorite season is here: Holiday Cooking Season! Many residents will begin to ponder recipes that go along with their various family gatherings and functions. This is a fantastic time of year to suggest to residents they use the self-clean...

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Steady Growth in the U.S. Apartment Market

Moderation is the word across several apartment market metrics through the first half of 2016. According to MPF Research, annual rent growth slowed somewhat to 4.5%, compared to 4.9% at this time last year. This is still an impressive figure...

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7 Fire Safety Tips for Senior Residents

Older Americans are a strong demographic in multifamily and senior living growth, but those 65 and older are particularly fragile when it comes to fire risk. With the holiday season upon us, properties that specialize in senior housing or have a large...

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The State of Multifamily Construction

Higher construction and labor costs continue to challenge the housing industry, prompting newer strategies to build multifamily and student housing communities within budget and on schedule. Since the apartment boom launched a few years ago, developers and builders have battled...

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3 Takeaways from the 2016 NAA Education Conference

I just left the NAA Education Conference in San Francisco where I’ve been learning and sharing with thousands of my fellow colleagues in the industry. I also attended the MTEC Conference for the first time which is a really great...

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Amenities that Drive Student Housing

Student housing design centers around social, educational experiences Far away from yesterday’s frat house lifestyle, student housing settings are designed to enhance not only the social but also the educational experiences on college campuses. The blueprints for living and communal...

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The Dangers of Not Vetting your Vendors

Wacky incidents involving contractors damaging apartments during construction or renovations may seem hard to imagine. But serious damage and liability can result from those sometimes seemingly comical bumps, oopsies, and drops. Just listen to these doozies, all true stories shared...

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Let’s Get Small: The Micro-Apartment Trend is Taking Off

Is bigger always better? Maybe not, if the burgeoning trend toward tiny apartments is any indication. In recent years, high-density, high-priced locales like San Francisco and New York City have loosened zoning restrictions to allow for the construction of so-called...

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Property Management and Noise Pollution

Noise pollution is an everyday event.  Acceptable levels of noise vary as much as the type of property in question.  For purposes of this conversation we narrow the scope to garden-style multifamily property. As more people work from home noise...